See the full list at NPR.org.
Women of color are FOUR of the five National Book Award Finalists for Fiction.
Carmen Maria Machado is also a finalist for the Nebula Novelette award and her stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and Best Women’s Erotica. (And shout out to Machado from this Philly girl. She grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.)
It doesn’t stop there. Also check out Shane McRae, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Layli Long Soldier, Erika L. Sánchez, and more!
This will be the convention’s 3rd year.
Be a part of real change in the comics community! Register TODAY!
Creator Maia “Crown” Williams says: Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – M.E.C.C.A., aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book and artist convention held annually in Detroit, Michigan. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to promote knowledge and activity in the youth art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that not all “heroes” look the same—that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books and what the word “hero” actually means. Unlike many “comic cons,” we don’t just focus only on comic books. Art comes in many forms, and we want to highlight them all. At the end of the day, art is and always will be creative expression.
This is some of what you’ll find at MECCAcon:
- COMIC BOOKS
- FINE ART
- INDIE FILM FEST
- STEAMPUNK DEVELOPMENT CLASS
- INDEPENDENT FILM
- DJ ARTISTS
- AFRICAN DANCE
- URBAN GARDENING
- AFRICAN MARTIAL ARTS
- GRAFFITI ART
- ARTISANS AND THEIR HANDCRAFTED ITEMS
- CLOTHING DESIGNERS
- YOUTH LITERATURE
LINK: Read at The AV Club.
Read Julia Lee’s thoughtful piece at The Atlantic.
The hard push to go into “STEM” fields comes from advocacy groups, government, even our own families and communities…at what cost?
Read about it at Variety.com.
The whitewashing just doesn’t stop. A biopic of Mary Magdalene is a huge and admirable undertaking. So much opportunity for better choices than this.
Actress Rooney Mara
Read at io9.com.
Some of the guest editors: Sunil Patel, Nalo Hopkinson, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nisi Shawl, and Berit Ellingsen.
Click here to read at Mental Floss.
It’s official: Nerds, people of color, and horror represent. The times, they are a’changing.
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