Countdown to Comic Con Africa - Everything you need to know about the virtual event

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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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  • Comic Con Africa 2020 moved online due to the restrictions on large gatherings.
  • The event, which is in its third year, will feature virtual guests like the Umbrella Academy's Tom Hopper and Jason David Frank, known for playing the green Power Ranger in the classic 90s TV series. 
  • The convention is free to access, and will include quizzes, cosplay competitions, comic and arts section, a gaming centre and an exhibition hall. 


Are you ready for Comic Con Africa?

Now in its third year, the comic book convention made the decision to move their 2020 event online due to a ban on large gatherings brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The online con will take place from 24 to 27 September. Here's everything you need to know if you're one of 6000 fans who have registered to attend.

It's free!

The online version of Comic Con Africa will be free to the public. Once you have registered on the website, you will have access to the con when it opens at 10:00 on Thursday.

"Once signed in, the hub will open and visitors will find themselves in the Pop Culture galaxy especially created by Comic Con Africa. Much like the various halls at a physical convention, different planets will lead fans to different fandoms," a press statement explains.

Where to catch international stars

Celeb panels are a huge part of Comic Con, and the virtual event will be no different. The "Main Stage" will be hosted on YouTube and will include interviews and discussions with Umbrella Academy star Tom Hopper, Jason David Frank, known for playing the green Power Ranger in the classic 90s TV series, WWE icon Bret "The Hitman" Hart and The Walking Dead actor Chandler Riggs, to name a few.

Cosplay

Of course, no comic book convention would be complete without a cosplay competition. "The Cosplay Connect planet will feature the Virtual Masters competition in partnership with long term partner GES and incredible prizes sponsored by Brother. To win these prizes or be featured on our sites, Comic Con Africa is daring you to Cosplay and share your Cosplays on social media with the tags #ComicConAfricaOnline, #WeDareYouToCosplay and #BrotherAtYourSide," the press statement explains.

Gaming

Online games, panels and free-to-play games can be found at the Tabletop Gaming planet. "The amazing folks at Easy Gaming Group have hustled the largest prize pool for any Magic: The Gathering tournament in Africa to date and Dum Dum Die is hosting midnight Dungeons & Dragons games for After Dark, along with awesome prizes from Unplug Yourself."

Comics and Art

The Comics and Art planet will feature 36 international and local comic artists, illustrators and writers. "Battle Sketches, live draws, panels and Q&As will give insight into what it takes to be part of the industry."

Quizzes

There will be six quizzes throughout the convention, with topics ranging from Pokémon to Comedy Central and DC and hot prizes up for grabs.

An exhibition hall will also be available for fans to browse and purchase merchandise.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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