Official Press Release
NBM is proud to announce its plans 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 will come to its full completion in this thick 176 page tome due out in December with an easy on the wallet price of $9.95. This can be ordered from comic bookstores now. Hernandez and NBM have also come to an agreement (over a delightful lunch in San Diego) 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. Raven Tansania Ransom is a promising pilot-in-training of personal armor known as a Hardskin, at exclusive girl's school Academie Juliet. Carmen Cameron, another pilot-in-training, reveals to the school Raven's shady background, making her the butt of gossip and cruel pranks. Raven challenges Carmen to full-Hardskin combat, not knowing Carmen's fixing the fight. Raven's coach, who is also sexy media celebrity Crimson August, faces a crisis as well: his popularity is slipping leading his company to give him a new rival. Someone young, innocent and female. Someone very much like Raven. "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 are already bearing this out.