SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE, NEW YORK, NY- A long line wrapped around the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as people waited in anticipation to be part of the sixth annual Black Comic Book Festival. Cosplayers braved the brisk wind with hot cocoa as staff checked-in tickets.
The festival provided two floors of entertainment after check-in. On the main floor were panels, vendors, and contests. Cosplayers represented their favorite heroes such as Storm, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman, Falcon, and even “Deadass” Spiderman. The second floor hosted independent comic book vendors promoting more information about their projects like La Borinqueña, created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Tuskegee Heirs by Marcus Williams. Illustrators such as Derwin Roberson sold stunning posters portraying scenes from Street Fighter and Sailor Moon.
Marvel and DC were not left out of this festival. Luke Cage, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and X-Men sold various copies. The king of the festival was Black Panther, whose film will be released by Marvel on February 16th. Wakanda gear was in full effect, proving that representation matters in all forms of media.
The Black Comic Book Festival was a huge success. It was an inspiration for kids and magical for adults. People of color need to be represented, especially with the current administration whose constant bigotry pushes us down. We can all be heroes to each other.
Photos: Rosa Elena Burgos.
Last Updated: January 6, 2002