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.