Aiesha recently appeared on the BLKBOARD podcast again! Click here and give it a listen! Thanks to Jermaine Dickerson and Mike Tre Randall for having us!
Read about what House Diamond will have to offer at Pandoracon in November. And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a free weekend badge to the event! Read More
In August, members of Midwest BSFA participated in a music video for rEVOLUTION Cincy’s newest song and the team is having a viewing party on Oct. 1. rEVOLUTION Cincy is a movement to encourage citizens to think about the issues that are important to them, to communicate those issues, and then to take personal action. The motto: Be the Change You Wish to See. Read More
The Mercantile Library’s graphic novel reading group on Saturday, October 8, to discuss March. The black and white graphic novel trilogy about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement is told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The first volume, March: Book One, was published in August 2013, and the second volume, March: Book Two, was published in January 2015, with both volumes receiving positive reviews. March: Book Three was published in August 2016. Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m., Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, 11th floor, downtown Cincinnati, (513) 621-0717, http://new.mercantilelibrary.com/.
The Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCACon, a large independent comic book and artist convention, took place on Sept. 17 at the Detroit Public Library and Midwest BSFA represented to the fullest! Read More
Check out this week’s story on the Model D website about MECCACon. It features our co-founder, Aiesha! Her steampunk character building workshop is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday so if you in the Detroit area on that day, swing by!
Join us at the Detroit main library next Saturday, Sept. 17!
In a dream world, #MECCAcon2016 would be filled with cosplayers as DOGONS, EGUNGUN, WITCHDOCTORS, VOODOU, BOBO MASKS, IGBO MASKS, etc. I’d honestly smile from ear to ear in gentrified Midtown Detroit, lol.
So… What exactly IS cosplay?
“Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.”
Now…. What is MECCAcon cosplay?
Well, at MECCAcon (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and…
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The Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance is planning to host an art exhibit on Afrofuturism next February. We’re pegging this for Black History Month because as a society, we always talk about the past experiences of African-Americans during that month. With this exhibit, we’d like to focus on their futures. What Does the Future Look Like? will showcase the offerings from local and regional artists (mixed media, multimedia, painting, sculpting, you name it) to show us their interpretations of what the future looks like for black people.