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The 8th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

On May 15 and 16, 2009 we held our annual comic convention. Same great folks, same happy fans, new location. Although I was a little nervous about having it at the Crowne Plaza  Hotel in Philadelphia Center City as opposed to our normal Temple University spot, it was a BIG upgrade. Each year, the Con has looked more and more like a "real" comic convention, and this new location was definitely the final piece!

I got to see a lot of my old buddies and fans who drop by to see me each year, as well as met a whole new group of artists and fans. As usual, I left there with my head brimming with so many ideas that I can barely sleep at night. It was really a great experience, but don't just take my word for it, check out some of the great press that we received:

For more info, email: Blackageofcomics@ecbacc.com or http://www.ecbacc.com/

FLASHBACK

The first historic event was sponsored by the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) and was held on the main campus of Temple University, located in the heart of North Philadelphia on Saturday, May 11, 2002. Since then each of our annual conventions have gotten bigger and better. Last year's was the best by far!

I've found it to be a great place to network with both fans and other cartoonists, as well as pick up autographed copies of some of my favorite comics.

From the 1st East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
May 11, 2002 , Temple University Philadelphia, PA

The panelists / attendees included: Dave Watkins and Paul Martin (Toronto, Canada), William Foster III (PA / CT); Arvell Jones, Desmond Jones, Teon Walker, C. Patrick Jackson and Andre Batts (MI); Lance Tooks and Titus Thomas (NY); Eric Battle (PA ); Jerry Craft (CT); Omar Bilal (MD); Bro. Grey and N. Steven Harris (NY); Stacey Robinson and Kevin Woolfork (NC); et al. And Elder Political Cartoonist, Samuel Joyner of the Philadelphia Tribune. This event, moderated by Yumy Odom (PASCEP Director & Founder of 1st World Komix, Inc.) was a first-time meeting for some and a reunion for others. The idea was to bring together the varied forces / interests in the myth-making / image-making / comic industry, including cartoonists, illustrators, sci-fi writers, et al.

From left to right: Teon Walker, Jerry Craft, Desmond Jones (front), Mike Nicholls, Dave Watkins, Lance Tooks (front), Titus Thomas, Paul Martin, Prof Bill Foster, Eric Battle, Samuel Joyner (suit), Aaron Beatty, David Greason, Pat Jackson, Andre Batts and Arvell Jones.

Here are some of the creative folks in our network:

Shawn Askew
CQ Comics Group

An African-American college student discovers latent powers he's had
since infancy and become Black-Man: The Original Man In Black.
www.cqcomics.net

David G. Brown
David G. Brown Studios

www.davidgbrown.net

Jerry Craft
Mama's Boyz

A comic strip about an African-American mother raising her two teen-aged sons while running the family bookstore. Self-syndicated and distributed weekly by King Features Syndicate.
www.mamasboyz.com

Lawrence Hubbard
Real Deal Magazine
Real Deal is a magazine-size book of illustrated fiction (a comic book) intended for adults. It is a humorous satire, an essay of the violence and mayhem that occurs in the urban centers of America and the world at large. Its main characters are three middle-aged brothers named GC, Ace Brougham and Slick Willie.
www.realdealproductions.com

Tim Jackson
Editorial Cartoonist
Check out his cartoons and visit his salute to the Pioneering Cartoonists and learn more about the African-American artists, illustrators and graphic designers who created and drew "the Funnies" of the Black Press during the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and into the 1960s. It is their legacy that paved the way for others like us in the cartooning industry.
http://web.mac.com/tim_jackson/iWeb/

Keith Knight
The K Chronicles
San Francisco-based rapper and award-winning cartoonist. Creator of two self-syndicated weekly comic strips: "the K Chronicles" and "(th)ink". His new book, "What a Long Strange Strip it's Been", will be released in Sept. 2002.
www.kchronicles.com

Roland Laird
Posro Media
(pronounced PAHZ-ro) is an African-American-owned convergent media production company. They develop and produce motion picture, animation and television productions. Their book packaging division creates original work for publishers.
www.posro.com

Dwayne McDuffie, co-creator/writer
Milestone Comics
(Static Shock, Icon and many others)
A comic book "universe" of black and multicultural heroes and villains. Over 250 publications (so far!). Static Shock is about to enter its third season as a Saturday morning cartoon on the Kids WB.
www.dwaynemcduffie.com

Turtel Onli, M.A.A.T.
Onli Studios

Published titles: Malcolm-10, NOG, The Protector of the Pyramides, Sustah-Girl, Queen of the Black Age, Funk-Book, Future-Funk, NOG, IS BACK!!!!!!,
Notable: Coined the term, "The Black Age of Comics" and sponsored / organized seven annual Black Age Conventions in the 1990's.
www.artmarketing.com/gallery/turtel/onli.html

Alex Simmons
Dark Angel Productions

What do you call a black solider of fortune in the 1930s?. . . BLACKJACK!
www.DAPonline.com

Lance Tooks
Narcissa (a Graphic Novel)
Narcissa, a talented and self-centered independent filmmaker, is collapsing under the strain of her critics--the "enlightened" people who are trying to get her to compromise
her integrity. The stress is killing her---literally. (202 pgs)
www.lancetooks.com

Rich Watson
Comic Journalist
The man behind the Glyph Awards keeps you informed on his blog.
http://www.popcultureshock.com/index.php?author=100