The highly anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” premieres today in movie theaters nationwide, and one local man is capitalizing on the fame of its lead actor – Hollywood hero Chris Pratt.
Pratt is the focus of TidalWave Entertainment’s latest biography comic book, “Fame: Chris Pratt,” written by Michael Frizell, a comic book veteran and Missouri State University’s director of student learning services, according to a news release.
Leading up to the 2016 election, Frizell penned some 40 books for the Oregon-based publisher, including comics on Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, according to Springfield Business Journal archives
. Originally known as Bluewater Comics, the company changed its name to StormFront Publishing in 2015 before most recently settling on TidalWave.
Springfield’s Frizell has a lifelong love of comics, stemming from an early trip to the grocery store with his father and an emotional connection to Luke Skywalker.
“My father knew I was bored, so he brought home a giant comic book – called a treasury – published to coincide with the release of ‘Star Wars,’” Frizell said in the release. “I was hooked because I knew how Luke felt. I’ve been an avid reader ever since.”
With art by Nathan Webb, the newly released Pratt comic details the actor’s life from a stint on “Parks and Recreation” to starring in the blockbuster “Jurassic World.”
Copies in the TidalWave bio series run $3.99 apiece and the comic books have been featured on CNN, “The Today Show,” “The View” and “The Tonight Show.”
U.S. sales of print comics, paperbacks and magazines generated $580.91 million in 2016, roughly flat compared with $579 million in 2015, according to industry research by ComiChron.com
, which cited Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. Overall, 89.35 million comics and graphic novels were shipped nationwide last year.