The press initiatives centering Wakandacon’s inaugural event in 2018 captured over 2 billion impressions in the local and national media.
Wakandacon is one of the Sun-Times’ picks for Chicago’s top entertainment stories of 2018!
WVON RADIO, URBAN BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE WITH MICAELA BROWN
NATIONAL: THE URBAN TWIST, COUNTDOWN TO WAKANDACON 2018
ABC7 CHICAGO, WAKANDACON TO BRING 'BLACK PANTHER' FANS TO CHICAGO AUGUST 3-5
FOX32 CHICAGO, WAKANDACON IS A NEW CONVENTION INSPIRED BY 'BLACK PANTHER'
VOCALO MORNING AMP, WAKANDACON FOREVER! INTERVIEW WITH EVENT FOUNDERS
WCIU TV, WAKANDACON IN CHICAGO
"Panels, poetry readings, and, of course, cosplay, all inspired by the record-setting superhero flick Black Panther. Think Comic-Con for the black nerd set—with more depth..."
CHICAGO MAGAZINE, YOUR GUIDE TO WAKANDACON IN CHICAGO
B96 RADIO, CHICAGO TURNS INTO WAKANDA THIS WEEKEND
WINDY CITY TIMES, WAKANDACON AUG 3-5 IN CHICAGO
BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO, CHICAGO'S FIRST EVER WAKANDACON KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS FOR EVERY DAY OF AUGUST -- EVERY. LAST. DAY.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, WAKANDACON CHICAGO CELEBRATES AFROFUTURISM, ALL THINGS 'BLACK PANTHER'
WGN TV, CHICAGO HOSTS WORLD'S FIRST 'WAKANDACON'
KRYPTON RADIO, WAKANDACON COMES TO CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND!
REDEYE (PRINT), WELCOME TO WAKANDA(CON) 'BLACK PANTHER' CONVENTION CELEBRATES NERDS AND BLACKNESS
NATIONAL: WBEZ RADIO WORLDVIEW, WAKANDACON 2018 WILL DISCUSS COLONIALISM AND ENVIRONMENT
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, WAKANDA FOREVER: WAKANDACON DEBUTS THIS WEEKEND, CELEBRATES NERDS AND BLACKNESS
ABC7 CHICAGO, WAKANDACON BRINGS 'BLACK PANTHER' TO LIFE
WVON 1690AM, RADIO TALK W/ MS. PERRI SMALLS
ABC7 CHICAGO, WAKANDACON CELEBRATES WORLD OF BLACK PANTHER, BLACK CULTURE
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, DECOLONIZING COMEDY SHOW AT BET: CHICAGO TALENTS PUT ON A WHIRLWIND SHOW -- PLUS A SHOUT OUT TO WAKANDACON
"Wakanda is this place that’s free from all these other harmful, violent, damaging forces that affect black people in so many places in our lives. So we started by addressing the real things happening and reached out to people in the community about what they are doing to make our world a better place."
NATIONAL: THE MARY SUE, THE FIRST EVER WAKANDACON IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, LOLLAPALOOZA PRESENTED 'NO CHALLENGE' TO BLACK PANTHER FANS AT WAKANDACON
CBS CHICAGO, WAKANDACON HELD IN CHICAGO
NATIONAL: ESSENCE, WAKANDACON CELEBRATES 'BLACK PANTHER'--AND THE BLACK NERD--IN CONVENTION DEBUTRead more
ABC7 CHICAGO, FIRST EVER WAKANDACON ENDS SUNDAY
WGN TV, FIRST-EVER WAKANDACON CELEBRATES BLACK CREATIVITY, DIVERSITY
NATIONAL: THE UNDEFEATED, INSPIRED BY 'BLACK PANTHER,' THE FIRST EVER WAKANDACON CELEBRATES BLACK NERDS
"Wakandacon was a beautiful celebration of Afrofuturism, black creativity and innovation, and Black Panther. The A.V. Club was fortunate enough to be on the ground for the three-day event."
NATIONAL: THE A.V. CLUB, CELEBRATING BLACK CULTURE AND BLACK PANTHER, AFROFUTURISM, AND BLACK CREATIVITY AT THE FIRST EVER WAKANDACON
CHICAGO MAGAZINE, PHOTOS FROM THE FIRST EVER WAKANDACON
BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO, WAKANDACON WEEKEND IMPRESSES FANS WHO FLOCKED TO CHICAGO FOR THE FIRST TIME EVENT
THE SEATTLE MEDIUM, FIRST EVER WAKANDACON CELEBRATES BLACK CREATIVITY, DIVERSITY
NATIONAL: CNN ENTERTAINMENT, FANS GATHER TO CELEBRATE BLACK CULTURE AND 'BLACK PANTHER' AT INAUGURAL WAKANDACON
CHICAGO REDEYE, PHOTOS: CELEBRATING 'BLACK PANTHER' AT WAKANDACON 2018 IN CHICAGO
"Whether you were a con newbie or a veteran or more focused on Afrofuturism than cosplay, there was something for you to see, and someplace where you could feel seen... JP Fairfield, a regular con goer tweeted, 'It's so weird going to a con and seeing so many people with . . . hair like you . . . Skin like you . . . Not giving you weird looks. I don't feel like an outsider. I need more of this.''"
CHICAGO READER, LAST WEEKEND'S WAKANDACON TRANSFORMED THE HILTON CHICAGO INTO THE WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL AND SELF-RELIANT BLACK COMMUNITY
NATIONAL: EURWEB, COSPLAYERS CELEBRATE CHICAGO'S INAUGURAL WAKANDACON
FACE2FACE AFRICA, BLACK PANTHER RESURFACES WITH INAUGURAL WAKANDACON (PHOTOS)
PHILLY TRIBUNE, BLACK PANTHER FANS ENJOY INAUGURAL WAKANDACON
"Wakandacon started as a tentative, nerdy idea: how can black people make Wakanda, the utopian advanced African nation where Black Panther takes place, real? By the convention’s end, that idea had blossomed into something all nerds have searched for, at one point or another, but that black fans have rarely been able to truly enjoy: a space where you can love what you love fiercely alongside people who look like you and share that passion — a place to belong."
NATIONAL: VERGE, HOW THE FIRST WAKANDACON ESCAPED THE FAN CONVENTION CURSE