Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival – January 17-18, 2014

2014 Black Book Festival2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12 – 5 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. on the corner of 135th Street and Lenox Ave.

Partially accessible to wheelchairs

For all ages

The Schomburg Center’s 2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of black comix in a two-day event featuring a special events, panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country. Admission is free for the public and registration is encouraged at Fees apply for Exhibitors (by invitation only), contact for more information.

Friday, January 17, 2014
5:30 pm

Networking Reception: “Putting the Unity Back In Community”
Social gathering for black comics community with light refreshments.

7 pm
Public Conversation: “Milestone and Brotherman: A Celebration of Both”
Moderated by Jonathan Gayles with special guests

Saturday, January 18, 2014
12 – 5 pm
Exhibit Tables from 40 Comic Book Artists and Writers*

12:45 pm
Panel: “Superheroes Beyond the Comic Book” with David Walker (Super Justice Force); Jerry, Jaylen and Aren Craft (The Offenders); and Kia Barbee (Evolve the Series)

2:15 pm
Panel: “Black Women in Comics”
Moderated by Regine Sawyer with Barbara Brandon, Alitha Martinez, Jennifer Crute, and Jewels Smith.

3:45 pm
Panel and Q&A: “Self-Publishing” with John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby) and Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boys)

12 pm
Short Films and Cartoons*

1:30 pm
Youth Workshop: “Creating Your Own Comic Books” with Alex Simmons

2:30 pm
Workshop: “Collecting Comic Books”

3:15 pm
Short Films and Cartoons

The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival is presented by the Junior Scholars Program in collaboration with Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz), John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby) and Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University).

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  1. Harlem’s Black Comic Book Festival Spotlights Diversity
    By Jeff Mays on January 16, 2014 1:25pm

    HARLEM — Marvel Comics introduced a half black, half Latino Spider-Man named Miles Morales a couple of years ago, and this February will mark the debut of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani Muslim girl from Jersey City, as the new Ms. Marvel.

    But even with the introduction of these characters and a handful of others, some comic book fans feel the superhero universe remains largely homogenous.

    “I call it a hand-me-down hero,” said artist and professor John Jennings, one of the co-founders and organizers of the Black Comic Book Festival. “They are cool characters, but still based on that white man template,” he added, pointing out that the new, diverse heroes are just rebranded white characters.

    The organizers of the festival, which is returning to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the second year in a row starting Friday, hope to continue their mission of celebrating diverse black characters in comic books and educating the public about the importance of diversity — even in the mystical realm.

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