Comic Con Africa 2020 moves online

Comic Con Africa has attracted thousands of fans since its inception in 2018.
Comic Con Africa has attracted thousands of fans since its inception in 2018.
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  • Due to the ban on large gatherings in SA, Comic Con Africa organisers have made the decision to move their event online for the first time.
  • The convention will take place from 24 to 27 September, and will give fans access to live chats, fan meet-ups, and the opportunity to meet celebrity guests virtually. So far, artist Tony Moy has been confirmed as a guest.
  • Fans who purchased tickets to Comic Con Africa 2020 have the option to be reimbursed or roll over their tickets to the 2021 convention.

Like many events around the world, Comic Con Africa 2020 has now been moved online. 

The convention, which is in its third year, has attracted thousands of fans since its inception in 2018, but due to the ban on large gatherings in SA, organisers had to make the decision to move the event to the virtual world. 

"During a pandemic which is expected to peak in September, we simply cannot go ahead with hosting the many tens of thousands of fans who attend Comic Con Africa annually," Reed Exhibitions Africa's managing director, Carol Weaving, said in a statement. 

"Despite months of planning, diligent consideration of the state of the pandemic dictates that cancelling the 2020 edition of Comic Con Africa is the only way forward."

Comic Con Africa 2020 was scheduled for 24 to 27 September. The same dates will be used for the virtual con. 

While it may be difficult for organisers to replicate the Comic Con experience online, they have mentioned that fans will be able to engage in live chats, fan meet-ups, and also have the opportunity to virtually meet celebs, among other things. 

In a video shared on the Comic Con Africa YouTube account, Carol discusses the decision to move online in detail, and also mentions that, so far, they have been able to secure artist Tony Moy as an online guest. 

Fans who have purchased tickets for the 2020 convention have the option of asking for a refund or rolling over tickets to 2021 Comic Con with a price freeze. 

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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