How do you tell the life story of someone who dresses in bubble wrap and muppets?
By comic book, of course.
Welcome to the biography world’s newest frontier: Bluewater Productions recently announced it will make a comic centered on the life of pop star Lady Gaga.
The biography will be part of “Fame,” a new comic book series depicting “culturally relevant celebrities and other pop culture icons,” Bluewater’s Web site notes.
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The Lady Gaga installment is slated for a May release — just in time for Free Comic Book Day.
It’s not entirely a new move for Bluewater, a publishing and production company.
They’re the same entity that unveiled a “Female Force” comic series with lead characters like Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama and “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer.
Then, there’s Bluewater’s “Political Power” series, which this year will highlight the lives of leaders ranging from Al Gore to Al Franken.
Memo to biographies: You’ve come a long way, baby.
It’s hard to forget the days when an elementary school book report would require a trip to the library’s biography section — a dust-clad corner with titles last checked out (reluctantly) by a member of the class before yours.
You know, the books whose biggest draw was the glossy photo section in the middle, also known as the halfway mark.
Nobody says biographies need to be told entirely by graphic artists, but expansion into the comic book realm seems like a major move forward for the genre.
And frankly, Bluewater Productions’ “Fame” series sounds pretty darn entertaining.
In addition to Lady Gaga, the comic series is slated to profile actor Robert Pattinson, rapper 50 Cent, athlete David Beckham and singer Taylor Swift.
(While we understand comic books have evolved beyond juvenile reading, we wouldn’t complain if “bam!” and “pow!” were thrown into the Taylor Swift/Kanye West scene.)
You can argue the comic book renditions are trivializing the lives of complicated figures like Pelosi and Bill Clinton, turning real decisions into a fantasy tale driven by pretty pictures.
But at the same time, the comic book approach seems to add some relatability to newsmakers’ life stories.
The medium seemingly makes it easier to convey the interactions that shape a public figure’s character.
If the trend continues, skeptics of the traditional biography might finally find literary refuge — and comic relief.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at 706-571-8516.