WONDERCON FEATURES THE FIRST
LATINA SUPERHERO TEAM IN HISTORY
As covid restrictions end in Southern California, the illustrious WonderCon 2022 shines its light welcoming eager comic and toy enthusiasts to run amuck on the convention floor. With their open doors, comes the first team of Latina superheroes in comic book history, A La Brava.
Always inspired by WonderCon’s brilliance, Kayden Phoenix wanted to create Latina superheroes that empower and invigorate. “I want to create a superhero mindset for all marginalized individuals, particularly Latine.” Support from national news channels like Disney/ABC Eyewitness News 7, Spectrum News 1, and international Spanish stations, Univision and Telemundo, have broadcasted Phoenix’s comics echoing the importance of diverse representation.
Combine Phoenix’s vision with a fresh-eyed Latina artist team like acclaimed GLAAD and Eisner-nominated illustrator, Eva Cabrera (SANTA, LOQUITA) and newcomer Amanda Julina Gonzalez (JALISCO, RUCA), an uprooted New Mexican who recently graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in Animation, and you get historymaking, invigorating art for new audiences.
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 serving justice. BANDITA, the gunslinger in modern day New York.
Barely getting started with the universe, four of the five origin stories are already out, with the 5th superhero being printed. Phoenix Studios’ Phase II and III are already in progress. Phoenix will be in 3 WonderCon panels this year “Diversity in Comics, Films, & Games; Queer Creators of Comics Assemble!; and the annual “Enter the Latina Superhero”.
“Comic book superheroes give kids something to look up to
and it helps if those heroes look something like the kids.”
– ABC Eyewitness News 7
“Everyone needs a superhero, but if you’re a woman or a person of color, chances
are you won’t find yourself reflected on the big screen, much less a comic book.”
– Spectrum News 1
“But we’ve seen those stories. We’ve never seen the female story.
We’ve never seen the Latina story. We haven’t seen our version of it.”
– L.A. Times
You can see more of Kayden Phoenix and her history-breaking Latina Superhero team at WonderCon Artist Alley Section, book signings, school lectures, and at the links below!
Creator/Writer Kayden Phoenix