Afronauts has returned from New York Comic Con (NYCC) and we're ready to share the highlights and best of NYCC. One of the best companies and experiences we had was by the company: RockLove Jewelry. We posted an instant video of it on our YouTube from NYCC and hopefully you have watched it by now. The creator, Allison Cimino gave us a wonderful tour of her booth and great insight on her journey and jewelry.
Allison is very passionate in her work from the designing, in which you can see in the fine details of her jewelry, to the cause of making jewelry wearable for all ages and skin types.
Agent Bunnie at the RockLove Jewelry booth for NYCC 2018! Can you spot Allison in the back?
RockLove Jewelry is a regular at NYCC, but this year they had their biggest booth yet! Decked out in a posh goth decor, they drew in attendees with their Disney collabs and friendly, knowledgeable staff! Their Disney jewelry ranges from the Villains of the Princess line to the superheroes of Marvel!
RockLove Jewelry Black Panther Line
Afronauts purchased these replica Kimoyo beads from the Black Panther movie for some very lucky children. You can shop the whole Black Panther jewelry collection here. Allison was able to work closely with the movie set design to create accurate replicas of the bracelets.
RockLove Jewelry 30th Anniversary Totoro Line
RockLove debuted their 30th Anniversary Totoro jewelry! Yes, they even had something for Anime lovers!
RockLove also debuted their Nightmare Before Christmas jewelry at the con, which you can now buy online, but attendees got first dibs and bragging rights!
We definitely were impressed by Allison and her work! Her dedication shows and her efforts to bring forth fashionable-fan jewelry is already proving to be successful! Allison herself hinted in our video (yes, you should watch it all the way through!) that her jewelry planning goes through 2020! Look out for upcoming Disney collabs for the 2019 live action Aladdin and we're guessing Maleficent jewelry will be released sometime in 2020 when the sequel to the 2014 live action move is released! She also mentioned something special for Valentine's Day with Mickey and Minnie, so hopefully we will see that in 2019!
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The brand Super7 will be premiering their 80's inspired Halloween buckets at New York Comic Con this year for $20/each. Will you be picking one up for your trick-or-treat night or perhaps just to collect?
Images courtesy of Super7.
Afronauts is happy to share with you a first look at a new comic series called "Jook Joint" courtesy of Image Comics.
It is described as "American Horror Story" meets "Law & Order SVU". Straight from the publisher: JOOK JOINT drops readers in the Deep South and introduces Mahalia, who runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans—The Jook Joint. Here she keeps the jazz popping, people bopping… and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: “Keep your hands to yourself.” But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do......
The series is brought to us by the talents of: Tee Franklin and Alitha E. Martinez and will be released Wednesday, October 3 right in time for NYCC. If you're in the area, stop by Midtown Comics for an autograph from Tee Franklin on Wednesday from 8pm-10pm EST.
There is also a special edition cover by Mike Hawthorne and proceeds will go to the Joyful Heart Foundation which aids victims and helps teaches society about sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
By: Agent Bunnie
Prior to attending San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) this year, we here at Afronauts were taken by the art of the American Gods: My Ainsel #1 exclusive cover by Christian Ward, featuring a stunning Lady Liberty in the essence of Serena Williams. The comic is an extension of the American Gods universe created by author, Neil Geiman, who first wrote the novel that was later adapted into the hit TV series on Starz. The comic series by Dark Horse is actually just another version of the novel. So, if you've already read the book then you know the story already. However, that shouldn't stop you from checking this out and I'm about to tell you why!
My Ainsel is the second part of the graphic novel/comic adaptation. The first series of comics is titled "American Gods: Shadows" and now be found as a complete graphic novel under the title "American Gods Volume 1: Shadows".
Description from the publisher: Shadow Moon gets out of jail only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard--thrusting Shadow into a deadly world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a god war is imminent.
Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.
This intro into the next phase of the series is great. Usually, I'm not one for any comic labeled #1. In fact, I tend to buy it and wait until I can get the first 3 or so and just read them all at once, because it seems to take quite a while for any comic series to really get into the story. However, Geiman's writing and this comic book translation catches your attention right away, and you want to keep reading. Even if you haven't read the original novel or even the first volume, you will be intrigued by this. On top of that, the scenery artwork is lovely. The character artwork leaves a little to be desired. I can feel that they were trying to go with a sketch look. A more traditional raw look, rather then a lot of the polished and computerized looking art that we see today. However, especially for the female characters, it is a bit off-putting as they turn out to look a bit aged thus making it hard to believe they're "so young". That minor detail should not derail anyone from starting this series though.
I should add that at the moment you can now pre-order Volume 2 in it's entirety, although you can also pre-order the next issue as well. The choice is yours, but should make one.
Netflix is bringing a huge lineup with them to New York Comic Con, as you can see from the promo photo above.
Details provided by Netflix are as follows:
NETFLIX PRESENTS: BIG MOUTH
Friday, October 5 -- 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Javits Convention Center | Room 1A06
Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series Big Mouth! Join Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, and Jason Mantzoukas, along with executive producers as they take on NYCC with an exclusive live read from a new episode of the highly-anticipated second season. Hilarity is sure to ensue as the show takes on all things borderline raunchy.
Talent: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas and Executive Producers Andrew Goldberg, Jen Flackett and Mark Levin.
NETFLIX & CHILLS
Friday, October 5 -- 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Javits Convention Center | Mainstage
The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Join the casts of The Umbrella Academy, The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as they descend upon New York Comic Con to discuss their highly anticipated new series’. Plus, get a first look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before anyone else. The conversations will leave you sleeping with the lights on and texting your friends about the surprises along the way!
Saturday, October 6 -- 1:30PM - 2:45PM
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Witness New York Comic Con’s highly anticipated return of Daredevil, Marvel’s first superhero on Netflix! Join the series’ stars Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, series showrunner, Erik Oleson and Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb for what promises to be an epic panel full of surprise reveals.
Talent: Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali and series showrunner, Erik Oleson.
What are you looking forward to most from Netflix?
We here at Afronauts are proud and excited to be members of the press for New York Comic Con 2018! We have just posted a press release given to us for the American Gods panel at this years NYCC and will continue to post coverage as it is given to us. We have created the category: NYCC, so you can easily follow our coverage of the event!
By: Agent Bunnie
NYCC has announced it's first ever official American Gods panel set for this year! Make sure to attend October-5, 2018 at 1:30pm in the Hammerstein Ballroom (Manhattan Center) to see executive producer Neil Gaiman and cast members!
American Gods is a TV show from the STARZ network. We here at Afronauts are huge fans! We can't wait for this!
By: Agent Bunnie
On July-20, Afronauts was invited to take part in the SDCC 2018 Black Heroes Flash Mob, which was organized by the Black Heroes Matter organization that promotes a peaceful movement to bring attention to black and brown heroes.
Not only did we participate, but we also helped spread the word! This was the 3rd year of the flash mob, but our first year participating and concept seemed like an amazing opportunity to show support for diversity in comics!
It felt really good to see such a large crowd gather to support such a positive movement! Many great writers, artists, cosplayers, and influencers were there along side a great fan crowd! We will be joining them next year!
By: Agent Bunnie
Afronauts has returned from San Diego Comic-Con 2018! We survived the chaos, crowds, and heat! We'd like to share our thoughts, experiences, and pictures with all you Afrofuturists!
Just in case you didn't know what San Diego Comic-Con is, or SDCC for short, it is the world's largest comic convention! It's held annually in San Diego, California (USA). Although, it originally started out as a comic convention, it has since turned into a huge pop culture celebration. This was Afronauts third year attending the convention. We had previously attended in 2015 & 2016, but unfortunately we were unable to attend the con last year due to unforeseen circumstances.
Since we had previously been attendees, we knew what to except- big crowds, long lines, and lots of waiting. The downsides are unavoidable. Whether you want to buy an exclusive piece of merchandise or you plan on attending a panel, there is almost always a line to get to your destination. With that said and while we knew about the long waits, we do feel that SDCC was a bit unorganized. In the past, we had never really had issues, because rules and regulations were clear. This year, it seemed like the regulations changed almost instantly and one convention worker did not have the same requests as the next. On Comic-Con's part, it did seem like there was a lack of communication and training this year and this was a bit frustrating to have to work with. We truly hope that they can work out their kinks for 2019.
We did, however, put our best foot forward! After all, we receive what we expel! So, we were determined to have the best time that we could!
The city of San Diego really outdid itself this year for Comic-Con! We have never seen so much decoration and design. We took a 15 minute walk up the street to the edge of the Gas Lamp District and there was still so much to see! They literally "wrapped" the city up this year! Every bus, every trolley, and most buildings had something on them to represent an aspect of SDCC! Everyone really came out to support the event and it was great to see!
Cosplaying Couple of the Green Lantern Core
Not only did the Comic-Con organization and the city of San Diego do a great job, but the fan community really came out in a supportive way! This year's SDCC felt way more open-arm'd and supportive than any other year! We had such an amazing time connecting with other like-minded fans.
Agent Afornaut is here with a Gryffindor Bunny! We love this personal fan take on Harry Potter's own House!
One thing that's hard to spot at comic conventions is Anime or cartoon cosplay. Usually, it's all comic book characters in some format, whether it's from the actual comics or the movies and TV shows. However, we spotted this great Garnet cosplay from the Cartoon Network cartoon, Steven Universe, as we were leaving the Afrofuturism panel.
FYI: Steven Universe is a great cartoon that emphasizes female power and relationships, as well as diversity! The story line has become wonderfully in depth and so have the characters! If you haven't watched it yet or caught up in the series, we suggest you get on it!
The number of cosplayers at SDCC in some sort of Black Panther cosplay was astounding to see! We personally loved this powerful female take on the actual Black Panther character!
Speaking of Black Panther cosplays, it's great to see people cosplay secondary characters, because we all know they play just as important of a role to the story! Where would T'Challa be without his strong mother!
While waiting for the Black Heroes Matter flash mob, we met a great cosplay of the classic Static Shock from Milestone Comics. DC Comics would later acquire the rights to this character with a merge.
Overall, we did have a good time at this years SDCC and met a lot of great people! Look out for our spotlight posts on SDCC coming soon on this blog and the podcasts we have coming on the con! If you happen to know who any of the cosplayers are or you can self-identify yourself, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Agent Bunnie
Afronauts attended FanimeCon 2018 this past Memorial Weekend in San Jose, California on May 25th - 27th. (FanimeCon did operate on Monday, May 28th, but we did not attend that day.)
FanimeCon is a regular convention for us here at Afronauts and this year did not disappoint! We enjoyed the atmosphere and organization created by the staff of FanimeCon. The guides and setup were easy to use and navigate, and we had a great time!
Below are the pictures we took from the con! We credited as many people as we could. If you know anyone who was not properly identified, please email the proper information to: email@example.com
We knew that in light of the release of the movie, "Deadpool 2", there would be a lot of cosplayers embodying the movie and there was! However, we have to say that hands down, Jasmine (aka UniqueSora), had the best Domino cosplay at the con! - Support her art, education, and cosplay here.
This is myself (aka Agent Bunnie/TheBunnie) with an amazing Maleficent cosplay of the live action movie version! Bringing her to life was: Tiffany! We love the personal take on character's dress! The movie is really good and we suggest you watch it if you haven't!
We spotted a great cosplay of Luffy from the anime, "One Piece" as we were walking into Artist Alley.
Another popular piece of pop culture to cosplay right now are the characters from the anime: "The Ancient Magus'' Bride". We spotted a very well done cosplay of Elias!
Sidenote: This anime was released last year and is very good! If you haven't watched it we highly suggest it!
We were just standing in line for takoyaki from Hirotako, when we happened to notice this amazing cosplay of Stevonnie behind us! Our own Agent Afronaut is here with Katherine.
RIP Boondocks! But thanks to people like Jarvis, we can keep it alive in our hearts! Check out his sick cosplay of Bushido!
Talk about a man of many talents! The photo above and this one were taken the same day! And both are cosplays from Mr.Jarvis! Here he is cosplaying Flynt from the anime, "RWBY".
Here is a cute couple cosplay of Elias and Chise from "The Ancient Magus' Bride" by Jai & tsuki_tsukiyo.
That concludes our coverage of FanimeCon 2018! We hope to be back next year! Up next for us in San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in San Diego, California in July! We hope to see you there and if you see us, please say "hi"!
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