Kids Comic Con, which is celebrating its 17th year, is teaming with Children’s Art Carnival for the “Future Flash” sci-tech comic con. The event will be held on December 16, 2023, at the Children’s Art Carnival in Harlem, New York.

“KCC ‘Future Flash’ is a STEAM-filled event engaging kids’ imaginations and empowering them to tell their own tales as they become scientific inventors and creative artists,” the press release states. “It brings kids into the future by showing the intersection between science fact and science fiction and revealing how science and tech inspire their favorite superheroes from comics, movies, and TV.”

Kids will see the connection between science and art with characters like Batman and Black Panther and franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars. They’ll learn how technology evolved in pop culture, like ray guns turning into phasers, communicators into phones, and super-suits into exoskeletons.

There will be presentations on the connection between real science and science fiction, drawing and animation workshops, interviews, giveaways, and more. Some of the special programming includes “Women in Science,” “Afrofuturism,” and “From Flash Gordon to Star Trek and Beyond: The Future of Science & Tech.”

Guests include Alex Simmons (Archie), Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket), N. Steven Harris (Voltran), Paul Castiglia (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Juan Espinosa (Adventures of a System Admin), Greg Anderson Elysée (Is’nana the Were-Spider), Joe Endres (Space Scamps), Javier Cruz-Winnick (A Reason to Smile!), and more.

“STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, and KCC Future Flash is dedicated to the concept of teaching kids that all of the science, math, and related subjects they learn about in school are an integral part of the fantastic stories and art they love,” Kids Comic Con founder Alex Simmons said.

“We’ve always been about showing kids they can be themselves and tell their own stories, learning along the way while they’re being creative. The Children’s Art Carnival shares our view, and we’re thrilled to team up with them on this event that promises to be not just inspiring but exciting too,” Simmons added.   

The event is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, located at 62 Hamilton Terrace in Harlem. Updates will be shared on the Kids Comic Con Facebook page and at childrensartcarnival.org.