AfroComicCon 2020 Programs

TrackPresentation TitleSession DescriptionPresentersModeratorLink
Animation60 FRAMES PER SECONDAn insight into the production pipeline and process when producing ORANGE CITYSanni Esemjay
Somto Ajuluchukwu
Sanni Esemjay Somto Ajuluchukwu
SpecialRemembering the life and legacy of THE BLACK PANTHER, Chadwick BosemanTalking with entrepreneurs, comic book experts, and community leaders about the impact of BLACK PANTHER and how Chadwick Boseman affected the lives of underrepresented people all around the world. Erik Gordon
Taiye Samuel
Noah Washington
SpecialThe spectacular laughter, entertainment panelSinbad, Godfrey, and Royce Adkins, serve up a comic jam session on their favorite superheroes and other topicsSinbad
AnimationFuture XDeveloping an animated show from A to ZYule Case
Maiya Williams
Hilliard Guess
AnimationEntrepreneurial journey into animation, Advertising, Design, and TechThe motivation, the ways and the means to get there may be varied but are there a set of prerequisites to make it in the world of high tech and creative design?Obi Onyejekwe
Allyssa Lewis
Anwar Bey
Monique Henry-Hudson
AnimeAnime Illustration Tutorial - Clip Studio Paint
Sponsored by Wacom
A workshop on how I create my artwork.Morgan Bissant
Comic BookTHE SPIRIT UNIVERSE OF AFRICAN COMICS - VORTEX247.COMA data driven Panel series giving insight into the growing comic scene in Africa looking into narratives in different regions from Africa’s best comic creators and professionals by VORTEX CORP.Olivier Madiba
Loyiso Mkezie
Ntaate Laurean
Sheila Amolo
Comic BookLaunching Successful Comics & Kickstarters This session will delve deeper into the world of indie comics and how some of the industries top creators build robust universes, deliver high quality content and reach the masses with kickstarter.
TJ Sterling
Newton Lilavois
Greg A. Elysee
Greg Burnham, Kwanza
Comic BookQueer Comics Creators PanelA discussion with comic book writers about creating as an LGBTQ+ artist and developing characters that speak to our audience.Vita Ayala
Danny Lore
D.J. Kirkland
Greg Anderson Elysée
Comic BookHip-Hop And Comics: Cultures CombiningHip-Hop and comics exist in constant communication: namehecking 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.Jack BrownWildChild
Miles Brown
Danny Lore
Vita Ayala
Chali 2na
Blue Black
Eric Orr
Dart Adams
T3 of Slum Village
Patrick A. Reed
Comic BookThe Comic Book Spectrum: Black Women in ComicsWomen in Comics Collective International is an organization that serves to highlight the work and merit of marginalized people working in the comic book industry; especially that of Women and Non-binary Folks of Color. They have an on going professional panel series, The Comic Book Spectrum, that focuses on the constant evolution of the comic book medium and how it effects our community at large. In this segment, they'll discuss the current trends in the industry and what are our next moves in this new Pandemic Era.Alitha E. Martinez
Micheline Hess
Barbara Brandon-Croft
Steph I. Will
Regine L. Sawyer
FLASHHarley Quinn Workout (FLASH)Wonder how Harley Quinn always escapes in the nick of time? Join me for a Harley inspired workout featuring agility training and core work - 30 minutes. Why should Heroes have all the fun?
FLASHLet's Get Cooking With Charles The Chef!Let's Get Cooking shares the importance of eating healthy and exercise for children and adults alike.Roosevelt Pitt, Jr.
FLASHFly Fit LeniseDuring my session, I will teach a 30 minute stretch mobility session that is geared towards the average gamer and comic book reader. I will also do a short live performance in a costume to celebrate Afrocon. I will have two other guest do a performance as well. Each performance will not be over 4 minutesLenise JacksonLenise Jackson
FLASHSecrets behind the scenes of Avatar the Last Airbender and Martial Arts Master Sifu KisuYou think....but really.....From the martial arts choreographer and one of the founding members of the avatar team, with demos of the four elemntsKisu SifuMatt Lucas (Into the Badlands)
GamingHow Video Games are MadeHow video games are made - a discussion about the process of how games are made and careers in game developementGreg Eichholzer
Bobby Brill
Micahel Buffington
GamingThe Intersection of Game Technology & FilmTBARez Graham
GamingThe Many Faces of CodeGame designers and game programmers share stories about how they use code. They talk about differences and similarites in how code fits into their respective workflows.Scott Berknotter
Denmark Gibbs
Heather Gunn
GamingThe Art of Game Design:Two professional video game designers will take you on a jouney through their lives from childhood through to working at companies like Namaco, Sega, and Activision. Get inspired by their stories and experience to find your own path to a career in the video game industryJason Weezner
Mark Girouard
Bobby Brill
Bobby Brill
Hollywood ProductionBreaking into Hollywood Through Web SeriesLearn about the art of writing and producing web series and how to to leverage this strategy to break into Hollywood! You'll get to hear from Moon Ferguson, Creator of JuJu Web Series, Nova Sparks, Author and Writer of upcoming web series Widow's Peak. The conversation will be moderated by Theo Hollingsworth, Creator and Start of Sirius Lee: The Problematic Time Transplant, which is appearing in this Season's AfroComicCon International Film Festival. #REF!Theo Hollingsworth
Hollywood ProductionProducers of TV and FilmTalking with Four Giants of Film and TV wrtiers/producers/managers Their credits include productions such as The Boondocks, Spike Lee masterpieces, and TV shows, Heroes and The Jaime Fox Show.Marcus King, Yule Caise, Monty Ross, Rodney BarnesArash Zandieh
Hollywood ProductionThe Cast of All That from the Atlanta Culture Experience hosted by The Prime Nostalgia PodcastAll That cast members Angelique Bates, Leon Frierson, Giovanni Samuels and star of All That’s latest reboot Aria Brooks, sit down to discuss their experiences on Nickelodeon and in Hollywood. Hosted by the Prime Nostalgia podcast from the Culture Experience in Downtown Atlanta, the group also shares their thoughts on the rising “Black Hollywood” scene in ATL and the importance of voting this election season. Leon Frierson
Leon Frierson
Hollywood ProductionMusic Scoring for Filmconversations with musicians and composers about scoring for filmPatrice Rushen
Kwame Holland
Ian Chen
Dwayne Wiggins
Greg Bridges
Hollywood ProductionOne on One with GodfreyStand up comedian and actor, Jay Washington sits and talks with fellow comedian actor and iconic personality Godfrey DanchimahJay Washington
Godfrey Danchimah
Jay Washington
Social JusticeBlack Comic Convention Creators PanelFrom the early Pioneers to AfroComicCon: Black Comic Cons past present and future!Turtel Onli
William Foster
Naseed Gifted
Josheph R. Wheeler III
Hilton George
John Jennings
Michael James
William Mason Jones
Social JusticeHow a search for Black film editors caused a firestorm on Facebook and what we are doing about it now!In a nation projected to be “majority minority” by 2045, visionary executives realize that their economic future depends on having a diverse employee base to produce products and services that appeal to a diverse audience. As the entertainment industry evolves, companies that embrace diversity in all its forms, are the ones that will excel and profit. Simply stated, inaction is not an option!

Ri-Karlo will take us in-depth to what opportunities exist for people from underserved in the entertainment industry and how to access them.
Rikarlo HandyMonique Henry-Hudson
Quirktastic on Creating CommunityQuirktastic has grown from a content creation collective into a company focused on creating community with our app. We want to share how that change came to be and how it affects us as individuals, creatives, nerds and as a team. Bryanda Law,
Lauren Grant
Chelsea Redding
Black creators reclaiming art space to CREATE.This panel opens up the discussion on how societal pressures attempt to throw Black creators (whether it's an artist, performer, music writer, etc.) in if not one, few limiting categories. It's always expected that our work is social commentary or talking about a hardship just so people from the outside looking in can extract that one and only narrative from us (and even then we are thrown parameters on what and what not to do). We are more than our bad times, but our joyous times as well. This panel is not saying that making social commentary art is bad, but emphasizing that we are more than that. Black creators reclaiming art space to simply CREATE shines light on how we are skilled and versatile in anything and everything and that in and of itself is inherently "Black art". It is us that make that call, not the outside determining that.Kuresse Bolds Danny QuickDanny Quick
WritingKeeping it Real: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Fandom in Fiction for Young ReadersIn this conversation, award-winning authors Aya de Leon and Torrey Maldonado will discuss the role of magic, fantasy, science fiction and comic book fandom in their young adult, middle grade and children's chapter books. How do supernatural elements and storylines bring stories to life, whether it's sci-fi or more realistic fiction? In particular, how do these elements help us explore issues of race, gender, and other political issues for young readers?Aya de Leon
Torrey Maldonado
WritingWakanda Dream Lab: Worldbuilding for Abolitionist FuturesAt Wakanda Dream Lab, we believe that worldbuilders harvest the abundant, radical imaginations to manifest what once seemed impossible into an irresistible inevitability. These are the times for new dreams, dreamers and immersive dream experiences to emerge. Since 2018, we've produced those dreams of the future into immersive storytelling experiences through an augmented anthology series called "Black Freedom Beyond Borders."

In the spirit of these times, Wakanda Dream Lab partnered with PolicyLink to launch a speculative writer's room project called "Worldbuilding for Abolitionist Futures." From Juneteenth to July 4th - this cohort of future-facing, speculative creative writers gathered to dream of a world rooted in the values of abolition, liberation and justice.

This roundtable features several of the contributing writers, and impact producer, Calvin Williams, to discuss the creative worldbuilding process. And most importantly, we will invite the audience to participate in the worldbuilding experience by sharing the immersive AR anthology stories that dream of safety and freedom beyond the borders of police, prisons and punitive systems.

Dream With Us!
Calvin Williams
Shawn Taylor
Amber Butts
Walidah Imarisha
Naudika Williams
Thaddeus Howze
WritingPublishing Diverse Children's Picture BooksAn award winning African-American children’s book author and an independent illustrator will discuss the benefits and challenges of sending your children’s picture book into the world. Discussions will include: Best practices for creating and completing a picture book (Writing, editing, & illustrating) as well as Social Media Marketing, and selling independently on Amazon.Marlon McKenney
Jesse Byrd
WritingLiving in your Truth - Black and NerdConversation between Dr. K Renee Horton, NASA Engineer and children book author, Dr. H Explores the Universe and Duo Blerdish made up of Mark and Keith. They talk about what is to be living in their truth of nerdism and blackness in today's world with everything going on. The past, present and future of who they are and where they are going will be discussed. Renee Horton
AnimationThe Story of SOULJoin Pixar Animation Studios Story Artist Michael Yates as he discusses his background, professional path, and gives you an inside look at the story process for Disney and Pixar's newest film, SOUL, releasing on Disney+ December 25. Michael will also discuss being part of Pixar's Internal Culture Trust and the importance of authenticity in creating the studio's first African American protagonist.
Michael Yates
AnimationZulu Ink WashRobert deomonstrates how tto do a quick sketch, then I flush it out with ink. Lastly, I show how to create a water color look in photoshop. I did a demo of a young Zulu males head. Robert Revels
AnimationDesigning CharactersWatch concept artist/illustrator Jordan McCreacken-Foster as he shows how to design a character from start to finsih. In this workshop, Jordan discusses his process demonstrating how he uses reference boards, thumbnails, color, and various storytelling techniques required to creat an original character.Jordan Foster
Bobby Brill
Bobby Brill
Animation"The first steps of Visual Storytelling - Story Boarding is the foundation of Animation"The Copeland Brothers life and times through Story Boarding! Find out how two brothers who loved to draw became directors of Marvel and DC animated films and are now directors at Dream Works. At the same time, learn the basics of storybaording! Chris Copeland
Justin Copeland
SpecialA tribute to Chadwick Boseman,
Hip Hop Style
Various Hip Hop artists and Actor Miles Brown from 'Blackish' talk about what Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther mean to themTajai Massey
Miles Brown
Jack Wild Child
Dart ADams
AnimeBlack Anime Makeup WorkshopCosplay Makeup tips and tutorial
Comic BookWhy Afrofuturism MattersA Discussion of why Afrofuturism Matters in Black Speculative Fiction. Following the success of Black Panther, why this genre is so important currently, the benefits of it being produced by black indie publishers and why it is necessary in manga, comics, and beyond.
Euwarnii Hughes
TJ Sterling
Greg Burnham
Kwanza Osajyefo
Euwarnii Hughes
Comic BookUniting Panafrican voices to tell storiesMany people outside of Africa see the continent almost as if it were a country. As much as we try to educate people on how different we all are across the continent, we also take advantage of the situation. We find that collaboration in an industry that is still in its infancy yields greater results than competition. Kugali will be sharing nuggets on how we have done this so far.Tolu Olowofoyeku
Bill Masuku
Juni Ba
Joelle Mandengue
Salim Busuru
Tolu Olowofoyeku
Comic BookComics for the Rest of UsThis year, FairSquare Comics grew from a "hobby" for its founder to full fledged publisher. Why? Because the world has changed forever and we couldn't stay silent anymore. FairSquare Comics became a different kind of publisher, putting out "comics for the rest of us": projects from immigrants, minorities, LGBTQ+ and more. And the first project to be launched had to be one opening the mic for black American creators to raise their voices. This is how NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK was born and brought in nearly $50k on Kickstarter. N.Steven Harris
Fabrice Sapolsky
MD Marie
Fabrice Sapolsky
Comic BookCreate Your CharacterJoin Dill in creating your own original character, from initial design to backstory and personality. Calyn Pickens RichN/A
FLASHMovement is LifeThis 30 minute hip hop dance workshop will get you moving, grooving and fit like a superhero. You'll have fun, be uplifted, and moved by good music. Great for the entire family!Samara Atkins
FLASHSecrets behind the scenes of Avatar the Last Airbender and Martial Arts Master Sifu KisuYou think....but really.....From the martial arts choreographer and one of the founding members of the avatar team, with demos of the four elemntsKisu SifuMatt Lucas (Into the Badlands)
GamingUser Interface and User Experience in Game DevelopmentOne of the biggest areas in need of creative people, in gaming, is in the development of User Interface and User Experience design or UI/UX. UI/UX is a term that gets thrown around a lot and you may see job postings for it. But what is it really? We will dive into what being a UI/UX designer really means and have a demonstration of a typical design process for a game interface. Gregory Eichholzer
GamingWhat is Melanin GamersMelanin Gamers is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the video games industry. It is more than a gaming community it is a show of support, a cry for some desperately needed change and as a safe space, an online and in real life community for people of colour to come together, share ideas and feel represented. We want to be seen and heard. It is a necessity in the current climate we are living in and we believe that by creating this platform we will be able to strive towards changing an industry so that it reflects all those who are part of it. We are not calling for needless tokenism but a real shift in the tide, from the grassroots to the very top.Annabel Ashaley-Anthony
Alan Ashalley-Anthony
Donavan Shard
Laura Wilson
Koye John-Charles
Annabel Ashalley-Anthony
GamingConcept Art for GamesThis intro to Concept Art for Games, takes a look at how concept art is used in video games, which skills, and techniques, and what it takes to be successful in the highly competative gaming industry as a concept artist! Kalen Chock
Michael Buffington
Bobby Brill
Hollywood Production“The Road from A-Z. Becoming a Successful Tv Writer in Today’s Crowded Landscape”What’s the key to creating lasting success in Hollywood? First, it’s honing your craft. Second, it’s knowing the difference between “Breaking in” and “Making it last”. Third… well you’ll just have to come to the Becoming a Successful Tv Writer in Today’s Crowded Landscape panel to find out more. Join professional writers Liz Benjamin, Bianca Sams Mercedes Valle, Maya Houston and Kate McCarthy for a fun and frank conversation about what it really takes to survive and thrive in the high-stakes world of Film and Television. How they got in. How they stayed in. How they’re building bridges for lasting success. Spaces are limited, so RSVP today. Bianca Sams
Mercedes Valle
Maya Houston
Kate McCarthy
Liz Benjamin
Liz Benjamin and Bianca Sams
Hollywood Production"Angelique Fawcette Interview - Focus, Determination and Perseverance in Film Production".Angelique Fawcette Interview, discussing Focus, Determination and Perseverance in Film ProductionAngelique FawcetteIan Spelling
Hollywood ProductionPursuing the dream, stage, TV, and Film, the life of Actors/Writers/ProducersA talk with film and TV actors who have had a long career in LA and NYCDenzel Whitaker
Onika Day
Ricco Ross
Robin Claire
Hollywood ProductionCreating a Superhero Show: A Discussion with the creators behind Luke Cage4 years ago Marvel's Luke Cage broke Netflix. This is a discussion with the award-wining showrunner and the team behind the show that made history, and laid the groundwork for other black superhero shows to succeed in mainstream television.Cheo Hodari Coker
Aida Croal
Akela Cooper
Gregory Anderson
Karama Horne
Social JusticeBlerds in the HoodThe Resident Super Villain, Jay Washington and The Swaggy Blerd, Winston A. Marshall are bringing you a new perspective of pop culture, sports and more from a black nerd or Blerd point of view.Jay Washington
Winston A.Marshall
Social JusticeSpot light on David Walker: Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel HistoryA chat with Eisner award winner and celebrated writer David Walker about is upcoming graphic novel that delves deep into the history and multi-facteted story of the Black Panther Party.David WalkerPatrick Reed
Exploring the Academy’s new inclusion standards for the Oscars.A discussion on the new representation standards implemented by the film Academy to better reflect the diversity of the movie going audienceRicco Ross
Leo Lawrence
Sandra J. Evers-Manly
Cynthia Riddle
Ty Scott
WritingOur Comic Strips, Past and Present A conversation about the journey in the industry of comic strip creating with two men who are icons in the fieldRay Billingsley
Keith Knight
Ajuan Mance
WritingA funky special "Sherman's Showcase" panel a homage to Soul Train!a conversation about their newest hits "Sherman's Showcase" and "Southside" as well as their past work and other ventures. Diallo Riddle
Noah Washington
WritingSocial Commentary in HorrorA look at modern horror's use of social commentary (GET OUT, US, ANTEBELLUM, CANDYMAN, THE BABADOOK) with up and coming writers and directors. Shreco Bakari
Kenesha Williams
Katz Carter
Comika Hartford
Hollywood ProductionCommentary on HorrorPreview
WritingDR Nsenga Burton interviews award-winning author Tananarive DueDR NSENGA BURTON AND AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TANANARIVE DUE talks about her work and executive producing the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary, 'Horror Noir; a History of Black Horror'. Ms. Due talks about her journey as a writer and relationship with black horror and black science fiction, and how she came to embrace Afrofuturism as a term and as a genre of storytelling.Tananarive DueNsenga Burton

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