Hopefully the last word on Comic Con SA

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I posted up an in depth article on Friday about everything that is wrong with Comic Con SA which raised a lot of interest from gamers and main stream media alike with the article being referred to by the Mail and Guardian and Channel24 alike.

I even got a call from a radio host for EuroTrashMusic who requested a live interview to discuss the issues.

I’m not much of a radio or TV person; I prefer hiding behind the keyboard –  but I agreed to the interview and you hear what I had to say right here. It isn’t anything new so I wouldn’t waste your time if you have read my article.

But what was amazing is that as soon as I was off the air the organisers, who many people are struggling to get hold of, agreed to come on and do an interview as well; and how that ended is mind boggling.

Yes you heard that correctly, after stumbling around trying to explain the point of the convention the organiser himself, Tlou Ramatlhodi, stated live on air that if you were planning on heading down to see Comic Con he personally recommends you don’t.

And with that statement all hope that they were going to put a lot of effort into marketing Comic Con and making it something fantastic went out the window.

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And so here ends the sad tale of Comic Con South Africa.

Or does it… during the many conversations I’ve had since I posted up this article I have been told by informed people that there are currently proper preparations being made to bring a true Comic Con to South Africa and all this debacle has proven is that we all really want to see one.

Let’s hope there is more than words behind those promises.

And remember, you don’t get a free pass just because you are doing something cool. Do it right and we’ll praise you but mess around like these guys and we’ll be sure to tell everyone about it.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Wow, so much of fail there, so much of fail

    • Brady miaau

      awesome, just aweswome

      By the way, I have watched all 7 seasons of Star Trek Next Gen, bar the final episode of Season 7. Dunno why.

      I own them, but, well, perhaps If I watch it then the series will end, else it is kept alive

      • That’s a lot of Star Trek. It’s sad it gets a bit repetitive after the 5th season. Was such a cool series

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          STILL IS!

      • I own all star trek series on DVD, I believe this is the only safe place I can admit that.

        Trying to watch NG after watching DS9 or Voyager is pretty difficult, partly cause they seem a bit dated but mainly cause all the videos are in 4:3 (no 16:9 back then), some of the conversation scenes were just ridiculous. To accomodate the 4:3 aspect ratio the actors would literally have to be inches away from each other to fit into the screen. Some scenes I swear the actors could have licked each others’ noses they were so close.

        Did I digress?

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      hahahaha nice

  • Admiral Chief Erwin


  • Deon Steyn

    Welcome to SA…

  • Trebzz

    3 weeks notice if anyone started jumping and making plans to this and paying the amount they were asking should be shot and deserve to be trolled.

  • This is great exposure Gavin! Congrats and Well done!

  • “yada yada yada semantics.” yep, there you got the Nigeria scam

    • Deon Steyn

      I almost thought the venue would be a “pyramid”

      • I almost though the venue would be 409 Screwed st.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          404 Not Found street

          • Deon Steyn

            Do people pay upfront? They’ll get there and the building will be empty.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            I dunno, but I made this:

  • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

    So I have been on leave since Wednesday, and went up to Knysna/Plett. I have been off the net for a few days, and I come back to see that:

    A) Lucasarts is dead.
    B) I didnt win the Bioshock competition
    C) I going to watch the Assassins Creed franchise die slowly every year.
    D) I missed commenting on the Kerrigan Cosplay…..
    E) “SA Comicon” winkwink nudgenudge
    What the eff happend while I was away people. Seriously…….

    • The end of the world was declared on all geeks. Basically

      • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

        Ya pretty much. Damn

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Don’t you ever dare go on leave again! See what happens?

      • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

        I will now work from this day on forever and ever. Amen.
        I was going to say that I could you the Force, but apparently that option is out the window….

        • That just hurts man. That just hurts.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Go in to hiding the Jedi of Lucasarts must. The Sith of Disney trying to kill them all they are

      • Skyblue

        Agreed, it’s all his fault!!!

  • man lazygamer you guys will replace many old favourites ( companies names i shall not mention ) keeping it fresh and keeping it clean, i like it ..

  • Comic (Sans) Con.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Wow, words cannot describe how much fail this is. Why did they even bother then?

  • TriangularRoom

    Haha he mentioned a ‘stake in the franchise’. Except this has nothing to do with the franchise. I almost feel sorry for this guy…

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew


      • TriangularRoom

        Well, listening to that interview was rather like watching a train wreck in slow motion…

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I couldn’t help but giggle at that. I am such a bad person 🙁

        • …or like watching a drunk boemie on acid performing brain surgery with a hammer.

          Basically, they are “shotgunning” the name Comic-Con as there is no parenting body, in so doing they will get the props from future SA Comic-Con events…???

          Seems legit.

  • Great interview Gavin! I’m so glad she got hold if this douche bag. What an idiot.

  • LOL. Way to ruin your name permanently. This whole thing is such a fail.

  • Marvel South Africa ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. I threw up in my mouth twice …… wait thrice ……………. no I can’t stop throwing up

  • By the Way well done Gavin!!!

  • The most epic failure of the century…. That Tlou guy was talking twat hey

  • Awesome idea… Horrific execution. Don’t make a hype when you don’t have all your ducks in a row. Venue holding 150 people? Seriously!? Has this guy ever been to a small event called rAge? There are a lot more than 150 fans in this country…

    Anyways, stoked to hear someone else is organising something decent. Will definitely support it.

  • Here are 3 legit events that will definitely be happening in the next few months:

    UPCON 20-21st April- https://www.facebook.com/events/475856782463461/

    KIN-CON 25th May-https://www.facebook.com/kinconSA

    ICON 12th-14th July-https://www.facebook.com/groups/12781532669/

  • matthurstrsa

    They should’ve made it invite only card championships and a media launch or something. That guy is talking himself into a deeper hole. Sad really.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Awesome work Gavin! Absolutely awesome reporting.

  • Tau’ri

    Various political parties expressed interest in buying the brand event. They heard the word ‘con’ and got all excited.

  • Well, to take something positive out of this whole situation. Hopefully some one will see all these reactions and decide that we do deserve a Comic-Con.

  • Skud

    Someone step in and take this away from Tlou Ramatlhodi before he hurts himself…

  • Yateen Dayaram

    lol if its not on the internet it doesn’t exist haha

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