The spectacular cosplay of Comic Con Africa 2019

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You wind back the clock by a decade, and cosplay still felt as if it was in its infancy here on the local scene. Sure, there’s been established cosplayers long before the scene began to take root here, but the talent was still finding its feet at the time. Take a jump to the left and return to 2019, and cosplay has reached that point on the local calendar where it isn’t just admired and bigger than ever, it feels like a mainstream evolution that every convention wants a part of.

South Africa’s cosplayers are the Jack and Jills of all trades, able to climb into any niche and carve a visual identity out for themselves across all manner of pop culture. Whether you’re dressing up as your favourite anime character, comic book superhero or braving the heat in a fursuit, the local cosplay community is now a mature and seasoned beast with numerous heavyweights showing the world how it’s done.

As usual, Comic Con Africa brought out the best of the country for a celebration of fandom. Whether they were battle-hardened veterans showing off their latest gear, newcomers being welcomed into the fold or even casual observers looking to experience the joy of cosplay for a single weekend, everyone was welcome.

Thanks to Glenn (Hit that subscribe button on his Instagram yo!), Noelle (Same for her!) and that guy (I’m writing this while looking into a mirror curse you Darryn the Dingus), we got plenty of snaps of what went down across those four days of Comic Con Africa. And even with a huge gallery to share, I’ve got a feeling that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the cosplay majesty that was on offer. So here it is, the 2019 Comic Con Africa cosplay gallery!

And here’s a great video by Primal Nerdz!

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Last Updated: September 30, 2019

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