South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

If you've lost track of all the comics events that are happening in Cape Town this week don't despair - we've figured it out for you (we hope). Plus, see Willem Samuel draw a punk-rock band with a twist, get the newest issue of Heavy Metal, and catch up on the latest news from the world of South African comics. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 February 2015  |  View Comments

The Highs And Lows Of Being (A) Stray
It has taken nearly 18 months to get the first issue of a new creator-owned comics series into comic shops. From a successful Kickstarter campaign to a publisher backout that left the project homeless and printing and distribution problems, we bring you the roller-coaster ride that is the behind-the-scenes story of Stray, a superhero comic by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 February 2015  |  View Comments

It's been a long time coming but the first issue of Stray, created by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse, was finally available worldwide in comic-books stores yesterday. This success is a story of fortitude and perseverance, with highs that kept the project moving forwards and lows that repeatedly tried to derail it - in some cases permanently. Read on...

Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, Total War: Attila and The Order: 1886 are almost out, Just Cause 3 is coming, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham get DLCs. There's also more LEGO gaming news, Resident Evil sells quickly (for the third time), and save the date for the next Zombiegamer Events #saesports tournament. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 February 2015  |  View Comments

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Review: Jupiter Ascending
In Jupiter Ascending a cleaning lady discovers that her destiny extends beyond buckets and brooms... all the way to the stars. Before she can claim her birthright, however, she'll have to navigate bureaucracy and betrayal with the help of a lone wolf(man).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2015  |  View Comments

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a naturalised American, the daughter of a Russian immigrant, whose family has a cleaning business in which she's fully immersed (it had to be said) but then science-fiction action and adventure finds her and, long story short, it turns out that she's the genetic reincarnation of the matriarch of the powerful Abrasax family, which seeds, rules, and harvests planets in the universe for profit and, oh, she's entitled to a slice, which happens to be (or include?) Earth. Unfortunately there are three siblings belonging to the House of Abrasax who have personal interests at odds with this new development. Chaos ensues. Read on...

Live Drawing At Readers Den: Dani‘l Hugo And Chris Beukes Tackle Star Wars #1
The first issue of the new Star Wars comics series was launched at an official party at Readers Den, which included giveaways, freebies, and live cover drawing by two South African comics creators.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 February 2015  |  View Comments

The first issue of Marvel's new ongoing Star Wars comic was released at official Star Wars parties all over the world in mid January to coincide with the first issue's Wednesday 14 January launch date. Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town also held an official event at both its stores but it delayed it to a more convenient date for most people - last Saturday. Read on...

News: The Frida Mash-Up Exhibition Opens At The Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery

Cape Town pop-art artist Alex Hamilton is presenting a new group show in his Woodstock gallery featuring, as the central subject matter, one of his favourite artists - Frida Kahlo. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 January 2015  |  View Comments

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 January 2015  |  View Comments

Zombiegamer's e-sports events in Cape Town kicked off earlier this month with a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare double-elimination tournament at Kamimodo eSports Cafe in Observatory. The tournament comprised a 4v4 team event on the Xbox One that was limited to 12 preregistered teams and featured multiple games per round in different modes, such as Hard Point, Capture The Flag, and Search And Destroy. Another highlight of the day was an exhibition match between two teams that first met in July 2012 playing a Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 match on the PlayStation 3 at a 2upGamers event in Cape Town. Read on...

South African Comics News Roundup: Tomica, Ben Winfield, Deon De Lange, Chum, And New Events To Diarise

View a teaser for new work by Lauren Beukes (with a surprising co-collaborator), Tomica's Deon de Lange has been all over the place (physically, not figuratively), Ben Winfield showcases new art, and 2015 is leaping out the gates with new events to diarise. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2015  |  View Comments

Art Auction Raises Money For Mama Taxi's Deni Brown
Fans and friends of Mama Taxi's co-creator Deni Brown gathered in Muizenberg last month to raise funds, in the form of an art auction, to help with Brown's medical costs.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2015  |  View Comments

Last month Alive Café in Muizenberg, Cape Town, hosted an art auction in aid of raising funds to cover medical costs for Deni Brown, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Brown is half the creative team behind the newspaper cartoon strip Mama Taxi - she writes the words while cartoonist Gavin Thomson illustrates. The cartoon features the adventures of a female taxi driver and her friends (and occasionally the local traffic law enforcement) in Cape Town. Read on...

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News: The LEGO Creator Detective's Office Modular Kit (10246) Is Now Available

Who has been making illegal candy (yes, really) and distributing it? Detective Ace Brickman (yes, really) is on the case in a new LEGO Creator modular building that features fun hiding places and some great new LEGO pieces. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 January 2015  |  View Comments

E-Sports Report: End-Of-Year FIFA 15 2v2 Tournament At Trenchtown
Cape Town's e-sports tournaments for 2014 wound down with a FIFA 15 team event at Trenchtown that featured both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and a decent number of teams vying for a respectable first prize.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 January 2015  |  View Comments

To round off the e-sports year at Trenchtown, in Observatory, Cape Town, and the fantastic FIFA 15 R10K tournament a (slightly) more demure two-player-team event was held just before Christmas by FifaChamps, in collaboration with Zombiegamer, although the first prize was still a decent amount, at R2000, with R1000 offered for second place. Read on...

News: Two Portland Based Comics Projects Have Hit Their Crowd-Funding Targets And Are Reaching For Stretch Goals

Two supernatural-themed comics projects by creators based in Portland are in their final days on Kickstarter and are looking for a few extra dollars to reach their stretch goals after both hitting their main funding goal - of printing a collected volume of an ongoing web comic - this weekend. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2015  |  View Comments

5 Zombie Questions: Nathan Sawaya
In a world that's zombie apocalyptic, sacrifices will need to be made. Those include LEGO bricks... and therefore possibly the will to live. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya offers his LEGO-inspired ideas for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2015  |  View Comments

We're kicking off our 2015 posts with zombies and LEGO, which is pretty much how every year should start, except not with real zombies because that would not be a happy new year, that would be an apocalypse. Read on...

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E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 R10K Tournament At Trenchtown
A massive first-prize payout of R10 000 tempted gamers from all over South Africa to a FIFA 15 tournament at Trenchtown but the challenge wasn't just going to be beating some very skilled opponents - Eskom was threatening to initiate load shedding in the middle of the event, which could potentially derail the tournament.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 December 2014  |  View Comments

Eighty FIFA 15 players, including two from Johannesburg, but sadly no women, met at Trenchtown, in Cape Town, on a Saturday this month to compete in a 1v1 tournament that offered a first prize of R10 000 and a second prize of R1000. Read on...

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South African Comics Series Crossroads Launches At The Book Lounge
The stories of the women of the Crossroads informal settlement in Cape Town have been transformed into a series of comics by Koni Benson and the Trantraal Brothers. The team joined political cartoonist Zapiro at The Book Lounge in Cape Town to discuss the project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 December 2014  |  View Comments

Crossroads is a South African comics series featuring art by André Trantraal, Nathan Trantraal, and Ashley Marais, research by Koni Benson, and letters by Rondelda S Kamfer. The series focusses on the stories of the women involved in the organised resistance to slum clearance in Crossroads in Cape Town during apartheid South Africa of the 1970s and 1980s. The women of Crossroads are well known for being the only people from a squatter camp who were able to resist the government bulldozers successfully, although they later lost their homes when the Witdoeke ("white scarves"), a conservative black vigilante group so named because of the white pieces of cloth they wore around their arms or heads, set fire to hundreds of shacks, displacing thousands of people, in repeated acts of violence in 1986. Read on...

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today was at the opening of The Art Of The Brick, the world-famous exhibition of LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya's work, in Cape Town. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 December 2014  |  View Comments Gift Guide 2014
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The Editors  |  Posted: 11 December 2014  |  View Comments

The 2014 Gift Guide has been a long time in the making and lots of hard work (which is partly why it's late this year) but we think it's the best selection we've ever produced of fun, geeky gift ideas that should delight all but the most boring people (why do you know boring people anyway?). Read on...

Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 25 To Day 31: Soldiers, Rock Stars, Cats, And Doodles
In the final post rounding up The Inktober Challenge for 2014 we see which South African comics creators fought fatigue with fortitude (and determination) to make it to the end(ish) and who was felled by the demands of the mighty pen.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 December 2014  |  View Comments

October must have seemed as though it was a very long month for some of the South African comics creators who took part in The InkTober Challenge for 2014. Most gave up sometime during the month and quietly disappeared from the challenge, one bowed out gracefully after producing some fantastic work, and a handful made it almost all the way to the end - they were days away - and then seemingly gave up right at the finish line. Read on...

News: Don't Miss Two Comics Events In Cape Town This Week - Or Blambot's Font Sale

The comics events in Cape Town keep on manifesting. This week there are two to attend - one a launch and the other a fundraiser. Plus, if you're into fonts, design, or comics lettering, Blambot is having a sale, starting today. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 December 2014  |  View Comments

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★ 2013: Syndicated In The South African
E-Book Editions Of The Shining Girls By
Lauren Beukes

(ISBN: 9781415205044 (ePub))
(ISBN: 9781415205051 (PDF))
"Designing The Shining Girls Covers: We Go Behind The Scenes With Joey Hi-Fi"

★ 2011: Excerpts Syndicated In The South African Re-Release Edition Of Moxyland By Lauren Beukes
(ISBN: 9781431401864)
"Interview: Lauren Beukes, South African Author Of Moxyland"

★ 2011: Featured On Neatorama
"10 Classic Fictional Music Videos From TV's Past (And Present)"Neatorama Link ]

★ 2010: Featured On Neatorama
"10 Classic Speculative-Fiction Works Reinterpreted As Word Clouds"Neatorama Link ]

★ 2010 South African Blog Awards
Winner, Best Post On A South African Blog, for "Marketing District 9: The Web"

★ 2010: Mentioned On io9
"Bid On The Zoo City Bares"io9 Link ]

★ 2010: Syndicated In The South African Edition Of Zoo City By Lauren Beukes
(ISBN: 9781770098183)
"Designing The Zoo City Cover"

★ 2009 South African Blog Awards
Runner up, Best Post On A South African Blog, for "The Anti-Connoisseur's Guide To A Walk In The African Bush"

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