Democrazy - Zapiro And Mike Wills On 20 Years Of Political Shenanigans, As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Cartoonist
South African students were treated to the lighter side of the darker moments of the past 20 years of the country's history in a presentation by cartoonist Zapiro and writer Mike Wills based on their popular collaboration Democrazy.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 March 2015  |  View Comments

Last night cartoonist Zapiro and journalist Mike Wills presented a showcase of work from Democrazy, their printed collaboration (Zapiro's cartoons plus Wills' commentary) that spans 20 years of South Africa's democracy, from 1994 to 2014. The presentation, which was free and open to everyone, was held in the very atmospheric City Hall in Cape Town and was specifically designed for students, although a number of older fans also attended. Read on...

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News: Quick South African Comics Events Roundup For March
The next week (and a bit) are once again filled with comics-related events in Cape Town. Here's a quick roundup to help you to plan your schedule.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2015  |  View Comments

Cape Town is experiencing a bumper season of comics-related events, with many more happening this week, including two events that you can only catch today.'s handy guide will help you to keep track of what's going on where and when because there's a lot to keep track of! Read on...

E-Sports Report: February T-Fest: FIFA 15 Xbox 1v1
This year's first FIFA 15 T-Fest e-sports tournament, organised by Zombiegamer, drew some new faces to the event, which featured a round robin first round before knockout stages separated the best from the rest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2015  |  View Comments

The February T-Fest e-sports event at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, was held on the same weekend as Design Indaba (and other shows), which I attended to cover the South African comics events that were happening there. However I was able to duck out long enough to stop by Trenchtown to catch some of the highlights of Zombiegamer Events' first FIFA 15 tournament for the year. Read on...

South African Comics Art Showcase: Politics, Robots, Doodles, And Superheroes, Plus Stray And Fixed Up Sneak Peeks
This roundup of recent art by South African comics creators features some fun doodles, new prints and sketches, some futuristic experimentation, and in-progress peeks at two comics series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 March 2015  |  View Comments

Last year I really enjoyed compiling the #inktober posts (part one, part two, part three, part four) that showcased the work of South African comics creators who were taking part in The InkTober Challenge, an annual challenge for artists to push their mental, physical, and creative boundaries by creating one new piece of ink based art a day. I try to highlight selections of new artworks and work in progress in the South African comics news roundups as well (such as this recent post) but there is such an abundance of work that I can't cover everything. Read on...

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...

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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

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...

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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...

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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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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