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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Announces 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival


NOVEMBER 9, 2017 -The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture today announced January 12-13, 2018 as the dates of its 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The Schomburg'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.

“This year was an exciting one for the Black comix community, and there’s significant anticipation building around cultural moments in comix happening in 2018,” said Kadiatou Tubman, Education Coordinator for the Schomburg Center. “We’re excited to once again kick things off in January by celebrating the richness of Black comix at the Schomburg and by bringing members of this community together again in Harlem.”

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

Admission to the festival is free. Festival registration will open in mid-December 2017 at Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival exhibitors are by invitation only. For more information, please contact

WHAT: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

WHEN: January 12-13, 2018 10am – 8pm 
                   Friday and Saturday

WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
                     515 Malcolm X Blvd
                     New York, NY 10037

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @SchomburgCenter #blackcomicbookfestnyc

REGISTRATION: Free Admission. Registration will open in mid-December 2017 at

MEDIA REQUESTS: The Black Comic Book Festival is open to the media. All media requests and inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) should be made at least 24-hours before the day of the event to Media Contact: Ayofemi Kirby |

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About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 90 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Educational and Cultural Programs at the Schomburg Center complement its research services and interpret its collections. Seminars, forums, workshops, staged readings, film screenings, performing arts programs, and special events are presented year-round. More information about Schomburg’s collections and programs can be found at

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