Nexus Digital: Gaming Websites in SA

Ever wanted to know what it is like to write for one of South Africa’s gaming websites? Or just want to know the latest opinions of those that do on everything from Mortal Kombat fatalities to World of Warcraft’s in game store?

Well why not join the team from Nexus Digital as they break all this down on stage?  Get your opportunity to ask them about their experiences in the local gaming scene, what advice they may have for you if you’re looking for your way in, and what they think of the current lay of the land is for gaming in general.

Fan Session: The Riftwar Saga Series

When, in 1982, Raymond E. Feist published his first novel ‘Magician’ a bestselling series was born. Feist’s novel has never been out of print since that time. In 2018, 36 years after its release, the news fans have long waited to hear was announced – the Riftwar Saga will finally be coming to the screen.

In this fan session, the “Release The Geek” podcast team of Les Allen, Vittorio Leonardi and Jade Dave-Midland will discuss the latest news about the series, and talk about what directions the massive world will take on the screen.

When Is A Logo A Logo?

At some point, every business and creative needs to represent themselves to the wider world. Logos, marks, and mascots are a great place to start. Join former advertising executive and CEO Felix Kessel in a discussion about logos: what they are, how they function, how to get the best one for your creative enterprise … if you need one at all!

Building A Brand – A Seminar For Creatives

What is a brand and why is it important? A brand identity is the way you define your business to yourself, external audiences, and your employees. It embodies the core of what your business is and what you value. It’s your tagline, your advertising messaging, the way interact with customers, and so much more…

In an age where new creatives are trying to make a name for themselves in an ever-crowded field, understanding the fundamentals of building your own brand have never been more vital. In this informative session, former advertising executive Felix Kessel gives you the tools to start planning your own successful brand strategy.

Secret Origins: The Spider-verse!

The recent “Into The Spider-Verse” movie took the world by storm, and brought the idea of the Spider-verse to the masses. But where did it actually start? Who invented the concept? This panel reviews the evidence recently presented about the true origins of the Spider-verse!

Sera Blue – ‘Misfortunism’ Book Launch

This panel will launch Bill Masuku debut novel, Misfortunism, brought to you by Sera Blue.

Misery made into magic is the gift of bending reality to one’s wishes; for the low, low price of one’s suffering. Welcome to the life of an all new Misfortunism as William, a young student, grapples between what is real and what is his failing mental health incarnate in a university town called Graham.

The Business of Pop Culture

Rob Salkowitz is an internationally-recognized expert in the intersection of digital media and social and business trends. He has worked with clients ranging from international corporations, governments and NGOs to small businesses and early-stage startups to engage with specialized audiences, identify new opportunities and articulate their vision for the future. He is the author of four books, contributor to Forbes and other business publications, on the faculty of the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program, and co-founder of several companies including the digital marketing firm MediaPlant.

Rob writes regular columns on the business of entertainment and popular culture for Forbes and ICv2, and on startups and innovation at OMNI.MEDIA. His work has appeared in FastCompany, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and other leading publications.

In short, Rob is the “go to” guy by the business community when it comes to all things pop culture. With the massive expansion of pop culture events, Rob’s insight into the trends that shape these events in unmatched – insights Rob will be sharing with you at this panel.

The Spirit – A Retrospective

Created by the legendary Will Eisner, The Spirit was a masked vigilante who fights crime with the blessing of the city’s police commissioner. At one stage the adventures of the Spirit had a combined circulation of five million copies – an incredible number considering this happened in the 1940s. But The Spirit’s endurance is notable, with stories of the masked crimefighter appearing throughout the 60’s, 70’s 80’s, 90’s … event to present day

Rob Salkowitz grew up on the tales of Denny Colt and his costumed identity, which helped forge his love of comic books. In this entertaining and insightful panel, Rob will take you on a tour through the history of the character, and discuss what makes Eisner’s creation so enduring.

Fan Fiction Collaboration

We have gathered some great writers together to try something fun, but also to do something never been done before.  Fan fiction is a massive part of being part of geek culture, but collaborative fan fiction aims to test writers in a 5-group setting, start a short story, develop it, and end it – without interacting at all.

Get some great tips from 5 different writers and publishing company, Sera Blue – on how to best develop the story you want to tell.