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AfroComicCon is Collaborating with Moonshot Jr. to empower girls in STEAM

Moonshot

AfroComicCon and OTEC have announced a‌ ‌partnership‌ ‌with‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌Jr.  for a special program that trains ‌girls‌ ‌and‌ ‌young‌ ‌women‌ ‌of‌ ‌color‌ ‌who‌ are interested in ‌pursuing careers in ‌STEAM‌ ‌(‌Science,‌ ‌Technology,‌ ‌Engineering,‌ ‌Arts,‌ ‌Math‌)‌. ‌As‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌entrepreneurship and‌ ‌innovation‌ ‌in‌ ‌Tech,‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Robotics,‌ ‌Artificial‌ ‌Intelligence,‌ ‌App‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌Game‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Creative‌ ‌Art‌ ‌fields.‌ ‌

‌The partnership will create an‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌for‌ ‌6‌ ‌children‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌ages‌ ‌of‌ ‌10‌ ‌-‌ ‌17‌ ‌to‌ have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌program‌ ‌for‌ ‌12‌ ‌months.‌ ‌They‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ curriculum‌ ‌provided‌ ‌by‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌and‌ ‌accountability‌ ‌measures‌ ‌included‌ ‌with‌ AfroComicCon.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌program,‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌showcase‌ ‌and‌ presentation‌ ‌from‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌product‌ ‌they‌ ‌created.‌

You can learn more about this amazing program and make a donation to support it through the AfroComicCon website.

Africa Represents at AfroComicCon

AfroComicConi, African Comics

One of the benefits of going virtual this year is the fact that AfroComicCon has the ability to expand its reach and include artists from all over the world. Two companies they’re thrilled to feature at the event are Vortex247 and Kugali Media.

Vortex247, based in Lagos, Nigeria has exploded on the indie comics scene with everything from indie comics to animation and will be joining the convention for The Spirit Universe Of African Comics panel, in which they will give insight into the growing comic scene in Africa and dive into the storytelling narratives in different regions from Africa’s best comic creators. The panel will feature award-winning creators Loyiso Mkize, Olivier Madiba, and Laurean Ntaate. The panel will be hosted by cosplayer extraordinaire Sheila Amolo.

Kugali Media’s founders hail from all over the African continent and have backgrounds ranging from finance to game development to art and animation. However they have come together with a common goal, to use comic books, animation and AR (Augmented Reality), to bring African storytelling to the world. They regularly partner with creatives all over the world and they will be joining the convention for the panel Uniting Panafrican Voices to Tell Stories. Hosted by, Tolu Olowofoyeku and featuring creators Bill Masuku, Juni Ba, Joelle Mandengue, and Salim Busuru.

Remember it all goes down tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 starting at 10amPT at afrocomicon.org.


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 Goes Live this Saturday

AfroComicCon

After months of planning it’s here!, AfroComicCon goes live tomorrow, October 24th! To see the full programming schedule go to afrocomicon.org And don’t forget to check out the Gaming Tournament on Melanin Gamer’s Twitch channel and vote in their first virtual Cosplay Contest.

The virtual convention is also bringing a party bus full of special guests, including Denzel Whitaker, Ricco Ross, Cheo Hodari Coker, Godfrey, Rodney Barnes, Maya Houston, Bianca Sams, Justin and Chris Copeland, Patrice Rushen, D’wayne Wiggins, John Jennings, Vita Ayala, Alitha Martinez, Dart Adams, Murs, Miles Brown and Jack Brown.

And please support the vendors! Check out the links on the vendor page as well as download the AUXXIT app and look for the AfroComicCon Marketplace.

And then there’s the jewel in the convention’s crown: the AfroComicCon Film Festival! The AFCC Short Film Festival is a showcase of innovative filmmaking from talented filmmakers, content creators, and screenwriters. It features contemporary films that reflect a number of genres including horror, science-fiction, comic book, animation, superhero and fantasy.

Remember it all goes down tomorrow starting at 10amPT at afrocomicon.org.

Eisner-Award Winner Writer David F. Walker to Appear at AfroComicCon

David F. Walker

AfroComicCon a last-minute addition! Award-winning writer David F. Walker will be joining the convention for AfroComicCon which kicks off tomorrow!

David is a comic book writer, prose author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His comic work includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), Power Man and Iron Fist (Marvel Comics), Naomi (DC Comics), The Life Of Frederick Douglass (10 Speed Press/Random House), and the Eisner Award-winning Bitter Root (Image Comics). In 2015, he wrote the novel Shaft’s Revenge, the first new novel starring private detective John Shaft in nearly 40 years, and in 2021, 10 Speed Press/Random House will release his latest work, The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History.

Patrick Reed spoke with him about the new project and we can’t wait to share their discussion! Remember it all goes down tomorrow starting at 10amPT at afrocomicon.org.


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 goes live this Saturday, October 24

AfroComicCon

AfroComicCon is this Saturday, October 24. Due to COVID, the convention has gone virtual and it’s FREE for anyone to attend. The convention will take place over 12 hours and features an impressive lineup for a small convention.

You can check out a list of panels and sign up at the registration page.

There’s also cosplay and gaming competitions, the first AfroComicCon Virtual Film Festival that will debut this weekend. Make sure to visit the virtual Vendor Marketplace and support some creators while you’re at it!


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.

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.

Check out the AfroComicCon Auxxit Marketplace and Support Creators and Vendors

Auxxit

This year, it’s been tough for vendors who usually sell at cons. AfroComicCon is partnering with Auxxit for an AFCC Marketplace located within its shopping app. It’s up attendees to support the vendors as well. Do your part by downloading the Auxxit app BEFORE the convention on 10/24. (Don’t worry, it’s free to use!)

Auxxit makes it easy to shop online at virtual events. It also allows vendors to live chat with you about their product just like at an in-person convention. Plus, this is a great way to support vendors whose sales have been impacted by COVID.

Sign up for free today so that you can shop the marketplace and browse all of the great merchandise supplied by the vendors. More vendors will be added closer to the event date. In order to shop the day of the event, you will need to download the Auxxit app beforehand through your mobile app store.


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.

Professional Wrestler turned Comedian and Actor Jay Washington Comes to AfroComicCon

Jay Washington

AfroComicCon has announced comedian and actor, Jay Washington, will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

A professional wrestler turned high energy stand-up comedian and actor. Jay’s quick wit and natural charm can’t help but to pull people into him. Jay has been heard on Sirius XM, seen on Collider Video, Netflix, Vh1, AFVtv, NBC on top of a variety of commercials, television shows and movies. Most notably in the Spike Lee Joint “Chi-Raq” alongside Wesley Snipes. He is the host of The Mad Titan Podcast and the co-host of the Blerds N The Hood show live on YouTube.


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.

Influencers and Media Reform Advocates Melanin Gamers are Heading to AfroComicCon

Melanin Gamers

AfroComicCon has announced that Melanin Gamers will be among the Special Guests of the first virtual convention!

Melanin Gamers at its heart is a group of dedicated advocates committed to improving representation in popular media. As part of their mission, they regularly hold panel discussions, workshops and presentations on industry-relevant topics which aim to empower and educate. Melanin Gamers also provides networking opportunities and encourages people to get into the tech industry.

They have previously worked with schools, colleges, business and major industry events to advocate the need for better representation and to provide a platform for others to access and thrive in the video games industry. Melanin Gamers is a collaborative initiative, working with amazing affiliates and community members to promote better representation, deliver fantastic panel talks and (sometimes) to just sit down and game with. 

Speaking of gaming, Melanin Gamers is also hosting this year’s AFCC Gaming Tournament! With a wide variety of consoles and games to choose from, attendees are sure to not only find something fun to play, but also a new community of gamers to enjoy them with!


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.

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.

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