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NBM collects Lea Hernandez' "Rumble Girls" in Pocket Format

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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 5x7 format that is taking over the wider market by storm.

"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 country.

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