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MECCAcon/MECCAconIFF 2020 GUESTS

rough draft sketch for MECCAcon 2020, illustrated by N Steven Harris.

Below are the special guests for 7th annual MECCAcon 2020 #MECCAcon2020! SATURDAY, Sept 19th!! ONLINE via Streamyard, Facebook, and Youtube!

Keep checking this page for added bios to come!

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N Steven Harris
Greg A. Elysée
Brandon Thomas
Newton Lilavois
Kenesha Williams
Nikki PorcherBuy from a Black Woman
Khary Randolph
Sebastian A. Jones
Chuck DragonBlack Collins
Dorphise JeanDiana Lee
Reggie Hudlin
The Microphone Misfitz‘ D-Nick The Microphone Misfit
Ka’ramuu Kush
Dewunmi Roye Okupe
David Walker
Ezra Claytan Daniels
David Crownson
Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Nick Allen
Joe Illidge
Kadiatou Tubman
Aiesha Little
Keithan Jones
TaLynn Kel
Nicole Smith
Damon Young
Shenequa Golding
Bill Johnson
Michael Flood
Lynne Marie
Tyrone Jackson
Brian Johnson
Larry Stroman
Games on Krack‘s Krack & Slapz
Tony Puryear
Shawn Alleyne
Stephanie Williams
Corey Goowatitdew Paul
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David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, publisher and founder of Solid Comix, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His writing career started in the 1990s with the self-published ‘zine, BadAzz MoFo. In 1997 he produced and directed Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, a feature length documentary on the history of #blaxploitation films.

Walker is best known for his work in graphic novels and comics, which includes The Life of Frederick Douglass (Ten Speed Press), the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards-nominated series Bitter Root (Image Comics) w/ Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene, and the critically acclaimed and also Eisner Award nominated series Naomi (DC Comics). He has written for Marvel (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Deadpool), DC Comics (Cyborg, Young Justice), Dynamite Entertainment (Shaft), and Dark Horse Comics (Number 13).

David Walker also teaches part time at Portland State University.

Author Nicole Givens Kurtz is a weird writer, publisher and educator. She works to amplify marginalized voices in speculative fiction and writes stories that explore race, sexism, and the weird. Her works have appeared in Stoker Finalist Sycorax’s Daughters, Baen’s Straight Outta Tombstone, and her Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Series.

Find out more at http://www.nicolegivenskurtz.net.

Boston born and Brooklyn based, Khary Randolph graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000 with a BFA in Cartooning & Illustration. In the years since, he has won multiple awards and worked on properties from some of the biggest media companies in the world, such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics20th Century FoxABCESPNCartoon NetworkUpper DeckCoca-ColaM&Ms/Mars, & Sony.

Khary got his start in the comic book industry in 2003 on Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider-Clan. Since then he has had several multi-issue runs on books such as New Mutants, Starborn, Charismagic, Tech Jacket, We Are Robin, and Mosaic. He has also been a prolific cover illustrator, having provided covers for every major publisher on books such as Static Shock, Batman Beyond, Spider-man, Harley Quinn, Black Panther, G.I. Joe, and Teen Titans.

In animation, Khary got his start doing turnarounds for The Boondocks. He then graduated to doing design and story boarding work for such shows such as Wolverine & The X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voltron and Chaotic.

In 2007 Khary worked on Upper Deck’s All-Star Vinyl line, designing toys based on sports superstars such as Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, David Ortiz and Michael Jordan. In 2015, in conjunction with Brooklyn Brewery and Reed Exhibitions, he created and designed a character called the Brooklyn Defender as the official beer and mascot of New York Comic Con. The beer was highly successful and sold all over the world.

Khary Randolph is currently the co-creator and artist of EXCELLENCE (along with writer Brandon Thomas), published monthly from Image ComicsSkybound Entertainment), as well as the cover artist for the award winning (and soon to be a motion picture) series BLACK and its forthcoming sequel WHITE, from Black Mask Studio.

“Hudlin is a modern-day Gordon Parks, a true monster in the game who totally re-did the blueprint: what some people used to call a renaissance man. I dig him because he made me think outside of the box. Hudlin writes and directs movies, pens a comic book, and he was running BET. That’s multi-tasking for your ass.” (cultural critic, Jimi Izrael)

Reginald Hudlin is a writer, producer, director, and executive, born and raised in economically poor but culturally rich town of East St. Louis Illinois. Reginald grew up two doors down from the childhood home of Tina Turner, and two doors down on the other side from Brother Joe May, a famous gospel singer, placing him two doors away from heaven and hell. Warrington Hudlin Sr., Reginald’s father, ran his own insurance agency and was involved in a wide array of civic charities. He was the founding president of the local State Community College. Helen Hudlin, Reginald’s mother, worked in special education her whole life, from running a mental health center to designing and implementing teaching programs for gifted and learning disabled children. She worked full time while raising three boys and earning a PhD.

Hudlin graduated from Harvard with a magna cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies. His senior thesis was a 20 minute short called HOUSE PARTY! That short film lead to a deal with New Line Cinema to write and direct a feature film version of HOUSE PARTY, which starred Kid and Play, Martin Lawrence and Robin Harris. The film won the prestigious Filmmakers Trophy and the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival and also received the Clarence Muse Youth Award and a New Visions, New Voices Award from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. HOUSE PARTY is one of the most profitable films of its decade and was critically acclaimed, receiving reviews from film critic Roger Ebert, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today. The film launched a franchise, inspiring three sequels; a Saturday morning animated series and a comic book. When New Line Pictures successfully raised 100 million dollars in a public stock offering, HOUSE PARTY was the only film touted in their advertising campaign to the financial markets.

Reginald then directed BOOMERANG, a romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Chris Rock, Robin Givens, Grace Jones and Eartha Kitt. BOOMERANG made 130 million dollars worldwide, and the soundtrack by LA Reid and Babyface went double platinum, spawning one of longest running #1 songs in Billboard history, Boyz II Men singing END OF THE ROAD. That soundtrack also introduced the world to multi platinum singer Toni Braxton.

While directing BOOMERANG, Reginald also wrote and produced BEBE’S KIDS, the first African American animated film. BEBE’S KIDS was based on the comic routines of the late Robin Harris, who played “Pop” in HOUSE PARTY. Hudlin then created COSMIC SLOP, a Twilight Zone style anthology hosted by George Clinton for HBO. The special went on to win two CableAce Awards and is still taught in universities across the country.

Sean Hannity referenced Cosmic Slop during Obama’s re-election campaign. Since one of the stories, SPACE TRADERS, was written by former Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell, who was one of Barack Obama’s mentors, Hannity then researched Hudlin’s donations to the Obama campaign and saw a wide range conspiracy at work. Hudlin views this accusation with pride.

Expanding into new genres, Hudlin directed THE GREAT WHITE HYPE, a boxing satire starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx and Jon Lovitz. That film was followed by THE LADIES MAN with Tim Meadows, Will Farrell and Julianne Moore and SERVING SARA with Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley and Cedric The Entertainer.

Hudlin produced Quentin Tarantino’s film DJANGO UNCHAINED, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson. The film has won numerous awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and two Oscars, and it has become one of the top grossing Westerns of all time. Hudlin adapted Quentin Tarantino’s original screenplay for DJANGO UNCHAINED into a graphic novel. He is the executive editor of the direct to comic book sequel, DJANGO/ZORRO.

The next film Hudlin produced was Gerard McMurray’s BURNING SANDS, starring Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris and Trevante Rhodes for Netflix. It’s a powerful drama that digs deep into the world of Black Greek life that people could not stop talking or tweeting about. Reactions to the film had Twitter going crazy. Critics agreed, the film garnered tons of praise and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

During his more than three year tenure as the first President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television, Hudlin created some of the highest rated shows in the history of the network including the award-winning KEYSHIA COLE: THE WAY IT IS; AMERICAN GANGSTER; and SUNDAY BEST. Under Hudlin’s stewardship, BET had its first ever telethon, which supported Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He created the BET HIP HOP AWARDS and the BET HONORS – two successful network franchises. He created a profitable home entertainment division for the network and completely rebuilt the news division, which went on to win 13 awards in two years.

Hudlin was a producer and director of THE BERNIE MAC SHOW and directed the pilot of EVERBODY HATES CHRIS. Hudlin has also directed episodes of sitcoms like MODERN FAMILY, MARRY ME, THE OFFICE, THE MIDDLE, WEIRD LONERS, BAD JUDGE, OUTSOURCED, SONS OF TUCSON, BETTER OFF TED, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and ARE WE THERE YET?, as well as dramas like BONES, MURDER IN THE FIRST, PSYCH, RAISING THE BAR and CITY OF ANGELS.

Reginald has produced the 44th, 45th, 46th and 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS for TV One. The live broadcast and the red carpet pre show (which he also produced) for the 44th and 45th were the two highest rated shows in the history of the network. Reginald continued that streak by producing the 48th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS for TV One in 2017. Winners included such stars as Denzel Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Here’s an inside look at the red carpet and show.

One of Reginald’s bucket list items was fulfilled when he produced THE BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Hollywood Bowl. Hosted by Craig Robinson and featuring an all-star musical line up, it was a critical and commercial success. It has become an event that happens every other year. That achievement led to Hudlin producing the 6th Governor’s Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honoring Maureen O’Hara, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hideo Misayaki and Harry Belafonte. He didn’t stop there. He went on to complete a crowning achievement in his third collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, executive producing The 88th Academy Awards.

Later that same year, Hudlin executive produced the revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO. The special featured elements of the Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night competition, which has been running for 82 years and helped launch the careers of artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five and D’Angelo. The show was hosted by Steve Harvey.

Another one of Reginald’s dreams came true when he was commissioned to write THE BLACK PANTHER comic book series for Marvel Comics. THE BLACK PANTHER is the most successful black superhero series ever, and Hudlin went on to adapt a six episode animated series, which became the top selling DVD in the Marvel Knights home video line.  Hudlin also wrote an award-winning run of SPIDER MAN, Marvel’s flagship character.

Hudlin met Aaron McGruder when he was still an undergraduate writing and drawing THE BOONDOCKS for his college paper. Hudlin helped develop the strip as it went national, then was executive producer of the animated series (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim). Hudlin also co-authored the graphic novel BIRTH OF A NATION with McGruder, with art by Kyle Baker.  BIRTH is a comic novel about Hudlin’s hometown of East St. Louis seceding from the United States. The Random House publication received glowing reviews in Time, Entertainment Weekly and Publisher’s Weekly, among others.

Hudlin is now a partner in Milestone Media, a comic book company that develops and produces properties for a wide range of media. Hudlin is also a founding partner of New Nation Networks, a joint venture with Google to create premium content for the web. Reginald has directed television commercials for McDonalds, Burger King, AT&T and the Illinois State Lottery. He’s also directed videos for George Clinton, Heavy D and The Boyz and other artists.

Reginald has been a featured speaker at Vermont Law School; the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Yale University; the Montclair Art Museum; The Directors Guild; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the American Bible Society; the San Diego Comic Con; and more. Hudlin sits on the Board of Governors for the Motion Picture Academy and the board of UCLA Film, Television and Theatre Department. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Kadiatou Tubman is the Manager of Education Programs and Outreach at the Schomburg Center. Kadiatou is the director of the Schomburg Center’s renowned Junior Scholars Program, founder/executive producer of the NY Black Lives Matter Teen Conference and the lead producer of the annual Black Comic Book Festival.

Kadiatou has been working as an educator for as long as she can remember. In her work, Kadiatou’s pedagogy centralizes historical literacy, social justice, and critical race and gender theory. She is a host of the Schomburg Center’s Live Conversations, which have featured scholars like Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., Dr. Imani Perry, activist & author Ilyasah Shabazz, and Superbowl athlete/activist Michael Bennett. When she is not teaching or organizing, Kadiatou can be found attempting to learn choreography via youtube or reenacting scenes from her favorite films.   

Since 2013, Lynne Marie’s passion has been cosplaying. She has attended many East Coast comic conventions as her favorite comic or original character such as Wonder Woman, Storm, Misty Knight, She-Ra, and other historic women of genre. This and her charitable endeavors have made Lynne a role model for young girls everywhere looking to embrace their geekiness and be comfortable with who they are. In her leisure time, Lynne also enjoys reading and crocheting.

Lynne Finley, a native of the DC/MD/VA area, holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from HBCU Johnson C. Smith University and a Master’s of Science degree in Information Systems from Strayer University. For the past 20 years, she’s served as an Information Analyst in the Maryland Hospital system.

Kenesha Williams is an author, screenwriter, speaker, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag a speculative fiction literary magazine. As an, essayist she has written for, Time Magazine’s, Motto and Fireside Fiction. She is also a screenwriter currently in pre-production on a horror web series and a short film. Kenesha has been a panelist and speaker at StokerCon, the Horror Writers of America convention; Boskone, ECBACC, the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention; the 2017 African Americans Expo, and MECCACon.

Kenesha took to heart the advice, “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself,” and created a Speculative Fiction Literary Magazine featuring characters that were representative of herself and other women she identified with. She has happily parlayed her love for the weird and the macabre into Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine, finding the best in undiscovered talent in Speculative Fiction. 

She has been interviewed by Black Nerd Problems, and several podcasts: Katara’s Café, Cinema After Dark, Talking with Authors, SORMAG’s Writers Café, Minister Faust’s Galaxy, and RCR Reviews.

From high school drop out to university professor, native Detroiter Ka’ramuu (pronounced kah-rah-moo) earned his reputation as a self-taught creator of independent short form cinema before earning top honors at AFI Conservatory. His graduating class was ranked #1 film school in the world by HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. His AFI thesis film SALVATION ROAD was acquired for distribution by HBO in addition to garnering a bevy of awards, inclusive of the DGA JURY PRIZE. At heart, he is a guerrilla filmmaker with roots in NYC theatre, evidenced by the dramaturgical core and classic precepts of character and conflict in all of his work. Kush flows seamlessly between the worlds of theatre and film by maintaining work in both. His award-winning work as an actor and/or director has screened to millions, touring internationally in film festivals including CANNES, SUNDANCE, HAMPTONS, TRIBECA, PAFF, ABFF, LA FILM FEST, HBFF and on the CBS, BET, HBO and CINEMAX networks.

Ka’ is a LINCOLN CENTER THEATRE Director’s Lab Alum, NEW FEDERAL THEATRE Artistic Associate, 2ND STAGE THEATRE Van Lier Directing Fellow, NBC Directing Fellow and ABC/DGA Directing Fellow finalist.  Current work includes numerous writing/directing projects and acting when the spirit moves him. He teaches as a Lecturer / Professor at HOWARD UNIVERSITY and CAL STATE LA, and is an avid practitioner of Vipassana Meditation http://www.dhamma.org/

Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the Consumer Marketing Editor for PREVIEWSworld.com and Diamond’s pop culture network of sites. His comics work includes BAMN, Fight of the Century, and the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for ComicBookBin.com, OfNote Magazine, and ForcesOfGeek.com. Troy’s work in comics also includes the action-adventure series Frontiersmen and the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post.

Nick Allen (AKA Jon Jebus AKA The guy who wants to be your new favorite author) is a writer, letterer, and proud patriarch from Baltimore, Maryland. He has helped to produce, create, and/or self-publish several comic books including The C-Listers and the Kickstarter-funded projects: Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew,  Deadland’s Raven Graphic Novel and Fight Of The Century. Jon is a huge fan of comics, martial arts, martial art movies and science fiction. He’s also a student of traditional Wing Chun, and lover of puns.  After gaining his nerd street cred by earning a physics degree, he double-downed and got a second B.S. in simulation and digital entertainment (bka video games). 

If you see a Black woman business owner, you can bet Nikki Porcher is somewhere cheering her on. In 2016, Buy from a Black Woman, an organization whose mission is to spread awareness while lending support to Black woman business owners, was founded when Porcher asked the universe for instructions on how she should use her gifts and talents to help empower her community. 

Both an Air Force Veteran and former public school teacher with an extensive history of working with and for non-profits, she uses these skills along with her other wealth of knowledge and experiences to support as well as provide tools and resources for Black women. Porcher is a member of the Atlanta NAACP Chapter, The Womens Chamber of Commerce, and an active advocate for a number of other causes. She shelves outer vision with community based classes, online workshops, webinars, and also serves as a mentor. 

Nikki Porcher has an academic background in business, marketing & advertising design. Porcher also has certifications in non-profit management, yoga and mediation. She does all of this community work that comes so easily to her with a quintessential Jersey Girl flare.

Michael Flood is a writer, cosplayer, actor, and activist who always wants to fight for the little person and be a voice for the voiceless. His two favorite cosplays are Superman and Captain Benjamin Sisko from Staten Trek: Deep a Space Nine. Some of his favorite hobbies at a con are attending panels and dressing as a civilian while buying lots of merch!

Michael is a Los Angeles based classically-trained artist. Notable projects and roles he’s worked on include: African Company Presents Richard III as James Hewlett, Macbeth as Banquo, Angels in America as Belize, and The Mountaintop as Martin Luther King Jr. As a current student at the Groundlings Theatre for Improv he always tries to find the humor, intention and true purpose in everything tragic, comical or tragicomical.

Joseph Illidge is the Co-Managing Editor for Heavy Metal, the seminal illustrated magazine and company for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and a freelance comic book and graphic novel editor for various clients, working with writers and artists from around the globe to develop books celebrating heroism and inclusion.

A worldbuilder with experience in high-profile characters and universe development, Joseph was featured in the 2017 History Channel documentary series, “Superheroes Decoded”, discussing popular heroes from Batman to Luke Cage.

In his career, Joseph served as the first Editor of color on the “Batman” line of comic books for DC Entertainment, Executive Editor for the Valiant Entertainment Universe and line of monthly comic books, and Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics where he spearheaded “Catalyst Prime”, the multicultural superhero comic book imprint.

Joseph’s first job in the comic book industry was at Milestone Media, Inc., the groundbreaking comic book publisher of inclusive superhero stories and creators of the award-winning animated series “Static Shock” from Warner Bros. 

Joseph is the co-writer on the upcoming graphic novel MPLS SOUND, the story of a fictional Eighties Minneapolis funk band that is the prototype for The Revolution, the band created by Prince. The book will be published by Humanoids.

Elgin-Bokari T. Smith, aka Kari the Illustrator or L O Kari, is a Chicago based DJ, visual and performing artist, social activist, and educator who grew up in Saint Louis Missouri. Elgin has performed domestically and abroad – ranging from New York, St. Louis, Ohio, Seattle, South Korea, Japan, and all over the Chicago land area. He has shared stages with the likes of Bone Thugs and Harmony, Ruby Ibarra, The Terra Godz, Saba, Da Brat, Clark Airlines, Mega Ran, Bop Alloy, No Name Gypsy, DJ Esco, Young Chop, Lil Crazed, Rebel Diaz, Twista, and Ching, just to name a few.

Discovering a passion for art in elementary school while drawing his favorite cartoon characters on his homework, his 6th grade teacher encouraged Elgin toward the arts, where he moved onto comics and public murals. He then attended Central Visual and Performing Arts High School where he studied visual arts, ceramics, and piano. In 2009, Elgin received a BFA in Graphic Illustration and Sculpture. Elgin began work as an artist assistant for Chicago ceramic artist and Whitney Bi-Annual artist-in-residence Theaster Gates. 

Elgin has collaborated with Hull House and the Northwestern University School of Law to produce zines such as I Know My Rights, I Want a Lawyer, a kid’s guide to the Juvenile Justice System in Illinois, and taught drawing and graphic design to incarcerated young people. He’s worked as a teaching artist for various organizations such as the Gary Comer Youth Center, Changing Worlds, Columbia College, and Kuumba Lynx. Elgin is currently the Program Director for Free Write Arts & Literacy.

Born and raised in the exotic town of Frenchtown NJ, David Crownson grew up with a passion for storytelling which started with comics and film. This has served him as an actor and writer. His next comic after Harriet Tubman Demon Slayer is Nightmare In Newark. He loves his mom, Red Lobster biscuits, long walks, petting your dog and can be seen on the YouTube series Bubbly Brown Sugar. 

Damon Young is a writer, critic, humorist, satirist, and professional Black person. He’s a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas—coined “the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet” by The Washington Post and recently acquired by Univision and Gizmodo Media Group to be a vertical of The Root—and a columnist for GQ. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, LitHub, Time Magazine, Slate, LongReads, Salon, The Guardian, New York Magazine, EBONY, Jezebel, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Damon’s writing—which vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias—has often generated praise from from his peers. Ava DuVernay called his voice “clear and critical.” Micheal Eric Dyson said he’s “one of the most important young voices in humor writing today.” And Kiese Laymon called his work “the best of American twenty-first century writing.” 

Damon’s debut memoir—What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays (Ecco / HarperCollins) —is a 2019 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and is a tragicomic exploration of the angsts, anxieties, and absurdities of existing while black in America. NPR called it an “outstanding collection of nonfiction” and The Washington Post “hilarious” and “unflinching.”

A native Pittsburgher who attended Canisius College on a basketball scholarship, Damon is also a member of ACLU Pennsylvania’s State Board. He currently resides in Pittsburgh’s Northside, with his wife, two children, and his faithful bottles of Nexium and Lisinopril.

Yolonda Ross (Actress, Writer, Director, Producer) is a two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee and Gotham Award winner for her feature film debut as a leading actress in HBO’s Stranger Inside and John Sayles’s Go For Sisters. Ross, a native of Omaha, Nebraska is recognized from her wide range of work including: the Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez film Lila & Eve, Angela Bassett’s Whitney, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher Story. In Television, she’s worked on 24, Law and Order, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s, The Unit, in which Mr. Mamet wrote the part for her himself. The two teamed up again on HBO’s Phil Spector. Ross has recurred as “Claudia” on How To Get Away With Murder, portrayed the memorable “Ms. Green”, in the Baz Luhrmann/ Netflix series, The Get Down, and played a documentary filmmaker in HBO’s Treme which inspired her to step behind the camera for her directorial debut, Breaking Night, which aired on VH1 Classics. Yolonda is also a member of New York’s famed Labyrinth Theater Company.

She can currently be seen opposite Rob Morgan in the Samuel Goldwyn release, BULL. Yolonda is cast regular, “Jada Washington” in the critically-acclaimed Lena Waithe Showtime drama, The Chi premiering Season 3, June 21, 2020. She will be making her feature film directorial debut with her romantic drama, Scenes From Our Marriage, which was chosen for Film Independent’s, Fast Track & Directors’ Lab, along with the Cannes Marche’ du Film Producers Workshop.

A self-published author and cosplayer whose cosplay has been featured in the New York Times and on NBC, TaLynn Kel is a multi-media content creator and curator located in Atlanta, Georgia. An avid cultural critic, TaLynn has published numerous essays on her intersectional identity as a fat, Black, femme geek. In addition to writing, TaLynn conducts educational panels at conventions throughout the U.S., co-hosts the podcast New Wakanda, and co-created Black Girl Geek Out, an event that centers Black womxn creatives in the Atlanta area. She is currently working on her first graphic short story for the Kamikaze comic anthology, Short Circuits, and planning surviving while Black during the 2020 multi-phase apocalypse.

TaLynn has published two books, Breaking Normal: Essays about My Fat, Black, Geek Life and Still Breaking Normal: A Fat, Black, Femme, Geek Navigating an Anti-Black World, available on Amazon andyou can find her work at www.talynnkel.com. She is also TaLynnKel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

Bobby is a second-generation Chinese American director & writer from New York City. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and holds a Masters degree from NYU in Visual Effects. A six-time Emmy Award winner for Sports television, he has directed and edited over one hundred music videos and commercials. With five narrative shorts under his belt, Bobby was recently chosen to be a part of the ABC Disney Directing Program as well as Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Mentorship program.

Preparing to transition into episodic directing, he has shadowed on Marvel’s Agents of Shield on ABC, Black Lighting on the CW, The Chi on Showtime, and Ryan Murphy’s The Politician on Netflix.

Bobby is currently in development of his first feature film inspired by his own life story, an Asian American coming of age comedy-drama that fuses culture and music together.

Larry Stroman is an Boston born artist who has honed his craft in New York City, Berkley, Chicago, and Detroit. After first gaining attention illustrating Epic’ Alien Legion, he went on to illustrate various comics books such as The Uncanny X-Men, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Cloak and Dagger, Wolverine, Bishop, Black Panther, and the most popular run of X-Factor. He worked on Dark Horse’ The Mark and cocreated DC Comics Darkstars.

In 1993, along with writer Todd Johnson, he published a creator-owned series called The Tribe with Image Comics. With over one million sold, Tribe still holds the title of the largest selling African American comic of all time. His 35 year long career has spanned three decades and he still remains a sought after artist.

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MECCAcon 2020 Registration, Proposals #MECCAcon2020

Private applications and proposal submissions to all things Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (aka MECCAcon) for our SEVENTH YEAR are now open to the public!! SATURDAY, September 19, 2020, ONLINE! We’ll have events all that weekend, so stay tuned to our website for updates!

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Our participants have and will include creators from a vast amount of comics, graphic novels art, science fiction, and artisans, as well as live performances, MECCAcon International Film Festival aka MECCAcon IFF, Afrofuturism, social activism, art centered seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. We are once again interested in students participating the heaviest, and we are very much excited about that. Futurism means the FUTURE, right?

 

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PURCHASE DONATION TICKETS HERE!

Although we will be ONLINE this year, we are STILL looking for:: workshops, panels, performances, and presentations of ALL KINDS pertaining to ART, COMICS, FOOD, LITERACY, PROTEST, FARMING, GAMING, S.T.E.M., and more. We want YOU to be highlighted first and foremost! Please include a sample of your work, including your art, music, organization, etc. This can range from music, tech, social justice, politics, fashion, gaming, art, food, and much more. This is MECCAcon, we have a broad range.

 

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WHAT TO SUBMIT:::

  • PANELS/WORKSHOPS/LECTURES
    • 1 moderator
    • 3-5 panelists
    • send full description, along with participants, emails, etc.
    • 55 minutes max.

 

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Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCAcon are large comic book, Afrofuturism, film, art conventions, artist residencies, and panels held all year long across the United States and abroad. Unlike many “comic cons”, we don’t just focus solely on comic books. Art has several mediums, and we want to highlight them all. MECCAcon highlights comic books, science fiction, steampunk, manga, authors, artists, publishers, international film, artisans, music, fine arts, and more. Attached locations have included Detroit, Los Angeles, the Bronx, Philadelphia, Texas, Atlanta, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, St. Louis, Nova Scotia, and more.

 

The primary reason MECCAcon was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that all “heroes” do not look the same, that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books, what the historical facts come from, and what the word “hero” actually derives from. At these conventions, while comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. At the end of the day, art is and always will be ART, creative expression. 

 

MECCAcon International Film Festival, founded in 2014, highlights independent short films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. MECCAconIFF is a branch of MECCAcon, and affiliated with BSAM, which travels across the United States and abroad. With MECCAconIFF, short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. We always have some of the best filmmakers in the industry that participate. We believe in showcasing GREATNESS to the public eye.

Afrofuturism and astro blackness has 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, Afrika Bambaataa and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples. We have held events with Mark Dery, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Rasheedah Phillips, Danny Simmons, John Jennings, Nalo Hopkins, Nettrice Gaskins, Sheree Renee Thomas, Steven Barnes, and many other professors, scholars, and various artists who specialize in afrofuturism, astroblackness, black speculative fiction, black comics, and further in the past 7 years.

 

Filmmakers in the past have included but aren’t limited to Nate Parker, Stefon Bristol, Nadia Sasso, Jay Woo, Mariama Diallo, Jackie J Stone, Yolonda Ross, James Bland, Darius Clark Monroe, Evita Castine, Ka’ramuu Kush, dream hampton, Derek Dow, Xavier L Burgin, Donnie Leapheart, Eliciana Nascimento, Nosa Igbideon, Korstiaan Vandiver, Dehanza Rogers, Zo!, Jumai Yusuf, Rashad Frett, and many more.

MECCAcon IFF (International Film Festival), founded in 2014, highlights independent short films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. MECCAconIFF is a branch of MECCAcon, and affiliated with BSAM, which travels across the United States and abroad. With MECCAconIFF, registered under Ava DuVernay’s company, ARRAY, short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well.

 

 

 

 

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  • WORKSHOPS or LECTURES
    • 55 minutes max.
    • send full description, along with participants, emails, etc.
    • No more than 4 people, if a group workshop or lecture.
    • Must provide own materials and supplies.

 

PANELS
WORKSHOPS
PRESENTATIONS
PERFORMANCES
ALL INFO ::
PANELS/WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS ARE 50mins, with rare exceptions. Please include the following:: 
NAME
AGE (if student), Grade, University or School
Department
EMAIL/PHONE
WEBSITE
SOCIAL MEDIA/ @
TITLE OF ACTIVITY ?
GENRE ?
DESCRIPTION ?
Is this for YOUTH? ADULTS? ALL AGES?
Film Submissions ::

 

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2019 fan photos for #MECCAconDSA2019

MECCAcon for all things 2019 is OFFICIALLY a wrap, family!

I want to take time to officially thank everyone for participating and attending my events yesterday, both 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019, the 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019, and the 4th annual MECCAcon Vault book/art signings. It takes a lot of work and even more so dedication to get done what I get done, be it good or bad. I’ve been throwing events locally, nationally, and globally for over 15years, and I’m always amazed at the range of support that I get.

I had my FRIENDS doing the absolute most for me, from promoting, to marketing, to official artwork, to keeping me SANE, lol. Special love going out to N Steven Harris, Jason Reeves, Greg Anderson Elysée, and Dedren Snead.

And then, there were my vendors, filmmakers, panelists, and workshop instructors. From those who had a packed gym for hours with sistas crying in the hallways, to those who didn’t have anyone in their audience and did their shit anyways, nah no one complained one drop to me. I also appreciate Dr. Mayowa Reynolds finding a new space for this year, via Detroit School of Arts, aka DSA.

It takes a LOT to do what I do, even when folks are doing all that they can to see that I can’t. (I gotta whole army of haters, and I’m kinda impressed at how systematic some are, while I chuckle at the sloppiness of others’ executions.) I’m so absolutely grateful for all of you who not only stayed across the block and pulled up to participate JUST as much as those who took planes, trains, and automobiles (LITERALLY) on their OWN dimes.

MASSIVE amounts of love to Tene Dismuke and House of Bastet for transferring a gym into a spiritual oasis! REFLECTIONS ETERNAL : Relaxation Suite was a HUGE success this year. Yoga, Reiki, Massages, and SOOO much more was to be had. ALL that I heard was elevated feedback about Tene and her ENTIRE crew. Thank you SO much for participating in my event. Thank you SO much for doing this SO many times. From belly dancing and more, all I get from Tene is undivided love. She’s believed in me since before day one, and it doesn’t go unnoticed in the least bit. I invite… They pull TF up. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Super mad I didn’t get all of House Of Kofi’s annual wardrobe changes. Apple needs to invent an emoji JUST for you, love.

Panels, panels, and more panels were held this year. There were TEN, lol. Yes… TEN FULL PANELS, from our standard multiple BACK2BLACK, multiple BLACK FILMMAKERS, and BLACK FINE ARTISTS series, to new ones like BACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME, BLACK RESTAURANTEURS, and ENTREPRENOIR, there were MANY, lol.

I wanna thank ALL of you, family. Each and every last panelist and moderator did a wonderful job! Shout out to the moderators who kept me from having to moderate ALL of them this year 🤣🤣 Thanks to both  Lumumba and  Mayowa Reynolds who made sure my film festival went off without a single hitch on Saturday.

At the end of the day, the youth are why I do exactly what I do, each and every year. Mrs Hall of DSA did SO much to prepare these students for , and did it for a year. The students were SUPER excited that their artwork would be seen by so many people from across the country, and were very proud. These babies not only did an artist installation, but many of them also vended. They sold comic and anime illustrations, art, food, and more. They attended and supported the visiting guests, as well as supported both days of the film festival. They promoted MECCACON on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Some passed out flyers & sent mass texts. Some brought their parents AND grandparents, who all also supported our guests. Words cannot properly express how grateful I am to the STUDENTS of DSA.

We are constantly grateful for the authentic love that Curtis Sullivan and Vault of Midnight Detroit has shown us since they opened their doors 4 years ago. Each and every single year, they have let me pull up whenever however, and I love them for that. Thank you to your entire team who since day one have treated me like family. MASSIVELY MASSIVELY MASSIVELY appreciated.

HUGE shot out to Colibri Harris’s ENTIRE family reunion for ALL that they did for MECCAcon, cuz good grief! Videography, photography, promotion, vending, AND live painting workshops for children.

EXTRAAAA special thanks to Xavier Jones, Omega Mallory, and David Chill for being PROLIFICCCC volunteers for me ALL WEEKEND LONG.Words canNOTTT express my gratitude cuz good grief, y’all are amazing. How much we had to do was overwhelming to say the least. I appreciate y’all dedication to my mission. Xavier dealt with HEAVY glitches, and came back like ain’ nuthn’ happen, lolol. David signed up for volunteering like 100000%, & came lookin’ like a Khemtic snack, lololol. Omega has been riding hard for me for YEARS years, lol. We ALL consider this brotha our MECCAcon mascot, lol!

MASSIVELY appreciated in FULL to each and every last person who made this ENTIRE  weekend a success. Videos of panels will be coming severely soon!

 

All love, All light, All progression,

  • Maia “Crown” Williams, MECCAcon founder

 

*** rest in solidarity to baba Lite Shineth and baba Camera El, whom I lost right before and directly after this year’s convention. I love you both, and shall honor your names. Ase oooo ***

 

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4th annual MECCAcon Book/Art Signings #MECCAconVAULT2019

Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA and Vault of Midnight Detroit present::

MECCAcon Book/Art Signings #MECCAconVAULT2019
bit.ly/meccaconvault2019 /                                        https://www.vaultofmidnight.com/events-add/meccacon-bookart-signings 

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FRIDAY, September 20th, 2019
Vault of Midnight – DETROIT
1226 Library Street
Detroit, MI 48226

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rest in SOLID peace to the HUGE supporter and my brother, Dr. Chris Parks!

Participants this year include::

Jahni Kwatre

Nick/Troy Allen

Ezra Daniels

Newton Vilavois

Greg Anderson Elysee 

N Steven Harris 

Dedren Snead 

 

4pm –
Jahni Kwatre
Nick/Troy Allen
5pm –
Ezra Daniels
Newton Vilavois
6pm –
Greg Anderson Elysee
N Steven Harris
Dedren Snead

The Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA is a large comic book convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. MECCA was initially established to instill knowledge in the youth art culture, and mostly focuses on promoting comics, film, and art from black and other indigenous indie creators.

Now in its 6th year, MECCAcon is stronger than ever, and will once again have a special pre-show signing at Vault of Midnight Detroit featuring some of MECCAcon’s stars! This is our 4th year doing signings at VoM!

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Vault Of Midnight’s Prime Directive

To provide our customers with a unique and remarkable shopping experience that confounds the expectations of what is typically associated with a comic shop;

To act as ambassadors for all things geeky and to present our wares as the awesome, fun, and universally accessible pieces of entertainment that they are.

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2010 Eisner Award Winners

In 2010, Vault of Midnight was honored to receive the Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” Award at the San Diego Comic-Con.  It was really cool.

* Don’t forget that Vault of Midnight Detroit validates parking at the Z Parking Garage (located right above VoM!!) for up to two hours with any purchase!

THURSDAY:::
5th annual MECCAcon IFF #meccaconiff2019 Day ONE of the MECCAcon International Film Festival

FRIDAY:::
MECCAcon Book/Art Signings #MECCAconVAULT2019

FRIDAY:::
#MECCACONandCHILL – tba

SATURDAY:::
6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019

SUNDAY:::
13th Annual D-Town Farm Harvest Festival – because we ALWAYS Support baba Malik!

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For all info on all things MECCAcon, please contact founder Maia Crown Williams, AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com.

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6th annual MECCAcon #MECCAconDSA2019

6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019 & 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019 is SATURDAY, September 21st at DSA – Detroit School of Arts!! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

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bit.ly/meccaaconvault2019 :: annual BOOK/ART signings @ Vault of Midnight Detroit

HUGE lineup and program! Get your tickets TODAY!

Comic books, Live art, MECCAcon IFF, Panels, Workshops, Presentations!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU, Detroit!
ALL ages welcome!

DSA Rooms/Floor::::: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th ONLY
(AH) AALIYAH HALL – 4th flr : MECCAcon International Film Festival screenings
(FT) FORD AUDITORIUM – 1st flr : all panels
(TL) THEATER LOBBY- 1st flr : Comic Book / Art / Various vendors
(SA) STUDIO A – 1st flr : food vendors
(CR) CONFERENCE ROOM – Rm 140, 1st flr, across from studio A : food demos
(AG) ART GALLERY- 5th floor : DSA Art Department’s installation
(G) GYMNASIUM- 2nd flr : yoga & belly dancing workshops
(BB) BLACK BOX THEATER – 1st flr : ENTREPRENOIR ROOM
(C106) CLASSROOM, 1st flr : various
(C107) CLASSROOM, flr : all day chill out room, phone charging, eating, etc.

THURSDAY – MECCAcon IFF 2019 (day 1)

600p Queen of Kings – Yasmin Neal – 11m
615p The Adulterer – Gian Francisco Smith, Bobby Yan – 14m
635p Almost Home – George Simon – 12m
650p 705p The Camera Loves Kaila – Michael Lindsey – 15m
710p Girl Icon – Sadah Espii Proctor – 8m
725p Lucid – Jumai Yusuf – 5m
735p Wildflower – Jumai Yusuf – 6m
745p How To Power A City: Highland Park – Melanie La Rosa – 10m
800p Parallel Lines: Exploring the Intersection of Comics & Hip-Hop – Mike Davis – 7m
810p Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba – Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi – 48m

FRIDAY – BOOK Signings, Vault Of Midnight Detroit

4pm- Jahni Kwatre, Nick/Troy Allen
5pm, Ezra Daniels, Newton Vilavois
6pm- Greg Anderson Elysee, N Steven Harris, Dedren Snead

SATURDAY – MECCAcon International Film Festival (day 2)

1100a Wildflower – Jumai Yusuf – 6m
1110a T.E.C.H. Dream Sweet – Brandon Dean Johnson – 11m
1125a Training Wheels – Sanicole – 14m
1145a Malika: Warrior Queen – YouNeek Studios – 15m
1205p Sela – Rafieka Davis – 25m
1235p Enoch – Yasmin Neal – 3m
1240p The Refugee Restauranteurs – Michael Steves/ Mamba Hamissi – 6m
1245p – 1255p BREAK
100p Ballet After Dark – Brittany B Monét Fennell – 17m
120p If There Is Light – Hales Elizabeth Anderson – 22m
145p – Cold Sweat: Chapter 1 WHAM! – Wi-Moto Nyoka 17m
205p Something for Cyitra – Jahni Kwatrae – 25m
230p – 300p BREAK
305p Right On – Zachary Cornell Cunningham – 13m
320p Love Tap – Gian Francisco Smith – 14m
340p Manhood – Rodney Stringfellow – 12m
355p Knock Knock – Kennikki Jones-Jones – 14m
415p Showtime – Shawn Antoine II – 15m
435p Loreen’s Gotta Boogie – Bobby Yan – 12m
450p K.I.N.G. – Rashad Frett – 13ms
505pm A Dark Foe – Maria Gabriela Cardenas – 1h55m

SATURDAY – CONVENTION SCHEDULE – DSA

11a – 7p (AG) ::: ARTIST INSTALLATION. DSA’s Art Department. Curated by Mrs. Hall
11a 12p
(TL) Artist Alley opens
(G) WOOSAH: A lesson in Satya and Tapas (yoga)
12p – 7p :: (TL) FIYAH TV presentations (all day at their table in the Theatre Lobby)
12p – 1p
(FA) BACK2BLACK : Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today’s Comics panel, pt1
Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Jahni Kwatre
Newton Lilavois
Greg Anderson Elysee
Devon Camel
JM Hunter
(C106) SETTING UP YOUR TWITCH workshop
Asia Animenesia
1p – 4p :: REFLECTION ETERNAL – Relaxation suite w/ House of Bastet
Relaxation & Stretching Techniques
Belly Dancing Workshop
Movement Meditation
1p – 2p
(FA) BLACK FILMMAKERS panel, pt1
Jahni Kwatre
Zachery Cunningham
Kennikki Jones-Jones
Wi-moto Nyoka
Gian Francisco Smith
(SA) COOKING WITH QUE – vegan food demo
Quiana Broden/ The Kitchen
(C106) THE ART OF STORYTELLIN’
N Steven Harris (DC Comics, AJALA: A Series of Adventures)
2p – 3p
(FA) FINE ARTS PANEL – moderated by Nic Notion
M Saffell Gardner
Judy Bowman
Darius Baber
Nic Notion
BNICK (Brian Nickson)
Ijania Cortez
BLACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME – Gaming round table discussion
@Asia Animenesia
@BlackGirlGamerCode/ Brandi JABIYA
@Kikyo_Bri
3pm – 7pm :: (BB) ENTREPRENOIR Room – presented by Black Business Finder
$50 Professional Headshots to the public
FREE Photo Shoots/ Headshots for MECCAcon Participants
Interviews w/ MECCAcon Participants
ENTREPRENOIR Panel – see below, 6pm
3p – 4p
(FA) BLACK RESTAURANTEURS panel
Cooking w/ Que/ Quiana Broden
Baobab Fare / Mamba Hamissi
Yumvillage/ Godwin Ihentuge
Paradise Natural Foods/ Mama Nezaa
(C106) HEAD WRAPPING Workshop w/ MY ROYALTY WRAPS
Ya Ya Abdulah
4p – 5p
(FA) BACK2BLACK: Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today’s Comics panel, pt2
N Steven Harris
Nick Allen
Kofi Brown
TJ Sterling
Dedren Snead
Horacio Hall
5p – 6p
(FA) BLACK FILMMAKERS Panel, pt2 :: 500pm – 600pm
Shawn Antoine II
Bobby Yan
Yasmin Neal
Sanicole
Rashad Frett
(C106) ELEMENTAL : BLACK SCI-FI READING/AUTHOR SESSION
M. Haynes
6p – 7p
(FA) BLACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME – panel
@Asia Animenesia
@BlackGirlGamerCode/ Brandi JABIYA
@Kikyo_Bri
(BB) ENTREPRENOIR panel w/ Black Business Finder/ Cartiar Matlock
Sheila Patrick / Flo’s Boutique
Nefertiti Harris / Textures Natural Hair Salon
Jamii/ Kan Bookstore
Fiyah TV / Aigbe Idahosa
7p – EVENT CLOSES
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ART PANEL 2019

THURSDAY :: 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019, day 1
FRIDAY :: MECCAcon Book/Art Signings #MECCAconVAULT2019
SATURDAY :: 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019 AND 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019 (day 2)

What meccacon

$10…
TOTAL…
… for an ENTIRE DAY.

Get your tickets, family.
filmfreeway.com/meccaconiff/tickets

40 vendors from across the country.
8 panels.
26 MECCAcon IFF films. (some will also be on Thursday)
11 workshops.
Food demos.
Vegan & African/Caribbean food vendors.
11 multi award winning, heavily credited filmmaker panelists and film talks.
6 floor arts high school.

Black box theater.
800 seat, 3 floor theater.
Aaliyah Hall.
Multiple classrooms.
Large breakout room.
Large multipurpose room.
Theatre lobby.
Ticket box.
Gymnasium.
Art gallery.

 

 


AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com (volunteering and participating)
bit.ly/meccacondsa2019 (full convention info)
FilmFreeway.com/MECCAconIFF/tickets (film fest info & ALL tickets for EVERYTHING including CONVENTION)

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MECCAcon IFF 2019 Schedule

The 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 at the 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019 is September 19 & 21. Get your all inclusive tickets TODAY!

VOLUNTEER APP ::
https://forms.gle/t6U7e4ZZjJXEt8T79

THURSDAY, September 19 – 6pm-9pm
SATURDAY, September 21 – 11am-7pm

 

5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
** times subject to change **
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! Scroll down below for film descriptions!

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THURSDAY – (day 1)

600p Queen of Kings – Yasmin Neal – 11m
615p The Adulterer – Gian Francisco SmithBobby Yan – 14m
635p Almost Home – George Simon – 12m
650p 705p The Camera Loves Kaila – Michael Lindsey – 15m
710p Girl Icon – Sadah Espii Proctor – 8m
725p Lucid – Jumai Yusuf – 5m
735p Wildflower – Jumai Yusuf – 6m
745p How To Power A City: Highland Park – Melanie La Rosa – 10m
800p Parallel Lines: Exploring the Intersection of Comics & Hip-Hop – Mike Davis – 7m
810p Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba – Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi – 48m

 

 

 

SATURDAY – (day 2)

1100a Wildflower – Jumai Yusuf – 6m
1110a T.E.C.H. Dream Sweet – Brandon Dean Johnson – 11m
1125a Training Wheels – Sanicole – 14m
1145a Malika: Warrior Queen – YouNeek Studios – 15m
1205p Sela – Rafieka Davis – 25m
1235p Enoch – Yasmin Neal – 3m
1240p The Refugee Restauranteurs – Michael Steves/ Mamba Hamissi – 6m

1245p – 1255p BREAK

100p Ballet After Dark – Brittany B Monét Fennell – 17m
120p If There Is Light – Hales Elizabeth Anderson – 22m
145p – Cold Sweat: Chapter 1 WHAM! – Wi-Moto Nyoka 17m
205p Something for Cyitra – Jahni Kwatrae – 25m

230p – 300p BREAK

 

305p Right On – Zachary Cornell Cunningham – 13m
320p Love Tap – Gian Francisco Smith – 14m
340p Manhood – Rodney Stringfellow – 12m
355p Knock Knock – Kennikki Jones-Jones – 14m
415p Showtime – Shawn Antoine II – 15m
435p Lorraine’s Gotta Boogie – Bobby Yan – 15m
450p K.I.N.G. – Rashad Frett – 13ms

500pm A Dark Foe – Maria Gabriela Cardenas  – 1h55m

 

Black Filmmakers Panel, pt1 :: 100pm – 200pm
Jahni Kwatre
Zachery Cunningham
Kennikki Jones-Jones
Wi-moto Nyoka
Gian Francisco Smith

Black Filmmakers Panel, pt2 :: 500pm – 600pm
Shawn Antoine iii
Bobby Yan
Yasmin Neal
Sanicole
Rashad Frett
Rodney Stringfellow

 

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CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

** 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019 schedule coming soon.

Illustration and colors by multi award winning comic artist, N Steven Harris.

 

MECCAcon IFF at and during the 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019/ Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA will be fully held at DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School.

Times are length of film. schedule will be posted at a later date.
Submissions/Tickets/Info — bit.ly/meccaconiff2019

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MECCAcon International Film Festival, aka MECCAcon IFF, founded in 2014 and registered under Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, highlights independent films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. We always have some of the best filmmakers in our festivals. We believe in showcasing GREATNESS to the public eye! Filmmakers in the past have included but aren’t limited to: Jackie JJ Stone, Yolonda Ross, Evita Castine, Bobby Yan, Stefon Bristol, Nadia Sasso, Jay Woo, Mariama Diallo, Darius Clark Monroe, James Bland, Xavier Burgin, Derek Dow, Ka’ramuu Kush, dream hampton, Donnie Leapheart, Gabrielle Tesfaye, Eliciana Nascimento, Nosa Igbideon, Korstiaan Vandiver, Daye Rogers, and many more.

 

 

 

MECCAcon is elated to announce that we will be holding the film festival (as well as the convention it coincides with) at DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School. DSA is a nationally renowned Arts and Academic high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum, with pre-professional study in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music Technology, Dance, Theater, Speech, Radio/Television production, Visual Arts and Visual Communications. The Detroit School of Arts is one of four magnet schools in Detroit, where the others are Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Communication & Media Arts High School. Entrance to Detroit School of Arts is based on an audition that takes place at the end of a student’s eighth grade year. Students are required to declare a major of study i.e. Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, etc.

For all volunteer inquiries, please contact us at AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com.

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FEATURED FILMS: click photo to watch trailers:

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K.I.N.G.  by Rashad Frett :: A troubled teen ventures into an unfamiliar city seeking a bond with his estranged father.

 

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BAKOSO- AFROBEATS OF CUBA by Ali Jacobs-Fantauzzi :: What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

 

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RIGHT ON by Zachary Cunningham :: Set in Detroit during 1968, an aspiring writer looks to change the narrative of the ’67 rebellion with his words. Everything is going according to plan until he and his family hear on the radio that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just been shot.

 

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MALIKA- WARRIOR QUEEN by Uneek Studios :: Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander, Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of circumstances, splitting the Kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa.

 

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HOW TO POWER A CITY by Melanie La Rosa :: When the utility repossesses over 1,000 streetlights in Highland Park, Michigan, the community unites to restore them. But this town is not willing to return to something that wasn’t working in the first place — instead, a group of community activists create wifi enabled solar powered streetlights and start holding energy trainings.

 

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SHOWTIME by Shawn Antoine II :: Darius and Hakeem dance on New York City trains to earn honest money and escape the crime-riddled streets of Harlem. A woman sees Darius dancing on the train and offers him an opportunity to audition for a Juilliard travel dance team. Hakeem is jealous that Darius may pursue this opportunity. Hakeem begins to sell drugs with the neighborhood goon TJ and succumb to the crime in Harlem. Darius is faced with the decision to pursue this life-changing opportunity or help keep Hakeem out of trouble.

 

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TRAINING WHEELS by Sanicole :: An incredibly gifted little girl uses her telepathic powers to bring her wayward father home.

 

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LOREEN’S GOTTA BOOGIE by Bobby Yan :: It’s 1978. Loreen is torn between her dreams of being a Soul Train Dancer & honoring her traditional Filipino heritage.

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#MECCAconSSU2018 Registration, Info

***** PLEASE SHARE ******
MECCAconSSU2018.eventbrite.com (tickets)

*** MECCAcon Savannah 2018 #MECCAconSSU2018 ***
presented by
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA

SATURDAY, November 3, 2018
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

GEORGIA- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held nationally and globally, and established in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.


Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon IFF registered under Ava DuVernay‘s company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
https://meccacon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest for film applications

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

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COMIC BOOKS
FINE ART
INDIE FILM FEST
ILLUSTRATION
AFROFUTURISM
SPECULATIVE FICTION
SCIENCE FICTION
GAMING
SCI-FI
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Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
#BACK2BLACK Creators panel
MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panel
BLACK PUBLISHERS panel
THE NERDS OF COLOR panel
SOUTHERN FRIED ASIAN live podcast
and MUCH more!!

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We are proud to announce that we are being sponsored by the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University (CISSU) is committed to promoting intercultural understanding; knowledge of China and its cultural traditions and providing resources to facilitate the learning of Chinese language and culture. The mission of the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University To serve as a platform that promotes intercultural understanding in the U.S., as well as the study of Chinese language and culture (including art, music and literature), and to enhance educational exchange between the US and China.
 


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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.

https://meccacon.wordpress.com/
Http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/
Http://twitter.com/MECCAcon
Http://Facebook.com/midwestethnicconventionforcomicsandarts
http://facebook.com/meccaconinternationalfilmfestival


For vending, paneling/presenting, film submissions, volunteering, and info, please contact founder, Maia Crown Williams,
CEO, MECCAcon and MECCAcon International Film Festival, co-founder, Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM)​.

http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/
313-451-0297, AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com

 


Art from a page from the award winning comic book series, Ajala: A Series of Adventures, created by writer Robert Garrett and artist N Steven Harris. Harris is available for commission.

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OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS

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5th annual #MECCAcon2018 / #MECCAconSSU2018

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS ::

Want to hold an educational class workshop for college, high school, and/or middle school students?

Would you love to be a featured vendor at Detroit Public Library?? Savannah State University??

Wanna try your hand at holding a panel, workshop, seminar?

Would you like to do a QnA with your comics, afrofuturist, or speculative music video?

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Looking to have your film as an official selection for MECCAcon International Film Festival?

Are you an author who’d like to have a book signing at Vault of Midnight Detroit or Source Booksellers?

Interested in holding a cypher? Drum circle?

THE LIST GOES ON… we CONTINUE to cover it ALL at Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA!!
We believe that ART has MANY mediums, family!

REACH OUT TODAY!! We are celebrating FIVE YEARS!

For more info, please contact founder, Maia Crown Williams, at AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com, 3134510297.

 

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Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.

Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay’s company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
https://meccacon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest for applications/info

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

2018 Guests include:

Jason Reeves
N Steven Harris
Shawn Martinbrough
Shawna MIlls
Mad Twiinz Mike Davis
Chuck Collins
Jonathan Gayles
The Art Of Ed Watson
Greg Anderson Elysée
Kim Eggleston
Jen Slotterback
Karl Bollers
Kurt Bollers
Brian Johnson
SoveReign Comics LLC
Bill Campbell
Cherie Ann Turpin
Mike Davis
Jermaine Curtis Dickerson
Aiesha Little
Tony Patrick
Artist Jason Phillips
Deon Howard
Kofi Brown/ HOUSE OF KOFI
The Ghetto Nerd
Nick Allen
Miguel Blanco
B Van Randall
Matthew Mcr Ellison II
Eileen Kaur Alden
Giallo Gumbo
Kenya Moss-Dyme
Mya Lairis
Devon Camel
Gil Ashby
and MORE!

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COMIC BOOKS
FINE ART
INDIE FILM FEST
ILLUSTRATION
AFROFUTURISM
STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS,
GAMING
SCI-FI

 

Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNKMECCAcon BLACK HOLLYWOOD panels (series)
MECCAcon BLACK ANIMATION panel (series)
MECCAcon BLACK SHORT FILM panel (series)
SCREENWRITING workshops
STORYBOARDING workshops
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT workshops
BLACK MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panels (series)
#BACK2BLACK COMIC CREATORS panel (series)
MECCAcon Signings at Vault of Midnight
MECCAcon Concert at Detroit Orchestra Hall
Live art workshop w/ Gil Ashby
and MUCH more!!

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MECCAcon BOOK/ART SIGNINGS at both Vault of Midnight Detroit and Source Booksellers take place each year, the days before! Check event page for all details to come!

CONVENTION, MECCACON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, 9/15/2018, 10a-5p, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI

STROHAM HALL (3rd floor, vendors)
(A/L) arts/literature room
(OFA) Old fine arts room (iron gate)

(FA) FRIENDS AUDITORIUM (theatre) – Film Festival

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click here for photos from past MECCAcon/BSAM events!
https://www.facebook.com/blackSpeculativ…/…/1791341041159281

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FIFTH annual #MECCAcon2018 !!

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illustration by Jason Reeves. Colors by Luis Guerrero, both of 133art.com

***** PLEASE SHARE ******
MECCAcon2018.eventbrite.com (tickets)

*** 5th annual #MECCAcon2018 ***
presented by
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA

THURSDAY, September 13, 2018
Source Booksellers

FRIDAY, September 14, 2018
Vault of Midnight Detroit

SATURDAY, September 15, 2018
Detroit Public Library – MAIN branch

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DETROIT- Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.

Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay’s company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate, as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Daye Flowers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Abdul Nnadi, Jay Sweet, Pete Tekei Muhumuza, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, and many more.
https://meccacon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest for film applications

Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!

click here for photos from past MECCAcon/BSAM events!
https://www.facebook.com/blackSpeculativeArtsMovement/posts/1791341041159281

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2018 Guests include:

Jason Reeves
N Steven Harris
Shawn Martinbrough
Shawna MIlls
Mad Twiinz Mike Davis
Chuck Collins
Jonathan Gayles
The Art Of Ed Watson
Shawn Alleyne
Miguel Blanco
Greg Anderson Elysée
Kim Eggleston
Jen Slotterback
Karl Bollers
Kurt Bollers
Brian Johnson
SoveReign Comics LLC
Bill Campbell
Cherie Ann Turpin
Mike Davis
Amber Johnson
Jermaine Curtis Dickerson
Aiesha Little
Tony Patrick
Artist Jason Phillips
Deon Howard
Kofi Brown/ HOUSE OF KOFI
The Ghetto Nerd
Nick Allen
Miguel Blanco
B Van Randall
Matthew Mcr Ellison II
Eileen Kaur Alden
Giallo Gumbo
Kenya Moss-Dyme
Mya Lairis
Devon Camel
Gil Ashby
and MORE!

COMIC BOOKS
FINE ART
INDIE FILM FEST
ILLUSTRATION
AFROFUTURISM
STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS,
GAMING
SCI-FI

Comic Artist Alley/ vendors
MECCAcon International Film festival
STEAMPUNK workshop w/ Aiesha Little
#BACK2BLACK Creators panel
MECCAcon Signings at Vault of Midnight
Live art workshop w/ Gil Ashby
MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panel
BLACK PUBLISHERS panel
and MUCH more!!

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MECCAcon Signings at Source Booksellers and Vault of Midnight Detroit​ take place each year, the days before! Check event page for all details to come!

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CONVENTION, MECCACON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, 9/15/2018, 10a-5p, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI

STROHAM HALL (3rd floor, vendors)
(A/L) arts/literature room
(OFA) Old fine arts room (iron gate)

(FA) FRIENDS AUDITORIUM (theatre) – Film Festival

___________________________________

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.

https://meccacon.wordpress.com
Http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/
Http://twitter.com/MECCAcon
Http://Facebook.com/midwestethnicconventionforcomicsandarts

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSALS IN NOW for all things 5th annual #MECCAcon2018!! PANELS | WORKSHOPS | PRESENTATIONS | ++

GO HERE FOR ALL INFO —>> https://wp.me/p5ETR1-Wu

 

for vending, paneling/presenting, film submissions, volunteering, and info, please contact founder, Maia Crown Williams,
CEO, MECCAcon and MECCAcon International Film Festival, CO-CEO, Black Speculative Arts Movement​.
http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/
313-451-0297, AmonyetEnterprises@gmail.com
Official illustration and colors by 133art– Jason Reeves, Luis Guerrero.

click here for photos from past MECCAcon/BSAM events!
https://www.facebook.com/blackSpeculativeArtsMovement/posts/1791341041159281

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED… like… NEEDED needed, tho.

Peace, family! As you know, DSA (Detroit School of Arts), is a 6 floor, VERY large, VERY long high school. Being that this wonderful school (founded by a BLACK woman, Dr. Cotton) is the official home to our convention and film festival this year:

 

We are in absolute need of volunteers for both #MECCAconDSA2019 and #MECCAconIFF2019!!

apply HERE:: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/1722580254436196 

or HERE::  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIb4Z4nT72b1sAahX03G9tJ5DEkooaNtbHIyaJQfPenfrg4Q/viewform 

 

 

We will need volunteers for setup, room directing, our film festival, and break down!  We also are taking donations of water, fruit, and snacks for our participants and fellow volunteers!

 

MULTIPLE SHIFTS TO CHOOSE FROM!

  • THURSDAY, Sept 19th
    • 5pm – 10pm
    • 5pm – 8pm
    • 7pm – 10pm
  • SATURDAY, Sept 21st
    • 9am – 2pm
    • 12pm – 5pm
    • 3pm – 8pm
    • 11am -7pm

 

Please help us spread the word so this event, our 6th year in Detroit AND widely across the U.S. and abroad, can be as successful as possible!

– Crown

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For TICKETS, click HERE!

West Village Comics, a New Manhattan Comic Store from Kurt Bollers – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

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My big brother, and HEAVVVVVY MECCAcon alum, Kurt Bollers, is opening his very own comic book shop in NYC!! Check out the full story below via Bleeding Cool!! Kurt is also is the brother of Valiant editor Karl Bollers.

Source: West Village Comics, a New Manhattan Comic Store from Kurt Bollers – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

THIS HORROR GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH BLACK BISEXUAL PROTAGONIST CHALLENGES STEREOTYPES

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“Written by Greg Anderson Elysée in partnership with editor and creator Marcel Dupree, this latest creation is breaking boundaries left and right as it not only features a BLACK male lead… but a BISEXUAL BLACK male lead at that. The story follows Oliver Solomon, a private investigator who’s ‘haunted by a hereditary curse in which his heart serves as a lock and vessel to an ancient evil called the Void, who is bent on the destruction of life and conflicting chaos’, and as he stands outsider to his peers- “a femme fatale comes into his life and gets him tangled into a strange and dangerous case”, Elysée explains…”

 

Check out the FULL STORY BELOW via Afropunk!

http://afropunk.com/2018/05/this-horror-graphic-novel-with-black-bisexual-protagonist-challenges-stereotypes/

A Brand New Funk: Biofunk comes to Afrofuturism! — Chronicles of Harriet

It all started with Steamfunk – a style of writing and visual aesthetic that combines the culture and approach to life of people of African descent with that of the Steampunk aesthetic. Next came Dieselfunk – fiction, film and fashion that combine the style and mood of Dieselpunk – Steampunk’s grittier sibling – with African […]

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A Brand New Funk: Biofunk comes to Afrofuturism! — Chronicles of Harriet

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