Virtuous Con, a virtual comic book, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, returns this weekend, February 12 -13, with Virtuous Con: Black History Month 2022. This year’s theme is “A New Narrative,” highlighting Black creators moving forward in the independent creative space.
Guests include director Prentice Penny (Insecure, Uncorked), showrunner/writer/producer Cheo Hodari Coker (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Creed II), novelist, screenwriter, and producer Tananarive Due (Horror Noire, The Twilight Zone) and actress and producer Simone Missick, star of All Rise (OWN), Altered Carbon (Netflix) and the first Black woman to portray a superhero on TV in Marvel’s Luke Cage.
The event takes place via the Virtuous Con website, and is sponsored by Brooklyn’s Anyone Comics, indie comics publisher Best Jackett Press and virtual event platform Remo. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Other guests include award-winning comic book scribe David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Bitter Root, Naomi), actor, rapper, and producer Malcolm Barrett (The Boys, Timeless), New York Times bestselling author Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer), host, writer, and producer Angélique Roché (Marvel’s Voices, Creative Quarantine), and award-winning fantasy author Kwame Mbalia (Tristan Strong, Black Boy Joy). Comics guests include Micheline Hess, Bianca Xunise, Steenz, Lawrence Lindell, Breena Nuñez, and Sharon Lee De La Cruz
The event was founded by award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy (The Order of the Seers, The Wolf Queen), and is entirely created by Black women.
“Often, for Black History Month, there is a focus on struggle and oppression,” Murphy said in a statement, “but we really wanted to highlight creators who have been creating a new narrative of stories throughout their careers. We’re about leveraging creative freedom to expand the narratives and mediums where marginalized voices can thrive. Each of our vendors and guests is a shining example of that!”
For more information, and the complete schedule, check out the website.