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George Perez to provide the cover to La Borinqueña second printing; available in February

posted Jan 13, 2017, 5:07 PM by Vu Nguyen

LA BORINGUENA #1 (Second Print) (Feb 2017)
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As noted below, George Perez will provide the cover to La Borinqueña second printing.

Comic book maker creates a female superhero for Puerto Rico

By Octavio Blanco Posted:  Friday, January 13, 2017 12:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- As a child, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez turned to comics to help him escape the poverty and crime that was right outside his door.

Now, the 45-year-old Puerto Rican activist and artist has created his own comic book, hoping to raise awareness about social justice issues, like pollution and discrimination, in Puerto Rico.

Entitled La Borinqueña, the comic features a Nuyorican superwoman who acquires her powers -- like superhuman strength and the ability to control weather -- while visiting some caves in Puerto Rico. Using story lines that infuse Puerto Rican history and culture, Miranda-Rodriguez wanted La Borinqueña to be a symbol of hope for the hard hit island.

So far, the response has been overwhelming. Miranda says the first printing of La Borinqueña has almost sold out. Legendary illustrator George Perez, known for The Avengers and Wonder Woman, will create a new cover for the book's second printing in February.

"[La Borinqueña] is an icon, and Latinos are recognizing her for that," said Miranda, who self-published the comic.

Born in New Jersey, Miranda lived in Puerto Rico for eight months when he was eleven years old. There, his artistic ability was nurtured and his Puerto Rican pride grew...

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