Culture
Screenshot of Lupita Nyong'o at Comic Con 2017 in San Diego.

Comic Con Is Heading to the Continent For the First Time Ever This Fall

The first ever 'Comic Con Africa' will take place in Johannesburg from September 14-16.

African comic lovers rejoice!

The creators of Comic Con New York, Reed Pop, are bringing their annual comic convention to South Africa this fall for the first time ever.

Gamers, comic book lovers, cosplayers and more will gather at Johannesburg's Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Center for two days at the newly established "Comic Con Africa." The event will include gaming, panels, eSports, and special appearances from cast members of Game of Thrones, and the Big Bang Theory, reports Channel 24 News.


With the monumental release of Black Panther—which racked in record-breaking R16.8 million at South African box offices opening weekend—and the announcement of the upcoming convention, it's certainly not a bad time to be a comic lover on the continent. The film's global influence is undeniable.

Comic Con Africa is currently accepting applications from folks in the comic book, film, television, video game and collectibles industries looking to be exhibitors at the convention. Ticket information and a confirmed list of exhibitors is still on the way.

To celebrate the news, revisit that one time Lupita Nyong'o hilariously took over Comic Con San Diego incognito in a Pink Power Ranger costume.

Art
Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Lupita Nyong'o Shares New Audio Book Adaptation for 'Sulwe'

Lupita Nyong'o has recently released the audio version of her successful book 'Sulwe' which is also being adapted into an animated musical.