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AARLCC-CON: Sci-Fi & Comic Convention
​Saturday, May 11th, 2019, 10:30AM-5PM
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC)
Free - RSVP

The 2019 African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Sci-Fi & Comic Convention (AARLCC-CON) will feature a fantastic line-up of authors, speakers, illustrators, presenters and more. Enjoy comic discussions, workshops, signings, art display, vendors, free food, STEM demonstrations and more.

FEATURED GUESTS - Learn more about our featured authors
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  • 11AM–Noon - Changing the Face of Comics: The Need for More Diversity; Mervyn McKoy, Nicole Mucher and Allison C.M.
  • Noon-1PM - Cosplay 101; Matthew Harden and Josh Wilson
  • 12:30-1:30PM - From Mini Comics to Graphic Novels: Comic Book Publishing 101; Kenny Calderon, Andres Labrada
  • 1-2PM - The Unique Challenges of the Black Comic Book Creator; Manuel & Geiszel Godoy with Black Sands Comics
  • 1-2PM & 2:30-3PM - Wacky Wild Space Adventure Portable Planetarium; Steam City Kids TBD
  • 1:30-2:30PM - Matter and Electricity Experiments by Steam City Kids
  • 2-3PM - Adventures in Self-Publishing: Comics PR + Marketing 101; Ramon Robinson and Juan Navarro
  • 2:30-3:30PM - Spotlight on Rodney Barnes, Writer and Producer of Boondocks; Rodney Barnes
  • 3-4PM - The Art of Autism: Why Comics Are Great For Autistic Kids; Jose Marrero
  • 4-5PM - Cosplay Contest

AARLCC-CON provides a platform for African-American writers and illustrators of comic books and sci-fi novels to communicate, present new projects, and develop relationships with fans and industry professionals.

Among the featured guests are Rodney Barnes, writer and producer of American Gods, The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris, and Marvel's Runways; Manuel and Geiszel Godoy, the creators of Black Sands comics; and local favorites such as Jeff Caroll, Keith C. Wade, Mervyn McKoy, Nicole Mucher, Creature Entertainment and Ramon Robinson of LSF Comics.

In conjunction with AARLCC-CON, an exhibition of super hero-inspired artwork will be on display in AARLCC's gallery from May 4th through May 31st during library hours. For more event information, please call Tray Fitzpatrick at 954-357-6190 or email

Stay connected with #AARLCC-CON, #Booklife.

Sci-Fi and Comic Book Writers, Artists and Illustrators: We're looking for local writers and illustrators of comic books and sci-fi novels to share ideas, present their latest work and develop relationships with both local and national industry professionals. Enter by mail or email: Send your published comic to Tray Fitzpatrick, c/o African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 or email a digital copy of your comic (i.e. PDF) to Include name, email address and telephone number with submission. Authors will be contacted if any additional information is required.