Black Comic Book Festival 2020 at Schomburg Center

The 8th Annual Black Comic Book Festival is at Schomburg Center in Harlem, Manhattan, Friday-Saturday, January 17-18, 2020. FREE

The Festival is fun for all ages. It connects writers, illustrators and independent publishers with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds. (A “blerd” is a Black nerd.)

7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival (2019)

There are talks, book signings, drawing lessons, even a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There are events for children on Saturday morning.

These are some of the creators who are signing books:

  • Crystal Velasquez (Hunters of Chaos, PBS Maya and Miguel)
  • Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico)
  • Esmerelda Santiago (When I Was a Puerto Rican)
  • Eve Ewing (Ironheart)
  • Jamila Rowser (Wash Day)
  • Vita Ayala (Livewire, The Wilds, Submerged)

These are some of the creators participating in talks.

  • Andre LeRoy Davis (The Last Word)
  • Cagen Luse (ComicsinColor)
  • Clairesa Clay (BlerdCity Con)
  • Dedren Snead (Sorghum & Spear)
  • Deirdre Hollman (Black Comics Collective)
  • Greg Anderson Elysee (Is’nana the Were-Spider)
  • Hilton George (Blerdcon)
  • Janicia Francis (Tea with Queen and J. Podcast)
  • Jonathan Gray (Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence By Association, Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics)
  • Kennedy Allen, (Black Tribbles Podcast)
  • Kevin Mambo (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Netflix)
  • Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK)
  • Mikaila Brown (The Boogie Down Brigade)
  • Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes)
  • Robert Garrett (Ayala)
  • Ron Simmons (You Don’t Read Comics)
  • Roye Okupe (Malika, E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams)
  • Stephane Metayer (Tephlon Funk)
  • Tim Fielder (Infinitum, Matty’s Rocket)
  • Victor LaValle (A People’s Future of the United States)


You’re encouraged to cosplay as your favorite Black superhero. If you do, be sure to sign-up for the annual cosplay show.

If you’re following the latest decluttering trend, donate your Black comix and Black Speculative Arts( Black Futurism) materials to the Schomburg’s collection.

This year’s Festival art was created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, writer & creator of the first Puerto Rican superhero La Borinquena.


2019 Black Comic Book Festival Hours

Friday: 12pm – 7:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 7:30pm

2019 Black Comic Book Festival Tickets

It’s free.

You can register and get more information at

Better register because tickets are limited.

“Show them who you are.”

Schomburg Center

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
(between 135th and 136th St)


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