Icon is a comic and games convention that takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg every year. It is South Africa’s longest running gaming and comics convention and is marketed to everyone, from “hardcore geeks” to people who are just a little “geek curious”. Expect to find events such as cosplay competitions, table-top gaming, and vendors where you can buy goodies and souvenirs.
rAge Expo is the largest gaming convention in South Africa, with about 35 000 visitors each year. International publishers and developers attend the convention to show off their upcoming games and devices. In addition to the games, there are a number of technology vendors such as Matrix Warehouse to sell you the best in gaming hardware. If you are an art enthusiast, there is a whole section for artists selling their artworks, comics and unique items. Cosplay also features at rAge with a cosplay competition taking place each year.
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