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.
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
Atlanta is the capital of new growth and commerce in the south. Culturally and economically, Atlanta has a strong African American and International African Diaspora community. Many African Americans and other ethnicities/cultures that support the communities have a vested interest in products created for and by people of direct African decent. ONYXCON will create awareness, a new market base, and educational opportunities for consumers and industry professionals who produce unique Art and products for these supporters.