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Artist Alley


Sounds by DJ Troy Frost

Performance Program - 12-1pm

Boston is full of talent! We will have some amazing dance,    
fashion, and music performances from local creators.

    • A dance performance from Origination's NIA Dance Troupe

    • Afro-Futuristic Fashion show with the House of Nahdra

    • A violin performance by Fredrick Woodward

Comics in Color Trivia Contest - 2pm

Test your knowledge of Black comics with host Daneja Bradley for some fun and prizes! 

Cosplay Contest - 4 pm

Cosplayer will show their craftsman ship and fandom in our first cosplay contest! Hosted by: XP Hunter Lee

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All panels and workshops will take place on the second floor of the
Reggie Lewis Center in the multiservice rooms.

Writing the Revolution:
Activism and Identity in comics writing 


Panelists will discuss writing for comics and the history of exploring identity and activism in comics.

Moderator:  Aminah Pilgrim

  • Joel Christian Gill

  • Jarrett Melendez

  • Greg Elysée

  • Tina Lugo

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Conversation with Alitha Martinez

1:00PM - 2:00PM

​​Special Guest, Alitha Martinez, sits down with WBUR’s Cristella Guerra to talk about her career and experiences in the comic industry.

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Gaming While Black

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Video games have elevated from a simple 2d 16bit graphics to full on 4k movie productions. We will talk about how people of color fit in to that space and how can we be a part of this Billion dollar industry.

Moderator: Ashley Lewis 

  • TeCniSH 

  • JAMsketch 

  • ZeroSnake 

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Wakanada Forever

3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Five years ago the Black Panther film was released. We will talk about the impact of the film on comics and pop culture in general.

Moderator: Quincy Walters

  • Rob Stull

  • Barrington Edwards

  • Naseed Gifted

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11:00AM - 11:45PM  

Join our artist for a live session of drawing. Each artist will take  20 minutes to make a quick sketch and talk about technique and inspiration. 


Moderator: ​Rixy FZ 

  • Calyn Pickens Rich

  • Gabriel Reid 

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Build Your Character Workshop 

Sponsored by MassArt Center for Art and Community Partnerships

1:00PM - 4:00PM 

SPARC! will lead a workshop for all ages about designing your own comic character.

Moderator: SPARC! The Artmobile 



Truth Telling in Graphic Memoir

11:00PM - 12:00PM​

Graphic memoirs are comics or sequential art that tell an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical story. Because they are a sub-genre of graphic novels and comics in general they may sometimes be referred to more generally as “nonfiction graphic novels.” Can comics be documentary, and can documentary take the form of comics? What are the inherit joys and obstacles of this process? How do you tell the story of others (living or deceased)? What is the ultimate goal of telling the story? How do artists and writers successfully collaborate while creating an authentic story?

Moderator: TBA 

  • Barbara Thomas 

  • Dave Ortega

  • Tak Toyoshima

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Animation Screening 

Sponsored by
International Film Festival


 1:00PM - 1:45PM

RIFF will screen a collection of animated shorts

Moderator: Lisa and Alison Simmons

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Do it YourSelf-Publishing

2:00PM - 3:00PM 

This panel will focus the process to take your amazing idea from your head into a fully realized book. We will talk with some creators who have successfully gone through this about what it takes to self-publish.

Moderator: Cagen Luse

  • David Crownson

  • Calvin Chambers

  • Javier Cruz Winnick

  • Ewarnii Hughes

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Talk Blerdy to Me

3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Being a blerd has come a long way from being the only Black/brown kid in anime club to a nationwide push to thrive in nerd spaces, celebrating stories that reflect our styles, values, and heroes. Join us as we talk with panelists engaged in documenting/creating blerd culture about where we've been and where we're going. 

Moderator: Kristen Halbert

  • Dart Adams (Local author, hip-hop panelist for PaxEast/Anime Boston)

  • Alexis Wright (Blerd Club, Boston While Black)

  • Gabe Bryant (Co-Founder, Kobra Kawaii)

  • Zahirah Truth (ZNTArts)

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Front Plaza

Live Mural Experience  

A Local artist will create a LIVE piece of art celebrating Boston Comics in Color Festival and the culture.




* We will be observing all safety protocol of the City of Boston.
Masks are recommended.

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