Comic Con Coming To SA, Emphasis On The Con
Yes, Comic Con – that hallowed event that every stereotyped nerd dreams of attending – is making its way to South Africa very soon. News of this seems to have snuck up on a lot of people but fear not, we’ve got you covered with all the details.
Now, given the somewhat pokey nature of our quaint little nation, Comic Con SA will not have the scale, glamour or celebrity of, say, the San Diego Comic Con.
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Comic Con SA will be held in Cape Town over the weekend of April 26-28. That’s less than a month from now. Why, yes my superpower is a firm grasp of the obvious. It will be held at “It’s a house” design space in Greenpoint which I have honestly never heard of in all my life living in Cape Town. The obvious choice would appear to be the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) but I don’t want to prejudge before the event even takes place. It may be that this venue is amazing. Or not. I’m jaded, sue me. AS you might expect, doors will open at 9am and stay open “till late”.
There will be promotions for Marvel Superheroes Magazine from an “undisclosed party”. Local comic book retailer Outer Limits will also be present. While the event name may denote only comics and surely that’s the main focus, there will also be some gaming thrown into the mix as well as card games, anime and the obligatory cosplay complete with cosplay competitions.
Other participants include:
- Outer limits
- Vinyl junkie (comic book related paraphernalia, figurines)
- Rebirth graphic novel (South African author)
- The Lil’ Five (South African comic book)
- Pokémon league (Cape Town edition)
- Zabalazaa (local artists, sketching competition)
Comic Con SA did say that they did “not expect so much feedback and we expect a lot more participants before we get started.” Expect names such as Dark Carnival and more to join in soon enough.
The event is for all ages and there will be food on sale. An official winner for the cosplay competition will be announced on day 2 while winners for various gaming competitions and tournaments will be announced over the course of days 2 and 3.
Below is a summarised list of details:
Comic Con SA
Date: 26, 27, 28 April 2013
Venue: “It’s a house” design space, 20 Jarvis st. De Waterkant, Green Point, 8005 Cape Town, Western Cape.
Activities: comics, card games, anime, cosplay, and video games
Costs: Day 1 tickets are R50; Day 2 tickets are R200 (R150 for cosplayers); Day 3 tickets are R30. Female cosplayers get free event entrance.
It may not be much just yet but everything needs to start somewhere and Comic Con SA can only get bigger from here. I for one am excited to devote an entire weekend to comic book culture.
Some rather worrying news has come to light via News24 since this article published. Firstly, the venue is said to be little more than a house with a capacity of 150 and not the sort of expansive expo arena that an event such as this usually demands then there’s the fact that the event was only announced three weeks prior to its scheduled date, this is nowhere near enough time for people to make the necessary travel arrangements etc and perhaps speaks to the small venue and lack of apparent organisation. Most worrying is that this event is going under the guise of Comic Con but holds no affiliation to the Comic-Con International.
Mike Stoltz, PR for Comic-Con International told Lazygamer in response to an email querying the legitimacy of this event: “Thank you for your email. We are not affiliated with that convention and don’t know anything about it.” The rights to the name were acquired without infringing on Comic-Con by not hyphenating the name. Yes, seriously.
This suddenly went from being something potentially promising to what may be a poorly organised sham to cash in on the Comic-Con name. The fact that female cosplayers get in free says volumes about the sort of people who appear to be organising the event.