comic conventions

Black Comic Book Festival

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Whenever you might be reading this post, welcome!

Over this weekend on Friday and Saturday January the13th and 14th was the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival held at the Schomburg for Research in Black Culture.

Admittedly, this was my first visit to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. However, it will most definitely not be my last. Something I do plan on rectifying in the near future, a  point made more poignant as I write this on the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. (Not only as a historian but as an inquisitive Black person living in NYC)

A short history: The Black Comic Book Festival is a convention held yearly at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. Co-founded in 2012 by Deirdre Hollman, Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft, John Jennings and Jonathan Gayles. Black Comic Book Fest celebrates Black artists and writes in the comic book industry.

The Black Comic Book Festival was pretty dope, and very fulfilling! As an expanded effort on my part to attend more conventions other than Comic Con it’s nice to go check out other Conventions as they grow and expand. Not to mention have the time to speak to writers and artists in a more casual (not to mention less stressful) environment. A sentiment I think many a fellow nerd can identify with when attending heavily crowded and populated events/conventions.

Earlier last year, I took the opportunity to check out the Women in Comics Convention (WinCon) held at the New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center, founded by Regine Sawyer (author of Eating Vampires) through her organization Women in Comics. Which will be coming up soon on March 25th if interested in going. Take the time to check it out if you have the chance!

I spoke to Regine Sawyer briefly, much to my surprise she remembered me from Women in Comics Con last year. Which in and of itself was delightful and refreshing I might add.

Maia Crown Williams was also in attendance representing MECCA Con (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Art) and Bronx Heroes as well!

A major shout-out to many of the artists and writers as well as teams that put out some spectacular work in the last couple years now: BLACK (Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith, Jamal Igle), Tuskegee Heirs (Marcus Williams, Greg Burnham), E.X.O. (Roye Okupe), Ajala (Robert Garrett, N. Steven Harris), Brother Man (Dawud Anyabwile, Guy A. Sims, Brian McGee), Shaft (David F. Walker).

Overall, Black Comic Book Fest was a blast and thoroughly enjoyable. If you’ve read down to this point or just skipped down for a TL;DR I’d definitely suggest checking it out next year. If you have the time on March 25th, check out Women in Comics as well.

so i was rewatching the Nerd HQ video and Misha was telling his fart story. And I noticed that at some point he stops as if he is kinda lost in the story and doesn’t remember what to say next.

Then tHIS HAPPENS

JENSEN WHISPERS TO HIM WHAT TO SAY NEXT AND MISHA CONTINUES HIS STORY and I’M SO DONE RIGHT NOW

Go watch it, it’s awful: (x)

Anti-furry sentiment absolutely exists

I’ve talked with an extremely wide range of people over the years, including a lot of out-and-proud racists. A few weeks ago, I had the displeasure of witnessing the coldest, most hateful words of my life.

For context, I was working a detail as security hired by the venue at a small comic convention (not to be confused with the convention’s own security). I was walking the convention floor, being visible and enjoying being paid overtime to attend a comic convention. I stopped to chat with various vendors, let them know I was there, checking if they had concerns and being cordial.

One vendor, with a kind of generic stuff booth, was a bit dubious about the amount of security. I said, as a way of justifying the need for security, that a few years ago, a furry convention had been subject to a poison gas attack that put a large number of people in the hospital. He asked if it killed anybody. I said no, but it could have. He said that it was a shame that nobody died and I turned and walked away, because there’s nothing you can say on the clock in response to that.

I’ve had people say to my face that they don’t believe in anti-furry sentiment. I’m not saying that furries are The Most Disadvantaged™ or something, but for fucks sake, don’t try to tell me that vicious, violent anti-furry sentiment doesn’t exist.

I’m having some Con Withdrawals at the moment (not to mention I’m missing the Queen of green)… It didn’t help that everyone I know and their mother went to ALA yesterday 😔 wish I could have gone too… Oh well hopefully you’ll see me at February LBCC
Photo by @escafl0wnez

2017 Conventions! ♥

Here are the conventions I’m confirmed for this year! \^o^/

Toronto Comicon | Toronto, ON | March 17-19, 2017
Calgary Expo | Calgary, AB | April 27-30, 2017
HeroesCon | Charlotte, NC | June 16-18, 2017
Sailor Moon Celebration | Toronto, ON | Saturday, June 24, 2017
FanExpo Canada | Toronto, ON | August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017

I’m trying for Anime North too for those who were asking last year.
Annnd I’m on a handful of waiting lists for more Canadian cons, ahaha. ;;

I’ll update this post if any are added.

What, don’t you trust us?

So as it turns out dapper day was the last cosplay/costume event I am going to in 2016… So you’re going to have to wait a whole year to see me at a con…. I mean technically next year is in about a month and a half but you get what im saying
Some crazy crap has been going on in my life recently, but I’m glad that even when things get weird I can chill and work on cosplay and maybe watch Netflix with my friends while drinking some wine. Hope all of you are having a good night.
My Harley Quinn is the ever popular @scarlettsparrowcosplay
Photo by @michaelbenedictla