SOBSFCon returns in 2018 as Blacktasticon a lot easier to pronounce, huh? – and they are seeking enthusiastic fans, scholars and creators of Black Speculative Fiction, Fashion, Film and Fabrication to work with them as Track Directors.

Track Directors will work directly with Blacktasticon Co-Chairs Balogun Ojetade and Milton Davis to come up with exciting, cutting edge programming for their track.

During the convention, Track Directors will ensure their tracks are running smoothly, that guests and panelists are in place and comfortable and that their track provides a great experience for the fans.

Each track will have several volunteers that will assist in the workings of that track.

So, if you are ready to put in some creativity and hard work, we are looking for YOU! Contact us on the Blacktasticon Facebook event page  and tell us what track you’re interested in. We will make our decisions on Track Directors by the end of this month.

The Blacktasticon Tracks are:

Media

The Media track combines the best of all Black mixed media! From audio podcasting to television to YouTube and beyond, we bring the best and brightest to inform, teach and entertain.

The Media Track features guests and panels where you get to interact with your favorite stars, ask questions, and even nod your head and stomp your feet to some jazz, reggae, hip-hop, ragtime, African drumming, blues or other form of hot Black music.

Afroretroism

The Afroretroism Track is the destination for times of “neverwas” and days of “could-have-beens.”

Panels and events showcasing Sword and Soul, Steamfunk, Rococoa, Dieselfunk, and traditional African dance and martial arts are what this Blacktastic track is all about!

Afrofuturism

The Afrofuturism Track will examine Black/African people in the future and that futuristic representation in literature, film, music and artwork.

Sweet Chariot is going to swing down, stop and let you ride all the way to the worlds of the Dark Universe, Cyberfunk, Cybertrap, infinity and beyond!

Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Horror

The Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Horror Track focuses on intriguing storytelling in books and media in a genre where supernatural beings of all varieties often exist side-by-side with humans.

Looking for mystery, the abnormal, and unearthly? On the lookout for ghosts, the unexplained, the unreal and the really scary?

This track features actors, authors, artists, scholars and fans of the wicked, the weird, the fantastical and sometimes grotesque tales and terrors that haunt our imaginations.

Gaming

The Gaming Track is the place to go for unique and fun pen and paper Role Playing Games such as Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role Playing Game, for board games, card games, videogames, as well as gamer culture in general.

There will be presentations and discussions about games and game technology, development, and artwork as part of the program, as well as people selling games in the dealers room and a few gaming tournaments for prizes, giveaways and bragging rights!

Youth

Are you a family with young people between the ages of 5-17? If so, then Blacktasticon has programming for your youth!

Our Youth Track will have “something for everyone” for the children and teenagers that attend Blacktasticon. We are planning activities that explore science, art, costuming, gaming, literature, creative play, as well as movement, music, martial arts and theatre.

The Youth Track is a safe place for our young people to enjoy Blacktasticon on their level while you participate in the convention at your leisure. There will be volunteers from around the world that are experts at working with children, many of whom are teachers or teachers at heart.

Cosplay

Whether you’re into Superheroes, historical costumes, film replicas, interpretations from text or animation, or entirely original designs – if you rock your fandom through clothing, Blacktasticon is the place for you!

This track features workshops that teach practical costuming skills, like how to finish a seam, stitch a period-accurate hem, tailor a garment, or apply stage makeup, as well as panels on cosplaying in non-canon-bodies, overcoming racism, sexism and body shaming in the cosplay community and much more!

Film

The Film Track is the place to be for filmmakers and film-lovers. Blacktasticon will bring you Black science fiction, fantasy, animation, and horror short films as well as a few features – really special Black speculative films you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Then there are our panels on digital and analog FX, makeup, distribution, advanced film audio techniques, fight choreography and becoming a stuntperson on stage and screen. If you are interested in acting, producing or directing, we’ll have a panel for you!

 

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.

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