Reception & Awards Programs at Tech-Freire
Philadelphia, PA – May 18, 2018 – “The City of Firsts” – has long been recognized as a place that has provided fertile ground for a number of artistic efforts, including music, dance, mural-making, storytelling and comic book creation. In fact, the first Black comic book was created here in Philadelphia in 1947 by brothers Orrin and George Evans: All-Negro Comics #1. ECBACC, the first full-service Comic Book Convention and the model for community-based comic book conventions, diversi-cons and ethno-cons, has successfully cultivated balanced images of Black superheroes, and has served as a nexus, conduit and catalyst for Black comic book creators, their colleagues and fans since 2002. For the past 17 years, ECBACC has paid tribute to this important legacy, promoted the work of veteran as well as up-and-coming artists, and served as a wellspring of collaborative efforts among comic book creators. “The place to meet and network with Black comic book publishers, artists, writers, their colleagues and their fans is at ECBACC,” says ECBACC, Inc. Vice-President and Event Coordinator Akinşeye Brown. “…ECBACC is the place to be.”
The 13th Annual Glyph Comics Awards (GCA), the nation’s first international award of its kind, will be hosted on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, from 6:30p.m. – 9p.m., at Tech-Freire Charter School / 2221 N. Broad St. The Glyphs has been hosted annually by The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.) since 2006. The Glyphs recognizes the best in Black-themed comic books, comic strips, web-comics and graphic novels. Categories include: Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cover, Best Comic Strip or Web-Comic, Best Female Character, Best Male Character, Rising Star, Best Reprint Publication, Story of the Year, and Fan Award for Best Comic. While it is not exclusive to Black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comic book medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact.
Who will take home a GCA this year? Join us at Tech-Freire Charter H.S. / 2221 N. Broad St. on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at 6:30p.m. to find out.