NYC – Ricanstruction Signing

Writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Creator of La Borinqueña) appears at Forbidden Planet on Friday, June 8th at 6:00 PM to sign RICANSTRUCTION! The second issue of Edgardo’s La Borinqueña will also be available.

100% of the proceeds from this anthology will go to the continued work to help over 3 million Americans living in Puerto Rico, providing solar-powered lamps, food, clothing and so much more.

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

Press Release:

Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

NYC – La Borinqueña Signing + Q&A

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator & writer of the La Borinquena, appears at the Casita Maria Gallery on Wednesday January 3rd at 6:00 PM.

Come see this exhibition of 35 La Borinqueña fine art prints, each created by a different professional comic book and animation artist. Prints will be signed and numbered with printing generously donated by London-based gallery: Art You Grew Up With International. We invite avid collectors and newcomers to purchase affordable limited prints at $200 a piece (tax, shipping, and handling not included). Proceeds from this exhibition will go directly towards Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts in Loíza, Puerto Rico being led by the non-profit organization La Corporación Se Integra (COPI) based in Loíza, Puerto Rico.

Space is limited, register today!

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Casita Maria Gallery
928 Simpson St 6 fl., Bronx, NY 10459

NYC – Hurricane Harvey Relief Signing

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (La Borinqueña, Freaks) and Gabby Rivera (America, Juliet Takes a Breath) appear at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM for a signing to benefit the Hurricane Maria relief efforts! The store will be offering the NYCC exclusive 3rd printing variant of La Borinqueña and the beautiful paperback edition of the first volume of America. $5 from the purchase of each of these items goes directly towards the relief effort.

We will also have bins up at the front of the store throughout the day. Drop off whatever dry goods you can spare. In particular, we are looking for:

  • Tampons
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Child and adult pain relievers

So please stop by! Check out some amazing comics, meet some incredible creators, and help donate to a good cause.

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

NJ – La Borinqueña Signing

Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator and writer of the new superhero La Borinqueña, appears at the Newark Public Library on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM for a talk about the making of his critically-acclaimed comic book series, followed by a comic book signing. Miranda-Rodríguez has been spotlighted by major media outlets from Telemundo to the New York Times for the creation of this Afro-boricua heroine whose mission is to help the Puerto Rican community unite and fight for social justice. This Nuyorican artist uses his comic to raise awareness about Puerto Rico’s human rights and economic issues. He is also a writer for Marvel Comics, and an independent publisher.

Latino Celebration 2017 programs and exhibit are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Essex Council Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, support from Verizon / NJ Shares Communications Lifeline program, and by a grant from the Friends of the HRIC.

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Newark Public Library
5 Washington St, Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 733-7784

NYC – La Borinqueña Mural Exhibition

Press Release: 

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education presents the unveiling of their newest mural dedicated to La Borinqueña on Wednesday June 7th at 5:30 PM! This mural will be painted by Tats Cru and will feature cover artwork for the 2nd issue of La Borinqueña by legendary artist George Pérez! Also featuring the art of Will Rosado, Emilio Lopez, Juan Fernandez and Sabrina Cintron! Creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez will be present and signing copies of his first comic book!

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
Y(718) 589-2230

PA – La Borinqueña Signing

Press Release:

Join Amalgam Comics on Saturday, May 27th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM for a discussion & book signing with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator of La Borinqueña! Books and other merchandise will be available for purchase.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo’s debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino nonprofits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

NY – La Borinqueña Lecture

Join Colgate University for a discussion with the creator of the Afro-Puerto Rican superhero La Borinqueña and Colgate alum, Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez (class of ’93) on Thursday April 27th at 6:00 PM. If you missed his visit last fall, you can check out a review of his talk and work in the Colgate Scene. This time he’ll be here to discuss the first issue of his comic with readers and fans.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo’s debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

Co-Sponsored by LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, CORE C&I, Romance Languages, Africana & Latin American Studies, Shaw Wellness, and Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations.

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Colgate University
13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY, 13346
(315) 228-7000

NYC – La Borinqueña Signing

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Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator and writer of the critically acclaimed comic book La Borinqueña, at the Bronx Library Center on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM for an intimate talk and comic book signing

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Bronx Library Center – NYPL
310 East Kingsbridge Road (At Briggs Avenue), Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 579-4244