Thursday, November 10, 2022

LCAF's Dr. Theresa Rojas Joins Fanbase Press and RIPPLE EFFECTS for National Diabetes Month 2022 Campaign

Earlier this year, Eisner Award-nominated publisher Fanbase Press launched its first foray into Graphic Medicine with Ripple Effects, a five-issue comic book series which explores life as a superhero with an invisible illness, specifically type 1 diabetes.  The series was inspired by creator/writer/colorist Jordan Hart's lived experience with an invisible and incurable blood-clotting disease called thrombophilia.  As November is National Diabetes Month, Hart and the team at Fanbase Press wish to join physicians, educators, advocates, patients, and their loved ones in raising awareness for diabetes and other invisible illnesses.  Throughout the month (and to coincide with the release of the Ripple Effects printed edition on November 15), Fanbase Press will be sharing interviews with individuals impacted by diabetes and educators who share stories about diabetes in their classroom to advance empathy and understanding.  In addition, Jordan Hart will be signing copies of Ripple Effects at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica on Saturday, November 19, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the American Diabetes Association.


This month, Fanbase Press will feature the following events and content to honor National Diabetes Month:

  • an interview with educator and parent Tim Smyth about bringing comics into the classroom to educate others about invisible illnesses;
  • an interview with Dr. Theresa Rojas (Founding Director - The Latinx Comic Arts Festival, Founding Board Member - Graphic Medicine International Collective) about her lived experience with type 2 diabetes;
  • the release of the Ripple Effects trade paperback (in print);
  • the release of the Ripple Effects collected edition digitally on Hoopla, Comics Plus, and Kindle; and
  • an in-person signing with Ripple Effects creator/writer/colorist Jordan Hart on Saturday, November 19, from 12-3 p.m. at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, CA.

Organizations like the American Diabetes Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) advance the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions related to diabetes.  There are opportunities to get involved directly and/or to donate to their efforts, and we encourage you to learn more about their incredible efforts.

Ripple Effects is created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart (Terminarch, Doppelgänger, Emergence), illustrated by Bruno Chiroleu (El Borde, Mara and Samu), flatted by Shane Kadlecik, lettered by Oceano Ransford (Eisner Award-nominated Rikki, The Sequels, Haphaven), and featuring cover art by Justin C. Harder (CLAUS Studios). 

In a world that is no stranger to superheroes, George Gibson is invulnerable to physical harm but fights every day to stay alive. Suffering from an acute case of type 1 diabetes, his invincibility is offset by a defective pancreas that must be monitored and treated daily. This incurable disease makes George's body both his greatest strength and his eternal weakness.

What sets this series apart is a positive, person-first representation about life with an invisible illness . . . which just so happens to also include superhuman abilities. But, Ripple Effects isn't just a story about a character with an incurable disease. It’s also a thrilling and relevant superhero tale that touches on the difficulty of finding a work/life balance, the class struggles and economic inequality experienced by many in our nation, and the desire to help others during trying times.

"When I was first diagnosed with thrombophilia, I struggled with deep feelings of isolation," notes Ripple Effects creator Jordan Hart. "But talking with other chronically ill people gave me the support I needed to realize I wasn’t alone. I created Ripple Effects to remind anyone living with an invisible illness — and their loved ones — that there’s a whole community that’s here for you."

For Ripple Effects, in an effort to help readers better empathize with and understand the difficulties of navigating invisible illnesses, every issue of the series features an "Unseen Ripples" essay series written by individuals with invisible disabilities who relate Ripple Effects' events to their own lived experience, ranging in topic from paranoid schizophrenia to thrombophilia. 

The "Unseen Ripples" essay series includes a powerhouse lineup of contributors who were generous in sharing not only their time, but their very personal journeys with invisible disabilities and illnesses, including multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, paranoid schizophrenia, Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and thrombophilia:

  • Dr. Theresa Rojas - Founding Director - The Latinx Comic Arts Festival, Founding Board Member - Graphic Medicine International Collective
  • Jazmine Joyner (They/Them) - Writer / Editor, The Story Eater 2024
  • Mike Ahn - co-creator, Out of Order
  • Amanda Lawson
  • Jordan Hart - writer, Ripple Effects, Terminarch, Doppelgänger, Emergence

Issues #1-5 of the comic book series have been released digitally through Hoopla Digital. In addition, the series will be collected into a printed trade paperback (currently available for pre-order) and release on Tuesday, November 15.  The collected digital edition will be available through Hoopla, Comics Plus, and Kindle on Wednesday, November 16.

For more information on Ripple Effects, please visit or Ripple Effects may also be found on Facebook and Twitter, @RippleFXComic.


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (4 of 4)

Today we highlight the final two panels of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“Critical Stills: World Building” asks what does it take to build a compelling story world?  How do we generate and organize viable ideas? How might we navigate collaborating with other creators? These panelists discuss story origins and productive/unproductive ways to build compelling narratives. 

Featuring Jason "J. Gonzo" Gonzalez, Amber Padilla, and Henry Barajas

Moderated by: Don Nguyen

For the final panel of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival, “Comics Chisme Hour with Comadres y Comics and DocTeeRoh,” our Founding Festival Director, Dr. Theresa Rojas (aka DocTeeRoh) gets into the “good stuff” with Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez, the creators and hosts of the Comadres y Comics podcast! 

Created over a pitcher of beer, Comadres y Comics is dedicated to highlighting Latinx creators and content, with a focus on the presence of women in the industry as creators, characters, and fans. Not to be missed! 

Recommended for mature audiences.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (3 of 4)

 Today we continue highlighting panels from the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“SOMOS: Stories of Illness, Trauma, and Healing” is a special “graphic medicine” panel. Graphic medicine is the intersection of comics and stories rooted in medicine and health-related issues. Comics offer a vehicle for conveying difficult stories surrounding taboo topics such as physical and mental illness, loss, and recovery. Join us for a discussion of how the comics form works as a uniquely healing medium. Recommended for mature audiences

Featuring Amber Padilla, Alex Schumacher, and Barbra Dillon. 

Moderated by: Dr. Theresa Rojas

Kid Lit: Comics and Literature for Children and Young Adults” brings together some of our children’s and young adult literature authors and artists for this panel focused on (but not limited to!) work for the younger generations. 

Featuring Paul Meyer, Amber Padilla, and Carlos Saldaña

Moderated by: Barbara Dillon of Fanbase Press

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (2 of 4)

Today we highlight panels three and four of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“Artivism: Comic Arts as Activism” features a discussion of how from the earliest superheroes fighting the “forces of evil” to historical accounts and graphic memoir, comics have virtually always been used to express discontent and call for change. Join us as panelists discuss how comics can work as a medium for social justice. 

Featuring J.M. Hunter, Henry Barajas, and Robert Liu Trujillo.

Moderated by: Kristen Parraz of Comadres y Comics

Beyond Superheroes: Autobiography and the Possibilities of Comics Storytelling” revolves around the role of autobiography in comics. These featured creators discuss their work and the development of some of the most dynamic and diverse storytelling in comics. 

Featuring Jaime Crespo, Javier Cruz Winnick, and Luke Martinez

Moderated by: Sara Bazan of Comadres y Comics

Monday, October 17, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (1 of 4)

Exciting news! Our recordings of all of our 2022 panels from the Latinx Comic Arts Festival are now available on YouTube.

Celebrate Latinx Heritage, creators, and art all throughout the year. This week, we release EIGHT exclusive panels recorded during the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival at Modesto Junior college. These panels feature and spotlight Latinx creators, comics, and more.

“Comics Production and Publishing” focuses on what it takes to create and produce a comic as an individual or independent publisher. Discover how these creators and publishers navigate the world(s) of independent comics. 

Featuring Barbra Dillon, Javier Solórzano, and Crystal Gonzalez. 

Moderated by Jason "J. Gonzo" Gonzalez

“Teaching Comics and Comics Creation” showcases how there has never been a better time to study comics! As we witness a new Golden Age of comics and graphic storytelling, classrooms around the world are opening up to the possibilities of what we can learn by studying visual culture. Join us for this discussion of studying comics and the creation of new narratives in the classroom. 

Featuring Javier Hernandez, Jandro Gamboa, and Luke Martinez, and Bernyce Talley

Moderated by: Amber Padilla

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Monster Matador Volume 1 Adds a Study Guide!

Our own Dr. Theresa Rojas, LCAF Director joins MONSTER MATADOR for the Volume 1 collection!

Dr. Rojas is contributing a study guide to our 180+ page collection MONSTER MATADOR VOLUME 1 on @kickstarter Check out 180+ pages of Matador vs Kaiju action in Monster Matador Volume 1 - a delightfully demented throw down of epic proportions! Pledge today to make it a reality and join the fight against monsters on Kickstarter!

matador looking into a monster's mouth

“Folks. You need this comic. Prince is a stellar writer, Fabio Alves draws really great monsters, Alex Zief colors the madness… Yes, this comic is that good!"
--Blake Morgan, Blake's Buzz

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Cathy Camper Celebrated 'Lowriders to the Rescue' at LCAF 2022

Author Cathy Camper celebrated her forthcoming graphic novel, Lowriders to the Rescue (Chronicle, May, 2022), at The Latinx Comic Arts Festival in Modesto, CA, directed by Dr. Theresa Rojas. The festival included a car show featuring lowriders from 14 local car clubs, organized by Nassan and Sonia Sanchez. Camper was thrilled to reconnect her books with the community that inspired them.


Top row, left to right: Kiki Rodriguez, Sonia Sanchez, Elisa Trevino, Dr. Theresa Rojas, Cathy Camper. Lower: Nasson Sanchez, George Punchy.

Photo credit: Dustin Garcia