Why Black Speculative Fiction Month Matters

(Article by Dennis R. Upkins published on thenerdsofcolor.org / artwork by Michael Golden)

Source: https://bit.ly/3myMAev

“October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce. Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter? Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.”

For me, Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because it highlights how we honor our ancestors by imagining ourselves into a positive, thriving future of our own design. And it’s about damn time. Ase, and so it is…

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New Homer creator brings Afrofuturism to town

An illustration by David Brame for “Sanford Biggers: CODESWITCH,”created in collaboration with John Jennings. (Photo courtesy of David Brame)

“The literary genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have for decades explored themes of the future, technology, and the fantastic. From the stark weirdness of Philip K.Dick to the spine-shivering darkness of H.P. Lovecraft, the genres were until the late 20th century largely tales of white experience told by white writers, but that’s changing.

In the new subgenre of Afrofuturism, Black creators in fiction, poetry, film, and comics are using their personal and shared history to create new tales. Last week as part of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s weekly Zoom presentation, “Inspiration and Adaptation,” new-to-Homer artist and writer David Brame spoke on Afrofuturism. His talk can be seen at www.bunnellarts.org/inspiration-and-adaptation.”

Source: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/new-homer-creator-brings-afrofuturism-to-town/

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Afrofuturist Comic Book Iwájú To Become Disney+ TV Show

“It’s not just She-Hulk, it’s Iwájú as well. You may have read about Kugali, a digital platform for African comics set up by Fikayo Adeola, Hamid Ibrahim, and Tolu Olowofoyeku, on Bleeding Cool before. We also featured Kugali Anthology Vol 1: An African Comic Anthology by Jasonas Lamy, Etubi Onucheyo, Bill Masuku, Shobo Coker, Shofela Coker, Juni Ba, Yinfaowei Harrison, and Claudio Grassi in our 35 Race-Related Graphic Novels That Should Top Amazon Chart article earlier this year, which included stories such as Mumu Juju, a comedy series set in a fantastical world inspired by Nigerian folklore that follows two friends that lose a bet and have to embark on a dangerous mission to settle their debt yet keep getting in each other’s way, Under a Jovian Sun, a coming of age story about a group of Moroccan street kinds in the year 2125, and Razor Man, a political Superhero story about a young vigilante determined to fight back against the corruption and crime that has infested his country.”

Source: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/afrofuturist-comic-book-iwaju-to-become-disney-tv-show/

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Nigerian Comics Serve Afrofuturism Direct From The Source

“Several interesting new digital comics efforts spring from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, entertainment hub (“Nollywood” is the world’s third largest film industry) and a hotbed of scrappy entrepreneurship. Because Nigeria can be a difficult market to penetrate for outsiders, much of the energy is coming from local startups who leapfrog legacy production and distribution methods, creating digital content for mobile phones favored by the young population.”

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2020/11/30/nigerian-comics-serve-afrofuturism-direct-from-the-source/?sh=6601a2402744

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Alisha Wormsley’s ‘Black People in Future’ project announces awardees

“Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley and the Downtown-based Office of Public Art have announced an eclectic roster of awardees to participate in the latest iteration of her ongoing “There Are Black People in the Future” public art project.”

Source: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/05/07/Alisha-Wormsley-s-Black-People-in-Future-project-announces-awardees/stories/201905080010

Interesting artists and their projects. Kudos to everyone involved!

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Afrofuturism Lounge 2.0

Black Comix, Artists, Writers, Publisher, Animators, and more come together to showcase their wares and share share their stories with Black comic enthusiasts as well as the general public in an intimate setting that encourages engagement and networking. Come learn some how’s and why’s from industry veterans as well as entry level and novices. Enter our cosplay and/or hero/villain lair competitions.

Source: https://www.afrofuturismlounge.com/event-info/afrofuturism-lounge-2-0

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