Her origin story is simple. Jalisco is a humble girl that lives on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Her mom takes her to the park to cheer her up with folklórico dance, when she suddenly disappears.
Jalisco goes to the cops, who brush her away. She asks for help – anyone’s help but is only met with people who snub her.
So Jalisco sets off on her own to find her mom when she encounters a band of Adelitas who all know the fate of her mom but can’t tell her about the rampant femicide.
Instead Adella, the matriarch of the Adelitas, says she’ll train her so she can learn to protect herself against Malinche, the traitor to our gender, the leader of the femicides, and whom most likely took her mom.
Jalisco prepares to storm the mission and take down Malinche.
“At a time when representation matters most… a Latina superhero who uses traditionally feminine and Mexican art to serve and protect fills a need for many readers. Young Jalisco’s tale also highlights the horrors of femicide, especially given how many officials ignore the problem and prefer to focus on clearer-cut crimes. The overall story goes down smoothly, but it can open the reader’s eyes to wider world issues.” – Fanbase Press
“We love that right off the bat we know Jalisco is of Mexican descent and that she’s a dancer that has a passion for her culture. Jalisco is also facing the kind of violence that your typical male superhero doesn’t encounter. She’s fighting the violence that plagues women in Mexico at epidemic rates.” – Mitu
About the Author:
Kayden Phoenix is a third generation Chicana from East LA. When she was thinking of a superhero to create, she reached into her past. Who was my hero growing up? “My Mom.” What did my Mom do? “She danced folklórico.” So she created a superhero that dances folklórico. Why Jalisco? Because my grandma was born there. Right outside of Guadalajara.
About the Art Team:
The Penciller: Amanda Julina González is an uprooted New Mexican studying animation in Southern California. She draws inspiration from her Albuquerque upbringing and her family, who got her hooked on dancing flamenco and tango from a young age; she started learning folklórico after moving to California. Naturally, as soon as she heard about Jalisco she jumped onboard! Amanda is currently producing her thesis film, Tongue-Tied, a short about being a non-Spanish-speaking Mexican-American.
The Inker: Hannah Diaz is a biracial Xicana artist from Southern California. While attending Cal State University Fullerton for Illustration and Animation, she was drawn to stories that featured experiences like her own, so when a friend showed her Jalisco, she reached out right away. Hannah works freelance and attends conventions throughout the year selling artwork and meeting other artists.
The Colorist: Mirelle Ortega is an illustrator and concept artist from Veracruz, Mexico. She danced folklórico in her youth and since then has had a fascination with all the different folklore outfits in Mexico. She enjoys creating work with vibrant colors and bold shapes.
The Colorist: Gloria Felix is a Mexican visual development artist and illustrator based in San Francisco. Born and raised in Michoacán, the strong women in her family and her home state are some her biggest inspirations when it comes to creating art. In 2009, she moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco to get a BFA in 3D animation and digital art from Tecnológico de Monterrey and is currently working towards her MFA in visual development at the Academy of Art.
The Colorist: Addy Rivera Sonda is an illustrator born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. Her hometown had a farmer’s market (full of people, fruits, flowers and colors) and her house was full of books. Both daily life and books continue to be great inspirations for her. She has loved creating characters and worlds on paper ever since she was a little girl, as everything was always possible there. Drawing was her magic power! Since she was a little girl, she danced folklórico at the local dance academy, getting to wear the traditional clothing from different Mexican regions was a feast of color, texture, and history. She felt intrigued and amazed at the music; each song told a magical story. Dancing or just listening to folklórico music makes her feel very proud of being part of a culture that celebrates life, hard work, and finds magic in daily life’s details.
The Letterist: Sandra Romero is a first generation Mexican-American graphic designer based in Southern California. Growing up, she was drawn to powerful female role models in cartoons and media. Sandra values her relationship and friendship with her mother. Following her mother’s advice, she pursued higher education to be able to work on art, graphics, and work on projects with female leads for other little girls.