TidalWave Comics announced it is releasing a bio comic focusing on basketball player Brittney Griner.
From the press release:
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner told ESPN, “Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.” Despite personal challenges, her meteoric rise in the WNBA after a storied college hoops career inspires many. But her detainment in Russia for carrying less than a gram of cannabis oil in a vape cartridge through an airport has overshadowed her achievements. Read her inspirational story in this latest installment of “Female Force”.
“We started working on this script before the incident in Russia. My initial approach was to explore her history to show her growth as an athlete and person. I’ve found Brittney’s story fascinating despite not knowing much about the WNBA before I started the research. I hope readers will walk away understanding the person behind the headlines,” said writer Michael Frizell.
“This story is about an athlete who overcame obstacles to become a significant player in the WNBA – not about politics. We started working on this story about four years ago to diversify the line, as we’ve featured several male athletes in past issues. Her development as an athlete, and her struggle with coming to terms with being a gay, black woman, first at a religious college and then in the national spotlight, are the focus of this issue. Since we have 24-pages to tell the story, we used that focus to inform what should be included and what we’d have to leave out. For example, as her story developed, we thought we should add two pages about her arrest in Russia. However, as the artist finished the interiors, a deal was struck with Russian authorities, so we rewrote those two pages to ensure our information was accurate,” said publisher Darren G. Davis “She has an amazing personal story, and we wanted to tell more stories about women in sports. She just happened to be the first. We have plans for women in soccer (football) and more.”
Female Force: Brittney Griner by Michael Frizell and Martin Gimenez is available now.