The dates for Comic Con Africa 2019 have been announced. And the expo is now mere days before rAge. And in my opinion, South Africa is not ready for this… unless Comic Con Africa ensures it corrects its focus in 2019. That would mean less esports and more focus on geek lifestyle please. Leave the majority of gaming to the gaming events.

Anyway, enough of this grumpy zombie being grumpy. The new dates for Comic Con Africa are 21 to 24 September 2019, and the new dates also see a new venues. Gallagher Convention Centre will play host and will allow almost twice the number of attendees to visit Comic Con in 2019. According to the press release, the venue has a capacity of over 80,000 people.

Plenty is promised for 2019 “including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, other creatives, film & series, games (including video and esports) and books/authors,” and more.

What seems a little conspicuous by its absence is the lack of mention of 2018’s partner VS Gaming. Maybe it’s early days still but maybe it’s a sign of some changes on the horizon.

Press Release:

Comic Con Africa 2019 – Dates and Venue Announced 

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that the second edition of Comic Con Africa will take place from 21 – 24 September 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Due to the unprecedented success of the inaugural Comic Con Africa, the event will now take place over four days, including the Heritage Day Public Holiday on the 24th. This is to accommodate even more pop culture fans that will be wanting to attend after the success of this year’s event.

Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Africa, says: “We exceeded our own expectations in 2018 and you are going to see bigger and better in 2019. We have listened to our fans first which means we needed to find a venue that is bigger, with more parking, more shade, easy access and Gallagher Convention Centre fits this bill perfectly. We have also added a public holiday on the 24th of September to accommodate the crowds”

“The 2018 event welcomed 45, 085 visitors, which has been ABC audited, 212 exhibitors and almost 400 media. These numbers are unprecedented at an inaugural show but sadly we sold out before the event started and we want to make sure that in 2019 we can offer this experience to many more people. The new venue gives us this option, with a capacity of over 80,000 people.” 

While new initiatives, including features, celebrities and talent, will be announced in due course, the show will be focused on all elements of pop culture, including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, other creatives, film & series, games (including video and esports) and books/authors. The festival will also feature a large range of pop culture and entertainment elements in animation, toys, gadgets, clothing, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels and the ever-popular Artists’ Alley.

“Our fans come first, and we have done extensive research on how to make 2019 even better. The four-day festival and the new venue will all help us to make Comic Con Africa the go-to event of the year for all things pop culture related once again, this event will bring the very best of this world together in one place.” 

One of the major elements of 2018’s event was the festival vibe that existed, and this will be the case in 2019. With outdoor activities, special features and entertainment, Comic Con Africa 2019 will be the must attend festival of the year. Ticket sales will be live at the end of November.