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

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.

Festival Schedule

Friday, January 18

Schomburg Center – Langston Hughes Auditorium

Program 1: 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Little Apple
Sci-Fi/Drama Comic & Series
Screening, Discussion and Q&A

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Creating Black Fantasy
Presentation and Q&A

Program 2: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Fear of Black Planet
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 3: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
#FortheCulture: New York City in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 4: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
AfroPuertorriqueños: Cultural & Social Activism in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Saturday, January 19

Schomburg Center – Langston Hughes Auditorium

Program 1: 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Supervillians: A Reflection of Us
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 2: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Animating History: Comics and Archives/Historical Records
Presentation, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 3: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Kickstarter Presentation
Presentation and Q&A

Program 4: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cosplay Showcase

Program 5: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Curating Comics & Creators of Color
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Program 6: 6:30pm – 7:30 pm
Scripting Our Stories: Black Women Writers in Comics
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Youth Programming at Countee Cullen Library
Auditorium (Lower Level)
Saturday, January 19

Program 1: 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Saturday Morning Cartoons

  • Little Apple by Riley Wilson
  • Heroes of Color by David Heredia

Program 2: 12:00 pm – 1: 00pm
How to Draw Comics Workshop
Presentation and Hands-on Workshop

Program 3: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Coloring Stations and Superhero Storytime
Presentation and 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.

More Info: 

Location
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

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