Where We’re Going — 9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival

art by Tim Fielder

One of the things we’ve been missing the most this past year has been the Cons and Festivals. It has always been a great way to meet new folks and connect with old friends.

Fortunately, the ever flexible comics community has been finding new ways to celebrate and host events. This week the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will be hosting the 9th Annual Black Comic Book Festival virtually.

This year the event will run from today, Wednesday, January 13, through Saturday 16. In addition to virtual panels throughout the week, there will also be a digital marketplace and a virtual cosplay showcase.

There is a wide range of topics in the panels covering the interests of creators, educators, and fans alike. Below is our shortlist of not-to-miss panels.

Wednesday, January 13th
Comic Book Writing Workshop @ 1:30 EST

Thursday, January 14th
The Baylies: A Community of LGBTQ and POC Cartoonists from the Bay Area @ 3:00 EST

Friday, January 15th 
#Edcomix: Teaching Hard History Through Comics @2:30 EST
The Comic Book Spectrum: A New Era of Industry @4:00 EST

Saturday, January 16th 
Make It Plain: Social Commentary Thru Comix @ 4:00 EST

Saturday morning will feature a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, and later in the day, John Jennings and the comics creators from the new graphic imprint Megascope will sit down to talk about their Spring 2021 releases. 

These are just a few of the events happening today through Saturday. You can find their full list of events here.

Register for the Festival here.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!