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Betty White Biography in Comic Book Format Sells Out in Less Than Day

Senior citizens may be snapping up biography in format they remember as kids

Jan. 10, 2011 – Betty White, 88 years old, has been the pride of senior citizens as fans of clamored for more of her performances. Hosting “Saturday Night Live” may have been the pinnacle of this renewal until now. Today’s big news is her biography published in comic book form – a format warmly remembered by her senior fans - has sold out in less than a day.

Bluewater Productions, publisher of the biography comic book featuring her life story, has announced, however, that Female Force: Betty White will soon be out in a second printing.

"There are still issues available in some stores and through various online venues, but we are truly amazed at Ms. White’s enduring appeal and how this book has performed," said Bluewater president Darren Davis.

"We sincerely hope that we’ve delivered a product worthy of her stature and one that’s appreciated by her considerable fan base."


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The title, written by Patrick McCray and penciled by Todd Tennant, joins several other "Female Force" issues that have quickly sold out including issues featuring Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres.

The 32-page book retails for $3.99.

Writer McCray, a veteran of the comics industry, traces White's amazing showbiz career from her days providing voice talent for the radio show Blondie to her return to sitcoms in Hot in Cleveland.

"Working on the Betty book was an honor and a blast," McCray said. "While covering a new entertainer is always fun, there is something special about profiling an icon. Not only did it allow me to savor nostalgia, it also let me catch up on areas of pop culture that had passed me by."

The artist, Tennant, is a veteran of the art world. Tennant is a professional illustrator with 31 years of experience. He dove into the world of comics about 10 years ago. He runs his own online King Kong vs. Godzilla comic series, and is the co-creator of the graphic works King Komodo and Gigante.

"I remember seeing Betty White and her hubby Allen Ludden on reruns of the original Password program after school as a kid, and grew very fond of them even then," Tennant said.

"Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore show will always stand out as my strongest and fondest memory of her. Needless to say, I was happy to be given the opportunity to attempt illustrating Betty's fascinating personal life and her prolific career."

"We are working diligently to get a second printing in the queue as quickly as we can," Davis said.

"We are even planning to give it a new, variant cover by Adam Ellis. We encourage people call their local comic book stores and order the 2nd printing."

Part of the proceeds from Female Force: Betty White will be donated to the actress’s favorite charity GLAZA (Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association). White was named chairman of the 65,000 member non-profit dedicated to nurturing wildlife and the well-being of animals in September.

"We are pleased that Ms. White has given the book her blessing and we are proud to support her charitable work," said Davis said. "With this sellout, we can definitely make a bigger donation to GLAZA."

Female Force: Betty White traces the career of the veteran actress and comedian. Once tabbed as Hollywood’s "it girl," White has become a fixture and icon in Hollywood. The issue covers sixty over astounding years including the unprecedented and highly-successful grass-roots Facebook campaign to get her to host "Saturday Night Live."

Betty White has starred in dozens of television shows including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Golden Girls" and most recently "Hot In Cleveland." She has won seven Emmy awards.

Bluewater first published the Female Force titles in 2008 as a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Thatcher, JK Rowling and others.

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