Dressed to thrill: Costumed fans flock to Black Comix Expo

Ready for battle: Shem Alleyne (Snake Eyes), left, Jason Talbot (Lion-O), middle, and Alex Blue (Agent J), right, pose during the costume showcase at Black Comix Expo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Feb. 10.
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These fans came for color outside the lines!

Comic-book lovers of all ages flocked to the Black Comix Expo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Feb. 10. The celebration of comics creators of color featured about two dozen writers and artists showing off their work, but the fans who arrived decked out in their creative home-made costumes provided the best entertainment of the day, according to one attendee who trekked to the event from the distant isle of Manhattan.

“My favorite memory was the costume showcase — even the little kids get involved, and that’s what cosplay is all about,” said Alex Blue, who came dressed as “Agent J,” the character played by Will Smith in the movie “Men in Black.”

The Expo, which also featured programming inspired by Afrofuturism — including a virtual-reality experience that put visitors in the body of a black woman, and a panel discussion on black women in science fiction and fantasy — offered a great opportunity to show off individuality and reunite with friends, said Blue.

“You have a chance to create cosplay that is original, and one that no one has ever heard of before,” he said. “It’s a fun, free event and everyone should attend.”

— With Natallie Rocha

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, February 14, 2019
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