ICON 2018 – 26th Edition is being held at Emperors Palace!

ICON 2018 - 26th Edition is being held at Emperors Palace!

SA’s longest running comics and gaming convention is back!

The 26th edition of South Africa’s longest-running and largest pop culture event ICON Comic and Games Convention (ICON CGC) will be held at The Palace of Dreams, Emperors Palace next week from 29th June – 1st July, 2018.

ICON CGC has become a staple on the South African pop culture calendar, featuring a number of firsts. This year continues to break new ground as it hosts the local leg of the World Cosplay Summit for the first time ever on the African continent.

This is the destination for leading comics and pop culture experts and anyone looking to celebrate their fantasy world while being immersed in a compelling and exciting storyline. This celebration of gaming, story-telling, role-playing and tech positions ICON CGC as the ideal introduction to gaming for people of all ages and interests.

All that remains is to take some time out for a weekend of board gaming and tabletop warfare, cosplay competitions, national tournaments, educational panels, international guests and more. And to ensure you don’t miss a thing, ICON CGC and Emperors Palace have put together some fantastic stay and play packages available.


In a major coup for the South African cosplay aficionados, ICON CGC proudly announces that South Africa will be part of the global World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2018 Championships, with the winners of the local competition jetting off to Nagoya City, Japan at the end of July to represent SA at this incredible nine-day world championship event.

Another first for 2018 sees a partnership with Lagos Comic Con and Nairobi Comic Con to create a pan-African network of event and competition promotion. This year, ICON CGC also plays host to the Sub-Saharan leg of a major, pan-African competition – the Annecy MIFA Pitches competition. Unleash your creative spirit, pitch your animation idea and you could win automatic entry into Animation du Monde at Annecy 2019, the massive animation festival held in France annually.


Raymond E. Feist: Twelve times New York Times bestseller, 9 times London Times bestseller, a master of fantasy fiction. Raymond will be promoting his new book “King of Ashes”.

Raymond’s ONLY Johannesburg appearance for book signings of not only “King of Ashes”, but his extensive collection of prior novels, including the world renowned “Magician”.

Meagan Marie: World class cosplayer and cosplay ambassador. Meagan is the Senior Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics and will be promoting the latest instalment in the Tomb Raider game franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. In a further coup for ICON CGC, an exclusive live game play demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider (SOTTR) will be hosted by Meagan Marie at the event before anyone else in Africa sees it on Friday 29th June.

Jim Zub: Jim is a Marvel Comics author and currently the lead writer on the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Champions’ series of comic books.

Sean Izaakse: Marvel Comics artist, currently artist on the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Champions comic books.

With Jim and Sean both attending ICON, this will be the first time ever that they are at the same convention. With the Avengers: Infinity War movie having been released in April, you’ll have the chance to interview the creative team behind the biggest comic book in the world right now.


Venue:             Red Roman Shed at Emperors Palace
Dates:             Friday 29th June / Saturday 30th June / Sunday 1st July
Times:             Friday, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm /  Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

Tickets are on sale now and start at R120 for a one day pass.
Weekend passes start at R250 and limited VIP tickets  start at R895.


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