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Hero Nation Presents

Hero Nation, a nonprofit organization that empowers kids through superheroes, comic books and video games, is hosting Hero Nation ‘Presents’ on October 10 at 2 p.m. The free, virtual experience will give audiences an opportunity to hear personal and inspirational stories from young people and artists about discovering strength, agency and community through comic books and video game culture.

“Hero Nation ‘Presents’ will give us the opportunity to tell our story and mission through the voices of young people,” said Jermaine Dickerson, founder and executive director. “We want all who’s watching to be inspired to engage directly with the question: ‘What does it mean to be a hero?’”  

Nerd 4 Speed

Nerd 4 Speed is an outdoor go kart cosplay party on Oct. 31, 2020.

Via Plus Ultra Entertainment:

“During the current pandemic we are emphasizing curating safe events & activations following current CDC & State/County guidelines. Our event will have a maximum of 100 guests, although we can comfortably accommodate 300 with social distancing. Our event is also family friendly”

AfroComicCon

AfroComicCon is a virtual convention to be held on October 24, 2020.  This event is free to everyone and will be held on a portal on the Oakland Technology & Education Center’s (OTEC) website.

Sponsored by the NNPA, the Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

Confirmed special guests are Black Panther actor Denzel Whitaker, comedian and actor Godfrey, DJ and world-famous rapper DJ Kwame, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and composer Patrice Rushen and executive producer and writer on The Boondocks, American Gods, and Marvel’s Runaways, Rodney Barnes. Award-winning journalist, host and founder of The Burton Wire Nsenga Burton, will be the host of the AFCC Film Festival, slated to screen films from creators across the diaspora.

AfroComicCon was created as an annual comic convention for everyone with a focus on the African-American community in Oakland, CA and the greater SFBay Area. With the popularity of films like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and HBO’s Watchmen Black and Brown
youth finally get to see themselves as heroes and not as victims. It is in that spirit that AfroComicCon Creator and Co-founder Mike James and Co-founder Hally Bellah-Guther wanted to create a virtual convention to help entertain and expand the organization’s sense of community.

“Despite the devastating impact of COVID19, we are thrilled to be able to bring AfroComicCon to our community virtually. Black and brown young people worldwide will be able to see how they can achieve through art, writing, gaming, animation, cosplay and storytelling,” – Mike James (AFCC
Creator/Co-Founder)

Panels are scheduled across multiple interests including Art, Activism, Entertainment, Gaming, and
Writing. Each panel will be hosted by a thought leader in each discipline including celebrity guests, industry experts and creatives. In addition, participants and fans of all ages will enjoy entertainment throughout the day. Including a Live DJ stream, Gaming tournament, musical guests and a Virtual Cosplay Competition.

“AfroComicCon takes an active approach to serving the community. Our convention not only provides entertainment, but attendees can refine their illustration skills, learn animation, build video games and even discuss how social justice issues can be addressed in the creative spaces,” – Hally Bellah-Guther (AFCC Co-Founder) AfroComicCon’s goal will be to provide a welcoming and safe virtual space for underrepresented nerds of color. Regardless of age, gender identity, sexual preference, religious beliefs, or special needs, all are invited to celebrate science-fiction, fantasy, comic books, gaming and more in this special virtual event.

PAX Online

PAX takes their PAX West and PAX Australia events online for a new weeklong event.  Starting on September 12th and ending on September 20, you can expect a free for all event that will have demos, game announcements, and tournaments via the usual pay, just digitally.  There are many panels for PAX Online, so check out the PAX Online schedule here.

GBX Black 2020

GBX Black is a geek virtual music festival.  The event is being headlined by Nerdcore artists Richie Branson, Sammus and Mega Ran is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 5th on Twitch.

Blerd & Boujee

Where my Blerds at?  The second annual celebration of Black nerd culture returns with the all-new Blerd & Boujee House at DC FanDome, bringing Blerds, LatinxGeeks and all nerds “party-with-a-purpose” vibes.  As anyone lucky enough to get into the first-ever Blerd & Boujee boat party (featuring DJ D-Nice) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 can attest, fans will not want to miss connections and conversations designed for the culture.

DC Fandome 2020

On Saturday, August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome—a free virtual fan experience where no badge is required. Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you’ve ever loved finally coming together in one place to celebrate DC’s past, present and future. Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.

VX Art Tournament

VORTEX CORP presents the largest digital Art tournament on the African continent through a
celebration of African digital artists via its maiden VX ART Tournament hosted at the COMIC CON
AFRICA (Online) 2020. Contrary to the competitive nature of tournaments this is designed to
create engagement between fan & artist, also creating fun and entertainment in the growing geek
culture community across the continent.
This tournament is meant to be 100% digital. Every week, judges will share their verdict via Zoom/
Facebook live which would then be shared via Instagram.
At the end of the tournament, all arts from the competition with profiles of artists are compiled into
ebook Magazine published on VORTEX247.COM. This would include a digital art exhibition
experience.
Sponsored by COMIC CON AFRICA, ARTSTATION, XP PEN, GOETHE INSTITUT NIGERIA
THE THEME: HUMANITY
In these strange times of a pandemic and lockdown, we are all exploring the inner space of our
thoughts and imagination deeper than ever. For artists, it’s the moment to find their voice and
show it the world. More than ever it’s time to celebrate Humanity in its purest form. That is to say
our capacity to co-create harmoniously and in solidarity. In this time of restriction, art and comics
are a chance to move around into fictional worlds and connect with each other.
Let’s show humanity through art and enlighten hidden talents!
TIME LINE :
Group stage : 24th august – 29th august (50 artists).
Knock out stage : 31st august- 5th September (30 artists).
Quarter final : 7th September – 12th September (20 artists).
Semi-Final round : 14th September- 19th September (10 artists).
Final: 21st September to 27th September (5 artist)
Winner announced : 27th September
JUDGES :
Stephanie Hayot – Partner & Alliance manager at ArtStation
Loyiso Mkezi – Visual artist, founder of LMArt (Pty) Ltd / Creator KWEZI comics
Rad Sechrist – Creator and Executive Producer of Kipo and the age of Wonder-beasts
Afua Richardson – Professional Illustrator and Comic book artist/writer (World of Wakanda)
Marcus Williams – Professional Illustrator and Comic book artist/writer (Tuskegee Heirs and
The Super Natural Woman”).
Bimpe Alliu – Concept Artist at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) with projects Marvel Avengers,
Jurassic Park, Aladdin, Spider Man: Far from home, and many more.
PRIZES :
1st Prize :
– All expenses paid trip for COMIC CON AFRICA 2021 in South Africa – Johannesburg
– $500 Comic book contract
– $50 ArtStation gift card
– 1 Deco 03 digital tablet
– 1 Pro ArtStation account
– CLIP STUDIO EX Software
2nd Prize:
– 1 Artist 12 Pro digital display tablet
– 1 Pro ArtStation account
– $800
– CLIP STUDIO PRO software
3rd Prize :
– 1 Deco Pro S digital tablet
– 1 Pro ArtStation account
– $200
– CLIP STUDIO PRO Software
4th Prize :
– 1 Deco Pro S digital tablet
– 1 Pro ArtStation account
5th Prize :
– 1 Deco 03 digital tablet
– 1 Pro ArtStation account
6th to 10th :
– Consolation prizes
TO SUBMIT :
1. Fill the form properly : https://forms.gle/N6ZJLVCzR7FBSLjC6
2. Post your art on Instagram following the rules below :
A. Use ALL the following hashtags : #VXARTTOURNAMENT #CCAONLINE
B. The caption has to be in the format below:
SUBMISSION FOR VX ART TOURNAMENT
TITLE NAME OF ART
FULL NAME OF ARTIST
NATIONALITY
CURRENT LOCATION
C. Tag @Comicconafrica_official & @vexpoafrica
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT :
1. FILL GOOGLE FORM ACCURATELY AND COMPLETELY.
2. THIS COMPETITION IS FOR DIGITAL ARTIST ONLY.
3. DO NOT PLAGIARISE / COPY ARTWORK SUBMISSION.
4. ART SUBMISSION SHOULD BE CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR COMPETITION (VX ART
TOURNAMENT).
5. SUBMISSIONS ELIGIBLE FROM ARTIST OF AFRICAN NATIONALITY ONLY.
6. ENTRIES TO BE MADE FROM AUGUST 1st – 20th 2020.
7. SUBMISSIONS TO BE MADE IN THE FOLLOWING ART DIMENSION:
5400px X 6750px (142,875cm x 178,593 cm)
8. ONLY ONE ART SUBMISSION CAN BE ENTERED FOR THE COMPETITION – Put your best
into one artwork themed around Humanity.
9. POST SUBMISSION USING HASHTAG #CCAonline #VXARTTOURNAMENT AND TAG
@comicconafrica_official and @vexpoafrica (FOLLOW THEM) TO MAKE YOUR ENTRY
ELIGIBLE.
10. MAKE POST ON INSTAGRAM USING THIS CAPTION FORMAT (insert information in dash):
SUBMISSION FOR VX ART TOURNAMENT
TITLE OF ART: ________________________
FULL NAME OF ARTIST: _______________
NATIONALITY: ________________________
CURRENT LOCATION: _________________
BE SURE TO MAKE YOUR POST A SLIDE SHOWING PROCESS OF MAKING ART WORK
(EITHER PROCESS VIDEO OR SIGNLE IMAGES OF ROUGHS, LINE & FLATS)
IF ONE OF THESE STEPS ARE NOT COMPLETED YOUR SUBMISSION WOULD NOT BE
ELIGIBLE.
For artists that reach quarter final please note that a new art work will be required due by
September 10th to advance in competition
DEADLINE : Submission for qualifier close Thursday August 20th

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