This coming weekend (29 April to 1 May to be exact), Cape Town will welcome back it’s very own ‘Comic Con’ in the shape of FanCon.

The event heads to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (or CTICC for those with shorter attention spans) and should sate all your geek culture hunger in a jampacked weekend of activities. Sadly, digital gaming (or videogames if you prefer) will not feature in the same way as it does at gaming expos – unless spotting the zombie counts – but there is still plenty on offer at what is now one of the year’s must-attend events.

FanCon will feature what every good geek expo should – comics, cosplay, panels, boardgames, Anime, great vendors with great products (because it’s all pretty great actually) and more, all mixed with a sprinkling of socialising.

The 3 day convention promises a host of entertainment for all lovers of comics and geek & pop culture : an artist alley featuring local, national and international comic artists and guests, a panel programme of talks, discussions, interviews and workshops, comic book launches, artist and author signings, artists selling comics and art prints, exhibitors and vendors selling a wide range of geeky products, retailers of comics, graphic novels, manga, action figures, novelties, and board games, including special sales & discount goods. Fans can also expect a visual feast of cosplay activities, including a masquerade and competition, displays and exhibits of rare vintage comics, original comic art, statues & models, as well as a  board gaming zone for casual and competitive game play and demo’s, and of course a geek quiz where visitors can score an awesome range of cool merchandise ! Welcome to geek heaven!

FanCon Details
  • Date: 29 April to 1 May 2017
  • Time: 10am to 6pm (Saturday and Sunday) | 10am to 5pm (Monday)
  • Venue: Ballroom (1st Floor), CTICC, Cape Town
  • Cost:
    • Day Pass: R120
    • Weekend Pass: R240
    • Under 12s are free
    • Buy tickets here
Comics and Cosplay

There are a plethora of international and South African comic-related guests that will feature including United States writers from Green Lantern and Detective Comics, president of Top Cow Comics Matt Hawkins and representatives from Nigeria’s Vortex Inc. The local guests have had their hand in high profile comics too such as 2000AD and Deadpool among others.

On the cosplay side, two well known cosplayers will be in attendance – Calssara from Germany and South Africa’s Kinpatsu Cosplay. Of course it’s not only about the guests – there’s the cosplay competitions and masquerades too. This year there will be a full masquerade as well as a junior (under 13s) masquerade. Alongside that, there will be two cosplay competitions – one for all skill levels and the other for “advanced and experienced cosplayers”. In fact, there’s a third competition to be fair with the fan’s choice also available. The full schedule as well as rules can be found here.

  • 29 April – 4pm to 4:30pm: Junior Cosplay Masquerade
  • 29 April – 4:30pm to 6pm: Cosplay Masquerade
  • 30 April – from 2pm: Open Competition
    • Registration fee: R20
    • Prizes: Top ten receive a goody bag with additional prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • 1 May – from 2pm: Advanced Competition
    • Registration fee: R50
    • Prizes: R10,000 in cash for top ten and more

If you’ve attended any of Cape Town’s other geek or gaming expos, some of the familiar faces will be in attendance at FanCon. Artist Alley will feature a few of the international guests alongside some great local talent. Over in the more traditional vendor space, you should find some pretty unique items that you will struggle to find anywhere else (unless you know where to look in the local internets…).

A lot of the vendors are good friends of mine, so I ask you nicely to support what they do, because they’re all deserving of your support and money (so bring plenty). If you’re on the zombie hunt at FanCon, I’d suggest head to Krafts by Witch Knight and Rebel Monkey because you may just be surprised who (and what) you may find there. The full list of FanCon exhibitors can be found here.

Panels, Workshops and More

Alongside that, the show will feature panels, panels and more panels. Alongside the aforementioned panels will be a variety of workshops, autograph sessions, portfolio reviews, meet and greet, and photo opportunity sessions. All of this will feature either on the main stage (seating for approx. 200 pax), in the panel room (seating for approx. 100 pax) or in the signing area.

The full programme for these activities over the weekend can be found below, but attendees should be aware of the additional information which can be found here.

FanCon: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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