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Top Billing catches up with the stars at Comic Con Africa
Top Billing catches up with the stars at Comic-Con Africa
Comic Con is internationally recognised for the hugely popular annual American comic book convention, but it has become a global entertainment extravaganza and, for the very first time, took place in Africa.
No visit would be complete without a costume, so Dr. Fezile Mkhize’s first stop was Hollywood Costumes where Heidi du Toit was able to assist with a truly iconic red and yellow Flash costume.
Costumes are a large part of comic conventions, with many fans entering cosplay competitions and competing in role-play as specific characters.
Another huge draw is the star power that attends fan conventions like Comic Con Africa. Fans came from across South Africa to hear panel discussions on science-fiction and fantasy tv shows with stars like Australia’s Travis Fimmel from the popular series Vikings.
As the star of a huge production like Vikings as well as the movie Warcraft, Travis was the ideal international addition for a fan convention. Fezile caught up with Travis to discuss his iconic character, Ragnar, on the series along with his experiences in the industry.
Another international face was American Gods star and Nigerian born actress Yetide Badaki. Nitida/ been to CC/ 1st time amazing/ Call of Duty game/ make believe / like being a child again.
Photo By Jay Caboz
Celebrities aside, conventions are largely based around the appreciation of comic books and comic artists. While there is no shortage of international comic talent, South Africa is no stranger to the art, and illustrator Loyiso Mkize are putting South Africa on the map with the unapologetically South African Kwezi series.
Photo By Jay Caboz
Fans in costume were able to compete in cosplay competitions judged by international cosplayer Yaya Han, who was dressed in full Mulan costume.
Tayla Barter won the overall prize for her version of Monster Hunter World’s Nergigante and with it an all expenses VIP ticket to Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. Make us proud, Tayla.
The large success of Comic-Con Africa emphasises the ability of fantasy and science-fiction to make us believe in a world where anything is possible.