Writer Mercedes Valle is a Special Guest for AfroComicCon

Mercedes Valle

AfroComicCon has revealed that the multifaceted writer Mercedes Valle will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Mercedes Valle is a writer, martial artist, and recovering lawyer, who was born in New York. As a bi Afro-Latinx woman, she didn’t always fit in when she was growing up. But she found “her people” when she joined Princeton’s Taekwondo Club. Not only did she make lifelong friends, but she also competed at the collegiate level, eventually placing third at collegiate nationals.

After graduating from Princeton, she spent over three years in Seoul, Korea, where she earned both her third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a master’s in Korean Studies. Then her life took a dark turn when she became a litigation attorney at a big New York law firm.

But after being miserable doing what she “should” do, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Since leaving the law, Ms. Valle has written freelance for Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, and Polly Pocket; and was a staff writer on Elena of Avalor and a Netflix-show-that-must-not-be-named. And she’s currently freelancing for several other shows-that-must-not-be-named.

Also a longtime martial artist, Ms. Valle has been a Taekwondo instructor, coach, competitor, and referee. And pre-pandemic, she was training in Krav Maga.

AfroComicCon​‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the ​Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), ​will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the ​Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.