Black Comic Book Day 2016 – The Photo ReCap

12507372_10153955177823083_8725454034563350680_nThis past Saturday was Black Comic Book Day, an annual event  held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. The event is the baby of comic creators Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz) and John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby), to help promote and showcase artists of color. An amazing event I hope that you take the time to come out and support these creative people who are making positive impacts on the sci-fi and comic book culture.

Until next year, peep the pictures and look for more on BlackSci-Fi.com, artist interviews I conducted for their site will drop in the coming weeks.

 

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Happy New Year

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
– Neil Gaiman

2015 Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, here is a look back at some of my creative, professional and personal high points of 2015.

Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew

Summerstage is a New York institution, every year throughout the five boroughs, the NY Parks Department presents free concerts and performances for the people in all five boroughs, with Central Park’s Ramsey Field as the main stage. The headliner for that day was Big daddy Kane and let me tell you the crowd got hyped when the Symphony started and then went on to lose its mind as he brought out the entire Juice crew to perform it. What makes this moment so special is that to the crowds knowledge the Symphony had never been preformed live.

DC Comics Heads West

One of the the biggest publishers in the comic book industry packed up and moved to California. As I haven’t worked there in over 15 years it didn’t affect me outside of the people that I’m still friends with, but I still had to go to the place where it all started for me as an intern at Milestone.

Black Fantastic 2015: AfroFuturism Comes to Harlem

The folks at BlackSci-Fi.com needed help covering events in New York. Some emails and a phone call later I was helping them cover the world of Blerds here in NY. My first full article Black Fantastic 2015 Afrofuturism Comes to Harlem can be found on their website.

Brooklyn Brewery Defender Beer

For all the details of this event click here.

New York Comic Con

For my full reports again go to BlackSci-Fi.com or click on the Comic Con links for Thursday/Friday and Saturday/Sunday

NY Winterfest/NY Jedi

Leading up to the opening of The Force Awakens I did another article for the good peoples at BlackSci-Fi.com about the New York Jedi, a stage combat troupe. For a bit of research I was able to watch them perform during NY Winterfest held at Resorts World Casino, as well as get to hear Nichelle Nichols, the original Lt. Uhura from Star Trek, speak about her time on the show and advice for young folk starting out as an entertainer. To learn more about the NY Jedi, read my article The Force is Strong with The New York Jedi.

And speaking of The Force Awakens, I wanted to love it, I truly did. Yeah it was fun, but it was just ok. I am disappointed not because it was bad, but because after 30 plus years, it wasn’t as great as most of us had hoped. Hopefully the nostalgia of the original movies has been expunged and J.J. can move on to making new stories with these new characters.

Celebrities are People too

I normally don’t step in front of the camera but over this year I had to, as I ran into these talented individuals. From left to right; author Suzan-Lori Parks, Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, author/activist Junot Díaz, and Master Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Unicorns are Real

FistFullofArt.logoOn the personal front of this years events, my mother had open heart surgery to fix an artery  which helps her heart pump better, many thanks to the Doctors and Staff at Mount Sanai Hospital for their excellent work.

I also got my hands on an IPad, which has helped me be a shitload more productive in my creative life, conducting interviews and having more of a presence online. The new logo was mostly done with Adobe Draw.

Lastly, I found someone crazy enough to say yes to spending the rest of their life with me and getting all my stuff when I die, so I know now that Unicorns are real.

Happy New Year, follow me on twitter @GCarmona3 and look for more in 2016. Live long, and prosper in the New Year.

WCW – Comic Con Edition

This is a wrap up, shout out to the creative Women that were putting in work at New York Comic Con this past weekend. In no particular order here is my Women Crush Wednesday list.

Alitha Martinez leads off the list as writer/artist of Yume and Ever. I’m still a little mad she sold out of a comic before I found her. (The one picture I have of her was used for an article on BlackSci-Fi.com.)

DSCN2787You could have found artist Ashley A. Woods at the Stranger Comics booth promoting her Comic Con exclusive Niobe. If you didn’t get one, hit up the website.

DSCN2783Next on the list is Afua Richardson artist of Genius, an upcoming Marvel project and was a part of the Afrofuturefest table. (Afua on the right with Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds.)

DSCN2819Holding down the cosplay community was Ivy Doomkitty, she is second from the left cosplaying Professor Snape. Ivy a full time cosplayer and body positive ambassador, spoke candidly on her journey of becoming a cosplayer and the battles she had in dealing with the negative trolls online and at conventions.

DSCN2716Also at the Afrofuturefest table was Julie M. Anderson an amazing artist putting her foot in it, a pun as she was making some super dope sneaker art, my niece is still talking about those sneakers.

DSCN2796Regine Sawyer of Lockett Down Productions and co-Founder of Women in Comics. When she is not organizing panels that promote women and their images in comics, she is writing her own, issue #3 of The Rippers debuted at NYCC.

DSCN2780TheBlerdGurl aka Karama Horne, editor, blogger, and Afrofuturefest planner/promoter. What doesn’t she do? She is definitely one to follow on Twitter, Periscope, etc.
DSCN2709Above and center is Cerece Rennie Murphy, writer of the sci-fi series Order of the Seers and the children’s book Ellis and The Magic Mirror. I was very glad I brought my niece around to her table as Cerece encouraged her to continue in her writing.

DSCN2781Rounding out the list is Jamie Broadnax, founder of Black Girl Nerds. Blogger and nerd enthusiast, I was lucky to grab a picture of Jamie as she was super busy moderating panels and interviewing artist for her podcast.

Thank all of you Ladies for sharing your gifts.