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Comic Con Is Coming To South Africa!

Jason Snyman
2018-03-02
Comic Con is set to finally make its long-awaited African debut. Fans of popular culture can expect the best of the best from this convention
We need to finish up our Black Panther costumes in a hurry. Event management agency, ReedPOP, and VS Gaming are bringing Comic Con to the African continent for the very first time. This year! Cape Town has had Fan Con for a couple of years now, and it has established itself as a must-attend event among the South African geek and gaming community. Then, of course we’ve had the award-winning rAge expo for a while, and that never disappoints. Comic Con, however, is the crème de la crème of comic book, cosplay, gaming and nerd culture expos. It began way back in 1970, in San Diego, and has grown in strength from year to year. It has the power to attract big-name international celebrities, and rumour has it that Reed Exhibitions is in talks to bring the stars of popular television shows Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory to the convention. For the African continent, South Africa may only be the beginning. If it succeeds here, and we’re sure it will, the rest of Africa may soon be in for a treat. Next stop, Wakanda.
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Comic Con Africa Details

When: 14 – 16 September Where: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but keep an eye out. Prices are rumoured to start at around R160 per ticket. Renee Staack, general manager at Reed Exhibitions South Africa said;
“Ticket sales start in March. There will be a general admission fee and after that any panel discussions and autograph sessions will be additional packages you add on. And all I can say is wear comfortable shoes and come and spend the whole weekend with us because it’s going to be an action-packed weekend.”
 

What Does It Offer?

As you may have noticed, unfortunately, Comic Con will only be happening in Johannesburg. Hosting the convention at Kyalami, however, affords a number of exciting opportunities, such as track events. Perhaps we’ll see some of our favourite cars and vehicles from movies. It’s a 3-day event, showcasing pretty much all pop-culture you can think of. This includes comic books, sci-fi/fantasy related film, television and literature items, anime, manga, cosplay and much more. The exhibition will also feature entertainment elements across other genres, including horror. Fans will be able to pick up neat gadgets, novelties, toys, clothing, collectibles, comics and video games. The treasure trove of pop-culture memorabilia has no limit. Traditionally, Comic Con goers can make their way between panels which feature celebs, film producers / directors, comic book artists, writers or game developers. There are also new movie and series promos, gaming championships, seminars, workshops and autograph sessions. Then, of course, we have the cosplay competitions, and even if you’re not entering, many fans attend just to dress up as their favourite characters. Carol Weaving from Reed Exhibitions confirmed that talks were underway to bring the stars of Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory to Comic Con Africa.
“Our time is now and we are very excited about this. Comic-Con is known for bringing in celebrities and it takes a lot of planning we are still in discussions with celebs,” she said.
Weaving did confirm that actors Nolan North and Troy Baker will be attending the convention. Both North and Baker are known for their acclaimed voice work in popular video games. You may recognise them from the Uncharted Series, The Last of Us, Batman and Assassin’s Creed.   Keep an eye on the Comic Con website for any big announcements!  
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