Comic conventions are a worldwide phenomenon, and its not limited to comic book hotbeds like North America, Europe, and Japan. Nigeria's Lagos Comic Con is the largest comic convention on the African continent, and in 2018 the show's organizers at Mustardseed Communication International are aiming to grow attendance by over 70%.
"This year's Lagos Comic Con was great. We had over 4,000 in attendance and the costume representation was awesome and better than last year," showrunner Ayodele Elegba told Newsarama. "A lot of publishers also showed up and had loads of new books to sell. This year was bigger than last year and I am grateful to everyone that supported us."
Lagos Comic Con was originally launched in 2012, and has expanded quickly over six years from 300 people to over 4,000. The exhibitors area was the busiest for this year's Septembr 2017 event, with several sell-outs.
"Most of them made a killing as their books sold out before the day was over," Elegba revealed.
For the 2018 Lagos Comic Con, Elegba plans to move the event to a larger venue - the Landmark Event Centre in nearby Lekki - and also bring in more foreign creators.
"It's obvious we need a bigger space as the crowd keeps getting bigger. We hope to bring in established comic creators from Marvel, DC, and Valiant as well," said Elegba. "We also want to further involve the animation and gaming industry as well in 2018. Our target is 7,000 participants and we believe cosplay will be bigger. We are also hoping to expand into other states as well to see if what we have in Lagos can be replicated."