Panels and Screenings

This year, the 5th Khem Comic Book Fest has so much in store for you!

 

10:30 am - 11:00 AM

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Broad St. (in front of Hahnes & Co. Building)


Two of Newark’s finest bands: Malcolm X Shabazz HS and Weequahic HS meet on Broad St in the Battle of the Bands.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

WELCOME TO THE 5th ANNUAL KHEM COMIC BOOK FEST

Atrium

Opening the Gateway – Baba Akinkugbe Karade

Founder: Naseed Gifted (Educator, Creative Director of PBS Media), Vonetta Reeves (CEO of Musuyanama)


11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

KHEM COMIC BOOK FEST MARKETPLACE

Atrium

All day our vendors will be in the Atrium selling comic books, art, movies and toys!

Music Powered by DJ Algebra

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

KHEM ART GALLERY

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Artists/Students will showcase their animation artwork, comic strips, comic art and character creations in our Art gallery.

11:15 AM – 11:55 AM

Khemetic Signs And Symbols In POP CULTURE

Powered by PBS Media

Atrium

The History of Khemet And How It Influenced Comics and Animation.

Speaker: Dilettante Bass (Marketing Director, PBS Media)

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

comic book library

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Comic Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy various comics and graphic novels in our Comic Library.

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

HISTORY OF BLACK COMIC BOOK AND SUPERNATURAL CHARACTERS IN COMICS AND FILM

Powered by AFN

Atrium

This presentation traces the history and evolution of Black characters in both comic books and film from 1895 to the present. Development and representation will be analyzed within the context in which they were created. Comparing character development to real world events in American History.

Speaker: William Jones (Afrofuturism Network)

12:00 Pm – 12:45 Pm

khem animation film festival selections

BLACK FILM BLOCK RATED: PG

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Experience and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within Animation, VFX and gaming industries.

See Khem Animation Film Festival Schedule

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

building confidence in youth through literature

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In this session, we'll look a books and the power of their positive influence on children. Participants will learn how to weave messages into their own story without sacrificing a story that will keep readers hooked.

Monk Inyang (Author)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

face painting

Powered by Musuyanama

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Rafiah Muhammad

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12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

DANCE PERFORMANCE

Atrium

Audie and the Daughters of Hetharu (Dance Troupe)

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1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

ACT.OUT.LOUD.

Powered by In the Wink Of An Eye Productions

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Act.Out.Loud is an acting workshop for actors and non actors of all ages that’s FUN, EASY and EMPOWERING. We use Interactive Team Building Exercises, Imrov and Drama Games to help students to step outside their comfort zone as it relates to acting. So ACT NOW!

Moderated by: Wendy McKenzie (In the Wink Of An Eye Production)



1:00 Pm – 1:45 Pm

black women in comics

Powered by Musuyanama

Atrium

Explore an in depth analysis of the many contributions, triumphs and trials of black women in the comic book industry.

Moderated by: Misha Adams (Musuyanama)

Regine Sawyer (WiNC, LockettDown)

Micheline Hess (Ovenland)

Sheeba Maya (Artist)

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1:00 Pm – 1:45 Pm

BLACK ANIMATION RENAISSANCE

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This panel brings together Black independent comic book talent to discuss Black representation in animation. Join host Roosevelt Pitt, Jr. (of Purge fame) and his assembled panel of writers, artists, and animators as they look at the good, the bad, and the astounding characters and shows that bring our heroes to life for viewers of all generations.

Moderated by: Roosevelt Pitt, Jr. (Purge)

Ade Heru (Giant)

Naseed Gifted (Educator, Creative Director of PBS Media)

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1:00 Pm – 1:45 Pm

VIP opening film: maatkara episodes 1-6

Launch Pad (2nd Floor)

MaatKara (Animation) created by Dawit Lessanu

"Maatkara" (pronounced Mah-aht-kah-rah), Maat is a priestess and healer chosen by the gods as a divine administrator of justice who must fight evil forces. The tale is set in the year 9002 A.D., when the descendants of Egypt survive deep within the planet. Maat's role is to defeat the NetworQ, an evil technological cabal led by the god of chaos, Set (voiced by actor Kevin Conway).

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1:00 Pm – 2:30 Pm

LIVE 3D Printing

Atrium (2nd Floor)

See various objects being 3D printed live.

1:50 Pm – 2:00 Pm

we are superheroes

Atrium

James Ellerbe (Spoken Word Artist)

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2:00 Pm – 2:45 Pm

USING COMICS TO TEACH STEM

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Launch Pad - 2nd Floor

How my knowledge of comic book Superheroes taught me physics! Bring a one- two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics!

Naseed Gifted (Educator, Creative Director of PBS Media)

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2:00 pm - 2:45 PM

HOW TO GET YOUR GRIND ON

Powered by Chocolate Nation Studios

Atrium

In this session founders of Chocolate Nation Studios will share how to create meaningful story lines, artwork and their creative process of what we do as a team to create mind blowing products. If you have a goal to produce impactful, creative work you want and  need to attend this panel.

Moderated by: Eric Cooper (KnightSeeker/Chocolate Nation Studios)

Jabaar L. Brown (Chocolate Nation Studios)

Phoe-nix Nebula (Chocolate Nation Studios)

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

KHEM ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Green FILM BLOCK RATED: PG-13

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Experience and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within Animation, VFX and gaming industries.

See Khem Animation Film Festival Schedule

2:00 pm - 2:45 PM

SHOOTING ACTION FIGHT SCENES FOR FILM

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This workshop will demonstrate how to shoot for fight sequences in film. Live action choreography and camera angles. Stunt fighters will reenact a fight scene while the director breaks down filming techniques.

Jamal Hall (Director at HallMills Network)

Struggle E Stylez (Fight Choreographer)

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

create your own comic strip

Powered by On-Q Comics

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Suliman Onque (On-Q Comics)

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3:00 Pm – 4:00 Pm

make your own slime

Powered by Kuzama Scientific

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Create your own slime! You can learn how to make all the most popular slimes that kids love to make including the fluffy slime, saline slime, crunchy slime, fishbowl slime, soft clay slime, and even glow in the dark slime!

Dr. Brian Kuzma (Educator)






















































3:00 Pm – 3:45 Pm

hip hop showcase

Atrium

Featuring some of today’s hottest Underground Artists.

Artists: THAGATANEGRRA, LYLE OMOLAY & MUYSINYU

3:00 Pm – 3:45 Pm

african americans in cosplay

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Discover the history of African Americans in cosplay and comics.  

Sekoutoure Ruff (Professional Cosplayer)

3:00 Pm – 3:45 Pm

KHEM ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

RED FILM BLOCK RATED: R

Powered by PG Bank  

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Experience and celebrate the outstanding creative talent (Student Films)we have within Animation, VFX and gaming industries.

See Khem Animation Film Festival Schedule

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

khem cosplay fashion show/workshop

Atrium

Displaying the latest Superhero/heroine fashions down the runway.

Workshop: COSPLAY FOR ALL focuses on creative ways to bring Unlock the Hero Within You to life.

Bill Johnson (Professional Actor and Cosplayer)

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

KHEM ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (student SELECTS)

Powered by Newark International Film Festival 

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Khem Animation Film Festival student selected Animated Films.

See Khem Animation Film Festival Schedule

4:00 Pm – 4:45 Pm

GAME DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Powered by NJIT

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Game developers explain the process of creating games on multiple platforms.


5:00 Pm – 5:45 Pm

GAMING LOUNGE

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Play various video games on PlayStation and Wii systems




5:00 Pm – 5:45 Pm

KHEM ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL OPENING FILM: MAATKARA EPISODES 1-6 - (45:00)

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MaatKara (Animation) created by Dawit Lessanu

"Maatkara" (pronounced Mah-aht-kah-rah), Maat is a priestess and healer chosen by the gods as a divine administrator of justice who must fight evil forces. The tale is set in the year 9002 A.D., when the descendants of Egypt survive deep within the planet. Maat's role is to defeat the NetworQ, an evil technological cabal led by the god of chaos, Set (voiced by actor Kevin Conway).

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6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

1st Annual KHEM ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Express Newark - Lecture Hall Room 213

Featuring 34 films from 21 different countries t showcased throughout the day.

Feature Animated Film:

E.X.O. - THE LEGEND OF WALE WILLIAMS (ANIMATION)- (8:58)


Awards and Prizes for the following categories: Best Animated Short,  Best Film, 2D (Short), Best Film, 3D (Short), Best Sound/Best Music, Best Student Film (Short), Best Story, Best Design, Player’s Choice Award and Best Animated Game Trailer.

Feature Student Film:

Simon & Sadie Animated Short - (4:27)

Christopher Torres, Junior - Technology High School

Special Performances by:

Lyle Omolayo, Gata Negrra & Gail Campbell

Special Recognition Awards for:

Jerry Gant, a Newark, New Jersey native, is an American visual artist, poet, performance artist and educator.

Kimberly Gaines, a Newark, New Jersey Native, is an awesome black comic writer for Eventide, Creator of Grub Machine Comics and all round great person.

Tangelo Isaac Whitaker Pando, a Newark, New Native was born on July 14, 1990 to Sherry Pando and Melvin Sykes. Growing up, Tangelo was a fan of comic books and anime, fashion, and his all-time favorite singer Brandy. He was a proud vocal major at Arts High School that later attended Barringer High (Newark) and Westview High (Phoenix, AZ). He was heavily involved in community programs like the All Stars Project and Project WOW at NJCRI, and even worked alongside his father at Newark Pop-Up Shop.  As the founder of PLUG (People Living Underground), he advocated for creatives and provided opportunities for them to showcase, network, and celebrate each other.

The KAFF mission is to promote public awareness of animation and the opportunities for minorities within the profession.