How I Made The DOOM Cape Town-Launch Highlights Video On An Android Phone
Last week's launch of DOOM in Cape Town offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with video production and editing on an Android phone. Here's what happened - and what tools you can use to make your own video.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments

I am currently testing a BlackBerry PRIV (running Android 6.0.1, although you can edit video on earlier versions of the operating system as well). As part of the testing I wanted to try to shoot and edit an entire video on the device because it has hardware specifications that I assumed would allow for some heavier production work than just some screengrabs or photo montages. It also has a camera that supports 720p video and it's always best to start a video project with high quality video. Read on...

DOOM Launches In Cape Town
Journalists from around South Africa, plus a handful of lucky gamers, got a chance to try out DOOM at the MWEB MCave at the official launch of the game. TGN Racing Simulators also showcased VR games at the event to give gamers a break from the intense deathmatches.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments

DOOM was launched in Cape Town on Friday night at an event at MWEB's MCave. The MWEB launches are usually organised for the gamers, to which journalists are invited, whereas this launch, which was held in MWEB's space but was not hosted by the company, was instead organised for journalists, to which a handful of gamers received an invitation, so it resulted in a more subdued occasion that finished earlier than usual. Read on...

FanCon Recon 2016: Jamie McKelvie
British artist Jamie McKelvie's creator-owned comics, most of which were also produced in collaboration with writer Kieron Gillen, require as much praise and recognition as his work on titles such as Young Avengers. Here's a primer to introduce comics fans to the magical worlds he's created, which will particularly be of use to fans attending this year's FanCon, where he is a special guest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2016  |  View Comments

Jamie McKelvie is a British illustrator and comics artist (and occasional comics writer) who is probably best known for his run on Young Avengers with Kieron Gillen but for this roundup I want to focus on his creator-owned work, which I will also be doing when I examine work by FanCon's other two international guests, Ian Churchill and Jason Aaron, later this week.

These guides are for those going to FanCon, so they know a bit more about comics that will be discussed on the weekend; those who can't make FanCon, so they know what to look out for at their local comic shops; and, next week, those who went to FanCon but missed some of what happened due to comics overload. Read on...

A Look At The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 Entries
The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 72-hour game jam featured indie games competing for top honours under the theme "Down, But Not Out" and a chance to be showcased at rAge in Cape Town. The winning games included some addictive gameplay, interesting premises, and... a little bit of tickling?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2016  |  View Comments

Last year the rAge expo in Johannesburg featured a game-jam competition hosted by NAG so it was great to see that this year the same was organised for the inaugural Cape Town expo and that it looks to be an ongoing event in future.

The Cape Town competition, which was open to anyone from the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, was announced in February to give those interested in participating time to get ready for the jam weekend, which took place from Thursday 2 March 2016 at 19:00 to Sunday 5 March at 19:00. The catch, like that of similar game jams such as the Ludum Dare Jam, is that they would only learn the theme of the competition, "Down, But Not Out", when it was announced on the day, and then would have 72 hours to create their game based on the theme and upload it for judging. There was no central jam space - they could work from home or, if they were a team, they could gather anywhere suitable to jam together or even work over the Internet. Read on...

5 Zombie Questions: Dale Halvorsen
Dale Halvorsen, who until recently was better known for his award winning cover-design work under the pseudonym Joey Hi-Fi, has been collaborating with writer Lauren Beukes and artist Ryan Kelly on the horror comic Survivors' Club. He discusses luring apocalypse survivors to Table Mountain, fending off a zombie Lauren Beukes with bad movies, and what he thinks is the best zombie film ever made.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 April 2016  |  View Comments

Dale Halvorsen is one of the local guests at the inaugural FanCon Comic Con Cape Town, which is being held at The Lookout over the weekend of 7/8 May. For the past year he has been collaborating with Lauren Beukes on Survivors' Club, a dark comic series inspired by horror films from the 1980s and 1990s, which is being published by Vertigo. Read on...

News: Vietnam '65 To Feature On Operation Supply Drop's Twitch Stream

On Wednesday US military charity Operation Supply Drop with be featuring a South African developed war-simulation game in its weekly video-games-focussed live stream. A few lucky viewers will also stand a chance of winning codes for the game. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 April 2016  |  View Comments

Report: Whisky Live Celebration, Cape Town, 2016
This year's Whisky Live event in Cape Town features some old favourites as well as some new gems. Here's what to expect from the festival, plus learn more about The Balvenie, Wild Turkey, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Wolfburn, Glenfarclas, and others.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 April 2016  |  View Comments

Capetonians may be surprised to learn that Whisky Live is on in the city at the moment. April is an odd time that has caught many people off guard but you still have Saturday night if you want to experience this year's selection of whiskies.

When the event, originally branded the Whisky Live Festival, was first held in the city it used to be a massive annual showcase every November that was set up inside the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre). In 2012 it suddenly occurred a month earlier with a smaller selection on offer and I began to wonder about its future. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Bad Coffee Is Probably Why The Coffee Shop At GrandWest, Cape Town, Is Now A Burger King
It's not only difficult to find decent food at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World - coffee is a problem too. While The Coffee Shop seemed as though it would be the best option it turned out to be another Cape Town disaster, with terrible cappuccinos and lacklustre service.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 April 2016  |  View Comments

Last year I was in the unfortunate situation of having to attend a multi-day event at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World - a similar problem I faced again last month when I covered the first rAge Cape Town.

It's one of my least favourite event venues in Cape Town but, while actual events at GrandWest aren't necessarily a huge problem (unless you're a cosplayer) - and some of the facilities are actually quite decent - it's those moments of being stuck there between items on the programme that are particularly heinous. There's nothing to do and, unless you want to spend a fortune at a sit-down restaurant, if you're hungry the food options are limited and most of them are awful. Read on...

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Falcon Comics (Officially) Launches With An Exhibition And A New Comic
Cannibals and a daring female protagonist feature in a new comic by Falcon Comics' Luis Tolosana. The comic was printed on large-format canvasses and formed the centrepiece of an exhibition to launch Falcon Comics (finally) and showcase Luis' work.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 April 2016  |  View Comments

South African indie comics creator Luis Tolosana has officially launched his Falcon Comics brand in Cape Town with an exhibition at Knext Art Gallery that is running until 7 April 2016 (the final day coincides with April's First Thursday event in Cape Town). The focus of the exhibition is a new 12-page comic set in his Pinnacle City universe, which has been printed on large-format canvasses that are being sold as limited-edition pieces, and there is also a small selection of original large-format artworks, as well as large-format prints. Read on...

News: What To Look Out For At The Inaugural rAge Cape Town - It's Not As Dire As You Were Expecting

The reactions to the announcement that the rAge gaming expo would be coming to Cape Town were mixed - and ranged wildly from enthusiasm to cynicism - but the moment is upon us, it is happening, and here's what to look out for to make the most of your time at the event. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2016  |  View Comments

News: Indie Comics South Africa Offers Free Original Art To Shoppers

Now is a great time to buy some South African comics directly from the creators. Indie Comics SA is running a promotion that offers a free trading-card-sized artwork to the first 20 shoppers who spend R200 or more - and it's open to customers worldwide. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 March 2016  |  View Comments

News: Act Fast! You've Got A Day To Get In On The Fresh Romance Kickstarter Campaign

There's one day left to help to fund a successful Kickstarter campaign that will be producing a print edition of a critically acclaimed monthly romance-comics magazine that celebrates diversity. The paperback features work by South African comics creator Sally Jane Thompson. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 March 2016  |  View Comments

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Friday Video Black Hole: The Division, My Little Pony, Deadpool, DOOM, And A Gummy DIY

This week I had time to do some reading and catch some of the new videos doing the rounds on the Internet so I thought, hey, "why not assemble them in a news story?" and here we are. May your Friday afternoon be entertainingly unproductive! Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 March 2016  |  View Comments

News: You've Got Five Days To Grab The Humble Comics Bundle: Pathfinder, Which Includes Work By Sean Izaakse

A new comics bundle from Humble Bundle, featuring Pathfinder comics, is running for the next few days. Comics that South African comics creator Sean Izaakse worked on are included in the bundle so this is your chance to grab them at a fraction of their retail price. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 March 2016  |  View Comments

Film Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
The addition of martial arts, sword wielding, gun fighting, and zombies to a Regency-era classic tale of manners and marriage turns a new film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen's beloved novel, into a different kind of bodice ripper (har har).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 March 2016  |  View Comments

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has always been an intriguing concept but the execution has always been problematic. I read the book when it first came out (and, to be honest, it's the only Jane Austen book I've ever read, although I've seen many of the movie adaptations) and while amused by the concept and the ass kicking women I can't say that the book left much of an impression on me. It just felt as if something was lacking. Read on...

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Cappuccino Quest: Two Cappuccinos And Two Flat Whites At The Twankey Bar, Cape Town, South Africa, Are Unexpectedly Disappointing
A team training exercise in cappuccino evaluation turned into a bit of a disaster after - by sheer bad luck once we managed to coordinate four schedules - we picked a day for the adventure when a skilled barista wasn't behind the bar to make great drinks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 March 2016  |  View Comments

The Twankey Bar is an oyster and champagne bar in Cape Town that, due to being part of a hotel group with an upmarket, intimidating presence and prices the average sane Capetonian can't afford, isn't really frequented by locals, except those of a certain ilk (or card flashing business proclivities). Read on...

News: Act Fast! Grab Your Free Comics From Action Lab Entertainment To Celebrate #BlackComicsMonth

You have until the end of the month to get a selection of Action Lab Entertainment comics for free on Comixology as part of the #BlackComicsMonth initiative that works to highlight diversity in comics. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 February 2016  |  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
(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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