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SIMONE & HERNANDEZ DON THE TIARAS AGAIN THIS FALL
For immediate release – September 15, 2004

Oni Press is pleased to announce a new release date for the digest trade paperback collection of Gail Simone and Lea Hernandez’s KILLER PRINCESSES! Collecting the fan-favorite miniseries and featuring an introduction by Mark Waid and a new illustrated prose story by the creators, KILLER PRINCESSES follows sorority sisters Hope, Faith, and Charity as they hit the books…and henchmen and gangsters and government agents and anything else that gets in their way!

“Before Gail wowed fans with her take on certain DC BIRDS, there were the PRINCESSES,” commented editor James Lucas Jones. “Gail had an established fanbase with her YABS! Column and had already broken into the biz with work for Bongo, but these three girls gave her an opportunity to really let loose. In KP there are no rules and there are no limits. It’s rare for a creator as fresh as Gail was at the time to be given a playground with zero boundaries, but she took full advantage of the opportunity to do something totally outrageous. Sure, she went on to gain fan-favorite status with books like DEADPOOL, AGENT X, BIRDS OF PREY, and LEGION, but KP shows she was nuts from the start!”

“Lea and I had been friends and mutual admirers for a while when she approached me about collaborating,” added Simone. “She’d already stretched her resume with the hard-hitting RUMBLE GIRLS, which I adored, and she said she wanted to take it a step beyond and really do something that could showcase her abilities as both a cutie-pie artist and a brutal action storyteller. The dichotomy of KP just suits her perfectly. Plus, she’s a lunatic. Perfect.”

“Working on KILLER PRINCESSES required a completely different frame of mind than I’m used to,” added co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez. “Gail crafted a smart and crafty script that stars characters that are absolutely lacking in the grey matter department. It was a challenge, but it was also an absolute blast.”

“Lea brings a creative spark to KP honed over years of her own creative work,” said Jones. “Both RUMBLE GIRLS and the Texas Steam books feature strong female characters, but KP lets her go nuts with characters that just don’t know better, even if the creators do.”

The title may describe our three deadly, dumb debs-Hope, Faith, and Charity-but there are other things going on in KILLER PRINCESSES. The house mother and the myriad of other characters, including eco-friendly terrorists, hoity-toity professors, big jocks on campus, and even the sorority’s newest pledge, all play a role in the dangerous game orchestrated by the secretive sorority. What exactly is this order trying to accomplish by sending the sisters out on missions of unrestrained violence and comedy?

“While the Princesses are every bit as stupid as they initially appear, the book isn’t,” Simone said. “It’s not just a high-octane yuck-fest. There are other things going on beneath the surface. If you like sexy women who shoot things and can’t do geometry, this book is for you!”

KILLER PRINCESSES will feature 104 pages of black-and-white story and art, with a full color cover. With a cover price of $9.95, it will ship to comic book stores December 1, 2004. The book measures 5.5″x8″ and is available for preorder in the current Previews catalog.

KILLER PRINCESSES ? & © 2004 Gail Simone & Lea Hernandez. Oni Press logo and icon are ? & © 2004 Oni Press. Logo design and icon artwork created by Dave Gibbons. All rights reserved.

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