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Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico Paperback – May 29, 2018
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About the Author
Edgardo continues to be recognized widely for his work on NBC, CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and numerous other media outlets as a graphic novelist having already produced his creator owned project, the critically acclaimed La Borinqueña. In addition he has produced graphic novels under the Darryl Makes Comics imprint which he co-owns with Darryl DMC McDaniels (from RUN DMC), and the comic book series Freak written by Emmy award winning writer John Leguizamo. He has also written for Marvel Comics critically acclaimed anthology, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tales of the Cosmos.
As part of his national tour he continues to speak on such topics as diversity in comic books and current socio-political issues related to Puerto Rico. The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, Princeton University, Colgate University, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, New York Comic Con, Rhode Island School of Design, Viacom, Hasbro and many other institutions and events invite him to deliver keynote presentations and talks to audiences that range from elementary school children to graduate students.
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Other great stories which I considered good writing as their stir emotions of those of us in the ‘diaspora’: Guillermina (p79), Maestro (p92), A Yellow Sky (p23 – this one reminds me of the Chinese restaurant in downtown Gurabo), and so many others.
There are some stories that I noticed had a ‘political motivated slant’ to them; A Pitirre (p88), Buscando America (p50), Resistance (p152), The Puerto Rico of Tomorrow (p158), a guided ‘Pro-independence’ message?. Having these stories are important to share but guiding them in the comic as it is all representative of all Puerto Ricans is a fallacy. We all occasionally feel we are like the ‘Aquaman’ (p116) - half Human and half Altean; or half Puerto Rican and half American. There is bad stuff from the histories of either side, as well as good stuff. The comic however, strips the American side as it has been the only evil force of our demise in defining who we really are. We cannot be hypocrites in wanting to be recognized as American citizens during the bad times of a storm, but then wanting to be a Republic when things are good and convenient (p159, Carmen Yulin can’t have it both ways). For this reason I give it 4 stars, as the comic may not reach a great populance because of not coming from a more neutral position (there are ways to share the message without polarizing).
The futuristic stories are interesting, “Bohio Girasol 2050” (p164) has great artistic work of how the future is hopeful and how it may look like if we all work together or at least try. I beleive this story will be representative of not just Puerto Rico, but many towns in mainland USA and other countries.
I like the overall topic of finding heroes in all of us, by just doing our part. Kudos to the new superhero 'La Borinquena' and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez for the idea. I hope to see La Borinquena embark in journeys around the world doing good and helping people learn more about us boricuas.
To the artists – thank you for sharing your work.
PUERTO RICO NO SE LEVANTA, PUERTO RICO NUNCA A CAIDO!
!Saludos y mil gracias!