The gun-slinging cowgirl in modern day New York.
Estefania Arteaga is a Mexican Character Designer from Tabasco, México with a graphic design degree from Anahuac University.
Although raised in a conservative family constantly surrounded by the classic Mexican machismo, Estefania focused on playing video games and her powerful mom; who's a full time worker and will forever be a superhero to her and an example on how to face challenges in Mexican modern society as a woman.
Because of her mom, Estafania likes to represent strong female characters in her illustrations to inspire women to feel strong and be their authentic self's.
Ari Navarette is an illustrator specializing in children’s editorials and illustrations. She is also co-creator of the clothing Brand, Vuelo a la Hilacha.
Ari likes to create images where women are portrayed as strong and smart individuals free of prejudices; and believes that today we have the opportunity to change the gender roles that have been imposed on us by using art to teach and spread ideas of equality and empathy.
Ari knows that the representation of all people in the media, including Latins, is very important because being seen, recognized, and embraced is a powerful tool to build up the confidence of overlooked communities and empower them to achieve even greater things. And that's what her work sets out to do; create change.
Daniell Black is a Mexican Concept Artist and Visual Developer currently living in Mexico City. Her childhood was marked by the influence of strong women around her and a lot of incredible cartoons, this is how she realized that heroes are real and they’re closer to us than we think.
Daniell likes to tell stories through art and trusts that the hard work that all artists are doing is helping to create a world where all little girls will have someone to relate to and through this, empower themselves.
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.
BANDITA is a cowgirl living in modern day New York. She’s got 2 ivory plated guns on each holster, speaks only country, and bleeds southern hospitality. When Bandita hears about a Broadway theatre gang taking advantage of the talent, she tryouts for them and lands a job as a custodian. There, she befriends Chyanne, the new lead singer, and learns all about the Cientificos abusive ways. On opening night, Bandita faces off against the boss of the Cientificos, Luna Loca.
Studies show domestic violence is a dynamic of control and oppression in relationships; with marginalized groups facing the highest rates of abuse. For example, 60% of Native American women are physically assaulted in their lifetime by an intimate partner.
In the US, there are more than 20,000 phone calls made daily to domestic violence hotlines.
As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men face severe (beating, burning, strangling) domestic violence from an intimate partner.
Domestic violence concerning an intimate partner account for 15% of all violent crimes.
When there’s a gun in an abusive home, the risk of homicide is increased by over 500%.
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year; 90% of those children are eyewitnesses to the violence.