The comic book world is starting to be a much more diverse and accepting place, thanks to Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.
Creator of the comic book hero La Borinqueña, Miranda-Rodriguez added a new character to the series. Meet Lauren "La La" Liu, a Chinese-Dominican girl from Washington Heights and La Borinqueña's best friend.
Miranda-Rodriguez said his personal experience inspired the creation of La La's character as someone who has plenty of the Asian-Latinx mix in his family.
"My wife is Korean-American and our baby boy is half Puerto Rican, or, as I like to call him, a Koricua," Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú. "My goddaughter is adopted from China and raised by Puerto Rican/Dominican/Filipino parents. Given this awareness of the diversity of our Latinx heritage, I wanted to acknowledge it in my comic book series. I also wanted to create a character that wasn't a superhuman, but had the tenacity and cojones of a badass young woman from Washington Heights."
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Miranda-Rodriguez was even asked to create an original comic book and art exhibition for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He's super excited to be part of it so that he can give La La a backstory.
"They loved my work, my message, and asked me to be part of the show they were curating in New York City on November 12 and 13," Miranda-Rodriguez said about the exhibit. "This gave me an opportunity to give La La a backstory as she gets to talk about her family leaving Barrio Chino in Dominican Republic to come to Nueva York."
Even though she doesn't have any superpowers, Miranda-Rodriguez is quick to point out La La isn't afraid to defend herself.
"It's important that we respect our mujeres and expect to be called out or knocked out when we step out of line," Miranda-Rodriguez said. "If we want real change to happen in America, we need to start with how we interact with each other. I write my characters with strength and tenacity, just like the real women that raised me and are still in my life. They don't stand behind me; they stand beside me. Sometimes, they lead and I gladly follow."
The comic book writer and artist says that now more than ever, given the turn out of the election, it's important that we celebrate and defend our right to write and create stories about ourselves, our cultura and our heroes.
"When our culture is being attacked, that is when we need to be more vigilant than ever," he said. "As artists we have a responsibility to create art that inspires."