Posted by Laura Jordan
Wednesday morning, graphic novel publishers Bluewater Productions announced their newest title: The Royals, featuring HRH Prince William of Wales and his fiancé Kate Middleton.
Playing off the hype of the couple’s upcoming wedding, the comic will focus on Prince Wills‘ relationship with Middleton and their plans for the royal ceremony. The first issue is set to release in April, with a collector’s edition reprint in May.
This isn’t Bluewater’s first comic based on real people. The Beatles, President Obama, J.K. Rowling, and even Barbara Walters (with Ellen DeGeneres, Meredith Veira, and Oprah – as the ‘Female Force’ of media) have all received the comic book treatment. President of Bluewater, Darren Davis, is confident in the comic biographies. “The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye,” Davis says in the comic’s press release.
Pew Research Center conducted a survey asking the public their opinion about celebrity coverage. A huge number of people think there’s too much – and that it’s the fault of the reporters and news organizations.
How does media play a role in the creation of celebrities? Are we, as journalists, responsible for the creation of celebrities like Wills and Kate, or (another famous Kate) Kate Gosselin? Do news outlets underestimate the public’s interest or ability to comprehend ‘hard news’? Do news stories about which flowers Kate will choose take too much attention away from stories about the gunfire erupting in Egypt?