After 8 months of planning, blood sweat and tears, The Annual Championship of Cosplay held at Comic Con Africa has come to a close. With a total of 59 contestants, spread over the novice, intermediate and masters levels, all of whom looked stunning and gave it their all and should be proud of themselves and what they achieved as it takes great courage to enter into a competition of this size. Pre-judging for the competition took place across the Thursday and Friday of Comic Con Africa where the judges got a chance to look at the contestants’ cosplay up close allowing them to see all the details and allowed the contestants to explain to the judges how they made their cosplay and what techniques they used, it is also during this pre-judging that the masters’ contestants are not only judged by the local judges but by the international cosplay guest. Where Taryn Cosplay joined in the masters judging on Thursday and Leon Chiro and Elizabeth Rage joined in on the masters judging on Friday. After all the pre-judging took place, 26 contestants were selected by the judges to move onto the finals where they were then judged on their stage presentation and how well they can be in character! After all the contestants did their stage walk the judges selected the winners.
What makes this competition different is that the Champion of Cosplay gets to go and compete on the global stage at MCM London Comic Con against other talented cosplayers across the world, in the World Championship. Africa has so far sent two Champions to take part the in the Crown the first being Kinpatsu Cosplay with her Sister of Battle cosplay where she came 2nd overall and our second Champion being Jinxie Cosplay with her Priestess Bathory, where she took 1st making her the current Crowned Champion of Cosplay. This puts extra pressure on Africa’s next Champion to keep up the winning streak!
This year the judges were blown away with all of our local talent and are excited to see how the community is going to keep growing in the future! So without further ado here are Comic Con Africa’s 2022 Championship of Cosplay Winners!
African Champion of Cosplay – Ludus Cosplay as Aratak – Chieftain of the Banuk Tribe from Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (Africa’s First Male Champion and the Comic Con Cape Town Regional Champion of Cosplay) Masters Champion – BlueCat Cosplay as Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher Series (Hannah Alexander Design) (She won the Champion of Needlework title at Comic Con Africa 2019) Construction Champion – AhtohCos as Baine Bloodhoof from World of Warcraft (This was his second ever cosplay and competition, he placed 3rd in Armour at Comic Con Africa 2019 with his first ever cosplay) Armour Champion – Toonibug as Wonder Women from DC Comics (Royy_Ledger Design) (The artist himself consulted her on the construction of this cosplay) 2nd Place Armour – Artaxer as Katsuki Bakugo from My Hero Academia (This was his first ever cosplay) 3rd Place Armour – Nico as Griselbrand from Magic: The Gathering (This was his first GES Competition) Champion of Needlework – Annakapat as Mollymauk Tealeaf from Critical Role Campaign 2 2nd Place Needlework – Jordan Fur-rie as Kassandra (OC) (This is her second ever cosplay) 3rd Place Needlework – Jeezz_Louise as Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series Judges Favourite – FrostyKitty Cosplay as Gorou from Genshin Impact Best Newcomer – Chkombi as Neytiri from Avatar Most Creative Techniques – Just Plain Cal as The Bone Armour set from Monster Hunter World Best Prop – MonlyFans as Shoretrooper Grunt from Star Wars Best Wig – Ruthie_Music as Rapunzel from Tangled Green Leaf (Best use of recycled materials and upcycling) – Isola as Nobushi from For Honour
Thank you to all who competed and supported this year’s competition! We can wait to see all your cosplays at the next one!
Yesterday (18 May 2022) Disney Plus was officially launched here in South Africa and we had the honour of being invited to the launch event at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit hosted by Disney Africa. It was a night of fun, food and music where local celebrities and super fans got to celebrate the streaming service and all it has to offer.
When you arrived at the event you were greeted with a large projection of the Disney Plus logo on the side of the venue and a few led light blue lanterns. After being signed in you made your way to the blue carpet where local news agencies such as Soweto TV and SABC had cameras set up to interview the guest and take pictures. Afterwards, each guest received a blue drink (can you guess the colour of the night) and popcorn as they waited for the main show to start. While waiting guests could take in the view of the city skyline, mingle, and have fun having a 360-video filmed of themselves and friends.
The main event took place in a different hall where there were no less than 5 stages! The centre stage was the main stage where they opened the event and did a countdown to the official launch. After the count down Disney pulled out all the stops showing a selection of clips from a variety of their properties such as Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic, the video would then seamless transition to live feeds 3 locations in South Africa, the first was the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban (which looks similar to the Disney Plus logo), where they light up the roof just like the Disney Plus Logo, next the feed went on to show Zeitz Museum Silos in Cape Town where they had projected some of their most iconic posters and some cute animations from various IPS. Lastly, the feed went to Soccer City in Johannesburg where they had a fireworks show official bringing in Disney Plus. You can watch the video here of the opening: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyPlusZA/videos/404847058167444/
The rest of the evening was made up of shows and performances highlighting the different aspects of Disney Plus. These performances were a combination of videos, live dancers, and live aerial artists from the Cirque. A separate performance was done for the National Geographic content, Encanto, Star Wars, The Stars Content and finally for the Black is King documentary by Beyonce. They surprised those in attendance with a live performance by local artist Busiswa performing some of her most popular and famous songs.
Overall, the event was extremely enjoyable highlighting what Disney Plus has to offer to its South African audience, the show went smoothly, the food and drinks did not disappoint, the staff were (as always) a dream and the best part is that the guest list was made up of people from all fandoms and walks of life.
We were also lucky enough to be gifted a Disney+ 12 Month sub from Disney themselves, I think the packaging speaks for itself with how amazing it is.
The film has been shot during the pandemic, this explains to us why the 1st scene shown to us was decided and discussed to be a glimpse of dinosaurs in their natural habitat 65 million years ago.
The team working on this movie did massive amounts of research for this film and answered some questions that ties in as answers to both all the previous movies and games such as Jurassic World Evolution 1 & 2.
Questions were answered such as Dinosaurs having either hair or feathers back then and why they do not now, Director of Jurassic World Dominion, Colin Trevorrow, advised that Dinosaurs did possibly have hair or feathers on their body but due to the genome modification from modern animals and amphibians used to complete the genome sequence caused them to not have it now in the movies/games.
Furthermore Universal was all for Trevor and the team’s idea of having this short glimpse in the past. They believe that this short film gives us a better understanding and context for the little time we have spent on this earth.
Trevor also advised that through all the comments and requests on social media from fans asking why not this dino or cant they introduce this dino into their movies, they always felt like they needed to keep some in their pockets, and in this movie, they took out all the stops on and will be showing us several dinos they have been holding out on till this moment for the movie.
They advised that they believe that we bring too much of our human instincts into Dinosaurs which means they are always fighting, after doing tons of research they have found that this was not always their nature and that they would even be sharing water sources with each other.
Having Trevor as the director for the movie feels like it might just be the perfect fit as he himself admitted to being a dinosaur nerd means that we will be rewarded with not just a stunning movie but with accurate information and interactions between the dinosaurs, such as the possible cohabitations and mutualism as shown when the smaller dinosaur was cleaning in between the teeth of a massive Carnivore.
Trevor also advised that he lived in Vermont and advised that in this region they did find the drive-in movie theatres tends to be outside of the town, closest to nature, to make the scene of the T-rex showing up at the theatre more believable as the noises and bright lights would’ve drawn its attention.
The moment the T-rex roaring in front of the screen a lot of us would be overlooking, although Trevor advised us that this scene with total carnage that’s erupting from this Theatre the Dino was not giving off the dominance type roar like we are used to seeing from a T-rex, but more a confusing and stressed roar.
The best part of the movie personally was not only to the shooting of the movie being based on not us visiting the Dinosaurs in their world but they coming to ours has a unique take to it and might set this movie apart from the rest, but we will also see our favorite actors again from the original Jurassic Park Movies such as Ian Malcolm, Dr. Grant and Ellie playing a huge part in this movie along with the Jurassic World Actors.
The main idea of the prologue was to honor not just the T-rex but the entire cast having everyone from all the series being honored as well.
With this being shared with us one can’t help but to be excited for the movie and what this would include as a result for possible future DLCs for the Jurassic World Evolution 2.
Watch Bob Odenkirk transform from mild-mannered comedian into tough-as-nails action hero. #NobodyMovie hits cinemas 2 April.
Sometimes the man you don’t notice is the most dangerous of all.
Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away.
The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazon’s McMafia)—and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.
Nobody is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry), from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise, and co-stars legendary Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd as Hutch’s father and multi-hyphenate musician-actor RZA as Hutch’s brother, whose own hidden talents aid Hutch in his quest for vengeance.
The film is produced by Kelly McCormick, p.g.a, and David Leitch, p.g.a., the filmmakers of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde, for their company 87North, by Braden Aftergood, p.g.a. (Hell or High Water, Wind River), for his Eighty Two Films, and by Bob Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero (Hulu’s PEN15) for Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Derek Kolstad, Marc S. Fischer, Annie Marter and Tobey Maguire.
Cinemas are opening again locally and to celebrate the whole of the local industry is pulling together to get the industry up and running again while making everyone feel safe. Support our local cinemas and book some tickets.
South Africa’s cinema industry reveals reopening campaign
Cinema has a message for South Africa: “It’s time to go BIG again!”
Following the confirmation that South African cinemas will be reopening next Friday, 28 August – a consolidated industry campaign titled “It’s Time To Go BIG Again,” involving all key role-players, launched on TV, Digital Outdoor, Radio, Online, and through social media this past Friday, 21 August. Cinemas in South Africa have been closed for the past 5 months due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations, resulting in a complete shutdown of all their business operations.
The campaign’s central point of engagement will be online via the GoBIGagain.co.za microsite and promoted with the #GoBIGagain hashtag – containing detailed information on all cinemas’ health & safety protocols, local and international industry news, direct links to the various cinema groups in Southern Africa and more information on the movies heralding the return of the Big Screen Experience to cinemas. It’s primarily about re-launching the unique appeal of cinemas, to again screen movies with larger-than-life quality in a way that movies were meant to be seen and experienced.
“We are very excited to roll out our ‘Go BIG Again’ campaign, which is the culmination of a coordinated industry effort to establish a responsible reopening strategy for the full spectrum of the local cinema business. All of South Africa’s cinema exhibitors, film distributors and international studio representatives, along with other industry stakeholders, joined hands and have been collaborating for the past few months to effectively map out the reopening of the industry on non-competitive terms. We are also very grateful for the overwhelming support from our partners in the media and entertainment community, who have demonstrated keen interest over the past few months and teamed up with us to launch this campaign nationwide. It’s time to go BIG again!” says the members of the South African cinema industry committee.
One of the campaign’s core objectives is to assure movie fans that all those cinemas reopening will include the preventative measures as required by governmental regulations, to keep cinema staff and cinemagoers safe and healthy. The campaign also reignites awareness around the magic of the movies and includes glimpses of past and present box office hits, cinematic classics with impact, audience favourites, the power of South African film and other striking content which define the essence of watching movies on a Big Screen with premium quality sound in a cinema.
Some of the major new movie releases lined up for cinemas over the next few months include Warner Bros’ TENET; Twentieth Century Studios’ NEW MUTANTS; Disney’s MULAN; Universal’s TROLLS: WORLD TOUR and the new James Bond film, NO TIME TO DIE; Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW; Sony’s CONNECTED; independent studio titles such as AVA from Filmfinity and UNHINGED from Empire Entertainment; as well as locally produced films FLATLAND (Indigenous Film Distribution) and TOORBOS (Filmfinity).
Based on current governmental regulations and guided by advice from the Department of Health, the World Health Organisation and internationally recognised industry experts – some of the key health and safety protocols being implemented in Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and other cinemas are listed below:
Online bookings in advance are encouraged.
Mask-wearing will be mandatory for all customers and staff, and can only be taken off while eating or drinking inside the cinema auditoria.
Temperature checks will be done on arrival for all customers at access points to cinema complexes.
Customers will have direct access to hand sanitiser at cinema access points, and are required to sanitise on entrance to venues. Various in-cinema messages encourage regular hand sanitising and other precautionary requirements.
Social distancing measures will be implemented for cinema foyers and seating inside cinema auditoria – to ensure a physical distance of 1.5m is maintained between people at all times in all areas.
Access control management and a limit on ticket sales per movie show will be applied to ensure the required venue capacity is capped at the required minimum per theatre or public space within a cinema complex at all times.
All cinemas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each and every show.
All high-touch point areas such as kiosks, self-service terminals, serving counters, door handles, rails, benches, booths and bathroom areas will be disinfected on a regular basis daily.
All staff have been retrained in effective and frequent hand-washing – targeting fronts, backs, wrists and between fingers – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every time.
Go to www.GoBIGagain for more information. Use #GoBIGagain on social media.