After the overwhelming success of Comic Con Africa in 2018 and the announcement of a bigger and better Comic Con in 2019, Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that Cape Town will host its very own version of the event in 2020!
Set to take place from May 1 to 3, 2020 Comic Con Cape Town will feature a unique line-up of guests and talent specifically tailored for fans who call The Mother City their home.
Comic Con Cape Town plans to focus on the strengths and personality that are unique to the city.
“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.
What exactly can fans expect?
I chatted to Comic Con Africa organiser and representative, Bryan Fourie, about the Cape Town event.
Is there anything more you can tell me about the event that doesn’t appear in the press release?
“We are here to support and grow the community for everyone. The rise of pop culture in South Africa is a testament to what was achieved last year. We broadened the spectrum of visitors through our events.
Comic Con coming to Cape Town is super exciting. But soon after the announcement a lot of fans took to social media to express their concern about this event clashing with FanCon. What are your thoughts on this?
“Comic Con Africa 2018 supported FanCon as well as ICON and these shows were able to promote their events at ours. The dates chosen for Cape Town do not conflict with that of Fan Con. We have carefully selected the dates and we are always willing to co-promote any other pop culture events.”
Will the format differ a lot from Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg?
“Comic Con Cape Town has partnered with The Cape Town International Animation Festival and will focus a lot more on movies and series. However, we will always support our local artists as being the centre of attention as we did in Johannesburg.”
Do you think having two events will have an effect on attendance?
“Having two shows will just give the fans an additional opportunity to visit internationally recognized events.”
Do you think hosting the event months apart, as opposed to within a week of each other, will have a negative impact on promotion and talent acquisition?
“There are two things to keep in mind. The focus for the cons will be different. Imagine they both really appeal to you, but you can’t attend both. Secondly, the team gives every bit of its energy in order to ensure the fans have an amazing, unforgettable experience. Having both events that close would be a logistical nightmare.”
Will there be international guests for fans to meet in Cape Town too?
“Yes, of course. We do our best to deliver to the fans, while broadening the scope of visitors that will be able to go to other events and help them all grow. Each event offers a very unique aspect which we are always keen to promote.”
Big news coming out of the festival this weekend – The Mother City will be getting it's very own #ComicCon in 2020 and we will OFFICIALLY be partnering with @ComicConCPT for the spectacle! Our festival director Dianne Makings made the announcement to a full house yesterday #ctiaf pic.twitter.com/oWYokdvtlS
— CTIAF (@CTanimationfest) March 10, 2019
Other Stuff Happening at Comic Con Cape Town
Cape Town is the movie capital of South Africa so it’s only fitting that the event also promises to have a stronger focus on films and series. In keeping with this theme, Comic Con Cape Town has partnered with the Cape Town International Animation Festival to bring both events to the same location in 2020. Because animation plays such a large role in both films and series, this partnership is designed to grow the offering for fans of the genre.
“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.
While we’re waiting for Comic Con Cape Town, you can get your dose of geek culture at Comic Con Africa 2019 from September 21 – 24, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.