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NLM Celebrates: Beyond Wakanda – Imagining the Future with Black Comic Creators

February 26, 2023 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Superhero media inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther, DC’s Cyborg, and a vibrant scene of independent creators put forth powerful visions of futuristic heroes shaped by Black identity. In honor of Black History Month and inspired by our forward-looking exhibition Imagined Futures, NLM teams up with the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) for a day of all-ages programming highlighting glimpses of the future that bring out the hero in all of us.

This spectacular day of creativity, fantasy and conversation will include a panel discussion, a comic book mini-marketplace and youth / adult workshops. Visitors can explore the stories of iconic Black superheroes and comic creators and use these stories as the basis of their new heroes. Those looking for a deeper dive can hear from artists about themes highlighted in comics and sci-fi, and other speculative genres. If you like, come donning your best Black Superhero and Wakandan-inspired costumes for photos, meet-n-greets, and fun!

Meet inspiring artists and authors who create their own worlds in pages and in reality: Shawn Alleyne, Founder of Pyroglyphics Studio / The Xion Network; Aaron Beatty, Founder of The Heruary Initiative – Black Superhero Prompts List; Dylan Bolden, Creator of Dylandoodles Art and Illustration; Akinşeye Brown, Founder of Sokoya Comics and Author of How To Draw African Superheroes; Roxanne Whitney, Fashion Model and Cosplayer Extraordinaire; and Yumy Odom, Educator / Scholar and Founder of First World Komix and ECBACC, Inc.

Event Schedule:

  • 12-5pm: ALL-DAY Comic Creators Unite
  • 12-1pm: WORKSHOP #1: How to Draw African Superheroes
  • 1:30-2:30pm: PANEL: Real World Building and Comics!
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Promotional Filming and Photo Session
  • 3:30-4:30pm: WORKSHOP #2: How to Draw African Superheroes

PANEL: Real World Building and Comics!
Panel Moderator: Yumy Odom
Panelist: Roxanne Whitney
Panelist: Reggie Byers

Comic Creators Unite
Exhibitor 1: Shawn Alleyne
Exhibitor 2: Aaron Beatty
Exhibitor 3: Dylan Bolden
Exhibitor 4: First World Komix

Christine Churchwell
Farugh Maat
Dan Jennings

Free with Museum Admission, advanced registration is encouraged.

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February 26, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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215 - 925-2800

Thu ‒ Mon: 10am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $12 Seniors (65+): $10 Students (with valid ID): $8 Youth (ages 6–17): $6 Children (under 5): No Charge Museum Members: Free

321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106 (215) 925-2800