Justin Bieber is the latest artist to become immortalized in comic book form as part of Bluewater Productions' Fame series. The 32-page issue, which hits comic book stores and online retailers in October for $3.99, will chronicle the teen idol's meteoric rise. The singer joins such earlier Fame subjects as May cover muse Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, whose issue goes on sale in late July.
Bluewater Productions founder/president Darren Davis says Bieber was chosen because "he has a cool story, having started off on YouTube. For being so young, he's really a trailblazer."
The cover of the Bieber comic book shows the artist standing on the moon. The story that unfolds inside include scenes from his career. For example, writer Tara Broeckel Ooten and illustrator Claudio Avella depict how manager Scooter Braun discovered Bieber, the singer's appearances on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," as well as Bieber coiffing his signature hairstyle, hanging out with mentor Usher and sitting in class.
Ooten says Bieber's pop culture status recalls stories her mother told her about Beatlemania in the '60s. "For me it was New Kids on the Block," Ooten adds. "Justin has an enormous global fan base. That and his talent will give him real staying power."
Vancouver-based Bluewater Productions began its Fame series of biographical comics in May. The line also includes "Female Force," which profiles successful women, and "Political Power," which focuses on the history of the world's politicians. Bluewater also publishes science fiction, superhero, young adult and horror comics.
A major goal of Bluewater's biographical series is to inspire tweens and teens to read more. "I had a hard time reading as a kid and comic books really improved those skills," Davis says. "And we're exposing comic books to readers who otherwise wouldn't pick up, say, an issue of Spider-Man."
The upcoming Swift issue precedes the Aug. 14 release of the singer/songwriter's new single, "Mine," and her just-announced third album, "Speak Now" (Oct. 25). "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner (August) plus soccer star David Beckham (September) are also in the Fame lineup.
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Bluewater will issue a comic book featuring advocate/singer Olivia Newton-John. Under consideration for future issues: Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas and 50 Cent.