Lea Hernandez

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Lea Hernandez
Born (1964-03-11) March 11, 1964 (age 52)
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist, Letterer
Notable works
Killer Princesses
Rumble Girls

Lea Hernandez (born 11 March 1964) is an American comic book and webcomic creator, known primarily for working in a manga-influenced style,[1] and for doing lettering and touch-ups on manga imports.[2] She is the co-creator of Killer Princesses, written by Gail Simone and published by Oni Press; and the creator of Rumble Girls from NBM Publishing.

She did art for comics published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics: Marvel Mangaverse: Punisher (a one-shot), and Transmetropolitan (two two-page shorts). She also did art for three issues of The Hardy Boys manga-style series at Papercutz.[3]

Hernandez published several webcomics at Modern Tales and was the original editor of Girlamatic. Her webcomics include Atelier Divalea and The Garlicks, the latter of which she attempted to fund with a Kickstarter campaign,[4] later followed by an IndieGogo campaign,[5] with publishing rights optioned by Action Labs.[6]

Hernandez has written several short stories for collections of science fiction and fantasy.

She was a vice president for General Products, USA (the U.S. marketing arm of Gainax) from 1989–1990[7] and was briefly a guest editor for Wizard.[8]

Hernandez appeared in Adventures Into Digital Comics, a 2006 documentary on the comics industry.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On the morning of September 6, 2006, her apartment in Texas burned down[10] and much of her original artwork was lost in the fire. Colleagues in the comics industry responded by collecting donations for Hernandez from fans and friends in the comics industry.[11]


Hernandez received a 1999 Eisner Award nomination for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition.[12] In 2004, she was awarded Lulu of the Year by Friends of Lulu, a now disbanded women in comics organization, for editing at Girlamatic.[13]


Short stories[edit]

  • "800-DJIN-HLP" in Aladdin: Master of the Lamp. edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW books, 1992.
  • "Al Einstein—Nazi Smasher!" in Alternate Warriors, edited by Mike Resnick, Tor Books, 1993.
  • "Pteri" in Dinosaur Fantastic. edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW book, 1993.
  • "The Ghost of Christmas Scams." in Christmas Ghosts. edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW Books, 1993.
  • "The Journal of #3 Honeysuckle Lane" in Witch Fantastic. edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW Books, 1995.


  • Cathedral Child. Somerville, Maryland : Cyberosia Publishing, 1998.
  • Clockwork Angels. Berkeley, California : Image, 2001
  • Rumble Girls. New York : NBM Publishing, 2003.
  • Manga Secrets. Cincinnati, Ohio : Impact, 2005.


Sources consulted[edit]

  • Guzman, Rene A. (January 23, 2002). "Manga revises Marvel heroes". San Antonio Express-News, p. 1G.
  • Pethokoukis, James M. (September 25, 2000). "Help, Spidey, help! Comics are dying!". U.S. News & World Report, p. 46.
  • Wolk, Douglas (November 1, 2004). "Web Comics Send Readers Looking for Books". Publishers Weekly, p. 15.


  1. ^ Kross, Karin L. "An Interview with Lea Hernandez," Bookslut (Nov, 2003).
  2. ^ Hernandez credits, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.
  3. ^ The Hardy Boys: The Ocean of Osyria (Papercutz, Jan.–Mar. 2005).
  4. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "When a Kickstarter fails," The Beat (June 21, 2012).
  5. ^ Barajas, Henry. "indiegogo: The Garlicks, True Patriot and Jaybird," The Beat (Oct. 22, 2012).
  6. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "Action Labs picks up Hernandez’s The Garlicks," The Beat (June 28, 2013).
  7. ^ "Pre-web anime fandom (Out of the Archives 4)," Lainspotting (March 24, 2006).
  8. ^ Contino, Jennifer. "Rumble Girlamatic: Lea Hernandez," Sequential Tart vol. VI, issue 3 (March 2003).
  9. ^ "Icon Film Festival". Promo.icon.org.il. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  10. ^ Weiland, Jonah. "Lea Hernandez's House Burned, Simone Rallies Help," Comic Book Resources (Sept. 6, 2006).
  11. ^ Simone, Gail. "A Planet Karen Plea from Gail Simone," Newsarama (02 March 2009).
  12. ^ "Eisner Awards," Hahn Library. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.
  13. ^ "Lulu Awards," Friends of Lulu website. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.

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