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FanCon 2018 Programme.

 

FanCon 2018 will offer a jam packed programme of panel talks, workshops, presentations, autograph sessions, sketch sessions, meet & greet and photo opp sessions !

Attendees have FREE access to all guest meet & greet, signing sessions, photo ops and panel talks. 


SATURDAY 28 APRIL

TIME

STAGE

PANEL ROOM 1

PANEL 2

Saturday 11am-12pm 

Cosplay to Career : Riddle’s Messy Wardrobe

Join Riki & Chris as they discuss how they transitioned from cosplay as a hobby to cosplay as a career. Getting to work as specialty costumers for Film and Television. They chat about how they got into the business of working on costumes & props for such films as Spiderman Home Coming, Godzilla, Avengers Infinity War, Big Mommas House 3 (everyone’s favourite !) and more. Learn about the skills it takes to work on some of your favourite costumes in the shop and on the set.

Speakers : Riki ( Ridd1e ) Lecotey / Chris Donio

Format : Panel Discussion

Location : Stage

Time : Saturday 11am-12pm 

The Art of Laura Braga

Laura Braga’s comic art career began as an illustrator and colourist for various European publishers, went on to work as the regular artist for Top Cow’s Witchbade, various series for Marvel Comics, contributing artist on DC Comics Bombshells series, and recently concluded the fan favourite Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica limited series for DC Comics. The accomplished Italian artist talks about her creative process, the changes in her art style, and her influences and inspiration in the industry.

Speaker : Laura Braga

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Sally Partridge

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 11am-12pm 

Building A Network and Marketing Yourself Online

Pixelsmithstudios is an online community of creatives based in Cape Town, dedicated to helping artists network, and to assist studios and artists find each other online. Neal Strydom, co-owner of this platform, presents a talk on how to build a strong network, sourcing connections, and to properly market yourself online. Neal shares his experiences, advice, and tips and tricks to help artists, designers, illustrators, and animators connect with each other and with studios via online channels. A discussion based workshop, with a Q & A and opinions and thoughts invited from the floor. Optional : bring pen and paper to take notes.

 

Speaker : Neal Strydom

Format : Workshop

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 11am-12pm 

Saturday 12pm-1pm 

Superman at 80 : Truth, Justice, and the Global Way ?

The Man of Steel celebrates his 80 th anniversary in April 2018, and the panel examines the endurance of an iconic character over eight decades, from a patriotic symbol of American values in the 1940s to an icon of global proportions in the 2000s. Declan Shalvey ( Ireland ), Laura Braga ( Italy ), Yanick Paquette ( Canada ), and Jason Masters ( South Africa ), all comic professionals from different parts of the globe, debate the longevity of Superman, and his apparent appeal to an ever-growing international audience.

Speakers : Declan Shalvey  / Yanick Paquette / Jason Masters

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Zaid Kriel

Location : Stage

Time : Saturday 12pm-1pm 

Moving Towards Sustained Comic Production in South Africa

Local, independent comic book creators detail and deliberate upon potential new best practises in moving towards the generation of a true South African comic industry. An open panel discussion where speakers debate the challenges of creating comics in a country without resources or infrastructure to support the growth of comic production, and look at the way forward.

Speakers : Moray Rhoda / Deon de Lange / Byron Hendricks / Daniel Hugo / Luke Molver

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Ray Whitcher

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 12pm-1pm 

10 Ways to Find YouTube Epicness

This panel takes you through the ten things every YouTube channel and YouTuber should pay attention to if they want to grow their channel, their audience, and grow in epicness ! Hosted by The Social Bard who is a YouTube Strategist and YouTube Channel Manager as her day job, this presentation will help you discover ways to grow your channel, starting today!

Age restriction : 13+

 

Speaker : Carla Harris

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 12pm-1pm 

Saturday 1pm-2pm 

COSPLAY
JUNIOR COSPLAY MASQUERADE MASQUERADE 
MCU GIANT GROUP PHOTO 

Ledkilla : The Art of Ken Lashley

Ken Lashley’s comic book art is featured across multiple superhero titles for Marvel and DC Comics, beginning in the 1990s, with notable runs on various X-Men titles, has worked on most of the flagship characters for DC,  covers for mainstream and independent publishers, plus art packaging and designs for Hasbro, Mattel, and LucasFilm, not to mention a stellar range of sketches and commissions at conventions around the world. We spotlight the career and a lifetime in pop culture artwork of the Ledkilla himself !

Speaker : Ken Lashley

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Andrew Lamprecht

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 1pm-2pm 

South African Board Game Design

There are many budding board game designers right here in SA, but sometimes it seems like it's too difficult, or it takes too much effort to take a game all the way to production. In this panel, local designers will talk about the challenges and successes that they've experienced and how the local board game design scene is taking off.

Speakers : Adhil Patel / Rob van Zyl / Rob Acton / Wayde Holland

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Adhil Patel

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 1pm-2pm 

Saturday 2pm-3pm

COSPLAY
JUNIOR COSPLAY MASQUERADE 
MASQUERADE 
MCU GIANT GROUP PHOTO

World of Wakanda : Black Panther and Afrofuturism

Black Panther, lauded as Marvel’s first black superhero when the character was introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four in 1966, languished as a second-tier character at best for over 20 years, and was often close to cancellation. The character slowly gained traction by the late 1990s, especially with the help of talented black writers such as Christopher Priest and Reginald Hudlin helming the series, and further acclaim with best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates writing the current run. And then everything exploded with the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Loyiso Mkize and Mohale Mashigo, creator and writer of SA’s most popular superhero series, Kwezi, and Marvel Comics artist, Sean Izaakse, discuss the sudden popularity of Black Panther, and the themes of Afrofuturism that permeate the comic books and the current blockbuster film.

Speakers : Loyiso Mkize / Mohale Mashigo / Sean Izaakse

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Theresa Smith

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 2pm-3pm 

Caster : A comic preview and storytelling on the Line Webtoon app

Caster is a new comic, featuring Common, actor, film producer and hip hop artist, and the upcoming digital comic will feature an original soundtrack by Common, with artwork by Jason ( James Bond ) Masters. Digitally released via the Line Webtoon app, Masters discusses his new project, and gives us a rundown on the differences in storytelling between print comics and the Line Webtoon app.

Attendees will see an exclusive preview to the comic. A limited number of free posters with sketches to be given away.

Speaker : Jason Masters

Format : Presentation

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 2pm-3pm 

Saturday 3pm-4pm 

Diversity in Comics

Thor is a woman ! Iron Man is a black girl ! Hulk is Asian ! What the …… ?  One of the hottest and most controversial topics in the comics biz at the moment is that of diversity in comics. Recently, mainstream publishers, and Marvel more prominently, have been changing and transforming the race, ethnicity, and gender of many of their most enduring and recognisable characters, all in an attempt to be more socially and politically correct. Sometimes hailed as commendable, but just as often resulting in a backlash from long-time fans who claim they can no longer relate to the characters they grew up with. Comic pros, Declan Shalvey, Ken Lashley, and Loyiso Mkize, discuss the burning issue.

Speakers : Declan Shalvey / Ken Lashley / Loyiso Mkize

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Les Allen

Location : Stage

Time : Saturday 3pm-4pm 

Working with EVA Foam

Tips and tricks for working with EVA foam to make your cosplays and props!

Speaker : Kinpatsu Cosplay

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 3pm-4pm 

Living and Working in Japan : The JET Programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme ( JET ) is a Japanese government initiative that brings people from across the globe to Japan in order to foster closer relations between Japan and the rest of the world. Ex-JET Programme participants share their experience of working and living Japan, while the Japanese Consulate, Mr Yasushi Naito, will be on hand to further enlighten the audience. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in Japan, this is the panel for you !

 

Speakers : Mr Yasushi Naito ( Consul of Japan ) / Wyomia Mouwers

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 3pm-4pm 

Saturday 4pm-5pm

Drawing Women in Popular Culture

A hot topic in the world of comics and popular culture in general is the portrayal and visual representation of women. The way women are drawn in mainstream comics and popular media is often controversial, with accusations of sexism regularly thrown at publishers and artists. We discuss with Laura Braga, noted for her art on female-helmed titles such as Witchblade and DC Bombshells; Yanick Paquette, artist on the sometimes contentious Wonder Woman Earth One graphic novels; and Warren Louw, with his well-known sexy renditions of women for comic and gaming publishers.

Speakers : Laura Braga / Yanick Paquette / Warren Louw

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Su Opperman

Location : Stage

Time : Saturday 4pm-5pm 

LARPing 101

A window into the world of LARPing ( live action role-playing games ) introduced by members of the CLAWs society of UCT. We will be looking at a few of their many wonderful adventures, as well as discussing the basic mechanics of LARPing, the dos and don'ts, the highs and lows, and how it has affected the lives of the people immersed in it.

Speakers : Lara Davison / Adrianna Pinska / Michael Dewar / Patrick Schreiber

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Milagre Lang

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 4pm-5pm 

What is Cosplay and How to Get Involved

Cosplay 101 for the beginner cosplayer ! An overall rundown of what cosplay is and  how you can get involved in the local cosplay community. Where to begin, what to buy, events to attend, everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask – until now ! Presented by an experienced local cosplayer.

Attendees will receive a FREE mini catalogue of cosplay related vendors, events, artists, online stores, and more! 

Speaker : Amone Louw

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 4pm-5pm 

Saturday 5pm-6pm 

Zapiro Spotlight : A Life in Cartoons

Zapiro, aka Jonathan Shapiro, is South Africa’s most renowned cartoonist, winner of multiple international awards, often in the media spotlight for controversial cartoons, and recognised worldwide for his biting, satirical political cartoons and powerful social commentary. We talk to Zapiro about his decades-spanning career as a political cartoonist, his influences and inspiration, the creative processes behind his work, and what it takes to provide such sharp social commentary via a single cartoon image !

Speaker : Zapiro

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Graeme Raubenheimer

Location : Stage

Time : Saturday 5pm-6pm 

Cosplay Prop Workshop : Live DEMO

Have you ever wanted to mold and cast something but didn’t know where to start ? Feeling the limitations of foam and worbla and want to add another option to your prop making tool box ? Take some time and stop by this workshop where you will see a hands on demo on mold making and casting by Chris Donio, professional costumer and prop maker. He will also discuss do’s and don’ts, as well as many tips and tricks he has learned from over a decade of experience.

Speaker : Chris Donio

Format : Workshop

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Saturday 5pm-6pm 

Young Adult Fiction : Writing YA Fiction in South Africa

We chat to award-winning novelists of Young Adult fiction, Sally Partridge ( The Goblin Club, Mine ) and Mohale Mashigo ( The Yearning ), both Cape Town based authors who are also connected by their interest in comic books ! Sally’s latest novel, Mine, tells the story of two comic book loving teens, while Mohale has recently joined the superhero comic book series, Kwezi, as writer. They discuss the challenges of producing YA fiction in South Africa, and the influences and experiences that inform their writing.

Speakers : Sally Partridge / Mohale Mashigo

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Verushka Louw

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Saturday 5pm-6pm 






 

SUNDAY 29 APRIL

 

Sunday 11am-12pm 

#ArtCred : Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Declan Shalvey started the popular hashtag, #ArtCred, to create awareness of the role of artists in co-authoring comic book work, as the role of artists are often neglected in comics media. Presented at major cons recently, including NYCC and C2E2, Declan now leads his panel discussion at FanCon, along with fellow comic artists Yanick Paquette, Ken Lashley, Sean Izaakse, and Jason Masters. They discuss their experiences working with such writers as Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Jim Zub, and how it impacted their careers collaborating with such big name writers in the industry.

Speakers : Declan Shalvey / Yanick Paquette / Ken Lashley / Sean Izaakse / Jason Masters

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Declan Shalvey

Location : Stage

Time : Sunday 11am-12pm 

Cartooning with Zapiro : Careful – This Pen is Loaded !

The political cartoon as we know it has been around for quite some time—a couple of hundred years—yet cartoons still hit the headlines in the 21 st century. Clearly the genre hasn’t lost its potency.  If you’re into drawing/doodling/writing and you’d like to try your hand at cartooning as a hobby or even professionally, this workshop is a brief introduction into how to think about and produce a cartoon or short comic strip. We’ll cover brainstorming, thumbnail sketches and the ‘language’ of cartooning (those funny marks that everyone understands—if the cartoonist knows how to use them properly). And we’ll touch on parody, metaphor and of course a bit of caricature.

Bring : Paper, layout pad, pencil, fineliner, colour kokis.

This workshop is free but attendees need to register at the info desk ahead of the workshop.

Speaker : Zapiro

Format : Workshop

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 11am-1pm 

In Motion: The Transition From Comics to Animation, and Travelling as a Comic Artist

Using the KAIROS graphic novel, as well as his personal travel comics, Ulysse will be taking attendees through the steps of how he turned his three part graphic novel saga into an animation teaser to promote his work to an international audience. Using examples from both his own work, as well as the work of other carefully curated French artists, Alex Alice and Ivan Duque, we'll be discussing the process of creating animation from comics.

Freebies include: Kairos postcards and small travel comic prints

Speakers : Ulysse Malassagne / Thea de Klerk

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Thea de Klerk

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 11am-12pm 

Sunday 12pm-1pm 

South African Comic Book Launches

Eleven local comic book creators introduce the comic book they are launching at FanCon 2018 ! Each writer/artist gets a few minutes spotlight to showcase and pitch their self-published comic book to attendees, and field questions from the audience. All comics launched are original first printings, or first print edition of a web comic, released for the first time at FanCon.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the comics directly from the creators and have them signed !

Speakers : Ray Whitcher/Ryan Otto/Kerry von Lillienfeld/Kaylee Claire/Dylan Williams/Ameen Ganie/Luke Molver/Tasmin Naidoo/Kay Carmichael/Diorgo Jonkers/Ziyaad Rahmaan

Format : Launch

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

Location : Stage

Time : Sunday 12pm-1pm 

Cartooning with Zapiro : Careful – This Pen is Loaded !

The political cartoon as we know it has been around for quite some time—a couple of hundred years—yet cartoons still hit the headlines in the 21 st century. Clearly the genre hasn’t lost its potency.  If you’re into drawing/doodling/writing and you’d like to try your hand at cartooning as a hobby or even professionally, this workshop is a brief introduction into how to think about and produce a cartoon or short comic strip. We’ll cover brainstorming, thumbnail sketches and the ‘language’ of cartooning (those funny marks that everyone understands—if the cartoonist knows how to use them properly). And we’ll touch on parody, metaphor and of course a bit of caricature.

Bring : Paper, layout pad, pencil, fineliner, colour kokis.

This workshop is free but attendees need to register at the info desk ahead of the workshop.

Speaker : Zapiro

Format : Workshop

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 11am-1pm 

Creating Exclusive and Variant Covers : Working in the Comics Industry

A spotlight on the comic book art of Warren Louw. The popular illustrator and game designer talks about his experiences, the pros and the cons, working for publishers such as DC and Udon. Warren Louw has a made a niche for himself, creating gorgeous exclusive, limited, and variant covers, and he reveals all in this exclusive interview !

Speaker : Warren Louw

Format : Interview

Interviewer : TBA

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 12pm-1pm 

Sunday 1pm-2pm 

DC vs Marvel… At The Movies

From the original Iron Man to Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has an almost unbroken run of popular and critical success at the box office, while the DC Expanded Universe has  an ambiguous record at best, with more misses and hits at cinema theatres. Why exactly is this so ? A frank panel discussion, and hopefully heated debate, by speakers Theresa Smith ( ex Senior Film Writer, Cape Argus, Pretoria News & The Star ), Kervyn Cloete ( Entertainment Editor, Critical Hit ), Daniel Rom ( Film & Gaming Reviewer, Fortress of Solitude ), and moderator Joe Vaz ( Editor, Something Wicked, movie buff ). Participants discuss, vent their opinion, and dissect - with audience participation highly encouraged !

Speakers : Theresa Smith / Kervyn Cloete / Daniel Rom

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Joe Vaz

Location : Stage

Time : Sunday 1pm-2pm 

501st Legion South Africa

The 501 st Legion is an international fan-based organisation dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen accurate replica costumes of the villains of the Star Wars universe. Nicknamed Vader’s Fist, the worldwide organisation is made up of  over 12000 volunteers across 6 continents and in over 60 countries, including the 501 st Legion South African Outpost ! A panel discussion by SA members, detailing the local 501st legion. What it takes to join, constructing screen accurate costumes, doing charity work and the love for Star Wars.

Props and costumes will be on display and legion members available for questions.

Speakers : Devin Green / Mia Le Roux / Alexandros Karantges

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Devin Green

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 1pm-2pm 

Transitioning From Artist to Writer

Declan Shalvey began his career as an artist for Marvel, DC, Image and other companies, and made his name with notable runs on Moon Knight, All Star Batman, Injection, amongst others, as well as an impressive range of covers over the years. Recently, he has explored with writing comics, including his creator-owned original graphic novel, Savage Town, and the recently concluded Deadpool vs Old Man Logan limited series. We spotlight the career of Declan Shalvey, from his early years in the Irish comics scene, to mainstream artist, and his change of course from art chores to writing, a trend not uncommon in the modern comic book industry.

Speaker : Declan Shalvey

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Les Allen

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 1pm-2pm 

Sunday 2pm-3pm 

Drawing Comics The Marvel Way

The art in Marvel Comics, from Spider-Man to X-Men and everything in between, has always retained a particular look and style despite various changes through the decades. This discussion takes a closer look at what gives a Marvel comic book that distinctive style that is so recognisable to fans. We chat with Ken Lashley, Sean Izaakse, and Laura Braga, all artists who have worked for and has been associated with Marvel Comics, and find out what it is like working for the company and exactly why it has such a “house” look.

Speakers : Ken Lashley / Sean Izaakse / Laura Braga

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Andrew Lamprecht

Location : Stage

Time : Sunday 2pm-3pm 

Cosplay and Social Media

How to use different social media platforms to grow your cosplay brand and expand your reach! Getting yourself out there online and becoming part of the global cosplay community.

Speaker : Kinpatsu Cosplay

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 2pm-3pm

From the Page to the Stage; Bal-Oog en Brommel Graphic Novel Converted to a Theatre Piece

Bal-Oog en Brommel : Moord In Ixia Straat, the Afrikaans graphic novel by Sjaka Septembir, Swart Streep and Willem Samuels, was launched in 2017 and has already attained cult status. The grahic novel was recently adapted into a stage play and launched at the KKNK ( Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees ) in March 2018. Members of the creative team, along with some of the theatrical team members, discuss the adaptation and transition of the graphic novel into a theatrical stage performance.

Speakers : Sjaka Septembir / Swart Streep / Richard September

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Sjaka Septembir

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 2pm-3pm 

Sunday 3pm-4pm 

GEEK QUIZ

Swamp Things and Wonder Women : The Art of Yanick Paquette

The award-winning artist of Swamp Thing ( New 52 ) and the Wonder Woman Earth One graphic novels talks about his extensive career in the industry since the 1990s, the creative process and the transition from traditional paper and pencil artist to the increasing use of digital tools in the industry. Yanick also talks about his experiences collaborating with such industry greats as Alan Moore, Scott Snyder, and Grant Morrison, and his stint as cover artist on The Dreaming for the upcoming Sandman Universe.

A few pages of Yanick’s artwork for the upcoming Wonder Woman Earth One volume 2 graphic novel will be screened – this is the first reveal of these pages anywhere, a FanCon 2018 exclusive !

Speaker : Yanick Paquette

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Les Allen

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 3pm-4pm 

Kwezi : An African Superhero Story

Kwezi is South Africa’s first successful superhero series, and the first black comic book character to hit local shelves and receive such popular acclaim. We talk with the creative team behind this local comic book success story : founder and main artist, Loyiso Mkize, artist and colourist Clyde Beech, and the newest addition to the team, Mohale Mashigo, who joined as writer/scripter with the third volume. From humble beginnings as a self-published comic book a few years ago, to the current graphic novel editions that is now widely available in bookshops and comic shops nationwide, all is revealed !

Speakers : Loyiso Mkize / Clyde Beech / Mohale Mashigo

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Mignon Hardy

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 3pm-4pm 

Sunday 4pm-5pm

COSPLAY COMPETITION 

OPEN & ADVANCED 

From Concept to Shelf :  The Making of a Board Game

This panel will take you through the process of creating a new board game from start to finish. The artist will talk about his creative process and show the evolution of the final artwork, from early sketches through to card ready art.

Speaker : Rob Van Zyl

Format : Presentation

Location : Panel Room 1

Time : Sunday 4pm-5pm 

So Wanna be a Geek Journalist ?

A discussion panel with members of the South African geek press. The aim is to educate and inform potential video game, comic book and geek journalists on the pitfalls, perks and mundanities of working in geek reporting.

Speakers : Zaid Kriel / Kervyn Cloete / Nick Rince

Format : Panel Discussion

Moderator : Zaid Kriel

Location : Panel Room 2

Time : Sunday 4pm-5pm 

Sunday 5pm-6pm

COSPLAY COMPETITION 

OPEN & ADVANCED 

COSPLAY PRIZEGIVING






* The programme is correct at time of publishing - any changes that may occur will NOT reflect in the printed versions, but will be updated on our digital platforms where possible.