Since 1968, the United States has celebrated the history, culture, and influence of Latinx/e and Hispanic American citizens whose families came from Mexico, Spain, Central America, and South America. The contributions of these individuals have enriched and influenced our society and culture for generations, giving voice to myriad ideas, perspectives, experiences, and sources of imagination. In honor of Latinx/e and Hispanic Heritage Month (taking place between September 15-October 15, 2023), Fanbase Press wishes to continue that sharing of ideas, imagination, and culture by offering a special discount for the Eisner-nominated series, Quince, and the International Latino Book Award-winning series, Nuclear Power.
Throughout the month, readers may use the promo code “celebratedei” at checkout to receive $5.00 off the purchase of the Quince collected trade paperback, the Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover, and the Nuclear Power collected trade paperback when purchasing the books through the Fanbase Press Online Store.
Quince is an Eisner Award-nominated, 15-issue, bilingual 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 (writer/artist – 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).
The 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.
“Quince has its origins in an appreciation of culture,” says creator Kadlecik. “I wanted to do a project that celebrated my family’s heritage. I wanted my nieces, my mom, my wife, and all of my family to be celebrated and to see positive depictions of themselves. It was my hope that this story would reach across generations and boundaries and unite readers in a celebration of our shared Latinx culture. I hope you enjoy it. (I hope your abuela enjoys it, too!)”
Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition was named a winner in the 2021 Foreword INDIES Book Awards, the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards, as well as the second place winner in the 2020 International Latino Book Awards and an Honor Book in the Virginia Library Association’s (VLA) 2020 Graphic Novel Diversity Awards. In addition, the series 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.
ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER
Nuclear Power is a darkly poignant alternate history of the Cuban Missile Crisis written by Desirée Proctor and Erica Harrell (Deadshot: Mercy, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop) and illustrated by Lynne Yoshii (DC’s Gotham Garage, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop). Furthering the series’ efforts to stress the tenets of democratic society, demand equity for its citizens, and encourage healthy and informed civic participation, the trade paperback features education-focused bonus content, including a foreword by Dr. Katie Monnin (writer – Teaching Graphic Novels, Diamond Bookshelf’s “Katie’s Korner”) and a study guide by Dr. Stephen J.C. Andes (Associate Professor of History – Louisiana State University / writer – Zorro’s Shadow). The bonus content also offers readers, educators, and librarians the opportunity to utilize the collected Nuclear Power trade paperback as an educational resource for examining challenging topics like disinformation and xenophobia, providing opportunities for greater discussion and understanding.
For Nuclear Power writers Desirée Proctor and Erica Harrell, calling upon past events to educate future generations was vital not only to the content of the story, but to its very inspiration.
“The story is inspired by our mothers’ experience trying to Americanize after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Cubans were attacked in this country for being the ‘enemy,'” Proctor and Harrell noted. “We hope that people take away the idea that we shouldn’t fear others for being different; that we shouldn’t automatically try to destroy what we don’t understand. Every alt-history story begins with real history, and Nuclear Power is no different.”
Desirée and Erica’s work can also be seen in Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades, a comic which spotlights Latinx/e heroes and creators in the Marvel Comics Universe.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the sharing of voices and culture by visiting the Fanbase Press Online Store during Latinx/e and Hispanic Heritage Month. We hope that these stories will provide an opportunity to unite readers – across generations and languages – in honoring Latinx/e and Hispanic culture.