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This year's annual ICON comics and games convention in Johannesburg is even bigger than before, with three days of events at a larger venue, Gallagher Convention Centre, and a special international guest, Raymond E Feist. The festival will be featuring a schedule of panel discussions and workshops that includes talks focussed on local comics, as well as talks on other topics featuring local comics creators.

Event: ICON 2016, Johannesburg

John Curtis, Nas Hoosen, Jason Masters, Mike Scott, Brandan Reynolds, Moray Rhoda, and Rico Schacherl will be presenting on a variety of topics throughout the festival. The comics-related schedule is as follows:

Triggerfish Animation Studios "Story Lab"
When: Friday, 24 June 2016, 12:00 to 12:50
Where: Main Stage
Featuring: Nas Hoosen, Mike Scott
In 2015, Triggerfish Animation Studios launched a ground-breaking initiative - a competition designed to find and develop African writers and directors over an 18 month period with the ultimate goal to produce their work for the global market. And, in conjunction with the Department of Trade & Industry and The Walt Disney Company, the "Story Lab" competition was born.

After nearly 1400 submissions from 30 countries across the African continent, Triggerfish Animation Studios selected four feature films and four TV series for development. Nas Hoosen and Mike Scott were two of those whose submissions made it through - Nas for his feature film concept The Wild Waste, and Mike for his TV show concept A Dogshow With Cat.

Nas and Mike will be taking the main stage at ICON 2016 to talk about their experiences with the "Story Lab" initiative and how their work is progressing.

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James Bond: 007 - Spotlight on Jason Masters
When: Saturday, 25 June 2016, 11:00 to 11:50
Where: Main Stage
Featuring: Jason Masters
In 2015, comic book legend Warren Ellis was asked by the Fleming Estate to be the writer of a new James Bond comic, published by Dynamite Entertainment. Ellis then requested South African Jason Masters to be the artist on the comic.

Coinciding with the collected edition of their first James Bond story line VARGR and midway through their next story line Eidolon, Jason will join us on the main stage to chat about what it's like to work with one of the biggest comic book names in the world and how they collaborate to bring the greatest spy to life.

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Political Cartooning In South Africa
When: Saturday, 25 June 2016, 12:00 to 12:50
Where: Main Stage
Featuring: John Curtis, Brandan Reynolds, Rico Schacherl
Freedom of information, and particularly media freedom, has always been an important facet in South Africa, and political cartooning is an influential aspect of that freedom. Satirical commentary of current events and personalities can be just as vital to distribution and interpretation of current affairs as journalists and are a crucial part of the socio-political process.

John Curtis (Africartoons) leads a panel of some of South African's finest political cartoonists including Rico Schacherl (Madam & Eve, Finweek), Brandan Reynolds (Business Day, Rapport) to talk about their work, and how important the sphere of political cartooning is in modern day South Africa.

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The State Of Comics In South Africa
When: Saturday, 25 June 2016, 15:00 to 15:50
Where: Main Stage
Featuring: Nas Hoosen, Moray Rhoda
There are a number of South Africans making their mark on the global comic book stage: Sean Izaakse is a regular contributor on the Pathfinder title for Dynamite Entertainment, Jason Masters is currently bringing the world’s most famous spy to life with Warren Ellis on James Bond: 007 (also for Dynamite Entertainment) and Lauren Beukes has received critical acclaim for her work on various Vertigo titles for DC Comics, including Fairest and The Survivors' Club.

What is like in the local scene, however? How is the budding talent being nurtured? Where are they getting their ideas and inspirations from in a dynamic South Africa? Moray Rhoda, the respected "godfather" of South African comics, leads a panel of local experts including Nas Hoosen as they discuss the changes the South African scene has gone through over the last decade and where it's headed.

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Rico Schacherl's Strip Show
When: Sunday, 26 June 2016, 11:00 to 11:50
Where: Main Stage
Featuring: Rico Schacherl
Less a workshop than a rambling, informative and humourous talk about all manner of topics regarding graphic storytelling. With over 20 years experience in drawing funny pictures, Rico Schacherl shares his knowledge in this entertaining session.

Covering various ideas such as the principle of humour (timing, surprise, anticip... ation, relationships), character design (function, stereotypes) and ideas on visual storytelling in a two-dimensional space, this session is sure to be not only a goldmine of information, but plenty of fun!

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Additionally, Sector will be available at table 17 in the Artists' Alley.

• When: Friday, 24 June 2016, 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday, 25 June 2016, 09:00 to 18:00; Sunday, 26 June 2016, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Tickets: Via Tixsa
Day Pass: R100 (excluding non compulsory add ons)
Full Weekend Pass: R150 (excluding non compulsory add ons)
VIP Pass: R895 (includes add ons, extra events, and additional private events)
• Event Information: Official Site, Facebook Event Page

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