Comic Con Africa, Africa’s ultimate pop culture and gaming festival, officially kicks off today, September 22, 2023, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec) in South Africa. Running until September 25, 2023, this year’s event promises to be a thrilling experience for fans of comics, gaming, and all things pop culture.
The beating heart of Comic Con Africa is undoubtedly the KFC Main Stage, where fans will have the opportunity to engage with their favourite stars from the world of entertainment. The guest lineup is nothing short of spectacular, featuring renowned figures like Anthony Daniels, the beloved C-3PO from Star Wars; Veronica Taylor, the original English voice of Ash Ketchum from Pokémon; and Ross Marquand, known for his roles in The Walking Dead, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: End Game.
These guests will participate in interactive Q&A panels, allowing audience members to dive deeper into their favourite films, series, and creators. It’s a rare chance to get up close and personal with the icons who have shaped the world of entertainment.
For gaming enthusiasts, Comic Con Africa 2023 is a paradise. Hall 5 will host a plethora of gaming options, and vendors will offer the latest gaming accessories and merchandise, complete with exclusive deals. The Telkom VS Gaming Village will be a hotspot for competitive gamers, featuring tournaments in popular titles like FIFA and Rocket League. South Africa’s largest esports tournament, The Telkom VS Masters, will showcase games like CS:GO, ensuring an adrenaline-fueled experience.
Mobile gaming enthusiasts won’t be left out either, as an exciting mobile gaming experience awaits in this space, providing a well-rounded gaming experience for all attendees.
Comic Con events wouldn’t be complete without the vibrant Artist Alley, and Comic Con Africa 2023 is no exception. In Hall 7, over 150 artists will showcase their talents, celebrating the art of comic books, original artwork, fan fiction, and more. Attendees can immerse themselves in breathtaking artwork, gain inspiration, exchange creative techniques, and even purchase or commission unique pieces from talented vendors.
Iconic artists like Nooligan (USA) and local authors Sam Beckbessinger and Dave Halvorsen (co-authors of Girls of Little Hope) will be among the many creatives present in the Artist Alley.
Comic Con Africa 2023 also pays tribute to homegrown talent that has made waves both locally and internationally. Celebrities like Cameron Scott (Ring of Beasts, The Bachelorette, and more) will be in attendance. The festival is also proud to host heavy-hitting local comic book artists, including Karl Mostert and Sean Izaakse, with more exciting announcements to come on the festival’s social media channels.
Comic Con Africa 2023 promises an unforgettable experience for fans of pop culture and gaming, celebrating both international icons and local talents. With a diverse lineup of events and activities, this year’s festival is set to be the biggest and best yet. Don’t miss out on the excitement—join the festivities at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 22 to 25, 2023.