Comic Con Africa 2019, the biggest and most interactive pop culture experience at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, allowing audiences to experience the best cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, video games, films and series the world has to offer, will take place between 21 and 24 September 2019.
Comic Con Africa 2019 will welcome an estimated 60 000 visitors, offering 160 hours of content across five halls including panels, competitions, seminars, and workshops. With 250 exhibitors offering event specials on everything from gaming hardware and accessories, cosplay designers, apparel, pop-culture merchandise, comic and figurine collectables as well as various artists, authors and more, this is the place to gear up and geek out.
While there is still so much more to be announced, the 2019 line-up for Comic Con Africa has already surpassed that of last year and audiences will be excited to engage with highly anticipated international visitors like The Avengers’ Anthony Mackie, also known as ‘The Falcon’, who made his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Pop culture legend, Emmy Award winner, actor, author, producer, director, and singer William Shatner will also be appearing at Comic Con Africa in September 2019. Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.
Fans are also eager to meet Isaac Hempstead Wright, better known as Bran Stark, one of the most recognisable characters from the multi-award-winning series Game of Thrones. Wright will take part in panel discussions as well as do photo and autograph signings along with acclaimed American author Brian Azzarello, most notably known for his work on the Harvey and Eisner award-winning 100 Bullets series, who will be joining authors Will Sliney and Donny Cates. Nolan North and Troy Baker will also be joining the international line-up.
The world of comic books and animation in South Africa is steadily expanding and Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP aim to excite comic book enthusiasts as well as encourage aspiring artists to explore their potential by exposing them to four talented and respected local artists and animators who have been added to the line-up at this year’s Comic Con Africa.
Terence Maluleke, a digital artist focusing on character design and concept art, and one of the founders of Kasi Sketchbook, a programme that aims to create drawing clubs in the townships encouraging young artists to ‘Draw Your World’ in their Kasi Sketchbooks. He will be joined at Comic Con Africa by his partner at Tribe Studios, Simangaliso Sibaya, who is currently working as a visual developer, concept artist, character designer and storyboard artist.
Ray Whitcher, who was part of the first panel discussions on South African and Australian comics at the San Diego Comic Con of 2013, has experienced much success within this industry, and is in the unique position of simultaneously being an academic researcher of South African comics, as well as a comic creator. When he’s not teaching animation and comic theory at Wits University, he draws for the Star Wars: Clone Wars Confidential, That Bulletproof Kid comics or works on his own comic, Wanton.
Warren Louw, a freelance illustrator, works in both traditional and digital media and creates images with meticulous detail and imagination. Louw has gained considerable attention internationally with over 2 million page views on his DeviantArt account alone. He has also been a special guest artist at international shows such as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, La Mole Mexico, the Middle East Film Festival and others.
Audiences are in for a lot more than expected as they can engage with feature areas like Artist Alley, Cosplay Central, Gaming, the Main Stage, LARPing, and the Writers Block as well as a dedicated #Bloggers and #Vloggers Lounge.
KidsCon, which will be located in Hall 2, has made Comic Con Africa more family-friendly than before. Offering the little ones the opportunity to engage with their favourite characters and experience Comic Con Africa on their terms.
Keeping ‘App’ to date with all things Comic Con Africa will be easy this year as the Comic Con Africa App will help you plan your experience. Offering the full exhibitors list, interactive maps, a selfie camera and more, you’ll be able to plan your Con from the palm of your hand.
Tickets to this must-attend pop culture festival of the year are selling out fast, so get yours today. The free-play zones, activity zones, screenings and content zones will allow you to have a seat and take everything in, with additional chill zones.
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