The 7th Annual East Coast Black Age Of Comics ConventionReception and Kick-offFriday, May 16, 20086:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)7th and Arch Streets / Philadelphia, PAThe 7th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention(Full Day of convention)Saturday, May 17, 200810:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.Temple University / Anderson Hall11th and Berks Sts. / Philadelphia, PAAbout the Glyph Comics Awards presented Friday:The Glyph Comics Awards recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year. While it is not exclusive to black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comics medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact. By doing so, the goal is to encourage more diverse and high quality work across the board and to inspire new creators to add their voices to the field.The awards are named for the blog Glyphs: The Language of the Black Comics Community, started in 2005 by comics journalist Rich Watson as a means to provide news and commentary of comics with black themes, as well as tangential topics in the fields of black science-fiction/fantasy and animation.About the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention held Saturday:The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, in association with the Temple University Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, is an annual gathering of comic book creators and retailers who create and sell material that caters to black readers of all ages. In addition to selling their work, they also take part in panel discussions and self-publishing workshops for aspiring creators. The convention is held on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia each May. There is also a pre-show reception held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. ECBACC is an outgrowth of the original Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago, founded by Turtel Onli.For more information about ECBACC, contact event coordinator Maurice Waters.If you want to send a comment or get on the mailing list for the 7th Annual ECBACC, please send an email to

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