Graphic Novel Storytelling for Social Change
September 27, 2023, 1 pm ET, Wednesday ONLINE
How can we use what we love to help others?
In this workshop, graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez will talk about how growing up with a love of comic books lit his passion for social justice. He will share how he created the character of La Borinqueña to gain public attention and support for the current humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and to give an underrepresented community an icon who embodies cultural pride, power, and resilience like the people of Puerto Rico.
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is a graphic novelist most notably recognized as the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and bestselling superhero series La Borinqueña that is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museums. He is a featured storyteller in HBO's documentary Habla Now, the latest installment of the award-winning "Habla" series. In addition, he is the recipient of the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Eisner Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts via the benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico featuring La Borinqueña teaming up with DC Comics heroes which he self-published under his own studio Somos Arte. Sales of Ricanstruction have collected close to a quarter of a million dollars and lead to the development of the La Borinqueña Grants Program supporting local grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico. As the Creative Director and owner of Somos Arte, a Brooklyn-based creative services studio he has worked with such notable clients as Atlantic Records, Columbia University, Sony Pictures and Marvel. Edgardo is a curator of art exhibitions having already produced three original Marvel comic book art exhibitions and his latest "La Borinqueña in San Juan" in Puerto Rico's Fundación Cortés. Follow Edgardo for more updates on his latest projects and philanthropic efforts on social media via Twitter @MrEdgardoNYC and the latest news on La Borinqueña via Instagram/Facebook @LaBorinquenaComics.