I was lucky enough to have been checking my Twitter feed when writer Edgardo Miranda–Rodriguez posted an invite for a special event on Wednesday, June 26th for fans of his hit independent comic La Borinqueña to be treated to a special screening of the new movie Spider-Man: Far From Home.
No stranger to comics and the Marvel universe, Miranda-Rodriguez has written for Marvel Comics before and helped curate several comic themed exhibits around the US, this was his second team up with a Marvel web-slinger, the first was a screening of the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.
For this screening at Williamsburg Cinemas in Brooklyn, New York, fans lined up early in front of the theater for the event. Before and after fans were able to take pictures with Miranda-Rodriguez and his son who was there cosplaying as Miles Morales aka Spider-Man. In addition to the movie, special Far From Home drawstring backpacks and posters were given to viewers after the movie.
The moral of this article? Follow and support Miranda-Rodriguez on Twitter and Instagram where he loves engaging with fans and discussing that area where culture and comics intersect.
Look for Spider-man: Far From Home, out July 2nd and for a spoiler-ish free review of the movie read Graphic Policy’s review here.
The 4th of July means different things to many people, as we celebrate the USA’s birthday, I wanted to highlight 5 patriots that aren’t Steve Rogers but wear the colors and are willing to stand or take a knee for their beliefs.
5) America Chavez aka Ms. America – this super-powered young woman is one of the true faces of what America is, a one woman powerhouse, lesbian immigrant from another dimension. As she has settled in the 616 universe, she has worked to improve life as a member of the Ultimates.
4) Super Patriot – straight from the pages of the Savage Dragon, Johnny Armstrong was a WWII superhero who was viciously beaten by villains in the 90’s resulting in his being turned into a WMD. In this new incarnation Super Patriot continues the never ending battle of good vs. evil.
3) La Borinqueña – makes the list as a symbol of Puerto Rican resilience. As part of the US she uses her elemental powers to uplift and inspire Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the US in the shared colors of the flag, and make no mistake she is American.
2) Sam Wilson aka the Falcon – but forever my Captain, Sam is the Captain we need and he made the role his by incorporating his signature wings and social outlook into the legacy of carrying the shield.
1) Martha Washington – takes the number one spot because she can. This future patriot rose up from the most dangerous housing project in Chicago to become Earth’s literal savior without any powers or enhancements. Her force of will, coupled with her compassion is what makes her the number one patriot of this or any 4th.
Rosario Dawson announced on Twitter that she’ll be involved in a project involving La Borinqueña a Puerto Rican superhero. The project will be along with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (the creator of the character), David Atchison and Dawson’s Uncle Gustavo Vazquez.
Miranda-Rodriguez added on Twitter:
There may be 3.5 million Puerto Ricans on the island, but there are over 5 million of us in the diaspora and we will no longer stand for Puerto Ricans being treated as second class citizens.
All Tweets used #Ricanstruction which Miranda-Rodriguez has used to promote his projects but also being used by some to highlight to current efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.
La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story created and written by graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.
The latest episode of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell explored Puerto Rican culture and politics. On the episode, activist Rosa Clemente explained her belief that the commonwealth’s tie to the United States was never a choice and if you look closely, she’s rocking a La Borinqueña t-shirt. It’s a subtle use of comics to raise awareness/protest.
During the episode, Bell interviews Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez about the comic series and dives a little bit into diversity in comics.