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
"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.