Desiree Rodriguez is an editor, writer and journalist born and raised in New Jersey. She’s currently the active CPU Coordinator for Lion Forge, in charge of organization, communication with talent, recruiting, world building, quality control, narrative coordinator, as well as editing several titles. She works closely with Gail Simone, the acting CPU Story Architect, and David Steward II and Carl Reed the CPU Editorial Directors.
Desiree is the acting editor of Summit and Incidentals, two of Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime titles and has assisted in editing other titles such as: Astonisher, Noble, Accell, Kino, and others.
In 2018 she was a co-editor for the charity anthology Puerto Rican Strong that centered around various historical fiction stories about the island to raise awareness for Puerto Rican pride, culture, and history. Puerto Rico Strong was nominated for a Diamond Gem Award, and has been included on various top lists for educational graphic novels including CBC Books.
She also edited the Spanish version of Jamila Rowser’s successfully funded Kickstarter comic Wash Day.
Her writing has been published in Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez’s anthology Ricanstruction; a collaborative charity anthology with DC Comics where she wrote two original stories, one starring the popular DC character Starfire and La Borinqueña.
Desiree has been featured as a voice on Latinx representation in media in outlets such as: The Washington Post, US Today, The Nerds of Color, and Color Web Magazine. She’s also been a featured guest on episodes of Graphic Policy Radio and Hard NOC and has been interviewed by: SyFy Wire, Geek Mom, Black Comics Chat, Comicosity, PreviewsWorld, Bleeding Cool, and The Outhousers.
She is also a recurring co-host on DC Classics, a podcast that discusses various DC television shows. Desiree has also participated in various panels at NYCC discussing Latinx representation in comics, queer characters and stories in comics, and being a woman of color in comics.
As a journalist Desiree has written various articles that target various social issues, examining fictional narratives in various media, and comics history and evolution. Some of her most notable articles have included:
- The Killing Joke: Starring Barbara Gordon
- Being Latinx in Comics: Ignorance, Erasure, Whitewashing, Oh My!
- How Diverse is the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The Movies: Phase One
- The Disappointing Truth About Supergirl’s Maggie Sawyer
- Starfire’s New Costume: A Reflection of Her History and Personality