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SHOW FLOOR

Hosted by Amanda Shae

Sounds provided by
DJ Troy Frost and DJ High Frequency

Performance Program

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Boston is full of Talent!
We will have some amazing dance, and

music performances
from local creators.

• Kekeli Drum and Dance Group •  

Tem Blessed  • Fredrick Woodward   

Cosplay Pre-judge

1:00PM - 1:45PM

Cosplay Contest

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Cosplayers will show their creativity,

craftsmanship, and fandom! 

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STUDIO 1

All panels will be on the second floor. 

Comics and Politics

11:00AM - 12:00PM

 

How have politics shaped and been shaped by comics and graphic novels? In this panel we dive deep into how these worlds intertwine, as well as how we can utilize it in the future effectively to communicate and express political ideologies.

 

Moderator: Joel Christian Gill

  • Raeghan Buchanan

  • Chris Rhodes

 

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The Impact of Technology on Comics

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Panelists will talk about the impact of technology on comics and the ever changing landscape of art and artist tools.

Moderator: Barrington Edwards

  • Jhair James

  • Zerosnake

  • Javier Cruz Winnik

 

 

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Afrofuturism vs Black Horror

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Black Horror has been around for decades but has had a resurgence with a new crop of films and comics, while Afrofuturism has also found a new generation of voices with a view of whats possible in future of Black People. Our panelists will talk about the connection and contradictions of horror and Afrofuturism.

 

Moderator: Tyhara Angus

  • John Jennings 

  • David Crownson

  • Greg Anderson Elysee 

  • Sayyid Lestrade

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An Artist’s Work/Life Balance

3:00PM - 4:00PM 

More often than not, artists must wear multiple hats to support themselves in any consistent capacity. This, combined with the extensive investment of time and energy the creative process requires, can lead to negative impacts on work/life balance. Join us for a special panel with several esteemed creators who discuss their experiences and tools for navigating life as an artist.

 

Moderator: Caiana Luse

  • TiElla Grimes

  • Zahirah Nur Truth

  • Gabriel Reid

  • Bithiah Holton

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STUDIO 2

Cosplay Tips and Tricks

11:00AM - 12:00PM  

Learn tips and tricks from our amazing Cosplay special guests on the craft of successfully representing iconic characters!


Moderator: ​Ashley Lewis (XP Hunter Lee)

  • On Key Cosplay

  • Venture Bros. Cosplay

  • Empress Jasmine

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SPARC! Mask Making

1:00PM - 4:00PM

SPARC! the Artmobile will run an all-ages
mask-making workshop 

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STUDIO 3

Writing for Young Audiences

11:00AM - 12:00PM​

Young Adult (YA) is the highest selling genre in comics and graphic novels. Our accomplished panelists will talk about what it is like to create books for younger audiences and what goes into their work.

Moderator: LJ Baptiste

  • Jonathan Todd

  • Liz Montague

  • Nell Bell

ROXFILM 2024 Preview Screening 

1:00PM - 2:00PM

RIFF will screen a collection of animated shorts

  • The Oceanmaker - Lucas Martell    

  • The boy and the jazz - Flávio dos Santos  

  • Warrior Queen - YouNeek studios 

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The Published World

Sponsored by Hub Comics

2:00PM - 3:00PM 

What is it like to break into and work for the comics industry? Our panelists will talk about their experiences working with the Big Two and others in the comic book publishing world.

 

Moderator: Quincy Walters
     Rob Stull

  • Tem Blessed

  • Jarret Melendez

  • Bill Campbell

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Putting the Black
in Newspaper Funny Pages

3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Newspaper comic strips have been around for approximately 130 years and have had an extensive, complex history in that time across generations. One of the most notable and understated elements is the role Black cartoonists have served opening doors and carving a path in such an unpredictable industry. In this panel, we will discuss what it is like to be one of the few Black nationally syndicated cartoonists.

Moderator: Cagen Luse

  • Barbara Brandon-Croft

  • Ray Billingsley

  • Dee Parsons

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BOOK SIGNINGS

10:30-11:00

  • Jonathan Todd

 

11:00AM - 11:30PM 

  • Barbara Brandon-Croft

  • Ray Billingsley

1:00PM - 1:30PM

  • Joel Christian Gill

  • Dee Parsons

2:00PM - 2:30PM

  • Raeghan Buchanan

  • Liz Montague

3:00PM - 3:30PM

  • John Jennings

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FRONT PLAZA

RIXY and SWAT from BCICF 23

Live Mural Art 

 

Featuring:

  • MAR

  • SOBEK

  • SWIL 

  • Gkid

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