Who: Tim Fielder of Dieselfunk Studios (Matty’s Rocket), organizer and creator of the event, says the groundbreaking event is meant to show the public that there are plenty of African American and indie artists doing quality work in the industry.
Some of the artists participating will be Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, creators of the graphic novel Concrete Park (Dark Horse Comics), Afua Richardson artist on Captain Marvel (Marvel) and the Genius comic book series by TopCow and BOUNCE! webcomic creator Chuck Collins (RatRonin).
What: For the first time in New York Comic Con history, 11 African-American comic book artists, animators, graphic designers and sequential fiction writers will share a booth on the Main Floor of New York Comic Con.
Where: Koch comics and Dieselfunk studios Present “Afrofuturefest” Booth #2444
This unprecedented event will be held in a dedicated space on the main floor with mainstream artists right next to Joe Koch of Koch Comics, a longtime friend of Fielder’s and one of the sponsors of the event. It’s the first time that this many artists of color of this caliber will be showcased together at the convention.
“Afrofuturefest was created to celebrate all of those comic book artists, writers, game designers, and filmmakers of color who love fantasy, sci-fi, horror, superheroes and pop-culture. Afrofuturefest is American Culture.” says Fielder.
Serving as ground zero for their largest fan-base of black nerds or “blerds,” Afrofuturefest participants will be selling copies of their work, creating original pieces, participating in panel discussions, signing autographs, taking pictures with fans and conducting on camera interviews for social media. This event is not to be missed!
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