Fan Con: Cape Town Comic Con

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FCBD Cape Town - better known as Free Comic Book Day - paves the way for FanCon, Cape Town's very own Comic Con, in collaboration with Reader's Den.

Having organised the annual FCBD event in Cape Town for the last 14 years, Readers Den comics shop in Claremont has decided to formalise the event in a new fixed venue over an entire weekend. The explosive growth and popularity of the event over the last 5 years has previously resulted in problems with crowding, vendor and exhibitor space, as well as various logistical issues associated with the event being held at its current venue in Stadium on Main. In a statement released over Facebook, Reader's Den has decided to rebrand the event as FanCon: Cape Town Comic Con and to host it at the Lookout at the V & A Waterfront as a result.

The inaugural FanCon will take place at The Lookout, situated at the V & A Waterfront on Saturday, 7 May, 2016 and Sunday, 8 May, 2016. The event will be a two-day ticketed event with a siginifcantly larger, air-conditioned, glass-faced marquee, with an outdoor deck area overlooking all the iconic Cape Town landmarks, ample facilities and parking, plus the added benefit of being located at the Granger Bay Waterfront area.

Reader's Den has said that to bridge the transition between FCBD and FanCon relatively smoothly, the first FanCon event will be held on the traditional FCBD date (7 & 8 May 2016) and as a result there will be no FCBD store event in 2016. FanCon has been scheduled for 2016 with the intention to reschedule the exact dates from 2017 or 2018, with FCBD reverting to an in-store event on its usual date of the 1st Saturday in May.

FanCon aims to bring all comics and pop culture fans, as well as anyone with a passing interest in all things geeky, an event that fully expands and builds upon the FCBD event : more space for exhibitors, vendors, artists, cosplayers and attendees; space for larger retailers, distributors and businesses; no restrictions on products and merchandise being sold ( other than it being pop culture related ); as well as space for food & drinks vendors. A full programme for guests,comic artists, writers, professionals, cosplayers and performancers will be available soon with the intention to have at least 1 or 2 international guests depending on sponsorship, availability and other logistical considerations.

The FanCon website has been launched and will be updated with all relevant information over the coming months. For all enquiries, including sponsorship, artist and vendor/exhibitor info, media, or general enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website

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