Following the recent announcement that the indefinite ban on large gatherings is still prohibited, the 2020 live edition of Comic Con Africa 2020 will no longer be happening at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand this coming September. We know, it's absolutely heartbreaking! But, it doesn't mean that South Africans need to cancel their Comic Con plans. The con must go on, so get ready for an online virtual con!

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Although the virtual Comic Con Africa 2020 entertainment lineup is yet to be organised and set, Reed Expeditions has announced a few plans for this unique online experience. The event's organisers are confident that the virtual edition will offer fans across South Africa the same experience as you'd get attending the live mass gathering.

What To Expect? 

They're planning on bringing the pop culture community as much content and entertainment as they can at no cost over the Comic Con Africa 2020 weekend, but some of the experiences will require payment, including celebrity panels and other exclusives.

Wondering what else you can expect regarding the lineup? Well, you can still expect live chats and draws, Q&As, talks, gaming tournaments and streams, artist panels, exclusive exhibitor deals and more, all available online.

Already Bought Your Tickets? 

The question is: what if you have already bought your ticket for Comic Con Africa 2020? What happens now? Well, not to worry! If you have already purchased your 2020 convention tickets, you can carry it over to next year's edition with a price freeze.

However, you're more than welcome to get a refund for your tickets through Howler. Click here to see all the Comic Con Africa 2020 FAQs.

"COVID-19 won’t stop the dedicated fandoms and communities that Comic Con Africa engages with, so by offering an Online Con experience we can still not only keep our communities together, but connect more fans and grow to ensure that our 2021 show is the biggest yet!” said Carla Massmann, the Portfolio Director for Comic Con.

Comic Con Africa

Comic Con Online will be unique, exciting and innovative! And it will still be the ultimate pop culture (virtual) festival in Africa. Be sure not to miss out. It's going to be one interesting experience!

When Is It?

Thursday, 24 September 2020 - Sunday, 27 September 2020.

Where Is It?

The event has moved from the Gallagher Convention Centre to being online!

Visit www.comicconafrica.co.za to keep up to date with the latest news, announcements and information regarding Comic Con Online.

How Much Is It?

Tickets sales have been stopped as of Tuesday, 09 June 2020.

If you have already bought your CCA 2020 tickets, they can be carried over to next year's event with a price freeze or you can claim a refund via Howler.

For More Information

For more information about Comic Con Africa and the latest developments and news regarding their upcoming online experience, visit www.comicconafrica.co.za.

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

What Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema proudly bring you another edition of NoodleBox Cinema! Enjoy your box of noodles while watching the best of Anime and Kung Fu action on the big screen. 

This month's NoodleBox feature is Kung Pow! Enter The Fist. Writer, director, and star Steve Oedekerk lampoons the martial arts genre with this action spoof that digitally mixes new scenes with poorly dubbed footage from the vintage 1976 film Savage Killers. Originally titled "The Dubbed Action Movie," this ridiculous parody saw its release delayed several times, finally reaching theaters two years after it was shot.

Don't miss the Bioscope's screening of this hilarious tongue-in-cheek film.

When Is It?

Friday, 20 September 2019 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 per person without noodles, or R80 per person with your choice of noodles - beef, chicken or vegetable flavour. 

Book your tickets here.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/thebioscopecinema

twitter – twitter.com/bioscopetonight

Instagram – instagram.com/thebioscope

Details:

[email protected] | Tel: 087 094 4195

Razzmatazz Costume Hire

Razzmatazz Costumes have been in the business since 2006. Owner Susan makes their well-known, hand-crafted costumes. Razzmatazz stock a wide range of sci-fi, steampunk, anime, gaming and superhero costumes. Their rental prices are by far some of the most reasonable, as well. Plus, you can hire out your costume for up to a week. If your costume needs a little sprucing up with a wig, mask or accessory, Razzmatazz has got you covered. From coloured contact lenses to knee high stockings, they have got it all. Razzmatazz is the costume store for you if you are short on time, low on cash or have just always dreamed of donning a full Chewbacca costume.

Details: 011 452 4555 | 72 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale | [email protected]

Jods Hire Service

Jods is a costume player's wonderland. This costume store never seems to end, stretching across an entire warehouse floor. From wall to wall, there are costumes of every kind. Their steampunk collection is especially impressive. Think adjustable skirts, colourful corsets and hats galore. The Jods staff are always super friendly and willing to assist. With some of them being cosplayers themselves, they know exactly what you need to nail the perfect look. Visit Jods if you are planning a first time cosplay - you should find exactly what you are looking for.

Details: 011 450 4424/5 | Tile Africa Building 108 A.G.De Witt Drive, Sunnyrock | [email protected]

Cosplay

Scalliwags

Scalliwags is situated in Alberton. But, they also have an online store for your convenience. Their costume themes are extensive, ranging from TV and movie characters to fairytales, super heroes and villains. Harry Potter fans, get your wizard robes here, or join the dark side and dress up as Lord Voldemort. You will find the Archie Comics gang here, too. In their original form, not the Riverdale version, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead await you. Or, you could go with popular trends and cosplay a comic book hero or villain. Scalliwags stocks crossplay and gender-bend costumes in their superheroes section, too. Let's see a whole lot of Spidergirls, Lady Flash and female Ninja Turtles. Girl power!

**Please contact Scalliwags in advance if you are looking for a superhero costume. Limited sizes may be available.

Details: 011 869 1201 | 1st floor Alberante Centre, 37 Penzance Street, New Redruth | [email protected]

Sinderella Costume Hire

Even though Game of Thrones has come to an end (sigh), we know that fans are going to be cosplaying this series for years to come. If you are a GoT fundi, pop by Sinderella Costume Hire. They offer a wide range of medieval inspired costumes for hire, including faux fur coats, sword sheaths and floor length robes. Ladies, ready your dragons - Sinderalla costumes has a full Khaleesi costume, complete with blonde wig. Now, you can slay any enemy who stands in your way to victory on the cosplay stage.

Details: 011 326 0446 | 9 Hunter St, Ferndale, Randburg | [email protected]

Cosplay

CosKraft SA

This one is for the cosplay artists who refuse to buy anything they can make themselves. CosKraft SA is an online platform specialising in cosplay supplies. They offer wigs, cosmetic lenses, foam and worbla to help you build your dream cosplay. CosKraft should be your first stop when looking for a high-quality wig. With over 25 different black wigs in stock alone, you are sure to find one to suit your desired look. These wigs are heat resistant, so straighten, curl or blowdry away. CosKraft is also a great store to stock up on prop making goodies. Foam clay and worbla are ideal for molding custom-designed weaponry. Check out their online store here.

Details: [email protected]

CosplayMiu

CosplayMiu is an international online cosplay costume and accessories shop. Costumes are custom designed according to your size specifications. Get your premium hand-crafted manga or anime costumes, cosplay wigs and Lolita dresses. Shipping takes between 5 - 10 days after you place your order, depending on the intricacy of the costume. Their website is a wonderful place to look for costume inspiration, too. They feature images of the relevant characters opposite the costume for sale. This way you can compare the quality and similarity of the costume with your favourite anime and manga characters.

Visit their website for more information.

**Please note that shipping costs may apply.

cosplay

Do you know of any other cosplay, costume hire and supply stores in Joburg? Let us know about them. 

Razzmatazz Costume Hire

Razzmatazz Costumes have been in the business since 2006. Owner Susan makes their well-known, hand-crafted costumes. Razzmatazz stock a wide range of sci-fi, steampunk, anime, gaming and superhero costumes. Their rental prices are by far some of the most reasonable as well. Plus, you can hire out your costume for up to a week. If your costume needs a little sprucing up with a wig, mask or accessory, Razzmatazz has got you covered. From coloured contact lenses to knee high stockings, they have got it all. Razzmatazz is the costume store for you if you are short on time, low on cash or have just always dreamed of donning a full Chewbacca costume.

Details: 011 452 4555 | 72 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale | [email protected]

Jods Hire Service

Jods is a costume players wonderland. This costume store never seems to end, stretching across an entire warehouse floor. From wall to wall, there are costumes of every kind. Their steampunk collection is especially impressive. Think adjustable skirts, colourful corsets and hats galore. The Jods staff are always super friendly and willing to assist. With some of them being cosplayers themselves, they know exactly what you need to nail the perfect look. Visit Jods if you are planning a first time cosplay - you should find exactly what you are looking for.

Details: 011 450 4424/5 | Tile Africa Building 108 A.G.De Witt Drive, Sunnyrock | [email protected]

Cosplay

Scalliwags

Scalliwags is situated in Alberton. But, they also have an online store for your convenience. Their costume themes are extensive, ranging from TV and movie characters, fairytales and super heroes and villains. Harry Potter fans, get your wizard robes here, or join the dark side and dress up as Lord Voldemort. You will find the Archie comics gang here, too. In their original form, not the Riverdale version, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead await you. Or, you could go with popular trends and cosplay a comic book hero or villain. Scalliwags stocks crossplay and gender-bend costumes in their superheroes section, too. Let's see a whole lot of Spidergirls, Lady Flash and female Ninja Turtles. Girl power!

**Please contact Scalliwags in advance if you are looking for a superhero costume. Limited sizes may be available.

Details: 011 869 1201 | 1st floor Alberante Centre, 37 Penzance Street, New Redruth | [email protected]

Sinderella Costume Hire

Even though Game of Thrones has come to an end (sigh), we know that fans are going to be cosplaying this series for years to come. If you are a GoT fundi, pop by Sinderella Costume Hire. They offer a wide range of medieval inspired costumes for hire, including faux fur coats, sword sheaths and floor length robes. Ladies, ready your dragons - Sinderalla costumes has a full Khaleesi costume, complete with blonde wig. Now, you can slay any enemy who stands in your way to victory on the cosplay stage.

Details: 011 326 0446 | 9 Hunter St, Ferndale, Randburg | [email protected]

Cosplay

CosKraft SA

This one is for the cosplay artists who refuse to buy anything they can make themselves. CosKraft SA is an online platform specialising in cosplay supplies. They offer wigs, cosmetic lenses, foam and worbla to help you build your dream cosplay. CosKraft should be your first stop when looking for a high-quality wig. With over 25 different black wigs in stock alone, you are sure to find one to suit your desired look. These wigs are heat resistant, so straighten, curl or blowdry away. CosKraft is also a great store to stock up on prop making goodies. Foam clay and worbla are ideal for molding custom-designed weaponry. Check out their online store here.

Details[email protected]

CosplayMiu

CosplayMiu is an international online cosplay costume and accessories shop. Costumes are custom designed according to your size specifications. Get your premium hand-crafted manga or anime costumes, cosplay wigs and Lolita dresses. Shipping takes between 5 - 10 days after you place your order, depending on the intricacy of the costume. Their website is a wonderful place to look for costume inspiration, too. They feature images of the relevant characters opposite the costume for sale. This way you can compare the quality and similarity of the costume with your favourite anime and manga characters.

Visit their website for more information.

**Please note that shipping costs may apply.

cosplay

Do you know of any other cosplay costume hire and supply stores in Joburg? Let us know about them. 

The Dark Carnival Is Now At Montecasino!

The formerly online retail store, The Dark Carnival has brought every imaginable sub-culture of geek to life with the grand opening of its flagship store at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg! Just imagine all things anime, comic, gaming and more, brought together under one roof. Bliss!

Dark Carnival

The Dark Carnival is the brainchild of Kasia Jabrzemski, a self-proclaimed geek, who in 2011 with the help of her business partner Richard Harman, realised the untapped potential to turn the ordinary comic book store visit into an experiential audio-visual adventure for the anime, comic and gaming sub-culture by launching the original online retail store.

The Dark Carnival offers fanatics and the curious the opportunity to immerse themselves in a colourful and fantastic world of geekdom. You can expect everything from comic books and graphic novels to pop culture merchandise of your favourite anime, movie and TV series characters; video gaming musts; costumes for the cosplayers; homeware; kitchenware; character bobbleheads, figurines and plushies; and even laptop sleeves. It's an adventure into another world.

Dark Carnival

The launch of the flagship store at Montecasino is hot on the ‘geek’ calendar radar. The much-anticipated dragon, which was custom-made to fill the space outside the store, is set to be a huge talking point.

For More Information

For more information about The Dark Carnival and it's brand-new store, visit www.darkcarnival.co.za.

You can also contact the store on 011 465 3701 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Dark Carnival

Rather Late Than Never

Not so long ago, we took a trip to the other side of the city. To the east, to be specific. We were looking for something new, fun and exciting to do (we've already covered the north!) and boy, did we find it! Now, not everyone is into the whole Marvel / DC comics thing or has hopped aboard the Hogwarts Express and become a devote Pothead, but if you happen to embrace, live and breathe geekdom and love all things nerdy, then you'll be thrilled to hear that a brand-new nerd paradise has opened it's doors out in Bedfordview - The Comic Warehouse! We had no clue that they've been up and running since about the end of last year (2018), but rather arrive late than never, right?

The Comic Warehouse

Sourced from Comic Warehouse

It's Literally A Warehouse!

When you think of comic book or geek merch stores, what comes to mind? A dingy hole-in-the-wall hangout? Something a lot like the comic book store run by Stewart in The Big Bang Theory? Not too sure? Well, this store is nothing like those - it's literally a warehouse! A big warehouse dedicated to and filled with everything you could possibly image regarding the nerdom and geek world - fantasy, Sci-Fi, Marvel, DC, Anime, Funko Pops, you name it. "What do you mean EVERYTHING", you may ask? Well, just think comic books for Africa; action figures from almost every fantasy movie, comic and game ever made; and all the merchandise you'll ever need. Yes, it's EPIC.

The Comic Warehouse

Did We Mention The Displays?

As if all the goodies, merch, comic books, apparel and  weren't enough, the displays add the cherry on top. This is what makes a visit to the Comic Warehouse a must for all ages! You can feast your eyes and take a few selfies with some of the great movie and superhero memorabilia set up on the show floor. Wondering what you can expect? Well, just imagine stepping into a few scenes from the Harry Potter movies; standing next to the intimidating but oh-so-cool Batman; taking a selfie with the almighty Wonder Woman, spotting Spiderman hanging around from the ceiling; and even coming face-to-face with the infamous Star Wars baddie, Darth Vader! There's also a bunch of vintage cars on display if you're more into four-wheeled beauties.

The Comic Warehouse

There's Also A Restaurant In Store

Checking out all the cool merch and taking a million selfies with all your favourite baddies and superheroes can be quite exciting and exhausting at the same time. But not in a bad way, of course. So, to regain your strength and refuel, make a stop at Kaylee's. This vegan restaurant offers healthy, plant-based, cruelty-free meals as well as fresh-pressed juices; interesting smoothies; and coffee with your selection of soy, almond or coconut milk. Have a sweet tooth? No problem! Just head over to The Cookie Co, which sells the most amazing chocolate chip cookies, so make sure you try one (or three). There's also a selection of imported sweets and drinks for your to suss out and indulge in.

The Comic Warehouse

Oh, And Fun For The Kids!

Not only will adults have a great time, but so will the kids. There's a little play space for them to let their imaginations run wild. And of course, let's not forget about all the graphic novels, cool and colourful figurines and show floor covered with neat things to check out and explore. Everyone, even parents, will feel like kids in a candy store at this cool venue.

Tip: Keep An Eye Out On Facebook For Specials

On a tight budget or simply just want to make sure you don't go overboard on the spending when visiting Comic Warehouse (still need to get those groceries to survive, you know)? Then make sure you keep an eye out on their Facebook page as they post specials that'll be in store or coming up soon.

The Comic Warehouse

For More Information

For more information about the Comic Warehouse, visit comicwarehouse.co.za.

Want to contact them? Drop them a mail on [email protected] or call 011 524 7604.

Don't forget to give them a like on Facebook or Twitter to keep in loop on the latest specials, news and products.

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