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The annual ICON comics and gaming convention, which is held each year in Johannesburg and which was the first such convention to take place in South Africa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Convention: ICON, Johannesburg

The convention is taking place on the long weekend of 16 to 18 June 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand and it will be featuring two international guests, James L Sutter from Paizo, who co-created the Pathfinder RPG and is the creative director of the Starfinder RPG, and cosplayer Linda "Vampy Bit Me" Le, who is the guest of honour.

The programme of events will include over 40 speaker panels, the ICON Comedy Evening, and tech innovations from companies such as MakerBot. One of the panel highlights will be "Create An Alien", in which James L Sutter will design an alien from scratch based on a world from the Valerian cosmos and Sean Izaakse will draw the alien live as it's being designed.

• When: Friday, 16 June 2017, 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday, 17 June 2017, 09:00 to 18:00; Sunday, 18 June 2017, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Hall 2, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Cost: R120 (single day pass), R250 (weekend pass), and R995 (VIP pass); children under 12 can enter for free on 16 June (Youth Day) but must still register for a ticket
• Event Hashtag: #ICON2017

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