ICON Comic and Games Convention (CGC) is back this Easter Weekend for the 27th edition of this pop culture event. South Africa’s longest and biggest pop culture convention will be held once again at The Palace of Dreams, Emperors Palace from 20 to 22 April 2019.
ICON CGC will be held at the Convention Centre at Emperors Palaces and will once again be an Easter Weekend-must for people who love gaming and geek culture, and are looking for a great place for activities, story-telling, competitions, gaming, panels, and much more. This year’s ICON CGC also sees the return of the live-action role-playing night. ICON CGC also includes the World Cosplay Summit SA Championship, an art competition, incredible guest speakers, geek comedy night, an anime cinema running all weekend, competitive boardgame competitions, tabletop gaming and a LEGO Speed Build competition among other attractions.
VENUE: Convention Centre at Emperors Palace
DATES: 20 to 22 April 2019
TIMES: Saturday, April 20: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 21: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday, April 22: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tickets are on sale now and start at R125 for a one-day pass. Weekend passes start at R250 and limited VIP tickets are available starting at R895. Discounted kids tickets available. Tickets are available from ICON CGC via TIXSA.
Visit the ICON FB page and click on the ICON Online Tickets tab, or visit the ICON CGC website to purchase tickets. Accommodation for single or double occupancy at the Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace with 2, 3, 4 or 5-night stay options can also be purchased via the ticketing gateway.
The World Cosplay Summit’s African leg was introduced at last year’s convention and it will be a highlight at this year’s ICON CGC. Teams will battle it out in handcrafted costumes, performing their own skits for the chance to represent South Africa at the WCS World Championships in Nagoya, Japan in August 2019.
Pokémon GO has partnered with ICON CGC, giving attending Trainers special in-game bonuses like Pokémon spawns (more frequent Pokémon appearances in the wild) and extended Lure duration.
An art competition, in partnership with comics and culture hardcover South African magazine, FULL BLEED will be held at this year’s event, which will allow lucky local comic book artists to be highlighted in the Spring edition. The winners will feature in a five-page article focusing on South African artists.
Some of the key guest speakers at this year’s ICON CGC include
- Caroline Vos – Cape Town-based illustrator and designer. Caroline will be hosting panels on illustration and design work. If you’re familiar with the rAge mascot “Roxy”, then you’ll know her work.
- Rob Salkowitz – consultant, futurist and media commentator on all things pop culture for Forbes, among others. Rob will be here to host panels on various topics including pop culture industry trends and his personal favourite comic title, “The Spirit” created by the legendary Will Eisner.
ICON CGC gives back too and this year it will be adding the Peermont Children’s Trust (PCT) to its list of charitable organisations which benefit greatly from the annual event. The event will also be donating books, comics and other reading material to the organisation’s annual library initiative.
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