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ECBACC Activities Coming to Towson, Maryland

By · March 6, 2015 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off


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Towson Black Comic Book Mini-Fest

By · February 23, 2015 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off


Join us for a panel of African-American comic book professionals, hands-on workshops for all ages, Black comic book exhibit, comic book marketplace, Cosplay, and special surprises at Towson’s first Black Comic Book Mini-Fest!

The TOWSON BLACK COMIC BOOK MINI-FEST at Towson University Liberal Arts Bldg. / 251 University Ave. / Towson, MD 21204
A spectacular free admission event! The first 100 youth to register will receive a FREE comic book!


Registration: Pre-register to ensure seats in the workshops and to qualify for a free gift. Just email with your contact information and the names and ages of all attendees. If you are part of a school or youth group, please let us know the name of your organization.

For more information, contact African and African American Studies, Towson University or phone (410) 704-5908.

Directions: From I-95 (northbound and southbound): Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 west (toward Towson). Take exit 25 (Charles Street) south. Proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towson Boulevard. Turn right on University Avenue, then park in the Towson Garage (to your left).


Panel Discussion at Rutgers Camden Comic-Con

By · April 5, 2014 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

Great event was held today at Rutgers University Camden Campus for the 1st Annual RU Comic-Con. See flyer.

Eric Battle, Reggie Byers, Jos Duncan, Yumy Odom, Anthony L. Ballard, Lavett Ballard, and Suliman Onque

Eric Battle, Reggie Byers, Jos Duncan and Yumy Odom


ECBACC City Hall Exhibit Showcase #12

By · March 17, 2014 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

Art in City Hall Exhibit Showcase #12: Comic Book Art as Fine Art.

ECBACC City Hall Exhibit Showcase #12: A Tribute to the Region’s 1st Africana Comic Book Convention. On display from March 17th – June 2nd.

Peter Crimmins of WHYY interviews Yumy Odom, Pres. ECBACC, on site at The City Hall ECBACC Exhibit on Friday, March 28th.

Art in City Hall Exhibit Showcase #12 recognizes comic book art as fine art and a tool for cultural expression via the work of select pioneering and veteran illustrators and graphic artists.

Art in City Hall Exhibit Showcase #13 celebrates 13 consecutive years of The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia, PA.


ECBACC Participated at the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival

By · January 18, 2014 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

Natasha Ononogbo, multi-talented performer, and Akinseye Brown, ECBACC VP, at the event.

An historic moment for Cosplayers as Milestone Media’s Static, Marvel Comics’ Power Man and First World Komix’s Raya Blackmoon, joined by an ECBACC Askari Cherub know as Baba Shenkarr (in the back), pose for one of the many photos taken at the event.

Dynamic AfriCoz-player/Cosplayer Christine Churchwell as Raya Blackmoon with a young admirer at the event. The Raya Blackmoon character created by Baba Yumy Odom. Costume designed by Mshindo Kuumba I and fabricated by Bilal Smith.

AfriCoz-player Christine Churchwell flanked by talented artists Chuck Collins and Grey Williamson at the event.


ECBACC on Philadelphia WURD 900 AM

By · April 29, 2012 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

On Sunday April 15th, 2012, ECBACC Board of Directors; President Yumy Odom, Vice President Akinseye Brown and Secretary Shenkarr Davis; were guests of the Philadelphia WURD 900 AM radio “New World View” program hosted by Mr. David Barnes. The interview consisted of a conversation about the history of Black images in comic books, and the upcoming ECBACC convention. The program was joined by two icons in the Black comic book industry, editor, screenwriter and comic book author Joe Illidge and illustrator, animator and exhibit curator Dawud Anyabwile.

New World View 4-15-12 pt1

New World View 4-15-12 pt2


MLK Symposium at U Penn

By · February 14, 2012 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

On February 3, 2012 The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Inc. received an award from University of Pennsylvania’s 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change.

The event was held at Huntsman Hall on the University’s campus and hosted by artist Stephanie Renee and Ms. Pamela Godboldt, UPenn administrator. The evening brought together some of the city’s most influential individuals and organizations who are dedicated to the arts and social change.

This program analyzed, recognized, and featured local artistic talent that has bolstered the fight for social justice through use of visual, movement, spoken, musical, and multimedia arts. There was also an open discussion on the history and impact of the arts in social justice movements and several performances.

ECBACC, Inc., represented by its founder and president Mr. Yumy Odom, was recognized for its extensive history of creating, facilitating, and advocating for impactful art as a means to address social issues.


Ms. Pamela Godbolt begins the Awards portion of the program by emphasizing the importance of culture and consciousness as awardees and presenters look on.


Ms. Pamela Godbolt introduces ECBACC, Inc. Founder and President, Mr. Yumy Odom to the audience filling Huntsman Hall on University of Pennsylvania campus.


ECBACC Founder and President Mr. Yumy Odom graciously receives award for 11 years of service.


Host Ms. Pamela Godbolt poses with the representatives of Philadelphia-based organizations who seek social change via the arts: Arts Sanctuary, ECBACC, Inc., Freedom Theatre, and The Philadelphia Folklore Project. Mr. Robert Carter, UPenn administrator stands with them.


Young performers excite the audience with their level of skill and professionalism as they prove to all that the legacy of using culture and art to raise consciousness lives on. Here DANSE4NIA Repertory Ensemble makes fluid, energetic movements seem effortless.


ECBACC Founder and President Mr. Yumy Odom brings home the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Award for ECBACC, Inc.


Cheyney U. Book Fair

By · July 23, 2011 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

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Creating Black Comic Books 03/2011

By · April 9, 2011 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off

Congratulations to the CB2 Professional Comic Book Workshop held Saturday, March 19, 2011. Led by comic book stalwarts, Mr. Yumy Odom and Mr. Akinseye Brown, participants not only were offered lessons on improving their skills as writers and artists, but also tips for better business development and management. Discussions of the day spanned from legal and intellectual property issues, balancing your career passion with your home life and responsibilities, and the future of comic books. Continuing CB2 workshops will be scheduled and posted following the 10th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.


STARS Workshop at Barnes & Noble

By · February 16, 2011 · Filed in ECBACC S.T.A.R.S., In the Community · Comments Off

ECBACC Vice President Akinseye Brown leads STARS Workshop at Barnes & Noble Bookstore Philadelphia, PA.

ECBACC Founder Yumy Odom and Professional comic book illustrator Eric Battle of Philadelphia, show their support for positive images and youth literacy at the STARS Workshop.

Representing ECBACC, Inc. Shenkarr Davis, Yumy Odom and Akinseye Brown pose with Barnes & Noble’s Community Relations Manager Rosene Campaine at the well received two-day STARS event.

Young man shares his original comic book story with workshop participants!

Young lady tries her hand at being an author during the STARS Workshop 2011!

Participants hard at work on their own comic books at STARS!