The Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) Creative Conference: Pridefest Set for June 29, 2024 at Flushing Town Hall

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The Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) Creative Conference: Pridefest Set for June 29, 2024 at Flushing Town Hall


Official artwork, Regine Sawyer, Curator and Founder of the Women in Comics Collective International

Save the date! WinC Creative Conference: Pridefest is happening on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Flushing Town Hall from 10 AM – 5 PM. Women in Comics Collective International, (WinC for short, pronounced “wink”), is an artistic and informative initiative that began in May 2012. Pridefest is free and open to the public. WinC has continued its commitment to making events accessible and inclusive for those who are unable to afford commercial comic cons.

“During WinC Pridefest, guests will have an opportunity to celebrate and hone their creative power, events like these are transformative!” says Regine Sawyer, Curator and Founder of the Women in Comics Collective International. 

WinC serves to highlight the merit and craftwork of marginalized voices, especially that of women and Queer folx of color, who work in various industries such as comics, publishing, gaming, media, education, and multimedia. 

Join WinC for a day of workshops and panels designed to inspire creatives!

Preliminary Agenda:

10:30-11:30: Creatives in Comics & Gaming

Summary: Join comic book artists, gaming artists and writers in a panel sponsored by Priya. Panelists will discuss their careers and what inspires them to create. (Potential panelists include: Alice Meichi Li, Ivan Velez, Shurbhra Prakesh, Alexia Mobair, and Ram Devineni)

11:40 – 12:40: Sequential Storytelling Workshop

Summary: Artist and Writer Savannah Zambrano will facilitate this workshop on the Art of Sequential Storytelling.

12:50 – 1:50: Writing for Comics Workshop

Summary: Join Facilitator Vita Ayala in a workshop that provides an introduction to writing comic book scripts, from idea creation to outlines to full scripts.

2:00 – 3:00: Pop Culture & Melenated Queerness

Summary: Join Queer Pop Culture and Journalism professionals in a conversation about the current state of the multimedia industry. (Potential panelists include: Valerie Complex, Jazmine Keitt, Greg Anderson Elysee, and Janicia Francis)

3:10 – 4:10: Metaphysical Movement: Meditation for the Creative Mind

Summary: Executive Function and Intuitive Meditation Coach Ilka Pinheiro will conduct her signature workshop which focuses on meditation practices for melanated and other marginalized peoples.

The WinC Creative Conference: Pridefest is sponsored by the Power of Priya via a grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). The comic features Priya, India’s first female superhero, and its creators were recognized by UN Women as champions of gender equality. Learn more about Power of Priya at https://www.priyashakti.com

The event is also sponsored by Flushing Town Hall Arts Grants for Queens 2024. Flushing Town Hall, a venue promoting freedom of speech and expression, supports the arts through grants like the FTH Arts Grants for Queens, fostering multicultural engagement and education in Queens and New York City.  Learn more about Flushing Town Hall at https://www.flushingtownhall.org/mission-and-history

Donations fund WinC to ensure accessibility to events such as Pridefest. 

General admission to Pridefest with a standard swag bag is free, while the VIP ticket, which includes a deluxe swag bag, is $15.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.womenincomicscollective.org/event-details/winc-creative-conference-pridefest 

Address: 

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354

Time:

10:00 am-5:00pm

About WinC

Women in Comics Collective International (WinC), is an artistic and informative initiative that began in May 2012. WinC serves to highlight the merit and craftwork of marginalized voices, especially that of women and Queer folx of color, who work in various industries, such as comics, publishing, gaming, media, education, and multimedia.

About Regine L. Sawyer

Regine L. Sawyer is a comic book writer/publisher/editor residing in NYC. She is also the Coordinator and Founder of the Women in Comics Collective International, “WinC” for short. It’s an organization that supports Women and Gender Non-Conforming folx of Color in the Comic Book and Multimedia Industry. Regine has written for such outlets and publishing companies as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Time Magazine, Oni Press, The Freelancer’s Union, Comic Book Resources, Graphic Policy, and more.

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