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How to Draw Black Superheroes

JAN 13 @ 12:00 PM EST

In this workshop, Tim Fielder, graphic novelist and author of Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale, will demonstrate introductory techniques for drawing black characters. 


Comic Book Writing Workshop

JAN 13 @ 1:30 PM EST

Fun fact! The same techniques for writing prose are also used in the comic book writing process. In this workshop, Regine Sawyer, founder of Women in Comics, will show how to use those techniques, specifically for both character and world-building, to create an expansive and thoughtful story.


Black Girl Genius

JAN 14 @ 1:00 PM EST

Who runs the world? Girls! Hear from a diverse array of comic creators who have centered brilliant young female characters in their stories.


Yesenia Moises, Robyn Smith, Greg Burnham, and Okema Moore

Moderator: Erika Hardison, Fabulize Magazine

The BAYlies: A Community of LGBTQ and POC Cartoonists from The Bay Area

JAN 14 @ 3:00 PM EST

Live from the West Coast, this dynamic collective of cartoonists of color and queer cartoonists are here to discuss radical representation, storytelling, and the forthcoming The BAYlies Magazine Issue #1 Comics Anthology from Laneha House (2021).


Lawrence Lindell and Breena Nuñez, The BAYlies


The Comics Chitlin' Circuit: Cultivating a Sustainable Network for Black Cartoonists

JAN 14 @ 4:30 PM EST

Historically, The Free Press was a Black Comics’ chitlin' circuit, cultivating and sustaining a network for black cartoonists and materially supporting the production of Black cartoons. The Free Black Press was a place for Black cartoonists to cultivate a relationship to a market and an aesthetic away from the white gaze and editorial censure. Seventy-two years into the project of desegregation, The Free Black Press has all but disappeared and we have witnessed the effects of the white gaze on Black cartooning. What are we doing and what can we do to cultivate Black cartooning and any type of cartooning that may be suffering similarly? Does Black Comics need a Chitlin' Circuit?


Ronald Wimberly, John Jennings, Spike Trotman, Jason Reeves, and Andre Owens

#Edcomix: Teaching Hard History Through Comics

JAN 15 @ 2:30 PM EST

Using comics in the classroom can be a tool for cultivating critical literacies and historical consciousness in students. Join this panel of educators for a conversation about comics whose visual narratives deepen the study of black history and culture.


David Heredia, Little Heroes of Color

Erica Armstrong, Langston League

Moderator: Deirdre Hollman, Black Comics Collective


The Comic Book Spectrum: A New Era of Industry

JAN 15 @ 4:00 PM EST

The industry has begun a new era. With the COVID19 pandemic, comics like all other forms of multimedia are learning how to evolve with the times. This panel will discuss the overall effect on creators as well as how we can usher in new crops of professionals as change becomes vaster and vaster.


Vita Ayala, Alitha E. Martinez, Eric Battle, and David Walker

Moderator: Regine Sawyer

MECCAcon presents: Black Animators

JAN 15 @ 5:30 PM EST

Prominent animators including Carl Jones, The Mad Twiinz, and the Udeh Brothers, will talk about their roles in the industry, past and present work, along with how they got started. They will discuss their process of accepting and creating jobs, how they handle their recruiting, and much more. From storyboard to live-action and voice acting, our panelists cover everything.


Carl Jones, Mad Twiinz, and Onyi Udeh 

Moderator: Maia "Crown" Williams, MECCAcon



A Tribute to Chadwick Boseman 

JAN 16 @ 11:00 AM EST

The Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program remembers and honors their former theater instructor and award-winning actor, Chadwick Boseman with a conversation with his former Schomburg students. 

Inside HarperCollins Amistad’s INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale 

JAN 16 @ 12:00 PM EST

A discussion with Graphic Novelist/Author Tim Fielder about his new book, INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale.


Tim Fielder

Moderator: Deirdre Hollman

Views from Megascope: After the RainBlack Star

JAN 16 @ 1:30 PM EST

This panel will feature creators from Megascope’s Spring 2021 list. Join the conversation to learn about new comics, including After the Rain and Black Star that are coming out soon from some of your favorite artists.


John Jennings, Eric A. Glover, Arielle Jovellanos, and David Brame

Moderator: Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Magazine

Meet the Makers!

JAN 16 @ 2:45 PM EST

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to hear from our #SchomCom2021 exhibitors. Discover new comics and explore our favorites at the Exhibitors page!

Hosted by

Kadiatou Tubman, Schomburg Center, and Deirdre Hollman, Black Comics Collective


Make It Plain: Social Commentary Thru Comix 

JAN 16 @ 4:00 PM EST

Comics speak volumes and sometimes without a word. Join Keith Knight, creator of Hulu's Woke, Tee Franklin author of Bingo Love, Liz Montague of Liz at Large, and Cagen Luse, creator of Lunchtime Comix, and moderator Janicia Francis of Tea with Queen and J as they discuss the role of comic art and writing in helping us grapple with social issues, past and present.


Keith Knight, Tee Franklin, Liz Montague, and Cagen Luse

Moderator: Janicia Francis, Tea with Queen and J.

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