Aya Takeo Volume 1 Now in Print

Feb 3rd 2010

Three years on the web, with more than 200,000 page views and an international following, Volume I of the popular web manga Aya Takeo Volume I is now in print.

Featuring full-color art by award-winning Sonia Leong and story by North American writer Lloyd R. Prentice, Aya Takeo Volume I is a tale of love, loss, loyalty, and betrayal.

Set in a parallel universe quaintly reminiscent of feudal Japan, Aya Takeo Volume I chronicles the star-crossed love of noble woman Aya Akira and her devoted admirer Takeo, who has pledged his life to protect Aya from any and all danger.

Aya's idylic realm is under attack by robotic spiders. Spider ships turn day to night. Luminous webs criss-cross the shadows, ensnare all who dare flee or fight. Takeo sacrifices himself to save Aya. And, now, that day haunts Aya's dreams and awakenings still-- Takeo's cocooned body dangling on a silvery thread, rising into the bowels of Ji-Gumo's ominous ship.

Will Takeo survive? And Aya-- what does fate hold for her? And their idyllic Realm-- is it forever doomed?

Sonia Leong is a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in the Anime/Manga style. Her home is in Cambridge, U.K. Sonia's first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero). Her awards include Young Adult Library Services Association “2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers” and “Best Books for Young Adults 2008” for Romeo and Juliet ; Winner in Tokyopop's first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition (2005/06) and Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition.

Sonia has exhibited artwork in venues such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum, London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy, Manchester URBIS Centre and provided product demonstrations on behalf of Copic, Letraset and Wacom.

While new to the manga scene, writer Lloyd R. Prentice has a long career as writer and software developer. He has written and produced more than 100 software products for major publishers ranging from Bantam to World Book.

Lloyd's first novel, Freein' Pancho, will soon be published by Writers Glen Publications. His second novel, The Gospel of Ashes, a suspense/thriller, is in revision.

Aya.Takeo is his first manga.

Lloyd worries about global warming, species extinction, weapons of mass destruction, and people with non-evidence-based belief systems.

Lloyd believes that animé and manga are profoundly expressive media for our age. He resides in Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA.

Aya Takeo Volume I is full-color, 64-pages, perfect-bound, 7 by 10 inches.

For more Information see http://vol1.ayatakeo.com.

Aya Takeo Volume I is published in the U.K. by Sweatdrop Studios; distributed in the USA by Prentice Associates Incorporated through Haven Distributors, http://www.havendistro.com. 1-877-428-3650.

Also available through Amazon.


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