Last week, city of sin and Josie and the Pussycats Star Rosario Dawson hosted a live video chat on her Instagram account, where she announced she was teaming up with award-winning comic book writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez on Guest of La Borinqueña with Rosario Dawson, a new graphic novel made with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and action. According to a statement from Miranda-Rodriguez, the graphic novel will also help raise funds for philanthropic work in Puerto Rico.
Miranda-Rodriguez has teamed up with an army of talented comic book creators to Ricanstruction: Remembering and Rebuilding Puerto Ricoa graphic novel designed to help Puerto Ricans in need after 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Guest of La Borinqueña with Rosario Dawson will emphasize the importance of a clean energy transition in Puerto Rico.
The book will feature an original story written by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and illustrated by Will Rosado, colored by Chris Sotomayor, as well as original covers by Rita Fei and variant covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Sotomayor, ChrisCross, Andrew Crossley, Leila. Del Duca, Luciano Vecchio, Gustavo Vazquez, Edgar Delgado, Rafael Albuqueque, Alvaro Jimenez and Richard Ortíz. The variant covers were all given away for free by the artists. One such artist is Gus Vasquez, a comic book veteran and Dawson’s uncle. In a 2021 interview on the 20th anniversary of Josie and the PussycatsDawson credited Vasquez as a big contributor to his love of comic book roles and characters.
Short stories also written by Miranda-Rodriguez feature the Nitainos, the new superhero team led by La Borinqueña illustrated by Steve Buccellato, David Fernandez, Francisco Javier Rodríguez and Elkys Nova Díaz.
Dawson and guardians of the galaxy Star Zoe Saldana has alternately voiced La Borinqueña in animated shorts aimed at getting the vote in the 2020 U.S. election, and Dawson reprized the role in animated comics aimed at helping covid-related charities. in the early days of the pandemic. Dawson has previously expressed excitement about bringing an on-screen adaptation of the character to life.
“La Borinqueña is a brilliant character who has already generated so much goodwill around the world,” Dawson said in a statement last March. “I’ve been a huge fan and grateful collaborator for years and look to continue supporting her by producing and hopefully directing the pilot of a La Borinquena series. Bringing this live-action character to life, played hopefully by the incredibly talented Madison Reyes, would be a dream come true. We all need to experience representation at this level.”
La Borinquena is a Puerto Rican superhero, created by Miranda-Rodriguez and self-published by him with a number of artists attached. Well-reviewed and a big seller for an independent book, La Borinqueña became a much more visible character when she headlined Ricanstruction and Miranda-Rodriguez found himself working with comic book superstars like Gail Simone and Reginald Hudlin.
Guest of La Borinqueña with Rosario Dawson will be released on April 6 and is available for pre-order now via the La Borinqueña website.