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This Chris Pratt bio comic was written by Missouri State University Director Michael Frizell.Graphic provided by TIDALWAVE ENTERTAINMENT
This Chris Pratt bio comic was written by Missouri State University Director Michael Frizell.

Graphic provided by TIDALWAVE ENTERTAINMENT

What’s Chris Pratt’s Ozarks connection?

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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.


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