Comic Con Africa celebrates all things cosplay

SINCE the first Con in 2018, Comic Con Africa has worked consistently to grow and elevate the local cosplay community and show the rest of the world what African cosplayers are capable of.

Throughout this year’s four-day festival, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 22 to 25, Comic Con Africa will be the ultimate hub for cosplayers.

There will be competitions for all levels of competitors, workshops with local and international artists, Q&As, panels, meet-ups, and loads of exhibitors excited to show you their latest supplies and services.

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Hall 6 will be the meeting place, the Mecca, and the not-to-be-missed destination for cosplayers and cosplay fans alike, and will host the various cosplay competitions. Entries are still open, and currently, more than 60 contestants will look to wow the judges in an attempt to earn a top spot in the various competitions.

The most anticipated event of the week will be The Championship of Cosplay competition, which will find Africa’s best professional cosplayer and reward them with the prize of a lifetime. This competition forms part of the global ‘Quest for the Crown’ circuit that celebrates the very best in cosplay from all over the world. The African Champion of Cosplay will represent Comic Con Africa and the whole continent at the Cosplay Central Crown Championships to be held later this year in London.

Judging these incredible talents will be Leon Chiro, Elizabeth Rage, and Taryn Cosplay – three esteemed international judges, and globally recognised cosplayers – who will be visiting Comic Con Africa this year.

“Cosplay is not only for those who compete,” said Rene Staack, Comic Con Africa’s general manager. “We dare all our visitors at this year’s event to try cosplay for themselves. Just imagine one weekend of the year where everybody gets to show off their skill to tens of thousands of visitors, make new friends in their community, meet up with professionals and photographers, and spend every second of the day living, breathing and sharing their passion,” said Staack.