The Black Comic Book Festival 2023 is really about the future. It’s a festival where kids of all ages can imagine a best version of themselves and starting creating their own future.
The SchomCom brings together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay, illustrators, publishers and writers of Black comic books and graphic novels.
There are panels, workshops, and creative showcases of the latest Black comics and graphic novels. A cosplay showcase is one of the festival’s highlights.
And of course there are fans and their families. This is a family festival. It’s a great place to bring your kids (of all ages). We need them to see the future.
11th Black Comic Book Festival 2023
The 11th Black Comic Book Festival 2023 is a family gathering of comic and graphic novel creatives and fans, with a cosplay showcase; at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC; on Friday-Saturday, April 14-15, 2023 from 10am – 8pm. You can livestream on the web site or YouTube @TheSchomburgCenter. Free with registration at schomcom.org #SchomCom2023 🇺🇸 🇵🇷
The Cosplay Showcase with ChibiT Cosplay, Sir Julius Cosplay, and DJ Gregory Wilson; is Saturday, April 15; from 5:30-7pm. If you want to participate, register on-site when you check-in.
Friday, April 14
- Black Comic Futures is curated by the Black Comics Collective.
- Generation Z: The Future of Comics with AK Lovelace, Kayin Bann, and Marley Alburez (Harlem School of the Arts).
- Little Apple Universe Screenings with Riley Wilson and Little Apple Universe Young Actors.
- Banned Books and Diversity in Comics with Joe Illidge, Dr. Monique Couvson, Mike Haynes-Pitts, and Kadia Tubman.
- The Creator Symposium hosted by the Women in Comics Collective International with Regine Sawyer, Janicia Francis, Shauna Grant, Javier Cruz Winnik, Barbara Brandon-Croft, and Ben Ha Meen.
- The Business of Comics and Sequential Narrative with T.J. Sterling, Alitha Martinez, Shawn Martinbrough, Gamal Hennesy, and Dedren Snead.
- Access Guide’s Black Comics Trivia Challenge! with Tatiana King, Karama Horne, John Jennings, and Regine Sawyer.
Saturday, April 15
- How to Draw Black Superheroes & Comics with Tim Fielder.
- Speaking for Ourselves: Black Women & Marginalized Voices in Comics with Erika Hardison & Keisha Parks (Nerds, Erbs and Words), Shauna Grant, Karama Horne, Elizabeth Colomba, and Barbara Brandon-Croft.
- Black in the Future: Afrofuturism in Comics & Graphic Novels with John Jennings, Ytasha Womack, Tim Fielder, and Ayize Jama-Everett.
- The Multimedia Age – Comics to Film with David Crownson, Anthony Piper, Riley Wilson, Rodney Barnes, and T.J. Sterling.
- Black in Anime-tion with Phillip Boutte Jr., Godswill Ugwa Jr., Carl Jones, Arthel Isom, Chase Conley, and T.J. Sterling.