Instagram photo by manhattantimes_It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's La Borinqueña... La Borinqueña, whose superhero garb is inspired by the Puerto Rican flag, was created by designer, writer and graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez.
The character stars in La Borinquena, an original comic book released in December by Miranda-Rodríguez’s design studio Somos Arte.
Miranda-Rodríguez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, said he first devised the concept for La Borinqueña about a year ago, amid personal concerns about the island’s debt crisis and the global environment.
“It was important to me to have an extremely patriotic character, with traditional superhero storytelling,” he remarked.
He noted that while superheroes have taken over mainstream and popular culture, the genre still lacked Latino characters.
“A lot of people grow up never having seen themselves represented in comic books,” said Miranda-Rodríguez. “They feel invisible, ignored.”
His goal was to give people of Puerto Rican and Latino heritage, especially females, a role model that they could identify with, he said.
“I was tired of hearing people complain about the lack of comics featuring female or Latino comic characters,” said Miranda-Rodríguez. “I thought, ‘I’m just going to do it myself.’”
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