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ECBACC celebrates black comic books this Saturday

Godzilla: Awakening artist and Philadelphian, Eric Battle, is just one of the guests at Saturday's ECBACC.
Arthur Adams; Photo courtesy of Legendary Entertainment

The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention returns to Philadelphia, Saturday, May 17. The non-profit organization is the nation's premiere black comic convention, encouraging youth literacy and expression through comic books.

The long list of special guests includes artist and Philadelphia native, Eric Battle. Battle is known for his pencils on Milestone Media's "Kobalt" and "Hardware" series, as well as additional work for both DC Comics ("Aquaman") and Marvel. His current work includes "Godzilla: Awakening" from Legendary Comics. "Godzilla: Awakening" is the official prelude to the upcoming May 2014 feature film, "Godzilla." Other work includes "The Scourge" from "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd and published by Aspen Comics. Artist N. Steven Harris ("Watson & Holmes," "Aztek: The Ultimate Man," "Chromium Man") will also be a guest at the convention. Harris is the co-creator of the "Ajala: A Series of Adventures" comic book, along with Robert Garrett, another ECBACC guest. Ajala is nominated for the 2014 Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character.

In addition to a comic book marketplace and kids' library zone, featuring Kuumba Kids; discussion panels will be held, including the Believable Black Women Writer's Panel and the Decent Depictions Artist's Panel. ECBACC will also feature AfriCoz 3, an African-inspired cosplay contest with prizes. The full programming schedule and guest list can be found at the ECBACC website.

The 2014 Glyph Comics Awards will be held Friday, May 16, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia from 6PM-9PM. The Glyph Comics Awards "celebrate the best in black sci-fi, storytelling, art and imagery."

The 13th Annual ECBACC will take place at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street in Philadelphia from 11AM-7PM on May 17. Admission is only $10. Kids 12 and under are free with accompanying paying adult. For more information on any of the above events, visit

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