Skip to main content

Zombies stalk Johannesburg at Africa’s first Comic Con

Dressed as zombies, superheroes, villainous ogres and masked angels, thousands of fans flocked to Africa’s first Comic Con on Friday for the start of the three-day event outside Johannesburg.


This combination of pictures shows people dressed as zombies take part in the Zombie Walk event on September 15, 2018 in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, within the framework of the 11th edition of the European Fantastic Film festival, which runs from September 14 to 23. / AFP PHOTO /
Tickets for the comic, animation and gaming convention were sold out before the gates opened, with 18,000 people expected on each day, and organisers appealing for fans without tickets to stay away.

“We have brought Comic Con to the African continent for the first time and it is hugely exciting,” event director Carol Weaving told AFP. “We have been trying for five years to get it here.
“It is long overdue. There is a huge culture here wanting this, ranging from comic book artists and gaming and ‘cosplay’ (costume play) — so many people are dressed up.
“It is a complete sell-out and fans have been desperate to come.”
The convention includes costume competitions, all-night gaming tournaments, video game launches and virtual reality experiences, as well as appearances by film and TV stars, artists and designers.
Kevin Sussman, who plays comic book store owner Stuart Bloom in hit TV show The Big bang Theory, is among the biggest stars as well as renown comic artists Chris Spouse and Riccardo Federici.
“When we first saw the announcement (about the event), this was just going to happen,” said comic fan Jaco Viljoen, dressed as Batman arch-villain Bane, surrounded by his family — including Superwoman, Thor, Harley Quinn, Ironman and a tiny baby Hulk.
“We all love comics. I think this event has shown we are serious about comics and we want to see more,” he said. “We want it to happen every year if not more.”
South African animator Mike Scott, who created Moosebox for Nickelodeon, said the convention — held at a car racetrack — was a major showcase for African talent.
“I went to Comic Con San Diego in 2006 and it blew my mind, so for it to come full circle and for me be at Comic Con in South Africa is surreal and huge moment, we are so proud,” he told AFP.
“It is amazing for the industry and kids can see something that just ignites their interest. There is a massive audience out there.”

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Check NYSC Senate Approved List of All Institutions for the 2017 Batch ‘B’

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC senate list is out. The portal for verifying the senate approved mobilization list (2017 Batch ‘B’) of various institutions in Nigeria is live.
This is to inform all prospective corps members (2017 Batch ‘B’) that they can now check the senate approved mobilization list of their various institutions on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) portal for free.
See also: NYSC Batch ‘B’ Mobilization Exercise Timetable – 2017
HOW TO CHECK NYSC SENATE APPROVED LIST. 1. Go to NYSC senate list portal at https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/VerifySenateLists.aspx 2. Select your Institution. 3. Supply your Matriculation Number and Surname in the required columns. 4. Select your date of birth. Finally, click the ‘SEARCH’ button to access your mobilization status.

Scary News About Your Cellphone

File photo

The war rages on about the safety of cell phones.  One side argues there’s either nothing to fear, while the other warns that your phone is causes grave harm when it comes into close contact with your body. Citing the views of other experts Dr Joseph Mercola tries to show where the real truth lies.

The year 2014 marked the first time in history that there were officially more mobile devices than people in the world – approximately 7.2 billion.

Although significantly lower, the number of cell phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion by the year 2017.

That’s a lot of cell phones and cell phone users. But what’s even more fascinating about all these mobile devices is the behaviour that surrounds them: The average cellphone owner checks their phone 110 times a day, or about nine times each hour; and 46 percent of smartphone owners say “they couldn’t live without” their phones

Cell Phone Safety

Most…

Nigerian Navy commences recruitment of graduates

The Nigerian Navy has commenced the process for the recruitment of suitably qualified Nigerian graduates through the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25.
The guidelines for the enlistment can be accessed on the Nigerian Navy Enlistment Portal http://www.joinnigeriannavy.com/ which will be opened on October 11 for interested candidates to apply online.
Interested applicants, who must be Nigerians by birth, should possess a minimum of Second Class Upper Division for first degree holders and Upper Credit for HND holders. Male applicants must not be less than 1.68 metres tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.65 metres in height. Applicants should be between 22 and 28 years by 31 January 2018, except for Imams and Chaplains who should not exceed 30 years by January 31, 2017.