Official Press Release
NBM is proud to publish and revive one of the pioneering American
manga artists’ Lea Hernandez most celebrated creations: Rumble Girls.
Not only is this the first time NBM publishes in the manga style
(other than adult) but this will also mark the first time NBM enters
into the pocket 5×7 format that is taking over the wider market by
“Silky Warrior Tansie”, the first story arc in this series started at
Image comes to its full completion in this thick 176 page tome with
an easy on the wallet price of $9.95. Hernandez and NBM have also
come to an agreement on continuing the series with bi-monthly comic
books then compiled in the same manner in a series of story arcs. The
comic book will start publication some time in the spring of 2004.
Lea also has a book on how to draw manga called “Manga Secrets” in
the works to come out from North Light Books in January 2005.
“I’m really excited that Rumble Girls will finally be in a collected
edition and in reader-friendly venues like the big bookstores that
have already embraced manga,” said Lea Hernandez. ” I think readers
who’ve been following my work since my first GNs and new readers both
will enjoy RG:SWT, which was inspired by many years in various
entertainment businesses, and is a nice healthy dose of snarky media
fable about staying sane in a culture where storytellers can’t make
weird things up faster than real people do them.”
The story is a fascinating suspenseful mix of SF, intrigue, celebrity
watching and romance which can satisfy all from the age of 15 on up,
boys and girls. For the older audience, it is also, as Hernandez
points out, an edgy take off on today’s media conglomerates (witness
the headless `suits’) and today’s star-making process. “I’m very
happy to add another pioneer to our roster of artists in the person
of Lea Hernandez,” NBM publisher Terry Nantier said. “Years ago, she
championed the pocket format with the publication of Cathedral Child.
They laughed at her then. Ain’t nobody laughin’ at it now. I can
relate to that!” Orders from the general trade bear this out. The
book will be prominently featured in Barnes & Nobles across the
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