Africa’s first-ever Comic Con has launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is inspired by the international Comic Con first held in 1970 in southern California that’s since grown into a global phenomenon. Anna Bevan reports.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Reuters) – Excitement in South Africa as thousands attend the first Comic Con on the African continent.
Comic, superhero and anime fans descended on Johannesburg for the three-day event – including visitors from neighboring Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
FEZ MKHIZE, COMIC CON AFRICA VISITOR, SAYIN:
“Absolutely amazing! I feel like I’ve watched it from my home for so long and now I actually get to be in it. So, it’s crazy that’s here.”
Comic Con was started by a group of science fiction fans in 1970 in the U.S. city of San Diego.
It’s since grown into a global phenomenon – with fantasy events being held around the world.
KUO-YU LIANG, GLOBAL DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, REEDPOP,
“We never thought the first ever Comic Con Africa will be this big. We thought it would take a while to build, but in fact, it’s a smashing success and completely sold out. We did not expect that.”
Streaming services like Netflix and Showmax are making a big push into Africa – looking to capitalize on enthusiasm for comics, especially after this year’s Marvel film Black Panther.
For Comic Con fans from Africa, the fantasy gathering will also celebrate local characters like Kwezi and Captain South Africa.
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