Fanbase Press Introduces Latina Superhero in Bilingual QUINCE Comic Series

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Fanbase Press announces Quince as the next addition to its comic book lineup.



Noun 1.

(among Hispanics in Latin America and the U.S.) A celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, marking her transition from childhood to maturity.


            Beginning January 15, 2017; comic creators Kit Steinkellner (writer – Z: The Beginning of Everything, Emma Steinkellner (artist – Pow Slam Sparkle) & Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums) join together to bring forth a new digital comic series to celebrate the coming of age and year in the life of Lupe, a young Hispanic girl who discovers that turning 15 brings more than just the normal anxiety and expectation that goes along with her Quinceañera, it also brings her superpowers.  These powers will only last for the course of her 15th year however, and we will follow Lupe over the course of this crazy and exciting time.


            Quince is set to be released digitally on the 15th of each month and each issue will be released in English & Spanish.  The English language series will also be collected as a trade paperback available and released in October of 2017.


-on a personal note:  With an industry like comics where anything and everything is possible, there are still obvious strides to be made in diversity of all types to reflect the word.  A book like Quince looks to be type of book that does exactly that, not by separating itself, but in showing a larger world simply by reflecting the very lives of those who are creating it.


-Below is the official press release from our friends at Fanbase Press




LOS ANGELES, CA – October 24, 2016 – Fanbase Press is overjoyed to announce the

newest addition to its publishing slate with Quince, a 15-issue, bilingual, creator-owned

digital 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 sisters Kit Steinkellner (writer – Z: The Beginning of Everything) and Emma

Steinkellner (artist – Pow Slam Sparkle) and creator Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs.



In Quince, 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.


“A few years ago, I went to a couple quinceañeras back to back, and it struck me that I

could think of no more nerve-wracking situation when I was turning 15 than standing in

front of my family, friends, and strangers with all eyes on me,” says Quince creator

Kadlecik. “I also noticed my nieces love dressing up as superheroes. Still, I couldn’t help

but take note of the fact that here were two young Latinas, and it sure would be cool if

they had some more heroes that looked like them, both in a mask and out of one.”


The comic book series will be released digitally through ComiXology on the 15th of

every month, starting on January 15, 2017. Each issue will be released digitally in

English and Spanish, courtesy of translator Valeria Tranier (The Maze Runner, Friday

Night Lights, Doctor Who). In addition, the English-language series will be collected into

a printed trade paperback that will be released on Monday, October 22, 2017.


“So many of us are still waiting for our letter from Hogwarts or for that blue police box to

land on our doorstep,” says Quince writer Kit Steinkellner. “Part of the fun of being a fan

is falling in love so hard with a story that you start wishing for impossible things. My

dearest hope for Quince is that some of our readers can add ‘getting superpowers on my

quince’ to their list of impossible things to wish for.”

The Quince trade paperback is currently available for pre-order through the Fanbase

Press website (, and the trade paperback will be released for sale

on October 22, 2017. Pre-orders made by August 1, 2017, will receive an exclusive

sketch by artist Emma Steinkellner, and all pre-orders customers will receive an exclusive

Quince print.

“I love looking at the history of women and girls in superhero comics,” says Quince artist

Emma Steinkellner. “There’s always these fun, strange, little elements of the current

culture that worm their way into these stories. The stories of being a girl or a woman

intersect in these weird and illuminating ways with the classic story of negotiating your

own superpowered uniqueness. With all of the expectations and pressures and joys of

being a teenager in our world, we wanted to make sure those were a part of Lupe’s


Founded in 2010, Fanbase Press (formerly Fanboy Comics) is a comic book publisher

and an online community supporting other creators and fans through daily reviews,

interviews, and podcasts that span the pop culture spectrum. Fanbase Press seeks to

provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists and writers with a desire to create new works

and media.

Fanbase Press’ previous graphic novels, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs,

Fearworms: Selected Poems, Penguins vs. Possums, and Hero Hotel, are available online

at and digitally through ComiXology.

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

@QuinceComic. Celebrating your quinceañera? Send us your #QuinceSuperhero photo

on Facebook


Fanbase Press Introduces Latina Superhero in Bilingual QUINCE Comic Series

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