#MECCAcon2016 is proud to bring our annual panels once again! This has always been a highlight at MeccaCon, and we are so excited!
WOMEN IN COMICS, INTERNATIONAL
This is our second year we are bringing WinC to Detroit! Women in Comics Collective International, (WinC for short- Pronounced Wink), is an Artistic and Informative Initiative that began in May of 2012. It serves to educate communities about the role and merit of Women working in the Comic Book/Multimedia industries as well as highlight the importance of Literacy through Comic Books. This year’s participants include Regine Sawyer (EATING VAMPIRES), Kim Eggleston (DEAD BY WEDNESDAY), Eileen Kaur Alden (SUPERSIKH), Aiesha Little (Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance), Danielle Dunn (IVY LOCS), and Sistah Geek (professional cosplayer). Founded by Regine Sawyer, owner of Lockett Down Productions, this organization and travelling panel has members from all across the United States and abound. The collective has an ever growing membership! With a traveling Art Exhibition, Workshop and a long running Panel Series’, ‘Win’C has been hosted by such venues and conventions such as: Bronx Heroes Comic Con, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (MECCAcon), the East Coast Black Age of Comics, The Bronx Museum, The Bronx Library Center, The Poe Park Information Center and Gallery, New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con International, Dover Comic Con, the San Diego Public Library System, Detroit Public Library, and more!
#BACK2BLACK: ACCURACY vs ACCEPTANCE In Today’s Comics
In the past year, we’ve seen a resurgence and hunger for representation in comic books, however, the challenge of crafting culturally accurate narratives for characters can be a daunting task for black comic book writers, artists, and editors to shoulder. How does one remain true to the core of his/her characters while making attempts to balance the demands of comic book fans and achieve cultural competency? Navigating the waters of mainstream and independent comic books, Brandon Thomas, N Steven Harris, Karl Bollers, Regine Sawyer, Gil Ashby, and moderator/creator Tony Patrick candidly discuss the impact black superheroes have on society, and the process of crafting original, empowering narratives which can enlighten and inspire readers.
#BACK2BLACK delves into the hot button issue of racial representation in comics, how it can quickly go off-the-rails, and how we can get it back-on-track. This is a short, round-table discussion about: the obstacles of creating culturally accurate characters/narratives, the trials of both getting published and self-publishing, navigating black comic book fans’ expectations, black female representation in comics, black superheroes in tv and film, how the current political climate and daily Black American life experience impacts the writing and artistic process, past comics which would inspire our panelists to create their own characters and comics, and a glimpse of what’s next for the future of black comics.
Co-created by Tony Patrick (screenwriter, X’ED Comics creator/ BLACK MASK STUDIOS) and Maia “Crown” Williams (MECCAcon, Black Speculative Arts Movement), this a space for constructive debate and fostering black heroism, hope, and artistry at its best.
BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT
Panelists will be Dr. Reynaldo Anderson (Harris-Stowe State University, Black Speculative Arts Movement, co-founder), Damion Scott (Columbia University), Onyx Ashanti, Ingrid LaFleur (AFROTOPIA), Dr. Tonja Lawrence (Wayne State University). Our moderator will be Adrienne Maree Brown (Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements).
Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples. BSAM, founded by Dr Anderson and Maia “Crown” Williams (MECCAcon), is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno-Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.
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2016 Guests include:
N Steven Harris/ AJALA, BROTHERHOOD OF THE FRINGE, WATSON AND HOLMES, VOLTRON
Jason Reeves/ 133ART/ AFROPUNK
Regine Sawyer/ WOMEN IN COMICS INTERNATIONAL, EATING VAMPIRES
Brandon Thomas/ MIRANDA MERCURY/ VOLTRON
Reynaldo Anderson/ AFROFUTURISM 2.0
Tony Patrick/ BLACK MASK STUDIOS
Kim Eggleston, Jen Slotterback/ DEAD BY WEDNESDAY/ WOMEN CREATE COMICS
Marcus Williams/ Greg Burnham/ TUSKEGEE HEIRS, SUPERNATURAL
Thomas Johnson II/ RAXON UNIVERSAL DOMINION
Keithan Jones / KID COMICS
Eileen Kaur Alden/ SUPERSIKH COMICS
Anthony Brown/ SECOND SIGHT STUDIOS
Aiesha Little/ MIDWEST BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION ALLIANCE
Etahn L. McCullers/E.L. McCOLORS
Matthew Mcr Ellison II/ ELECTRIC OTTO FUNK FACTORY
Tyrone Jackson/ SOVEREIGN COMICS
Adrienne Maree Brown
Kamani Tait/ KT THE ARCH DEGREE
Khamisi Benford/ BLACKFOKAPPAREL
Javier Cruz Winnik/ a reason to smile
Karl Bollers/ WATSON & HOLMES
Kurt Bollers/ MFC MEDIA HOUSE
Brian Johnson/ P DESIGNS: BRIAN THE ARTIST
Dominique Stockman/ THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ
Clarence Young / ZIGZAG CLAIBOURNE
Ed Watson/ LOCKETT DOWN PRODUCTIONS, HIDDEN NATION STUDIOS
Will Focus/ THE ONE WILL FOCUS
Clifton Jamaal Perry/ CLIFNOTE
Greg Anderson-Elysée/ IS’NANA THE WERE SPIDER
Michael Watson/ LEGACY RISING
MSU GRAPHIC NOVELS CLUB
A. M. Griffin
REAL SPILL ENTERPRISES
SWEET SERENITY CO
Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNK workshop w/ Aiesha Little
Art instillations with Artist Jason Phillips and Trae Isaac
Screenwriting QnA w/ HBO films, Tony Patrick
THE ART OF STORYTELLING w/ N Steven Harris
BREAKING INTO COMICS w/ Brandon Thomas
Book reading w/ Clarence Young ZIGZAG CLAYBOURNE
Interview sessions w/ Jermaine & Michael of BLKBOARD
Art sessions w/ special guest, Gil Ashby
Nay Marie/ Taji Mag/ Our Black Web/ NayMarie Photography
Keith Horton/ Revolutionary MINDZ Cinema
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, or “MECCAcon”, is a division of Amonyet Enterprises. The organization was founded October 2013, by founder and CEO, Maia “CROWN” Williams.
for more information, please contact
Maia Crown Williams
MECCAcon 2016 #MeccaCon2016
September 17, 2016
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI
See you soon!