MuggleNet Throwback: JKR becomes a comic book legend?
We’ve seen Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling praised to no end for her literary talents in some unlikely ways over the years. She has won numerous awards, appeared at countless honorary events, and has even had her face immortalized forever out of Legos (we’re not kidding). But one of the most unlikely tributes to Rowling came just a few years back this week in 2009 when Bluewater Productions announced that Rowling would be their next comic book subject! This unlikely story is the subject of this week’s MuggleNet Throwback!
MTV first reported the news, conveying this official statement about the announcement:
The comic, written by Adam Gragg, examines Rowling’s middle class upbringing, her time in Portugal teaching English, her meteoric rise with seven immensely successful books adapted into several high-grossing Hollywood blockbusters, and her post-Potter endeavors.
‘She is a remarkable and multi-dimensional woman,’ Gragg noted. ‘Learning about who she is and how she struggled to become a success was a truly enlightening experience. Twelve publishers turned her down. If it weren’t for the daughter of a British publisher who liked Rowling’s first chapter of “Philosopher’s Stone”, we might never have met Harry Potter.’
Rowling’s comic book was released a few months after the initial press reveal in January 2010. It joined the ranks of Bluewater Productions’ Female Force line of comics that features the unauthorized biographies of prominent female women in the world, such as politicians like Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin and entertainers like Ellen DeGeneres.
The cover art for Rowling’s comic, which you can view below, has a definite element of fantasy to it with a unicorn and dark raven-like birds featured against a night sky. Rowling herself is drawn with a knowing smile next to the creatures that we can assume are a nod to Rowling’s fanciful writing in Harry Potter.
What do you think of Rowling’s comic book debut? And better yet, did you manage to get your hands on a copy of the real deal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Copies of Rowling’s Bluewater Productions issue are still available for sale. You can find them here.