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.

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
  • Animation
  • Performing arts
  • A comic book market place

Meet the Team

Our all-volunteer staff of organizers each have a deep commitment to bringing our community America's premiere Black comic book convention encouraging youth literacy and creativity via comic books!


Yumy Odom

President & Founder

Primary contact for community and grant organizations

Contact Yumy Odom via email


Akinseye Brown

Vice President & Event Coordinator

Primary contact for event participants and suppliers

Contact Akinseye Brown via email


Shenkarr Davis

Secretary & GCA Chair

Primary contact regarding awards program and volunteering

Contact Shenkarr Davis via email


Stephanie Brandford

Treasurer & Project Manager

Primary contact for event vendors and attendees

Contact Stephanie Brandford via email


James Goodwin

Director of Promotions

Primary contact for media representatives

Contact James Goodwin via email

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