About Comic Con Africa
WHAT IS COMIC CON AFRICA?
A multi-genre entertainment, comic and fan convention
Comic Con Africa is a 4 day event showcasing comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts. The exhibition will also feature a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including animation, toys, gadgets, clothing, collectible card games, table top games, anime, manga, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.
Superhero or sidekick – there will be exciting activations to enjoy that include professional gaming tournaments, other gaming activations, Cosplay Competitions, and new Movie and Series promotions. Comic Con Africa visitors can also enjoy celebrity panel discussions, seminars, workshops, autograph and photo sessions.
Comic Con Africa will feature a large floor space for exhibitors, as well as the Artists' Alley, where comic artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches.
WHO RUNS COMIC CON AFRICA?
Comic Con Africa is locally organised by Reed Exhibitions and is a part of ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world. ReedPOP owns and operates shows like New York Comic-Con, C2E2: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Emerald City Comic Con and many more! Comic Con Africa is brought to you in partnership with VS Gaming, South Africa’s largest independent gaming brand and the leading platform for online gaming in Africa
Hours & Location
WHAT ARE THE HOURS?
Thursday 09h00 – 18h00
Friday 09h00 – 18h00
Saturday 09h00 – 18h00
Sunday 09H00 - 18H00
WHERE AND WHEN IS COMIC CON AFRICA?
Comic Con Africa will take place on the 24 – 27 September 2020 at the Gallagher Convention Centre
WHAT’S THE BEST DAY TO ATTEND COMIC CON AFRICA?
All 4 days of the show are equally awesome, it’s hard to choose just one!
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE
Parking is available at Gallagher Convention Centre and will be R25.00 per car.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?
Tickets are available through Howler. Buy tickets online before the show as ticket prices increase on site. Also, onsite ticket sales do not begin until 09:00AM each show day.
HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS?
The prices for Comic Con Africa tickets vary. Check our ticket page to see all ticket types.
CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR?
YES TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR .
There will be tickets at the door but for easier access we recommend that pre-purcase their tickets with Howler.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS? DO THEY NEED TICKETS?
All attendees 6 years old and up need a ticket to enter Comic Con Africa. Children under 6 will be admitted for free and no ticket is required. Please note, Comic Con Africa recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult and all children under 13 must have an adult with them at the show.
WHAT’S THE REFUND POLICY?
Tickets to Comic Con Africa are non-refundable. Change of advertised guests due to work commitments or other circumstances does not qualify for ticket refunds. Every effort will be made to replace the guest.
For more information contact us on info@ComicConAfrica.co.za
WHEN WILL GUESTS BE ANNOUNCED?
Most content is released in the weeks leading up to the show itself, though we will be revealing details earlier than that via our website and social channels.
WHAT IS ARTIST ALLEY?
Artist Alley is the place to rub elbows with the greatest pencilers, inkers and writers from every corner of comics. Artist Alley is located on the show floor.
CAN YOU WATCH MY KIDS WHILE I EXPLORE?
Sorry. Comic Con Africa does not provide child care services.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD, FRIENDS, FAMILY OR I GET SEPARATED?
Find the nearest Comic Con Africa staff member or security guard and we will help you locate your missing party. We suggest that when you arrive at Comic Con Africa you and your party pick a location to meet in case anyone does get lost. We also recommend that you obtain a wristband from registration for your child/children and write your contact details on it.
CAN I BRING MY PET?
No. The only animals permitted in the venue are service animals. We love animals as much as you, but you are going to have to leave your pets at home.
THIS IS MY FIRST COMIC CON AFRICA, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Comic Con Africa will have something for everybody. The main areas we feature at the event are various forms of gaming, comics, movie and television, animation and anime, cosplay and an artist alley!
At the show you will have the chance to listen to your various heroes answer questions on stage and purchase a photograph and/or autograph from them. You will be able to browse through all of our fantastic retailers or participate in one of our speciality workshops; even get a sketch from one of our featured comic book artists!
CAN I USE MY OWN CAMERA AT THE EVENT?
There are some restrictions on photographs. You are welcome to bring your camera on each show day as we allow photos for the first few minutes of each Q and A session. Once the MC requests that you put your camera away, you must adhere to this request as it is strictly monitored by the Comic Con Africa staff. It is prohibited to take photographs during the professional photographs and the autograph sessions.
You are welcome to take pictures and videos at the Comic Con Africa and share them on social media with the hashtag #ComicConAfrica. Please note that recording of audio and video is prohibited during screenings, concerts and many live shows. Please also understand that guests can be available for photos but not have to. Guests are entitled to privacy and if they ask not to be photographed, their wishes will be respected.
CAN I FLY A DRONE AROUND THE VENUE?
Drones are not allowed in the venue.
WILL I BE ON CAMERA IF I ATTEND?
We attract local, national and international press to each Comic Con event. In purchasing your ticket and in consideration for being admitted to the event, the holder consents to being recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. Holder also hereby: (1) releases Reed Exhibitions from any liability for loss or damage to persons or property, infringement of any right or any other claim or course of action of any kind; (2) authorizes and permits Reed Exhibitions and its designees which include but are not limited to all sponsors, exhibitors and contractors to use and authorize the use of his/her name, voice, likeness and all reproductions thereof by any means and in all media now and hereafter know for all purposes worldwide in perpetuity; and (3) agrees to comply with all rules and regulations of the event. Holder agrees not to make any recordings of any kind at designated activities without the express written permission of Reed Exhibitions. We reserve the right to deny entry or remove from the event facilities any person who in our sole and absolute discretion is behaving or threatening to behave in a manner which we reasonably consider to be disruptive of the event.
DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND WITH REDUCED MOBILITY?
We will have a dedicated parking, registration desk and entrance set-up for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility as well as an elevator between the 3 levels.
ARE THERE FOOD STALLS AVAILABLE?
Food stalls will be available at the event.
I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT COMIC CON AFRICA, WHERE CAN I APPLY?
Follow our social networks; we will be looking for volunteers soon!
WHAT DOES COMIC CON AFRICA THINK OF BOOTLEGS?
The buying and selling of counterfeit/knock-off/unlicensed materials is not tolerated at Comic Con Africa. Comic Con Africa is a celebration of the best of popular culture, and bootlegs have no place in the show. Violation of this rule will result in one and only one warning. A second violation and you'll be removed from the show.
DO I NEED TO BRING CASH?
While some vendors might accept credit cards, many do not. There will be limited ATMs located at the venue; however, to avoid an extra line we suggest you stop at the ATM before arriving at the show. Cash is usually the only form of payment accepted in our autographing area. If you want to buy photo ops during the show instead of ahead of time, please be prepared by bringing cash for this as well.
Safety & Security
SAFETY AND WEAPONS POLICY
WHAT ARE THE SECURITY EXPECTATIONS AT COMIC CON AFRICA?
The safety and security of our staff, exhibitors and attendees is our priority. We work closely with the venue, security, and law enforcement authorities to identify risks, assess them and develop security plans for our events.
Everyone attending Comic Con Africa should be aware or the following security measures:
- Security will be onsite at all times to assist you during all aspects of Comic Con Africa.
- Everyone must have their Comic Con Africa tickets/badges on hand at all times. This includes exhibitors, vendors, attendees, guests (speakers, talent, artists), press, staff, and crew.
- A fully operational security team following our vetted procedures is in place during Comic Con Africa. Bag checks may occur.
- Walkthrough or hand held scanners may be used at Comic Con Africa.
- Any CCTV in operation at Comic Con Africa is monitored and recorded
- Uniformed and undercover security may be in attendance at Comic Con Africa.
- Canine Security and Detection may be used in or around Comic Con Africa.
Everyone attending Comic Con Africa is requested to:
- Keep personal property with you at all times and do not leave any items unattended.
- If you see something, say something. Report anything that looks unusual, suspicious, or out of place to Comic Con Africa staff or security immediately.
- Remain patient and courteous during security checks and follow the instructions of Comic Con Africa staff and security at all times
- Properly dispose of your Comic Con Africa ticket/badge inside the venue or keep it as a souvenir – please do not sell it to scalpers or throw it away outside the venue where it could be picked up.
- Carry a valid form of photo ID at all times.
You as a fan are able to help us improve event security, fan safety and the overall happiness of everyone at or near Comic Con Africa. While everyone attending Comic Con Africa knows about costumes and props, the residents of Gallagher may be unaware of Comic Con Africa and mistake prop weapons for real weaponry. If you have a weapon or prop that might intimidate or scare people, please be mindful of it as you carry it near the venue or on public transport. If you have a weapon that might be misconstrued as a real weapon, please keep it concealed and do not carry it out in the open as you travel through Johannesburg. We would hate to cause unnecessary panic, upset, or unwarranted calls to the police. We really appreciate you being mindful of this and using common sense when it comes to props and costuming!
WEAPONS AND BAG CHECK
Management shall have sole discretion in any matter that it believes may affect public safety or be important to protect the integrity of the event.
CAN I BRING A SUITCASE TO THE SHOW?
No. Carts and luggage on wheels will NOT be allowed during show hours. Exhibitors needing such items for legitimate business purposes will be allowed access at the opening and closing of business each day. This is a safety issue and no exceptions will be made.
WHAT DO I DO IF I FIND/LOSE SOMETHING?
Please bring all found items to the Comic Con Africa information booth or organisers office.
WHAT IF I GET HURT?
If you’re hurt, reach out to the nearest Comic Con Africa staff, crew or nearby security and we will assist you in getting you the help you need.
WHAT IF I’M HARASSED?
Harassment of any kind, including stalking, deliberate intimidation, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault and battery, will not be tolerated at Comic Con Africa. If it's illegal outside the venue, it's illegal inside the venue. Harassment is grounds for removal from the show without refund as well as potential legal action. We want Comic Con Africa to be a safe, open and accepting environment for all fans. If you are a victim of harassment at the show, please contact the Comic Con Africa Organisers office immediately.
WHAT DOES COMIC CON AFRICA THINK OF WEAPONS AND FIREARMS USED AS COSPLAY PROPS?
At the discretion of Security onsite, the following may be allowed:
- Plastic and Metal Shields
- Lightweight Plastic/PVC Props/Light Sabers
- Toy guns as long as they do not look like real ones, cannot function or shoot projectiles and have an orange tip on the barrel. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-coloured caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips made of foam or cardboard.
If any of the above items are deemed unsafe by Comic Con Africa security, they will not be allowed inside the venue. They will only be allowed as long as they are deemed safe and will not cause harm onsite.
If you're bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause bodily harm, we're going to take issue. The following items are forbidden at Comic Con Africa:
- Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
- Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
- Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
- Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
- Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
- Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
- Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
- Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass, PVC, wood and glass)
- Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
- Aerosol mustard
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL COSPLAY DRESSING ROOM?
Yes there will be a Cosplay dressing room set-up for Cosplayers in the Cosplay Central Zone.
I AM A COSPLAYER AND ID LIKE TO BRING GUNS, WHATS ARE THE APPLICABLE REGULATIONS?
We are well aware of the fact that many visitors have guns replicas; however it might be dangerous in the venue.
Thereby, are forbidden inside the festival:
- Every guns replica made of hazardous materials
- Weapons made of light wood with sharp and piercing parts
- Replicas of blunt weapons made of heavy materials
- Weapons made of cardboard, foam, light wood or any other non-hazardous materials
- Replicas of blunt weapons made of light materials. A strict control of all the weapons and bags will be made before you entering the venue. The weapons allowed inside the show will be marked and only those marked weapons will be accepted.
The sale of replica will only be available for exhibitors. The exhibitors have to pack every weapon they sell, and the visitors are not allowed to unpack their purchase inside the venue or they will be expelled. Every retorts of Airsoft guns are expressly forbidden, inside and outside the venue.
For everyone’s peace of mind, we advise you to:
- Keep sharp and piercing weapons in their sleeves
- Keep guns replicas inside a bag or a pack.
- It is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol as well as glass bottles into the venue.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS OF THE COSPLAYERS?
If you’d like to take photo of another visitor (or with another visitor), ask for his/her permission and respect his/her right to refuse. During Comic Con Africa be respectful and friendly. Our mission is to create a fun, enjoyable, safe and unforgettable event; where passionate people from all around the world can meet and greet.
As we are ourselves passionate people, we know the importance of creating a safe place for every Comic Con Africa visitor.