The Schomburg Center’s 2nd Annual
Friday, January 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm & Saturday, January 18, 2014 from Noon to 5pm

The 2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center celebrates the rich tradition of black comix in a two-day event featuring special events, panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country.  Admission is free for the public and registration is encouraged at

Fees apply for Exhibitors - contact [email protected] for more information.

The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival is presented by the Junior Scholars Program in collaboration with Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz), John Jennings (Black Kirby) and Dr. Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University).

Take a look at some of the creators who will be onhand!

Friday, January 17, 2014

5:30-7:00 pm
Creators Networking Reception Main Lobby.
Putting Unity Back in the Community. This is for creators to come together and network.

At 7 pm we will head into the auditorium for a brief event kickoff with John Jennings, Jerry Craft and Jonathan Gayles. Introduction by Deidre Hollman of the Schomberg.

7:00 pm 8:30
Jonathan Gayles will moderate a "Celebration of Black Comics" along with John Jennings and Stanford Carpenter
Q & A / Comments are welcome

Saturday, January 18, 2014

10:30 am
Vendors Begin to Set Up

12 - 5 pm:
Exhibit Tables from more than 3 dozen Comic Book Artists and Writers and Animators

Panels in the Langston Hughes Auditorium

12:45 – 1:45 pm "Superheroes beyond the Comic Book" Moderated by Jerry Craft

  • Jaylen and Aren Craft, writers of "The Offenders" a middle grade novel
  • David Walker author of "Super Justice Force", a YA novel
  • Kia Barbee creator of "Evolve" a supernatural/sci-fi digital series
  • Mshindo Kuumba

2:15 - 3:30 pm “Black Women in Comics” Moderated by Regine Sawyer.

  • Barbara Brandon "Where I'm Coming From"
  • Alitha Martinez
  • Jennifer Crute "Jennifer's Journal"
  • Jewels Smith "(H)Afrocentric"

3:45 - 4:30  pm            “Self-Publishing Your Comic Book, Graphic Novel or Novel” with John Jennings, Alex Simmons and Jerry Craft (Panel with Q & A)

Events in the American Negro Theater

12:00 – 1:30 pm                      Short Films/Cartoons

1:30 - 2:30 pm                        Creating your own comic books (kids workshop) with Alex Simmons

2:30 – 4:30 pm                        Short Films/Cartoons