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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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