We made it around the sun once again and today, the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance celebrates its second anniversary! This has been a whirlwind of a year, full of programs and conversations and debates and friendship building and I look forward to more in 2017!
Here’s a short recap of what we got up to this year:
- In April, we chatted with University of Cincinnati Professor Charles Jones about Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, the book he co-edited with Reynaldo Anderson, co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. I also made my second appearance on the BLKBOARD podcast.
- In May, we had a table at the Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch. We did trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars.
- In June, we hosted the 2nd Queen City Black Comix Day, showcasing local and regional comics artists and creators. We were also featured on Ghettoblaster Magazine‘s website.
- In September, we had a table at MECCACon in Detroit and hosted a steampunk character building workshop for adults.
- In October, we hosted a sci-fi short film night in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month.
- In November, we hosted a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon, a three-day sci-fi convention in Cincinnati. I also served as the Queen of Diamonds for the event.
Thanks to the rest of the Midwest BSFA crew for making these last two years so much! I look forward to doing bigger and better programming with you in the years to come!
Aiesha recently appeared on the BLKBOARD podcast again! Click here and give it a listen! Thanks to Jermaine Dickerson and Mike Tre Randall for having us!
Yesterday, we featured Jermaine Dickerson of the BLKBOARD podcast so of course we have to also feature his co-host Mike Tré Randall! Read More
This week, I talked about cosplay, steampunk, speculative fiction and more on the BLKBOARD podcast, run by college buddies Mike Tré Randall and Jermaine Dickerson (pictured), so in turn, we’re doing interviews with the podcasting duo here on the Midwest BSFA blog! (Check back for Mike’s interview on April 15.) We recently talked to Dickerson about mainstream vs. indie comics, the importance of representation and the broader definition of being “nerd.” Read More
We had so much fun at MECCACon in Detroit on Sept. 19! We met some really cool people and came away with some more artists and creators to feature here on the blog in coming months. The steampunk character building workshop was well received; hope to see some of you folks at Motor City Steam Con next July. Big shout out to Maia “Crown” Williams for putting on a fantastic event. The drive up from Cincinnati was definitely worth it!
With Jermaine and Mike of the Blkboard podcast.
The vendor hall was buzzing the whole day.
The Women in Comics panel with Nicole Burton of Ad Astra Comix (which specializes in comics from a social justice perspective), Dr. Sheena Howard, lead editor of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (which won the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Award), Aiesha Little, Co-Founder of the Midwest BSFA, and comics creator Kim Eggleston of the Women Creating Comics Facebook group.
Attendees at the steampunk character building workshop discussed potential characters and their backstories.
Another shot of the vendor hall.
With MECCACon founder Maia “Crown” Williams (center).
With Jiba Molei Anderson, founder of Griot Enterprises and creator of 4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape: Sequential Graffiti.