Date: August 20th, 2018
100% of the proceeds from the sales of RICANSTRUCTION: REMINISCING & REBUILDING PUERTO RICO goes towards a grants program that will award a $10,000 grant to each of nine different grass roots organizations in Puerto Rico that have been working heroically in the recovery efforts and rebuilding of the island via programs for youth, women, community members, and the environment. To date, $150,000 has been raised to help Puerto Rico via the LA BORINQUEÑA GRANTS PROGRAM. The first round of grants will be awarded to these distinguished recipients: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PUERTO RICO, MULTISENSORY READING CENTERS OF PUERTO RICO, MUJERES AYUDANDO MADRES, CORPORACION PIÑONES INTEGRA, LA BRIGADA SOLIDARIA DEL OESTE, CORALATION, ASOCIACION RECREATIVA EDUCATIVA Y COMUNAL DE MARIANA, CREATIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVE, and EL PUENTE ENLACE LATINO ACCIÓN CLIMÁTICA. read more
Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuiliding Puerto Rico is an anthology featuring contributions from writers and artists from the comic book industry like Frank Miller, Gail Simone, Greg Pak, Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, Tony Daniel, Ken Lashley, Bill Sienkiewicz, Yanick Paquette, Gabby Rivera, Will Rosado, Jorge Jimenez, Mike Allred, Chris Sotomayor, to Puerto Rican and Latinx celebrities like Rosario Dawson, Rubén Blades, Javier Muñoz, Sonia Manzano and over 100 more. Produced and also featuring stories written by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, this anthology teams up his original character LA BORINQUEÑA with some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time from DC COMICS: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and many others. Original stories also take us to the past to explore the beautiful history of PUERTO RICO as well as tales that envision a stronger and rebuilt island. 100% of the proceeds from this anthology will go to the continued work to help over 3 million Americans living in Puerto Rico, providing solar-powered lamps, food, clothing and so much more. These short stories remind us all that the true power of being a hero is inside each of us. When we come together as a united people, we will never be defeated! ¡El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!
Thanks to DC for generously giving our studio, Somos Arte, permission to use some of DC’s iconic characters in original stories for this anthology, whose proceeds Somos Arte will contribute towards the continued hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
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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 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.
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the Creative Director and owner of Somos Arte, a Brooklyn-based creative services studio. With close to 20 years of experience, Edgardo has delivered exemplary services in graphic design for both digital and print for such clients as Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and Marvel. Under his leadership, Somos Arte, provides graphic novel production, web design/development, branding, key artwork and video production. In addition, Edgardo is a curator of art exhibitions having already produced three original Marvel comic book art exhibitions and his very own La Borinqueña for the Smithsonian Museum.
Edgardo continues to be recognized widely for his work on NBC, CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and numerous other media outlets as a graphic novelist having already produced his creator owned project, the critically acclaimed La Borinqueña. In addition he has produced graphic novels under the Darryl Makes Comics imprint which he co-owns with Darryl DMC McDaniels (from RUN DMC), and the comic book series Freak written by Emmy award winning writer John Leguizamo. He has also written for Marvel Comics critically acclaimed anthology, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tales of the Cosmos.
As part of his national tour he continues to speak on such topics as diversity in comic books and current socio-political issues related to Puerto Rico. The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, Princeton University, Colgate University, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, New York Comic Con, Rhode Island School of Design, Viacom, Hasbro and many other institutions and events invite him to deliver keynote presentations and talks to audiences that range from elementary school children to graduate students.
Jul. 28-Oct. 2019 | ART EXHIBITION - Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
Aug. 27-Sept. 21 | ART EXHIBITION - Arte de La Borinqueña, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Allcott GalleryArte de La Borinqueña, Chapel Hill, NC more info
Sept. 16 | Newark Puerto Rican Day Parade, Newark, NJ
Sept. 23 | Ricanstruction Grant Awards Ceremony, Viejo San Juan, PR
Sept. 29 | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Hanes Art Center Auditorium, Rm 121, UNC Chapel Hill
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 | 2018 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit, Orlando, FL more info
Oct. 4-7 | New York Comic Con, New York, NY more info
Oct. 11 | 4:30pm, Monmouth University, Wilson Hall Auditorium, West Long Branch, NJ
Nov. 2 | University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 3-4 | Indigenous Comic Con, Albuquerque, NM more info
Nov. 9 | ViceVersa Conferencia, New York, NY
Mar. 28 | 7pm, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
1st Issue Cover Artwork by Ralph Anthony ‘Rags’ Morales & Emilio Lopez, 60 pages including a bonus story.
2nd Issue Cover Artwork by George Perez & Juan Fernandez, 64 pages.
2nd Issue Variant Cover Artwork by Nicole Virella, 64 pages.
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