Author William Jones will be featured at Culturcon!, an upcoming literacy conference to celebrate comic books with a focus on health and cultural awareness.
Culturcon! will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buck Lodge Middle School, 2611 Buck Lodge Rd., Adelphi, Md.
Jones, a self-described comic book geek, is the founder of Afrofuturism Network an organization that seeks to support the ever-growing community of black writers, artists, and thinkers in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and film, and analyzes the contributions and portrayal of black characters in these mediums.
He is the author of The Ex-Con, Voodoo Priest, Goddess, and the African King: A Social, Cultural, and Political Analysis of Four Black Comic Book Hero. His book explores the origins of black comic book characters and analyzes their representation throughout comic book history.
“I am very honored to be invited to participate in this event,” Jones said. “I’m happy that the Afrofuturism Network has yet another opportunity to be involved in the community and the education of young people.”
Jones will be the special guest for the first annual Culturcon!. The event includes a variety of community and health vendors, literacy workshops and raffles. Attendees can also participate in a costume contest, but no life-like weapons will be allowed.
Admission to Culturcon! is $5 and children age 6 and under are free. The event is being held as a fundraiser for Buck Lodge Middle School.
More information about Culturcon! is available on the school’s website at: www1.pgcps.org/bucklodge/
Jones frequently hosts workshops for young people where he shares his knowledge of black comic book heroes and illustration techniques. He speaks regularly on the subjects of the history of black people in America and the image of black people in various forms of media, pop culture and hip-hop music at various venues, college campuses and at conferences both nationally and abroad.
Learn more about Jones and Afrofuturism Network at: www.afrofuturismnet.com
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