Kayla at New York Comic Con on 6 September. Photography by Jeenah Moon

Yes, Critical Black Joy Exists at Comic-Con

Black cosplayers speak out on cultural appropriation and the gift of being seen

Amari Boyd
ZORA
Published in
7 min readOct 14, 2019

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UpUp until 2015 I always thought New York Comic Con (NYCC) was exclusively for White men obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons. Therefore, when I hesitantly accepted my friend’s invitation to the popular convention, I expected the atmosphere to look like the opening…

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Amari Boyd
ZORA
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Social Justice Education PhD candidate, dialogue facilitator and diversity education trainer. I write for/about Black women in higher ed, facilitation &dialogue