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  • Start: Jan 19 2019 10:00
  • Finish: Jan 19 2019 19:30
  • Time zone: America/New_York
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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 - 9 PM 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, 2019Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 
Program 1: 10:00 am - 11:15 am“Little Apple” Sci-Fi/Drama Comic & SeriesRiley Wilson, Writer & DirectorScreening, Discussion and Q&A
Program 2: 11:30 am - 12:30 pmCreating Black FantasyDedren 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 pmCrystal Velasquez (Hunters of Chaos)Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico)
Program 3: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmAfroPuertorriqueños: Cultural & Social Activism in ComicsCrystal Velasquez (PBS Maya and Miguel, Hunters of Chaos series)Javier Cruz Winnik (Puerto Rico Strong: A Comics Anthology Supporting Puerto Rico Disaster) Moderator: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (La Borinqueña, Ricanstruction)Panel Discussion and Q&A
Program 4: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmCurating Black Nerdy SpacesHilton George (Blerdcon)Clairesa Clay (BlerdCity Con)Cagen Luse (#ComicsinColor)Deirdre Hollman (Black Comics Collective)Moderator: Kadiatou TubmanPanel Discussion and Q&A
Program 5: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm#FortheCulture: New York City in ComicsAndre LeRoy Davis (The Last Word) Mikaila Brown (The Boogie Down Brigade)Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes) Robert Garrett (Ayala)Stephane Metayer (Tephlon Funk)Moderator: Deirdre HollmanPanel Discussion and Q&A
Shop and Sip Happy Hour5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Special Program: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pmSpider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseScreening & TalkbackPresented by Sony Pictures[Limited Seating Available, Register here]
Saturday, January 19, 2019Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Program 6: 10:00 am - 11:15 amBlack Villains MatterJanicia 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 FloodPanel Discussion and Q&A
Program 7: 11:45 am - 12: 30 pmComing of Age: Black Boys in ComicsGreg 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 pmAnimating History: Comics and the Archival RecordRebecca Hall (Wake)Kamau Ware (Black Gotham)Moderator: Deirdre HollmanPresentation, Panel Discussion and Q&A
Book Signing 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmKwanza 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 pmHow to Launch Your Comic KickstarterCamilla ZhangPresentation and Q&A
Book Signing 4:30 pm – 5:30 pmEve 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 pmCosplay ShowcaseKanene Holder and Aixa Kendrick
Program 11: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Scripting Our Stories: Black Women Writers in ComicsJamila 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, 2019Youth Programming Location: Countee Cullen Library 
Program 12: 10:30 am - 11:30 amSaturday Morning CartoonsLittle Apple by Riley WilsonHeroes of Color by David Heredia
Program 13: 12:00 pm - 1:00pmHow to Draw Comics WorkshopTim Fielder (Dieselfunk Studios)Presentation and Hands-on Workshop
Program 14: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Superhero/ Supervillain Mask MakingMarcus Del VallePresentation and Hands-on Workshop
Program 15: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Coloring Stations and Superhero StorytimeMarcus Del ValleHands-on Workshop



FIRST COME, FIRST SERVEDEvents 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. 
GUESTSPlease 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 RECORDINGPrograms 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.
PHOTOGRAPHYPlease note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.
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