Balogun and Milton 10Working as a volunteer can involve hard work and require patience, but it is also a great way to build camaraderie and make new friends. It is also a lot of fun.

Volunteers must be available to help with the day-to-day operations of the convention as needed. They must be friendly, professional, patient and punctual.

DSC_7803While volunteers might miss out on certain fan events, as they will be working during the Q&A sessions, photo ops, autograph sessions, panels, concerts and/or special events, all volunteers receive a free membership and may use the time spent as volunteer hours for any high school and college requirements.

The following is a list of needed volunteer positions for SOBSFic Con. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact our Director of Event Services, Akinbobola (“Akin”) Donaldson at


Registration volunteers greet pre-registered members, search for them in the registration database and issue badges to con goers and Guests.


Operations volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of SOBSFic Con, wandering throughout the convention space, addressing situations as they arise and reporting back to the Director of Event Services. This job requires you to think on your feet, use good judgment, and exercise a sense of humor. You may be called on to do crowd control or assist with emergency situations but will spend much of the time walking, observing and interacting with congoers.

Panels and Other Programming

These volunteers reset rooms, ensure microphones are turned on, do brief surveys on panels, make sure panelists have water and mints and they generally keep things running smoothly.

Photography / Videography

Our videographers capture video content from various panels, events, and performances. Our photographers take pictures of congoers, volunteers, staff and Guests. 

Social Media

These volunteers will act as roving reporters, using their smart phones, laptops or tablets to do live reporting of the panels  and other goings-on at SOBSFic Con. This content will then be shared on the SOBSFic Con twitter account, State of Black Science Fiction 2012 Facebook Group andwherever else the volunteer chooses to share it and hype the convention. 


These volunteers help put up the decorations and informational signs that will go up to convert the Southwest Arts Center into the SOBSFic Con Experience. Setup involves many different activities including assembling “swag bags,” putting up decorations and posters, setting up panel rooms, setting up the Awards show and Mahogany Masquerade and unloading supplies.

Tear-Down and Cleanup

These volunteers stay after the convention and help with the cleanup.


These volunteers will sit or stand and make sure people entering the Southwest Arts Center have a valid SOBSFic Con badge or know where to go to register. Hospitality volunteers needs to be polite and make everyone feel welcome.


Game Masters, Story Tellers, Game Referees – whatever you want to call yourselves – if you are interested in running a session of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game and can make the gaming experience fun for everyone, this is the job for you!

Of course, we don’t just need people to run the games, but also to assist in the behind the scenes activities including hanging signs, giving directions, notating schedule changes as well as keeping track of time for Game Masters and Gamers.

SOBSFic Con Official


About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at

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  1. […] I am working with Milton Davis to roll out the Ki Khanga Sword and Soul role-playing game at SOBSFic Con and I will edit/publish Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, which releases in December […]

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