La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story created and written by graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Her powers are drawn from history and and mysticism found on the island of Puerto Rico. The fictional character, Marisol Rios De La Luz, is a Columbia University Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate student living with her parents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She takes a semester of study abroad in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. There she explores the caves of Puerto Rico and finds five similar sized crystals. Atabex, the Taino mother goddess, appears before Marisol once the crystals are united and summons her sons Yúcahu, spirt of the seas and mountains and Juracan, spirit of the hurricanes. They give Marisol superhuman strength, the power of flight, and control of the storms.
Written, lettered and art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, edited by Matthew Barbot, illustrated by Emilio Lopez, Will Rosado, Eric Jimenez and introducingSabrina Cintron with digitally coloring by Juan Fernandez. Cover artwork by Ralph Anthony "Rags" Morales and Emilio Lopez and a variant cover art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez featuring art by Gustavo Vazquez and Chris Sotomayor bringing awareness to the annual Festival del Tinglar in Puerto Rico's Northeast Ecological Corridor.
"Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, is an artist and business owner whose skill and visionary ideas are shaping our cultural landscape. Growing up in the Bronx, Edgardo was captivated by comic books and art from a young age. Through his successful Brooklyn-based studio, Somos Arte, he utilizes his well-honed design skill to help clients shape their brands' identity and better connect with users. Edgardo's true passion is still the comic books of his youth, and has turned his childhood obsession into a fruitful career, producing graphic novels through his studio, working as a writer for Marvel Comics, and curating art exhibitions featuring Marvel superheroes and the work of its artists. Before finding success as an artist and entrepreneur, Edgardo worked as an organizer, promoting social justice and empowering youth through culturally and socially conscious events. His continued dedication to these values and to his community is embodied in his new original comic book character, La Borinqueña, a strong, female superhero who draws her powers from the island of Puerto Rico." - from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, Proclamation
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the founder of his design studio, Somos Arte, and co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa'lante Siempre Pa'lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. Edgardo's debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color.
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