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Members of his Marvel’s Luke Cage team are reuniting at AfroComicCon

Creating a Superhero Show

Members of his Marvel’s Luke Cage team are reuniting this weekend for a convention panel. Cheo Hodari Coker, Aida Croal, Akela Cooper, and Gregory Anderson will be on the panel “Creating a Superhero Show” at AfroComicCon.

A special panel with some of the creative team behind Luke Cage and how the success of the show set the precedent for other genre shows with predominantly Black storylines like Watchmen, Black Lightning, and even Lovecraft Country.

  • Cheo Hodari Coker – showrunner/producer/writer (Marvel’s Luke Cage, CREED 2, Almost Human, Southland)
  • Akela Cooper – producer/writer (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, American Horror Story, The 100)
  • Aida Croal – producer/writer (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Y: The Last Man)
  • Gregory Anderson – FX Lead (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Punisher, The BlackList)

AfroComicCon will host over 60 panels and more than 200 panelists and special guests.


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.

Marvel Announces Like Cage Showrunner and 2016 Premiere

Cheo Hodari CokerMarvel and Netflix today announced that Cheo Hodari Coker will be the executive producer and showrunner for their third joint venture, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Coker will also write the first two episodes of the series. In the announcement it was also mentioned the series will premier in 2016, though a specific date was not mentioned.

Mike Colter will be suiting up as Luke Cage in the highly anticipated series that will follow the first two Netflix and Marvel series Daredevil and AKA Jessica Jones. Daredevil premieres April 10.

Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama SouthLAnd. Coker’s feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s rap biopic Notorious. He authored the book Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G.