Comicsone set to publish 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' comic

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ComicsOne, the sole publisher of Chinese Kung Fu comics in the United States, announced today that they will be publishing the comic book adaptations of Wang Du Lu's famous series of Chinese martial arts novels.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon illustrated by Andy Seto, is a beautiful story filled to the brim with fast paced action, well-developed characters, trials of loyalty, deception, ambition and intrigue. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon takes the reader on an exciting allegory of epic proportions. Rejoin warriors Shu Lien and the legendary Li Mu Bai as they fight the love they feel for each other as well as many highly skilled and elaborate Kung Fu masters.

Fans of the Academy Award winning film will be thrilled to read about the early exploits of Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien, how they got into the emotional entanglement we remember from the movie, as well as learning the backgrounds of a host of new and intriguing characters. Plus we get to see how Shu Lien fares after the tragic loss of her beloved Li Mu Bai.

The theatrical release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon made over $100 million - truly unprecedented for a foreign language subtitled film release here in the States. However the epic story portrayed in the film only depicted the events at the end of book four. Wang Du Lu's epic series encompasses five books and ComicsOnes' Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon begins with book three and continues through book five.

Containing breathtaking illustrations and cutting edge computer coloring, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon artistically breaks new ground both domestically and abroad. With ease, readers will be able to follow the intricate Kung Fu action thanks to Andy Seto's painstaking attention to detail.

Andy Seto has worked in comics for nearly 20 years. In 1983, he started his career with Jade Dynasty Publishing. Later, in 1989, he joined Freeman Publications LTD, and created Sword Kill and then, the famous Gambling Saint. During 1993, a comic book named Cyber Weapons Z was born. On its creation, he become the star of the comics world in Hong Kong. In 1998, he served as chief editor for Story of the Tao, which was originally a novel. In the year 2000, he created The King of Fighters 2000 and Saint Legend to rave reviews.

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stunned Kung Fu movie fanatics and general moviegoers alike. The brilliant storytelling and mind-blowing choreography that movie fans fell in love with is fully encapsulated in our full color 120 page manhua title - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," says Comic Editor in Chief Shawn Sanders.

Volume One of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is available in November 2002 and will be released bi-monthly. The full color 120 page graphic novels will be priced at $13.95. Visit www.comicsone.com for more detailed series information.

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