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Dec 14, 2017
Edgardo embodies the word creator.  He’s a writer at Marvel Entertainment, Editor-in-Chief at Darryl Makes Comics working with the legendary hip-hop icon: DMC from RUN DMC, Art Director & founder at Somos Arte production studio, and the creator of La Borinqueña, an original comic book character that has grown into a cultural phenomenon and a nationally recognized symbol of Puerto Rican patriotism, social justice, and equality for all. His work has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic.
 
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Full show notes and time stamps:
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https://www.creatorlab.fm/edgardo-miranda-rodriguez-activism-art
 
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SHOW NOTES:
 
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Five things to listen out for:
 
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  1. Growing up as a Puerto Rican in NYC – what life was like growing up poor in the Bronx, memories from being a young activist, poet, and creator.
  2.  Comic Books – how he got into creating comic books, writing for Marvel + creating his own publication: La Borinqueña.
  3.  Teaming up with DMC from RUN DMC – how they met, their creative process and how they split up responsibilities.
  4.  Direct-to-Consumer – publishing directly to people and spreading his creative work to fans.
  5.  Generating Buzz + Press – Edgardo has been featured on CNN, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and more – how did he approach this and get his work out there?

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TIME STAMPS 
  • 2:38 … who is Edgardo and what does he do?
  • 4:14 … Edgardo describing pictures Bilal shows from growing up
  • 9:50 … power of the arts, reflecting on what’s going on in society
  • 10:09 … challenge of being viewed as a second class citizen
  • 11:10 … hypocrisy within Latin American communities and media
  • 12:05 … “I’m not a race, I’m an ethnicity”
  • 13:31 … stories as a form of evolution
  • 15:00 … self-awareness from an early age + growing up
  • 17:03 … learning about Mandela + apartheid
  • 17:57 … college + local activism
  • 23:30 … comic book has become a  symbol for people + the women’s march reaching out to him
  • 27:19 … being proud of his heritage
  • 28:40 … distributing book directly to the people + direct to consumer trend
  • 30:37 … comic book world / who’s buying books
  • 35:36 … working alongside DMC from legendary hip-hop group: RUN DMC
  • 40:12 … our heritage and culture is the true superpower
  • 40:38 … approaching press and social media to promote his book
  • 42:13 … people want to know who you are and “why” you create … not “what” you create
  • 49:51 … an ask for the people who are listening
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