We made it around the sun once again and today, the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance celebrates its second anniversary! This has been a whirlwind of a year, full of programs and conversations and debates and friendship building and I look forward to more in 2017!
Here’s a short recap of what we got up to this year:
- In April, we chatted with University of Cincinnati Professor Charles Jones about Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, the book he co-edited with Reynaldo Anderson, co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. I also made my second appearance on the BLKBOARD podcast.
- In May, we had a table at the Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch. We did trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars.
- In June, we hosted the 2nd Queen City Black Comix Day, showcasing local and regional comics artists and creators. We were also featured on Ghettoblaster Magazine‘s website.
- In September, we had a table at MECCACon in Detroit and hosted a steampunk character building workshop for adults.
- In October, we hosted a sci-fi short film night in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month.
- In November, we hosted a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon, a three-day sci-fi convention in Cincinnati. I also served as the Queen of Diamonds for the event.
Thanks to the rest of the Midwest BSFA crew for making these last two years so much! I look forward to doing bigger and better programming with you in the years to come!
We recently talked to Midwest BSFA member Napoleon Maddox about his Dec. 18 event “A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine,” a performance that will merge the real lives of Millie-Christine McKoy (subjects of his upcoming show, Twice the First Time) with Octavia Butler’s science fiction character, Dana, from the novel Kindred. Read More
Indie author Valjeanne Jeffers Skyped in to participate in our cyberfunk panel at Pandoracon last month. Midwest BSFA recently talked to her about her nerdom, her writing career, and operating in predominately-white, predominately-male genres. Read More
Hey hey hey! After a couple of cons and a much-needed holiday break, we’re back like cooked crack! (But, um, far less addictive/destructive.) November was hectic, y’all. HECTIC. Check out what we and our friends were up to last month! Read More
…ADRIENNE MELAN! Adrienne will represent the House of Diamonds in the Pandoracon games during the convention next month! Here’s what she had to say: “I want to attend this year’s Pandoracon because I like to go to events where I can meet new people, make new memories with my friends and to especially see my friend, Aiesha.”
There’s still time to buy a ticket to Pandoracon! Get them soon! Nov. 11-13. Crowne Plaza, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, http://thepandorasociety.com/pandoracon/pc2016-tickets/
It’s Black Speculative Fiction Month and there are some great African speculative fiction crowdfunding campaigns going on right now. Check them out! Read More
In honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month, Midwest BSFA member, Renee, has written some flash fiction for us! (With art by her daughter, Jamilah!) Check out her story, new fon who dis? Read More
In honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month, Midwest BSFA is having two black sci-fi short film nights in October! Read More
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!