South African Comics Calendar Of Events


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Stay up to date with upcoming events, launches, and conventions that South African (and occasionally Southern African) comics creators will be participating in.

Welcome to the South African Comics Events Calendar home page. Items will be added to the calendar and updated as information becomes available. Click on the "More Details" links under any listing to find out more about the event, including ticketing information (if applicable). Bookmark this page and follow our Twitter account for announcements and reminders.

Comics Creators Please Note: To have your event listed contact the webmaster with all the pertinent information and an event flyer or logo. Do not assume it will be here if you don't get in touch.


South AfricaExhibition: Comics & Concepts, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 14 September 2017, from 18:00 (opening night); Monday to Saturday, 09:00 to 17:00; exhibition closes 28 October 2017
• Where: Ahem, 77 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Comics & Concepts, a group exhibition paying homage to artists and comics creators Jean Giraud (Mœbius) and Frank Frazetta, is opening at Ahem. The exhibition will comprise work by 12 artists from five countries, including South African comics creator Daniël Hugo and South African cartoonist Gavin Thomson.
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South AfricaExhibition: Traces, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 14 September 2017, from 18:30 (opening night); Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00; exhibition closes 27 October 2017
• Where: WHOW Studios, 2 Ixia Street (corner of Protea Street and Ixia Street), Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Two watercolour paintings by Maya LeMaitre are included in the group exhibition Traces, which is being hosted by WHOW Studios in Durbanville, Cape Town.
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WorldwideEvent: Inktober 2017, Worldwide
• When: Sunday, 1 October 2017, to Tuesday, 31 October 2017
• What: The annual Inktober art event, which was begun by US artist Jake Parker in 2009, begins, as always, on 1 October. Participants are encouraged to create a drawing or doodle a day, in ink, for the course of the month and post it online on social media.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Inktober: Kick Off with Ahem! @Open Streets, Cape Town
• When: Sunday, 1 October 2017, 10:00 to 15:00
• Where: Ahem, 77 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Ahem is taking part in Cape Town's Open Streets initiative on 1 October, in which a five kilometre stretch of the Main Road from Observatory to the city centre will be closed to road traffic to facilitate on-foot interaction, by hosting an Inktober kick-off event.
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South AfricaExhibition: Secret Messages, Johannesburg
• When: Thursday, 5 October 2017, 18:30 (opening night) to Saturday, 28 October 2017; Wednesday to Friday, 09:30 to 15:00; Saturdays 09:30 to 13:00
• Where: No End Contemporary Art Space, 60 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: No End Contemporary Art Space in Johannesburg is hosting a solo exhibition of work by Jean de Wet, a prolific zine creator and artist based in Cape Town. The exhibition will showcase new prints and drawings.
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South AfricaExhibition: Inktober In Bohemia | A Black & White Exhibition, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 12 October 2017, from 18:00 (opening night); Monday to Saturday, 09:00 to 17:00; exhibition closes 25 November 2017
• Where: Ahem, 77 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Inktober In Bohemia, a South Africans-only group exhibition featuring black and white illustrations, is opening at Ahem as part of October's Art Thursdays events in Observatory. The exhibition will comprise work by 12 artists, including comics and zine creators Anja "Nanna" Venter, Maya LeMaitre, and Stephanie Simpson.
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ZimbabweConvention: Comexposed 2017, Harare
• When: Saturday, 14 October 2017, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: The Jam Tree, 40 Bargate Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
• What: The Zimbabwean comics community will be gathering in Harare at another Comexposed convention to showcase their publications and spend a day celebrating comics.
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UKConvention: Nottingham Comic Convention
• When: Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10:00 to 17:00
• Where: Nottingham Conference Centre (entrance via Nottingham Trent University Newton Building on Goldsmith Street), Nottingham, England, NG1 4BU
• What: South African born comics creator Sally Jane Thompson, who is now based in England, will have a table at this year's Nottingham Comic Convention.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 21 October 2017, 18:00 to 21:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Open Art Cape Town is hosting one of its Thursday evening Sketch Meetups, as part of Art Thursdays in Observatory, at its usual haunt, The Drawing Room, a café and art gallery. While it's not specifically a South African comics event it is organised by local comics creators and you can always find some of them in attendance.
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WorldwideFestival: Halloween ComicFest
• When: Saturday, 28 October 2017
• What: Halloween ComicFest is an annual comics event, similar to Free Comic Book Day, in which comic shops all over the world celebrate Halloween by giving free horror-themed comic books to customers. This full list of comics that will be released for the event this year is available here. Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town and Central City Comics in Johannesburg will be participating in the event.
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South AfricaFestival: Halloween ComicFest, Readers Den Comic Shop, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 28 October 2017
• Where: Readers Den Comic Shop, Shop 148b, Basement Level, Tyger Valley Centre, corner of Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
• Where: Readers Den Comic Shop, Shop G19, Stadium On Main, Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Halloween ComicFest is an annual comics event, similar to Free Comic Book Day, in which comic shops all over the world celebrate Halloween by giving free horror-themed comic books to customers. Both branches of Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town will be participating in the event.
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South AfricaFestival: Halloween ComicFest, Central City Comics, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 28 October 2017, 10:00 to 16:00
• Where: Central City Comics, Unit 6, Sandton Commercial Village, corner of 7th Avenue and 15th Street (off Marlboro Drive), Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Halloween ComicFest is an annual comics event, similar to Free Comic Book Day, in which comic shops all over the world celebrate Halloween by giving free horror-themed comic books to customers. Central City Comics in Johannesburg will be participating in the event.
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  • 1-31 October: Inktober
  • 1 October: Inktober At Ahem
  • 1 October: Sunday Edition #1
  • 5-28 October: Secret Messages
  • 6-8 October: rAge 2017
  • 7-8 October: HalaalGoods Market 2.0
  • 7 October: Cartoonist Workshop
  • 7-8 October: Muizenberg Open Studios
  • 7 October: Open Art Sketch Meet
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  • 12 October: Open Art Sketch Meet
  • 12 October: Bal-Oog & Brommel Launch
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  • 14 October: Comexposed 2017
  • 14 October: Nottingham Comic Con
  • 21 October: Open Art Sketch Meet
  • Until 27 October: Traces
  • Until 28 October Comics & Concepts
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