Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 October 2014  |  View Comments

Last week brainwavez.org showcased the first eight days of The InkTober Initiative, focussing on the artworks produced by South African comics creators and illustrators who are taking part in the challenge, which aims to encourage artists to push themselves and practice illustrating by creating one new ink drawing a day for the month of October. Read on...



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Zapiro's Democrazy Showcases 20 Years Of Work At The AVA Gallery
The work of prolific South African editorial cartoonist Zapiro is featured in a new exhibition that's running in Cape Town until the end of the month. Plus, get a glimpse into some work-in-progress sketches from Zapiro's archives.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 October 2014  |  View Comments

The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Church Street, Cape Town, is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of editorial cartoonist Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro), focussing on 40 pieces that comment on the political situation in South Africa - from the country's transition from apartheid into the Mandela years, through the Mbeki era, to the current Zuma circus - as well as a selection of popular sports-related editorial cartoons. Read on...


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 1 To Day 8: Alien, Mario Bros., LEGO, Werewolves, And More
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2014  |  View Comments

The InkTober Initiative is an annual social-media-based art project that was started in 2009 by Jake Parker, an illustrator based in Utah, as a personal challenge to help him improve his drawing skills and stretch himself. Now thousands of artists all over the world take part in the project each October by producing one ink drawing each day and posting their work on social platforms. Read on...


FIFA 15 Launches In South Africa With A Celebrity-Filled Soccer Showdown
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 October 2014  |  View Comments

At the end of September MWEB GameZone hosted the South African launch party for FIFA 15, which took the form of a four-team showdown using the Xbox One. Each team comprised three celebrities and a gamer from the audience. The teams were then pitted against each other in a knockout tournament to determine the victor, with each team member of the winning team going on to win an Xbox One console, as well as other goodie-bag prizes. Read on...





GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors: The Launch And Exhibition
GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors, the latest anthology of graphic literature by South African artists, was launched recently in Cape Town at a corresponding art exhibition to which artists, illustrators, and comics creators featured in the book contributed illustrations, sculptures, and paintings.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2014  |  View Comments

Last year the inaugural edition of GrafLit: Graveyard Literature In Black & White was launched in Cape Town and I was honoured to have been a contributor to that book, which, although an experiment, was planned as what would hopefully be the start of an annual project showcasing the work of both established and up-and-coming artists, illustrators, and comics creators. Read on...


South African Comics News Roundup: Open Book Comics Fest, Batwoman, Tomica, And GrafLit

It's September, which means it's time for the start of another round of comics-related events that will be happening all over South Africa for the next couple of months. It can become overwhelming so we've got the bulk of them listed here to help you keep track. Plus, local comics creators continue to work on their projects and post teasers on social media so we're sharing a few to get you excited for what's on the horizon. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2014  |  View Comments


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
The latest exhibition at the Alex Hamilton Art Studio in Cape Town featured papercraft, vintage mashups, steel artworks, and a stencilled flock of birds.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 September 2014  |  View Comments

It's been a while since I last wrote about an exhibition at artist Alex Hamilton's studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, although he usually runs a new one every four months or so under a loose theme that's really just an excuse to gather some great art in one place and have a bit of a party. Read on...



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Indie Game News Roundup: Monument Valley Wins Awards, Indie Games To Shine At PAX Prime, And Gryphon Knight Epic Unveils More Teasers

It's a busy time for indie games (although, to be honest, when isn't it?). Monument Valley has been winning awards, indie games will be in the spotlight at the PAX Prime expo in Seattle, The Nightmare Cooperative has gone mobile, and find out how you can get the Duet soundtracks for free - it's all in this roundup. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: Blow Up Enemies In Cavern Kings, Which Is On To Its Stretch-Goal Funding On Kickstarter

Cavern Kings is an action platform game designed to test your reflexes and determination as you power through a never-ending series of levels filled with enemies. It features pixel art and a chiptune-inspired soundtrack and is looking for a little extra help through Kickstarter to reach stretch goals and pay for the expertise of a couple of professionals to add final polish to the game. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 August 2014  |  View Comments


Recipe: Bourbon Vanilla Extract
A ubiquitous ingredient in nearly every sweet recipe from cakes to bread, vanilla extract ranges in quality and price but it's surprisingly easy to make at home with two ingredients and six weeks' worth of patience and restraint.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 August 2014  |  View Comments

Homemade vanilla extract is made by infusing a liquor with all or part of a vanilla bean. The liquor you use will impact the flavour and should always be at least 40% abv (alcohol by volume or 80 proof). This recipe uses bourbon because of its complex flavour and dark colour. Specifically, I use Burnside Bourbon from Eastside Distilling in Portland, Oregon, because of its natural sweet finish and light body. A similar bourbon would be Bulleit or any bourbon that has honey or strong fruit notes rather than a taste profile that is characterised as bold, peppery, or spicy. The idea is that you want the vanilla to stand out but also round out the flavours. Read on...


News: Help To Fund Gryphon Knight Epic, A 2D Action Shoot 'Em Up Fantasy Game

Jump on your pixel gryphon and shoot your way through a diverse selection of environments and enemies in Gryphon Knight Epic, a new game looking for funding assistance through Kickstarter. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: The World's Biggest LEGO Exhibition Is Heading For South Africa

Millions (possibly billions) of LEGO bricks are heading for South Africa in time for the summer holidays in the form of the The Art Of The Brick exhibition, which will feature approximately 70 sculptures and artworks by US artist Nathan Sawaya. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2014  |  View Comments



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Updates For Mountain Add Cool Items And Extra Features... But The Haters Keep Hating
Mountain, the game that gave reviewers all over the world an existential crisis last month, has recently received updates for iOS and desktop operating systems that not only fixed a few bugs but also added extra functionality and lots of new items. Additionally, last week the game was finally released on Steam and Amazon Apps, and for Android.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2014  |  View Comments

While a bunch of people who have never played Mountain continue to complain about how it's not a game and it's the end of the world for gaming (and so forth) actual owners of the "ambient procedural mountain game", as developer David OReilly likes to call it, have been delighted to receive two updates in the past month that have added new content and abilities. Read on...


Rare Japanese Whiskies Go On Auction In Hong Kong
Today a large selection of rare Japanese whiskies and Scotch was offered on auction in Hong Kong. Here is a small selection of some of the more interesting lots, as well as the breathtaking amounts that they fetched.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 August 2014  |  View Comments

Auction house Bonhams Hong Kong offered up a massive collection of Japanese and rare collections for auction today at the Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery in Hong Kong. The collection comprised 264 lots, featured 177 lots of Japanese whiskies (the largest collection ever seen in Asia), as well as a number of rare Scotch offerings from brands such as The Macallan, Talisker, and Highland Park. There were also, for some reason, three rums in the auction. Read on...


News: Monument Valley Sells A Million Copies, Releases The Soundtrack, And Ignores (Paying) Fans' Complaining, Complaining, Complaining

Puzzle game Monument Valley, which is available for iOS and Android devices, recently passed the one-million-downloads milestone. Its success has meant that the development team is expanding (for a little while) and fans can now purchase the soundtrack to continue to enjoy the experience long after they've completed the levels. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 July 2014  |  View Comments


Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 Is Out - And Heading For San Diego Comic-Con
South African and Australian comics are once again heading to San Diego Comic-Con to feature during a panel discussion on comics from the Southern Hemisphere, which will be presented by Velocity Graphic Anthology's publishers. This year, among other stand-out local comics, Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 will be showcased, which was launched earlier this month in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 July 2014  |  View Comments

The version 1.2.1 update of Disco Zoo was recently released for both iOS and Android. The update adds a few minor changes to the game, some graphics tweaks, and a large amount of new content, including two new areas to unlock, 12 new animal species to collect, and hats and balls that you can purchase to decorate your animals and entertain them. Read on...





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Awards, Nominations, And Highlights

★ 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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