The 2018 event welcomed 45, 085 visitors, which has been ABC audited, 212 exhibitors and almost 400 members of media. These numbers are unprecedented at an inaugural show but sadly sold out before the event started. The organisers, Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP want to make sure that Comic Con 2019 can offer this experience to many more people. The new venue gives them this option, with a capacity of over 80,000 people.
Comic Con Africa 2019
After the unprecedented success of Comic Con 2018, organisers almost immediately decided to announce the exhibition’s return the following year. Comic Con Africa 2019 has been penned down from 21 – 24 September and will be hosted at the Gallagher Convention Centre – a venue change since the previous year.
Day passes will cost R160 with four day passes costing R500 and can be purchased from Computicket.
The 2019 line-up is set to be stellar and exciting for all. As the international guests are announced, we’ve set out to keep our fingers on the pulse and let you know as soon as the news breaks. Here’s who you can see at Comic Con Africa 2019:
The Captain has landed. Emmy Award winning actor – and the OG commander of the Starship Enterprise – William Shatner will be at Comic Con Africa 2019. The spoken word poet, musician, actor, producer and singer can be found at the convention from Saturday through to Monday.
Having achieved global recognition with his portrayal of the Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie made his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the much-anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Mackie will be also seen in the upcoming Disney+-exclusive limited series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and will star in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon in 2020. Anthony Mackie was due to participate at last years’ Comic Con but was forced to cancel due to Hurricane Florence – the category 2 hurricane which resulted in over 1 million people being evacuated and thousands of flights delayed and cancelled including his. Anthony is looking forward to being able to meet the fans at Comic Con 2019.
Both an actor and a voice actor, Nolan North is known for characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series, Meepo the Geomancer in Dota2, Penguin in Batman – Arkham Franchise and Captain Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line. North has also voiced Superboy, Superman and other characters for the Young Justice animated television series as well as the title character from Blaze and the Monster Machines on Nick Jr.
Becoming one of the most prolific actors in video games, Troy Baker boasts such performances as Joel in The Last of Us and Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite. This has solidified him as icon in gaming today. Troy has been nominated three times for Best Performer at the BAFTA’s for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Sam Drake), Far Cry 4 (Pagan Min) and The Last of Us (Joel). Troy has also brought characters to life for iconic properties such as The Batman Arkham series (The Joker and Jason Todd), Metal Gear Solid (Ocelot), Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Talion), Infamous: Second Son (Delsin Rowe), Persona (Kanji) and many more. Troy will reprise his role as Joel in the highly anticipated The Last of Us: Part Two, as well as star alongside Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen in Hideo Kojima’s auteurist endeavour, Death Stranding. While he’s long worn the cowl as Lego Batman, he’s the only actor to have played both Batman and the Joker in the same film (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
Comic Book Creators At Comic Con Africa 2019
Comic book writer, Donny Cates, will be a guest at this year’s Comic Con Africa to be held in September. Cates is best known for Thanos, Doctor Strange, Damnation, God Country, Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet, The Paybacks, Interceptor, Star Trek and Atomahawk. He is also currently working on titles such as Venom, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Death of the Inhumans, Redneck, Guardians of the Galaxy and Babyteeth. Cates joins other prominent comic book writer and artist, Will Sliney, who is best known for his work on Marvel comics such as Spider-Man and Star Wars. Some of the other titles he has drawn include Solo: A Star Wars Story, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man 2099, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-man and Fearless Defenders.
Azzarello, the seasoned author most notably known for his work on the Harvey and Eisner award-winning 100 Bullets series, will be joining authors Will Sliney and Donny Cates at this years’ Comic Con Africa. During the four-day event, Azzarello will participate in a panel discussion and fans will get an opportunity to interact with him and his fellow panelists during an autograph session thereafter. The New York Times best-selling author has published several works for DC Comics including: Hellblazer and Loveless both with Marcelo Frusin and Superman: For Tomorrow with Jim Lee. Other popular collaborations were the published works Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, The Joker graphic novel and Before Watchmen: Rorschach with Lee Bermejo. Azzarello also wrote Comedian with J.G Jones and Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place with Joe Kubert.
Will Sliney is an artist and writer from Cork, Ireland. He is best known for his work for Marvel comics on Spider-Man and Star Wars. Some of the the titles he has drawn include Solo: A Star Wars Story, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man 2099, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-man and Fearless Defenders. He is also the artist for the Comic Con Africa 2018 – Marvel Fantastic Four Variant cover.
Also appearing at Comic Con Africa is cosplayer model, actress and producer, LeeAnna Vamp. Some of her own projects include The frightfully fun show for all ages!, The Fiends present Best Fiends Forever and Let’s Get Spooky Podcast to name a few. Vamp is also a paranormal investigator, delving into the spiritual world in her own ghost hunting travel show called Ghosted. She was also a judge on SyFy’s Cosplay Melee which features some of the world’s most innovative cosplayers as they transform themselves into sensational creations. Vamp will also be one of the judges of the Comic Con Africa Championship of Cosplay which will be held at this years’ event.
The First KidsCon In Africa
As the first and entirely Kid focused convention in Africa, KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality, so you see you teach them while they are young! KidsCon brings the whole family together at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between the 21st and the 24th of September 2019. The interactive four-day convention is geared to celebrating and inspiring all kids to embrace the superhero withing and to cosplay along with those who are older, but still kids at heart.
Edutainment has never looked this good, seamlessly bringing learning, playing and creativity together under one roof. To make sure that the kids rule the playground, KidsCon is designed by Kids for Kids, which is why the KidsCon Board of Little Experts was established. As a board of 14 diverse children (ages 5 to 10) the KidsCon experts shared their insights on various trends and products. Their input was used to create an unforgettable, dynamic and modern experience that’ll have parents itching to join in on the fun.