Official Press Release
(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) Thomas Nelson Incorporated and Realbuzz Studios would like to announce an exclusive multi-year contract to release a minimum of 26 manga titles, immediately making Thomas Nelson the market leader of faith-based manga content. Ten manga novels will release in 2007 within the Serenity and Goofyfoot Gurl series.
Realbuzz Studios created the Christian/Inspirational manga category in 2005 with their best-selling teen series, Serenity, a break-out hit in the manga community outselling two-thirds of the titles on the mainstream manga and graphic novel best-seller lists. Previously published by Barbour, Thomas Nelson will simultaneously re-launch the first six Serenity graphic novels in April 2007 and will continue the series with four new Serenity volumes in 2008.
Serenity is "a clean, inspiring teen-aged Christian comic done in a hip, contemporary way," says StanLee, co-creator of Spider-man, X-Men, The Hulk, and The Fantastic Four. Acclaimed Young Adult author Melody Carlsonpraises Serenity's "action-filled art" and "realistic text" for creating "afast-paced read."
Goofyfoot Gurl, praised as "insanely unique" by Manga Punk, asecular review site for graphic novels, will make its debut splash in September 2007 with the simultaneous publication of the first fourvolumes.
Manga, a form of graphic novels imported from Japan, is one of the fastest growing fiction categories among tween and teen girlreaders in North America. Manga enjoyed over $300 million in sales in 2005 and has seen steady double digit growth for the last fiveyears.