BCAF2018 Attracts Its Most Attendees Ever

The 2018 Black Comix Arts Festival(BCAF), sponsored by eBay, celebrated its fourth annual event with a record number of attendees across three days of exciting activity during the MLK2018 weekend in San Francisco. BCAF is a program of the NorcalMLK Foundation in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).

BCAF2018 opened on Saturday, January 13, where over 7,000 attendees came to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, which was highlighted by BCAF comic artist Robert Love delivering art demonstrations, as part of the MLK Day of Revelations event, a partnership of the NorcalMLK Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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And, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) launched the BCAF2018 Youth Day with John Jennings, Eisner Award-winning artist, and one of his latest collaborative works, I Am Alfonso Jones. Jennings served as a co-artist on the work authored by Tony Medina.

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco reported over 7,000 visitors to MLK Day of Revelations, featuring BCAF’s Robert Love, on Saturday, January 13. See the KQED special report on BCAF2018 at de Young Museum.


On Sunday, January 14, BCAF2018 continued at SFPL, with three conversations: The Lion Forge Comics team, with editor Joseph Illidge, writers David Walker and Brandon Thomas, and artist Nilah Magruder. Last year Lion Forge launched their Catalyst Prime Universe, the newest universe in the comics space, which is focused on a multicultural and multi-gifted character set.

Next followed a conversation with three best-selling authors in the science fiction and horror genres. Nnedi Okorafor is first person of color to be awarded the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death. She is currently writing the Marvel digital comic Black Panther: Long Live the King. And, two of her works are currently optioned to HBO and for a television series (tv series with George R.R. Martin).  Matt Ruff is author of Lovecraft Country, a novel optioned for TV series production to Jordan Peele’s team (Get Out). And, Victor LaValle, award-winning novelist and author of such works as The Ballad of Black Tom and The Changeling.

The third conversation featured the entire creative team for the new graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones, with author Tony Medina and the artistic team of Stacey Robinson, John Jennings and Damian Duffy.

The event culminated in an evening meet-up at San Francisco’s Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen. See the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate article on BCAF2018.


Monday, January 15, featured the BCAF2018 Expo at the City View at Metreon, where thousands attended the event to purchase books, free merchandise, panels and teaching events.

Full house at #BCAFSF2018!

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See these images of children and young people at BCAF2018 and hear a message from BCAF’s Shawn Taylor, sent to the NorcalMLK Foundation following the Expo.


Images courtesy of Tony Medina

In all nearly 10,000 attendees of all ages experienced BCAF2018.

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