While rAge is largely hailed as SA’s largest gaming and geek convention, it’s outstripped in terms of age by SA’s oldest comic and games convention ICON which this year turns 25. Positioned as an introduction to the realm of geek culture, ICON works in tandem with more mainstream conventions like rAge to grow and support the growing geek culture, introducing visitors to tabletop gaming, comic books, fantasy and sci-fi and of course video games.

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 the 16th-18th June 2017 over the Youth Day Long Weekend.

There is a geek in all of us.

Cosplay at ICON 2016, 3


It is South Africa’s longest running pop culture event – the destination for anyone looking to celebrate their fantasy world while being immersed in a compelling and exciting storyline. SA’s most important gathering of geeks, it is seen by industry insiders as being on a par with the best hobby gaming conventions in the world.

ICON has also partnered with Student Brands

So what can you expect to see at ICON in it’s 25th year? 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. ICON has also partnered with Student Brands to ensure that the best moments of this 25th Edition extend beyond the scope of the convention.

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.”


Announced special guests include International Cosplay Guest of Honour Linda Le, aka. “Vampy Bit Me”, rated as one of the ten most popular cosplayers in the world and gaming industry insider James L. Sutter, a published author and the co-creator of the fantasy Pathfinder’ Roleplaying Game and Creative Director of the new space version Starfinder. Both will participate in the convention for all three days.

Stand a chance to win double passes to the much anticipated movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets first screening in South Africa on 21 July by attending either of two Valerian panels at ICON2017. The panel titled “Create an Alien” will see James designing an alien species from the ground up, based on a world from the Valerian cosmos. Partnering with him is Sean Izaakse, current artist on Marvel’s “Avengers” comic book who will be drawing the monster as James designs it.

And of course, be on the look out for soon to be announced guests and special events…

WHERE: Hall 2, Gallagher Convention Centre
WHEN: Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June / Sunday 18th June
WHAT TIME: Friday, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets are on sale now and start at R120 for a one day pass. Weekend passes and limited VIP tickets available.

Visit the ICON FB page http://www.facebook.com/ICONCGC or the www.iconcgc.co.za website for the full line up of guests, panels and events as well as to purchase tickets.

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