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ICON Comic and Games Convention returns to Johannesburg

ICON Comic and Games Convention returns to Johannesburg

This year ICON raises its ‘game’ substantially, showcasing international guests, local thought leaders, over 40 speaker panels, expert player showdowns, a comedy event and innovative activations.

Bigger and better than ever before, with growing international status, the 25th edition of the ICON Comic and Games Convention (ICON CGC), Home of the Super-Hero, returns to Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre from June 16 to June 18, 2017 (over the Youth Day long weekend).

It is South Africa’s longest running and largest pop culture event – the destination for leading gaming 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 is the ideal introduction to gaming for people of all ages and interests.

This year ICON raises its ‘game’ substantially, showcasing international guests, local thought leaders, over 40 speaker panels, expert player showdowns, a comedy event and innovative activations including multinational tech giants such as Canon Gigabyte and MakerBot, amongst others.

Whether you’re into card or table-top gaming, LARPing, tech-gaming or Cosplaying, an aspiring author or even a regular console fanatic, the highly acclaimed convention will help define the ‘how to’ of the increasingly mainstream and sophisticated gaming industry. Fantasists, mythologists, tech heads role players and more come into an immersive world such as ICON to be inspired, learn, experiment, observe and compete in a celebration of fantasy worlds and story-telling.

Les Allen, ICON’s director says, “What we’ve learnt from a quarter century convening ICON is that ‘Geeks’ are no longer on the fringe. Mainstream media exposure has made their expertise, enthusiasm and points of obsession with hobbies and intellectual pursuits accessible. Gaming and storytelling releases a part of everyone’s being, we just facilitate access to it in a myriad of ways.”

Visitors to the convention have an opportunity to be real super heroes by visiting the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) drive to donate blood to help save lives. One lucky donor stands the chance of winning a 3D printed replica of themselves as a superhero – sponsored by MakerBot.

As with previous years, Saturday, (June 17) sees six of SA’s funniest comedians take to the stage at the ICON Comedy Evening.  With limited seats and tickets only available to weekend ticket holders, or those attending ICON on the Saturday, this extremely popular evening will have those attending rolling in the aisles with laughter as the comedians make light of geek culture.

ICON Comic and Games Convention will take place at Hall 2, Gallagher Convention Centre on Friday, June 16, Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, from 9am to 5pm.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit ICON Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ICONCGC or the www.iconcgc.co.za website.

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