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Television writer for Batwoman, Maya Houston, is coming to AfroComicCon

Maya Houston

AfroComicCon welcomes writer Maya Houston as one of its Special Guests for the virtual convention!

As a Black queer female baby millennial raised by a single mother in the South, Maya Houston often feels like God spun a wheel of oppression just to make her life more difficult. But she contributes her unique identity to why she writes what she does; she understands all too well what it feels like to be an outsider in today’s society.

Maya Houston graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a B.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television and a minor in Occupational Science. Shortly after graduating, she caught the attention of Issa Rae after winning the Project Greenlight New Normal contest and worked under the leadership of Rae to create a digital series called Minimum Wage

Houston worked as the writers’ production assistant on seasons 7 and 8 of The CW’s Arrow, where she received her first television writing credit for Episode 806, “Reset”. She participated as a fellow of the NBC Writers On The Verge Class of 2019 – 2020. Currently, Houston is a staff writer on Batwoman. She is represented by Zero Gravity Management and APA.


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.

Melanin Squared are Special Guests of AfroComicCon

Melanin Squared

AfroComicCon has announced that Melanin Squared will be among its Special Guests for their first virtual convention!

This dynamic duo, consisting of Coco and Marrista, will be hosting the AFCC Cosplay contest. These ladies not only run a successful blog, but they also own and run a vegan cookie box company called Squared Cookies.

Coco is a “big nerd on the outside and an even bigger nerd on the inside”. She loves Japanese culture, including cosplay, anime, food, manga, and more! Coco has a huge appetite for adventure and a bit of wanderlust, leading her to travel on a frequent basis.

Marrista, on the other hand, is the vegan baker behind Squared Cookies. When she’s not baking, her time is spent exploring one of her many crafty hobbies. She is a closet-gamer who just wants to have fun.


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.

Pixar Story Artist Michael Yates is coming to AfroComicCon

Michael Yates

AfroComicCon has announced that story artist Michael Yates will be among the Special Guests for this year’s virtual convention!

Join Pixar Animation Studios Story Artist Michael Yates as he discusses his background, professional path, and gives you an inside look at the story process for Disney and Pixar’s newest film, SOUL, releasing on Disney+ December 25. Michael will also discuss being part of Pixar’s Internal Culture Trust and the importance of authenticity in creating the studio’s first African American protagonist.

Michael Yates joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2015 as a story artist. Yates worked on the feature films Cars 3 and Toy Story 4. He most recently was a story artist on Pixar’s upcoming feature Soul, which is set to release on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. Yates is currently in development on an unannounced Pixar project. 

As a story artist, Yates helps craft the story by drawing storyboards that depict characters, action, and setting. Storyboards are edited together into sequences that provide early visualizations of the film that help demonstrate what works best for the story. 

Prior to Pixar, Yates interned at Walt Disney Animation Studios before working at Cartoon Network. He also worked on Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters at DreamWorks Animation. Yates also co-directed the award-winning short Legend of the Flying Tomato.


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.

AfroComicCon Announces its Cosplay Contest Finalists

AfroComicCon

AfroComicCon received a slew of fantastic submissions for this year’s Cosplay contest, and they’ve narrowed it down to a lucky few finalists!

VILLAINS
The Riddler– BarrFoxx  
Black Lady Darth Vader -_DeathByLavender_
Poison Ivy – Coko_Galore

HEROES
Cyclops– Hellspawned_Cosplay
Robin Boy Wonder– Clutch_BoyWonder 
Black Lightning– Westcoastmorpheus 

ANIMATIONS
Moana– SotoGrant_Cosplay 
Katara– Brea_The_Costume_Designer 
Mew Ichigo– MangaGirl1114_Cosplay

A big congratulations to the finalists. The live cosplay event to vote on finalists will be announced during AfroComicCon on Saturday, Oct. 24th. Don’t forget to register and vote and go to afrocomiccon.org this Saturday to find out how to vote for the winner!


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.

Eisner Award-Winning Artist John Jennings Joins AfroComicCon

John Jennings

AfroComicCon welcomes Eisner Award-winner and illustrator John Jennings as a Special Guests for the virtual convention!

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. John Jennings offers a fresh perspective on Black imagination and challenges our notions of Black expression in popular culture. As a cultural activist and creator, he creates stories and characters that are truly subjective and flexible and have myriad representations and modes of existence.

Jennings’ current projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the Eisner-winning, Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred. Jennings is also founder and curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels.


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.

Show Off Your Super Smash Bros. and Brawlhalla Skills During AfroComicCon

AfroComicCon is partnering with MelaninGamers for a virtual gaming tournament Live on TWITCH the day of the convention! They’re bringing not one, but TWO fantastic multiplayer games to the table: Super Smash Bros. and Brawlhalla!

Super Smash Bros. is a crossover fighting game stuffed full of beloved Nintendo and Bandai characters from a range of games, including Pokemon, Castlevania, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Megaman, and of course, the classic Super Mario Bros. With over 100 stages to choose from and a wide array of power moves, assistant characters, and surprises, this is guaranteed to be a fun game for attendees of all ages.

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Super Smash Bros.

Brawlhalla is the hit free to play platformer fighting game making waves with fans across the world. It boasts a diverse set of chibified characters based on a wide variety of myths and legends, weapons that change your style of play just by picking them up, and beautifully crafted stages that only highlight the fast paced melee happening on the screen.

Interested players can sign up for free here and aim for the top! Not only will they get bragging rights, but Melanin Gamers is providing a special prize to the winners!

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Brawlhalla

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.

Senior VFX Supervisor Gregory Anderson is coming to AfroComicCon

Gregory Anderson

AfroComicCon has announced that Senior VFX Supervisor Gregory Anderson will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Greg Anderson is currently Head of Studio and Senior VFX Supervisor for the FuseFX New York office. He was FuseFX’s first employee in NY in 2014, since then building the office to over 75. Greg has directly supervised the visual effects for the hit Marvel television series Luke Cage, The Punisher, and Iron Fist, and has overseen the work on several other award-winning shows, including The BlacklistThe Get Down, and Mr. Robot, for which he and his team received an Emmy Nominated in 2018. Most recently, Greg supervised the visual effects for Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series, When They See Us.

Originally from St. Louis, Greg attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a B.S. in Art and Design and an M.S. with a focus in Design and Computation, both from the School of Architecture and Planning. He started his career at Sony Pictures Imageworks designing the visual effects for several blockbusters and Oscar-nominated features including Starship TroopersHollow ManSpider-Man, and Matrix Revolutions. Greg then transitioned into advertising as a visual effects supervisor and director of campaigns for Target, Nissan, Microsoft, and many others. In 2009, he co-founded his own design/VFX studio, producing promos for MTV, Comedy Central, and OWN. This experience led to his current position with FuseFX.

Greg is a member of both the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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.

Producer/Writer Akela Cooper is a part of AfroComicCon

Akela Cooper

AfroComicCon welcomes Producer/ Writer Akela Cooper as a Special Guest for its first virtual convention!

An alumni of both the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, Akela Cooper began her career in television as an assistant on the CBS cult hit Jericho, working her way up through the ranks on shows like GrimmThe 100Witches of East EndAmerican Horror Story: Roanoke, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.


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.

Producer/Writer Aïda Croal is a Guest of AfroComicCon

Aïda Croal

AfroComicCon has announced Producer/ Writer Aïda Croal will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Canadian-born playwright and screenwriter, Aïda Mashaka Croal, received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She won a Daytime Emmy while writing on her first TV show: ABC’s One Life to Live. She has since written for Syfy (Sanctuary), Cartoon Network (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), AMC (TURN: Washington’s Spies), Netflix (Marvel’s Luke Cage; season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones).

In addition, she has won a Saturn Award and been nominated for a Peabody Award for her work on Marvel’s Luke Cage. She was an EP and co-showrunner for FX Networks pilot, Y, based on Brian K. Vaughn’s award-winning comic book series, Y: The Last Man. Aïda is currently creating a one-hour drama series for HBO.


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.

Rapper Murs Brings His Talent to AfroComicCon

Murs

AfroComicCon has announced that rapper Murs will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Nicholas Carter (born March 16, 1978), better known by his stage name Murs, is an American rapper who first gained acclaim as part of L.A.’s Living Legends crew in the mid ’90s, and established a solo career with his debut release F’Real in 1997. He has released more than two dozen full-length solo and collaborative albums (as well as numerous EPs and singles), co-authored the 2012 graphic novel Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, and, alongside MC Slug, forms the all-star Hip-Hop duo, Felt. His most recent projects include the fourth Felt album Felt 4 U, the He’s The Christian, I’m The Rapper collaborative album with MC Dee-1, and regular releases through his Patreon.


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.

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