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.)
I am really excited about this brand new convention coming to Baltimore because I know how hard the creators have been working to get this off the ground. On April 27, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds and Robert Butler, CEO of The Black Geeks are joining forces to bring you the first annual Universal Fan Con. You know what this means?
If you guys have been reading the blog, you know that HBO invited me to speak on a panel about their new show Westworld. I was also able to interview philosopher, futurist and NatGeo show host Jason Silva (Brain Games) that day as well. (I waited for my new Youtube Channel to go up before I posted.) We talked about his shows Nat Geo’s Brain Games as well as his philosophical streams of consciousness via his youtube channel Shots of Awe. And of course, we discussed what would happen if he ever went to Westworld. Here’s a hint: Sex was involved. Take a listen.
Last year my post about where to find African-American artists, panels and events at New York Comic Con was really popular, so this year I decided to do it again. Obviously, these events are not exclusive to just African-Americans, but if you are interested in supporting African-American artists and have no idea where to find them at the Javits Center, then this post is for you. Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone or anything! (If you want to know more about where the title comes from, click here). I will be updating this post daily through out the con!
As many of you know, I’m going to be covering DragonCon this year from September 2-6 in Atlanta, Georgia. For those of you unfamiliar, DragonCon is actually one of the largest fan-based comic book conventions in the country, and it is a mecca for cosplayers. The con’s Annual parade is so epic that this year, the CW will be covering the parade live. Read on for all of the latest info from DragonCon headquarters in Atlanta.