HIP-HOP AND COMICS [Comic-Con@Home]: Rap Legends x Comic Creators x Visual Artists Assemble!

Rap Legends, Comic Creators, And Visual Artists For the past eight years, the ‘Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining’ panel has been a highlight of San Diego Comic-Con’s programming, occupying a prime-time place of honor on the Friday evening of the annual pop culture gathering.

And on Friday, July 24th, at 6PM PDT/9PM EDT, an all-new iteration of the this beloved panel will premiere online on Comic-Con’s website, youtube, and media platforms as part of the ‘Comic-Con@Home’ initiative, giving fans a chance to listen in to some of comics and Hip-Hop’s most vibrant personalities as they discuss their work with, and love for, these two creative cultures…

“Assembling and moderating these programs at Comic-Con has become one of the absolute highlights of my year” said host Patrick A. Reed. “Bringing together so many of my favorite musicians and visual artists to discuss the things we love, being in a room with so many other passionate people, and the sheer energy that builds between the stage and the audience… There’s nothing like it. And while we’re all disappointed that there’s not a physical convention this year, Comic-Con has created an ambitious alternative, using their platform to bring key elements of the Con to audiences around the world.”

“All that said, I recognize that there’s no way we can replicate the in-person experience with an online program, so I decided to take a slightly different approach, and restructure things to take advantage of the medium we’re working with. What ensued is a little more like a visual mixtape than a straight-ahead discussion… I spoke with a dream team of panelists, looked at how the threads of conversation could flow together and compliment each other, and tried to create something specifically for the @Home audience. We’ve made your living room the panel room, and though we can’t all be engaging face-to-face and hanging out afterwards, it’ll hopefully capture some of that spirit and excitement that we feel every year in San Diego!”

This unique format also allows for an expanded line-up of participants, featuring revered rappers Christopher ‘Play’ Martin, Pharoahe Monch, Murs, Mega Ran, Esoteric, and Marc 7; graffiti artists/muralists Gloria ‘Glow’ Muriel and Erin Yoshi; comic creators Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Kenny Keil, Turner Lange, David F. Walker, and Ronald Wimberly; DJs/producers Johnny ‘Juice’ Rosado and Nu-Mark; and multi-media creators Likwuid, P.So The Earthtone King, James Reitano, and Adam ‘Illus’ Wallenta – all woven into an hour of conversation that explores the cross-currents and communication between Hip-Hop and comics, dives deep into the cultural and creative history of these two forms, and offers both behind-the-scenes stories and sneak peeks at new projects.

‘Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining for Comic-Con@Home 2020’ will premiere on multiple platforms at 6PM PDT/9PM EDT, on Friday, July 24th – the official program description and video link can be found at https://www.comiccon.org/cciathome/2020/video/pZsjzML8IKI; the direct youtube link (which will go live at the time of broadcast) is https://youtu.be/pZsjzML8IKI; and the Comic-Con schedule page can be found at https://comiccon2020.sched.com/event/d3uh/hip-hop-and-comics-cultures-combining.

For updates on this program, viewers can follow @HipHopComicsCC, @djpatrickareed, and the #SDCCHipHop hashtag on twitter, and bookmark www.hiphopandcomics.com to stay abreast of future events in this series.

-Press release provided by DJ Patrick Reed

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