Comic Con Cape Town is hot on its way this April and it promises a pretty stellar lineup of both local and international artists. However, like the name of the convention implies, it’s also the home of several world class comics as well as art on offer. This year will be no different. With Artist Alley, fans will be able to experience the art work of illustrators and comic book artists brought to life in some exciting ways.
While visiting Artist Alley this year at Comic Con Cape Town, fans will be able to view the various art works on display from local and international artists, some who have worked with the likes of Marvel and DC. They’ll be able to purchase existing art or even commission some unique pieces of art. Additionally, you’ll get to speak to the artists directly if you’d like to find out more information about their art, inspirations and much more.
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With FanCon curating the Comic Con Cape Town Artist Alley floor and stage programme, FanCon organiser Mahdi Abrahams had this to say:
“An exciting programme of content is being planned for the Artist Alley stage, and attending fans can expect a range of art activations, topical panel talks, signing sessions, drawing sessions, creator interviews, spotlight Q&A’s with international guests, not to mention the opportunity to interact and purchase artwork directly from the expansive range of local and international talent. Artist Alley at Comic Con Cape Town will be sure to be one of the highlights of the show!”
As for the artists attending Comic Con Cape Town this year, fans can look forward to meeting and greeting British comic book artist Ian Churchill, best known for Deadpool, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Star Wars: Han Solo and more. Joining him will be American illustrator Mark Brooks, whose library of work includes Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four and many more. Finally, international Zimbabwean-based illustrator Bill Masuku, best known for creating Captain South Africa and Razor-Man, will also be in attendance.
Of course, you can also expect some local flair from talented South African artists. These include Sean Izaakse (Thunderbolts, Dark Knights of Steel, and Fantastic Four), Loyiso Mkize (the Kwezi series), Clyde Beech (Where is Lulu?, and Undi Ki Lina Sta?), Karl Mostert (Batman: Urban Legends, DCeased: Unkillables, and I Am Batman), Mohale Mashingo (Marvel’s Black Panther Sins of the King, and Moon Girl: Endangered Species), Warren Louw (Harley Quinn, Vampirella, and Sacred Six) and one more special announcement.
Renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, will be attending Comic Con Cape Town this year and you’ll be able to find him in Artist Alley. Known for his signature art style and cartoons that explore the country’s political climate, Zapiro is a household name for talented local artists and you don’t want to miss out on him.
Carla Massmann, Comic Con Cape Town’s show director, added:
“We are thrilled to have such a talented and diverse group of artists joining us for Comic Con Cape Town. Our Artist Alley is the heart of the show, and we are excited to give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with such talented creators.”
Stepping out of traditional art and into modern digital art, Comic Con Cape Town will have the Cape Town international Animation Festival (CTIAF) co-located with the event. Comic Con Cape Town patrons will also be able to gain access to exclusive screenings on some days of the event.
Finally, StreetCon will also leave its mark on Comic Con Cape Town this year. Award winning Capetonian illustrator, street artist and letterer, Keith Vlahakis, will be located at StreetCon with his signature 90’s pop culture lettering style.
Comic Con Cape Town’s Marketing Manager, Calvin van den Berg, spoke about StreetCon:
“Although StreetCon is a newcomer to the festival, we are pleased to see the interest that fans have taken in this offering, celebrating the mash up between urban culture and pop culture. South Africa’s unique street culture sets us apart from others across the world, and we’re excited to play a part in ensuring that we continuously grow this unique form of expression and style.”
Comic Con Cape Town will take place from 27 to 30 April 2023 at CTICC 2. Doors open from 09:00 to 18:00 daily. Make sure you secure your tickets on Howler.