By: Afiya Augustine February 2. 2017
Once again the PBS Media and Central High School of Newark, NJ are collaborating this Spring to present the 3rd Annual KHEM Comic Book Fest. The day-long festival will take place at Central High School at 246 18th Ave. Newark, NJ 07108 on March 18, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special Guests will include Khalil Maasi (“The Chappelle Show,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”), Roy Okupe (The Legend of Wale Williams), TJ Sterling (Okemus), Micheline Hess (Malice In Ovenland), MSHINDO KUUMBA (Indigo) and Akinseye Brown (Sokoya Comics).
The Khem Comic Book Fest is an annual convention that features creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on artists and characters of color. The day is filled with entertainment and activities such as comic Book/Education workshops, a marketplace, a comic book library and panel discussions and screenings with industry professionals.
The goal of the event is to use comic books, films and popular culture to develop youth literacy and expression through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math). In addition, all proceeds from the Khem Comic Book Fest will go to the Central High School Engineering Academy Program.
In addition to comics, the Khem Comic Book Fest also highlights other genres such as speculative fiction, video games and collectible toys and models. The screenings include creative films, documentaries as well as animation. The festival has also become a diverse networking event for artists, writers and teachers as well as comic book enthusiasts and fans of cosplay, fantasy and popular culture for the attendees.
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