It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s… La Borinqueña!
UNC will get a taste of the Marvel universe when comic book artist and writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez visits campus on Sept. 14.
As a part of the John and June Allcott Gallery, Miranda-Rodriguez’ artwork will be on display in the Hanes Art Center from Aug. 27 until Sept. 21. Miranda-Rodriguez’ visit to campus will also kick off the University’s month-long Latinx Heritage Month.
Miranda-Rodriguez has worked with Marvel for 11 years, previously focusing on superheroes of African descent, like Black Panther, Luke Cage and Storm, but after writing his first story for the anthology series “Guardians of the Galaxy: Tales of the Cosmos,” Miranda-Rodriguez recognized the larger role he could play.
“Writing that story gave me the exposure I needed to realize there was a strong need for people of color to write stories,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “The reception to my first Marvel book was so strong that I decided to use that attention I was garnering to bring awareness to the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico.”
Enter La Borinqueña – a superhero of Miranda-Rodriguez’ own creation.
La Borinqueña, also known as college student Marisol Rios De La Luz, spends a semester abroad in Puerto Rico, where she encounters the island's spirits and gains the power of superhuman strength, flight and the ability to control storms.
La Borinqueña has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon for the people of Puerto Rico, representing the island’s traditions, heritage and struggles that are often overlooked in pop culture.
For Mario Marzan, an associate professor of art history, Miranda-Rodriguez’ commitment to social work in addition to art made him an obvious choice for the Allcott Gallery.