Her origin story is simple. Jalisco's a humble girl that lives on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Her mom takes her to the park to cheer her up with folklorico dance, and out of nowhere- Jalisco's mom disappears.
Jalisco goes to the cops, who brush her away. She goes home in hopes that her mom is there, but she's not. Jalisco ends up going to the bar to ask for help- anyone's help.
Again, everyone snubs her. So Jalisco sets off on her own to find her mom. Luckily for her she gets saved by a band of Adelitas. They 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. Jalisco says she just wants to find her mom. Adella tells her about Malinche, the traitor to our gender and the leader of the femicides.
And the story continues...
About the Author
What did my Mom do?
"She danced folklorico."
So she created a superhero that dances folklorico.
Because my grandma was born there. Right outside of Guadalajara.
Amanda Julina Gonzalez 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 folklorico 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.