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The Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday, January 18 from 12 PM - 7:30PM and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM to 7:30PM. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.

Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly-anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more.

Black Comic Book Festival participants are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and to register on-site for the annual cosplay show. Participants are also invited to contribute to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books by bringing single copies of old or new titles from their home collection. All donations will become a part of the Schomburg’s unique and growing archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement.

The Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival art was created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (@mredgardonyc), writer & creator of @LaBorinquenaComics.

For festival updates, follow the Schomburg Center on Twitter and Instagram @SchomburgCenter, #BlackComicBookFest.

For questions about the Schomburg Center 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival program, email SchomburgEd@nypl.org.

Media Instructions: Please register for media credentials here. For detailed media requests, email ayofemikirby@nypl.org.

Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2019
Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Program 1: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
“Little Apple” Sci-Fi/Drama Comic & Series
Riley Wilson, Writer & Director
Screening, Discussion and Q&A

Program 2: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Creating Black Fantasy
Dedren Snead (Sorghum & Spear)
Roye Okupe (Malika, E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams)
Moderator: Tim Fielder (Infinitum, Matty's Rocket)
Presentation and Q&A

Book Signing 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Esmerelda Santiago (When I Was a Puerto Rican)
Crystal Velasquez (Hunters of Chaos)
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico)

Program 3: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
AfroPuertorriqueños: Cultural & Social Activism in Comics
Crystal Velasquez (PBS Maya and Miguel, Hunters of Chaos series)
Esmeralda Santiago (When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman)
Moderator: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (La Borinqueña, Ricanstruction)
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 4: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Curating Black Nerdy Spaces
Hilton George (Blerdcon)
Clairesa Clay (BlerdCity Con)
Cagen Luse (#ComicsinColor)
Deirdre Hollman (Black Comics Collective)
Moderator: Kadiatou Tubman
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 5: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
#FortheCulture: New York City in Comics
Andre LeRoy Davis (The Last Word)
Mikayla Brown (The Boogie Down Brigade)
Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes)
Robert Garrett (Ayala)
Stephane Metayer (Tephlon Funk)
Moderator: Deirdre Hollman
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Shop and Sip Happy Hour
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Program: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Screening & Talkback
[Limited Seating Available]

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Program 6: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Black Villains Matter
Janicia Francis (Tea with Queen and J. Podcast)
Kennedy Allen, (Black Tribbles Podcast)
Kevin Mambo (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Netflix)
Ron Simmons (You Don't Read Comics)
Moderated by Michael Flood
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 7: 11:45 am - 12: 30 pm
Coming of Age: Black Boys in Comics
Greg Anderson Elysee (Is'nana the Were-Spider)
Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK)
Victor LaValle (A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers)
Moderated by Jonathan Gray (Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence By Association, Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics)
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 8: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Animating History: Comics and the Archival Record
Rebecca Hall (Wake)
Kamau Ware (Black Gotham)
Moderator: Deirdre Hollman
Presentation, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Book Signing 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK, Black AF)
Victor LaValle (A People’s Future of the United States, Destroyer)
Greg Anderson Elysee (Is’nana the Werespider)*

Program 9: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
How to Launch Your Comic Kickstarter
Camilla Zhang
Presentation and Q&A

Book Signing 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Eve Ewing (Ironheart)
Jamila Rowser (Wash Day)*
Vita Ayala (Livewire, The Wilds, Submerged)
Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs (The Invention of EJ Whitaker)*

Program 10:4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cosplay Showcase
Kanene Holder and Aixa Kendrick

Program 11: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Scripting Our Stories: Black Women Writers in Comics
Jamila Rowser (Wash Day)
Eve Ewing (Riri Williams: Ironheart)
Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs (The Invention of E.J. Whitaker)
Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Livewire, Submerged)
Moderator: Karama Horne (theblerdgurl.com)
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Youth Programming
Location: Countee Cullen Library

Program 12: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Little Apple by Riley Wilson
Heroes of Color by David Heredia

Program 13: 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
How to Draw Comics Workshop
Tim Fielder (Dieselfunk Studios)
Presentation and Hands-on Workshop

Program 14: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Superhero/ Supervillain Mask Making
Marcus Del Valle
Presentation and Hands-on Workshop

Program 15: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coloring Stations and Superhero Storytime
Marcus Del Valle
Hands-on Workshop



FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

GUESTS
Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING
Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

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