If you are looking for a great way to start off celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, then you do not want to miss this upcoming author talk! Join me this Friday, September 15, as I will be in conversation once again with comic book writer Julio Anta, but also with comic book illustrator Jacoby Salcedo, as we will be talking about their recent YA graphic novel, Frontera!
As long as he remembers to stay smart and keep his eyes open, Mateo knows that he can survive the trek across the Sonoran Desert that will take him from Mexico to the United States. That is until he’s caught by the Border Patrol only moments after sneaking across the fence in the dead of night.
Escaping their clutches comes at a price and, lost in the desert without a guide or water, Mateo is ill-prepared for the unforgiving heat that is sure to arrive come sunrise. With the odds stacked against him, his one chance at survival may be putting his trust in something, or rather someone, that he isn’t even sure exists.
If you’d asked him if ghosts were real before he found himself face-to-face with one, Mateo wouldn’t have even considered it. But now, confronted with the nearly undeniable presence of Guillermo, he’s having second thoughts. Having spent his afterlife guiding migrants to safety, Guillermo knows things about the Sonoran Desert far beyond what could be explained by a mere hallucination. But even as Mateo forms an uneasy partnership with Guillermo, survival is still uncertain.
The Sonoran Desert, with its hostile temperatures and inhabitants, is teeming with danger as the Border Patrol and rogue militias prowl its deadly terrain. As his journey stretches on, Mateo will have to decide exactly what and who he’s willing to sacrifice to find home.
Julio Anta is a Cuban and Colombian American author from Miami, Florida. He currently resides in New York City where he works to tell narratively rich stories about diverse Latinx characters for readers of all ages. He is best known for his comic book series HOME, published by Image Comics, and his work at Marvel and DC Comics.
Jacoby Salcedo is a comic book illustrator who is based in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-creator of the Harper Collins YA graphic novel, FRONTERA with frequent collaborator, Julio Anta. He is also the artist on Dark Horse mini-series, IT’S ONLY TEENAGE WASTELAND with writer Curt Pires. Jacoby has also been featured in multiple comic anthologies such as DC’s Legion of Bloom, Panel X Panel, Graphic Mundi’s Covid Chronicles, and A Wave Blue World Young Men in Love.
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