June 19, 2014 |
Last summer, members of HollabackPHILLY, a group that aims to empower women against street harassment, rented a table at a local convention to promote a comic book they'd made for the cause. But while at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, the women discovered a different type of harassment taking place on what many assume is a safe haven for nerds and geeks: the convention floor. "We saw there was a huge problem happening with cosplay harassment," said Philadelphia artist Erin Filson, who made Hollaback's comic.
May 18, 2013
Film New This Week: Star Trek Into Darkness (***1/2 out of four stars) J.J. Abrams' reboot sequel is as good as the 2009 Star Trek, if not better. James T. Kirk is in trouble with the admiralty, Spock and Uhura are having a lovers' spat, and a bad guy threatens havoc. Smart and fun, with exhilarating action and spectacular visual effects. Beam us up, Scotty. PG-13 (violence, interspecies sex, adult themes) - Steven Rea Theater Bard of the city Playwright Bruce Graham's comedy North of the Boulevard is a compassionate look at a declining neighborood.
May 17, 2013 |
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention converges on Philadelphia in two locations on Friday and Saturday with an awards ceremony, comic books, workshops for kids, a costume contest, and more. Convention festivities from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the African American Museum will include a free reception along with the annual Glyph awards ceremony honoring African American icons in the comic book industry. The convention continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia, featuring the Kids' Library Zone (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 18, 2012 |
The 11th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention celebrates the African American experience in comic books Friday and Saturday. The convention will offer an awards ceremony, film screenings, youth workshops, a parade, a comic-book marketplace, and other events at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia. Convention activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the museum, with a free reception and ceremonies for the Pioneer and Glyph comic awards.
May 20, 2011 |
The 10th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention begins Friday evening with a free reception and awards ceremony at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Events featuring publishers, comic artists, and artists who encourage youth literacy, creativity, and positive storytelling will continue Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Friday's 6:30 p.m. reception will offer panel discussions and the annual Glyph Comics Awards ceremony. On Saturday, a Kids' Library Zone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will give children a chance to take cartoon and animation workshops with Mama Boyz comic-strip creator Jerry Craft among others.
June 21, 2009 |
It has wizard in its name, but there's nothing to suggest a Harry Potter-esque focus on wands and cauldrons. It has a seminar on coloring comic books, but it starts with Monet's Woman With Parasol and a half-hour of still frames from Bambi . It has a family-friendly atmosphere, but there's a booth for an online porn site. The three-day Wizard World Philadelphia Comic-Con at the Convention Center, the 11th Wizard convention here, is at once everything a comic convention sounds like and at times nothing like it at all. It is one in a series of gatherings hosted by the comics magazine Wizard that pack convention centers in Chicago and New York.
June 19, 2009 |
Wizard World Philly and about 40,000 fans hit the city this weekend, local publisher Zenescope plays a prominent role in it and both the event and the company are a testament to this town's legendary fighting spirit. After last year's convention season, Wizard cited poor attendance and other problems when it canceled this year's shows in Los Angeles and Texas. Philly and Chicago made the cut. Jimmy Palmiotti ("Jonah Hex") and Amanda Conner ("Power Girl") are among those happy about that fact.
May 15, 2009 |
Comic-book artists and writers hope their super creative powers will attract families to the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention here this weekend. Focused on literacy, the convention will bring award-winning comic-book creators to the Free Library tonight and to the Crowne Plaza Hotel all day Saturday. The convention was conceived by a small group of visual storytellers, artists, and their fans, who began meeting 20 years ago in relative secret in Philadelphia. They had recognized one another's talents from a distance by admiring comic books.
May 18, 2007 |
"What we can imagine, we can often create. What we can imagine ourselves as, we can often become. " So philosophizes Yumy Odom, founder of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, which is coming to Philadelphia this weekend for its sixth annual meeting. His words encapsulate the purpose of this annual confab of the African-American comic industry. Dwayne McDuffie, prolific comic writer and creator of the "Static Shock" animated series, will be the featured speaker at this year's convention.
May 22, 2006 |
IT IS AN irony of the comics industry that fans and retailers routinely complain that there are too many books about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and the X-Men, and that the superhero genre dominates to an unhealthy extent. Then, when presented with books starring different characters in different genres, those same fans and retailers almost always ignore them, choosing instead to buy, order and promote books about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and the X-Men. Because of this, publishers are reluctant to launch series in different genres - like Westerns.