You heard it hear first, Magnetic Press today announced they’ll be publishing Luminae, a critically acclaimed graphic novel by concept artist Bengal. The story takes place in an original fantasy universe. This announcement comes just before the publisher’s debut at San Diego Comic-Con where they’ll be located at booth #1620.
Luminae follows a sisterhood of six female warriors tasked with protecting the mysterious Luminae, a creature of Light in exile from the forces of Darkness that would decimate humanity. When Luminae disappears and Darkness threatens, this sisterhood must use their individual strengths, powers, and force of will to protect both humanity and Luminae from otherworldly creatures and impending doom.
Bengal is celebrated among the international comic book and illustration community for his expressive, dynamic style that blends European composition and texture with Asian flair and anime-inspired linework. His massive peer following led to the creation of CFSL (or “café salé”), an online community of painters and illustrators in France and Europe, much like Deviantart or CG Society here in the US. Most noted for his previous releases, Naja and Meka (with writer J.D. Morvan), Luminae marks his first original creation.
The 160-page, 8.5” x 11”, hardcover edition of Luminae will be released in October, and will be available wherever graphic novels and books are sold.