Award-Winning Creators Rodney Barnes and Vashti Harrisonheadline Virtual “Summer Camp” for Creatives

June 26, 2023

Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – June 23, 2023 – If you’re a writer or artist looking to level up their skills, the Virtuous Con Summer Workshop Series is exactly what you need. Brought to you by Virtuous Con, the popular virtual comic book, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, this exclusive virtual program, scheduled to run from July 5 to July 30, 2023, will bring together an award-winning group of creators from fiction and graphic novels to work directly with students of all ages. The workshops will provide aspiring writers and artists a unique opportunity to learn from industry-leading talent and hone their skills in a supportive and inspiring environment.

The 2023 series launches July 5, 2023 with the workshop “Horror in Comics” taught by award-winning Hollywood producer and writer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Winning Time, Wu-Tang: An American Saga), author of the graphic novels “Blacula: Return of the King” and the award-winning horror comic “Killadelphia”.

Following Barnes, on July 9,, the award-winning illustrator and writer Vashti Harrison (“Little Leaders”, “Hair Love”) will lead a “Techniques for Visual Storytelling” workshop. Harrison will also give away copies of her New York Times Best Seller “BIG” to early registrants. 

Barnes and Harrison aren’t the only instructors sharing their creative knowledge. The workshop has a fantastic lineup of instructors including award-winning writers Leslye Penelope, (“Song of blood and Stone”, “The Monsters We Defy”), and Zig Zag Claybourne (“Afropuffs Are the Antennae of the Universe”). Attendees can also learn the creative ins and outs of graphic novels and comic books from creators Karla “Moon” Medrano (“Luna: Queen of the Mahru”), Tim Fielder (“Infinitum: An Afrofuturist’s Tale”), T.J. Sterling (“Joystick Angels”) and the Eisner-Award winning comic-book artist Alitha Martinez (“Black Panther: World of Wakanda”, “Nubia: Queen of the Amazons”). 

The Virtuous Con Summer Writing Workshop Series will take place through virtual sessions every Wednesday throughout July. Secure your spot today by registering at the link below. 

Virtuous Con Workshop Registration Here 


Virtuous Con is an entertainment company founded by Award-Winning Author Cerece Rennie Murphy. It empowers independent sci-fi, fantasy, and comics creators, offering a platform to showcase their work and connect with audiences. Committed to supporting BIPOC creatives, Virtuous Con creates virtual venues for engaging vendor experiences, live panel discussions, and opportunities for growth and exposure for artists and writers

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