Date: Saturday, October 13 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Speakers: Adam “Illus” Wallenta , Darryl DMC McDaniels , Eric Orr , Jean Grae , Johnny “Juice” Rosado , Kagan McLeod , Patrick A. Reed , Pete Rock , Ron Wilson , Ronald Wimberly
Since its earliest days in the South Bronx, Hip-Hop culture has been linked to comic books – graffiti and album covers utilize superhero imagery, rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, artists use the vocabulary of comics to help forge a new urban culture. Comics creators have responded in kind, using the elements of Hip-Hop to give grounding to street-level storytelling, incorporating graffiti techniques into logo design and art styles, and using rap lyrics for context and content. Both forms thrive on excitement and energy, have achieved worldwide influence and inspire passionate fanbases. Here, Patrick Reed, editor of Depth of Field Magazine, brings together musical innovators (including Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels of RUN-DMC, Public Enemy DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado, revered underground MC Jean Grae and legendary producer Pete Rock), visual artists (including acclaimed comic creators Ron Wilson and Adam Wallenta, and celebrated painter/graphic designer Eric Orr) and other special guests from the comic and music industries to celebrate the possibilities inherent in combining the worlds of Hip-Hop and comics, discuss how the forms have intersected over the last four decades and look ahead toward the future. Giveaways will be offered, new projects will be showcased; it’s a don’t-miss hour of history in the making!