I saved this review specifically for Black HIsory Month because it covers a period in African history that most African-Americans are unaware of. It’s the story of Nigeria’s Atlanta ’96 Olympic Gold Medal winners Chioma Ajunwa, Kanu Nwankwo and Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The book was commissioned by the UK-based non-governmental organization Community Sport and Educational Development (CSED) program as part of their literacy program, aimed at getting young readers interested in reading through sports. The current generation of Nigerians have never seen their athletes climbing the Olympic podium and this standalone comic serves as “edutainment” of sorts.
Clutter Magazine and LeftField Media today announced Feb. 1 details around the inaugural Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic art convention debuting May 20-21 in Lower Manhattan. A showcase for artists, designers, and brands focused on independent art, entertainment, and lifestyle, Five Points is presented by Midtown Comics, sponsored by Playcrafting, and built with major support from brands including Cotton Candy Machine, Kidrobot, the LISA Project, Popaganda, Super7, and Toy Tokyo. The Five Points Festival will play host to guests including Bryan Lee O’Malley, Elsa Charretier, Greg Capullo, Huck Gee, Ron English, Scott Wilkowski, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Tara McPherson.
Boutique event organizer LeftField Media is no stranger to Comic Cons – it was founded by Greg Topalian, the creator of New York Comic Con, and is home to a veteran team with experience building over 50 pop culture conventions around the planet – but Five Points isn’t like any of the wave of Comic Cons which have sprouted up recently. Replacing a model centered on celebrity appearances and autographs, the Five Points Festival puts its focus absolutely on artists and is a celebration of comic creators, designer toy makers, and the culture they create.
In case you didn’t get a chance to make the 5th Annual Black Comic Book Fest at the Schomburg Center for Black Research in Harlem, New York on Friday January 13 and Saturday, January 14 here are links to all of the panels that were livestreamed over the two days. Grab a drink sit back and watch some intersting conversations among artists and blerds. (It’ll help take your mind off of current events. I promise.)
Not only is Regine Sawyer the founder of Women In Comics Collective New York International, but she also writes comic books of her own through her own company Lockett Down Productions. In this first issue of her latest title Ice Witch, an enhanced woman with the power to control ice and snow searches for her daughter in a frozen landscape. Her search leads to a fight with a guard who seems to more about her than she’s aware of. Not only can she manipulate ice similar to Iceman from Xmen, but whoever her nemesis is has taken her child.
The Black Comic Book Festival was founded by Deirdre Hollman, Schomburg Director of Education and Exhibitions, artist and comic book creator Jerry Craft, (Mama’s Boyz), artist, creator and teacher John Jennings, (Blue Hand Mojo, Kindred) Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside and Jonathan Gayles, artist and Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University. This year is the 5th year that the convention is being held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York and for the first time it will be held on two days instead of one! As always, the event is free and I hope to see many of you there! There are several new and interesting panels to enjoy as well (like the tribute to Jackie Ormes!) and it all happens this Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14. If you can’t make the event, be sure to check out the panels on livestream! See below for a schedule of events:
Once the election results came in and Trump was declared President-elect, I knew I would have to start boycotting things, New Balance, I can live without, but today when #Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gave Trump his “blessing” I was saddened. Why? Because I really like Amazon Prime and I get most of my comics through Comixology, an Amazon-owned company. *sigh* Now for many of you it is really easy to get to your local comic book shop. And you should absolutely continue to suppport them. But for me, it’s not always that easy, so I put together this little list of places I have ordered comics from in the past in case you want some alternatives.
Vigilance by indie creator Michael Watson and published by Legacy Rising Publications is the first book in a series of a story about an extraterrestrial woman, who appears to be black, who lands on Earth with incredible superpowers, and equally impressive hair and begins working for a type of Western government security organization called the EHD (The Extra Human Division). A SHIELD-like entity tasked with keeping the world safe from everything from terrorist organizations to alien threats.
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