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

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

Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Open Art Cape Town held its first exhibition at The Drawing Room in Observatory. Members of the group selected some of their favourite pieces to demonstrate the collective, and diverse, talent of the community.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 March 2017  |  View Comments

Open Art Cape Town, a loose collective of artists and comics creators who meet up regularly to doodle and drink coffee, held its Humble Beginnings exhibition this month to showcase some of the more formal work being produced by the group's members. This exhibition was particularly significant as the group has quietly been in operation for a few years and yet this was the first event to showcase some of its members' work. Read on...

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Film Review: Kong: Skull Island
The story of King Kong is rebooted into the MonsterVerse with a new origin story taking place on Skull Island, Kong's home, where he has lived undetected and in balance with the rest of the fauna and flora on the island. Of course, humans invade and chaos ensues.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 March 2017  |  View Comments

Kong: Skull Island is the second movie in Legendary Entertainment's "MonsterVerse", which is a multi-film monster universe that features the big monsters, such as Godzilla and (likely) Mothra, many of which are owned by Japanese company Toho. The first movie in the MonsterVerse was the 2014 Godzilla release.

(MonsterVerse is similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe - but don't confuse it with the upcoming Universal Monsters, which is Universal Studio's universe that features The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Invisible Man, and Frankenstein's Monster, among others. Everyone is getting into crossover universes - we're going to be assaulted with this for a long time.) Read on...

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Film Review: Logan
Hugh Jackman gets a final outing as Wolverine in the tenth movie, and third stand-alone Wolverine movie, in the X-Men film franchise, which features a superb cast as well as heart-wrenching character-driven moments and (literal) gut-wrenching action sequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 March 2017  |  View Comments

In a near future in which most mutants have been wiped out Logan/Wolverine (High Jackman), a mutant and former member of the X-Men who has the ability to heal himself, has become a limousine driver working ad-hoc jobs on the US side of the Mexican border so he can earn enough to help to care for Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Xavier, an educator and mutant himself who discovered, protected, and nurtured young mutants in his earlier days, is now, at 90 years old, being housed at an off-the-grid location in Mexico as he is suffering from health problems that become debilitating if he doesn't regularly consume illegal drugs that Logan has to acquire and then routinely smuggle across the border. While Logan is away Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant who can sense and track other mutants, cares for Xavier, who cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. Read on...

South African Comics News Roundup: Werewolves, Zines, Stray, And Video News From Africa

The South African comics news highlights for this month include a pulp-inspired werewolf-themed zine cover, lots and lots and lots of events in Cape Town, a Stray update, a Design Indaba Most Beautiful Object In SA competitor, and a few comics Easter eggs. Plus: it seems as if everyone is getting into video. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 February 2017  |  View Comments

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E-Book Editions Of The Shining Girls By
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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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"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 ]

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

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