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FanCon Programme.


THIS WAS THE 2019 PROGRAMME 

All panel talks are FREE to all attendees but seating may be limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Location of the main stage and panel rooms are on the FLOOR PLAN


 

TIME         

VENUE

PANEL

Saturday 10am-11am

Panel Room 1

 

THE LINKS AND   DIFFERENCES IN ART CAREERS

In this panel, the   speakers will discuss how there is a link between multiple art fields and how   it connects their skill sets. They will then expand on that and describe how   different their skill sets are, even though they are linked in a particular   way.

Speakers : Neal Strydom,   Andrew Avvakoumides, Remi Abrahams, Moray Rhoda

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Neal Strydom

Saturday 10am-11am

Panel Room 2

SPOTLIGHT : SANA TAKEDA   – THE ART OF MONSTRESS

The acclaimed illustrator   and artist of the multiple award-winning Image series, Monstress,   talks about her career and rise to fame in the comics industry, from CGI design   work for Japanese video company, SEGA, art and covers for Aspen, Marvel, Boom   Studios, and finally, as co-creator and artist of the smash hit Image series,   Monstress.

Speaker : Sana Takeda

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Danelle Malan 

Saturday 11am-12pm

Main Stage

SPOTLIGHT : FANCON   2019 COSPLAY GUESTS

Interviews with all four   2019 cosplay guests, Ani-Mia, Becka Noel, Dhareza Cosplayza, and Kinpatsu Cosplay. All of them are top of their game, and each talk about their cosplay   life and career, share their experiences, and reveal ( hopefully ! ) the   secrets of their success with attendees.

Speakers : Ani-Mia,   Becka Noel, Dhareza Cosplayza, Kinpatsu Cosplay

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Baka Sakura

Saturday 11am-12pm

Panel Room 1

GAME TECH IN COMIC   BOOK MERCH

Using game technology   for comic book related merchandise. How game technology can improve merchandising. Targeted at retailers and vendors of geek merch, but open to   all !

Speaker : Lars Espeter

Format : Presentation

Saturday 11am-12pm

Panel Room 2

BEYOND BITTERKOMIX

The creators, co-founders,   and chief contributors of renowned South African satirical comics magazine, Bitterkomix,   chat about the rise and evolution of their particular brand of humour with    Bitterkomix, a publication infamous for its controversial and   caustic content over the more that three decades of its existence. Each   further talk about their successful art careers beyond Bitterkomix,   and the occasional release of new comics publications, including the launch   of Lag-Lag #2 at FanCon, a sketchbook compilation of drawings produced   over the years.

Speakers : Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Andrew   Lamprecht

Saturday 11am-1pm

Panel Room 3

ROLE   PLAYING GAMES 101

An introduction to the   wonderful world of Role Playing Games! Stories, thoughts, and advice from   experienced players and Game Masters. If you’re curious about RPG’s, to   either play or run yourselves, this one’s for you ! This workshop by members   of the UCT CLAWS Society will involve a short panel discussion, leading into   actual RPGs players can sign up for and play right there, and attendees are welcome to stay and watch.

Speakers : CLAWs Society members

Format : Workshop

Saturday 12pm-1pm

Main Stage

BATMAN : 80 YEARS OF THE   DARK KNIGHT

Batman hit the newsstands   in 1939, first appearing in Detective Comics #27, and this year we celebrate eight decades of the Dark Knight. Brian Stelfreeze, John Higgins, Sam   Humphries, and Jason Masters, all comic talent who have worked on Batman at   some stage of their careers, discuss and dissect the longevity and secrets of   the global icon’s success across multiple entertainment platforms, but   especially in comics publication.

Speakers : Brian Stelfreeze, John Higgins, Sam Humphries, Jason Masters

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Les Allen

Saturday 12pm-1pm

Panel Room 1

BOARD GAME DESIGN : MAKING   A SUCCESS OF YOUR GAME

We are in a golden age   of board games, but being successful is far from easy. Hear from designers   that have been there and done that, so you can learn from THEIR mistakes. The   panel will cover different elements of board game creation, from idea   generation to playtesting, and from production to commercializing your game,   and ultimately getting it to table tops all over the country, and hopefully   the world. A copy of Ambition, designed by Rob Acton, will be given   away to one lucky attendee.

Speakers : Rob Acton (Action Games), Adhil Patel (SA Board game Design)

Format : Panel discussion

Saturday 12pm-1pm

Panel Room 2

TEACHING ENGLISH 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. This talk will offer   attendees the opportunity to learn more about teaching English in Japan, and   is presented by Mr Yasushi Naito, the Consul of Japan in Cape Town.

Speaker : Mr Yasushi Naito

Format : Presentation

Saturday 2pm-3pm

Panel Room 2

TECHNIQUES OF COMIC BOOK   ART – PART 1

Local and international   comic book artists discuss the techniques of their art, how their craft has   evolved over time, the use of digital tools, and share the secrets of their   success ( hopefully ) ! With comics legend Brian Stelfreeze ( Batman,   Black Panther ), Marvel artist Sean Izaakse ( Champions, Avengers   ), DC and Marvel artist Jason Masters ( James Bond ), and Loyiso   Mkize, creator and artist of local superhero sensation, Kwezi.

Speakers : Brian Stelfreeze, Sean Izaakse, Loyiso Mkize, Jason Masters

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

Saturday 3pm-4pm

Main Stage

EXPLORING THE ZIMBABWEAN   COMICS SCENE

FanCon is fortunate in   having comic talent from Zimbabwe as guests and artist alley exhibitors this   year, so a panel talk on the state of comics in neighbouring Zimbabwe is a   must ! Join writer and artist Bill Masuku ( Captain South Africa, Razor-Man ), and comic creators Tafadzwa Zombie ( ParaDox ), Kudzai Ngundu ( Afro Tokyo ), and Tino Makoni ( Cross Caption Comix ) for a   frank discussion of the industry and the challenges facing comic creation in   Zimbabwe.

Speakers : Bill Masuku,   Tafadzwa Zombie, Kudzai Ngundu, Tino Makoni

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Andrew Lamprecht

Saturday 3pm-4pm

Panel Room 2

BODY POSITIVITY IN   COSPLAY

Cosplay can be a way to put   yourself out there but can also be daunting for some. This panel covers   topics on confidence, body positivity and how to avoid and deal with bullying   or negativity. 

Speaker : Ani-Mia

Format : Presentation

Saturday 3pm-4pm

Panel Room 2

SPOTLIGHT : SAM   HUMPHRIES – THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL PUDDIN’ !

Fan-favourite writer Sam   Humphries discusses his prolific and diverse writing career in comics. The   writer of Harley Quinn talks about his mainstream superhero work for   DC and Marvel, as well as his independent work and creator-owned series, such   as Black Bird for Image. Sage advice and tips and tricks will be shared!

Speaker : Sam Humphries

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Les Allen

Saturday 3pm-4pm

Panel Room 3

HOW TO SURVIVE THE   ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AS A LONER

A presentation on zombie   survival if you prefer to be on your own. Discusses games and training to practice today, in order to survive tomorrow ! Great ideas and irreverent   humour. An essential talk by John F. Burns, worker-trainer at Koeberg, and   frequent speaker on nuclear related panels, including of course, zombie eradication ! Attendees will receive a first aid kit and a FanCon exclusive “ Survive the Z.A.” cup.

Speaker : John F. Burns

Format : Presentation

Saturday 4pm-5pm

Main Stage

PRIYA’S SHAKTI : INDIA’S   FIRST FEMALE SUPERHERO & AUGMENTED REALITY COMICS

A presentation by Ram   Devineni, award-winning film director and creator of the ground breaking augmented reality comic book, Priya’s Shakti, featuring India’s first   female superhero, who is a rape survivor and was named "Gender Equality   Champion" by UN Women. An enlightening discussion on how to use comic books   to address social issues, and still remain entertaining and engaging.   Attendees are advised to have smartphones to apply the augmented reality.   Attendees will receive a print copy of the Priya’s Shakti comic.

Speaker : Ram Devineni

Format : Presentation

Saturday 4pm-5pm

Panel Room 1

COSPLAY PROPS AND ARMOR   101

Want to get into cosplay   armor making? Here are the tools, materials, and tips and you will need to  begin. With armor specialists, Becka Noel and Dhareza Cosplayza.

Speakers : Becka Noel, Dhareza Cosplayza

Format : Presentation/Workshop

Saturday 4pm-5pm

Panel Room 2

SPOTLIGHT : JOHN HIGGINS   – THE ART OF WATCHMEN AND JUDGE DREDD

An interview with British   comics legend, John Higgins, artist, colourist, and writer in the industry   for four decades, noted for his 20 year stint on Judge Dredd, his   creator-owned project, Razorjack, and of course, the colour artist on   the world’s best-selling graphic novels, Watchmen and Batman The Killing Joke.

Speaker : John Higgins

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Andrew Lamprecht

Saturday 5pm-6pm 

Panel Room 1

WIG STYLING FOR COSPLAY

Delve into the world of wig styling and learn tips and tricks for styling crazy cosplay hair! From the very basics of wigs all the way up to more complicated over the top styles!

Speaker : Kinpatsu Cosplay

Format : Presentation/Workshop

Saturday 5pm-6pm

 

Panel Room 2

CREATING GEEK CONTENT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

Cosplay superstar Ani-Mia   is the official video host for PreviewsWorld, the monthly online   catalog distributed to comic shops worldwide, while fan-favourite comic book   writer, Sam Humphries is the co-host of DC Daily, a news show on the   DC Universe streaming platform. Both create geek content for social media on   a regular basis, and the two talk about the type of content they create for   their respective platforms, and offer attendees tips and advice for   successful content creation.

Speakers : Ani-Mia, Sam Humphries

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Theresa Smith 

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TIME

VENUE

PANEL

Sunday 10am-11am

Panel Room 1

PROPS FABRICATION IN THE   MOVIE INDUSTRY

An informative discussion   about movie props, and the process of creating the perfect prop, from concept   to creating the physical object. Also with a focus on new technologies such   as digital sculpting and 3d printing. With Rob Carlisle, owner of CFX Productions, Clinton Aiden Smith, owner of Cosmesis Studios, and Kerry von Lillienfeld,   props master.

Speakers : Rob Carlisle,   Clinton Aiden Smith, Kerry von Lillienfeld

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Kerry Von Lillienfeld

Sunday 10am-11am

Panel Room 2

TAKING YOUR OWN COSPLAY PHOTOS

Learn how to take your own cosplay photos and take your editing to the next level! This panel will go over some tips for how to do solo photoshoots in your own home, basic lighting posing, and adding cool effects to your images so that you can showcase the best of your costume! 

Speaker : Kinpatsu Cosplay

Format : Presentation/Workshop 

Sunday 11am-12pm

Main Stage

CREATING COMICS THE MARVEL WAY

Marvel Comics, owners of   some of the most well-known characters in comicdom, has developed a style of   writing and art that makes their comics instantly recognisable, and is widely   known amongst fans as “the Marvel way”. Artist Brian Stelfreeze ( Black   Panther ), writer Sam Humphries ( Starlord, Uncanny X-Force ), and artist   Sean Izaakse ( Champions, Avengers ) talk about their experience working for   the company, and their personal contributions to the Marvel Universe and its   house style.

Speakers : Brian Stelfreeze, Sam Humphries, Sean Izaakse

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Zaid Kriel

Sunday 11am-12pm

 

Panel Room 1

COSPLAY ON A BUDGET

Candy Arts Cosplay discusses cosplay on a budget. He describes alternatives to   expensive cosplay supplies and methods, and advises on people and places for   beginners to go to, and assists newcomers to help them save on expenses.

Speaker : Candy Arts Cosplay

Format : Presentation

Sunday 12pm-1pm

Main Stage

TECHNIQUES OF COMIC BOOK ART – PART 2

Local and international   comic book artists discuss the techniques of their art, how their craft has   evolved over time, the use of digital tools, and share the secrets of their   success ( hopefully ) !
With comics legend John   Higgins ( Watchmen, Judge Dredd ), Eisner award-winning illustrator   Sana Takeda ( Monstress ), Zimbabwean comics luminary Bill Masuku ( Captain   South Africa, Razor-Man ), and celebrated SA game designer and   cover artist Warren Louw.

Speakers : John Higgins, Sana Takeda, Bill Masuku, Warren Louw

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

Sunday 12pm-1pm

Panel Room 1

AN OVERVIEW OF PATTERNMAKING

A presentation of the techniques available when making patterns for cosplay. Skill level and   application will be amongst the points discussed, as well as a few demonstrations.

Speaker : Maggie Coetzee

Format : Presentation

 

Sunday 1pm-2pm

Main Stage

THE POWER OF SATIRE :   CARTOONING AROUND

Celebrated and award-winning cartoonist, Zapiro, with Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes, founders and creators of renowned satirical comics magazine, Bitterkomix, discuss and debate the power of satire in cartoons and comics within the   context of South African culture and society. Under the veneer of simple humour, the panelists offer their views on why cartoons and satirical comics   have such uncanny power to generate controversy and touch a nerve within South African society.

Speakers : Zapiro, Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Theresa Smith

Sunday 1pm-2pm

Panel Room 1

COMICS SPOTLIGHT : THE   SIGNATURE ART OF BRIAN STELFREEZE

An interview with comics   legend, Brian Stelfreeze, an artist in the industry for over 40 years, and   who has worked for most major comic publishers and on a variety of   characters, including Batman and Black Panther. Brian shares   his stories working in the industry, the evolution of his art, along with   tips, tricks and advice.

Speaker : Brian Stelfreeze

Format : Interview

Interviewer : Les Allen

Sunday 1pm-2pm

Panel Room 2

HOW TO SURVIVE COSPLAY COMPETITION

Tips and techniques before, during and after cosplay competition-told from the point of view of experienced competitors and judges.

Speakers : Becka Noel, Dhareza Cosplayza

Format : Presentation

Sunday 2pm-3pm

Main Stage

SOUTH AFRICAN COMIC BOOK LAUNCHES

First introduced at FanCon   2018, the SA comics launch panel returns for the 2019 event with a fresh round of comic book launches by local creators ! 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.

Speakers : Luke Molver,   Neeske Alexander, Tasmin Naidoo, Tafadzwa Shumba, Daniel Hugo, Brendon Barnard, Mpumelelo Bhengu, Danielle Albertyn, Kaylee Claire, Jarred Cramer, Kerry von Lillienfeld 

Format : Launch

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

Sunday 2pm-3pm

Panel Room 1

WRITING COMICS 101 :   WITH SAM HUMPHRIES

Interested in writing   comics, or just plain curious as to what it actually takes to become a comic   book writer ? Look no further than this presentation by fan-favourite writer Sam Humphries, current writer of Harley Quinn, Dial H For Hero (DC Comics), Blackbird (Image), and Goliath Girls (Comixology), plus an extensive previous body of work for DC, Marvel, Image,   and Boom Studios. Sam takes you through the steps, and offers sage advice,   and tips and tricks of the trade.

Speaker : Sam Humphries

Format : Presentation

Sunday 2pm-3pm

Panel Room 2

WHAT BOARD GAME PUBLISHERS LOOK FOR IN A GAME DESIGN

A local board game publisher, Eric Breteau from The Big Box, and game designer   Adhil Patel from SA Board Game Design, team up to talk about what a design   needs to be successful in the South African market. Along the way we will   unpack some of the challenges faced by those striving to grow the domestic board game scene. Copies of Hilarious and House of Cronies,   published by The Big Box, will be given away to lucky attendees.

Speakers  : Eric Breteau, Adhil Patel

Format : Panel discussion

Sunday 2pm-3pm 

Panel Room 3

NOMVULA : DURBAN ARTISTS TALK ABOUT THEIR AFRO-FUTURISTIC MYTHOLOGY

Durban artists who participated in the American Arts Incubator present their comic book, Nomvulu, which is based on Afro-futuristic mythology. The main character comes to those in times of need in order to enable them to find solutions from within themselves. The inception of the story developed from addressing overpopulation in urban areas, lack of employment and the aggressive abuse of substances due to various circumstances.

Speakers : Jessica Michelle Le Roux, Portia Ncwane, Saaiqa, Nkululeko, Reginald Sedibe

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Ram Devineni

Sunday 3pm-4pm

Panel Room 1

THE RISE OF AFRICAN SUPER-HEROES

We all know Black   Panther and Storm of the X-Men of course, but there has recently   been an explosion of home-grown super-heroes, all born and bred on the   African continent, and in southern Africa in particular. Strike Guard   from Vortex Comics, EXO Wale Williams and Malika Warrior Queen   from YouNeek Studios, and The Vanguards from Comic Republic, are all   Nigeria-based initiatives that have exploded on the scene. A little closer to   home, we chat to South Africa’s Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech, and Mohale   Mashigo, the creative team of super-hero sensation, Kwezi, and   Zimbabwean comic creator Bill Masuku of Captain South Africa and Razor-Man   fame, about the rise and success of super-heroes from the continent.

Speakers : Loyiso Mkize,  Mohale Mashigo, Clyde Beech, Bill Masuku

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Theresa Smith

Sunday 3pm-4pm

 

Panel Room 2

501 st 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. A panel talk by members of the South African   outpost, discussing the goal of the legion, making screen accurate costumes,   and costuming for charity. Star Wars props will also be on display.

Speakers : Devin Green,  Alexandros Karantges, Nicholas Neto

Format : Panel discussion 

Sunday 3pm-4pm

Panel Room 3

WHO ARE WE : SA COMICS   AND IDENTITY

A discussion on South   African comics …by South African comic creators. They talk about the various   approaches that local creators have taken over time, and how much of their   own identity as South Africans, as opposed to outside pop culture influences, is brought into their comics.

Speakers : Luke Molver, Jason Geland, Willem Samuel, Daniel Clarke

Format : Panel discussion

Moderator : Moray Rhoda

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