Comic Con Africa Announces Innovative Sewing Competition Sew-A-Thon 2022

Comic Con Africa, Africa’s largest multi-genre pop-culture and gaming festival, taking place from 22-25 September 2022 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, has announced an innovative and never seen before challenge: the Comic Con Africa Sew-A-Thon, putting the local fashion scene to the test. Brought to you by Brother South Africa and hosted by STADIO School of Fashion, this one-of-a-kind, 8-hour Sew-A-Thon looks to test the skills and the handiwork of local sewists, fashion designers, and costume designers – from beginners to advanced.

The Comic Con Africa Sew-A-Thon promises an intense, fun, and nail-biting competition for contestants. The event will also be broadcast live on YouTube for all to join in and spectate the gripping time-based challenge, while we are checking in with contestants as their creations come to life. Comic Con Africa Content Director, Rene Staack said that this fun experience will put the creative and technical know-how of beginner, intermediate, and advanced contestants to the test, all while standing a chance to win their share of a prize pool valued over R23 000,00 brought to you by Brother South Africa & STADIO.

“Cosplay is a cornerstone of Comic Con Africa, and behind every great cosplay is a great designer. We are hoping that this challenge highlights more craftmanship.” Staack added. “We encourage all to act fast with their registrations as space is limited.” The main challenge will remain a mystery, until two weeks prior to the Sew-A-Thon. Once the mystery brief has been revealed, leading up to the Comic Con Africa Sew-A-Thon contestants will be asked to create:

A Storyboard that explains what research was done and how they designed their outfit, which will then be brought with them on the event day for judging.

A Pattern of their own making for their outfit and must bring the pattern with them to the competition.

Garment/Costume Pieces that must be fully prepared but NOT finished. The different elements may be cut out with completed seams but cannot have any finishing details. The assembly of the outfit can only be done during the allocated competition times.

To add to the intensity, within the limited time frame, contestants will also be given a side challenge to create items that will be donated to Comic Con Africa’s selected charity. Esteemed judges Chenelle van Wyk, Patrick Brill, Terese Potgieter, Jinxie Cosplay, Ludus Cosplay will be scoring contestants on criterion based on their, story board, pattern, finishes, design, and overall execution with extra points given for the bonus side challenges. To take part as a contestant or for more information visit

The Prizes for the winners will be:

1st Place:

  • R5 000 cash
  • Brother Labelling machine with extra tapes valued at R2 600.00
  • 2 VIP Tickets (front seat) to SOF Fashion show with backstage access during the entire day
  • 4 x Comic Con Africa 2022 4-day pass valued at R 2 200,00

2nd Place:

  • R3 000 cash
  • Brother Labelling machine with extra tapes valued of the above is R1 900.00
  • 2 tickets to the SOF Fashion show
  • 2x Comic Con Africa 2022 4-day pass valued at R 1 100,00

3rd Place:

  • R1 500 cash
  • Brother Labelling machine with extra tapes valued at R1 600.00
  • 2 tickets to the SOF Fashion Show
  • 2x Comic Con Africa 2022 4-day pass valued at R 1 100,00


Event Date: Saturday, 11 June 2022

Event Time: 09h00 – 18h00

Venue: STADIO School of Fashion Geneva Road &, Eileen Rd, Blairgowrie, Randburg, 2194

Entry Fee: There is an entry fee of R150.00 to compete in the Comic Con Africa Sew-a-thon

Entry Inclusions:

  • Material Package · Mid-morning Tea & Coffee · Lunch Voucher Entry Deadline: 27 May 2022.

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About Comic Con Africa

Comic Con Africa is Africa’s largest multi-genre pop-culture, gaming, and fan festival. The festival features a large range of pop culture and entertainment elements including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, tech, film and series, gaming (including video, mobile and esports) toys, gadgets, clothing, collectable card games, fantasy/sci-fi books and authors as well as the ever-popular Artists’ Alley. The inaugural 2018 event welcomed over 42 000 visitors (ABC Audited) and 2019 saw over 70 000. In 2019 KidsCon was a new addition to the festival, allowing for the festival to be the ultimate family day out with loads of activities for all to enjoy. A single Comic Con Africa ticket gets you access to both Cons at Johannesburg Expo Centre NASREC on 22 – 25 September 2022. (

Comic Con Africa is owned by Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd and used under license by Mogull Media Proprietary Limited.

About Brother South Africa

Founded in 1908, Brother is a leading brand that supplies a diverse range of reliable and innovative products to more than 100 countries worldwide. The World of Brother offers printing, scanning, labelling, and sewing and embroidery solutions that are convenient to use while efficiently streamlining your workflow, thus making them ideal in corporate, SME and home environments.

Under the leadership from the Yasui brothers, Brother set a precedent for breaking boundaries and developing innovative and affordable sewing machines. From perfecting the mass production of sewing machines in 1932 to introducing their first electronic machine in 1976 the company has always blazed a trail. Now, more than 100 years later, Brother has grown into a multinational corporation and continues to introduce innovative, expertly built sewing, embroidery and quilting machines suited to all skill levels. Brother is committed to the advancement of technologies and constantly strives to improve product quality and reliability, whilst minimising the impact our products have on the environment. Print, copy, scan fax, label and sew much more with Brother, at your side.

About STADIO School of Fashion

At STADIO, we believe in the future of our nation. We want to make a difference by offering greater access to higher education, ensuring that every South African has the opportunity to become the most empowered version of themself. By investing in the human potential all around us, we can grow minds, dreams, and employment to ultimately benefit our nation as a whole. We take a profound interest in what our students want, and what our country and the world of work needs. We offer higher education specially designed to meet industry requirements and to accommodate our students’ diverse lifestyles. At the end of the day, we have an opportunity to not just help individuals realise their dreams, but to help a nation grow stronger.

The time to do something great for South Africa is now. That’s why we’ve united our collective experience with one goal. To empower the nation by widening access to higher education. We have brought together four highly prestigious institutions – Southern Business School, Embury Institute for Higher Education, LISOF and Prestige Academy – with a collective experience of over 100 years in providing quality, affordable higher education. We are proud to offer an array of accredited qualifications via contact, distance, and blended learning, across nine campuses, to over 20 000 students.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb:

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