PUERTO RICO STRONG Benefit Comic Book Coming From Lion Forge

Puerto Rico Strong
Credit: Lion Forge


Credit: Lion Forge

Press Release



At Library Journal’s “Library Con Live,” Lion Forge Unveils Plans to Publish Graphic Anthology to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Maria

ST LOUIS, MO–Just over two months since Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico with a destructive force that left island residents desperate for survival or forced to flee to the U.S. mainland, the island is still struggling to rebound. Today, the St Louis publisher announces their commitment to relief efforts with the publication of Puerto Rico Strong, a comics anthology from some of today’s top talent!

Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All profits will go to towards Disaster Relief and Recovery Programs to Support Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Strong is co-edited by Lion Forge’s own Desiree Rodriguez, alongside Marco Lopez, Neil Shwartz, and Derek Ruiz.

“When a particular area of the world is struggling, it is everyone’s responsibility to find ways to help” says Lion Forge founder, David Steward II. “We at Lion Forge are always looking for ways to bolster diversity of content and creators, and we thought the best way to help the people of Puerto Rico would be to highlight some of the unique voices in our industry with a deep connection to Puerto Rican heritage. We are donating 100% of the book’s profits to the ongoing relief efforts.”

“For many, Puerto Rico is often considered a foreign land rather than a part of the United States. What we hope to accomplish here is showcasing the vast diversity of Puerto Rico of our community and our history” says Lion Forge editor, Desiree Rodriguez. “There are those of us whose parents immigrated from the island, or who have family on the island still, or have never even seen Puerto Rico. We want to explore those stories of struggle and triumph through that lens.”

Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colón (Soda Pop Comics), Vita Ayala (BITCH Planet), Naomi Franquiz (Misfit City), Javier Cruz Winnick (A Reason to Smile!), Sabrina Cintron (La Borinquena), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), Joamette Gil (Power & Magic), and many more!

Puerto Rico Strong will be released at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere in March 2018.

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