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SCHOMCOM LINEUP
virtual programs 

Deirdre Hollman on comic book style yellow background
John Jennings on comic book style green background
Jonathan Gayles on comic book style yellow background
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Tim Fielder on comic book style blue background
Clairesa Clay on comic book style green background
TJ Sterling on comic book style blue background

THURSDAY

Thursday, January 13

12:00 PM EST

Lifting as We Climb: A Black Comic Book Festival Story

Ten years ago, the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival started with a mission to introduce young, Black and Brown people to books that represented them. Today, the event has grown to become one of the country’s premiere spaces for Black comics, reaching audiences as local as Harlem, NY and as distant as Lagos, Nigeria. Join John Jennings, Jonathan Gayles, Deirdre Hollmanas they reflect on the legacy of this annual event.

Guests: John Jennings, Jonathan Gayles, Deirdre Hollman

Moderator: Kadiatou Tubman - Schomburg Education

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Thursday, January 13

2:00 PM EST

Graphic History: Telling Our Histories through

Comics and the Archives

Graphic novels about historical events are captivating readers of all ages and exposing histories that are not often taught in schools. Join Dr. Rebecca Hall (Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts), David Walker (The Black Panther Party), and Bridgett Pride (Schomburg Center Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Librarian) as they discuss the ins and outs of creating a historical graphic novel, and their impact on literacy today.

Guests: Rebecca Hall, David Walker 

Moderator: Bridgett Pride - Schomburg Librarian

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Thursday, January 13

4:00 PM EST

S.T.E.M in Comics: Bridging the gap of current and future technologies in art and comics

Join TJ Sterling (Rae Comics), Dedren Snead (SUBSUME), Newton Lilavois (Motor City Comic Con), Naseed Gifted (PBS Media, LLC), Ryan Benjamin (DC Comics/Sony), and Emeka Chiedu as they discuss the work being done to extend opportunities in technologies of art and comics to historically marginalized groups. 

Guests: Newton Lilavois, Emeka Chiedu, Naseed Gifted, Dedren Snead

Moderator: TJ Sterling

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FRIDAY

 

Friday, January 14

12:00 PM EST

Afrofuturism: The Past, Present, and Beyond

"Afrofuturism: The Past, Present, and Beyond" examines the extraordinary history of Afrofuturism in the arts, scholarship, and activism. The discussion features Ytasha Womack, John Jennings, and Reynaldo Anderson, and will be moderated by Dr. Julian Chambliss.

Guests: John Jennings, Tim Fielder, Ytasha Womack, Reynaldo Anderson, Julian Chambliss

Moderator: Julian Chambliss

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Friday, January 14

2:00 PM EST

Black in Anime: Creators Coloring Outside the Lines

Description: Come learn from some of the industry's top talent working in Anime and Comics. The panel features Arthell Isom (Dartshtajio Anime Studio), Johnny O'Bryant (Noir Caesar), Shanice Penn (NanaDesign, Freelance Anime Illustrator), and Sozo Maika (digital illustrator).

Guests: Arthel Isom (dartshtajio anime studio), Johnny O'Bryant (Noir Caesar),

Shanice Penn (freelance anime illustrator), Sozo Maika

Moderator: TJ Sterling

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Friday, January 14

4:00 PM EST

Title: The Future of Black Comics Inside and Outside of the Academy

Description: This reprise of the very first panel discussion at the Black Comic Book Festival in 2011 will explore the ever-expanding field of Black comics scholarship that charts the cultural and historical significance of Black representation in comic books, sequential art, graphic novels, and animation. Featured guests include Rebecca Wanzo (author of The Content of Our Caricature), Qiana Whitted (author of EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest), and JoAnna Davis-McElligatt (author of the forthcoming BOOM! Splat: Comics and Violence).

Guests: Qiana Whitted, Rebecca Wanzo, JoAnna Davis-McElligatt

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Gray

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SATURDAY

 

Saturday, January 15

11:00 AM EST

How to Draw Black Superheroes & Comics

Join Tim Fielder (Infinitum, DieselFunk Studios) for a master class on drawing comics. This program is open to all ages, but it is especially geared towards young people ages 5 and up.

Guest: Tim Fielder

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Saturday, January 15

1:00 PM EST

Creating Powerful Women in Comics 

Tune in to this bold panel featuring Robyn Smith (Nubia, Marisole, Wash Day Diaries), Jamila Rowser (Wash Day Diaries, Ode to Keisha), Shawnelle & Shawnee Gibbs (Ghost Roast, The Invention of E.J. Whitaker) who are both pushing the boundaries and keeping it real when it comes to scripting and illustrating powerful women characters in comics and graphic novels. Collectively, their diverse works represent the limitless possibilities for women in comics.

Guests: Robyn Smith, Jamila Rowser, Shawnelle Gibbs, Shawnee Gibbs

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Saturday, January 15

3:00 PM EST

The Comic Book Spectrum: Curating Safe and Brave Spaces

Join Regine Sawyer (LockettDown Productions), Cerece Rennie Murphy (VirtuousCon), Robyn Warren (Geek Girl Strong), Clairesa Clay (Blerd City Comic Con), Chauna C. Lawson (HBCU Con) they explore how comic book event producers create safe and brave spaces committed to creativity, courage, and community. 

Guests: Cindy Cortez from Sonic Boombox, Robyn Warren from Geek Girl Strong, Clairesa Clay from Blerd City Comic Con, Chauna C. Lawson from HBCU Con

Moderator: Regine Sawyer

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Saturday, January 15

5:00 PM EST

Comic Books & Big Screens: How Comic Creators Are Making Their Way Through Film and TV

Description: Join Prentice Penny, David Crownson, Sebastian Jones, and URAEUS as they discuss the ins and outs of how to create a successful comic and get it made for TV. 

Guests: Prentice Penny, David Crownson, Sebastian Jones, URAEUS

Moderator: TJ Sterling

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NOTE: Due to the changing circumstances with regards to COVID cases, this event will now be fully virtual. Patrons can still register for events and panels online. The exhibition, Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures, will be on display at the Schomburg Center from Jan 14, 2022.

 
 
 
 
 

Check out our Virtual Cosplay Showcase!

Group of Cosplay characters in front of the Schomburg Center.