"Green Lanterns" Core: Who Are Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz?
Since I’m doing a Black Creators countdown this month, I didn’t have time to do spotlights on black-created comics like I normally like to do in February. Instead, though, I asked the nifty comic book writer Regine L. Sawyer to do some spotlights on fellow black women members of her Women In Comics NYC Collective. Enjoy! – BC
Maia Williams, also known as “Crown”, is CEO/Founder of MECCAcon, an annual multi ethnic comic con and international film festival in Detroit, MI. This will be the convention’s third year, and the film fest’s second. She is an experienced showrunner and organizer of over 6 years; with multiple comic conventions under her belt, she has worked on multiple comic book conventions with other organizations.
As an avid lover and supporter of the comic book community, independent creators in particular, Maia has made it her mission to showcase their books and make them accessible to a broader audience. So much so in fact, that she created ‘MeCCAcon Weekly’, in early 2015. It’s an interview blog that highlights an artist or writer in comics once a week. She has interviewed Industry Professionals such as Denys Cowan, Khary Randolf, and Eisner Award Winner Dr. Sheena C. Howard.
Along with MECCAcon, Maia owns several other businesses: Amonyet Enterprises, (a marketing and mass promotion company), Cooking Ciphers (private chef), and Crown’s Royalties, (a holistic and organic beauty product company). Each business reflects her many talents; being a classically trained and certified Chef, Marketer, Crafter and more. She truly is a ‘sistah’ with many crowns, and takes the size and fit of each one seriously. Check out her websites: Meccacon.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/MidwestEthnicConventionforComicsandArts
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