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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.

Interview
Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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