Trek To Comic Con Part 1 : The Media Launch

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Most stories of a love for anything geek start out with a beloved childhood toy or fond memory that got us started down the road to the awesomeness that is Geek Culture.

Most of those stories usually involve an affirmation, oath or undertaking to visit Comic Con.

What was previously a dream has now become a reality.

Now finally… Comic Con Africa is upon us!

It’s been roughly a week since the official announcement and everyone has had their feeds flooded with piece-meal information blurbs and reports about the buildup to the announcement and the road map to Comic Con Africa.

We thought we would help streamline the process with a recap of the last few days.

So here we go!

THE BEST YET POSSIBLY WORST KEPT SECRET SINCE VALENTINES DAY

In the build up to the official launch of Comic Con Africa, the Geek Culture underground was abuzz with rumours as a media campaign by Reed Exhibitions South Africa and VSGaming promised that “Your Heroes Are Coming”.

Was it a press tour? Was it an early April Fools day prank?

Dare we dream…Was it Comic Con?

On 20 February 2018 the whose-who of the South African Geek and Gaming Scene joined some of the biggest media outlets to bear witness to History in the Making.

THE LAUNCH EVENT – A GREAT TASTE OF THE MAGIC TO COME

The glitzy bash, (organised by the team spearheading the Comic Con Africa initiative) was well attended and after much speculation among attendees the moment arrived as the official Launch Video was aired to tumultuous applause from attendees.

Guests were enthralled by tales from Black Panther cast members Dr. John Kani and Madam Connie Chiume who pulled back the veil and shared epic tales of their time on set and the hype of the Black Panther movie.

All attendees received more information relating to some of the guests and logistics for Comic Con Africa.

I think the highlight moment for this writer was during the photo/meet and greet session when I asked Dr. Kani if he would mind posing in the “Wakanda Forever” pose and he graciously obliged and said:

“My Boy – you place your right hand over your heart and your left hand over the right, then stand tall as you shout Wakanda Forever!”

If course I had to oblige and the photographer nearly dropped the camera with shock…

#noregrets

THE HYPE – THE MANIA- THE SHEER UTTER AWESOMENESS!!!

Comic Con Africa will take place from 14 – 16 September 2018.

The event will be held at the Kyalami International Convention Centre on September 14-16, 2018, courtesy of Reed Exhibitions Africa.

Day passes will go on sale in this week and will cost R 120 a pop with weekend passes due to be announced soon.

Guests will include some of the biggest names in Pop and Geek Culture today with loads of signings, panels and workshops being scheduled throughout the weekend.

CONTROVERSY – RAGE AGAINST THE CON?

For reasons unknown, the announcement has sparked some controversy in the South African Geeko-sphere.

One detractor on social media questioned the timing of the Convention noting that RAGE 2018, another major convention in South Africa is scheduled for roughly a month later.

Other parties voiced concern that we have previously been promised a Comic Con with no such luck in the past from as long ago as 2013.

For our part GES (and this writer in particular), are confident that there is more than enough space on the calendar (and love for all things geek) for the various conventions and events scheduled throughout this year.

The existence of another premiere event will serve only to grow the local Geek Culture community.

When asked, organisers and senior officials linked to Comic Con Africa confirmed their view that the South African Geek / Gamer and Pop Culture Fandoms are renown worldwide for their enthusiasm and this International Level event will act as another platform for attendees to celebrate their hobbies interests and fandom.

‘Nuff said.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL  – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP, (the world’s largest pop culture event producer), have partnered up with VS Gaming (SA’s largest independent gaming brand and the leading platform for online gaming in Africa) to bring forth a 3 day event showcasing the best of the best in comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film and television.

With a promised focus on a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across the anime, manga, horror, animation, apparel, gaming (platform, board, PC and collectible card) there is something for everyone.

As expected there will be celebrity panel discussions, seminars, workshops and autograph sessions and sales… Lots and lots of sales.

THE TREK TO COMIC CON AFRICA 2018

Reed Exhibitions South Africa have confirmed that there will be frequent updates on social media and the Comic Con Africa website with further details about the event.

To make life a little easier GES will provide a monthly round up of the announcements so by the time Comic Con Africa comes around you will have an up to date listing of all the awesome details and fun things scheduled.

In addition, our own Zaid “DarthZadyBun” Motala will be creating exclusive video content, checklists and a series of “How to” guides from time to time to make your Comic Con Africa experience one for the books!

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TREK TO COMIC CON AFRICA 2018 INFO SHEET

Everything you need to know about the biggest thing to hit Africa:

(This list is incomplete and will be updated in later articles as more information becomes available .)

DATE: 14 – 16 September 2018

VENUE: Kyalami Grand Prix

TICKET PRICE: R 120 pp/day
DESCRIPTION: Seriously? You have to ask?
(Via www.comicconafrica.co.za)

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, in partnership with VS Gaming, South Africa’s largest independent gaming brand and the leading platform for online gaming in Africa, will be bringing Comic Con to the African Continent from 14 – 16 September 2018.

Comic Con Africa is a 3 day event showcasing comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts.  The exhibition will also feature a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, gadgets, clothing, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.

CELEBRITY GUESTS:

  • Nolan North (Confirmed)
  • Troy Baker (Confirmed)
  • Cast Members of the Big Bang Theory (To Be Confirmed)
  • Cast Members of Game of Thrones (To Be Confirmed)

COMIC BOOK CREATORS / ARTISTS

  • TBA

LIST OF EXHIBITORS

  • TBA

About Zaid Motala

Zaid Motala
Zaid "DarthZadyBun" is an artist, writer, traveler and collector who lives his life by striking off one bucket list item at a time. Powered by chocolate and forever in search of well priced lucks he finances his adventures by dispensing (mostly) legal advice.

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