Conventions with Black programming
America’s premiere Black comic book convention encouraging youth literacy and creativity via comic books! The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention or ECBACC is a groundbreaking comic book convention that features some of the nation’s most accomplished comic book writers, artists, and cartoonists. ECBACC explores comic books, animation, cartoons and other forms of creative expression. We honor comic book excellence by presenting the Pioneer Awards to those artists and writers who have paved the way for today’s comic book artists and writers.
Our keynote speaker is author Nnedi Okorafor, writer of fantasy, sf, and speculative fiction. Sf author Ted Chiang will also be in attendance for a special screening of Arrival (2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve), which is based on Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.” A Q&A with Chiang will follow the screening. The conference theme will be Unknown Pasts / Unseen Futures. This theme grows out of the 2016 conference, whose conversations reminded us that there is so much about the history of science fiction that has yet to be sufficiently addressed in scholarship, including marginalized or otherwise neglected bodies of work.