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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Filmmaker Vanessa Verduga on Diversity and the Value of Women in Comics

Latinas do it best. They also come with attitude you just can’t ignore. Don’t force it; it’s a part of the package.

Vanessa Verduga couldn’t help not be an exception, after all she is strong, smart, multi-tasker (actress, writer, producer, feminist, lawyer Phewww), plus she is one hell of a superhero as Justice Woman on a mission to restore faith in mankind and justice system.

Inspired by Wonder Woman and Batman since her childhood, this LA-born, Bronx-raised filmmaker Vanessa Verduga appeared on a panel called "Women of Color" at New York Comic-Con 2014 last year.

This time she assures that no stones will be left unturned as she gets ready to make notable appearances at the San Diego Comic Convention from July 9-12 to meet her legions of fans in person. Also, she will be speaking on San Diego Comic Con and the Women in Comics NYC Collective International, an artistic and informative initiative that seeks to educate communities about the role and value of Women working in the comic book profession, held at the SDPL (San Diego Public Library) at the Logan Heights Branch Sunday July 12th at 12:30 pm.

She will also stop by CBS-KCAL9 this Sunday, July 5th to give us more insight about San Diego Comic Con and the upcoming panel discussion, in an interview with Amber Lee. Going by  the reputation of raising questions on ongoing  issues, we can be assured that the conversation will be focused on diversity in Hollywood and how it impacts the multimedia industry overall.

The multi-award winning actress says,” Transparency and honesty means everything today, especially in a world where people check out your Facebook and Twitter profiles to see what you’re like in ‘real life.” She further adds, “If you’re just playing a character on TV and nothing matters…they’ve seen that before. But if you get involved in the community, tackling the same real world issues you address on the show, you prove that this is not all just for laughs. Social injustice is everywhere and it’s within our abilities to fight it as a united front. That’s the point of Justice Woman, on screen, on comic and even behind the camera. She’s an educator as much as she’s a costumed crime fighter.”

If you’ve watched Justice Woman, you'd know how the series plot lines compliment Vanessa's activism for many causes, majorly diversity and the presence of minorities in one of the last major entertainment venue, perhaps, that is yet to embrace equality and cultural variety comic books.
The show’s creator hopes that all this mainstream attention will not only help to influence the comic book industry for the better by featuring more minority and female characters, but also to promote greater equality and tolerance around world—changing legislation and preventing bullying, which is the very definition of Justice.

Let us not forget the fact that the web series’ success indicates that the concept of the association of Real Life Superhero-Activist is definitely working. Justice Woman has over two million web viewers, along with a host of awards recognized and presented  by national and international seminars, including the 2015 Rome Web Awards (“Best Dramedy Trailer,” “Best Dramedy Actor” for Lee J. Kaplan and a “Golden Star” for Vanessa Verduga). Plus, a nomination for the 2015 KWeb Fest, South Korea’s and all of Asia’s first web festival, the 2015 Miami Web Festival with a “Best Actress” nomination for Vanessa Verduga, and the 2015 Sicily Web Series Festival in Italy.

The show's creator believes that all this mainstream attention will help more minority, women and female driven content make a stand on comic book industry for the better. In today's ever changing world, Justice Woman promises greater equality and tolerance amongst all.

Justice Woman is on its 3rd season and will air its finale episode on July 14, 2015.

For more about Justice Woman visit: JusticeWoman.com
 Twitter: @JusticeWoman1


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