*All roads lead to The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), which sponsors Philadelphia’s premiere Black comic book convention, and will celebrate the myriad worlds of quantum sci-fi& superheroes in May, 2016.
As the nation’s first full-service comic book convention, ECBACC offers: an annual convention, professional consultancy, and comic book workshops and youth literacy initiatives year-round, including the S.T.A.R.S program and the Superhero Learning Zone; annual awards programs, including the ECBACC Pioneer / Lifetime Achievement Award and the Glyph Comics Awards, both first-of-a-kind industry awards; the first convention-based African-inspired superhero, sci-fi & fantasy cosplay contest: AfriCoz; first-rate professional comic book industry workshops, including training in the patented ECBACC 4-Panel Method, in conjunction with several community-based organizations (ECBACC Synergy); and the Read For Fun Workbook (Vols. 1 & 2) produced by ECBACC Publishing.
With this year’s theme: “Spark Your Imagination!” ECBACC turns its spotlights on an array of the best and brightest, veterans and aspiring creators, pioneers and up-and-coming writers, illustrators, filmmakers, publishers, authors, and visionaries. Young people and their families meet and greet artist and authors as they explore the importance of reading, writing and knowing your history. Invited among them is EURweb contributor and award-winning international cartoonist, illustrator, designer, caricaturist, storyteller and educator, Tayo Fatunla. Fatunla has held exhibitions and cartoon workshops in the U.K., Nigeria, Cameroon, Finland, France, Ethiopia, the U.S., Egypt, Algeria, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and South Korea. He has published his cartoons internationally in books, magazines and websites, including the online BBC World Service. His creation, Our Roots, is an educational and entertaining illustrated instrument of information, bringing to life the accomplishments of Black people all around the world, past, present and future. TAYO’s OUR ROOTS have featured on EURweb.com.
The full-day Convention is hosted on Saturday, May 21st / 11a.m. – 7p.m., at The Enterprise Center / 4548 Market Street with a spectacular day of networking, panel discussions, film screenings, a comic book marketplace and youth / adult workshops. Admission for Saturday is $10 for adults; FREE for youth age 12 and under.
ECBACC, founded by Philly Ambassador Mr Yumy Odom, is a pioneering initiative, giving Black heroes, super-powered characters, their creators, and fans a voice in the comic book industry.
For more information, the full list of panelists& artists, visit: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention