AfroComicCon Announces Special Guests: Cheo Hodari Coker, the Copeland Brothers,& Vita Ayala for October Streaming Event

October 13, 2020

Press Release

Oakland, CA – October 13, 2020 – Today AfroComicCon™ announced an incredible lineup of comic book writers, artists, animators and Hollywood talent for the launch of its first virtual convention to be held on October 24, 2020. As first reported by SYFYWIRE, writer and producer Cheo Hodari Coker will be a part of a special Creating a Superhero Show panel that reunites him with several members of his Marvel’s Luke Cage team. Including Aida Croal (Jessica Jones), Akela Cooper (American Horror Story) and Gregory Anderson (When They See Us, Iron Fist, Punisher) of FuseFX. 

Also announced today are the appearances of Batman: Hush director Justin Copeland and his brother and fellow Dreamworks animation director Chris Copeland, director of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. In addition, the AFCC team is thrilled to announce that Black-ish star Miles Brown along with his producer/dancer father Jack Brown (a.k.a. – Wildchild), will also be making a special appearance during the convention. There is also an incredible women writers panel which will include TV scribes Bianca Sams (Charmed), Kate McCarthy (Titans), and Maya Houston (Batwoman), and more!

These amazing guests will be joining previously announced guests Black Panther actor Denzel Whitaker, grammy-nominated singer/songwriters Dwayne WigginsPatrice Rushen writer/producers Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Marvel’s Runaways) and actors Onika Day (Wu-Tang: An American Saga) and Ricco Ross (P-Valley).  

Cheo Hodari Coker, Justin Copeland, Chris Copeland, & Vita Ayala

​AfroComicCon will host over 60 panels and more than 200 panelists and special guests, for a highlighted list, click here. The full list will be made available at the AfroComicCon website in the coming days.  

But that’s not all.​

In addition to the full day of both recorded and live-streamed programming, virtual attendees can also enjoy the AfroComicCon Film Festival hosted by The Burton Wire founder Nsenga Burton, two gaming tournaments hosted by UK based Melanin Gamers, and the AfroComicCon Cosplay Competition, the first fully virtual cosplay competition focused on BIPOC creators, hosted by Melanin Squared. There is even a virtual AfroComicCon Marketplace inside the AUXXIT app, that attendees can download and connect with vendors.​

AfroComicCon will be free to attend through and is sponsored by The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment. To register for this free event please go to


AfroComicConTM (AFCC) was created by Mike James and Co-founded by Mike James and Hally Bellah-Guther in 2016 under the Oakland Technology & Education Center as an annual comic convention for BIPOC youth within the genre space. Their mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten through sequential art, science-fiction, fantasy, gaming and technology.

ABOUT the Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC)

The Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that aims to preserve and strengthen cultural identities through storytelling, media, and fine arts. Children and adults alike come to experience technology programs, where they’re taught literacy through art, gaming, fashion design, and multimedia activities.

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