Comic Con is a celebration of all things geeky. Whether you are an avid gamer, cosplayer, creative or a collector of miscellaneous trinkets; the convention always provides something for everyone. Courtesy of the great strides made in popular culture regarding geek culture, being a geek is no longer a taboo. Rather, it is a means of being able to celebrate certain things that others may not always appreciate; and there is no better way to enjoy your favourite fandom than through Comic Con Africa 2019 cosplay.

With this in mind, the Vamers Crew attended Comic Con Africa 2019 and witnessed all the different and wonderful ways people celebrate their uniqueness. Out of everything on offer, the cosplay was definitely the primary highlight of the show. In fact, the Area 51 aliens could escape and blend into the crowds with ease. No one would even bat an eyelid. The cosplay on offer was outstanding, and proves how talented some of our local cosplayers are when it comes to curating their favourite characters.

Comic Con Africa’s move to the Gallagher Convention Centre for 2019 has allowed for the expo to be bigger and better than ever. The show now has six halls full of exhibitions and activities. The venue itself is nothing spectacular to look at, but all of the bright and colourful characters truly makes it appealing. As there were so many halls, we did our very best to try and capture as much of the coolest and craziest cosplay we could find.

In terms of Comic Con Africa 2019 cosplay, I was fearful to get up close to some of the horrifying characters, like Pennywise and undead Zombies – given how well everyone nailed their outfits. There were also many humorous costumes, such as Fat Thor and Ace Ventura with his tutu. The Cosplay varied from incredibly accurate portrayals of Batman and Iron Man, through to intricately detailed versions of Katana and Harley Quinn. This year I decided to throw together a last minute Poison Ivy, and I enjoyed the experience even more because of it. Given how my task was to interview and offer an overview of cosplay at Comic Con 2019, I felt I simply had to also participate. Doing so had the benefit of making me approachable to other cosplayers, which made the interview process much easier and a lot more fun.

Like the 2018 event, cosplayers had their very own “Cosplay Corner”, complete with hospital for cosplay outfit emergencies. Although not all cosplayers decided to showcase their creations there, many used this space as an opportunity to take a break on the couch from the crowds surrounding them in other halls. Being a cosplay is a labour of love, and some outfits can take weeks or months to make. However, there is no denying that all of them, regardless of the timeframe, were all created with passion.

The number of people participating in Comic Con Africa 2019 cosplay was too numerous to cost. As such, it was simply not possible to capture or feature everyone. With that said, I do hope you appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship of those who we have featured in this article. If you see yourself, please do comment below; and thank you for being awesome.

About Diona Haupt

From the magic of the Harry Potter saga through to the trials and tribulations of The Hunger Games, Diona adores losing herself in fictional worlds of magic, love and hope. She is currently a Bachelor of Social Science student with a specialisation in Communications and Media, and hopes to one day be the star of her very own 'talk show'.

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