On June 11th, Afrofuturism Network, founded by William Jones, presented its first annual comic book convention and conference in Chantilly, Virginia. The all-day event was held at the AVS Inc (Audio Visual Systems) office and targeted those who were interested specifically in the contributions of black artists and creators in the genre.
The conference provided activities promoting creativity in the youth, innovative workshops, informative panel discussions and featured the talents of various artists. Cosplayers were also out in full effect, and local artists were able to take advantage of the marketplace to promote and sell their goods.
A little over one hundred people attended and were pleased with the experience they had at the event.
“I enjoyed the reactions from the audience members that attended the panel discussions,” said William Jones, founder of Afrofuturism Network and organizer of the conference. “Based on their responses I could tell that they were both enlightened and entertained. I also enjoyed the cosplayers that attended the event. There is definitely an audience that is being underserved and appreciate the vision of my company.”
Overall, the feedback was quite positive. Corey Morgan, an attendee of the conference, had this to say. “So I can definitely say that my debut as the Falcon at the AFN Convention and Conference was a success! I wasn’t able to stay long, but I understand that William Mason Jr. Jones hit it out of the park! I had a great time taking photos with Liam Stillman, Lynne Marie (who did one if the best Storm cosplays you’ve ever seen), Rossi Brown and of course, Fred Holt. Can’t wait until the next one!”
“To say the first annual AfroFuturism Network Comic-Con and Conference was a success, would be an understatement! My hat goes off to Mr. William Mason Jones Jr. for launching a very organized, accommodating and professional show. I had an opportunity to meet old fans and make new ones, as well as catch up with colleagues, such as Chris Ward Dewunmi Roye Okupe, Tony Kittrell, Naseed Gifted and Shawn Alleyne. Many thanks goes out to my special lady Rosalie Sexton, who always keeps things orderly and running without a hitch. Didnt know she was a big fan of BLADE tho. Now I know why we get along so well. If, you didn’t have a chance to visit this con, do so next year. To attend was an honor! I will be returning.” – Roosevelt Pitt, conference attendee.
Plans for next year’s conference are already underway. “I would like to thank all the attendees, vendors, presenters, family and friends that came out to support my event,” Willian added. “They helped to make my dream a reality, and I look forward to building upon the momentum that began at this event. I am proud to be part of the growing black geek community.”
About Afrofuturism Network
AFN seeks to support the ever growing community of black writers, artists, and thinkers in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and film. Here, we analyze the contributions and portrayal of black characters in these mediums. AFN will examine the role and place of black people in the past present and future and serve as a hub for black creativity and thought.
Read more at afrofuturismnet.com
About William Jones
William Jones, the founder of Afrofuturism Network, is a historian, “comic book geek”, writer, and educator. He is a sought-after public speaker on the subjects of the history of black people in America, the image of black people in various forms of media, pop culture and hip-hop music, to name just a few. He has spoken on various college campuses and at conferences both nationally and abroad.
Company Name: Blue Artists, LLC (Publicist)
Contact Person: William Jones
Country: United States