Monday, March 11, 2019

Comic Con coming to Cape Town in 2020 with a bigger focus on TV, film and animation; Comic Con Cape Town 2020 set to take place in May at the same time as the Cape Town International Animation Festival.

The franchise rights holders for Comic Con Africa will be testing the waters with a first Comic Con Cape Town that will take place in May 2020, with a bigger focus on TV series, films and animation.

While the second Comic Con Africa 2019 is set for September this year at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, nex year will see a Cape Town extension besides a possible Johannesburg one.

Since Cape Town is the film capital of South Africa, Comic Con Cape Town 2020 will have a stronger focus on films and series.

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that Comic Con Cape Town will take place from 1 to 3 May 2020 that will be slightly different and with its own line-up of talent.

"It is the natural next step to bring this format to the city of Cape Town," says the organisers. "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," says Carol Weaving, managing director.

Comic Con Cape Town 2020 has formed a strategic partnership with the Cape Town International Animation Festival as the only dedicated animation festival in Africa.

From next year the Cape Town International Animation Festival will take place at the same time as Comic Con Cape Town.

"This partnership will ensure the longevity of both festivals by bringing together the fans into one venue at the same time. This partnership is aimed at creating a larger following for animation in Africa. As animation plays a big role in both films and series, this partnership is designed to grow the offering for those avid fans," says Carol Weaving.

"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."

Comic Con Cape Town 2020 will include both local and international celebrities in the film and series industry as a main focus.

The organisers say that the dates for the event were researched in great detail.

"When looking for a venue to host Comic Con Cape Town the venue advised the organisers that FanCon would be taking place in June 2020 which meant that hosting Comic Con Cape Town right at the beginning of May over a public holiday would allow adequate time between both events and Reed Exhibitions and Reed Pop are more than happy to collaborate and co-promote any other pop culture event for the good of the industry."

Comic Con Africa will take place from 21 to 24 September 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.