Watch Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez’s full Eisner acceptance speech

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award winner discusses how he channels his activism into his comic book work.

Last night at the Eisner Awards, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez was one of the recipients of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, which was created in 1984 to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others.

Miranda-Rodriguez published the benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico last year, following the destruction that Puerto Rico suffered from Hurricane Maria. So far the anthology has raised more than $200,000 for the La Borinqueña Grants Program, which provides money to local grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico.

“I am a social justice warrior,” Miranda-Rodriguez proudly said during his acceptance speech last night, noting the history comic books have in fighting for social justice. He has posted his powerful speech on YouTube, which you can watch in full below.

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Comics Lowdown: Who owns Atlas Comics?

Plus: Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipients, Paige Braddock, Frank Santoro, Dr. Gene Luen Yang and more!

Who exactly owns Atlas Comics? That seems to be the question raised in two articles from The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month Steven Paul, producer of the Ghost Rider film, announced via a press conference that he had bought the rights to the Atlas Comics and planned to work with Paramount to turn the properties into movies. Not so fast, said Dynamite Entertainment, who followed up by telling THR that they own the name “Atlas Comics.”

Many of you may be wondering “What the heck was Atlas Comics?” while others might be thinking, “Wait, wasn’t Atlas the company that eventually evolved into Marvel Comics in the 1960s?” And still others are wondering, “Didn’t he learn his lesson after Ghost Rider?”

But getting back to Atlas, yes, there was an Atlas Comics in the 1950s that grew out of Timely Comics and eventually became Marvel Comics. It was owned by publisher Martin Goodman, and it put out comics in a variety of genres like horror, crime, espionage and even a few superhero titles featuring characters like Captain America and the Human Torch, who had previously been published under the Timely banner. However, this isn’t that Atlas Comics.

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Comics Lowdown: ‘Jem and the Holograms’ wraps, Alex Hallatt on World Oceans Day

Plus: La Borinqueña, Gemini Comix, ‘Fu Jitsu,’ San Jose comic shops and more.

The End of Jem? Jem and the Holograms comes to an end with issue 26, but writer Kelly Thompson and artist Gisèle Lagacé still have a lot to say, and a new Jem/Misfits crossover series, Infinite, will be launching at the end of this month. At CBR, Thompson and Lagacé talk about what it’s been like working on the critically acclaimed series, and what we can expect in the future.

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