Two weeks in the past, Bleeding Cool ran the information that there can be no Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining panel for the primary time in twelve years at New York Comedian Con. With organiser Patrick A. Reed telling us “That is the primary time since 2012 that there will not be a Hip-Hop And Comics panel as a part of NYCC’s in-person programming. As in previous years, I submitted the panel proposal, started to place collectively a line-up of audio system, and drew up a listing of questions and conversational subjects. Then, a pair weeks in the past, I obtained discover that this system had been rejected by NYCC’s programming group. I discover this troubling as a result of it leaves this topic that I maintain very pricey, and the wealthy and various group of Hip-Hop, with out recognition or illustration at one of many largest and most esteemed fan conventions within the US. New York is the town that birthed each the comedian guide business and Hip-Hop tradition, and I might hoped that the conference that calls this metropolis dwelling would, at this level, acknowledge the significance of that group connection.”
NYCC advised us “With solely so many panel slots, that sadly meant that the Panels group needed to make some troublesome selections. We sadly simply cannot make room for each nice submission we obtain, however there’s one thing for everybody on this yr’s stacked New York Comedian Con panel lineup.”
However then one thing very unusual occurred. And Patrick A Reed needed to tweet it out. “UPDATE: @NY_Comic_Con has added a “When Hip Hop and Comics Collide” panel to their schedule. This panel is offered by a writer, and – regardless of the title – doesn’t signify and isn’t affiliated with our ‘Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining” packages and occasions. PLEASE NOTE: this can be a panel selling a selected firm, and isn’t a part of the Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining collection of occasions and packages that I’ve produced at cons, festivals, and schools across the nation for the previous decade.”
This was a renaming of an current Friday panel for Z2 Comics, a graphic novel writer that specialised in publishing music-related comedian books, everybody from Tori Amos to Gorillaz. And, sure, loads of hip-hop artists as half pf that. However this appeared slightly shut.
Patrick tells Bleeding Cool “I have been dealing for the final couple days with a whole lot of confused individuals – artists and colleagues who’ve understandably assumed that is certainly one of my panels, large names I might proposed in my preliminary NYCC program submission questioning why they weren’t requested to participate within the panel in any case, and buddies and followers on social media who’re typically questioning what the heck is going on. And although I contacted Z2 asking them to make clear the state of affairs publicly, they haven’t but accomplished so. My concern right here, perceive, isn’t that another person is doing a Hip-Hop panel – it is that they are doing so in a method that creates model confusion, and that this title has been co-opted to advertise a selected writer’s merchandise, relatively than a dialog that displays and showcases the wealthy historical past, variety and creativity of Hip-Hop and comics tradition.”
It additionally seems to be just like the change occurred three days after Bleeding Cool ran our unique story. Did somebody spy a niche out there and resolve to fill it? Z2 Comcis representatives didn’t reply to Bleeding Cool enquiries made yesterday, however, effectively, New York Comedian Con is happening, so folks are most likely relatively busy.
Although they’ve the time to recreate certainly one of their conference panels to fill a niche made by a longtime panel model getting booted. I might name this opportunistic, however then that is New York Comedian Con, it is all about opportunism! Speaking of which, it seems to be like comics and hip hop folks have been paying consideration, comparable to Pharoahe Monch, Matt Fraction, David ‘D-Stroy’ Melendez, Mike Pellorito, graffiti artists 179 and Deity, Dart Adams, and a bunch of different notables providing feedback of assist and likes.
This is the Z2 Comics panel for reference…
Z2 Comics Presents: When Hip Hop and Comics Collide with Chuck D, Czarface & DMC.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Prior to now decade, the worlds of spitfire rhymes and breakbeats have merged with the sequential artwork circulation of panels and phrase balloons for a brand new period of hip-hop comics. This panel unites 4 hip-hop and rap icons who’ve crossed over to create stirring comedian opuses. Be part of legendary MCs Chuck D (Public Enemy, Apocalypse 91: Revolution By no means Sleeps), Esoteric and 7L (Czarface: A Czar Is Born), and DMC (Darryl Makes Comics) for a can’t-miss panel that spans worlds and media.