The State of Black Science Fiction Convention, or SOBSF Con (“SOBSFic Con”) began with a telephone conversation between authors, event collaborators and friends, Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade. After attending dozens of geek conventions as guests, attending professionals and Guests of Honor, they both wanted to see a fan convention highlighting Black Speculative Fiction; a safe space for Black cosplayers and Black fans of geek culture in all its expressions: literature, film, fashion, art, comic books, theater and television.

Milton and Balogun presented the idea to their 6000+ member Black Speculative Fiction, Film and Art collective, The State of Black Science Fiction and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Milton and Balogun then went about procuring a venue to host the convention and putting together a great team to organize this Blacktastic event.

That team is:

Balogun Ojetade, Con-Chair

Balogun Ojetade

Milton Davis, Con-Chair

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Daniel Flores, Operations Coordinator / Media Track Manager [Graphics and Forms; Meetings; Art, Film and Media Panels]

Dan Collage

Lorèn Nikki Anthony, Marketing and Hospitality Coordinator [Advertising; Marketing; Outreach; Parties; Social Media; Guest Services]

SOBSFic Con

Akinbobola Donaldson, Event Services Coordinator [Volunteers; Vendors; Security]

SOBSFic Con

Aisha Flores, IT & Technical Services Coordinator [IT & Tech Services; Website; Logistics]

SOBSFic Con

If you want to be part of the team, join us. We need volunteers in all areas of the con. For high school and college students, SOBSF Con is a fun way to earn volunteer hours and intern experience.

We look forward to giving you – and US – a Blacktastic and unforgettable convention experience!

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 https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

3 responses »

  1. […] Here is a list of some of our confirmed Guests. This list is ever-expanding, so check back often to learn what other Blacktastic Guests will be in attendance at SOBSF Con! […]

  2. […] Here is a list of some of our confirmed Guests. This list is ever-expanding, so check back often to learn what other Blacktastic Guests will be in attendance at SOBSF Con! […]

  3. Fujimoto says:

    You’ve got a great bunch organizing the convention. Definitely in good hands!

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