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Writer and Editor Danny Lore is a guest of AfroComicCon

Danny Lore

AfroComicCon has announced writer Danny Lore will be among the Special Guests for the convention!

Danny Lore (they) is a queer writer/editor from Harlem and the Bronx. Their comic work, co-written with Vita Ayala, includes James BondIronheart 2020, and Quarter Killer. They’ve also written Queen Of Bad Dreams. When not working in comics, they are either writing short prose genre fiction spanning the gamut of SFFH or working with FIYAH Magazine.


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/Composer D’Wayne Patrice Wiggins is a Special Guest of AfroComicCon

D’Wayne Patrice Wiggins

AfroComicCon has announced that producer, composer, singer, D’Wayne Patrice Wiggins, will be among a Special Guests at the virtual convention!

D’Wayne Patrice Wiggins is a blues guitarist, producer, composer, philanthropist and founding member of the 1990s soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! The group had 14 Billboard-charting R&B singles, including five number one hits, three Top Ten pop singles, one gold album, two platinum albums, and one double platinum album. D’Wayne has received recognition with a Grammy Award, American Music Award, NAACP Image Award, ASCAP Award and most recently a Heroes and Legends (HAL) Award.

Since Tony! Toni! Toné!’s last album, D’Wayne has had success with producing and developing documentaries, independent films, and the release of a solo album that featured collaborations with Carlos Santana, Darius Rucker, and Jamie Foxx. In 1996, D’Wayne established Grass Roots Entertainment, which signed and produced Destiny’s Child. His other producing credits include artists such as Jody Watley, Too Short, India Arie, Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Poplyfe, Her, and Kehlani. 

D’Wayne is credited with developing and nurturing the early careers of Beyoncé, Kehlani, Alicia Keys, and Keyshia Cole; all of whom spent significant time in his Oakland recording studio, making music and learning the ins and outs of the music industry. It is through his love of developing young artists along with his involvement with community outreach that he founded Youth Aid Nonprofit which supports after school and summer programs like the Tony’s School of Music (TSM) and Poplyfe, a group of young artists who’ve been featured on the hit show America’s Got Talent.


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.

Writer/Actor Bianca Sams is coming to AfroComicCon

Bianca Sams

AfroComicCon welcomes writer and actor Bianca Sams as a Special Guests for the convention’s first virtual gathering!

Bianca Sams is a Writer/ Actor hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work spans different genres and mediums (Plays, Television, Novels and Feature films). Her original pieces are often described as lyrical investigations of found stories out of today’s headlines or the pages of history, that ask audiences to face their own complex love affair with misery. She’s drawn to stories that question the roles of women, ethnicity, and family in modern society. Her work often deals with the search for “self” in the collective identity and also explores the underlying connective threads of mankind. 

Awards and honors include Ingram New Works Fellow (Nashville Rep), Warner Brothers TV Workshop, Tracking Board 2016 Young & Hungry List, WriteHerList 2017 and Tracking Board HIT LIST 2018. She previously worked as a writer on Training Day starring Bill Paxton, The Originals with Julie Plec & Jeffrey Lieber, and Titans for Warner Bros. She’s currently a Co-Producer on CW’s Charmed.


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.

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.

Comedian and Actor Godfrey Heads to AfroComicCon

Godfrey

AfroComicCon has announced that comedian and actor, Godfrey, will be among its Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Godfrey, is a multi-talented comedian and actor who has appeared on the nation’s television screens (BET, VH1, Comedy Central) and in feature films such as Soul Plane and Zoolander. He was a spokesperson for 7 Up during the popular ‘7up yours’ advertising campaign, as well as a cast member on the first season of The It Factor, a reality television show.

Godfrey started his career at the All Jokes Aside comedy club in Chicago in the early 1990s. His star quickly began to rise, leading to Broadway roles, comedy tours, and eventually landing him roles in iconic comedies like Johnson Family Vacation and The Cookout. Godfrey also snagged a wealth of voice acting roles, including the much-beloved Kofi in Steven Universe and the voices of Mr. Stubborn and Mr. Tall in The Mr. Men Show.

He was a regular performer at the comedy club Comedy Cellar in New York City. He is also known for doing and hosting the FOX game show Bullseye. He hosts and owns a podcast called In Godfrey We Trust on the Gas Digital Network.


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.

Award-winning Actor/Producer Ricco Ross is coming to AfroComicCon

Ricco Ross

AfroComicCon welcomes renowned actor and producer, Ricco Ross as one of the virtual convention’s Special Guests!

Ross is a seasoned actor with a plethora of titles under his belt, from his iconic performance in the movie Aliens to his role as Pastor Gilfield in P-Valley. He started his career as an extra on The Young and The Restless and swiftly climbed his way up into a dazzling array of performances. 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Ross grabbed every opportunity he could to grow and expand. He modeled for 4 years in France, stormed the London theater scene, produced his own music, and was even offered a pro basketball contract in Europe! 

However, the urge to make his mark in American TV and film never dimmed, so he came back to the US and added more to his already impressive resume. Fans may remember him from such titles as Mission ImpossibleThe PracticeHighlanderBabylon 5Beverly Hills 90210HayabusaJAGE.R., and A Husband For Christmas, where he played the title role. 

These days, Ross isn’t slowing down a bit, even as he plays father to 5 children and loving husband to his wife, Julie. He’s currently CEO of “Something Positive Productions” and is a second term SAG/AFTRA board member. As a writer, actor, and producer, he feels that some of his best work is still yet to come.


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.

Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is coming to AfroComicCon

Cheo Hodari Coker

AfroComicCon has announced showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Seattle based Cheo Hodari Coker, 47, is the creator and former Showrunner and Executive Producer of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The critically acclaimed drama ran two seasons, from 2016-2018, and is popularly known as “the show that broke Netflix.”

A 1994 graduate of Stanford University, Coker started his career in journalism as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times Pop Music section. He also contributed to Rolling Stone, Premiere, Vibe, The Source, XXL, Essence and numerous national publications, and has been featured on VH-1’s Behind The Music and Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution.

Coker currently has an overall television development and production deal for his banner Fighting 99th Entertainment with Amazon Studios.

He’s the author of the book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.” Coker co-wrote (with Reggie Rock Bythewood) 2009’s Fox Searchlight Notorious BIG bio-pic NOTORIOUS, and segued into television writing for SouthLAnd, where he eventually rose to Supervising Producer and won an 2013 NAACP Award for the Season Four episode “God’s Work”. Coker followed SouthLAnd with a stint as a Supervising Producer on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, and Co-Executive Producer for Fox’s Almost Human, and Season Two of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Coker’s other feature film credits include the Imagine Entertainment/ Blumhouse Film Lowriders (co-written with Elgin James) (2017), Creed II (Story by), and uncredited work on the Oscar nominated screenplay for Straight Outta Compton.

Coker was named Number 42 on The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans 2018.


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.

Hip-Hop and Comics Combine for this AfroComicCon Panel

AfroComicCon Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining

AfroComicCon will host the Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining panel! Hip-Hop and comics exist in constant communication: name-checking and reflecting each other, trading ideas back and forth, and sharing many common inspirations and influences.

In this program, creators and innovators will join historian and journalist Patrick A. Reed to discuss the ties between these two vital creative cultures. Panelists include Jack Brown/Wildchild (dancer and member of the hip hop group, Lootpack), Miles Brown (actor from the hit series, Black-ish), DJ LiKWUID (DJ, Emcee, Music Curator, and artivist), Danny Lore (comic book writer, Queen Of Bad DreamsJames Bond, and more), Vita Ayala (comic book writer, The Wilds2020 Ironheart, ane more), Tajai (member of the hip hop group, Souls of Mischieg), Kwamé (recording artist, producer, and film composer), Chali 2na (co-founder of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli), Murs (rapper and co-author of Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl), and more!

Patrick A. Reed is a NYC-based pop culture historian, curator, and journalist who specializes in the fields of comics, popular music, and Hip-Hop culture. He has written for clients including MTV, IDW, Sony Music, and ComicsAlliance; he also conducts programs on comic and Hip-Hop culture at universities, conventions, museums and festivals around the country; and is the Curatorial and Marketing Consultant for the Marvel: Universe Of SuperHeroes exhibition.


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.

Comic Book Creator and Founder of WinC Regine Sawyer is coming to AfroComicCon

Regine Sawyer

AfroComicCon welcomes comic book creator and founder of WinC Regine Sawyer as one of the convention’s Special Guests for its first virtual convention!

Regine L. Sawyer is a comics writer, editor, and founder of Women in Comics Collective International; an organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of marginalized people, especially that of Women and Non-Binary people of color. She is the author of The Rippers, Eating Vampires and Ice Witch. She is owner, writer, and creator for Lockett Down Productions, a small press publishing house that was established in December of 2007. 

Women in Comics Collective International aka “WinC” was founded in May 2012 after hosting a Women in Comics panel at Bronx Heroes Comic Con. At the panel, she recognized a highly underrepresented community of women of color in the comic book industry. 

She is also a 3 time Glyph Award judge, a 2019 Glyph Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, a National Book Foundation Writing Camp Fellow, and a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence Alum. In addition, Regine has written articles and essays discussing Race, Culture and Gender in Comics via Marvel Comics, Lion Forge, Graphic Policy, The Freelancer’s Union, Comic Book Resources, and Time Magazine.


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.

Artists Chris and Justin Copeland are Special Guests of AfroComicCon

Chris and Justin Copeland

AfroComicCon has announced artists Chris and Justin Copeland will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Chris and Justin Copeland spent a lot of time indoors drawing and imagining worlds outside of poverty and violence. Brought up at a time when graffiti and underground hip hop began to surface as inspiration in every medium, the brothers took to both quickly, as they scanned the rooftop masterpieces on the “L” trains through Chicago. 

Film directing was always the goal for the Copelands, but it seemed unattainable given their life situation. However, after watching the 1989 Batman film and receiving a box full of comics (as well as the making of the Batman film book), the duo turned their attention toward drawing and comic books. The comic industry, while very difficult to break into, offered the Copelands the chance to attend comic conventions and meet artists from all over the world and to expand their horizons. It also gave them a medium to hone their drawing and filmmaking skills.

After years of conventions and networking, a few up-and-coming animation industry artists encouraged them to pursue animation as a career, which they took to immediately. Chris was quickly hired at Warner Brothers, and Justin at Marvel Animation. After years of successfully navigating around the industry and learning storytelling, Justin made his directorial debut on Batman: Hush at WB, while at the same time, Chris debuted as a director on Kipo at Dreamworks. SkyBound came calling soon after with an offer to work on Robert Kirkman’s Invincible animated tv show for Amazon.

After a year working with Skybound, Chris and Justin are now at Dreamworks Animation overseeing development of two TV series and a feature animated movie. As brothers and co-collaborators, they look forward to continuing to work together and push the boundaries of storytelling.


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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