Captain America, “The Avengers,” anime heroes and Disney princess fans are about to flock to the Caspian region for Kazakhstan’s first-ever Comic Con – a non-profit, multi-genre entertainment and comic-focused festival that draws self-described comic book geeks to what are worldwide conventions.
From May 31 to June 2, the Congress Center in Nur-Sultan (formerly called Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan) will be packed with humans dressed as superheroes and their deadly enemies. Approximately 70,000 attendees are expected to attend, from Kazakhstan and abroad.
“These will be three fun days of plunging into the universe of comic books and computer and board games, meeting your heroes, and major announcements of the coolest movie and television series premieres,” reads a statement published on the official website of Comic Con Astana. The event is being sponsored by the Nur-Sultan’s City Council, Astana Convention Bureau and Geek Market.
Comic Con was first launched in 1970, when a group of science fiction fans in San Diego, California got together to swap comic books. Comic Con, which is short for “comic convention,” draws approximately 130,000 fans to events held in places like London, Moscow, Delhi, Sydney and Dubai.
Comic Con’s arrival in Kazakhstan coincides with International Children’s Day, celebrated every June 1 in Kazakhstan and many other post-Soviet countries, which typically include exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances for children.
Highlights of Comic Con will include special shows, costume play and official presentations of new products from international studios and companies. Guests can try on costumes of their favorite superheroes and take photos with their favorite artists. International guests representing Disney, Marvel, Wargaming by World of Tanks, Turner (Cartoon Network), НВО, Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures Entertainment are all expected to participate.
Kazakhstani authors, publishing houses, computer and board game developers, as well as professional and amateur cosplayers are also anticipated to turn out for what is a “first” for the Central Asian nation.
“We are pleased to invite creative people from all over Kazakhstan to participate in the festival. Illustrators, scriptwriters, and authors of comic books, publishing houses, and all those who are passionate about costume play can present their works at the festival’s stands,” said Beksultan Abdrakhmanov, chief manager of the Astana Events Department of Astana Convention Bureau, according to Inbusiness.
Tickets for the upcoming Comic Con are available via the event’s official website.