I am so very honored and excited to have served on the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for 2018. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, February 16, right after the Comic Creator Conference (C3!) in Long Beach, right before the Long Beach Comics Expo, where I will be a guest.
Here is my schedule of panels. Please come out to Long Beach if you can! It’s looking to be a great event.
Friday February 16
C3! 4:50 - 5:35 PM
Session 3: Getting Press Attention for Creative Works
Speakers: Three of the top journalists in the world of comics, Heidi MacDonald, Jennifer de Guzman, and Evan Narcisse (each of whom has worked as a comics writer or editor as well) discuss the challenges of how creators – especially those without the backing of a major publisher – can best get attention for their projects.
Saturday February 17
1:00- 2:00 PM
Fanbase Press Presents: The Impact of Latinx Creators and Readers on Comics
Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Comadres y Comics is a podcast hosted by three Latina women hoping to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry, not only as creators, but as consumers and fans. Join Quince creator Sebastian Kadlecik, Comadres y Comics hosts Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez, as well as writer and journalist Jennifer de Guzman (Publishers Weekly, Half a Person), as they discuss the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a Q&A session moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief). (Room 103)
Saturday February 17
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Rise of the On-Screen Black Superhero
Are Black Panther and Black Lightning the new normal or just a momentary trend? And what about other races and ethnicities and the “white-washing” seen in recent superhero and science fiction movies? Join writers Matt Wayne (Cannon Busters), Evan Narcisse (Rise of the Black Panther, io9), and Marc Bernadin (Castle Rock, co-host of Fatman on Batman) in a thought-provoking panel led by writer Jennifer de Guzman. (Room 104A)
Sunday February 18
1:00 - 2:00 PM
To the Stars! Science Fiction
Creators with one foot in both worlds discuss the differences between creating science fiction for comic book projects and other media. With Barbara Randall Kesel, Marc Bernardin, Jennifer de Guzman, Cecil Castellucci, and David Gallaher.