CWinter blues are becoming a thing of the past as visitors prepare their outfits and itineraries for the biggest and most interactive four-day pop culture festival, Comic Con Africa, which takes place between the 21stand 24thof September at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Comic Con Africa 2019 will be presenting an incredible offering, with a programme that is bigger and better than before, catering to pop-culture fandoms and newcomers alike. With an estimated 60,000 visitors and 160 hours of content across five halls including panels, competitions, seminars, workshops and so much more, guest are waiting in anticipation to Drop in and Geek out. 

With almost 300 exhibitors offering event specials on everything from gaming hardware and accessories, apparel, pop-culture merchandise, comics, figurines and much more, there is every reason to visit and stock up on sought-after collectables and new releases.

The list of guests that fans can expect to see at Comic Con Africa is awe-inspiring as international stars like legendary actor, author, producer and director, William Shatner, who became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise as well as Anthony Mackie, who has achieved global recognition with his portrayal of the Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be at Comic Con Africa 2019. 

Celebrating and promoting local talent is crucial for the development of the local industry. Comic Con Africa have invited local artists such as Clyde Beech, who has worked on and helped develop some of the top comic books in the country, such as superhero comic Kwezi and soccer comic series Supa Strikas, as well as Loyiso Mkize, who worked as head illustrator for the Supa Strikas and on projects such as the Archie comics. 

Visitors will also be able to meet and interact with local trailblazers like Jason Masters, who has worked on various Batman titles including Legends of the Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and X-Men as well as Sean Izaakse, a Marvel illustrator and comic artist who has worked on comics such as The Thunderbolts, Avengers, Deadpool, Captain America, and The Uncanny Avengers.

Over the four days, they will be joined by comic book artist Will Sliney, best known for working on Marvel’s Amazing-Spiderman, and Venom comic author Donny Cates. Nolan North, an actor and voice actor, known for characters such as Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series and Troy Baker, who voiced Joel in The Last of Us (a Game of the Year winner), have become two of the most prolific voice actors in gaming, and will be among the international guests present at Comic Con Africa this year.

Along with meet and greets, photo and autograph opportunities and panel discussions with international and local guests, visitors will be able to commission custom drawings, as well as get comic books signed and the signatures verified at the Artist Alley.

Cosplayers will be arriving in their numbers to sing at the Cosplay Karaoke Café, compete in the Championships of Cosplay competition and meet international guests like model, actress and producer LeeAnna Vamp, and Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro, who is currently working for Riot Games as the official cos-model for the champion Rakan from League of Legends.

Gaming enthusiasts, champions and amateur gamers of all ages can geek out in a dedicated gaming hall with freeplay zones, racing SIMs and the latest gaming equipment. And to make sure you don’t miss a moment, keeping “App” to date with all things Comic Con Africa will be easy than ever as the Comic Con Africa App allows attendees to plan their experience. Offering the full exhibitors list, interactive maps, a selfie camera and more, visitors will be able to plan their experience from the palm of their hands. 

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