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The Guy Behind ‘La Borinqueña’ And John Leguizamo Are Hiring An All-Latino Staff To Launch An Indie Comic

John Leguizamo is busy as hell. The actor (and boycott-starter) has back-to-back film and TV projects, and he wrapped up his one-man show in New York City earlier this year. The Colombian thespian is also starting a whole new project and we’re totally psyched about it.

John Leguizamo announced on his Instagram that he will be debuting a new comic book at this year’s New York Comic Con.

My 1st comic will be released that week and I will b there in person to sign!

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A whole comic book series devoted to Leguizamo? Insane, right?

Leguizamo is collaborating with “La Borinqueña” creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.

CREDIT: Courtesy Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

As we mentioned last year, “La Borinqueña” centers on an Afro-Latina superhero with a mission to serve, educate, and inspire. Just like “La Borinqueña, it features an all-Latino team. Leguizamo’s comic book will also highlight Latino talent exclusively.

mitú spoke with co-creator Edgar Miranda-Rodriguez about their upcoming project:

I know you can’t give too much of the story away, but will the protagonist be Leguizam? Will it embody him in some way? Or is he writing a whole new character altogether?

John’s work is always personal. All of his award-winning plays have always been told from his life experience. What’s beautiful about his storytelling is the universality of it. As Latinos, we’re immediately drawn to his voice, because he sounds like us. In my case, we literally sound alike because we both have lisps! 😉 Seriously though, the body of John’s work has always been about creating a narrative about the American Latino experience and he is introducing this to a mainstream audience. This is what he aims to do with this comic book and that is why we’re debuting it at the New York Comic Con. This comic book will be in the same tradition of his previous work, this time, however, you’ll be able to see the images he talks about in his plays.

What other comics have Latino protagonists? Is there an indie comic book scene created by Latino talent that could go mainstream?

There are a few comic books with Latino protagonists, particularly in the superhero genre. The first one was created by George Perez in 1975, Marvel’s White Tiger. However, this comic book is not within the superhero genre nor is it published by a corporate imprint. It’s self-published by John Leguizamo, produced by me. I edited his script and art directed a team of incredibly talented comic book pros that are all Latino and native New Yorkers, as are myself and John. The closest comparison is “Love and Rockets” by Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez and Mario Hernandez, aka The Hernandez Brothers. They self-published their first issue in 1981 and then Fantagraphics republished it the following year with a color cover. The Hernandez Brothers told stories in what the comic book industry refer to as alternative comics because there were no capes or powers. All of their stories were told either from the Latin American and Los Angeles experience. John’s story, like all of his writings, is told from the perspective of New York City.

Do you know if Leguizamo was inspired by “La Borinqueña” to create his own comic book?

John loves La Borinqueña. He loves her as a character, but more so what she stands for. His daughter has a copy of the comic book and he respects that the comic book serves to raise awareness of the real world social issues affecting Puerto Rico. What truly inspired John about La Borinqueña is that I did it myself. Latinos have been waiting so long for our own hero in her own book. We’re tired of being the sidekicks, the victims, or worse, the villains. It takes us to do it ourselves to finally show the world and us that our stories matter. Our heroes matter, and, mostly importantly, we have the the talent to do it. La Borinqueña was produced by my studio with an all Latino roster of professional talent. John’s comic book was also produced with roster of Latino talent which includes Christopher Sotomayor, Chris Batista, Gustavo Vazquez and Sabrina Cintron who debuted as an artist in La Borinqueña. Latinos have been making comic books for decades, since the 1940s when Alex Schomburg came from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to open a studio in New York City with his brothers and was offered his first comic book gig drawing covers for Captain America when Marvel was still called Timely Comics. It’s only now that we’re working together to produce and publish our own comic books with our own heroes. Ya era tiempo.

READ: ‘La Borinqueña’ Is The Afro-Latina Superhero The Comic Book World Has Been Missing

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Mexican-American Tattoo Artist Nikko Hurtado Transformed The Rock's Bull Tattoo Into An Actual Beast

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Mexican-American Tattoo Artist Nikko Hurtado Transformed The Rock’s Bull Tattoo Into An Actual Beast

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When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wanted to change up his iconic bull tattoo he went to none other than Nikko Hurtado. Known for his lifelike portraits, Hurtado, who hails from the San Fernando Valley in California, started tattoo apprenticing in 2002 and only a year later tattooed a realistic portrait of Batman that won him awards and put him on the map. Shortly after, he was tattooing for television and things have never been the same.

Nikko Hurtado, famous for his portraits and celebrity tattoos, was tapped by The Rock to update his iconic tattoo of a bull.

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The Rock said updating his tattoo was part of becoming the man he is today, as opposed to the boy he was when he got the first tattoo. His caption on Instagram read:

Evolution of the bull begins w/ @nikkohurtado. I’ve engrained this bull in my DNA for two decades. My core. Humbly, it’s also become a symbol of strength, resilience, heart, power and defiance to so many people around the world. I got this tattoo when I was just a kid. Now I need it to reflect me as a man. All my ink is a rite of passage and spiritual and the MANA (power and spirit) has to be right before we begin. Mana is strong with world renowned Nikko. We talked for hours about the man I am today, compared to who I once was. And who I’ll always be. We all desire to grow and evolve. The mana is right.. let the blood and pain begin. #EvolutionOfTheBull #WheresMyVicodin

Hurtado has been tattooing for almost 15 years now, but his Batman started it all.

Off the strength of this tattoo, Hurtado won awards, national interest, and found work on the TV shows “LA Ink,” “Tattoo Wars,” and “Ink Master.”

He also found work tattooing celebrities like Drake, The Game and Kat Von D.

As you can see, The Rock’s new tattoo was a serious evolution. It went from being a cartoon bull to a life-like longhorn bull skull.

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Revealing that it took three sessions and 22 hours, The Rock gave a full description of what the new tattoo meant to him. His caption on Instagram read:

Evolution of the bull. Blood, sweat & years. After 3 sessions and 22hrs of tattooing with world renowned @NikkoHurtado, the story’s almost done.. Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history. From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life’s hard lessons I’ve learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles – I’m so grateful to have ’em because they’re earned. To the horns, not pointing up or out to the side, but pointing straight ahead representing relentless energy and forward progress. The core and anchor of this image is in the eye. Look closely and you’ll find the life, energy, power and you’ll feel the MANA (spirit). The eye tells the story of a disruptive positive energy always ready to dent the universe. Depending on the light and angle, sometimes the energy’s subtle and sometimes it’s glaring. But it’s always alive and ready to disrupt the universe and love and protect my family and all things I love with intense passion and gratitude. Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing. And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe. #EvolutionOfTheBull #TheDisrupter#TheMana #NowLetsBreakOutTheTequila

Hurtado shared photos on his own Instagram, both of side by side comparisons and detailed close ups.

It’s actually super bad ass. Hurtado shared the pictures, as well as what tattooing The Rock meant to him.

Through this experience I’ve learned a lot. Everyone always sees what is on the outside what is shown of our lives no one truly knows behind the scenes. @therock is a true gentleman how I came to tattoo him I do not know. I am a truly blessed human. (Thank you Matt) the process of tattooing a client starts with a meeting always finding out what it is they want. Tattoos are markings on the body that are with you for ever. Imagine choosing a birthmark. The tattoo has to represent you, who you are and what you feel, your image and your personality. @therock and I spend time going back and fourth showing him different ideas, different horns different mana. I always want to do what I want to do but I always have to remind myself that when I tattoo a client it is for them and theirs to wear the rest of their lives. I am excited to tweak and build this tattoo a little further after it heals. When I complete a tattoo in one sitting it is never finished my clients all know this to well. I let the tattoo heal, live, age a little before I come back to it and layer it see what it needs to give it the sculpting or life it requires to be abandoned because we all know art is never finished it is simply abandoned. I am grateful I am blessed I have been given the new gift of knowing about “Mana” thank you world your are nothing short of amazing. Thank you @therocktill next time same channel same page! It’s your friendly neighborhood tattoo artist.

Click through his Instagram gallery to see all the different angles of the tattoo, it’s pretty insane.


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