Welcome to BCAF2017!

The Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African Americans’ creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate. The two-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more.

A partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, BCAF is a festival of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation and is part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in San Francisco. In 2015 USA Today's editors and readers selected BCAF as one of the ten best art festivals in the U.S. So, join us in San Francisco, and experience BCAF2017!

And consider donating to NorcalMLK and helping us to keep BCAF free and open to the public.

Event Schedule
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635 Mission Street
San Francisco



Marriott Marquis
San Francisco



Marriott Marquis
San Francisco



635 Mission Street
San Francisco



San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco



San Francisco



City View at Metreon
135 4th Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco

Special Guests (Partial list. For regular updates, subscribe below or grab our Update feed.)

- Hollywood Shuffle
- Eddie Murphy Raw
- The Five Heartbeats
- Meteor Man
- The Parent ‘Hood
- B*A*P*S
- Jackie’s Back
- Up, Up, and Away
- Carmen: A Hip Hopera
- 10,000 Black Men Named George
- Black Listed
- Phantom Punch
- In the Hive
- Playin’ for Love

Robert Townsend

- Black Comix (Mark Batty Publishers)
- The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Rutgers)(2016 Eisner Award Winner)
- Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams)
- Blue Hand Mojo (Rosarium)
- Kid Code (Rosarium)
- Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection (Cedar Grove)
- Pitch Black Rainbow (Rosarium)
- APB: Artists Against Police Brutality (Rosarium)
- Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics (Krannert Art Museum)
- African American Classics - Graphic Classics, Vol. 22 (Eureka Productions)
- The Hole: Consumer Culture, Volume 1 (Front Forty Press)

John Jennings

Author|Media Scholar
- The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Rutgers) (2016 Eisner Award Winner)
- A Powerful Thang: Agency and Identity in African American Women's Films
- A Critical Filmography of Korean Films (Caboose Press)
- Cultural Identity and Cinema in South Korea (SUNY Press)
- Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (Wayne State University Press)
- Sugar Spice and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State University Press)

Frances Gateward

- Super Justice Force: The Adventures of Darius Logan (Drapetomedia, LLC)
- Shaft (Dynamite Comics)
- Cyborg (DC)
- Powerman & Iron Fist (Marvel)
- Nighthawk (Marvel)
- Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (Marvel)
- Number 13 (Dark Horse)

David Walker

5-Time Eisner Award-winner
4-Time Wizard Mag. Best Writer
3-Time Comics Buyers Guide Best Writer
2010 Inkpot Award recipient
- Ultimate Spider-Man 1-133 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Marvel Team-Up (April, 2001-July, 2002) (Marvel)
- Spider-Man 3: The Black (Marvel)
- The Amazing Spider-Man #600-601 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 2 1-15, 150-160 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 1-28 (Marvel)
- Spider-Men (Marvel)
- Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man (Marvel)
- Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man 1-12 (Marvel)
- Spider-Man vol. 2 #1 (Marvel)
- Daredevil: Ninja (Marvel)
- Daredevil vol. 2 16-19, 26-50, 56-818 (Marvel)
- Elektra vol. 2 1-6 (Marvel)
- What If... Karen Page Had Lived? (Marvel)
- Daredevil: End of Days (Marvel)
- Alias (Marvel)
- A Moment of Silence: "Moment of Silence: A True Story" (Marvel)
- Ultimate X-Men 34-45 (Marvel)
- All-New X-Men: vol. 1, 1-41 (Marvel)
- Uncanny X-Men: vol. 3, 1-35 (Marvel)
- X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Fantastic Four 1-6 (Marvel)
- Secret War (Marvel)
- The Pulse 1-14 (Marvel)
- Avengers (Marvel)
- New Avengers 1-64 (Marvel)
- Mighty Avengers 1-20 (Marvel)
- Dark Avengers 1-16 (Marvel)
- Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: Heroic Age (Marvel)
- New Avengers vol. 2 1-34 (Marvel)
- Avengers Prime (Marvel)
- Avengers Assemble vol. 2 1-8 (Marvel)
- House of M (Marvel)
- Spider-Woman: Origin (Marvel)
- Spider-Woman 1-7 (Marvel)
- Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange (Marvel)
- Ultimate Power 1-3 (Marvel)
- Halo: Uprising (Marvel)
- Secret Invasion (Marvel)
- Ultimate Origins 1-5 (Marvel)
- Dark Reign: New Nation, oneshot, "Secret Warriors: Declaration" (Marvel)
- Secret Warriors 1-6 (Marvel)
- Siege (Marvel)
- Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! #1, "Modern Love" (Marvel)
- Ultimate Comics: Doomsday (Marvel)
- Moon Knight 1-12 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Comics: Fallout 1-2, 4, 6 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs. X-Men 0-1, 8, 11 (Marvel)
- Age of Ultron (Marvel)
- Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand (Marvel)
- Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 0.1, 1-27, (Marvel)
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers, one-shot (Marvel)
- Guardians Team-Up 1-2 (Marvel)
- Guardians of Knowhere (Marvel)
- Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 4 1-ongoing (Marvel)
- Survive! (Marvel)
- Ultimate End (Marvel)
- Old Man Logan vol. 1 (Marvel)
- Invincible Iron Man vol. 2 1-ongoing (Marvel)
- International Iron Man #1-ongoing (Marvel)
- Civil War II (Marvel)
- Powers (Icon)
- Scarlet (Icon)
- Takio (Icon)
- Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm (Icon)
- Brilliant 1-4 (Marvel)
- Quivers 1-2 (Caliber)
- Parts of a Hole (Caliber)
- Sinergy 2 (Caliber)
- The Realm 1-4 (Caliber)
- Fire 1-2 (Caliber)
- High Cliber: An Anthology of Original Visions (Caliber)
- Negative Burn (Caliber)
- A.K.A. Goldfish (Caliber)
- Flaxen: Alter Ego (Caliber)
- Jinx (Caliber)
- Nowheresville: The History of Cool (Caliber)
- Jinx 1-5 (Image)
- Total Sell Out (Image)
- Torso 1-6 (Image)
- Sam and Twitch (Image)
- Lili 0 (Image)
- Powers (Image)
- Hellspawn 1-5 (Image)
- H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu: The Festival 1-3 (Millennium Publications)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Marquis 1 (Malibu)
- Angels of Destruction (Malibu)
- Noir 2 (CFD Productions)
- Fortune and Gory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story 1-3 (Oni Press)
- Batman Chronicles 21 (DC)
- Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings (Dark Horse)

Brian Michael Bendis

- Fierce (Dark Horse)
- Bayou (DC)
- G.I. Joe: Frontline (Image)
- African American Classics - Graphic Classics, Vol. 22 (Eureka Productions)
- Midnight Mover (Oni Press)
- Shadow Rock (Dark Horse)
- Chocolate Thunder (Gettosake)

Jeremy Love

- Fierce (Dark Horse)
- Number 13 (Dark Horse)
- Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
- Alpha Girl (Dark Horse)
- Never Ending (Dark Horse)
- Amelia Cole and the Unknown World (monkeybrain Comics)
- Shadow Rock (Dark Horse)
- Chocolate Thunder (Gettosake)

Robert Love

- Black Panther - World of Wakanda (Marvel)
- Blade (Marvel)
- Captain Marvel Vol. 3 Alis Volat Propriis (Marvel)
- FCBD 2016 Attack on Titan Anthology Preview (Kodansha Comics)
- All-Star Batman #1 (DC)
- Wonder Woman (DC)
- Lady Danger, Agent of B.O.O.T.I. (Dark Horse)
- Top Cow First Look: Volume 1 (Image)
- Genius (Image)
- African American Classics - Graphic Classics, Vol.22 (Eureka Productions)
- Magicians of the Gods (Hodder and Stoughton)

Afua Richardson

- The Between (HarperCollins)
- The Good House (Simon and Schuster)
- Joplin’s Ghost (Simon and Schuster)
- Naked Came the Manatee
The African Immortals Series
- My Soul to Keep (HarperCollins)
- The Living Blood (Simon and Schuster)
- Blood Colony (Simon and Schuster)
- My Soul to Take (Simon and Schuster)
The Tennyson Hardwick novels
- Casanegra (Simon and Schuster)
- In the Night of the Heat (Simon and Schuster)
- From Cape Town with Love (Simon and Schuster)
- South by Southeast (Simon and Schuster)

Tananarive Due

- The Liminal People (Small Beer Press)
- The Liminal War (Small Beer Press)
- The Entropy of Bones (Small Beer Press)

Ayize Jama-Everett

- DayBlack (Rosarium)
- APB: Artists Against Police Brutality (Rosarium)

Keef Cross

Writer|Author|Media Commentator
- Diary of an Afrogeek

Shawn Taylor

- The Gatecrashers #2: Next Drop (Ghost Robot)
- Hyperion #1 (Marvel)
- Street Fighter Tribute (UDON)

Shawna Mills

- Horizon (Image)
- The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury (Archaia)
- Voltron (Dynamite Comics)
- X-Force Shatterstar (Marvel)
- Tales of the Thing (Marvel)
- The Amazing Spiderman (Marvel)
- Spiderman Unlimited (Marvel)
- Civil War II: Choosing Sides (Marvel)
- Marvel Age Fantastic Four Tales (Marvel)
- Robin (DC)
- Youngblood Genesis (Arcade)
- Nitrogen (Arcade)
- Image+ (Image)

Brandon Thomas

- 1001 Black Men: An Online Sketch Book (8-Rock.com)
- Gender Studies
- The Little Book of Big, Black Bears
- A Blues for Black Santa
- Before Harlem: An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century (Univ. Tennessee Press)
- Inventing Black Women: African American Poets and Self-Representation 1877-2000 (Univ. Tennessee Press)

Ajuan Mance

- Cyborg II (DC)
- Class Act
- Urban Reggie
- Creeporia
- The Adventures of Chuck & Friends
- Pink Panther & Pals
- The Little Soul and the Sun
- Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures
- Kong: The Animated Series
- Static Shock
- Kong: The Animated Series
- Static Shock
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- The Incredible Hulk
- Extreme Ghostbusters
- Spider-Man
- The Puzzle Place
- Kid 'n' Play
- DuckTales
- Fraggle Rock
- Bionic Six
- Moon Dreamers
- Kissyfur
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
- The Jetsons
- Snorks
- The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
- The Smurfs
- SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
- Pink Panther and Sons
- The Biskitts
- The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
- Walter, Woody and the World of Animation
- Woody Woodpecker and His Friends
- Shirt Tales

John Semper, Jr.

- Agent Carter (Marvel)
- Transformers Rescue Bots: Tip of the Iceberg (Discovery Networks)
- Thundercats: The Soul Sever (Marvel)
- Brave New Souls
- Civil War II: Choosing Sides 1 (Marvel)
- Transformers: Deviations (IDW)
- Deviations (IDW)
- Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven (Lion Forge)
- The Joshua Run 1 - 8 (Lion Forge)
- Roboy 1 - 6 (Lion Forge)
- Watson and Holmes 6 (New Paradigm)
- Shadowlaw (Arcana)
- All Six #1’s (451)
- Bad Moon Rising (451)
- Armarauders (Mecha Workshop)
- Arkanium (Dreamwave)
- Miles Away (Antarctic)

Brandon Easton

- Black Comix (Rosarium)
- Kid Code (Rosarium)
- APB: Artists Against Police Brutality (Rosarium)
- Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics (Krannert Art Museum)
- The Hole: Consumer Culture, Volume 1 (Front Forty Press)

Damian Duffy

- Kid Code (Rosarium)
- APB: Artists Against Police Brutality (Rosarium)
- Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection (Cedar Grove)

Stacey Robinson

- Everfair (Tor Books)
- Filter House (Aquaduct)
- Strange Matings (Aquaduct)
- Writing the Other (Aquaduct)
- Fantastic Tories of the Imaginations (Wilder)
- Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium)
- Indescribable Ossuary (Alliteration InK)
- The WisCon Chronicles: Writing and Racial Identity (Aquaduct)
- Fantastic Stories Present the Dragon Super Pack (Positronic Publishing)
- Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career of a ChessPlaying Automation (Fiery Studios)
- Something More and More (Aquaduct)
- Like a Coming Wave: Oceanic Erotica(Circlet)

Nisi Shawl

Event Information

BCAF activities are free and open to the public, unless specifically noted. Admission to events are on a first-come first-served basis.

Yes. If you are attending the BCAF expo on Monday, feel free to dress in tasteful cosplay. Because BCAF2017 is a part of the annual MLK celebrations in San Francisco, On Monday, January 16, thousands of celebrants will be gathering for the many other activities at Yerba Buena.

Both venues are readily accessible by public transit and are easily located, if one uses paid, private transport services.
For those catching BART the San Francisco Public library is located one block north of the Civic Center station. Yerba Buena Gardens is located directly one block south of the Powell Street station.
Local public transit, SF MUNI, has many transit options from throughout San Francisco to BCAF. Check with these services to locate your best transit options.

As a practical matter, San Francisco weather is generally mild year-round. Last year, we experienced some heavy rains leading up to the event as part of the El Nino winter weather pattern. However, for the five years prior to last year's event, we had unseasonably warm weather. We expect the temperature to still be mild (upper 50s - mid 60s). Continue to check your weather reports as the date approaches.
There are numerous hotels, from luxury to economy, in direct proximity to Yerba Buena Gardens. NorcalMLK generally partners with certain hotels to get discounted rates for our guests. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest information on these hotels.
Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of other special offers they may have.

We have two main ways to support BCAF: sponsorship and volunteering. Contact us via our contact for below to let us know your interest. Also, subscribe to us below.

The best way to stay informed is by linking to us on Twitter and Facebook by ubscribing to our newsletter and We want to here from you. So, shoot us an email on the form above, and we will endeavor to respond to your query with 48 hours.
As the event approaches, we expect a greater number of questions coming in. So, if you do not hear back within that time-period, please bear with us.


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BCAF Videos and Pictures

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Young attendee brings great curiosity to BCAF
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Young attendee enjoys BCAF
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Special guests visit BCAF prior to official opening
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Early crowd at BCAF opening
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Erika Alexander (l) and Tony Puryear (r) with attendees
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(l-r) James Braxton Peterson, Afua Richarson, Andrew Aydin, Erika Alexander and Dwight Hopkins
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Actor/activist Amandla Stenberg (r) with Ashley Woods
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Keith Knight hosts panel at BCAF

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