Promoting Literacy and Creativity!
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Incorporated or ECBACC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literacy and arts organization. The signature event was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2002 by Mr. Yumy Odom and the organization was registered in 2008. As the forerunner in urban comic book and sci-fi conventions, ECBACC offers year-round programs including the STARS classes for youth in the Philadelphia area and a first-rate professional comic book industry workshop in conjunction with several community-based organizations.
The ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award was inaugurated at the third Annual ECBACC in 2004. The award honors those men and women, many unsung, who have made innovative, dynamic, and lasting contributions to the industry. Their efforts have often helped paved the way for others.
The Glyph Comics Awards have been hosted annually by the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention since 2006 to recognize the best in Black-themed comics. While it is not exclusive to Black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comic book medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact.
ECBACC, Inc., a 21st century trailblazing organization, serves as a nexus and proving-ground for the modern-day traditional story-teller or griot. Each May, the main events bring together hundreds of comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy creators – plus their colleagues and fans – and places them unabashedly on center stage. The Board of ECBACC, Inc. works diligently to maintain a standard of excellence and provide a space and a place in Philadelphia for comic book industry professionals, amateurs, and aficionados alike.