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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BCAF Launch

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

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BCAF Meet-up

Location
TBD
San Francisco

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BCAF Expo

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

Special Guests
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Actor|Director|Producer
- 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

Writer|Artist
- 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

Writer|Author
- 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

Writer|Artist
- 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

Artist
- 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

Artist
- 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

Writer|Author
- 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

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

Ayize Jama-Everett

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

Keef Cross

Writer|Author|Media Commentator
- Diary of an Afrogeek

Shawn Taylor

Writer
- 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

Writer|Artist|Letterer
- 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

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

Stacey Robinson

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.

Updates

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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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