WakandaCon Forever: Popular Afro-futuristic Convention Will Make Its Triumphant Return

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As the urgency for diverse representation continues to rise to the forefront, Wakandacon offers a refuge that oftentimes doesn’t exist. For black folks eager to partake in the bevy of popular Comic-Cons and expos at their disposal, oftentimes its a frustrating experience fraught with casual prejudice and alienation.

Cue Wakandacon, which prides itself on being a three-day celebration of Afro-futuristic art, technology, community, cosplay, and self-expression within the African diaspora. And after making its debut last summer, the burgeoning family-friendly convention will be making its triumphant return at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago on July 26-28.

“We were inspired to create something more than a fandom convention. Wakandacon is about art, culture, tech, and self-expression, but also about showcasing dreams, aspirations, and authentic representation of Black people,” Wakandacon founder David Barthwell said in a statement.


His co-conspirators are comprised entirely of fellow Chicago residents: Ali and Matt Barthwell join him as co-founders, while Lisa Beasley and Taylor Witten serve as founding producers. And yes, all of the above are black.

“We wanted a space to gather and talk about everything African-Americans are passionate about,” added Ali. “Afro-futurism is about imagining a future for Black people all around the world. Wakandacon is a space for Black people to look past the present and into our future.”

With more than 2,500 attendees and over 70 minority-owned vendors involved last year, expect those numbers to skyrocket as the convention continues to grow in popularity.


For tickets and information, visit their website.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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Quinzel, one of the writers on my blog is covering this, and we’re super excited!