Welcome to BCAF2018!

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. Our expanded three-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 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, and experience BCAF2018!

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Writer
- Postethnic Narrative Criticism (University of Texas Press)
Arturo Islas: The Uncollected Works (Arte Público Press)
Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas (University of California Press)
Brown on Brown: Chicano/a Representations of Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity (University of Texas Press)
Critical Mappings of Arturo Islas's Narrative Fictions (Bilingual Press)
Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Artists and Writers (University of Texas Press)
Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach (University of Texas Press)
Your Brain On Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez (University of Texas Press)
A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction (University of Texas Press)
Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle (University of Texas Press)
Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts (University of Texas Press)
Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory (University of Texas Press)
The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature (Routledge)
Formal Matters in Contemporary Latino Poetry (Palgrave)
Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century (University of Michigan Press)
Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Palgrave)
¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Latino Popular Culture Co-authored with Ilan Stavans (University of Michigan)
Latinos in the End Zone: Conversations on the Brown Color Line in the NFL Co-authored with Christopher González (Palgrave)
Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies: Literature, Language, Aesthetics Co-authored with Patrick Colm Hogan (Ohio State U Press)
The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez (University of Texas Press)
Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez (University of Texas Press)
Latino Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching (Routledge)
The Aesthetics of Discomfort. Co-authored with Herbert Lindenberger (University of Michigan Press)
Laughing Matters: Conversations on Humor Co-authored with Ilan Stavans (San Diego State University Press)
Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future Co-edited with Christopher González. (University of Texas Press)
Encyclopedia of World Comics: Manga, Anime, Tintin, and More from Around the Globe Co-edited with Christopher González.(ABC-CLIO)
The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture (Routledge)
Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview (San Diego State University Press)
Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands (University of Arizona Press)

Frederick Aldama

Actor|Producer
- Concrete Park(Dark Horse)
- The Cosby Show
- Going to Extremes
- Living Single
- Judging Amy
- Street Time
- Heist
- In Plain Sight
- Last Man Standing
- Low Winter Sun
- Let's Stay Together
- Deja Vu
- La Mission
- Get Out

Erika Alexander

Writer|Letterer
Black Comix: Remix (Magnetic Press)
Kindred: A Graphic Novel (Abrams)
I am Alfonso Jones (Lee and Low Books)
- 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
TV|FILM
- Agent Carter (Marvel)
- Transformers Rescue Bots: Tip of the Iceberg (Discovery Networks)
- Thundercats: The Soul Sever (Marvel)
- Brave New Souls
COMICS
- M.A.S.K. REVOLUTION (IDW)
- 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

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

Ayize Jama-Everett

Writer|Artist
Black Comix: Remix (Magnetic Press)
Kindred: A Graphic Novel (Abrams)
I am Alfonso Jones (Lee and Low Books)
- 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

Writer
- The Changeling
- The Ballad of Black Tom (Tor)
- The Devil in Silver (Spiegel & Grau)
- Big Machine (Spiegel & Grau)
- The Ecstatic (Crown)
- Slapboxing with Jesus: Stories (Vintage)

Victor LaValle

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

Writer|Artist
- 1001 Black Men: An Online Sketch Book (8-Rock.com)
- 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

Writer
- I am Alfonso Jones (Lee and Low Books)
- Committed to Breathing
- Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids who Never Got a Response
- I and I: Bob Marley
- My Old Man Was Always on the Lam
- Broke on Ice
- An Onion of Wars
- The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems
- DeShawn Days
- Love to Langston
- Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam
- Broke Baroque

Tony Medina

Writer
- Black Panther: Long Live the King (Marvel)
- Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin)
- The Shadow Speaker (Hyperion/Disney)
- Long Juju Man (Macmillan Africa)
- Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine (Disney)
Akata Witch (Viking/Penguin)
- Akata Witch 2:Akata Warrior (Viking/Penguin)
- Who Fears Death (DAW/Penguin)
- “Hello, Moto" (Tor.com)
- "Moom" (Storytime)
- Kabu Kabu (Prime Books)
- Lagoon (Hodder and Stroughton Ltd.)
- The Book of Phoenix (DAW/Penguin/PRH)
- Binti (Tor.com)
- Binti 2: Home (Tor.com)

Nnedi Okorafor

Writer|Producer
- Concrete Park(Dark Horse)
- Eraser
- Fahrenheit 451

Tony Puryear

Writer|Artist
- Return of the Super Pimps (Dial "C" for Comics)
-Menthu
- The Roach
- Judge Anderson: The Psi Files
- Negative Burn

Robert Roach

Artist
Black Comix: Remix (Magnetic Press)
I am Alfonso Jones (Lee and Low Books)
- Kid Code (Rosarium)
- APB: Artists Against Police Brutality (Rosarium)
- Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection (Cedar Grove)

Stacey Robinson

Writer|Director
- Legend of the Mantamaji
- Undateable
- Bella and the Bulldogs
- Eve
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
- The Thundermans
- The Haunted Hathaways
- Cory in the House
- Ground Floor
- Just Jordan
- True Jackson
- VP
- Sonny with a Chance
- So Random!
- Good Luck Charlie
- The Suite Life on Deck
- The Wannabes
- Let's Stay Together
- Reed Between the Lines
- A.N.T. Farm
- Shake It Up
- Kickin' It
- Jessie
- Austin and Ally
- How to Rock

Eric Dean Seaton

Writer|Director
- Cyborg II (DC)
TV|FILM
- 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.

Writer|Co-Producer
- (H)afrocentric

Juliana "Jewels" Smith

Writer
- Waso: The Will to Power(Stranger Comics)
- Waso: Gathering Wind(Stranger Comics)
- New Money(Canon Comics)
- Project Wildfire(Legends Press)
- Menthu(Hometown Studios)
- Watson & Holmes(New Paradigm Studios)
- Faraway(Komplicated)
- Crown Ascension(Komplicated)
- The Aspen Sourcebooks
- The Drumming Between Us
- Vice Versa
- Drumvoices Review
- Voices from Leimert Park

Hannibal Tabu

Writer|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|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

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 BCAF2018 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. Two years ago, 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 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.

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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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