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: Alternative Press - The Work Of Derek Bauer, Cape Town
• When: Friday, 22 September 2017 to Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:00 to 17:00 daily
• Where: Iziko South African National Gallery, 1 Government Avenue, The Company's Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The Iziko South African National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of cartoons by Apartheid-era political cartoonist Derek Bauer, who died in 2001. This a rare opportunity to see some of his original works and learn more about the history of political cartooning in South Africa. The exhibition also includes contributions from political cartoonists Zapiro and Brandan Reynolds.
Please Note: This exhibition closed early (on 1 April) so if you were planning to go during April or May you've missed your opportunity.
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South AfricaExhibition: Not As A Ghost, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 3 May 2018, 18:00 to 22:00 (opening night); exhibition closes around 26 May 2018
• Where: Craft+Graft, 2 Gordon Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Thea de Klerk, one of the co-owners of Ahem, the gallery that ran in Observatory for a year and worked to promote graphic arts such as comics and zines, is presenting her first solo exhibition of paintings and illustrations, which includes a companion zine that documents the exhibits.
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WorldwideFestival: Free Comic Book Day 2018
• When: Saturday, 5 May 2018
• What: During the annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) event comics fans can get free comics specially printed for the day from their local comics shop. In South Africa Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town and Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg will be celebrating the event with free comics and discounts.
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South AfricaFCBD: Readers Den Comic Shop, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 5 May 2017, 09:00 to 19:00 (Tyger Valley) / 10:00 to 15:00 (Claremont)
• 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: Both branches of Readers Den Comic Shop will be offering one free comic to everyone, plus extra comics and merchandise for customers with ongoing subscriptions and customers who spend over certain thresholds on the day.
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South AfricaFCBD: Cosmic Comics, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 5 May 2018, from 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Cosmic Comics, 254 Beyers Naudé Drive (entrance in Acacia Road; parking around the back), Blackheath, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Where: Cosmic Comics will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day with deals, discounts, limited-stock merchandise, and free comics.
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South AfricaWorkshop: Travel Comics & Origami Workshop, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 5 May 2018, 10:00 to 12:00
• Where: Craft+Graft, 2 Gordon Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Thea de Klerk and Ulysse Malassagne will be presenting a travel comics and origami workshop at Craft+Graft, a gallery, co-working and event space, and coffee shop in Gardens in Cape Town.
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South AfricaLaunch & Zine Party: Any Body Zine, Cape Town
• When: Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 17:30 to 19:00 (readings start at 18:00)
• Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The Book Lounge is hosting a zine party to celebrate the relaunch of Any Body Zine, as well as the launch of the first issue of This Is The Place. The event will include readings from the zines.
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South AfricaLaunch: Kariba, Cape Town
• When: Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 17:30 to 19:00
• Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The Book Lounge is hosting the Cape Town launch of Kariba, the long awaited graphic novel - by Daniel Clarke, James Clarke, and Daniel Snaddon - whose funding was partially crowd sourced via Kickstarter.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 12 May 2018, 11:00 to 14:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Open Art Cape Town is hosting one of its regular Sketch Meetups at The Drawing Room, a café and art gallery in Observatory. 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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South AfricaLaunch: Kariba, Johannesburg
• When: Thursday, 17 May 2018, 19:00
• Where: The Animation School, Block E, Rosebank Office Park, 181 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: The Johannesburg campus of The Animation School is hosting the Johannesburg launch of Kariba, the long awaited graphic novel - by Daniel Clarke, James Clarke, and Daniel Snaddon - whose funding was partially crowd sourced via Kickstarter. The team will be participating via Skype.
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South AfricaFestival: Franschhoek Literary Festival
• When: Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:30 to 21:00; Saturday, 19 May 2018, 10:00 to 19:00; Sunday, 20 May 2018, 10:00 to 14:00
• Where: Various locations around the main street (Huguenot Road) in Franschhoek, South Africa
• What: Comics writers Mohale Mashigo and Lauren Beukes and cartoonists Zapiro and Carlos Amato are on the programme for the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival.
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South AfricaFestival: GeekFest 2018, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 10:00 to 21:00; Sunday, 20 May 2018, 10:00 to 17:00
• Where: Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Gauteng, South Africa
• What: The 6th annual GeekFest, which is hosted by The Dark Carnival, is taking place in Johannesburg at Montecasino. This year's theme is "Enchanted Kingdom". Highlights of the weekend event will include a robo wars tournament, LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) demos, a medieval fight club, cosplay competitions (sponsored by the film Deadpool 2), and a geek themed market with over 100 stalls. There will also be a tabletop games showcase, as well as a food court, and, presumably, somewhere within all of this there will be a few comics to be found.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:00 to 14:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Open Art Cape Town is hosting one of its regular Sketch Meetups at The Drawing Room, a café and art gallery in Observatory. 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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