Sunday Service (Part 2): Eisner Award Nominated ‘Quince’ Gives Us A Bilingual Teenage Superhero But With Limits

by Oliver MacNamee

Originally published as a 15 issue mini-series on Comixology in 2017, Quince created by Sebastian Kadlecik written by Kit Steinkellner, llustrated by Emma Steinkellner and translated by Valeria Tranier is now available as a collected edition online or in print. But, if you are going to get a print copy, maybe select it from Fanbase Press’s own online shop here for the hardback, or here for the regular trade paperback to better support smaller businesses. I’m sure they’ll be grateful of the custom.

We’ve been given a selection of illustrations to give you a flavour of the book, which is available as the ultimate bilingual version, with all 15 issues presented in both Spanish and English and celebrating family, diversity, female empowerment and super heroics, lest we forget! A good looking read for al ages.

Lupe is just your average, insecure, well-meaning, occasionally cranky teenage girl whose life is completely turned upside down when she discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Her quince powers only last as long as she’s fifteen, so over the course of this rollercoaster year, we follow the adventures of Lupe as she figures out what it really means to be a hero.

As well as being over 300 pages in length, if you’re opting for the hardcover it will also feature the following bonus material you won’t find in the regular edition:

  • a foreword by Gloria Calderón Kellett (Executive Producer/Showrunner/Director/Actor, One Day at a Time)
  • a foreword by Peter Murrieta (Executive Producer/Showrunner/Writer, Mr. Igleasias)
  • 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 by artists/cartoonists Javier Hernandez(El Muerto), Sabrina Cintron (The Witches’ Grimoire, La Borinqueña), Malena Bonilla (Twitter: @Malbondesigns, Instagram: @malbondesigns), and Jose Cabrera
  • a heartfelt letter to the reader by creator Sebastian Kadlecik.

Maybe one for all you parents and home schoolers out there looking to educate and entertain your kids if they’re off school.

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