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CCCT x Fancon Regional Championships of Cosplay Competition 2023

Capetonians! Dust off your superhero costumes, review your wish list of collectables and get your gaming on – Comic Con Cape Town in partnership with FanCon is headed your way!

A four-day fun-filled festival featuring a large range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including international and local Comic Artists, Film and TV celebrities, and Cosplay championships. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you are a casual fan or a bona fide geek. We are passionate about developing local fandoms, services and pop culture.

Superhero or sidekick – there are exciting activations to enjoy that include professional gaming tournaments, other gaming activations, cosplay competitions, and new movie and series promotions. Comic-Con Cape Town x Fancon visitors can also enjoy celebrity panel discussions, seminars, workshops, and autograph sessions.

Comic-Con Cape Town x Fancon Regional Championships of Cosplay Competition is the highlight of Comic-Con Cape Town x Fancon cosplay activities. The 2023 overall winner of this regional championship gets sponsored by Comic-Con Cape Town to go through to the Comic Con Africa Championships of Cosplay finals which will be hosted at Comic Con Africa in September 2023.

Comic Con Cape Town will take place on 27 – 30 April 2023 at CTICC2, Cape Town.

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Comic Con Africa 2022 Championship of Cosplay – Winners

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!
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The Judges for Comic Con Africa Casual Cosplay and Kidscon Cosplay Competition has been revealed!

We are excited to announce the Comic-Con Africa Casual Cosplay Competition and Kidscon Cosplay Competition judges!

First up we have the stunning Avelyn Swan!

Avelyn Swan has been cosplaying since 2016 and has taken part in several competitions over the years, most recently winning the Cosplay Cape Town Holloweenification contest in November 2020. She likes to cosplay strong female characters and hopes to inspire others to take the leap and start cosplaying.

Next we have the spectacular Just Plain Chris!

If you were to ask me why Chris why he enjoys cosplay, He’d have two answers. Firstly, he absolutely loves how his cosplays make people smile. It’s a priceless thing to experience – feeling like he has made a small difference to someone in that moment. Secondly, he wouldn’t regard himself as a very artistic or creative person, so cosplay helps him grow and develop in that regard. It continuously takes Chris out of his comfort zone by forcing him to learn new things that he may have little natural aptitude for. Chris feels it keeps his mind and soul young. He is personally drawn to stereotypical hero-types so most of Chris’ cosplays are usually related to that in some way. He finds this type of character very inspirational because they always seem to do the right thing under difficult circumstances. He also enjoys cosplaying characters that have more of a physical element to them – that require him to show my physique – because this allows him to combine his passion for physical fitness with cosplay.

Lastly, we have the talented Princess Maggie!

Princess Maggie is a cosplayer, entertainer, actress, events coordinator, seamstress, singer and interior designer with a passion for children’s characters and bringing magic to the world.

She is the founder and fairy godmother at Princess Maggie’s Party Experiences – Gauteng’s premier character entertainment company and Princess Maggie’s Fairytale Cottage – a immersive royal themed kids venue in Midrand. (https://www.princessmaggies.com/)

These three (3) awesome judges will be judging the daily Casual Cosplay Competition, where we encourage cosplayers from all skill levels to enter. Cosplay that has been bought, handmade, rented, commissioned or that are just closest cosplays are all welcome in this competition. Contestants will sign up on the day free of charge at Cosplay Central, and then will need to be at the main stage at 12:00 for the competition. How its works is that the contestants’ names will be read out by DJ Elliot and the contestant will walk across the stage and strike a pose. After all, contestants have done their walk, the judges will pick a winner. The Kidscon Cosplay competition works, in the same way, expect that contestants will sign up on the day free of charge at the cosplay booth in Kidscons and will need to be at the Kidscon stage at 11:00. Both competitions will be happening daily across all four (4) days of Comic-Con Africa!

We cant wait to see you all there and cant wait to see your cosplays!

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