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ECBACC STARS Video at Superhero Day

By · April 8, 2009 · Filed in ECBACC S.T.A.R.S., In the Community · Comments Off on ECBACC STARS Video at Superhero Day
ECBACC Inc. at Superhero Day at Penn Museum

ECBACC S.T.A.R.S. Education Director Akinseye Brown, a professional illustrator and author of HTD: How to Draw Afrakan Superheroes, offered two short workshops for all ages at the recent Superhero Day at Penn Museum.

Participants learned about the important parts of a story and the use of dialogue in an interactive program that emphasized creative thinking and self-expression.

ECBACC Inc. workshop at Superhero Day at Penn Museum part II

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Philly Word Live!! March 25

By · March 27, 2009 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Philly Word Live!! March 25

The Philly Word Live!! show featuring ECBACC organizers Yumy Odom and Akinseye Brown is up on their website. Just go to the embedded audio player and select the March 25 item to hear the full show, including our interview.



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Philly Word Live!! covers ECBACC

By · March 17, 2009 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Philly Word Live!! covers ECBACC

Tune in online to Philly Word Live!! on Wednesday, March 25, and Wednesday, May 13, as we talk about the upcoming convention.

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POW! Superhero Day at Penn Museum

By · March 5, 2009 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on POW! Superhero Day at Penn Museum

WOW! Superhero Day at Penn Museum

Sunday March 22, 2009

Philadelphia, PA 2009—ZAP! ZOOM! POW! Superheroes, super villains, and their sidekicks have enjoyed an honored place in American comics and movies—as they have in cultures around the world. Watch out on Sunday, March 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., as superheroes, traveling through time and across continents, invade the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Penn campus in an afternoon of super antics, super games—and super fun!

Members of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC)—planning their own comic extravaganza in Philadelphia in May—join the afternoon, with superhero-style storytelling. ECBACC, now in its eighth year, promotes literacy and creativity in youth through comic book writing and drawing workshops. Education Director Akinseye Brown, a professional illustrator and author of HTD: How to Draw Afrakan Superheroes, offers two short workshops for all ages at 1:15 and 2:45 p.m. Participants learn about the important parts of a story and the use of dialogue in an interactive program that emphasizes creative thinking and self-expression.

It’s WOW! Superhero Day, free with Museum admission donation, featuring activities for all ages: heroic talks and programs, comic book drawing workshops, superhero-style storytelling, a heroic scavenger hunt and heroic gallery tours, a balloon maker, a superhero marketplace with games and comics, Superhero Twister, comic hero mask making, and opportunities to learn and play popular superhero games. All superheroes and super villains who attend in costume receive discount admission ($2 off adult; $1 off children and senior citizens)—and the chance to win super prizes throughout the afternoon!

WOW! Superhero Day at the Penn Museum is a featured event of a year-long celebration, POW: Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels, running fall 2008 through spring 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Superheroes are the focus of three short programs. Peter Struck, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, looks back in time at “Ancient Heroes and Superheroes” at 1:15 p.m. “Costumed Culture Warriors” is the title of a short program featuring movie clips by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, at 2:00 p.m. “The Physics of Superheroes, or Why Can’t We All Ignore the Laws of Nature?” an interactive program by Bill Berner, Penn Physics Demonstration Laboratory Coordinator, takes a scientific view of the possible and impossible feats performed by a range of well-known superheroes at 3:00 p.m.


With galleries of cultural material from ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean world, the Americas, Asia, and Africa, the Penn Museum is already home to a host of ancient superheroes and super villains. In the ancient Greek gallery, Hercules forever fights the Nemean lion on a 2,000-year-old painted vessel. A giant-sized stone head of Ramesses II, a pharaoh dressed like Osiris, god of the underworld, stares regally at all who visit the Egyptian gallery. In the Mesoamerican gallery, a monkey on an alabaster pot is a reminder of the tales of the ancient Maya Hero Twins. Raven, a “trickster” who frequently engages in activities that mere humans cannot, or should not, do is a major presence in Tlingit culture, and throughout the Museum’s Alaska Native Peoples exhibition. These heroic figures, and more, are the subjects of a Heroic Scavenger hunt, and can also be seen during a Heroic cross-cultural gallery tour.

Visitors interested in exploring their own human strengths and limitations—as well as considering how humans of the future may one day evolve—can tour Penn Museum’s special exhibition Surviving: The Body of Evidence, or take a super-focused tour with exhibition curator Janet Monge, exploring “Mutant Genes and Evolution,” at 2:45 p.m. Flexibility is one of the distinctly human traits noted in Surviving, and the afternoon provides an opportunity to match flexibility and endurance with others, at an ongoing game of Superhero Twister.

Inspired by the Penn Museum’s heroic collection, everyone can create their own superheroes at a craft table featuring superhero mask making, or at least learn to draw them, at two comic book drawing workshops, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m., offered by Penn Fine Arts student Siede Coleman.

Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and even a character from the new movie, Watchmen, are created with balloons by entertainer Joshua Steinhouse in front of the Museum Shop from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

New gaming store Redcap’s Corner, in West Philadelphia, and Showcase Comics of Bryn Mawr, join in the day’s activities, with a marketplace of games and comics to browse and purchase. Redcap’s offers opportunities to learn and play three popular games based on heroes and villains—the strategy card games Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, as well as, Heroscape, a 3-D game featuring, according to its manufacturers, “heroes and warriors from all worlds and times” gathering for “the battle of all time.”

Visitors to WOW! Superhero Day may see a few likely, and unlikely, superheroes wandering the Museum—and visitors dressed for the occasion should be on the lookout for Supermom, ready to hand out prizes for super costumes, throughout the afternoon.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Museum admission donation is $10 adults; $7 senior citizens; $6 students with ID and children 6-17; free to Museum members, children under 6, and University of Pennsylvania staff, students, and faculty with a PENNcard. For general information call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s website at museum.upenn.edu.

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Power Partners Annual Holiday Party

By · December 28, 2008 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Power Partners Annual Holiday Party

December 18th (Thursday), Philadelphia — Novelist and comic book author Alex Simmons was a guest speaker for a wonderful group of young readers called Power Partners, during their Annual Holiday Party. He signed copies of his new Archie & Friends mini series, THE CARTOON LIFE OF CHUCK CLAYTON. The books were made available for the children, thanks to the ECBACC, Inc. STARS program and Archie Comics.

Author Alex Simmons and Brintha Vasagar, Miss Philadelphia 2008

Author Alex Simmons and Brintha Vasagar, Miss Philadelphia 2008, take time out from the Power Parters event to pose for the cameras.

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Christmas Cheer and Promoting Literacy!

By · December 28, 2008 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Christmas Cheer and Promoting Literacy!

ECBACC, Inc. S.T.A.R.S. program thanks

PA. State Senator Shirley M. Kitchen, Alex Simmons and Archie Comics.

Just days before Christmas, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen carried out her annual tradition of handing out toys, hats, scarves, and other gifts to hundreds of local children at the Olde Kensington Lehigh Senior Center, 1701 W. Lehigh Avenue.

“I always look forward to seeing the joy in the children’s faces when they receive a new toy or a warm pair of gloves,” said Kitchen, who has been organizing this annual event for 12 years. “Every child deserves to have a Merry Christmas, so this toy event is one way that needy children have a gift to open this holiday season.”

Senator Kitchen personally purchased items for the children.

Alex Simmons, writer for Archie Comics, handed out and signed free copies of the Archie comic: The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton. Chuck Clayton takes center stage in this special storyline when he is asked to teach an after-school program in cartooning to elementary school kids. Simmons, the author of this multi-part epic, is a children’s art advocate and organizer of the “Kids’ Comics” convention.

His appearance was sponsored by the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention STARS (Storytelling That Advances Reading Skills) program, which conducts comic book workshops to encourage literacy and creativity in youth.

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Fat Momma in Action!

By · October 6, 2008 · Filed in ECBACC S.T.A.R.S., In the Community · Comments Off on Fat Momma in Action!

Thanks to the The ECBACC S.T.A.R.S. program, Fat Momma was able to bring her super powered message of self acceptance to the students of Pepper Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia.

Nell Wilson appeared on the Sci-Fi Channels “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” reality series. Her character “Fat Momma” drew unprecedented attention from the media, critics and viewing audience. Nell has been traveling around the world spreading her message of self acceptance. Recent visits include: Australia, England, New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and many more!

This is one of ECBACC S.T.A.R.S’ educational events that leads up to our annual convention.

The students had a super time talking with Fat Momma.

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Baltimore Co. African American Cultural Festival

By · October 6, 2008 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Baltimore Co. African American Cultural Festival

WE THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD

FOR STOPPING BY OUR BOOTH AND SUPPORTING US.

ECBACC had a great time at the 12th Annual African American Cultural Festival in Baltimore County, MD, on Saturday, September 20, 2008.

The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival is a unique event focusing on community and families. Among its highlights is the Historic Settlements Exhibit. This exhibit chronicles the lives of the descendants of Baltimore County’s African American residents.

For more info on this great festival go to http://www.aaculturalfestival.com/index.html

We were able to meet and talk to one of the members of the Buffalo Soldiers Baltimore, MD Chapter whose main goal is to perpetuate the memory of comrades who have passed on…and the history, contributions, and many accomplishments of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments in the defense of our country.

For more information about them go to http://members.aol.com/baltbufsol/index.html

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The Third Annual Parent Appreciation Day

By · October 3, 2008 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on The Third Annual Parent Appreciation Day

During the month of September, ECBACC supported the School District of Philadelphia’s third Annual Parent Appreciation Day. We donated our Read for Fun Workbook to parents and students who attended as door prizes.

The third annual Parent Appreciation Day encourages parents to get involved with their schools and help them overcome some of the obstacles of involvement. There were informative workshops for parents with diverse topics ranging from funding college to the cost of home repair.

(Pictured left to right) Quibilia Divine, the district’s Assistant Director for Public Engagement, and ECBACC Founder, Yumy Odom, at the Philadelphia Board of Education’s Parent Appreciation Day held at the Board of Education Building in Philadelphia.

Parent, counselor, and student enjoying ECBACC’s Read for Fun workbook.

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Kyle Baker speaks in Philly

By · September 11, 2008 · Filed in In the Community · Comments Off on Kyle Baker speaks in Philly

On September 10, 2008, ECBACC caught up with Kyle Baker at Robin’s Book store in Philadelphia, PA. Baker spoke about his work and was signing his newest books, NAT TURNER, HOW TO DRAW STUPID, BABIES AND KITTENS, and SPECIAL FORCES.

Members of the ECBACC Executive Board presented Kyle Baker with his 2008 Glyph Comics Award for “Best Artist” Nat Turner: Revolution

Baker has won several Glyph Comic Awards over the past few years.

To check out all of his work go to www.kylebaker.com/

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