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Gear: Reebok Alien Stomper (2017 Edition: Final Battle Double Pack)
If you can afford it you can stomp around the neighbourhood fighting off any and all manner of horrors like Ellen Ripley would in one of Reebok's new sneaker designs that celebrate an iconic scene in the now classic 1986 action/horror science-fiction film Aliens.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 July 2017  |  View Comments

Last year Reebok celebrated the 30th anniversary of the action/horror science-fiction film Aliens, and the first annual "Alien Day" on 26 April, with the release of the Alien Stomper, a sneaker design based on the original red, white, and grey Reebok shoes that were created for Sigourney Weaver to wear as Ellen Ripley in the movie in a high-top form and for Lance Henricksen to wear as the android Bishop in a mid-top form. Read on...


News: You're Invited To The Worst Warriors Launch

Can you build the best battle goblin? If you're a keen gamer you'll have a chance to find out at the Cape Town launch of a new South African card based tabletop game. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 July 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Farukon Studios, Crowdfunding Update, Jason Masters, And Bal-Oog & Brommel

This month there's lots of news with an Afrikaans flair, including highlights of two new books, one of which is a graphic novel. There's also details of an online exhibition, an introduction to a rebranding, and an update on recent crowdfunding projects as well as Jason Masters' secret project. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 June 2017  |  View Comments


News: Stray Is Back - Pre Order Issue #1 Now

A new volume of the superhero comic Stray is in the works and the first issue is due in September from Action Lab with three cover options. Here's more information on what to expect in the ongoing series, as well as a guide to pre ordering the issue. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 June 2017  |  View Comments


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Comics To Note: Shirtless Bear-Fighter! #1 By Jody Leheup, Sebastian Girner, And Nil Vendrell
There's only one (very angry) man powerful enough to stop bears in their tracks - Shirtless Bear-Fighter! Unfortunately for the citizens of Major City, who are now under attack, he may not care enough to intervene, even if law enforcement attempts to bribe him with flapjacks and maple syrup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 June 2017  |  View Comments

Shirtless Bear-Fighter! is a new five-issue limited series focussing on a bear-punching protagonist, known only as Shirtless Bear-Fighter, who was discovered by bears as a baby and consequently grew up with them in the forest. However after they betrayed him, the background for which is only hinted at in the first issue, he chose to remain in the forest to protect it and fight bears at every opportunity. Read on...


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Film Review: Wonder Woman
After years of countless DC and Marvel films Wonder Woman has finally become the first female superhero to get her own movie in the current filmic incarnations of the two competing comic book universes. It's been a long wait.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 June 2017  |  View Comments

I've spent a week working on this review through a lot of thinking and reading that then resulted in much writing and rewriting - to the point that I have had enough and I just want it done. The reasons for this will become clear as you read the review but the crux of this is that I didn't react to this movie the way that the majority of audiences seem to have and because it's such an important film I needed more time than usual to process my thoughts. Read on...


South African Comics News Roundup: Siri Watu, Open Book Crowdfunding, ICON, Geek Ink, And FanCon Loot

The South African comics news highlights for the past month include details on two crowdfunding projects, including one for Open Book Festival, as well as more information on new videos, new comics, and new projects in the works. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 June 2017  |  View Comments


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Comics To Note: Samaritan: Veritas #1 By Matt Hawkins And Atilio Rojo
Hacker Samaritan's primary targets are no longer corrupt mega churches. Instead she's intent on taking down the world's largest military contractor - but it's going to be tricky as the US government wants her dead.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 May 2017  |  View Comments

Over the past few years Top Cow's Matt Hawkins has been developing the Edenverse, a shared universe in which many of his comic titles are set, although I think the first few comics led to the Edenverse developing, rather than the other way around. Read on...


Film Review: Alien: Covenant
Director Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, which sits in the timeline between Prometheus and Alien, starts off well, with memorable, likeable characters holding some silly plot points together but unfortunately it devolves into an unsatisfying mess that rehashes everything we've seen before instead of focussing on the points that would have offered something new.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 May 2017  |  View Comments

Ten years after the events seen in Prometheus the Weyland-Yutani colony ship USCSS Covenant is on its way to a habitable planet with 2000 colonists in hypersleep and 1000 embryos on board when it is hit by a neutrino burst after having deployed its solar sails during a usual powering cycle. Read on...


Why Are Franchises Destroying Movies?
We wait, in great anticipation, for the next instalment of our favourite cinematic franchise yet, inevitably, it almost always proves to be a hollow addition if examined through a critical, rather than fan-blind, eye. Why is this? Why are franchises destroying movies?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 May 2017  |  View Comments

I had an epiphany on Tuesday while watching the press screening of Alien: Covenant. My realisation is applicable to more than just the Alien universe but I thought I'd offer it up for debate as a precursor to my review of that movie - and likely many more to come as it's pertinent for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, the DC Extended Universe, the MonsterVerse, Universal Monsters.... Read on...


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South African Comics News Roundup: Free Comic Book Day, Comexposed, Stray Action Figures, And An Interactive Web Comic

April kept everyone very busy with events all over Cape Town, the highlights of some of which you will see in future episodes of #sacomics Cast. The main attraction was, of course, FanCon Cape Town Comic Con, which is the primary reason why this news roundup is a week late, as FanCon prep took up all my time last month. (The result is going to be some great comics-related articles in the next few months so keep watching for them.) Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 May 2017  |  View Comments


News: Building Blocks, A LEGO-Themed Exhibition, To Open In Cape Town

The work of Nadia Estelwen Viljoen, a fine artist, and Alessandro Pappada, a ceramist, will be featured in a new LEGO- and pop-culture-themed exhibition that's opening in Cape Town, South Africa, this week. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 May 2017  |  View Comments



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News: Build A Battle Goblin In Worst Warriors, A New Tabletop Game By A South African Developer

In Worst Warriors players pick from a selection of devious devices and peculiar parts to assemble a battle goblin who can take out his rivals in one-on-one combat. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 April 2017  |  View Comments


Gear: Multi-Purpose Pack By FirstSpear
If you have money (lots of money) and a penchant for travelling light (or a penchant for outdoors adventures that the rest of us probably don't want to know anything about) you can buy a backpack designed for your special missions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 April 2017  |  View Comments

The Multi-Purpose Pack is a backpack by FirstSpear that's a packer's dream come true, whether you're an extreme hiker, avid adventurer who likes to carry light, or even just a journalist (because these days "journalist" means "one who has to write, take photographs, and produce video content all at once" and lug all the equipment around for doing so). Read on...


They Did This! Creates Comic Art For Brewery Heroic Aleworks
Members of arts collective They Did This! have been collaborating with a craft brewery in the US to design comics-inspired artworks for the brewery's line of beers, which are themed around superheroes and villains.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 April 2017  |  View Comments

They Did This! is a group of artists, illustrators, designers, and comic creators best known for its The Lil' Five series of comics that are suitable for all ages but the collective also works on other projects, both private and commercial. One such project is for Heroic Aleworks in Virginia in the US, a craft brewery that produces beers with a geeky theme. Read on...


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South African Comics News Roundup: Sector, Open Art Cape Town, James Bond, And Another FanCon Update

Highlights for this month include news of a new issue of Sector, the expansion of Open Art Cape Town's activities, the launch of another Asmaul Husna adult-colouring book, and Jason Masters' visit to Germany to promote James Bond. Plus we're a month away from FanCon Cape Town Comic Con so there's a new update highlighting some of the guests to look forward to. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 March 2017  |  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))
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"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
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"10 Classic Fictional Music Videos From TV's Past (And Present)"Neatorama Link ]

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"10 Classic Speculative-Fiction Works Reinterpreted As Word Clouds"Neatorama Link ]

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★ 2010: Syndicated In The South African Edition Of Zoo City By Lauren Beukes
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