Cruz honors writer and art director Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., on Saturday honored Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez with a citation for his accomplishments as a writer and agent for social change.

Miranda-Rodriguez is the art director and owner of Somos Arte, a Brooklyn-based production studio, and a writer for Marvel Comics. He is also the creator and author of La Borinqueña, a popular comic book that highlights a female Puerto Rican superhero who fights both villains and the country’s financial crisis. The comic book gets its name from Puerto Rico’s national anthem.

Cruz presented Miranda-Rodriguez the citation at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia.

“It was an honor to present Edgardo with a citation highlighting his work to propel social change,” Cruz said. “We are excited that he has discovered a creative outlet to bring attention to and tackle issues facing Puerto Rico and its citizens. Through La Borinqueña, he has inspired Puerto Ricans everywhere to channel their inner strength to make their communities better.”

Miranda-Rodriguez, originally from Bronx, NY, grew up in poverty and often faced discrimination as a Puerto Rican living in New York City. He cites his mother as the person who sparked his creative impulse in order to help him cope with the adversity he faced.

To many, Miranda-Rodriguez’ work is a symbol of hope and patriotism for both Puerto Rico and its residents.

“It was my pleasure to honor Edgardo and I believe that we need to highlight more talented individuals like him,” Cruz said. “We need to show young Philadelphians that they can be successful despite the adversities they face.”