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.


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July 2019


South AfricaExhibition: Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday, Cape Town
• When: Wednesday, 20 January 2019, to Sunday, 30 June 2019 Friday, 23 August 2019 (exhibition extended); 10:00 to 18:00 daily and until 21:00 on First Fridays
• Where: Temporary Exhibition Galleries, Level 4, ORMS And Tropen Museum, Zeitz MOCAA, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Zeitz MOCAA's group exhibition Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday features a mural - Exodus: The Heroic Age - by Kwezi's Loyiso Mkize, as well as a small showcase of Intruders and Mohale Mashigo as part of a group mural.
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WorldwideCrowdfunding: Siri Watu Volume 1, Worldwide
• When: Friday, 5 July 2019 to Saturday, 7 September 2019
• What: Awali Comics and Ziyaad Rahman are running a crowdfunding campaign to print the first volume of Siri Watu: Descendants Of Africa.
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South AfricaConvention: ICON Durban 2019
• When: Saturday, 6 July 2019, 09:00 to 21:00, to Sunday, 7 July 2019, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Old Mutual Sports Hall/Howard College Sport Centre, University Of KwaZulu-Natal, Gate 9, Rick Turner Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa
• What: The fifth ICON Durban, the Durban spinoff event of ICON in Johannesburg, is taking place on the first weekend of July 2019. The convention will feature comics, cosplay, video games, and board-game and tabletop-game tournaments.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 6 July 2019, 11:00 to 14:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Open Art Cape Town is holding one of its regular Sketch Meetups at its usual Saturday morning venue, 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 AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 20 July 2019, 11:00 to 14:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Open Art Cape Town is holding one of its regular Sketch Meetups at its usual Saturday morning venue, 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 AfricaMarket: Cosmic Comics Market Day, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 28 July 2019, 09:00 to 13:00
• Where: Cosmic Comics, 254 Beyers Naudé Drive (entrance in Acacia Road; parking around the back), Blackheath, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg is hosting a market day for "any and all home-made items, lovingly crafted by our local community members".
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August 2019


[Nothing scheduled yet but there will be Open Art Sketch Meetups in Cape Town.]


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Later This Year


South AfricaFestival: Open Book Comics Fest 2019, Cape Town
• When: Wednesday, 4 September 2019 to Sunday, 8 September 2019
• Where: Various venues near The District 6 Homecoming Centre, Caledon Street, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The festival comprises workshops, panel discussions, an artists' alley, and more, with most of the events happening on 7 and 8 September 2019.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


WorldwideFestival: Batman Day 2019
• When: Saturday, 21 September 2019
• What: DC Comics is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Batman in 2019, with 21 September designated as Batman Day. Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town and Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg are likely to participate in the event, which also coincides with Comic Con Africa.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaConvention: Comic Con Africa 2019, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 21 September 2019, to Tuesday, 24 September 2019
• Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Comic Con Africa is expanding to four days, including the Heritage Day public holiday, to accommodate more fans in 2019.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaSale: Bargain Books Warehouse Book Sale, Cape Town
• When: Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Bargain Books Warehouse, 10 Mymoena Crescent, Primrose Park, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: Bargain Books in Cape Town is hosting a clearance sale at its warehouse in Athlone, which includes picture books and trade paperbacks. As is usual with these sales, it's unclear as to which titles will be on sale and you'll only find out when you get there.
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South AfricaExpo: rAge Expo 2019, Johannesburg
• When: Friday, 27 September 2019 to Sunday, 29 September 2019
• Where: The Dome, corner of Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, North Riding, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Historically a few South African comics creators appear in the Artist Alley at rAge, which focuses on video gaming, computer, technology, e-sports, and geek culture.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


WorldwideEvent: Inktober 2019, Worldwide
• When: Tuesday, 1 October 2019, to Thursday, 31 October 2019
• What: The annual Inktober art event, which was begun by US artist Jake Parker in 2009, begins, as always, on 1 October. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the initiative. 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.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the dates.


WorldwideFestival: 24-Hour Comics Day 2019
• When: Saturday, 5 October 2019
• What: The annual 24-Hour Comics Day event challenges comics creators, and aspiring comics creators, to make a comic or zine in 24 hours.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


WorldwideFestival: Halloween ComicFest 2019
• When: Saturday, 26 October 2019
• 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. Historically Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town and Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg participate in the event.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaCelebration: Cosmic Comics' 17th Birthday, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 9 September 2019, 09:00 to 16:00; Sunday, 10 September 2019, 09:00 to 14:00
• Where: Cosmic Comics, 254 Beyers Naudé Drive (entrance in Acacia Road; parking around the back), Blackheath, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg is celebrating its 17th birthday with two days of sales and specials.
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South AfricaSale: Black Friday Sale, Cosmic Comics, Johannesburg
• When: Friday, 29 November 2019, 09:00 to 17:00
• Where: Cosmic Comics, 254 Beyers Naudé Drive (entrance in Acacia Road; parking around the back), Blackheath, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Cosmic Comics in Johannesburg will be participating in Black Friday with a "crazy sale".
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