The brilliant cosplay of rAge Expo 2017

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The main event of our geek calendar, rAge Expo, saw our cosplayers out in full force this past weekend. Every year, the standards of cosplay in South Africa seem to get higher and higher and this year was certainly no exception. Covering all facets of Western Pop Culture, Anime/Manga and Gaming, there were a ton of great outfits around the TicketPro Dome over rAge weekend.

For the first rAge Expo in many years, our own Cosplay King, Darryn, couldn’t make the long trek to Joburg. But, official Tomb Raider Cosplay Ambassador Noelle Adams was there, along with other South African legends like Kinpatsu Cosplay, Jinx Kitty Cosplay, Annakapat Cosplay, Baka Sakura Cosplay and Kali Kitty Cosplay and many, many others.

For the second year running, rAge’s Artist’s Alley and Cosplay area was held in The Blue Wing, a separate section of the TicketPro Dome that led off from the main floor. It’s great to give the cosplayers an area of their own, especially the spacious cosplay chill area behind the Blue Wing Stage. Unfortunately, this didn’t deter some incidents of harassment, but I’ll be going into that in a separate post.

Big thanks to our own Glenn Kisela for running around with his camera this weekend, capturing the magic. If there are any pics that don’t look that great, they’re probably the ones I took on my phone while Glenn wasn’t around! Also, thank you to GES SA for organising the cosplay competition and judging, and congratulations to all the winners.

But most importantly, thank you to the cosplayers. From the master crafters to the enthusiastic amateurs and casual dress ups, all of you looked incredible (even if the amount of Rick and Mortys were almost indistinguishable after a while). Thank you for putting in all that hard work to make rAge exciting, colourful and super fun!

Last Updated: October 11, 2017

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Awesome showing for the cosplay, loved what I saw, some of which you guys possibly didn’t even see lol.

    • Tracy Benson

      I’m sure I we managed to miss a lot of the cosplays, there were just so many of them!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        They were EVERYWHERE!!!

  • Magoo

    Someone did Krul from Owari no Seraph. Definitely my favourite!

    But damn, there was a lot of great cosplay this year. Hats off

  • Original Heretic

    Wow, that guy purposely put on all that weight to get the right build for Roadhog. Now that’s dedication.

    • Hammersteyn

      Pfffft I’ve doing that for years.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yeah but you’re cosplaying Beerhog. 😀

        • Hammersteyn

          HAHAHAHA!

    • kizurazgubai

      Matter of fact, that guy chose Roadhog because it fit his existing build. I know because that guy is me 😀

      • Original Heretic

        Kudos to you, m’man! Your years of dedication to good eating and drinking has paid off in a great looking cosplay!

        • kizurazgubai

          Thanks! It worked out well for the cosplay, but I’ve retired this cosplay now in favor of healthier living, so next Rage I’ll be sporting a different body and a different cosplay 😀

  • Hammersteyn
    • I saw her at the main entrance. The girl dressed as Link was also done pretty awesome.

      • Hammersteyn

        I was planning to go… There’s always next year I guess.

        • Next year I probably aint flying up again xD

  • Spathi

    Loving the grammar Nazi!

    • And Admiral says he did not go xD

      • Spathi

        If it was the Admiral, he would’ve had his banhammer with him! 😛

  • Original Heretic

    I’m always amazed when you see pics of these cosplayers. They go all the effort to get the costumes just right. Then come picture time, and you’d swear they’re trying to imitate a dead fish.
    USE YER FACES, YA IDJITS!!

  • Braiden Becker

    Aw yiss our Automata group showed up! 😀

  • Milesh Bhana

    whoa, not a single Harley Quinn this year.

    Some awesome work from everyone, sad I missed this year.

    • Tracy Benson

      There were some, but I either didn’t manage to get a photo of them, or the photos we did get weren’t good enough to add to the gallery. Taking photos inside the Dome is hard!

  • Admiral Chief

    Nice one Tracy!

  • HairyEwok

    There was this enchantress cosplay that roamed the geek corridors…… I actually thought it was the real deal, that cosplay was seriously well made.

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