Black Panther Star Florence Kasumba At Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Fest (Schedule)

Florence Kasumba, who plays “Ayo” in the highly anticipated film Black Panther, will join the lineup of creators, illustrators, writers and characters at the Schomburg Center’s 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival on January 12 and 13, 2018.

Kasumba will join Schomburg Director Kevin Young for a sneak peek of exclusive content from the film, a one-on-one discussion, and the “Black Panther: A Hero and A Movement” panel exploring the context, impact, and legacy of Black Panther as a ground-breaking character and a social-political movement.

The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book festival has attracted more than 12,000 comix fans from all over the world, and includes two days of panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show and competition, and a marketplace of independent comic creators.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is a partner of the Schomburgs 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival and will make a special presentation at 2:45pm on January 13, 2018.

Lexus is the presenting sponsor of theSchomburg’s 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival and will present Friday’s “Black Panther: A Hero and A Movement” panel.

The 6th Schomburg Center Annual Comic Book Festival schedule and exhibitors list is below:

Friday, January 12, 2018

10:00AM | All Locations
Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium
Welcome to Day 1

10:15AM – 12:30PM | Langston Hughes Auditorium
Youth Program: Heroes of Color & Super Kids!
*Free books for kids!

Part 1: 10:15AM-10:45AM
Screening of Heroes of Color Animated Shorts
Presented by David Heredia

Part 2: 10:45AM-12:30PM
Super Kids! Panel Presentation
Presenters: Jamar Nicholas (Leon), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Micheline Hess (Malice and Ovenland), David Miller (Khalil’s Way), and Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz)

1:30PM – 2:45PM
Black Characters Matter: Social Justice and Representation in Comics
Moderated by Deirdre Hollman (Black Comics Collective)
Panelists: Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman Comics), Tony Medina & Stacey Robinson (I Am Alfonso Jones), and Eric Velasquez (Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library)

3:30PM-5:00PM
Digging Through the Crates: Chronicling Black Comics Culture
Moderated by Professor William Foster
Panelists: Sheena Howard (The Encyclopedia of Black Comics), and Joe Illidge (Black Comix Returns), Brother Kendu Cheek (Konscious Comics)

6:00PM-6:30PM
Screening: Exclusive Clip from Black Panther presented by Florence Kasumba

6:30PM-8:00PM
Black Panther: A Hero and A Movement
Moderated by Kevin Young

A conversation with Schomburg Director Kevin Young, Florence Kasumba (Black Panther movie, Ayo), Professor Jonathan Gayles (“White Scripts and Black Supermen”), Professor Kinitra Brooks (“Searching for Sycorax: Black Women in Contemporary Horror”), Illustrator Alitha Martinez (“World of Wakanda”) exploring the context, impact, and legacy of Black Panther as a ground-breaking character and a social-political movement.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018

10:00AM | All Locations
Exhibitor Tables Open to the Public

10:00AM – 10:15AM | Langston Hughes Auditorium

Welcome to Day 2

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Film Screening: White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books by Jonathan Gayles

11:30AM – 12:45PM

Differential Powers in the African Diaspora

Moderated by Jonathan Gayles (White Scripts and Black Supermen, Georgia State University)

Panelists: William Jones (Afrofuturism Network), Grace Gipson (University of California Berkeley), Julian Chambliss (Rollins College)

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Reimagining the Past: Historical Fiction and Alternative Histories

Moderated by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)

Panelists: Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes), Kamau Ware (Black Gotham)

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Special Presentation

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Cosplay Showcase

3:45PM – 4:45 PM

The Brown Universe: Diversity in Comics

Moderated by M’Shindo Kuumba

Panelists: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Boriquena), [Laserman by Rajive Anand?] and Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs).

5:00PM – 5:45 PM

KickStarter Workshop

Presented by Greg Elysee (Is’Nana the Were-Spider)

5:45PM – 6:45 PM
Black Comics and the Digital Community: How Black Geekdom has taken over the Worlds of Social Media

Moderated by Karama Horne (The Blerdgurl)

Panelists: Kwanzaa Osajeyfo (Black), and Regine Sawyer (Locketdown Productions and Women in Comics Collective)

More information about Schomburg’s collections and programs can be found at www.schomburgcenter.org.

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