A New Comic Convention is Coming to Africa For the First Time

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Comic Conventions – or simply, Comic-Cons – are wildly popular events where the latest comic books are showcased and key individuals or personalities from movies and TV are on-hand for meet and greets and Q&A sessions.

The conventions are often attended by nerds, geeks and fans of all walks of life, with many of whom dressing up in home-made costumes in honour of their favourite characters.

One of the world’s foremost convention organisers, ReedPOP, has recently announced Comic Con Africa, an event to be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in South Africa from the 14th to 16th September.

ReedPOP, the organisers of such events as the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington and the New York Comic Con will bring the wonders of their brand of events to South Africa with a heavy focus on gaming.

Comic Con Africa was developed in partnership with VS Gaming, one of the largest tournament organisers in South Africa, and online competitive games and e-sports alike are hugely popular in the country, with games such as Dota 2, Counter-Stike: Global Offensive (or CS:GO if you’re in the know), Overwatch and League of Legends all proving popular.

Alongside the gaming aspect, Comic Con Africa is also hosting the usual mix of convention exhibitions, and the event is currently accepting applications from the comic book, TV, film, video game, and collectibles industries. The convention will host guest appearances, autograph sessions, comic book collectibles, an ‘Artist Alley’, Q&A panels, e-sports tournaments, and cosplay, meaning all of the usual convention mainstays will be available.

ReedPOP has had previous experiences with video game-centric events with the various PAX events, including; PAX West, PAX East, PAX South, and PAX Australia, as well as the annual streaming event, TwitchCon.

More information will be released on the event in the coming months, along with ticket prices and a preliminary list of guests, which is reportedly featuring stars from HBO‘s Game of Thrones, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and video game voice actors Troy Baker and Nolan North.

-James, 26/02/2018

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