OnyxCon Fills the Gap in Speculative Fiction for African Americans

Alicia_and_Asante_at_OnyxconI’m so excited to say that I attended this year’s OnyxCon in Atlanta.  What’s OnyxCon? The short version is that it’s an  event that highlights authors, artists, game designers, comics, and websites that support African-American speculative fiction.  It’s a small event but the impact is huge.

I had the opportunity to meet a group of top notch authors such as Tananarive Due, Milton Davis, Wendy McNair, Alan Jones, and Nicole Sconiers. The event has a lot more growing to do but I believe it fills a much needed gap in speculative fiction. 

What struck me the most were that the attendees were all aware of the concerns surrounding people of color in FFP, Speculative fiction, and Sci Fi.  Everyone agreed that there’s just “not enough” out there.  OnyxCon was a great opportunity to meet and see products as well as get acquainted with authors and artists. My 17-year old bought a comic with an African-American superhero on the cover. How cool is that?

I hope the OnyxCon can change locations next year so that all the vendors are in one location.  Maybe in the AUC Center so that more college students can get involved (Just my two cents). Hopefully, I’ll be able to sign-up for a booth next year and sit next to some of the fabulous authors I met.  OnyxCon was a good event. 

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