FanCon at CTICC: geek cul­ture ris­ing

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THE SEC­OND an­nual FanCon Cape Town Comic Con started hosted on Satur­day at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The three-day event is a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing geeky, host­ing en­ter­tain­ment for all lovers of comics and geek and pop cul­ture. It in­cluded provin­cial, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional comic artists, work­shops, comic book launches, graphic nov­els, ac­tion fig­ures, nov­el­ties, and board games.

Wesley-Jade Wyn­gaard, 24, a li­brar­ian from Pelican Park, said it was ex­cit­ing to have an event fi­nally cel­e­brat­ing geek and fan cul­ture.

“Last year’s one was held at the Look­out in Wa­ter­front. The venue was tiny, which was dis­ap­point­ing, but I was ex­cited that some­thing like this was fi­nally hap­pen­ing in South Africa. Be­sides it be­ing cramped, the vibe was ex­cit­ing and I got to see a lot of in­ter­est­ing cos­plays, and the tal­ented lo­cal graphic artists show­cas­ing their work.

“This year’s one is so much big­ger. There’s more space, more ven­dors and artists could show­case, panel dis­cus­sions were more and or­gan­ised well. We could see more of the cos­play com­mu­nity. I’d say this year’s FanCon was a def­i­nite step above last year’s.”

Shameez Pa­tel Pa­p­athana­siou, a 25-year-old civil en­gi­neer from Good­wood, said she thor­oughly en­joyed it, as it was her first time.

“I think they had a good va­ri­ety of

mer­chan­dise like comic books, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional,” she said. “They had hand­made fan crafts, like a pen­cil wand, or a bow with the Harry Pot­ter Deathly Hal­lows sym­bol printed on it.

“There was anime (style of car­toon an­i­ma­tion in South Asia), Game of

Thrones, Lord of The Rings, Marvel and DC comics, ev­ery­thing for ev­ery fan. “About 50% of the peo­ple dressed up. Some went all out and it was amaz­ing, and some didn’t at all. I had lunch there and I was pleased that ev­ery­thing was halaal.”

Nizar Abra­hams, one of FanCon co-or­gan­is­ers said its sec­ond in­stal­ment has had a more di­verse crowd, high­light­ing that “geek cul­ture” is on the rise in Cape Town.

“It’s about get­ting the mix of the crowd. We have played a re­ally fast catch-up, and it’s purely be­cause of so­cial me­dia on your side,” he said.

“A show like this proves crowds and ‘fan­doms’ are there and be­ing sup­ported right down in places in Cape Town.”

PICTURE: BHEKI RADEBE

CHARM OF­FEN­SIVE? Dead­pool and Spi­der-Man cos­play­ers at the Cape Town Fan Con at the CTICC. The event is a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing geeky, host­ing en­ter­tain­ment for all lovers of comics and geek and pop cul­ture.

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