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, and narrative coordinator. She works closely with Gail Simone who is 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, and 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. 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 is also the creator of the hashtag, and chats, #BeingLatinxInComics, that discusses Latinx representation in the comic industry.
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
- InuYasha’s Kagome Higurashi Deserved a Better Feudal Fairy Tale
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. She is also a recurring co-host on DC Classics, a podcast that discusses various DC television shows that no longer air. Desiree has also participated in various panels discussing Latinx representation in comics, queer characters and stories in comics, and being a woman of color in comics.