Talk about a prelude to February’s release of Marvel’s Black Panther, when Wakanda fever officially sweeps the world.
At the top of 2018, Harlem’s treasure, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host the sixth annual Black Comic Book Festival. The event will be held January 12-13, 2018.
The two-day event includes a host of the best in Black comics, including a cosplay show, countless screenings, and panel discussions. Topics will include diversity and social justice in comics, Black comics in digital spaces, Black masculinity in comic books, and a host more. The best thing about the weekend is that it’s a family affair, with all ages welcome.
“Comics and graphic novels have long entertained and educated, and continue to have always had significant mass appeal in encouraging and improving literacy among readers of all ages,” said Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young in a press release. “As a library, archive and cultural center dedicated to the global Black experience, the Schomburg is proud to be home of the Black Comic Book Festival, where the comix community can continue elevating discourse around comics as literature, and about diversity on and behind comic book pages.”
Fans of cosplay and the New York Comic Con scene will love this year’s event, as attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes. Comic book collectors can also bring their comic books to contribute to the Schomburg’s collection of Black independent comic books. Donations will become part of the distinguished museum’s permanent collection.
And of course, Black Panther mania… The festival will also feature an exclusive from Black Panther: Soul of A Machine, a graphic novel created in partnership with Marvel and Lexus. The luxe brand has a car featured in the film.
Registration is now open on Event Brite. Prices range from free.99 to $25. Secure your spot!