Festival online

The 2020 Edition of Comic Con Africa is Cancelled – But the Con MUST Go On

Following the recent announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the indefinite ban on large gatherings is still prohibited, the 2020 edition of Comic Con Africa will not happen.

As people, we have heavy hearts – but as organisers, we know that this is the only responsible way to ensure the safety of Comic Con fans, exhibitors, suppliers, and staff.

“During a pandemic which is expected to peak in September, we simply cannot go ahead with hosting the many tens of thousands of fans who attend Comic Con Africa annually” said Carol Weaving, Managing Director of organisers Reed Exhibitions Africa. “Despite months of planning, diligent consideration of the state of the pandemic dictates that cancelling the 2020 edition of Comic Con Africa is the only way forward”.

However, this doesn’t mean that fans of Comic Con Africa will not be able to meet up and immerse themselves in all things pop culture. Comic Con Africa’s passionate organising team are going virtual. This means that Comic Con Africa will be bringing fans and communities an abundance of online content to enjoy, connect with, learn from, share, and be entertained by. Keep an eye on our social media channels as we are already sharing engaging and unique content created for each community and fandom.

But there’s something else even more exciting.

On the originally planned dates of 24 – 27 September 2020 the Con MUST Go ON…line! Comic Con Africa aims to break the internet, bringing a virtual Con to fans in their own homes. Comic Con will be sharing a wealth of exclusive interactive content over the weekend including many of fans’ favourite elements of a real-life Con.

Live chats, Q&As, panel discussions, and the opportunity to virtually meet celebs, fan meet ups, live draws, talks, gaming tournaments and streams, artist panels, Q&As, special exclusive exhibitor deals and more. Everything the Con would usually offer will still take place in exciting and unexpected ways.

“We work hard all year to bring our fans the best in pop culture entertainment and content. By taking the Con Online we know that we will never be able to offer quite the same experience as connecting and engaging at the actual show, but we also don’t want to stop bringing our fans the fun and entertainment in 2020. 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 Online will be new, it will be exciting, it will be innovative, and it will still be the ultimate pop culture (virtual) festival in Africa.

For anyone who has already bought tickets for Comic Con Africa 2020, we have prepared a plan to roll over the existing tickets to 2021 with a price freeze, or to refund any ticket holders who request it. All ticket holders will receive a direct communication from our ticketing partner Howler over the next few days outlining how that will happen. As of this announcement, 2020 ticket sales have closed.

Comic Con Africa will see you again in 2021. Our virtual offering has no borders and will expose pop culture to an even wider audience. Communities and fandoms will grow and fans will meet each other across the country and into Africa – which means that next year’s Comic Con Africa will be bigger than ever before.

The team cannot wait to bring fans the best in film, series, Cosplay, gaming, role play and tabletop gaming, books, artists and creatives. Ready your internet connection, book out 24 – 27 September 2020 in your diaries, and come get your Con Online with us.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 when we return with our partners, KFC, Telkom, VS Gaming, and Luno to bring you a bigger and better experience than ever before!



Announcement From Comic Con Cape Town 2020

After the South African Government’s ban on public events over 100 people for a 90 day national disaster period, Reed Exhibitions has confirmed that the 2020 edition of Comic Con Cape Town and the co-located Cape Town International Animation Festival will sadly not be taking place. The show will now be held from 24 – 27 April 2021 and will still take place at the Cape Town Stadium.

Portfolio Director Carla Massmann says “The organising team is deeply saddened and regrets this unavoidable turn of events.”

Comic Con Cape Town is keeping a strong focus on communication with fans through digital channels with regular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and newsletter updates.

Fans will have a choice between refunding their ticket or rolling it over to the new dates in 2021. This process will be managed hand-in-hand with ticketing partner Howler.

For fans wondering about the international talent announced to date, Carla continues “We are a close-knit global family. We stay in regular contact with them. Right up until this announcement they remained excited to attend the Con. They are just as disappointed as we are and we will keep you updated on all 2021 guest announcements in due course.”

Cape Town, your heroes are still coming. Comic Con Cape Town is not saying goodbye, but rather “see you all soon!” And with their typically positive attitude the team has a silver lining: Comic Con Cape Town will now be a full four epic days in 2021.



Comic Con Cape Town And Comic Con Africa Have A Ticket To The Moon With Future Of Money Partner Luno

Today Comic Con Cape Town and Comic Con Africa are delighted to welcome Luno to the Comic Con family as our official future of money partner. Luno is a tale of local excellence. It is a South African start-up that is now the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and is represented in over 40 countries. Being on board with Comic Con is an extension of this thirst for excellence, as Comic Con Africa has become the fastest growing Comic Con in the Reedpop stable.

So what is Luno? Luno is a platform that makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. All you have to do is sign up on the Luno smartphone app or website, deposit money via EFT or credit card, and you are ready to make your first cryptocurrency purchase.

“Cryptocurrency is still in its infancy, but we believe that it is the future of money. This is the most disruptive technology since the founding of the internet and we are excited for Comic Con visitors to become more familiar with cryptocurrency – how to invest wisely, keep their money secure and avoid scammers,” says Marius Reitz, GM for Africa at Luno.

“The communities and fans that support Comic Con are overwhelmingly tech conscious” says Reed Exhibition’s Carla Massmann, the Portfolio Director (read: Head Honcho) of all things Comic Con Africa. “With our audience of well-known early adopters such as Millennials and tech-savvy gamers, Luno is the perfect future of money partner for us. We look forward to introducing our audience to this ever-evolving global phenomenon”.

Luno’s presence at Comic Con Cape Town will consist of exciting interactive activations and competitions that will ultimately familiarize visitors with cryptocurrency. Keep your ears to the ground fans, as more detail on their offering at Comic Con Cape Town – and soon Comic Con Africa – will be made available.

Comic Con Africa is proud to be partnering with the most innovative companies relevant to our fans, the ones that disrupt their industries and shake up the norm. Luno is an integral part in a pantheon of partners that are coming together as a whole to make Comic Con Cape Town and Comic Con Africa two spectacular festivals unlike any other the country has seen. Comic Con Africa continues to top itself year on year (no pressure, folks!) as we strive for excellence in our own very special sector of the festival calendar.

The inaugural Comic Con Cape Town will be held from 1 – 3 May 2020 at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint, hosted by the City of Cape Town. Comic Con Africa takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 24 – 27 September 2020. Comic Con is an entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, celebrities, Cosplay, animation, movies, artists, pop culture elements and so much more.


Superstar Of Superhero Art: Artgerm Comes To Comic Con Cape Town

Comic Con Cape Town has some epic news that will thrill fans: the announcement of a titan of comic art, Artist Alley guest Stanley Lau. Better known as Artgerm, he is an artist who has blended elements of East and West into one iconic style that is all his own and has become a favourite with fans.

If you keep an eye on the latest movie releases, you’ll know that 2020 is bringing us a number of fearless female heroes to the silver screen from Wonder Woman to Harley Quinn. Who better then to visit Comic Con Cape Town in 2020 than Artgerm, well known for his stunning portrayals of both of these characters, along with numerous notable covers for Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Spider-Gwen, and Captain Marvel. This makes him an artist that has successfully worked across The Big Two of the comic world – both DC Comics and Marvel – and Capcom.

Artgerm’s art is imbued with the fluidity and colour of Eastern Anime and Manga styles. His comic art is found exclusively on covers or variant covers (variants being known as the “B side” or alternate version of a cover) that fans scramble to collect as soon as they are released. Artgerm has designed stunning interpretations of collectible figurines for the likes of Sideshow Collectibles and is known for his attention to detail.

Artgerm is a multifaceted artist working as an illustrator, designer, concept artist and creative director, and is the co-founder of digital art company Imaginary Friends Studio. He has lived and breathed art for 25 years, firmly entrenching the Artgerm name in the history books.

At Comic Con Cape Town, Artgerm will be in the Artist Spotlight Zone selling prints, signing merchandise, and meeting fans. He will also host a talk on the Main Stage and create a sketch – live! – giving visitors insight into the technique and skill that it takes to create one of his works of art.

For any aspiring artists looking for tips, Artgerm is active on social media and presently runs a full-time diploma course with his Imaginary Friends Studio partners in Digital Design and Illustration. He frequently attends conferences and visits educational institutions worldwide to share his passion for art and design.

Artgerm will join other incredible celebrities in the film and series space such as Ricky Whittle from American Gods and Tom Hopper from the Umbrella academy, and comic legends Mark Brooks and Derrick Chew.

The inaugural Comic Con Cape Town will be held from 1 – 3 May 2020 at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint, hosted by the City of Cape Town. Comic Con Cape Town is an entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, celebrities, Cosplay, animation, movies, artists, pop culture elements and so much more.



National Geographic Activation At Comic Con Africa 2019

Nat Geo Kids Weird But True Exhibition

Explore our weird and wonderful world through a selection of interactive, educational exhibits from the Nat Geo Kids Weird but True exhibition, which opened earlier this year at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, at the very first “Kid Con 2019.” This entertaining, brain-building, visually stunning interactive exhibition unlocks child-like wonder for all ages. Based on the wildly successful Nat Geo Kids magazine feature and a best-selling series of books, the facts and interactive features cover a broad range of topics including science, food, pop culture, and more.

Kid Con, which part of Comic Con Africa, takes place 21 – 24 September 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.