Lea Hernandez is the creator of KILLER PRINCESSES (with Gail Simone, Oni
Press), the pop piss-take comic series RUMBLE GIRLS (Image Comics), the
acclaimed Texas Steampunk graphic novels CATHEDRAL CHILD (Image), CLOCKWORK
ANGELS (Image), and IRONCLAD PETAL (Moderntales.com, May 2002, Cyberosia,
2003), and the weekly strip, NEAR-LIFE EXPERIENCE (ModernTales.com).
Other works include Marvel Mangaverse PUNISHER with writer Peter (SUPERGIRL)
David, and the re-writing half of the translation team on 3x3 EYES and
WHAT'S MICHAEL for Studio Proteus'/Dark Horse Comics' Harvey-nominated SUPER
MANGA BLAST. She is also a retouch artist, logging 5,000+ pages, mostly with
North America's premier manga packager, Studio Proteus.
In November 2001, Lea was a guest lecturer at Minneapolis College of Art and
Design for their wildly successful "Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits" weekend
seminar. She spoke about her manga-influenced art, and taught a Master
Class: "How to Draw Your Basic Cute Face"; demonstrating how to apply
"real-world" anatomy to make better cartooning.
Lea is one of a handful of women who has written and drawn a creator-owned
comics series for a major American publisher--a rare breed, but not a
singular one. She has worked for every major comics company in the U.S. in
every aspect of comics production including lettering, coloring, writing and
drawing. Her previous credits include originating the anime and manga column
for Wizard Magazine, artist for Disney Comics and Disney Adventures
Magazine, Marvel, DC/Paradox (TRANSMETROPOLITAN #33, TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I
Hate It Here, The Big Book of Wild Women, The Big Book of Urban Myths),
cover artist for Giles Poitras' THE ANIME COMPANION, just to name a few. Lea
also contributed to the Eisner-nominated anthologies DIGNIFYING SCIENCE
(writer Jim Ottaviani, GT Labs), and BRAINBOMB, and to ORANGE ROAD creator
Izumi Matsumoto's bestselling CD-ROM manga anthology COMIC ON.
Prior (and occassionally concurrent) to her comics work, Lea was a
vice-president in the legendary animation studio GAINAX (Evangelion,
Furi-Kuri), a professional film-cutter, awning seamtress, and
Nebula-recommended short fiction author.
Lea was born in Alameda, California, served five years as a Navy brat (and
CPO's daughter) in the Viet Nam era, was raised Catholic in Texas, spent ten
years trying to re-conquer her hometown, and now lives in Texas again in the
fabulous Casa de Hernandez with her husband and kids, adopted dogs Yuki and
Mama, second-hand cat Sprocket, and rats Angel and Whiskey.