Steampunk Character Building Workshop at MECCACon!

steam-sistas-5Want to get into steampunk but not sure where to start? Ofeibea Loveless of Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance will discuss the film short Steamfunk and Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy (steampunk as it pertains to people of color) and lead a steampunk character building workshop at MECCAcon 2015! Airship Ashanti comes at steampunk from a West African perspective, which is rare in the steampunk community, and Ofeibea’s presentation will touch on steampunk from a non-Victorian perspective. Admission: $6, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Detroit Public Library – Main Branch, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202. 

Maia “Crown” Williams, Creator of Detroit’s MECCAcon

image4Maia “Crown” Williams is a busy woman. In addition to founding and running MECCAcon, Detroit’s newest black arts and comics convention, Maia also owns three other businesses (Amonyet Enterprises, Crown’s Royalties and Cooking Ciphers), working year round to build her entrepreneurial empire in the Motor City. Midwest BSFA recently caught up with her during a (small) break in her schedule to found out what motivates her, artistically speaking. (Spoiler alert: it’s independent comics and art.) Continue reading “Maia “Crown” Williams, Creator of Detroit’s MECCAcon”