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ECBACC 2011 Press Release

By · May 13, 2011 · Filed in ECBACC S.T.A.R.S., Glyph Comics Awards, Marketplace, Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off

Press Release

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By · May 14, 2010 · Filed in Previous Activities · Comments Off


10:00 am – 7:00 pm Attendee Registration

10:00 am – 7:00 pm Open Marketplace

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

KIDS’ KORNER –My 3-Page Comic Book

Comic book creators Mehki Ra & Kamau Mshale help young participants to create their own 3 page comic book! Come draw, write and color your own publication, then show your work around! Who knows? You may have publishers calling you next week!

10:15 am – 11:00 am

STARS Workshop -Power of the Mask

Jihan Thomas artist and educator knows superheroes and why they wear masks. In this fun and hands-on workshop Jihan will talk about various masks that can be seen around the world and how you can make your very own!

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Professional Workshop -From Dream to Screen

Ahmad Muhammad, is the author and creator of 18th Avenue Cartoons. Welcome him to ECBACC where he will be delivering key points in taking your story ideas from scripts to moving animated dramas!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Panel -The Process of Storytelling

The proof of a good story is in the writing. Discuss and share with current authors the ways in which writers and writing have evolved to stay fresh, unique and true to themselves.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

STARS Workshop -Crafting Cartoons

Jerry Craft will be teaching the basics of cartooning and comic strip art. Kids will enjoy the simple ways they can create their own cartoon drawings from this syndicated and award-winning artist.

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

STARS Workshop -Writing Super Stories / “What Can I Say?”

Kids’ Comic Con Founder and Archie Comics author, Alex Simmons, has a lot of ideas. Be sure to participate in this workshop where your ideas can become super-cool stories for everyone to read!

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Professional Workshop -Airbrushing Made Easy

Reggie Byers truly sees this talent for creating comic books as a blessing and a gift. In this workshop Byers discusses the steps he took in transforming his talent and skill for airbrushing art into a career.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel -The Process of Art

Art and the process in which it is created, varies from one artist to the next. Learning about another artist’s steps in creating works of art can inspire us to reach for our own artistic goals. Take part in the discussion about the Process of Art today!

1:30 pm – 1:55 pm

Martial Arts Demonstration –Kilindi Iyi

Thought African culture excluded martial arts? Not True! Brother Kilindi Iyi has been studying, training and teaching various African Martial Art sciences for over 20 years! Don’t miss this demonstration of West and South African fighting styles in the Marketplace Activities Foyer area!

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

STARS Workshop -Comic Book Illustration

Eric Battle, illustrator extraordinaire, asks all participants to bring the ‘drama’! Mr. Battle will be teaching students how drama, emotion and feeling are used to create high impact artwork!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Professional Workshop -Comic Book Marketing

Trouble organizing your comic book business or getting a deal with a distributor? Well let author Malcolm Williams teach you the finer points of successful book marketing and reaching your readers.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Panel -Our Images Now

What is the state of the African image in entertainment? And where is it going? Join some of our respected comic book creators, novelists and filmmakers as they discuss this ever-evolving subject.


ECBACC 2010 Press Release

Press Release

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ECBACC: Comic Books in the Classroom

By · May 1, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off

Comic Books in the Classroom: Learn how comic books and mythology can be used to promote creativity, critical thinking and literacy: reading writing and counting. Panelists will look at the range of uses for traditional comic books and related media in the contemporary classroom to improve the skills of young scholars through critical thinking and creative writing. Myriad subjects, from grammar and syntax, math and science, civics and ethics, etc., can be tackled using comic books as an educational resource.



By · March 2, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities · Comments Off

DIEHARD Studio’s Hunter Wolf, Art Director of the animated TV series Mutant League, helms the animation of Captain Africa•Purge. Wolf (who’s real name is Dwayne Ferguson) is the creator of the costumed African warrior prince Captain Africa, who teams up with Roosevelt Pitt’s high tech hero Purge. The exciting trailer to the upcoming 22 minute episode makes it’s premiere at this year’s East Coast Black Age of Comics Con! More intel to come.


Digital Technology for Liberation Artistry Pt 5

By · March 2, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off

Digital Technology For Liberation Artistry Pt 5:
This Is How You Do It!

Brother G and Mshindo I will show the Cinema Graphic Novel adventure “Zulu Mech 1″ and present the techniques used to create the epic series.

Brother G will explain how we used the latest ways to get paid, distribute and protect artistry using digital technology and how we used new media to level the playing field for small independent producers and publishers. Then, Mshindo will demonstrate artistic and storytelling techniques so that other artists can creat their own Cinema Graphic Novels. In addition, new information about international markets via the internet will be discussed.

Gregory L. Walker, CEO of Seker Nefer Productions, is a Chicago-based journalist, poet, historian and author. He is the author of Shades Of Memnon, a novel series about the activities of the ancient Kushites of Africa.


Having Our Say Panel: Youth and Beauty

By · March 1, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off

ECBACC, Inc. is proud to present the longest running (okay, 3 years) comics panel featuring Black women. For ECBACC 2009, the panel is titled, “Having Our Say: Black Women discuss Youth and Beauty”. Topics during earlier Having Our Say panels have included speculative fiction, love, and humor. Please see the information below about the panelists scheduled to participate on Saturday, May 16.

Cheryl Lynn Eaton

Cheryl Lynn Eaton is the founder and creator of the Ormes Society. The Ormes Society, named after the legendary pioneering cartoonist of color Jackie Ormes, is an organization dedicated to supporting black female comic creators and promoting the inclusion of black women in the comics industry as creators, characters and consumers. Cheryl Lynn maintains the Ormes Society website and also maintains Torchbearers, an online community with a specific focus on black female characters in sequential art and animation.
The Ormes Society

Leilani Hickerson

Leilani is a freelance illustrator by day, supreme juggling master by night. She was born in the heartland of New Jersey in the year of 1983. She climbed her way to the top of the trenches and graduated in 2006 from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she received her BFA in Illustration and to her surprise, attained the university’s most distinguished illustration award. With comic exhibitions travelling worldwide she still enjoys her downtime. She enjoys ice coffee, pumping iron, reading comics by firelight, and illustrating her and her sister’s upcoming children’s comic My Hafu©.

Arie Monroe

Arie is originally from Kansas City Missouri. She has a passion for comics, illustration, and animation. Her work is inspired by a multitude of styles from fine art to anime. Some of her favorite artists include Norman Rockwell, Josh Middleton, Dan Haskett, Bruce Timm and Chris Sanders. She specializes in drawing girls, but is always up for the challenge of drawing whatever is placed in front of her. She also enjoys drawing things geared toward kids and has some experience working with licensed product design.

Stephanie Brandford – Facilitator

ECBACC Treasurer and Project Manager


Coloring Sequential Pages Using Photoshop

By · March 6, 2008 · Filed in Previous Activities · Comments Off

This workshop is Photoshop-based and focuses on the color selection process for coloring a sequential page. Mshindo teaches you step-by-step instruction on using some of the latest software to color your comics.

Mshindo Kuumba I. is mostly well known for his enduring attention to detail and the “Afro-centric” look to his work. “Africa being so instrumental in civilizing the world, I found it peculiar that a strong positive image of Africans is largely absent from contemporary media. Since my youth I wanted to build a career addressing this discrepancy,” says Mshindo.

Born in 1964, Mshindo is largely a self developed talent moved through his early years developing each aspect of his art one skill at a time. “I was fascinated by art that looked realistic and photo realism.” Studying one aspect of the process at a time allowed Mshindo to develop strong foundation skills that would become the hallmark of “The Mshindo I. look”. Moving from pencil techniques to ink, color pencil and airbrush in that fashion allowed for lengthy study with each technique. Some of the early influences were; his Father, older brother, Mike Bonum (the after school teacher who he did his first painting with), Frank Frazetta, Amsel, Keith Pollard, Neal Adams and many others whose names were not known… just the fantastic lessons in their work.

After high school and a three year infantry medic stint, Mshindo ventured out into the world as a freelance artist selling t-shirts at a flea market while living in Oahu, HI. It is here he met a Rastafarian named Bongo I Fareed, who would change his entire life! He was the true African influence that not only taught Mshindo to be an entrepreneur, he lead him to the waters of African culture, which Mshindo drank freely from. He stressed the need for self knowledge, self education and the truth of the Africans place in the world historic view. Returning to the states in 1985 Mshindo continued to vend and grow a reputation for being a “true artist.”

He began to attract clients like The Salvation Army, The NYC Fire and Police Dept., McDonalds, and V.I.M. store chain. Celebrities and educators were also a part of this long list such as; Bobby Brown, Vertical Hold (including Angie Stone), Arrow, Mathew St. Patrick, John Henrik Clarke, Leonard Jefferies, Queen Afua and Baba Heru.

Mshindo’s talents were also noticed by comic companies like: A & B, Ania, Brainstorm, Continuity, Defiant, Valiant, Broadway, Crusade, Kevlar, Amara and DC comics. Currently, Mshindo is honing his digital skills to complete yet another learning cycle in his over 20-year experience. He is working on self publishing and reproductions of his astonishing work. Visit to see more work from this bright star of the artistic universe.



By · February 19, 2008 · Filed in Previous Activities · Comments Off

Because comic books are a visual medium, the comic book artist generally has an advantage as an unpublished talent. The old days of sending in unsolicited pitches to big comic book companies in the hopes of getting hired are dead and gone. If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the comic book industry and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Join writer Brandon M. Easton (Dreamwave’s ARKANIUM, Arcana Studios’ SHADOWLAW) as he gives you the truth on how to break in. This panel is set up for BEGINNER LEVEL writers only and attendees should be prepared to take detailed notes as Brandon will give them a real world plan to achieve their dreams

Brandon M. Easton

Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer, screenwriter, and educator based in New York City. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Easton is a graduate of Ithaca College and Boston University’s prestigious Screenwriting program. Brandon has well over 10 years of writing experience. He has penned articles for the Boston Herald, Crashpad Magazine, and a variety of other publications. His past work has included the original comic book series ARKANIUM for Dreamwave Productions, and Transformers: Armada, which was distributed on Free Comic Book Day across North America. He is currently working on a novelized version of SHAWDOWLAW as well as other high-concept screenplays.

Check out his websites — and

Arcana Studios’ SHADOWLAW

Also, you can listen to the companion podcast show called WRITING FOR ROOKIES at


Digital Technology For Liberation Artistry Pt 4

By · May 11, 2007 · Filed in Previous Activities · Comments Off


Gergory Walker will present the latest ways to get paid, distribute and protect your artistry using digital technology. There will be heavy emphasis on using new media to level the playing field for small independent producers and publishers. And new information about international markets via the internet.

Gregory L. Walker, CEO of Seker Nefer Productions, is a Chicago-based journalist, poet, historian and author. He is the author of Shades Of Memnon, a novel series about the activities of the ancient Kushites of Africa.