“Rather than creating Mona as a superhero,” said Pop-Post founder and CEO Kathleen Hiraga on her main character in "Samurai Bike Messengers," “I wanted to address the idea that everyone has untapped strengths to pull from, and that a girl on a bike who uses strategy and teamwork to save NYC from a Guzzle Thug takeover – never underestimate her!”
The story of Samurai Bike Messengers, with heroine Mona-Star and her best friend Merx, began as a personal comic book project when Hiraga was racing bikes and working as a designer for MTV Networks and Nickelodeon in New York City.
“The story centers around an underdog female heroine forced to take on the Guzzle Thugs, who represent a lack of respect for pedestrians and cyclists, and bigger thematic issues around greed.”
With the tagline, “Smart Girls, Smart Digital,” Hiraga wants to update archaic damsel-in-distress and boy-saves-girl story lines with tales of leadership, in which girls and boys work side-by-side as teammates, not romantic interests.
"Samurai Bike Messengers" recently released a 21-page interactive e-book for iPad, Android and Kindle, and a four song pop extended play (EP). Next is a new Samurai Bike Messengers web comic series and a destination website for web comics and animated stories.
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Samurai Bike Messengers recently released a 21-page interactive e-book for iPad, Android and Kindle, and a four song pop extended play (EP).
First published September 2 2014, 12:04 PM
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a freelance writer and speaker based in Michigan and Hawaii. She has been a contributor for AAPIVoices.com, NewAmericaMedia.org, ChicagoIsTheWorld.org, PacificCitizen.org, InCultureParent.com. She has published three chapbooks of prose poetry and been included in several journals, anthologies, and art exhibitions. She teaches Asian Pacific American Studies and writing, and she speaks nationally on Asian Pacific American issues.
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