I get asked so often about conventions that are run by people of color, or are POC-friendly, that I decided to create this page to keep folks informed. I have either attended one of the cons myself of I know someone who has. Put your mouse over the titles to access links. Feel free to email me or comment with a link if you’d like a convention to be added. Thanks!
If you’ve been following me on youtube, then you know I interviewed a bunch of creators at The Schomburg Black comic Book Fest in January of this year. It was my first time recording the Black Comic Book Fest interviews with a crew and I really couldn’t have done it without Tyrell Worrel of The Fan Bros Show Podcast and Azreen Zaman as well as the amazing photography of Al Cayne of SugarCayne.com . Also, if you have some time, you should also check out the panels from the convention. So far there are two videos complete, but a third is on the way! Enjoy!
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.)
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:
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?
Hey folks! The Black Comic Book Festival (Founded by: Jerry Craft, Deirdre Hollman, Jonathan Gayles, and John Jennings) is back at the Schomburg in January and guess what? We got our wish! It’s going to be TWO DAYS this time! No info on vendor space or panels yet, (and their twitter handle is still way too long) but stay tuned! See the full press release below.
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