Schomburg's 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival: Jan 13-14, 2017
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Schomburg's 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival: Jan 13-14, 2017

Schomburg's 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival: Jan 13-14, 2017

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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Welcome to the Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival Community! We are extremely excited for you to attend our 5th annual program which has expanded to TWO DAYS! New offers are available for comic fans of all ages such as a limited edition 5th anniversary program book, festival t-shirts, and the opportunity to donate samples of your comics to the Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive! All the information you need to get registered is outlined below. If you have any additional questions, email

Schedule of Events (In-Brief):

Co-founders Deirdre Hollman, Schomburg Director of Education and Exhibitions; Jerry Craft, Mama’s Boyz; John Jennings, Black Kirby/UC Riverside; and Jonathan Gayles, Georgia State University.


10:00AM - 6:00PM
Comic Creators Exhibition Tables

10:15AM - 12:00PM
Youth Program: My Creative Life in Comics and Kid Lit
Panelists: Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz and The Offenders), David Miller (Khalil’s Way), Zetta Elliot (A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls), Alex Simmons (Blackjack, Archie, Kids Comic Con), and Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground). Moderated by Deirdre Hollman.

1:30PM - 2:30PM
How to Draw Afrakan Superheroes (Lecture/Demonstration)
Presented by Akinseye Brown, Sokoya Productions

2:30PM - 3:00PM
Tribute to Jackie Ormes, 1st Black Syndicated Comic “Torchy Brown”

3:30PM - 4:30PM
Curating Comics: Creating Exhibitions in Galleries and in Digital Spaces
Panelists: William Villalongo (Black Pulp!), Tim Fielder (Black Metropolis), John Jennings and Stacey Robinson (Black Kirby). Moderated by Jonathan Gray

Comics are Lit: Graphic Novel Adaptations of Literature
Panelists: John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred), Dawud Anyabwile (Monster), Kyle Baker (Nat Turner), and Andrew Aydin (March Books 1-3). Moderated by Jonathan Gayles.


10:00AM - 7:00PM
Comic Creators Exhibition Tables

10:15AM - 11:30AM
Black Heroes Matter
Panelists: Mshindo (BlackOps, Indigo, and Anikulapo), Trevor Von Eeden (Black Lightning, Thriller, and Jack Johnson), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), and Dewunmi Roye Okupe (E.X.O.-The Legend of Wale Williams). Moderated by David Walker (Powerman & Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Shaft).

12:30PM - 1:45PM

1:45PM - 2:15PM

2:30PM - 3:15PM
Tribute to Dawud Anyabwile, Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline
Moderated by Jonathan Gayles

3:45PM - 5:00PM
Fierce Femininity & Fandom
Panelists: Maia Crown Williams (MeccaCon and BSAM), Regine Sawyer (Ice Witch, Eating Vampires, Women in Comics), and Micheline Hess (Malice in Ovenland). Moderated by Ja’nell Ajani.

5:30PM - 6:45 PM
Comics and Hip-Hop
Panelists: Eric Orr (Max the Robot) and Andre LeRoy Davis (The Last Word). Moderated by Jonathan Gray.

Exhibitors List (Alphabetical by Last Name)

Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman: Revelation, Monster); Eric Battle (freelance illustrator); Andre Batts (Urban Style Comics); Karl Bollers (Watson and Holmes); Kurt Bollers; Antuan Broussard (Battlemasterz); Akinseye Brown (Sokoya Productions); William Campbell (Rosarium Publishing); Chuck Collins (Bounce, DSX); Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz); Andre LeRoy Davis (artist); Ray Felix (The Greatest Hero Black Power, Bronx Heroes); Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket, Black Metropolis); Prof. William Foster (comic historian); Robert Garrett (Xmoor Studios); Naseed Gifted (P. B. Soldier); Maya Grant-Richardson (Sheeba Maya artist); Norwood S. Harris (illustrator); Micheline Hess (Malice in Ovenland); John Jennings (Kindred, Black Kirby, Black Comix); Mshindo Kuumba (BlackOps, Indigo, and Anikulapo); Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (DMC, Darryl Makes Comics); Keith Miller (RatRonin Studios); Jamar Nicholas (Leon Protector of the Playground); Yumy Odom (ECBACC); Dewunmi Roye Okupe (E.X.O.-The Legend of Wale Williams); Tony Puryear (Concrete Park); Regine Sawyer (Lockett Down Productions); Alex Simmons (Blackjack); Juliana Smith ( (H)afrocentric: The Comic); Jerome Walford (Nowhere Man, Gwan, Forward Comix); David Walker (Powerman & Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Shaft); Eric Wilkerson (illustrator); Maia Crown Williams (MECCA Con, BSAM); Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs); Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats, Black History in its Own Words); and Abrams Comic Arts.

**Please note that the festival schedule and exhibitors are subject to change. Stay tuned to this page or @schomburgblackcomic on facebook and instagram for updates! **


Limited Edition 5th Anniversary Program Book

This limited edition Black Comic Book Festival Program Book celebrates the first five years of our groundbreaking community culture and literacy event with exclusive content, photos and collectible art. Copies are available for pre-order for only $5! Reserve your copies today!


Festival Logo T-Shirts are available for pre-order! Adult sizes are $25 and child sizes are $15.

Donations to Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive

The Schomburg Library is seeking to expand its collection of black independent comic books! Please consider donating single copies of old or new titles from your home collection to the Schomburg Library at the Festival. All donations will become part of the Schomburg’s permanent collection and contribute to a unique and growing archive documenting comics and the black speculative arts movement.

Press Inquiries

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least one-week before the day of the Black Comic Book Festival to: Ayofemi Kirby, Schomburg/NYPL Senior Publicist at Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.


If you have any additional questions, call Deirdre Hollman at (212) 491-2234 or email

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515 Malcolm X Boulevard

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