OnyxCon

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OnyxCon is the first event that I am attending in 2017. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to meet me, please come out and join us for this FREE event. There will be a host of talented creatives, cosplayers, and much more.

ONYXCON IS,

The largest convention in the Southeast celebrating the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in *REALMS OF IMAGINATION through the popular arts.

So what exactly is ONYXCON?

ONXCON is a convention, festival, and celebration.

We promote, showcase, educate, and entertain all fans of the Sequential Arts and related media.  We EDUTAIN!  We feature independent and legendary creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on African Diaspora culture, concepts, interests, and general markets. Ultimately we represent diversity in these Arts and so we are open to representing all POPULAR ARTS  that are CONSCIOUSLY DIVERSE!  Our event is for everyone, and is a progressive and diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts who appreciate our showcase. Because comic books/comic strips have long stood as the foundation Art form of this type of convention, comics are a major feature. But ONYXCON IS NOT LIMITED TO COMIC BOOKS. Our events highlight other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectable toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts. 

Why? 

Similar events that inspired ONYXCON continue to have success. Established festivals like Philadelphia’s East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) founded by Yumy Odom inspired this event.

The original – The Black Age of Comics Convention founded in 1993 by Artist/Educator Mr. Turtel ONLI of Chicago, IL, was the 1st Black Age convention. Inspired ECBACC and many other conventions making ONLI the “Father of The Black Age of Comics”!  Others that added to the movement include The Motor City Black Age of Comics (Detroit, MI) founded by Andre Batts/Urban Style Comics, The Kids Comicon ( Bronx, NY ) founded by Alex Simmons.  These conventions, The National Black Arts Festival and numerous other ‘comic cons’ were inspirational catalyst for the creation of ONYXCON.

ONYX + CON = ONYXCON

The origin of the word Onyx is defined as meaning ‘ring’. Onyx is also associated with the stone of the same name which features many tones and variations. It is often prized for the variations that are Black. The good energy attributes associated with the stone, the term ‘Black’ as it associates with the culture and vision of the African Diaspora, and the symbolism of a ‘ring’ as a complete circle of networking, learning, and influence are the symbolisms associated with the ONYXCON’s mission. CON means to convene, come together, unify for a purpose. Con is short for Convention.  = ONYXCON

For more information, please visit their website.

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Author: Aaron-Michael Hall

Aaron-Michael Hall is a native of southern Illinois. She was born and raised just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo. After moving about the country, she has returned to her roots and where this journey began. When she was younger, Aaron-Michael would get lost in the fantasy and sci-fi worlds created by Andre Norton, N.K. Jemisin, R.A. Salvatore, Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and R. Scott Bakker. Being from a large family, Aaron-Michael would often steal away high in a tree or nearby wood seeking solitude. While enjoying the peace her natural surrounding provided, she created her own worlds and languages. For hours, she would be lost in the magnificence of her own imagination. Some characters and elements created then are used now in her current series. The Rise of Nazil is the first novel in the trilogy of the same name from this new author. It is an intelligent and intriguing read with a host of characters. Seed of Scorn (book 2) and Piercing the Darkness (book 3) complete The Rise of Nazil trilogy and are all available on Amazon. When asked why she wrote this series, Aaron-Michael simply said, “It needed to be written.” Blood of Oisin is the title of the first novel in The Shifter trilogy that releases February 2017. It is her hope that the readers enjoy the wonders of Faélondul even more than she enjoyed writing about them.