What is The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention?
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, originally slated to be called the Pan-African Comic Convention (PAC-Con) or First World Komix Con (1st World Con), is an annual gathering of comic book artists, writers, their fans and retailers who are interested in discussing, buying and selling comic books, sci-fi, action figures and related material by and / or about Black superheroes / super-powered characters / adventures. In addition, the Convention also features panel discussions, self-publishing and graphic arts workshops for aspiring creators, and film screenings of works of veterans and amateurs alike. The Convention is held in Philadelphia each May preceded by a reception / awards ceremony. The ECBACC is the first bona fide “Black Comic Book Convention” in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as a replicable model for community-based comic book conventions. The ECBACC has successfully cultivated images of Black super-powered characters and has effectively served as a nexus, conduit and catalyst for Black comic book creators, their colleagues and fans since 2002!
We also offer the Glyph Comics Awards. The Glyph Comic Awards recognize the best in comics made either by, for, or about Black people. ECBACC celebrates the accomplishments that Black artists and writers have made in the comic book industry through engaging and exciting programs which include:
- Discussions, panels, workshops and book signings
- Performing arts
- A comic book market place
What are the goals of the Convention?
- To promote literacy and creativity in youth through comic book writing and drawing workshops.
- To offer audiences exposure to some of the leading Black artists and writers in the comic book industry.
- To provide outstanding Black writers and artists with a prominent showcase for their talents and the opportunity to engage in networking with their peers.
- To promote positive Black images.
When is the event?
The opening reception and kick-off will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The full convention will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Where can I find up-to-date information on the event?
For the latest information, you can join our general mailing list by emailing email@example.com. You can also go to:
How do I register for a workshop?
There is no registration for the workshops. It is on a first come first served basis. The workshops are free. Is space limited? As long as there is an available seat, all are welcome.
How do I get around Philadelphia without a car?
Taxi: Liberty Cab Co. 215-389-8000
Where can I make hotel reservations?
The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Center City is the official hotel/venue for the convention.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Do you have information on vendor tables?
If you are interested in vending at our convention, vending applications are available on the Application Forms page of the website.
Will I be able to buy comic books?
Yes, there will be a marketplace exhibiting some of the best and rare comics you can find.
I have questions that are not answered in the FAQ, what do I do?
If you have a question that has not been answered, feel free to email us at BlackAgeofComics@ecbacc.com.