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The Schomburg Center's Annual Black Comic Book Festival


The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates 
the rich tradition of Black comix featuring panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show and competition, and exhibit tables with premiere Black comic creators from across the country. The annual extravaganza, which drew close to 12,000 attendees in 2017, connects comic readers, creators, bloggers, nerds, independent publishers, and collectors of all ages.

The 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival will be held on January 12-13, 2018. Registration is available at Exhibitors are by invitation only. If you have questions, please email

Donations to Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive
The Schomburg Library is seeking to expand its collection of black independent comic books! Please consider donating single copies of old or new titles from your home collection to the Schomburg Library at the Festival. All donations will become part of the Schomburg’s permanent collection and contribute to a unique and growing archive documenting comics and the black speculative arts movement.

FOLLOW us on Twitter @SchomburgCenter #blackcomicbookfestnyc for updates online. 

The Schomburg's Annual Black Comic Book Festival was co-founded in 2013 by Deirdre HollmanJerry Craft, Mama’s Boyz and The Offenders; John Jennings, Black Kirby/UC Riverside; and Jonathan Gayles, University of Georgia.


Press Inquiries
Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least one-week before the day of the Black Comic Book Festival to: Ayofemi Kirby, Schomburg/NYPL Senior Publicist at Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.