Last week we attended New York Comic Con 2021, which returned to in-person events for the first time since 2019. #NYCC — as enthusiasts like to hashtag their social posts — was all virtual in 2020, and while comics and anime fans were thrilled that they had can be argued that they were better off having nothing. You see, part of the fun in New York Comic Con is experiencing fandom together, not apart — even when COVID-19 made it nearly impossible. 

In any event, things were back to normal — somewhat — and these are the top three moments featuring pure #BlackGirlMagic at the event. Blerd girls, represent!

1. Alexis Nedd moderates Monsterland panel


Best known for her work with Mashable, Alexis Nedd is also the author of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times best-selling book, Don't Hate The Player. This year, she moderated the panel for Hulu's upcoming television show, Monsterland, which is based on Nathan Ballingrud's short story collection, North American Lake Monsters. For about 15 minutes, Nedd held court as superstars Jonathan Tucker, Taylor Schilling, Kelly Marie Tran, and Mike Colter joined creator/showrunner Mary Laws to discuss nightmares, things that go bump in the night, and all the fun things that happened behind the scenes during shooting. The show premiered on October 2nd on Hulu, and all eight episodes are available for replays now.

2. KM Jackson Talks "Love In The Time of The Pandemic"

On October 8th at 3:30 p.m., KM Jackson (aka Kwana Jackson) — the author of the forthcoming book How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days — joined Brigid Kemmerer and Christina Lauren for a panel discussion on the unqualified success of romance in multiple mediums as a testament to the passion of its readers and authors, and how it provides a much-needed HEA in uncertain times. After the event, Jackson also held an autographing session.

3. Jurnee Smollett will be making a special guest appearance!

On October 9, superstar Jurnee Smollett, stopped by New York Comic Con 2021 for an exclusive session. Smollett is no stranger to the convention circuit — she was at the convention during the promotion of Underground — but this was the first time she offered an exclusive one-on-one at the event.