Queen City Black Comix Day Alum Wins Fellowship

Zakiyya-S.-AsheQCBCD alum Zakiyya Ashe won the national competition for the 2017-2018 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship prize of $30,000! Starting this month, her year-long project, “Hidden Minorities: Connection through Animation and Graphic Novels,” will take her through Australia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and France. We recently talked to the Berea College grad about her project and what she hopes to accomplish.  Continue reading “Queen City Black Comix Day Alum Wins Fellowship”

Midwest BSFA Celebrates Its Second Anniversary!

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!

Queen City Black Comix Day Participant Derrick Dankwa

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Illustrator/musician Derrick Dankwa is coming to Queen City Black Comix Day on June 25! Danwka received his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2015 and is currently working on his own comic series, Antonym, which follows the story of two rival samurai, who also happen to be siblings. Alongside his illustrative work, he recently released a rap/hip-hop CD called HEAT. Continue reading “Queen City Black Comix Day Participant Derrick Dankwa”

Jamilah McDowell Returns to Queen City Black Comix Day

300x300Jamilah McDowell, a biology major at the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash campus, returns to Queen City Black Comix Day on June 25! She will display some of her paintings and sell postcard versions of them at the event. McDowell is responsible for many of our event flyers and our super dope mascot, Frobot!

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