Following the wild success of Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg last year and the anticipated continued success this year, the companies responsible for the popular pop culture and gaming event, Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP, announced that the Mother City will get its very own Comic Con in 2020.
Comic Con Cape Town will take place from May 1-3 2020 and will have its own tailored lineup of talent geared towards the fanbase of the city, playing towards its unique strengths and personality.
“With the unprecedented success of the 2018 Comic Con Africa it is the natural next step to bring this format to the city of Cape Town. While the style of this Comic Con will be slightly different to Comic Con Africa, we still expect the same level of entertainment focusing on our key pillars which include film, series, animation, cosplay, comic books and gaming. We are thrilled to be announcing the dates when we will be bringing the Comic Con magic to another South African city,” says managing director Carol Weaving.
With Cape Town being the film capital of South Africa, Comic Con Cape Town will have a stronger focus on films and series than the Comic Con in Johannesburg. With this in mind, Comic Con Cape Town has partnered with the Cape Town International Animation Festival, the only dedicated animation festival in Africa which hosts local and international delegates, appealing to those that are creatives, producers and technical artists.
From 2020 onwards, the Cape Town International Animation Festival will co-locate with Comic Con Cape Town. This partnership will ensure the longevity of both festivals by bringing together the fans into one venue at the same time. This partnership is aimed at creating a larger following for animation in Africa. As animation plays a big role in both films and series, this partnership is designed to grow the offering for avid fans.
“The success of Comic Con rests in the ability to create platforms that address the wants and needs of the fans. Partnerships like this simply make sense to bring together two formats in order to grow the level of interest and skills in the animation industry. We are proud of this association and hope to be able to grow both the Cape Town Animation Festival and Comic Con Cape Town through this partnership,” says Weaving.
The talent line-up for Comic Con Cape Town will include both local and international celebrities in the film and series industry.
The dates for the event were researched in great detail to ensure it would not overlap with other popular Mother City events such as FanCon, which will be taking place in June in 2020, just after Comic Con Cape Town.
Comic Con Africa will be held separately from Comic Con Cape Town from September 21-24 2019 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Comic Con Africa is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, arts, movies, pop culture elements, and so much more.
We went to Comic Con Africa 2018 to show you a little of what you can expect at the Cape Town even in 2020:
For more information about Comic Con Africa 2019, please visit www.comicconafrica.co.za.
Picture: Cape Town ETC