"Beyond: Edward Snowden" chronicles the life of the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower in comic book form. / Bluewater Productions
Former National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden is about to become a comic book character.
Bluewater Productions is set to release a new series called Beyond: Edward Snowden Wednesday in digital and print editions.
"I found him to be a very fascinating person," the comic's author, Valerie D'Orazio, told USA TODAY Network.
In the story, Snowden starts off as a playful young geek and turns into someone who conducts one of the biggest leaks in U.S. history, the Brooklyn, N.Y., based writer said.
"I think what he did in terms of letting the public know about data collection was really important. I think the public should know where their personal data goes," said D'Orazio, who formerly worked for Acclaim and DC Comics.
It took two months to collect information for the series, D'Orazio said. She's interested in pursuing a sequel in a year or so.
Until then, she says she's focusing on writing more bio-style comic books, including real life comparisons of Batman's Joker character and clowns.
"I hope to tackle more edgy conspiracy theories," she said. "I think real-life comics are a trend, and I think it could be a tool to reach more people."
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