Billed as ‘Cape Town Comic Con’, there was considerable hype and anticipation surrounding the inaugural FanCon over the first weekend of May. I was out of town on the Saturday but word was traveled fast that it was chaos at the Lookout – the entry queue apparently stretched for miles from early in the morning and it seemed a lot of people had a lot of complaints…
Sunday however was nothing but pleasant, both in terms of organisation (staff were on hand in the queue giving armbands to those who were there yesterday and had weekend passes and the whole thing seemed to move pretty smoothly) and the event itself.
Aside from the usual expo staples – market place atmosphere was enhanced by a table-top gaming area, comic/book signing area, cosplay contest, live entertainment (in the form of several dance acts on Sunday) and food area – there were some very informative panel discussions and mini lectures throughout the weekend with both local and international speakers.
I had a great time and think especially for a first time event Fancon did great. I look forward to seeing how this event will grow in the future. In the meantime, here’s a look at Sunday.
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