Update: According to a press release from
When looking for a venue to host
Comic ConCape Town the venue advised the organisers that FanCon would be taking place in June 2020 which meant that hosting Comic ConCape Town right at the beginning of May over a public holiday would allow adequate time between both events and Reed Exhibitions and Reed Pop are more than happy to collaborate and co-promote any other pop culture event for the good of the industry.
Original story follows below:
We’re still riding high on the buzz generated by Comic Con Africa last year, an event that in many ways absolutely delivered on its promise: An extravaganza of comic books, shopping and pop culture celebrities. Was there room for improvement? Absolutely, and with its debut year behind it, Comic Con Africa’s sophomore year could see some vast improvements as the event moves to a different venue.
It’ll also be going up against rAge during a more narrow window:
Honestly? That’s not cool. The May 1-3 2020 date for Comic Con Cape Town puts it right in contention with FanCon, Cape Town’s original expo that laid the groundwork for making geek culture an annual celebration in the Mother City and is usually held around the same time to help promote the global event known as Free Comic Book Day. It’s a huge slap in the face to the work done by FanCon’s dedicated crew, and you can’t help but feel that this is a case of an international brand looking to remove any competition from a lucrative market.
Make no mistake, Cape Town is a hell of a draw for comic book creators to visit. Veteran comic book writer Ron Marz, legendary Goon creator Eric Powell and Top Cow’s head honcho Matt Hawkins all praised the city when they were given a tour of it after FanCon had closed, and that’s an appeal that Reed Exhibitions South Africa can flex to actors and comic book creators as they draw them in to support their show.
More than that,
While there’s definitely room for
We have contacted both Reed Exhibitions South Africa and
Last Updated: March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019 at 09:22
Today in be careful what you wish for.
March 11, 2019 at 09:22
A lot of people in the industry were fine with Comicon going after rAge as rAge has been putting their prices up to ludicrous levels and really harming the industry with their business practices and decisions.
However going after a smaller event like Fancon, which has has been a shining light in the communities eyes, is a major misstep and has instantly caused a lot of people to look on Comicon with distrust.
It´s the typical out of control american capitalism (in this case British capitalism), you don´t need to destroy everyone to win, move your CT fest to a better time of the year for all.