Official Press Release
He may be the most famous soccer star in the world. He’s married to a Spice Girl. He is, by any measure, an international sex symbol. And now soccer player David Beckham has become a comic book hero. This September, Beckham will star in Fame: David Beckham from comic book publisher Bluewater Productions.
Writer Pete Rogers and artist Pablo Martinena bring Beckham’s amazing career to life, from his earliest days on the soccer field, when he dreamed of playing for Manchester United, to the challenges of his soccer days in the United States.
“Working on the Beckham book was quite different from any other comic I’ve worked on to date,” Rogers said. “Telling someone’s real life story was quite a challenge, and I tried to find as many ways as possible to ensure that it was visually interesting and not just a case of ‘he did this and then he did that’.”
Rogers wasn’t content to simply read about Beckham and his life when researching his script. He spoke to a wide range of people about what Beckham means to them and the sport of soccer.
“One of the reasons I enjoyed working on the comic so much is that I got the chance to go down memory lane myself, not just to pivotal moments in David’s life but also back to my own childhood, as some of the first comics I ever read were actually football comics,” Rogers said. “I used to pick up titles like Tiger (with Billy’s Boots and Hotshot Hamish), Roy of the Rovers and Football Picture Story Monthly without fail. When I wasn’t reading comics I was playing football, and I used to spend the school holidays training with local professional side ‘AFC Bournemouth’ at their Summer Soccer School. Getting the Beckham pages back from brilliant artist Pablo Martinena has taken me back to reading those comics on long hot journeys to Dean Court in the back of my Dad’s car.”
Fame: David Beckham is just the latest installment in Bluewater’s popular series of biography comics tracing the lives of influential movie stars, sports heroes and musical icons. Past issues have featured Lady GaGa, Twilight star Robert Pattinson and pop sensation Taylor Swift.
Fame: David Beckham retails for $3.99 and can be found online at Amazon.com or in comic book shops across the country.
“David Beckham is the first sports star we’ve featured in a Bluewater comic,” said Darren Davis, president and founder of Bluewater Productions. “Of course, Beckham is much more than simply a sports star. He’s also an international celebrity, as famous for his looks as he is for his soccer abilities, so he’s a perfect fit for our Fame line.”
For the past year-and-a-half the Vancouver, WA-based comic book company has published the life stories of some of the most compelling people in recent western culture in their three biography comic series: Female Force, Political Power and Fame.
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Sonia Sotomayor, Princess Diana, Stephenie Meyer, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Palin Oprah Winfrey and many others have had their biographies transformed into comic format.
The “Fame” comic book series starts today in stores with the release of “Fame: Lady Gaga” and “Fame: Robert Pattison”.
High-resolution images and interview opportunities are available upon request.
For more information about Bluewater Productions and its wide variety of comic books and graphic novels, visit the company online at www.bluewaterprod.com.