Friday, September 17, 2010

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Welcome to the Black Age Weekend Celebration of the creative work done by indie and mainstream professionals in the fields of graphic novels, sci-fi, movies, video, games, costuming, illustration, writing, and education. ( Oct. 15th, 16th, & 17th. )

"BLACK AGE XIII" will be Oct. 16th , 2010 at Kenwood Academy HS, in the Art Building, 5015 South Blackstone, Chicago IL. (Walking distance from the personal home of President Obama & the birthplace of the Nuclear Age, The University of Chicago). Enter on the Lake Park street entrance near the parking lot. Welcome to the 13th edition of the Black Age of Comics Convention produced by ONLI STUDIOS. This convention is the high point of this year's Black Age weekend.

Time: 9am to 4:30pm.

Admission: $5 Adults., $3 Students of all types, Free for fans wearing any costume, Seniors, over 65 and children under 10.

Theme: "Celebrating Sustahs of the Black Age": We will be celebrating selected women of all ages for their contributions to the Black Age's ideals and values.

Program: Featuring L.A. Banks, the featured author, in our Readers' Circle appreciation of "Vampire Huntress" and Banks' inspirational contribution to the Black Age and beyond. Black Age poster art exhibitions, children's free toy give-away while they last, "Black Comix", gaming for girls, vendors, graphic novels for reluctant readers, raffles for Black Age collectibles, workshops on production and promotion, 'Squeradin' Contest & Collector's market, Lecture, Presentations, Musical performances and "Date With An Artist Raffle.

('Squeradin' is masquerading, cosplay, or costuming on any level.)

Confirmed Art Stars & Star Authors: L. A. Banks, Eric Battle, Arie Monroe, N. Steven Harris, Ashley A. Woods, Nnedi Okorafor, John Jennings, Afua Richardson, Kiesha Howard & The Sugar Gamers, Elaine Oldham, Corey Greene, Andre' Batts, Joe D. McFee, Adrian Adams & Xigency Studios, Joe Currie & Strictly Underground, Kimberly Platt, Marc Moran, LaMorris Richmond, Michael Smith II, Tim Jackson, Barbara Jenkins, Juan Aravelo, Nino Mesarina, Robert Boyd, Rod Jenkins / Kiss Me Comix, Evangeline Lacey, Yaounde Olu, Alfred Williamson, Lago & Turtel Onli.

Opportunities: Interested vendors, supporters, advertisers, or presenters should contact us at or 773-726-1610.


Oct. 15th: "Black Age XIII" Weekend opening events.

During the time of 5pm until 1opm opening at Black Age Central, 5226 south Harper Avenue, in Chicago, we will host a kick off Press conference ( 5:30pm), exhibit of student & professional art, , sales, Art Star signings & social mixer.

Ms Brenda Sawyer & The Friends of the Blackstone Library will host a welcome reading featuring Ms. L. A. Banks at 7pm. We will be giving away fifty free passes to "BLACK AGE XIII". A great way to meet Black Age Art Stars.

Black Age Central will be opened for a limited run. Starting on Oct. 8th until Oct. 18th. On Oct. 13th at 3:30pm to 5:30pm the Anime Club of Kenwood Academy HS will be hosting a toy and free pass to "Black Age XIII" give-away. (The regular week day hours will be posted here asap.)

Special thanks to the generosity of Hy PA the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts & Culture.

Meet Jackie Ormes:Before "Black Age XIII" weekend the DuSable Museum of African American History is planning to present a workshop on the late creative genius and impact of the pioneering syndicated cartoonist from Chicago, Ms Jackie Ormes.

Little Black Pearl is hosting a "Sustahs of the Black Age" exhibition of illustrations and fine art plus signings featuring Afua Richardson, Arie Monroe, Eric Battle, N. Steven Harris, Yaounde Olu, Khadijah Ali-Colemen & the co-author of "BLACK COMIX", John Jennings. Khadijah Ali-Coleman will be reading from Liberated Muse to musical accompaniment by Aki Antonia. Hours: 6pm to 9pm during the monthly Bronzeville Arts District Trolley tour. Free admission.

Special thanks to the innovative vision of Little Black Pearl! Y'all rock!!!


A tour of the iconic Chicago Defender newspaper's offices in the heart of the Bronzeville Community. ( Limited to the first 20 participants to sign up. )

Oct.17th 8am to Noon:

The first Black Age Power Breakfast Professional Workshop. A professional workshop to process the crucial non-creative factors that play a role in the process of winning this war for minds & market shares. Limited to 25 industry professionals.
( Filled up. However we do have a waiting list for interested professionals. )

The Bronzeville Walk of Fame: We will visit this tribute to historic Black folks that at some point were based in the Bronzeville area of Chicago. They include Jack Johnson, and Sam Cooke along with many others.

1pm to 3pm: Professor and co-author John Jennings will put the exclamation mark to close out the weekend with a signing of "Black Comix" and "The Hole" at the DuSable Museum which will be presenting its book rack featuring Black Age products for fans, students, families, collectors, and educators.

Special thanks to the new leadership at the DuSable!!!!! We love you!

The Black Age welcomes all positive folks who have an interest in these innovative approaches to positive expressive creativity and entrepreneurship!

Thank you for making this a great weekend. "Indie today: Black Age forever!!!"