What’s up blerds?! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” Gilmore is here. Another exciting year has come to a close as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York City, invited comic book fans of all ages to participate in it’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival (Official Hashtag: #BlackComicBookFestNYC.) The festival was held on Friday, January 18 from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in which both days was free and completely opened to the public.
Every year, the highly anticipated community event brings comic book artists, illustrators, writers, creatives and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show, and exhibit tables with premiere independent Black comic creators from across the United States. In addition, the Black Comic Book Festival goers were more than welcomed to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and register themselves on-site for the annual cosplay show.
Participants were encouraged to donate single copies of old or new titles from their home collection to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books. All donations will be consolidated with the Schomburg’s distinctive and expanding archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement. The Schomburg Center’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival art was created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, writer and creator of La Borinqueña.
Now without further delay, I selected 20 of my best photos from my stash, in which I thought would best capture the love and excitement from the event. If you guys enjoyed the images, it would be a huge boost if you shared this post with your family, friends, coworkers and fellow blerds on your favorite social media platforms. Let me know what you think of the photos below:
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