For as long as I can remember I’ve been wanting to buy the ICePé.cómics. So I made it a mission to go to the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña bookstore during our last trip to Puerto Rico. Oh boy! Was I in luck! They had all 16 editions available. Initially, I thought I was missing an edition but after a quick research online I learned that I had all of them!
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ICePé.cómic is an educational comic book series that follows the story of three Puerto Rican kids Inés, Ceci, and Pepe as they embark on an adventure to learn about Puerto Rico’s history, culture and various illustrious men such as Eugenio María de Hostos, Ramón Power y Giralt, Miguel Enríquez, Lorenzo Homar, José Campeche y Ramón Emeterio Betances.
On each adventure, they go through a portal such as a light, a mirror, and even a computer; and they are transported to another era and time. They are whisked into learning about the constitution, our Taino heritage, ecology, caring for the environment, arts, music, and more!
On the first page, you’ll read a short intro on the subject and at the end of the ICePé.cómic you’ll find guided questions and activities for each one of them.
These comics are great! I love the diversity of the main characters, the illustrations are colorful, and I especially love how they engage the reader with the storyline on real and factual Puerto Rican history.
This comic series was published by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in 2002 and reprinted in 2008. Sadly, there aren’t any more editions, and I’m not sure if they will have anymore.
Below you’ll see the full list of the ICePé.cómics.
|1. ¡Viva la Constitución de Puerto Rico! Derecho de todos|
|2. “Nuestra Herencia Taína.”|
|3. “Hostos, Amigo Viajero.”|
|4. “Ramón Power y Giralt, un Puertorriqueño en la Historia Universal.”|
|5. “Nuestra Cultura, Firme como un Guayacán: (Aventura Ecológica y Cultural).”|
|6. “Al Rescate de Nuestras Playas y Monumentos.”|
|7. “El Café de mi Tierra.”|
|8. “José Campeche, Pintor de la Puertorriqueñidad.”|
|9. “Lorenzo Homar, Tesoro del Arte Puertorriqueño.”|
|10. “A Trovar con Nuestros Niños.”|
|11. “A bailar mi bomba.”|
|12. “Miguel Enríquez, Corsario Puertorriqueño.”|
|13. “La Magia del Teatro.”|
|14. “El Tren de Ayer y Hoy.”|
|15. “Monsieur Betances.”|
|16. “Barbosa, Médico del Pueblo.”|
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Here’s a short video I created on Instagram: