You may have seen the promotional images we have been placing on Facebook, Twitter and Deviant Art with the caption “Soon”. Well, it’s time to spill the beans. We are excited to announce Kunoichi Hime, the newest story in the saga of the Toshigawa Ninja Clan.
Fourteen year old Shianndrea deals with the hardships of any normal teenage girl. She’s in love with a boy who is way out of her league and dating someone else. She hates the way she looks. Her teachers are overbearing. And her rival just so happens to be a star pupil who is always willing to make her look bad. But Shianndrea is not like any normal girl. She is a ninja princess, born into a world of martial arts training and death defying ninja action all in order to safeguard Japan from its evil Emperor. The last thing she wants is to let her clan down.
However, certain forces are moving against her. The Azumi Ninja Clan has their eyes set on capturing Shianndrea and delivering her to the Emperor who is ready to destroy her. They have conjured an Oni (Demon) to make sure that the Ninja Princess does not escape. Now Shianndrea has to stay out of the Azumi’s and their monster’s sights while navigating the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl. All of this and her Ninja Master Test is just around the corner.
“What makes this different from the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa series?” Well, I’m glad you asked, young reader. This series will be presented initially as a web comic released biweekly. That’s right!! Tune into toshigawa.com every two weeks to see the story onfold! Another thing that sets this series apart from the graphic novels is the story. Kunoichi Hime is set 8 years before the original graphic novel series, Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, and is about how a 14 year old Shianndrea copes with love, life, and ninja training all while trying to discover what kind of woman she wants and needs to be. “We wanted to do some stories that where a bit lighter in tone. Kunoichi Hime is a fun and exciting read that will entertain, not only current readers on the original graphic novels, but teens and girls who love comics and manga as well”, said writer Janet Wade. “I, for one, am extremely happy with the stories that Janet and Kevin have crafted. I’m looking forward to seeing where they take this next.”, said creator Martheus Wade. “It’s going to be refreshing to turn over the reigns of these characters to someone else for a change.”
Kunoichi Hime will make it’s debut at Anime Blues Con Winter Remix Saturday, January 19, 2013. We will have with us an exclusive 8 page intro story in print and on sale to kick off the web comic. Don’t miss this opportunity to get this REMIX EXCLUSIVE. We will also have prints and posters to help us celebrate this new beginning to the Toshigawa saga. Kunoichi Hime goes live at toshigawa.com on January 26! Mark your calendars and don’t forget to subscribe for frequent updates!
Writen by: Janet Wade
Illustrations by: A.I.M.I
Cover by: Johanna Tamminen
Edits by: Kevin L. Williams
Colors by: Janet Wade
Color assists by: Marvin Cheveallier
I know things have been a little quiet over here the last few weeks. The summer has been a hectic roller coaster of deadlines, new work, and those pesky bills (yes, I have them too) that keep coming up. Life can really get in the way of productivity. So, I’ve had to work very hard and very quickly on things that are not directly Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa related. That’s a good thing. The more artwork that I do, the more eyes will fall back on everyone’s favorite raven haired ninja. The bad part about this is that, most of the things I’m working on now won’t be seen for months. That’s a bummer. But, know that I am working and when these new projects are released, it’s going to seem like my art work is everywhere. I’m really looking forward to that.
Back in the Jetta world, I have been working on the final graphic novel in the series and loving it. Things are heating up and I’m really proud of the work that has been coming out of me with these pages. The story is top notch and an excellent way to close this chapter of Jetta’s life. If you haven’t joined our facebook fan page yet, then please join. I have been putting up sneak peaks at the artwork for the new book over there.
Check it out!
Speaking of endings, let’s talk beginnings. As you all know, when one door closes another door opens. That can’t be more true with what I have planned for the readers in 2013. Be on the look out for a few MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS coming from me in the near future! I can’t wait to share the news with you. As well, I’m going to need ALL of the support from the readers once things go down. I hope you guys can respond in kind!
Thanks for bearing with me through this lull time. Your patience will be GREATLY rewarded soon. So stay tuned and be on the look out!
Check out the artwork from our first MAW Productions contest. The contest was to depict Jetta, Turra, Muley or any of the characters from our books in different spots in time! It could be anytime at all. The future. The past. Anywhere!! Check out the art below and vote by liking your favorite ON OUR FACEBOOK CHAT PAGE. All contest entrants are labeled Contest! Contest! Contest!
This MAW Productions contest entry is by the one and only Adam Shaw depicting Jetta in Feudal Japan offering up some samurai justice! Awesome piece!!
This MAW Productions contest entry is by Kenny Gordon! This one has both Jetta and Turra in the old west smack in the middle of a gunfight and ninja invasion. That’s a lot of action expertly done here! Sweet.
Take a look at all of the great art at our studio site at www.mawpro.com!
This is the LAST WEEK for the first official MAW Productions art contest! All contest entries have to be completed and posted to our facebook page by August 1st, 2012! ENTER YOUR ART HERE!
JETTA, TURRA AND MULEY – TIME BANDITS CONTEST
Here is your chance to show us your renditions of Jetta, Turra, and/or Muley in a different era in time. Steampunk, Futuristic, Feudalism, Ming Dynasty, whatever time your heart desires, we want to see your take on our flagship characters.
You’ve found us! This is our facebook page where fans of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, Muley the Mule and Friends and Turra: Gun Angel can talk and chat one-on-one with the creators behind these awesome indy books. Not only will we be talking about MAW Production publications. But we will be talking about comics, animation, and entertainment in general. If you are an aspiring artist, comic book lover, animation guru, or MAW Productions fan, this is the place for you!!
We will be hosting a group chat this Friday 11/11/11 at 9:00 pm Central Standard Time in the MAW Productions group.
If you are online and would like to chat with us for a while, lets talk. The topic will start off about how we got into self publishing, the future of MAW Productions and how have we stayed around so long. Plus, your takes on digital comics and the new 52 from DC.
See you there!
From time to time, we get art from readers of their own renditions of our characters. With the release of Turra: Bombs and Betrayal, we have gotten artwork in from readers of everyones favorite gun slinging ninja. Check these awesome works out!
Awesome pieces of artwork. Thanks Marc and Lee. Become a reader and join our facebook page! Click the link below and join us on the adventure!
With Turra: Bombs and Betrayal hitting soon, did you guys know that Turra, Jetta’s best friend and fellow Toshigawa Ninja, has her own Facebook page? That’s right! Join her page and get up to date info and behind the scenes photos of Turra from conventions to special photo shoots. Click here to join!
Keep up to date on our happenings as well as get exclusive content from our neck of the comics world by joining our Tales of the Toshigawa Facebook page! Stop by and bring a friend or two… or three.