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Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration

New York Live Arts Presents:

Live Ideas 2021: Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration from May 11-15.

The interdisciplinary hybrid festival surrounding Afrofuturism will unfold across multiple dimensions through installations, conversations and performances at the intersection of arts, techno-culture, sci-fi, social sciences, philosophy and the imagination.

Joined by artists like @saulwilliams, @renegadepg, @jasminemurrell, @ariciano, @mariabauman.mariabauman, @fulloutfarrish, @marjaniforte_works, @shamelpitts, @jasminehearncollaborates, @yameansupreme, to name JUST A FEW!


Black, Bold, & Brilliant presents the next episode in our series of conversations about Black-centric films and media: Blerds. The term for Black nerds, “Blerds”, was first introduced into the mainstream in 2006 via a reference from the television show, “Scrubs”. Since then, cultural recognition for Blerds has grown exponentially. This cultural explosion, often seen as the sole purview of white America in the media, has unleashed the power, imagination, and beauty of Blerds, which we’re celebrating!

Join us for a deeper dive into our rich and storied lives viewed through the lens of touchstones like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, HBO’s Watchmen and Lovecraft Country, Star Wars, and so much more.

This event features a discussion with Jay Whittaker, Derek Thomas, and Imani Powell, and is moderated by Aja Washington, Meligha Garfield, and Billy Palmer.


Aja Washington is a black feminist, social worker, and activist who grew up in Southern California. She is a community co-host on KRCL’s Thursday night show, Changing the Narrative, is a founding member of Black Lives Matter Salt Lake City and works on various activism projects in Salt Lake City.

Billy Palmer is Co-Host and Associate Producer of RadioACTive, a community affairs show that highlights grassroots activists and community builders weeknights at 6 p.m. on Salt Lake City-based 90.9fm KRCL. For more than 20 years, Billy has been a community organizer and advocate for youth empowerment, civil rights, neighborhood reinvestment and DV/SA survivors.

Meligha Garfield (he/him) is the inaugural director for the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Utah—a center that works to holistically enrich, educate, and advocate for students, faculty, staff and the broader community through Black centered programming, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Garfield holds a B.A. in Government, with a minor in colonial Latin American history and Africana studies and a Master of Public Administration from New Mexico State University (NMSU) where he was previously the Programs Coordinator for the Black Programs Department. He has implemented outreach and retention services, served as coordinator and advisor in Black programs, and managed numerous departmental programming and events while at NMSU – many of which he hopes to start at the U. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.

Urbanime Listening Party

@urbanime is throwing a FREE Listening Party to promote their new comic book company on Twitch on 1/25 from 6PM-7:30PM EST on Twitch. Founder and blerd in his own right @chrislikestodostuff who has worked with Marvel and DC is collaborating with amazing artists to launch his own comic book series. The virtual party will feature @mega_ran @realsway @mickey.factz and @roycedavoice. Blerd will be in attendance so make sure to stop by!

Virtuous Con 2021

Virtuous Con is a brand new virtual comic book convention series that is 2 days with 75+ Indie Artists and Exhibitors in a truly “live” interactive experience with a virtual floor show, panels, cosplay, and author readings.

2021 Black Comic Book Festival (Virtual)

The Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comics featuring panel discussions, a cosplay show, and more!

About this Event

COMIC BOOK FANS OF ALL AGES: Get ready for the ninth annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival, the virtual edition!

The Black Comic Book Festival will feature a virtual edition of our cosplay showcase. Submit a 15-second video by Monday, Jan 11 to enter. Cosplay showcase instructions can be downloaded here.

The festival also offers a marketplace for panelists and other vendors to showcase their creative work for purchase online via the Exhibitors Showcase.




12:00 to 1:00 PM | How to Draw Black Superheroes with Tim Fielder

1:30 to 2:30 PM | Comic Book Writing Workshop with Regine Sawyer



1:00 to 2:00 PM | Black Girl Genius with Yesenia Moises, Robyn Smith, Greg Burnham, Okema Moore, Adewunmi Roye Okupe and Erika Hardison

3:00 to 4:00 PM | The BAYlies: A Community of LGBTQ and POC Cartoonists from The Bay Area with Lawrence Lindell and Breena Nuñez

4:30 to 5:30 PM | The Comics Chitlin Circuit: Cultivating a Sustainable Network for Black Cartoonists with Ron Wimberly and John Jennings



2:30 to 3:30 PM | #Edcomix: Teaching Hard History Through Comics with Erica Buddington, David Heredia, and Deirdre Hollman

4:00 to 5:00 PM | The Comic Book Spectrum: Comics & Advocacy with Vita Ayala, Alitha E. Martinez, Eric Battle, David Walker, and Regine Sawyer

5:30 to 6:30 PM | MECCAcon presents: Black Animators with Carl Jones, Mad Twiinz, Udeh Brothers, and Maia Crown



11:10 to 11:50 AM | Tribute to Chadwick Boseman with DeSean Jenkins, Rachelle Darden, Hayward Leach, Kadiatou Tubman and M. Scott Johnson

12:10 to 1:00 PM | Inside HarperCollins Amistad’s INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale with Tim Fielder, Boston Fielder, and Deirdre Hollman

1:30 to 2:30 PM | Views from Megascope: After the Rain and Black Star with John Jennings, Eric A. Glover, Arielle Jovellanos, and David Brame and Calvin Reid

2:45 to 3:45 PM | Meet the Makers!

4:00 to 5:00 PM | Make It Plain: Social Commentary Thru Comix with Keith Knight, Tee Franklin, Cagen Luse, Janicia Francis, and Tea w/ Queen and J.

More program details are available at

Blerd City Virtual Con

BLERD CITY’S VIRTUAL CON 2020 with extra, extra, BLERD POWER!!!!! A con focusing on Anime, Horror, Comics, Gaming, Cosplay, Tech and everything between that is celebrating the Nerd in you.  Come have some fun and some holiday shopping of Black Owned and People of Color Artists.

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 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

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.

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