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Puerto Rico Strong, Anthology, Co-Editor – Lion Forge

Puerto Rico Strong was a charity anthology that raised over 50,000 dollars in funds to the Early Childcare Relief program. The anthology has been praised for its depiction of Puerto Rican culture, history, and educational value. Puerto Rico Strong has become a favorite for teachers to use in classrooms. Puerto Rico Strong won the 2019 Eisner for Best Anthology.

Job Duties:

  • Oversaw production from recruiting talent to final files delivered
  • Edited script and artwork for each story
  • Art direction on all art including: cover, interior artwork, and pin-up pages
  • Writing cover copy, solicitation text, and other marketing ans sales related materials
  • Coordinating with marketing and sales on sales dates, sales data, and marketing plans
  • Proofreading
  • Copy-Editing
Catalyst Prime Imprint, Group Editor/CPU Coordinator – Lion Forge

Catalyst Prime is a collective universe of superhero titles published exclusively by Lion Forge beginning in 2017. Stories range from teen titles to adult titles with a wide variety of topics and characters. The line has published ten on-going titles with various more in the works.

Titles Include:

  • Accell
  • Astonisher
  • Noble – Lead Editor for issues 20 – 24
  • Incidentals – Lead Editor for issues 14 – 19
  • Summit – Lead Editor for issues 5 – 16
  • Seven Days – Lead Editor for issues 1 – 7
  • Kino – Lead Editor for issues 17 – 19
  • Quincredible – Lead Editor for issues 7 – 9
  • Superb – Lead Editor for issues 20 – 24

Job Duties:

  • Coordinating production for each single issue for the entire line of titles with their editors
  • Editorial on content, consistency, flow, and proofing 24-page scripts for single issue monthly comics and art direction for all covers, and interior artwork
  • Work closely with the supervising Executive Editor, CPU Story Architect, Editorial Directors and Publisher to build and grow the CPU line
  • Keep CPU Editorial Directors informed on all major elements of the CPU including: Character design, Covers, Major plot points, Changes to talent, Crossovers and events, Seasonal Outlines
    Give suggestions and insight on story, and art direction and talent selection for CPU titles, answering any and all questions regarding the CPU
  • Maintaining, updating, and expanding upon the CPU Bible(s) as a both an in-house and talent resource
  • Maintain relationships with talent; keep abreast of their individual promotion plans and coordinate with sales, marketing, and publicity to take full advantage of talent appearances
    Provides Editorial oversight to all CPU titles in development to maintain a sense of line wide continuity, and branding
  • Maintain that all CPU books are implemented to the company’s highest standards for art, storytelling, and inclusivity
  • Maintain and provide communication between Editorial, and other departments on CPU developments including: events, sales plans, marketing strategies, etc
  • Read, and provide Editorial insight and constructive critique on all outlines, scripts, and artwork for CPU titles
  • Maintain all visual resources for artistic talent including: visual guides, color code swatches, etc
  • Responsible for the timely execution of all editorial duties involved in trade book, and single issued productions process for both print and digital formats including: editing manuscripts, proofreading page and cover proofs, reviewing digital editions to ensure quality and consistency
  • Finds, assigns, negotiates with, and schedules freelancer talent including but not limited to: illustrators, inkers, colorists, letterers, cover artists
  • Takes point on running the CPU Insider Twitter handle in conjunction with Marketing and following all Lion Forge social media and marketing guidelines
  • Maintain relationships with talent; keep abreast of their individual promotion plans and coordinate with sales, marketing, and publicity to take full advantage of talent appearances
Spanish Editor – Kickstarter Comic by Jamila Rowser

Wash Day was a Kickstarter comic written by Jamila Rowser and drawn by Robyn Smith. A slice-of-life comic that pays “tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair”. Wash Day was translated into Spanish as a stretch goal.

Job Duties:

Proofreading the Spanish translation, checking for readability, spelling, and grammar

Essayist

The Nerds of Color

Being Latinx in Comics: Ignorance, Erasure, Whitewashing, Oh My! – 2016

“What does it mean to be Latinx in comics?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now. Growing up snatching up whatever scraps of Latinx representation I could even if it meant settling for stereotypes, whitewashing, secondary character status (if lucky), and their stories ending in death. This is a plight many fans of color and other marginalized peoples can relate to. In comics, Latinx characters are often Latinx in name only, Spanish characters being positioned or promoted as Latinx characters, whitewashed, or having their Latinx identities erased.”

Let’s Talk About Romani Characters in Comics – 2016

“To first understand why the lack of Romani representation is an important issue, we have to understand who the Romani people are. For many — including myself — because of this overall lack of representation, there comes an overall prevalence of ignorance regarding who the Romani people are, what their struggles are, and what their actual culture is.”

Erased and Ignored: Dick Grayson’s Rromani Identity Comes to Light – 2017

“So there’s been a lot of fan interest in a Nightwing/Dick Grayson-centric media property for a long while. Now with Warner Bros. making it official, fans are eagerly awaiting to see who will put on the black and blue suit as our hero. All the talk about who can, and should, play Dick Grayson on the big screen has also brought up the truth behind Dick’s heritage in comics canon.

That truth being Dick Grayson is part Rromani.”

The Disappointing Truth About Supergirl’s Maggie Sawyer – 2016

“There would have been a lot of positivity gained by having Maggie Sawyer be a lesbian Latina woman fighting aliens and evil corporate masterminds on Supergirl alongside Alex Danvers and the other Supergirl characters. She would have acted as a much needed addition to positive depictions of queer Latinx characters in our media.

But she isn’t.”

Women Write About Comics

The Killing Joke: Starring Barbara Gordon, 2015

“Barbara Gordon is not a character in The Killing Joke. Commissioner Gordon, Batman, and the Joker are the only real characters in the story. We get insight on the Joker’s background, how his one “bad day” created the monster that he became, and how a simple turn of events twisted him inside out into the painted face laughing man. Gordon is the moral fiber of Gotham, one of the few good people left in a city that is rotting from the inside out. He has no mask, just his force of will to be good. Batman knows this. It’s why he has such high respect for Gordon, and why the Commissioner is one of Batman’s few trusted allies. They have their goodness; their moral centers that are meant to make them better, to make them heroes.

Barbara Gordon has a bullet in her stomach.”

Kurama: The Foxy Demon of My Dreams, 2016

Yu Yu Hakusho is not a necessarily good show, but I still love it with all my heart. Even after all the other anime and western media I’ve consumed, Yu Yu Hakusho’s ridiculous and earnest attitude still gets me. Furthermore, Kurama still remains one of my all-time favorite characters in any medium.”

InuYasha’s Kagome Higurashi Deserved a Better Feudal Fairy Tale, 2015

“Recently Netflix has added InuYasha, a popular anime that aired in the early 2000’s, to their anime roster. For many people–especially if you were a ’90s kid–InuYasha was a part of your anime experience growing up. It was hugely popular, and still is today. Rumiko Takahashi’s influence on the anime industry is well documented and respected both here and in Japan. I decided to rewatch the series in part due to nostalgia and to see if I could let go of some of the more bitter feelings I had about the show’s progression and the development of the main character, Kagome Higurashi.”

Review: Starfire #1: The Orange Alien Princess has Arrived, 2015

“When it was announced that the popular Tamaranian princess Koriand’r, aka Starfire, was getting her own ongoing title penned by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti of Harley Quinn fame, plus was getting a rocking new costume designed by Conner herself, I nearly cried I was so excited. Starfire has been one of my favorite comic book characters since I first watched the original Teen Titans cartoon show in 2003. Starfire gained a lot of popularity from Teen Titans, as did Cyborg – who has his own upcoming series to be released in July. While her cartoon counterpart initially drew me to the character, it was her time spent as a member of the New Teen Titans, written primarily by George Perez, that made me love her. Conner and Palmiotti are able to pull off a combination of her pre-Nu52 personality and her cartoon-inspired persona from Teen Titans. The result being a very fun, loving, and open Starfire that shined on-page thanks to the vibrant artwork of Emanuela Lupacchino, inking by Ray McCarthy, and coloring by Hi-Fi.”

Starfire’s New Costume: A Reflection of Her History and Personality, 2015

“If you haven’t heard the news about Starfire getting a much needed costume update—not to mention her own on-going series by powerhouse team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, of Harley Quinn fame, along with Emanuela Lupacchino—then buckle up because I’m going to break it down for you.”

Writer

Contributor with artists Yasmin Flores SotoColor (Un Futuro Lleno de Luz), Ricanstruction Anthology, 2018 published by DC Comics

Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuiliding Puerto Rico is an anthology featuring contributions from writers and artists from the comic book industry like Gail Simone, Greg Pak, Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, Tony Daniel, Ken Lashley, Bill Sienkiewicz, Yanick Paquette, Gabby Rivera, Will Rosado, Jorge Jimenez, Mike Allred, Chris Sotomayor, to Puerto Rican and Latinx celebrities like Rosario Dawson, Ruben Blades, Javier Munoz, Sonia Manzano and over 100 more.

Produced and also featuring stories written by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, this anthology teams up his original character LA BORINQUENA with some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time from DC: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and many others. Original stories also take us to the past to explore the beautiful history of PUERTO RICO as well as tales that envision a stronger and rebuilt island. 100% of the proceeds from this anthology will go to the continued work to help over 3 million Americans living in Puerto Rico, providing solar-powered lamps, food, clothing and so much more. These short stories remind us all that the true power of being a hero is inside each of us.

Contributor with Naomi Fanquiz (Woven), Manana: Latinx Comics for the 25th Century, 2020 Power and Magic Press

MAÑANA: Latinx Comics From the 25th Century is a speculative fiction comics anthology set throughout Latin America in the 2490s, roughly one thousand years from the voyage that changed the world. It took 500 years to get us where we are now — where could 500 more take us?