On the Blerdar/ The 22nd Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

May 19, 2023

Press Release

Philadelphia, PA – May 20, 2023 – In its 22nd year, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC Philly), which sponsors Philadelphia’s premiere Black comic book convention, will once again celebrate the myriad worlds of quantum sci-fi & superheroes on Saturday, May 20, 2023. This year, ECBACC Philly returns to The Temple University Student Faculty Center / 3340 N. Broad St. from 11a.m. – 7p.m. with a spectacular day of networking, panel discussions, a comic book marketplace and youth / adult workshops. Admission is FREE. Youth age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 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.

Over the past 2 decades, ECBACC has kept the spotlights on an array of the best and brightest, pioneers, veterans and emerging creators, writers, illustrators, filmmakers, publishers, and visionaries, among them: Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boys / co-Founder Black Comic Book Festival / Schomburg – Harlem); Eric Battle (Marvel, DC, Milestone Media, Dark Horse Comics); Regine Sawyer (Founder of the Women in Comics Convention – NYC); Tony Isabella (DC – Creator of Black Lightning; and Marvel – Creator of Misty Knight & Black Goliath); Mshindo Kuumba (Artist Extraordinaire / BlackOps); Richard G. Tyler II aka Bro. Uraeus (BlackOps / BHM); Sheeba Maya (Digital Artistry); Don McGregor (Writer / Marvel’s Black Panther); N. Steven Harris (Watson & Holmes / Ajala / The Fringe); Naseed Gifted (Founder of Khem Comic Festival – Newark, NJ); William H. Foster III (Celebrated Comic Book Historian); Shawn Alleyne (Founder of Pyroglyphics Studio); and an amazing array of vendors.

On tap for Saturday, May 20th: The Kids’ Library Zone / The Superhero Learning Zone, which will feature comic book-themed activities open to all young people who attend the Convention and offer children a chance to learn arts & crafts, music, storytelling and how to take their own ideas and create superheroes and comic books; ECBACC Professional Workshops and Panels; ECBACC Marketplace; and AfriCoz / AfriCoz Kids Contests celebrating Black Age and Africana characters in comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and film.

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