Thomás is a dreamer – a young farm boy in California’s Central Valley that envisions travelling the stars with his best friend, Lisa. With his ratty, old, toy spaceship in hand, he overcomes bullying and socio-economic oppression throughout childhood into young adulthood. At his moment of triumph, where he becomes NASA’s first hyperspace traveler, he gets lost in space! For Thomás, survival means reaching back to his boyhood, to lessons learned from his single mother, Amelia. In order to make it back to Lisa on Earth, he must grow and adapt in ways his self-doubt has never allowed. Along the way, he befriends a colorful cast of aliens and robots in this coming-of-age SciFi adventure. Stand-alone story with series potential.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:Adventure, BIPOC, Science Fiction
Page Count Estimate:120
When I first heard about Astronaut José M. Hernández, an immigrant from La Piedad, Michoacán, México – the same hometown my Dad is from – I became teary eyed. I had no idea that Chicanos could aspire to and achieve such lofty heights, and I came to learn that NASA has a rich history of contributions from Latinos in all areas of space exploration. It inspired me to write a fun hero’s journey for young people of color that struggle with anxiety and imposter syndrome. I hope Major Thomás inspires them to overcome their challenges and reach for the stars with their dreams, no matter what their hopes and aspirations may be. Major Thomás was made exclusively with Latino artists from around the world – an incredible point of pride for our team!
Omar Morales is a storyteller and writer from Oakland, CA with a deep passion for comic books – the medium that helped him learn English as a kindergarten student. His original stories include The Lunar Ladies (Scout Comics), Major Thomás (unpublished) and various anthology short stories. He is the winner of the CW TV’s inaugural Comic Book Hero writing contest, and a former Guinness World Records titleholder for Largest Comic Book Published. Follow Omar on social media: @omorales81.
Serg Acuña is an artist from San José, Costa Rica, where he studied Graphic Design at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica. He worked for four years on illustration and graphic design projects—and in 2017, he made his comic book debut as an artist at BOOM! Studios for its WWE pro wrestling series. Serg is currently working with DC Comics and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @sergacuna.
Mau Mora is an illustrator and comics artist from Costa Rica. He began his career working on video game projects like Nexomon and G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout as an illustrator, and is now focusing on his true passion: comics. Recent projects include art for Damsel from D.I.S.T.R.E.S.S., Major Thomás, Metroid Shred, and Kate Carter Adventures. You can follow Mau on social media: @maumoraart.