Schomburg Center 's 12th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Date and Time
Friday, April 26, 2024, 11 AM - 6:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
For all ages
Free Event
Event Details
 A colorful animation of a young adult holding a pencil and drawing in on the right side. On the left side, there are four young adults dressed in colorful clothing and holding microphones. On lower right-hand corner, festival logo
Artwork: Blossom Blair


The 2024 Black Comic Book Festival marks 12 years of bringing together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay lovers, fans, families, illustrators, independent publishers, and writers to celebrate Black comic books and graphic novels and provides a platform to get the works directly to readers. This annual event features panel discussions, workshops, and cosplay showcases, and highlights the work of creators from across the country.

The 12th annual festival from April 26—27, 2024, will include a mix of in-person and virtual events. Keep checking our Eventbrite page for updates as we add more events.

SchomCom Exhibitors will be onsite at the Schomburg Center on Friday, April 26 from 12 PM- 6:30 PM & Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM- 6 PM.

11 AM–12 PM | Graphic Histories and Comics in the Classroom
12:30–1:30 PM | How to Draw Black Superheroes & Comics with Tim Fielder
3:30–4:30 PM | Say it Proud: Amplifying LGBTQ+ Voices in Comics
5:30–6:30 PM | Black Comics Trivia Challenge

You can find a complete list of our vendors here: You can also purchase featured titles and merchandise from the Schomburg Shop:


In order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning, and other Library activities, The New York Public Library requires all visitors, including children and teens, to comply with our General Policies and Rules. Failure to comply with the Library’s General Policies and Rules may result in a warning, restriction, or termination of Library privileges, and/or immediate removal from the Library and SchomCom event. Individuals who refuse to leave after a request by Library staff may be barred from visiting the Library in the future.

During the Black Comic Book Festival, Schomburg staff will take prompt and proper action against anyone found in violation of the policy, which can range up to and include expulsion from SchomCom with no refund. Exhibitors, attendees, speakers, guests, and press are all subject to this Policy. Prohibited Conduct at NYPLEngaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the Library, or that disturbs Library visitors or staff, is not permitted. The following conduct is prohibited at the Library:

  •     Disregarding instructions given by Library staff.
  •     Using obscene or abusive language or gestures.
  •      Harassment or threatening behavior.


IN-PERSON | By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending an in-person program at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The New York Public Library, its Trustees, officers, agent, and employees liable for any illness or injury. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED | Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Just before a panel or workshop starts all seats are released regardless of registration to stand-by participants, so we recommend that you arrive early.

GUESTS | Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. Free coat & bag check is available. NYPL policy prohibits electric transportation devices (e.g., motorbikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards) from being brought into or stored at library sites for any length of time, as this is the best way to keep our spaces & people safe.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of The New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Leah Drayton at

Please note that professional video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing