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About the Author
Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island's northeastern coast. While Blazewrath Games is her debut novel, Saving Chupie is her first book for middle grade readers. Her short story comic, "What Remains in the Dark," appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong. She holds an MA in English and a BA in psychology from the UPR's Río Piedras campus. When she's not teaching ESL to her college students, she's streaming K-pop music videos, vlogging for her eponymous YouTube channel, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical. Follow her shenanigans online at amparoortiz.com.
Eisner-winning artist Ronnie Vazquez is a queer Puerto Rican illustrator with experience in comics and visual development. With a range of storytelling experience from middle grade to young adult, their signature talent involves designing creatures of the toothy variety. They have illustrated for several independent anthologies and books and currently teach young artists in their community. When they're not drawing pictures or working with young artists, they can be found huddled in a blanket fort working on puzzles and eating fruit snacks.
"Expertly weaves Puerto Rican culture and lore into themes of familial love and friendship difficulties. An enticing, broadly appealing blend of Puerto Rican mythology and relationship-driven adventure. " -- Kirkus Reviews
"Beware: cutest Chupacabra ever!"
-- Sophie Escabasse, creator of the bestselling Witches of Brooklyn series
"Everyone needs a Chupie in their life!" -- Kat Fajardo, creator of Miss Quinces
"What's better than a summer vacation with new friends and a mythical beast? Saving Chupie has them both and more."
-- Tim Probert, creator of the Lightfall series
"Expressive, colorful, and full of heart-- perfect for a young animal enthusiast looking for adventure."
-- Wendy Xu, author of Tidesong
"I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories mixed with a kid and a secret monster. Saving Chupie is like E.T. in Puerto Rico." -- Yehudi Mercado, author of Chunky Goes to Camp
"Saving Chupie is as heartwarming as it is hilarious, standing out in a crowded graphic novel space with a unique voice, stunning art, and unforgettable characters." -- George Jreije, author of Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria