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Black Comic Book Festival draws thousands in Harlem

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>>Sreenivasan: THIS WEEKEND, NEW YORK’S SCHOMBURG LIBRARY IN HARLEM CELEBRATED THE TRADITION OF BLACK COMICS WITH ITS ANNUAL BLACK COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL. THOUSANDS ATTEND THE TWO-DAY EXHIBITION, WHICH ALSO FEATURES SCREENINGS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND A COSPLAY COMPETITION. AND FOR FANS, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, IT’S A CHANCE TO MEET SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE COMIC CREATORS AND MAYBE FIND SOME NEW SUPERHEROES.>>THE BLACK COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL WAS STARTED EIGHT YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS SMALLER TO START. NOW, WE GET ABOUT 8,000 PEOPLE. IT’S BEEN REALLY EXCITING. IT’S TO SEE THE WAYS THAT BLACK CREATIVITY AND BLACK CULTURE IS BEING CELEBRATED.>>AWESOME! DEFINITELY!>>I LIKE THAT BOOK.>>I CAN’T BREATHE!>>THANK YOU!>>HAVING KIDS COME UP AND GET REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE BOOKS IS REALLY THE POINT OF IT ALL. OUR MAIN CHARACTER IS, YOU KNOW, A STRONG BLACK TEENAGE GIRL WHO’S GETTING A TEAM TOGETHER TO HELP HER SAVE THE WORLD.>>THERE’S THIS COMIC CALLED THE “TUSKEGEE HEIRS,” AND THAT’S MY FAVORITE COMIC.>>MAKE SURE WE LET KIDS KNOW.>>YEAH. HIS GREAT-UNCLE, MY UNCLE, WAS A TUSKEGEE AIRMAN. IT’S AMAZING THAT MY UNCLE IS REPRESENTED IN A COMIC BOOK.>>IT IS M.L.K. WEEKEND, AND WE THINK OF COMICS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING AS VERY DIFFERENT, BUT I THINK THEY’RE BOTH ABOUT HEROISM AND THINKING ABOUT WAYS THAT HEROES CAN BE EVERYDAY PEOPLE. AND THAT HERO COULD BE YOU.

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