NEWARK, NJ - A comic book, gaming and film convention will fill the Hahne & Co. Building in downtown Newark on April 13.

The Khem Fest, which first started out strictly as a comic book festival, will have panels, workshops, cosplay and multiple vendors on hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new addition to the convention this year, the Khem Animation Film Festival Awards, will begin at 6 p.m.

Screenings of films that are up for awards will be shown throughout the day. The convention will also serve as a networking event and include game development seminars, 3D printing, a comic book marketplace and art galleries.

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The Khem Comic Fest was created by comic book creator and Shabazz High School Principal Naseed Gifted about five years ago and puts an emphasis on showcasing artists and characters of color.

The event is organized by Gifted's graphic media company, Phocused Black Star Media, and Musuyanama, a nonprofit that helps women network.

To purchase tickets, visit the festival's website

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