Schomburg Black Comic Book Fest Full Schedule PLUS Black Panther Event


Schomburg Black Comic Book Fest Full Schedule PLUS Black Panther Event

Besides Black Panther tickets going on sale this week, the other big news (at least if you’re in the New York area) is the Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this Friday and Saturday January 12-13. As usual, there will be vendors, artists, plenty of kids programming, as well as panels all covering everything from African comics, to indie comics and even a special Black Panther Presentation featuring Florence Kasumba, the first member of the Dora Milaje that we met in Marvel’s Captain America: Cilvil War! I also have the honor of moderating a panel at the event as well! To get all of the details and the full schedule read on.

The 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival Program


Note: Times and panelists are subject to change.


10:00AM | All Locations

Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium

Welcome to Day 1

10:15AM – 12:30PM | Langston Hughes Auditorium

Youth Program: Heroes of Color & Super Kids!

*Free books for kids!

  • Part 1: 10:15AM-10:45AM
  • Screening of Heroes of Color Animated Shorts
  • Presented by David Heredia
  • Part 2: 10:45AM-12:30PM
  • Super Kids! Panel Presentation
  • Presenters: Jamar Nicholas (Leon), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Micheline Hess (Malice and Ovenland), David Miller (Khalil’s Way), and Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz)

1:30PM – 2:45PM

Black Characters Matter: Social Justice and Representation in Comics

Moderated by Deirdre Hollman (Black Comics Collective)

Panelists: Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman Comics), Tony Medina & Stacey Robinson (I Am Alfonso Jones), and Eric Velasquez (Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library)


Digging Through the Crates: Chronicling Black Comics Culture

Moderated by Professor William Foster

Panelists: Sheena Howard (The Encyclopedia of Black Comics), and Joe Illidge (Black Comix Returns), Brother Kendu Cheek (Konscious Comics)


Screening: Exclusive Clip from Black Panther presented by Florence Kasumba


Black Panther: A Hero and A Movement

Moderated by Kevin Young

A conversation with Schomburg Director Kevin Young, Florence Kasumba (Black Panther), Professor Jonathan Gayles (“White Scripts and Black Supermen”), Professor Kinitra Brooks (“Searching for Sycorax: Black Women in Contemporary Horror”), Illustrator Alitha Martinez (“World of Wakanda”) exploring the context, impact, and legacy of Black Panther as a ground-breaking character and a social-political movement.

The upcoming festival will also feature exclusive content from Black Panther: Soul of a Machine, a graphic novel created by Lexus and Marvel, who partnered on the car featured in the upcoming Black Panther movie. Lexus is the presenting sponsor of the 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival.


10:00AM | All Locations

Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium

Welcome to Day 2

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Film Screening: White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books by Jonathan Gayles

11:30AM – 12:45PM

Differential Powers in the African Diaspora

Moderated by Jonathan Gayles (White Scripts and Black Supermen, Georgia State University)

Panelists: William Jones (Afrofuturism Network), Grace Gibson (University of California Berkeley), Julian Chambliss (Rollins College)

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Reimagining the Past: Historical Fiction and Alternative Histories

Moderated by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)

Panelists: Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes), Kamau Ware (Black Gotham)

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Cosplay Showcase

3:45PM – 4:45 PM

The Brown Universe: Diversity in Comics

Moderated by M’Shindo Kuumba

Panelists: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Boriquena), [Laserman by Rajive Anand?] and Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs).

5:00PM – 5:45 PM

KickStarter Workshop

Presented by Greg Elysee (Is’Nana the Were-Spider)

5:45PM – 6:45 PM

Black Comics and the Digital Community: How Black Geekdom has taken over the Worlds of Social Media

Moderated by Karama Horne (The Blerdgurl)

Panelists: Kwanzaa Osajeyfo (Black), Regine Sawyer (Locketdown Productions and Women in Comics Collective) and Tatiana King Jones (FanBrosShow)

About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 90 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Educational and Cultural Programs at the Schomburg Center complement its research services and interpret its collections. Seminars, forums, workshops, staged readings, film screenings, performing arts programs, and special events are presented year-round. More information about Schomburg’s collections and programs can be found at

About the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at


About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance.  With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model.  In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


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