Turra: Bombs and Betrayal Official Press Release

Turra: Bombs and Betrayal cover by Janet Wade




August 9, 2011
Indy comic book creators, MAW Productions, responsible for the hit graphic novel series Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, is proud to announce the release of a new and exciting graphic novel adventure titled Turra: Gun Angel – Bombs and Betrayal. This new story mixes the action and drama of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the humor and character interaction of Cowboy Bebop. Follow the gun toting ninja, Turra as she journeys to Japan to rescue members of the Toshigawa Ninja Clan from the hands of the evil Slash and his deadly assassin, Doll!
Turra: Gun Angel – Bombs and Betrayal is a spin-off  graphic novel which follows the adventures of Turra Shibata, a gun-slinging bounty hunter ninja residing in the United States. Life was good. All Turra had to do was hunt bad guys and rake in the cash. Simple. But when circumstances force her back to Japan to help the Toshigawa Clan avoid extinction at the hands of Slash and his evil warriors, Turra and the streetwise kickboxer, Cat, embark on a journey that find them targeted by the Yakuza, the Azumi Ninja Clan, the Japanese authorities, and one mean zombie from Turra’s past. All of this and she still has to deal with her boyfriend, Cyan, and his wandering eyes and hands! Turra: Gun Angel – Bombs and Betrayal is written by Martheus Wade and illustrated by award winning artist, Andrew Chandler, Alex Zemke, animator for Sony Pictures/Interactive, and Martheus Wade, illustrator for the Oxygen Channel’s Bad Girls Club comic book. The cover art is provided by co-creator and co-writer Janet Wade.
Turra: Gun Angel – Bombs and Betrayal will be available in October from www.toshigawa.com and selected comic book retailers nationwide. Please visit www.toshigawa.com for more details and sneak previews of this incredible publication.
Martheus Antone Wade
Martheus’ love for martial arts (he is a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a kickboxing practitioner) along with his talent as a graphic artist, was a natural fit for creating the characters and storyline.  His artistic style is a unique blend of Japanese manga and traditional American cartooning.  Martheus is currently a freelance graphic designer and comic book artist.  His clientele have included the Heal the Hood Foundation, the Girl Scouts, the YWCA, the Larry Finch Foundation, Trust Marketing, and Senior Services.  His work can also be seen in Image Comic’s Bloodstream, Pencilneck Studio’s Bushi Tales #2, Shooting Star Comics, Andrew Dabb’s (writer for the hit CW show Super Natural) Slices, and the Comic Geek Speak 2011 Super Show convention poster, just to name a few.  Most recently, his work was featured in Action Man for Hasbro Toys as well as Bad Girls Club by IDW in conjunction with the Oxygen Channel. His second book, Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa – “Defiance” has been optioned for a motion picture and is on the fast track to production. Visit www.toshigawa.com to see more of his work.
Andrew R. Chandler
Andrew’s loose, cartoony style caught the attention of MAW Productions several years ago and they have since collaborated on several different projects. The martial arts and gun-toting grit of Turra is a slight departure for the humorous children’s book and comic strip artist, but Chandler seemed to find his stride when dealing with the comical banter between the otherwise secondary characters in this great spin-off story. His brief experience with the short-lived AlphaOmega Comics company allowed him to practice the sequential art training he received at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where he majored in illustration. He even managed to squeeze in a single issue of his own book entitled The Vow of the Nazirite, before the company closed its doors. Andrew continues his toil as a freelance graphic artist, which includes working on multiple titles for other independent creators. He is currently producing an extensive graphic novel with his younger brother, Kevan.
Visit Andrew’s website at www.andrewchandler.net
Alex Zemke
Alex is a full-time CG animator and cartoonist. He’s animated rodents, bugs and speeding hamster balls in the hit film G-Force, as well as the little blue men – and woman – in Smurfs. Mostly, though, he animates the cinematic sequences for such major game titles as Killzone 3, SOCOM 4, and the Uncharted series. He started the  T-shirt line Dirty Little Tees and has worked more than once as an artist for the spinoff character, Turra, from Martheus Wade’s Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa.

Janet Wade
Janet Wade has lived long enough in Memphis, TN to claim it as her hometown, but was born in the Philippines and spent her early years growing up in Okinawa, Japan.  Her experiences there contribute to some of the research put into the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa graphic novel series.  While in Japan, she fell in love with animation, being exposed to anime before the anime craze even hit the United States.  But it was during her high school years in the U.S. that she discovered the wonderful world of comic books.
Janet is co-writer, inker, letterer, and colorist for the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa graphic novel series as well as the upcoming Turra: Gun Angel series. Janet specializes in vector styled pin-ups.  Her signature art style has appeared as the alternate cover for Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa – Rain, the alternate cover of Bushi Tales #2, and has done special pin-ups for Comic Geek Speak.
Kevin L. Williams
Kevin L. Williams is founder of Kevin L. Williams Productions and creator of Muley the Mule and Friends (comics and puppets). He has served since 2000 as President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association, a subchapter of the National Cartoonists’ Society’s Southeastern Chapter, co-chairing events and art shows on behalf of the MSCA as well as other groups and associations, including speaking engagements such as the Cartoonist-in-Residence at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. He has had comics published in regional and international publications, seen in all forms of print and in video around the world and on the internet, appeared on radio and national television, and auditioned with the Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop and the Walt Disney Company. Since 1995, he has been editor of MAW Productions’ Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, and has contributed art and services to works and shows of other comic book publications. He has edited the MSCA’s two anthologies as well as comics for other associations.  The most recent traveling puppet show, Muley’s Talent(less) Revue, has garnered rave reviews from fans everywhere. Kevin is also well-known for his pop-culture character paintings.
For additional information or a sample copy of this graphic novel, contact: Martheus Wade martheus@toshigawa.com.


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