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.
You can also still purchase the anthology; visit the La Borinqueña website for more details. It includes the work of creators like Frank Miller, 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 and many more.