OAKLAND, Calif., October 20, 2020 (Newswire.com) – AfroComicCon returns virtually this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, for their first online convention. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event, created by the Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), will be held for free this weekend and registration is now open. Sponsored by the NNPA, the Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon will be a day full of live and pre-recorded programming. Complete with a gaming tournament, cosplay competition, virtual marketplace and an impressive array of special guests across genre entertainment from around the world.
Among the confirmed guests are actors Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther), Ricco Ross (P-Valley), comedian Godfrey and showrunner and writer Cheo Hodari Coker (Marvel’s Luke Cage/ CREED II). Screenwriters Rodney Barnes (Boondocks, American Gods), Bianca Sams (Charmed), and Maya Houston (Batwoman) are confirmed, as well as animation directors Justin and Chris Copeland (Batman: HUSH and Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts) and legendary music producers and singers Patrice Rushen and D’wayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Toné!). Eisner-winning comic book creators John Jennings (Kindred), Vita Ayala (Iron Heart, Shuri) and Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) will also be featured, along with hip-hop journalist Dart Adams, rapper/comic book creator MURS, and BLACK-ISH star Miles Brown, who makes a special appearance with his father, producer and dancer Jack Brown.
The AfroComicCon Film Festival will also be making its virtual debut this weekend. Hosted by The Burton Wire founder Nsenga Burton, the streaming event is slated to screen short films from creators across the diaspora and will allow the winners to be voted on by the public. Fans are also invited to vote on their favorite cosplayer in the first virtual AFCC Cosplay Competition which will live stream Saturday as well.
Although AfroComicCon began as a local event in the San Francisco Bay Area, this weekend’s virtual convention allows the organization to feature global creators. Including UK based Melanin Gamers who will host an all-day gaming tournament on their Twitch stream. As well as, Lagos based comics and animation company Vortex247 and Kugali Media, an African comic book and media company expanding into augmented reality.
Free registration for AfroComicCon is now Open! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrocomiccon-2020-free-virtual-experience-tickets-123304584331
ABOUT AFROCOMICCON AfroComicConTM (AFCC) was created by Michael James and co-founded by Hally Bellah-Guther in 2016 under the non-profit Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC) as an annual comic convention for Black and Brown youth within the genre space. Their mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten through sequential art, science-fiction, fantasy, gaming and technology throughout the diaspora.
ABOUT the Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC) The Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 that aims to preserve and strengthen cultural identities through storytelling, media, and fine arts. Children and adults alike come to experience technology programs, where they’re taught literacy through art, gaming, fashion design, and multimedia activities.