Saturday, October 9, 2010

When Hobbies Collide

Two stories caught my attention this week that blend two of my favorite pastimes, sports and comic books. The first, was the announcement that Bluewater Comics will be releasing a biographical comic book featuring Indy and NASCAR diva, Danica Patrick. Penned by CW Cooke, with art done by Valerio Giangiordano, the 32-page book is slated for a December 2010 release with a cover price of $3.99. In this excerpt by Bluewater's publisher and editor, Matt McGloin, he provides a glimpse of what to expect from the book.

[“We've all seen the pictures and heard the gossip about her,” Cooke said. “But digging into her story and learning about her really focused me on the fact that she's a real person and not just a pin-up model or a one-note person.” Cooke hasn't created a white-washed version of Patrick's NASCAR performances, either. The comic covers the critics who say that Patrick hasn't had enough success on the track to deserve all the attention that she gets.]

Readers of this blog know I'm a Danica fan. I know she has had more resources thrown at her then she probably deserves, particularly on the NASCAR circuit but she is a consistent top-10 finisher in the IZOD Indy Racing League and she is good for the sport and good for the trading card hobby. So suffice it to say, this book will be on my Christmas list.

The other story that came out this week had me even more intrigued. The NHL website released details of a seemingly odd pairing in superhero creator extraordinaire Stan Lee and the NHL which "announced Thursday their unprecedented partnership to form Guardian Media Entertainment LLC. This partnership creates the platform from which to launch Stan Lee's vision for his latest superhero franchise, The Guardian Project, which will encompass the creation of 30 Guardians (one to represent each NHL team) as a new series of superheroes, with a creative concept that organically and authentically incorporates various NHL elements but is not set in the world of hockey."

This seems bizarre yet strangely intriguing at the same time. The full transcript of the press release can be read here.

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