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Virginia Library Association Names Fanbase Press’ ‘Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition’ a 2020 Graphic Novel Diversity Award Honor Book

Fanbase Press is honored to announce that Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover has been named an Honor Book by the Virginia Library Association (VLA) for the 2020 Graphic Novel Diversity Awards in the Youth category. The Graphic Novel Diversity Awards celebrate diversity captured within the pages of graphic novels. In 2020 – their sixth year offering the award – 23 publishers submitted 62 titles in two categories: Adult and Youth.

Quince is an Eisner Award-nominated 15-issue comic book series that follows a year in the life of Lupe, a 15-year-old girl who discovers that her quinceañera brings with it a super cool party . . . and superpowers. Emphasizing diversity, family, and female empowerment, Quince’s creative team includes creator Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums), Kit Steinkellner (writer – Sorry for Your Loss, Z: The Beginning of Everything), Emma Steinkellner (artist – The Okay Witch, Pow Slam Sparkle), translator Valeria Tranier (The Maze Runner, Friday Night Lights, Doctor Who), and graphic designer Oceano Ransford (The Sequels, A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch, Rikki). 

Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition oversized hardcover collects the full English and Spanish editions of the series, as well as forewords by Gloria Calderón Kellett (Executive Producer/Showrunner/Director/Actor, One Day at a Time) and Peter Murrieta (Executive Producer/Showrunner/Writer, Mr. Iglesias), an academic essay by Frederick Luis Aldama (Distinguished University Professor and Eisner Award-winning author of Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics), a study guide by Dr. Theresa Rojas (Professor, Modesto Junior College), an art gallery Javier Hernandez (El Muerto), Sabrina Cintron (The Witches’ Grimoire, La Borinqueña), Malena Bonilla (Twitter: @Malbondesigns, Instagram: @malbondesigns), and Jose Cabrera, and a heartfelt letter to the reader by creator Sebastian Kadlecik.

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Earlier this year, Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition was named a winner in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards, the second place winner of the 2020 International Latino Book Awards, and a finalist for Foreword Reviews INDIES Awards (TBD). In addition, the series, Quince, was the winner of the 2018 IPPY Award and has been nominated for a 2018 Eisner Award, the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, the Cybils Award, and the Excellence in Graphic Literature Award. 

Each issue of the comic book series is available digitally through Hoopla, Comics Plus, and ComiXology. The collected English-language trade paperback is available for sale through Fanbase Press, Amazon, and ComiXology. Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover is available at Fanbase Press and Amazon.

For more information on Quince, please visit or Quince may also be found on Facebook and Twitter, @QuinceComic.

About Fanbase Press
Fanbase Press celebrates fandoms and creates new ones! As an award-winning comic book publisher and geek culture website, Fanbase Press produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so exceptional.

Fanbase Press’ graphic novels, including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2020 IPPY Award-winning Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover, the 2019 IPPY Award-winning A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space, and the 2014 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Fearworms: Selected Poems, are available at

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief




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