It’s the first ever Comic-Con Africa this weekend, and – it being, you know, the first ever Comic-Con Africa – it’s expected to be full of surprises. Not necessarily the nice sort of surprises, though, because if you’d planned to meet Anthony Mackie and have him sign your Falcon onesie pyjamas or attend one of the celebrity guest talks, you’ll need a special ticket for those things too.

According to a report over on Hypertext, session tickets for autographs from expo guests Anthony Mackie (The Avengers), Kevin Sussman (Big Bang Theory), and Travis Fimmel (Vikings) cost R300, and for American Gods stars Yetide Badaki, Demore Barnes, and Ricky Whittle, you’ll pay R250. Somewhat perplexingly, info about this is not exactly easy to find, and unverified speculation on social media is that photos cost even more on top of this.

Computicket is selling these session tickets separately to the general admission tickets, and prices for other events – including seminars and workshops – aren’t available for some reason, but will also apparently be subject to an additional fee. This is kind of normal mode for an expo like Comic-Con, but obviously unprecedented in South Africa until now.

UPDATE! A Comic-Con rep has confirmed with with Hypertext that panel discussions and other organised activities will be free, but entry is limited so get in fast. You’ll still have to bust the bank for Ragnar Lothbrok’s runes, however.

In other news, you don’t pay extra for this sort of stuff at rAge.