Schomburg Center’s 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Arts & Culture Teen Young Adult

About This Event

The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comix featuring panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show, and exhibit tables with premiere independent Black comic creators from across the United States.

The annual extravaganza, which drew close to 12,000 attendees in 2017, connects diverse comic readers, creators, bloggers, nerds, independent publishers, and collectors of all ages. This year’s highlights will include panels and discussion on topics including diversity and social justice in comics, black comics in digital spaces, black masculinity in comic books, and much more.

New offers are also available for comic fans of all ages such as a limited edition 6th anniversary program book, festival t-shirts, and the opportunity to donate samples of your comics to the Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive! All the information you need to get registered is outlined below. If you have any additional questions, email

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  The 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival Program

10:00AM – 8:00PM

10:00AM | All Locations
Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium
Welcome to Day 1

10:15AM – 12:30PM | Langston Hughes Auditorium
Youth Program: Heroes of Color & Super Kids!
*Free books for kids!

  • Part 1: 10:15AM-10:45AM
    Screening of Heroes of Color Animated Shorts
    Presented by David Heredia
  • Part 2: 10:45AM-12:30PM
    Super Kids! Panel Presentation

1:30PM – 2:45PM
Black Characters Matter: Social Justice and Representation in Comics

Digging Through the Crates: Chronicling Black Comics Culture

Black Panther: Hero and a Movement – Panel Discussion

Dr. Jonathan Gayles, Georgia State University, Professor, Author and Filmaker (White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books)

In Conversation with Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center, Poet, Professor and Author (Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News)  
Presented by Lexus


10:00AM to 7:00PM

10:00AM | All Locations
Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium
Welcome to Day 2

10:15AM – 11:15AM
Film Screening: White Scripts and Black Supermen
Black Masculinities in Comic Books by Jonathan Gayles

11:30AM – 12:45PM
Panel on Comics and the African Diaspora

1:45PM – 2:45PM
Reimagining the Past: Historical Fiction and Alternative Histories

3:00PM – 3:30PM
Cosplay Showcase and Competition

3:45PM – 4:45 PM
The Brown Universe: Diversity in Comics

5:00PM – 5:45 PM
KickStarter Workshop

5:45PM – 6:45 PM
Black Comics and the Digital Community: How Black Geekdom has taken over the Worlds of Social Media

*Festival program subject to change

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