Award Winning Cosplayer Philip Odango joins the Comic Con Africa Team

07 July 2018, Johannesburg – Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP in partnership with VS gaming are proud to announce that Philip Odango will be participating in Comic Con Africa 2018 and will be one of the international judges for this year’s Cosplay Championships.


Odango is an award-winning international cosplayer, designer, producer and author from the United States. He makes his own costumes and is well-known for his craftsmanship as Canvas Cosplay.


He appeared as an invited guest, workshop presenter and costume contest judge in numerous conventions worldwide and has judged the global C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay finals. His costumes have been featured by Marvel and Disney in media such as The New York Times, Good Morning America, SyFy Channel, The Disney Channel, The Chicago Tribune and Forbes Magazine. Further to this his artistry has been included in industry publications including Cosplay Culture Magazine, Cosplay in America and Kotaku.


Philip has produced over two dozen stage productions and in 2017 Philip partnered with SINGER® Sewing Company as its brand ambassador, and in 2018 he launched his Cosplay Professional Development Series of books and workshops.

He joins internationally acclaimed cosplayer Yaya Han as part of the judging panel who will decide who will be representing Comic Con Africa at C2E2, Crown Championship of Cosplay. ReedPop has a global Cosplay circuit namely “The Quest for the Cosplay Crown”, where every ReedPop Con with a cosplay competition participates. All ReedPop Cosplay Competitions are treated as regional championships in the quest for the cosplay crown.


Comic Con Africa will be held from 14 – 16 September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre. Comic Con Africa is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, arts, movies, pop culture elements and so much more.


More information about autograph sessions will be announced at a later stage.

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