BCIC F 2023
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
Roxbury International Film Festival
1:00PM - 1:45PM
RIFF will screen a collection of animated shorts
Moderator: Lisa and Alison Simmons
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
Javier Cruz Winnick
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)
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.