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Jinky Coronado and Michael Kelleher
25 pages (December 2007); 6.0MB downloadArcana Studio
; ISBN: ARCN-00051
"Banzai Girl" Jinky Coronado is a girl of three worlds - she just doesn't know it yet. As envisioned by its model, writer, co-artist, and star, BANZAI GIRL tells the tale of Jinky Coronado, a sexy Asian schoolgirl whose nightmares of being a Princess and a Futuristic Freedom Fighter foretell of extraordinary adventures that affect and inspire her real life. She deals with school, romance, grades, and friends until her life "makes a right turn into weird." Her teachers, and eventually her whole town of adults, become controlled by invading creatures they call the Shadow Whisperers. But Jinky and her best friend Katie J. discover their parents are acting oddly, as well -- and they need to take matters into their own hands to save the world. Unique to BANZAI GIRL is its rogues gallery of Filipino urban legends as her foes, including a sinister Snakeman beneath a shopping mall and the menacing Manananggal, a revolting, horrifying vampire that splits apart at the waist. Although the story, steeped in Filipino lifestyle and culture, is an allegory for the relationship troubles and alienation many teens feel in their high school years all over the world, it's also full of fun and laughs and beautiful, sexy artwork. BANZAI GIRL is unique in its creation: Its author is Jinky Coronado, who is also its artist, its main character, and its photo cover model. Jinky already has a burgeoning career as a calendar and lingerie FHM model, a recording artist (her music CD, the appropriately-titled BANZAI GIRLS), has just been released, and artist for TokyoPop's upcoming AVALON HIGH project with best-selling author Meg Cabot.
This manga digest format BANZAI GIRL reveals the adventures of Jinky Coronado in black-and-white-with-graytones manga style. Popular manga artist/writer (and FMH Model!) Jinky Coronado brings her fancified life adventures to life in this 160-page saga. Watch Jinky reach her 18th birthday! See the amazing attack by tentacle monsters! See her parents and townspeople controlled by alien invaders! Discover the terrible Snakeman beneath the mall, devouring young schoolgirls! Learn of the maddening Manananggal, a vampire so vile it preys on expectant mothers to suck the very lifeblood from their unborn babies! The life and relationships and friendships are real. The monsters and creatures are authentic urban legends. The Asian artwork is fabulously Filipino. And the adventures spring from the mind, keyboard, and drawing table of the real-life Jinky Coronado, everyone's favorite Asian schoolgirl!