MOVIE JABBER’S COMIXPLOSION – 2019
The 2019 Comixplosion by Movie Jabber went down on 6th April and boy did it deliver. Pomp, color, lightsabers, cosplay, and all-out geekiness was on full display.
Movie Jabber has been in the industry for about 7 years now, leveraging on the ever-growing appetite for niche tastes like comics and cosplay. Their events include the annual Movie Jabber Expo and the annual Comixplosion that was inaugurated this year.
This time around, the full season ticket granted access to the main event on Saturday as well as a pre-screening of Shazam that took place a few days before the main event. Click here to see if Shazam lived up to the hype.
Starting a little past 11 am, the Michael Joseph Center was already halfway filled owing to a very nice incentive. The first few people to arrive would get free tickets to watch Avengers: Endgame when it premieres. Of course, these were scooped up before 10 am had even rolled around. Clearly, everyone was looking forward to possibly the biggest movie of the year.
The MC for the day, one Jotham Micah, quickly took charge and broke down the day’s itinerary after which the audience was treated to a choreographed lightsaber fight. It was quite impressive if a little rough around the edges. This was followed up by a quick rundown of Anime Cafe’s presentation and the first, of many, fan trivia impressively conducted by We Are Wht Nxt. Prizes included Deadpool & Black Panther merchandise and a ticket to the Endgame premiere.
In between breaks, the attendees got to mingle and interact while also sampling the vendors showcasing their work. This included Kenyan comic book artists from Tsunami Studios to clothing merchandise by African Apparel. This was truly a nerd/geek territory.
The main presentations were of course by comic book creators as the name of the event suggests. Point Blank, of PBE Productions, delved into the history of comics and his own path to becoming a top artist in the industry. Avandu also took to the stage and launched their all-new comic, Beast from Venus.
The cosplay competition is, of course, an awesome delight to watch. These cosplayers do not come to play. From well-known characters such as Gamora, Red Hood and Ant-Man to the lesser known Karl Ruprect Kroenen from Hellboy, every genre was well represented. Strutting on stage, the crowd went wild whenever their favorite cosplayer stepped up and dazzled them.
Overall, Comixplosion was a great event that has grown over the years. It always proves that there is a vibrant comic subculture in the region that cannot be ignored. Thanks to Movie Jabber for putting on a terrific event and the Michael Joseph Centre for providing the premises.