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LOS ANGELES, CA – July 2021 – Fanbase Press is excited to announce the newest addition to its publishing slate and its first foray into Graphic Medicine with Ripple Ef-fects, a five-issue comic book series created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart (Termi-narch, 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).
Ripple Effects explores life as a superhero with an invisible and incurable disease. It’s like The Incredibles meets the dramedy, 50/50.
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 dai-ly. This incurable disease makes George’s body both his greatest strength and his eternal weakness.
The series is one near and dear to creator Jordan Hart who lives with an invisible and incurable blood-clotting disease called thrombophilia.
“40% of Americans have an incurable disease, some more lethal than others,” notes Hart. “A superhero who struggles with medical bills, weekly doctor visits, and the anxiety of depending on daily, erratic treatments seems well overdue.”
What sets this series apart is a positive, person-first representation about life with a chronic disease . . . 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 strug-gles and economic inequality experienced by many in our nation, and the desire to help oth-ers during trying times.
Issues #1-5 of the comic book series will be released digitally through ComiXology and Hoopla Digital starting in the summer of 2022. In addition, the series will be collected into a printed trade paperback following the digital release. The Ripple Effects trade paperback is currently available for pre-order through the Fanbase Press website (www.fanbasepress.com). Pre-orders made by August 1, 2022, will receive an exclusive print illustrated and signed by series creator Jordan Hart.
Founded in 2010, 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 cul-ture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so excep-tional.
Fanbase Press’ previous titles – including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2020 Foreword INDIES Award-winning Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition, the 2019 IPPY Award-winning A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space, the 2014 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Fearworms: Selected Poems, The Sequels, Nuclear Power, The Margins, The Gamma Gals, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs, and Pen-guins vs. Possums – are available online at www.fanbasepress.com and on Amazon, as well as digitally through ComiXology, Comics Plus, and Hoopla Digital.