Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of's 2015 roundup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 October 2015  |  View Comments

Last week we highlighted the first seven days of artworks that South African comics creators posted online as they participated in this year's The InkTober Initiative, a project that was started in 2009 by a US based artist, Jake Parker, who wanted to challenge himself to create one inked piece of art each day for the month of October to work on his skills. Read on...

Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 1 To Day 7: Aliens, Broforce, Robots, Mario, Mutants, And More
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 October 2015  |  View Comments

It's InkTober time again and a number of South African comics creators have been participating and posting their daily doodles and inked creations on social media.

The InkTober Initiative was started in 2009 by US artist Jake Parker as a way to challenge himself to improve his skills and it is now an international movement that takes place every October. Read on...

Readers Den Comic Shop Celebrates A Low Key Batman Day In Cape Town
Saturday, 26 September, was Batman Day. Did you know that was a thing? Apparently it's a thing. DC Comics's worldwide celebration (read: marketing stunt) of all things Batman included a free comic at participating comics shops and lots of social-media buzz.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 October 2015  |  View Comments

I'm starting the feel that we are heading into dangerous territory, with an increasing number of comic-themed days every year that are now less about fandom and more about marketing, which takes some of the shine off the established events that people look forward to months in advance. Read on...

Windhoek's Doodle Sessions Draw People Together
Once a month drawing enthusiasts in Namibia's capital city get their sketch pads, pens, pencils, and crayons out and prepare to spend an afternoon doodling away, creating art, and arguing about the importance of lightsabers.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 29 September 2015  |  View Comments

In Windhoek, Namibia's growing capital city, boredom is kind of a thing. If I were asked to add three commodities to the country's national stock exchange I would add, without hesitation, the long, spectacular sunsets of the high summer, which burn the evening sky in orange, red, violet, and purple hues; the oppressing heat; and the pervasive boredom that cloaks the city. Read on...

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

LEGO's latest seasonal set is a reworking of a set from 2009 that features more pieces, upgraded minifigures, and new printed pieces. It's available now for LEGO VIP members and will soon be in stores worldwide for everyone else to buy. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2015  |  View Comments

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II At Trenchtown In August
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is back - well, it was, briefly. A recent flashback tournament at Trenchtown, organised by Zombiegamer Events, saw 16 teams of two compete on the Xbox 360 for the honour of winning what will likely be the final time the game is seen in action. (Unless there's a flashback flashback tournament sometime....)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 September 2015  |  View Comments

Zombiegamer Events' e-sports event at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, at the end of August was a flashback tournament featuring Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, which I haven't seen at an e-sports event since October 2013 at a 2upGamers meetup that said farewell to the game. Call Of Duty: Black Ops III is expected to be released soon, hence the flashback tournament to say goodbye, likely forever, to the second game in the Black Ops sub series. Read on...

Readers Den Comic Shop In Claremont Relaunches - And It's Bigger And Better
Comics fans in Cape Town are celebrating after Readers Den Comic Shop relaunched one of its stores in a bigger space that's filled with even more merchandise, collectibles, graphic novels, figurines, and comics than ever before.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 September 2015  |  View Comments

The Claremont flagship store of Readers Den Comic Shop in Cape Town relaunched at the end of August in a new location that used to belong to Wizards Books & Games (which has moved to a smaller store closer to the entrance) that is just a few metres from its old spot in Stadium On Main in Claremont. The reopening was celebrated with lots of great deals and specials that saw collectors and the most faithful queuing up long before the doors were opened. Read on...

E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 At Trenchtown In July
The Trenchtown e-sports events in Cape Town are back - and more popular than ever if July's attendance is anything to go by. The tournament featured a FIFA 15 event across two platforms and some great prize money to sweeten the taste of victory.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 August 2015  |  View Comments

The Zombiegamer Events team took a break for a few months after EGE 2015 (our coverage of that is still coming) and then was back at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, at the end of July to host a FIFA 15 tournament.

The break seemed to do the community good, as around 60 people pre registered for the event, half of whom actually then showed up (this, while incredibly rude, is apparently normal), and another 30-odd players then appeared as walk ins on the day, many of whom had never participated in a Trenchtown event before, so it was great to see that word has spread and more people are discovering the tournaments. Read on...

Sector Issue 2 Launches In Cape Town (And An Unofficial Goodbye Of Sorts To Readers Den)
A new bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of South African contributors has reached its second issue (on time, too) and to celebrate it was launched recently in Cape Town at Readers Den Comic Shop. The anthology features serialised speculative-fiction stories to showcase long form storytelling and, hopefully, stronger results due to a deeper, more considered approach to comics creation.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 August 2015  |  View Comments

At the end of July the second issue of the South African comics anthology Sector launched in Cape Town at Readers Den in Claremont after a successful initial launch in Johannesburg in mid July at ICON, a comics and gaming event. The anthology, the first issue of which was launched at Free Comic Book Day this year, is published bimonthly and contains a mix of serialised stories that span multiple issues and one-off self-contained stories. Read on...

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Game Review: Mr. Snapz: The Cookie Caper
Help Mr. Cinnamon Snapz race through the confectionary lands to restore the pieces of the broken chocolate-chip emblems... or don't. You may not have the patience to navigate the frustrating puzzles, problematic user interface, and bad graphics quality of this casual game for iOS and Android.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 August 2015  |  View Comments

I've been sitting on this review for a while because this casual indie game was supposed to be released in mid July and then, with no explanation, it didn't, so I was wondering if it had died and therefore there was no point in reviewing it. Yesterday I suddenly received notification that it had been released, for iOS and Android, and that the delay was due to an issue with the implementation of Google Analytics in the Android release, as well as a bug fix, so here, finally, are my thoughts on the game. Read on...

Review: Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard
Happy Plugs is a Swedish company that describes itself as a fashion house, not a tech company, but it seems to be trying very hard to ensure that its products' performance is as notable as their aesthetics. Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard earphones are part of a range of audio devices that the company produces.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 August 2015  |  View Comments

It has been a long time since I've tested earbuds as, years ago, I began to favour both headphones and in-ear earbuds but due to a misunderstanding (or an intentional disregard for my request) on the part of Gammatek, the South African distributor of the brand, I was sent Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard earphones to test instead of Happy Plugs In-Ear earbuds. Read on...

Revellers Go Back In Time At The Exclusive 2015 Negroni Social In Portland
The kickoff event for the growing annual worldwide phenomenon that celebrates the esoteric Italian cocktail known as the Negroni was an invite only affair in Portland, Oregon, that featured 12 special Negronis that were expertly concocted and crafted by drink experts from all over the world.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 13 July 2015  |  View Comments

For the uninitiated, there are three types of people in the world: those who love a cool and bitter Negroni, normally as an aperitif before a meal, those who decidedly abhor the cocktail, considering it as foul as cough medicine, and, finally, those who have no idea what a Negroni is. For those in the last camp, a Negroni is an Italian cocktail first served roughly 100 years ago. It is made from equal parts gin, vermouth (usually red and semisweet), and Campari, and garnished with a sliver of orange peel. It can be a refreshing, cool drink on a summer day or something enjoyed in front of a fireplace in winter before or after a large meal. The floral and aromatic spices of the gin used can alter the flavour of the drink considerably and the astringent but sweet rhubarb and orange-forward flavours of Campari can overpower the subtleties of the drink if the proportions are off. Though the cocktail seems simple with its three ingredients (plus garnish) it can be a trick to master and creating palatable variations of the classic recipe is a true feat. Read on...

News: Whisky Live 2015 Is On In Cape Town - Here's What You Need To Know

The Whisky Live Showroom has returned to Cape Town with a more interesting selection of whiskies to explore, whether you're new to whisky or a long-time fan. If you're attending tonight, here's a quick guide to help you make the most of the limited time available. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2015  |  View Comments

E-Sports Report: Mortal Kombat Cup Qualifiers In Cape Town
When the kombat is mortal there can be only one (after a series of polite Swiss meetups). What the hell are we talking about? Fatalities and brutalities, of course! Read on to find out what happened when 64 Capetonians gathered to smash each other's spines and rip out some (virtual) hearts (literally).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2015  |  View Comments

The Cape Town/Western Cape leg of the South African Mortal Kombat Cup qualifiers were held this past weekend at MWEB's MCave. Sixty-four people entered the event, which comprised a Mortal Kombat X tournament on PlayStation 4 consoles. So far 64 has been a record - the first Gauteng qualifier (a second is taking place this weekend) drew 41 participants and the Durban/KwaZulu-Natal qualifier drew 33. Even more people joined in just to spectate and cheer on the players through the rounds, proving that gaming and e-sports really are alive in Cape Town. Read on...

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The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2015  |  View Comments

On Wednesday night at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town local VR (virtual reality) developers got together with interested third parties, which included game developers, at least one architect, a robotics expert, and a UCT student working towards completing his PhD in VR, as well as keen members of the media, to discuss setting up a South African VR community to make it easier in future for people to work together towards common goals, swap ideas and experiences, and collaborate on projects, with a secondary aim of putting South African developers on the map globally as leaders in VR-related development. Read on...

May The Fourth Be With You: The Internet Celebrates Star Wars Day 2015
Every May the 4th for the past 14 years the geek community has celebrated Star Wars culture with puns, memes, and jokes. This year was no exception - even Twitter got in on the action with emojis, which resulted in an explosion in the day's stream. Plus, the world's biggest LEGO Millennium Falcon was built in Australia and Vanity Fair went behind the scenes of the new movie with the help of photographer Annie Leibovitz's lens.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2015  |  View Comments

Unsurprisingly the Internet exploded this morning with memes, trivia, teasers, and cartoons due to the annual May the 4th Star Wars celebration. We've rounded up some of the more interesting bits and pieces in case you missed anything (or were deliberately avoiding everything in order to get some work done!). Read on...

5 Zombie Questions: Mike Carey
Mike Carey has had a prolific career in comics writing for the big publishers for long runs on some of their most successful and most critically acclaimed titles. He has also written a zombie-themed novel that is up for a major award, all of which makes him a perfect candidate, in the runup to Free Comic Book Day, to contemplate zombie humanity, the X-Men in a zombie universe, and the terror of non-human zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2015  |  View Comments

British writer Mike Carey was one of the special guests at last year's Open Book Comics Festival in Cape Town due to his extensive catalogue of comics writing that reaches back decades and includes work for 2000 AD, DC/Vertigo, and Marvel, with particularly notable examples being the long-running The Sandman spin-off series Lucifer, 40 issues of Hellblazer, and long runs on X-Men and X-Men: Legacy, nevermind some Batman, Electra, and Fantastic Four titles (to name a few other examples). 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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