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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January 2019


South AfricaExhibition: The Cat Show, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, 11:00 to 15:00 (exhibition opening); exhibition closes on 2 February 2019
• Where: David Krut Projects, 142A Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Anja Venter is one of the artists featured in the group fine-art exhibition The Cat Show, which will be running at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg from December 2018 to February 2019. David Krut Projects will be donating a percentage of the sales to Kitty & Puppy Haven and visitors are encouraged to donate cat food during the exhibition, which will be handed over to the charity as well.
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South AfricaExhibition: Our Spice Islands, Cape Town
• When: Thursday, 3 January 2019, to Thursday, 24 January 2019, 10:00 to 18:00 daily
• Where: V&A Waterfront, Quay 6, Jetty 2, Luggage Hall, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: During his time on Fleur De Passion Kannemeyer produced a few cartoons and works of art, facsimiles of which are on exhibition as past of The Ocean Mapping Expedition's Our Spice Islands exhibition, which collects the art and cartoons produced by artists from around the world who have spent time on the boat.
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South AfricaArt Meetup: Open Art Sketch Meet, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 19 January 2019, 11:00 to 14:00
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The first Open Art Cape Town Sketch Meetup for 2019 is taking place 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 AfricaWorkshop: Learn The Basics Of Watercolours With Danelle Malan, Franschhoek
• When: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 10:00 to 12:00
• Where: The Work Shed, Main Road (between Grande Provence and Franschhoek Country Villas), Franschhoek, South Africa
• What: Cottonstar co-creator Danelle Malan is presenting a two hour watercolour workshop for beginners at The Work Shed in Franschhoek. Malan has previously taught a watercolour workshop as part of the Open Book Comics Fest in Cape Town.
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February 2019


WorldwideEvent: Hourly Comic Day 2019, Worldwide
• When: Friday, 1 February 2019
• What: Hourly Comic Day is an annual event that takes place on 1 February in which comics creators create a short comic, comic strip, or comic panel every hour they are awake, usually to depict the events of their day, although that is not a prerequisite.
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South AfricaMeetup: #BookClubSaturday For Mohale Mashigo's The Yearning, Johannesburg
• When: Saturday, 16 February 2019, 13:30 to 15:30
• Where: Exclusive Books, Sandton City, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: Kwezi writer Mohale Mashigo's debut novel will be the featured book at Literary Alliance's February #BookClubSaturday event, which will be taking place at Exclusive Books in Sandton City in Johannesburg. The intention of the event is for fans to gather to discuss the book. Mashigo is not officially part of the programme but she has hinted that if she is available and in the city she may attend to hear the discussion and meet some of her readers.
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South AfricaConvention: Cape Town International Animation Festival 2019
• When: Friday, 8 March 2019, to Sunday, 10 March 2019
• Where: The River Club, corner of Liesbeek Parkway and Observatory Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The annual Cape Town International Animation Festival usually features comics creators as part of the speaker lineup and in the artists' alley.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaConvention: UCON 2019, Cape Town
• When: Saturday, 16 March 2019, to Sunday, 17 March 2019
• Where: SunExhibits, GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: In 2019 UCON, the anime, manga, comics, gaming, and pop-culture convention organised by the University Of Cape Town's Genshiken society will be partnering with ACGL's Afresports e-sports event.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaConvention: ICON 2019, Johannesburg
• When: Friday, 20 April 2019, to Sunday, 22 April 2019
• Where: Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa
• What: ICON, the country's first comics, gaming, and geek-culture convention, which is now in its 27th year, will be taking place in Johannesburg in April.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


South AfricaConvention: FanCon Cape Town Comic Con 2019
• When: Saturday, 27 April 2019, to Sunday, 28 April 2019
• Where: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) Hall 8 and 9 (CTICC 2 building), corner of Heerengracht and Rua Bartholomeu Dias, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa
• What: The fourth annual FanCon Cape Town Comic Con will be taking place in the new CITCC building. International cosplayer Ani-Mia was the first guest to be announced. Subsequent announcements have included Sean Izaakse, Jason Masters, and Sana Takeda. Local cosplay events are already being organised and exhibitor-stand applications are open.
More details are still pending but in the meantime save the date.


WorldwideFestival: Free Comic Book Day 2019, Worldwide
• When: Saturday, 4 May 2019
• 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 historically celebrate the event with free comics and discounts. In 2019 Free Comic Book Day coincides with Star Wars Day (May The Fourth).
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 AfricaExpo: rAge Expo 2019, Johannesburg
• When: Friday, 27 September 2019 to Sunday, 29 October 2018
• 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: 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.



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