TenBu Productions To Release Bi-Lingual Manga Thriller

Springfield, VA (PRWEB) June 2, 2006 -- TenBu Productions, a new independent production studio and Asian entertainment licensing company, today announced that the long-awaited title, "€œCove, Pirate Mercenary" is scheduled to be pre-released on June 16, 2006 at the Anime Mid-Atlantic conference in Richmond Virginia. The bi-lingual comic is 3 years in the making by author and illustrator, Austell Callwood who will unveil a 7th character to round out his cast of dark heroes for the title.

The story is set in a futuristic yet fallen age after a heavenly war between the "€œSeven gods of luck and fortune"€ and their power hungry disciples. The triumphant gods banish the disciples to a chaotic and now faithless earth ─ only to be vexed by the disciples’ conquest of earth as their own. A heavenly army is formed on earth to protect the gates to heaven, but is soon scattered by the death of its leader. These skilled fighters flee to the island of “Cove”.

Callwood’s story revolves around these former fighters who organize and become “pirate mercenaries for hire” in order to survive. The pirates consist of the book’s seven main characters, all specially skilled and equally engaging. Such are the times and the reputation of the pirates that all who know of them believe the mantra: If you want it, take it. If you can’t, hire someone who can!

An original manga-style graphic novel, Cove, Pirate Mercenary, will be pre-released on June 16, 2006. The pre-release version of the title is written in both English and Japanese. This limited edition package will feature 96 black & white pages of the manga, an ashcan (pre-story), production notes and posters. The title, classified as fantasy adventure, is appropriate for readers 16 years old and older.

The Cove, Pirate Mercenary package will be available for sale at the Anime Mid-Atlantic conference June 16-18, 2006 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in Richmond Virginia. The title will also be available for sale at the company’s retail store, Anime FX, beginning June 19, 2006. The full release is scheduled for December 2006.

Complete press information is available online at www.tenbuproductions.com. Press information and review copies should be requested from Chandra Briggman at 703-879-5825.

About the Author
Austell Callwood is an artist, author, business owner, and 10-year veteran of the design and animation industry. With a preference for the highly stylized Japanese form of animation, Callwood has developed a specialty and strong reputation in anime circles where he is a frequent guest speaker at industry events. He has appeared at many major conferences including Anime Fest, Anime USA, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Katsucon, and Ohayocon.

About TenBu Productions
TenBu Productions is a new entertainment venture created by anime veteran Austell Callwood. Tenbu is a unique production studio and entertainment company. As a production studio, TenBu brings animation concepts to life through its professional design team. The entertainment licensing arm of the company specializes in the exclusive distribution of Asian music, videos, and entertainment merchandise in the U.S. market. TenBu also promotes and exports in-house talent and products to international markets. Visit www.tenbuproductions.com for more information.