New Latina superhero La Borinqueña created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Pin-Up by Des Taylor)
La Borinqueña is an original character created by graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez which debuted at the 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The first full-length issue is in production under Somos Arte.
La Borinqueña is a patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story. Her powers are drawn from elements 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 Flor De La Luz Rojas and Oscar 'Chango' Rios Velez 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: Ventana, La Cueva del Indio, Las Cuevas de Camuy, La Cueva del Viento and the caves at the Julio Enrique Monagas National Park. At each of these caves she finds five similar sized crystals. Atabex, the Taino mother goddess, appears before Marisol once the crystals are united and summons her sons Yúcahu and Juracan. Yúcahu, God of the seas and the mountains gives Marisol her superhuman strength. Juracan, god of the hurricanes gives her the power of flight and control of the wind.
La Borinqueña #1 will debut December 17 and 18, 2016 at the Comic Fest (Aguada Con) 2016 in Puerto Rico.
La Borinqueña will also be part of 'CTRL+ALT', a group art show at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. The exhibit will feature an original story about La Borinqueña and her best friend, Lauren ‘La La’ Liu, a Chinese Dominican. "This exhibition will be an interactive comic book and will give me an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the Asian Latino experience which is part of my own family.” says creator Edgardo.
CTRL+ALT will feature art installations, performances and maker spaces that illustrate how emerging forms of media, once considered fringe, can envision more sustainable, equitable futures for communities of color, and can be seen November 12-13.