The celebrity chef, dropped by a cascade of business partners last month after news broke that she used the "N" word, will still be the subject of a comic-book biography in October, according to the planned comic's publisher. The issue will be part of Bluewater Productions' "Female Force" series, which has previously profiled celebrities including Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, J.K. Rowling, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
"We do not condone her use of racial insensitivities, and think that intolerance has no place in a just society," said Bluewater President Darren Davis said in a statement. "But despite her recent failings, we also strongly believe she still has a powerful story to tell; one that fits the female empowerment model of our books."
"Female Force: Paula Deen" will include the latest controversy, but the focus of the comic will be on how Ms. Deen became an iconic brand after the challenges of her humble beginnings, Mr. Davis said.
Asked whether the company was compensating Ms. Deen, Mr. Davis said his company had contacted her representatives but received no response. "We reached out to her camp months ago -- when we decided to do it," he said in an email. "When we do these we always reach out to see about running ads for a non-profit of their choice as well as run ads for that non-profit."