Great news for comic lovers and fans; The biggest comic book convention in the world is coming to Africa for the first time ever. And all your favorite comic activities plus celebrities will be there! The convention, dubbed Comic-Con Africa will be held in South Africa from 14th September 2018 to 16th September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit International Convention Centre. The convention is courtesy of Reed Exhibitions Africa which made history for helping bring the event to Africa.
Comic-Con was first held in San Diego in 1970 when a group of comics, movies and science fiction fans came together to put on the first comic book convention. The convention has been held annually ever since in San Diego and other parts of the world. But this is the first time the convention is coming to Africa. The convention brings together prolific comic book authors and artists, out of this world cosplay, celebrities from movies, games and television series, comic fans, and so much more.
According to the organisers, through Reeds Exhibitions MD, Carol Weaving, celebrities such as game voice artists Nolan North and Troy Baker, and actors from ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ will be in attendance. And who knows, you might finally meet The King in the North, Jon Snow!
Geeks and comics will enjoy all aspects of the geekosphere including comic books, fiction and fantasy related films, elements of entertainment and pop culture in animation, gadgets, toys, collectible card games, clothing, anime, video games, fantasy novels, webcomics and more. There will also be activations like professional gaming tournaments, new series and movie promotions and cosplay competitions. An international and local celebrity panel discussion, seminar and workshop will also be held during the 4-day event.
The convention’s announcement comes only a few days after the world premiere of popular film ‘Black Panther’ which has been highly celebrated in Africa and around the world. The South African premiere took place in a red-carpet event that saw the attendance of two of the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Although not mentioned in the list of attendees, fans of the film and comics are hoping that the ‘Black Panther’ cast will be in attendance.
Ticket selling is not open yet, but tickets will be going for R120 (about KSh. 1,100). We’ll update this article once this information is released.