Kayden Phoenix Talks Rise of the Latina Superhero Panel at WonderCon 2021 and A La Brava Graphic Novels [Exclusive Interview]

Kayden Phoenix

Kayden Phoenix

For Kayden Phoenix, the future is female. Or rather the future is with the Latina superheroes.

The independent comic book publisher participates in the WonderCon 2021’s Rise of the Latina Superhero panel tomorrow on Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m. PST.

She joins Barbra Dillon (Quince), Amanda Julina Gonzalez (illustrator of Jalisco: Latina Superhero, Ruca: Latina Superhero), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (writer and creator of La Boriquena), and Ralph Henriquez (writer and creator of Fuerza). The panelists set for discussion on the expanding universe of Latina superheroes in film and media. Nelly Castillo (co-founder of Vendetta Entertainment) serves as the moderator.

To join the panel, click here for streaming access.

Kayden Phoenix is a third-generation Chicana from East Los Angeles as she founded Phoenix Studios a few years ago. A La Brava introduces five Latina superheroes with different abilities and superpowers from different heritages fighting injustices. Her voice lends to stories that are “multifaceted, atypical, and diverse as the people we find in the real world.”

As part of the A La Brava superheroes group includes:

  • Jalisco, a blade-wielding Folklorico dancer that uses her culture as her weapon,
  • Santa, a brawler that takes down the ICE detention centers,
  • Loquita, a teen detective in the supernatural world,
  • Ruca, a vigilante taking justice, and
  • Bandita, the gunslinger in modern-day New York.

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With her storytelling, she recruited artists for the graphic novels including Eisner-nominated illustrator Eva Cabrera (Santa, Loquita), and newcomer Amanda Julina Gonzalez (Jalisco, Ruca), a newcomer from Laguna College of Art and Design in Animation.

Also, the young publisher showcases her universe at a virtual booth at WonderCon starting this weekend.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with Kayden Phoenix about her participation at WonderCon and her graphic comics for A La Brava.

Kayden Phoenix received a full-ride academic scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she received a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. Her career started both in front and behind the camera by giving a voice to stories untold. She made numerous short films, including Loquita, Schooled, See the Universe, Santa, Blink, and Jalisco.

For more information about her and her work, visit www.latinasuperheroes.com.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Latina Superheroes

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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