Sõl-Con:The Black & Brown Comics Expo
Bringing Minority Creators to the Forefront
Sõl-Con brings together minority youth, as well as industry insiders, indie comic creators and other exhibitors, for a comic convention unlike any other. In a two-day celebration of African, Arabic, African American, Hispanic, Latinx, and mixed-heritage creators, young people will have the chance to attend workshops with talented minority artists, storyboarders, designers, and writers within the comic book and graphic novel industry.
As part of LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research), a branch of the Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Sõl-Con is intended as both a celebration of current creative minds and as a means to expose young minority artists to a culture and means of artistic expression that they may feel disconnected from. Due to the prevalence of white superheroes in the pop-culture landscape, and the erasure of certain popular minority superheroes and villains in media that does utilize them (often in name only), Sõl-Con serves as a means to cultivate a new generation of minority comic creators who will stand on the shoulders of today’s giants.
Sõl-Con is held in conjunction with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) event that takes place on OSU’s campus during Fall Semester. Come join us in celebrating the present, the past, and the future of minority creators in comics.