Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Friday, January 18, 2019, 12 noon


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, January 18 from 12 PM - 7:30PM and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM to 7:30PM. The full program will be announced at a later date. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.

Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly-anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more. Black Comic Book Festival participants are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and to register on-site for the annual cosplay show.

Participants are also invited to contribute to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books by bringing single copies of old or new titles from their home collection. All donations will become a part of the Schomburg’s unique and growing archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement.

The Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival art was created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (@mredgardonyc), writer & creator of @LaBorinquenaComics.

For festival updates, follow the Schomburg Center on Twitter and Instagram @SchomburgCenter, #BlackComicBookFest.

For questions about the Schomburg Center 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival program, email

For interviews and on-site media requests, email

Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

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Event Information:

  • Fri, Jan 18, 2019 to Fri, Jan 18, 2019
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