Cappuccino Quest: Doughnut Hive At GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa, Reaches A New Low
The sorry tale of bad coffee at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World in Cape Town continues. This time two of us really took one (each) for the team in an experience that included revolting coffee and awful service as the cherry on the top.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 October 2016  |  View Comments

Since rAge is currently taking place in Johannesburg I thought I'd dig into the unwritten archives and tackle a "cappuccino" (I use that word lightly) experience two of us from had during the Cape Town rAge earlier this year at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World. It's an important one for our collection as it is a new low point that we've experienced in coffee creation in Cape Town, which doesn't have a particularly good track record anyway. The thought of the experience still makes me feel a bit sick months later. In fact, it's unintended but quite suitable that I'm posting this in the run up to Halloween. Read on...

E-Sports Report: ESWC FIFA Qualifier, Cape Town
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2016  |  View Comments

Last weekend Zombiegamer Events and ACGL (African Cyber Gaming League) hosted the Cape Town qualifier for the ESWC FIFA e-sports event at Trenchtown in Observatory. The qualifier took the form of a double-elimination event on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the gamers competing in FIFA 16, as FIFA 17 hadn't been released yet. Read on...

Kay Carmichael Experiments With More Personal Storytelling In Kay's Comics
Comic creator Kay Carmichael is a fan favourite due to the sword-wielding, giant-slaying female protagonist in her speculative fiction series Sophie The Giantslayer but her new, more intimate, storytelling experiment, Kay's Comics, offers amusing observational commentary on real life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 September 2016  |  View Comments

Most South African comic creators are self taught. They come from fine arts, graphic design, or writing/publishing backgrounds and have been learning as they go along in a community in which there are few paid professionals and even fewer publishing opportunities from media houses, comics publishers, and book publishers. In the past few years, however, the work by certain creators has begun to mature. Kay Carmichael is one such example. Read on...

Watch As The Book Lounge's Comics-Inspired Window Comes To Life For Open Book Festival 2016
A group of South African comics creators transformed a window at The Book Lounge in Cape Town into a comics-inspired artwork in honour of Open Book Festival 2016. tagged along to document the process: find out more about the project, view our behind-the-scenes photos, and watch a timelapse video of the art coming to life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 September 2016  |  View Comments

On the weekend of 13 and 14 August four South African comics creators, plus a street and graffiti artist, worked at The Book Lounge, an independent book store in Cape Town, South Africa, to transform its Roeland Street window into an art piece to celebrate and advertise this year's Open Book Festival. Doane Smuts and I joined them to capture the project on video and in photos so that something of the art, which is transient, will be preserved. Read on...

Introducing Lengau, The Fastest Computer In Africa
The CSIR has developed Africa's fastest supercomputer for the use of academics and industrial researchers. We got to go inside (twice) to find out more about the technology and how the supercomputer was planned and built. You can get a glimpse too with our quick video showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2016  |  View Comments

The fastest computer in Africa, a one petaflop (1000 teraflop) machine custom built by South African engineers, scientists, and students is installed in the CSIR offices in the tiny, largely nondescript suburb of Rosebank in Cape Town near the Liesbeek River, down the road from the large Southern Suburbs school cluster, and not too far from the University Of Cape Town. Read on...

FNB's ConeXis Phones Continue The Bank's Charge Into 21st Century Banking
South African bank FNB has announced that it will be offering its clients two Android based handsets that are branded as FNB devices. Here's more about the smartphones, as well as some first impressions of both the initiative and one of the phones, to help you decide on whether you should get one.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2016  |  View Comments

This week FNB announced that it is launching two FNB-branded Android smartphones that both new and existing customers will be able to purchase. The flagship is the FNB ConeXis X1, a mid-range 5.2-inch device running Android 6, which journalists received at the launch to evaluate, while the FNB ConeXis A1 is an entry level device that's designed to help lower income customers move on to smartphones. Read on...

News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals

The creation of Volume 2 of Stray is under way and the team is looking for support to keep the series going without delays. The crowdfunding campaign has already reached its goal but the stretch goals and any additional funds, which you can help with, will assist with keeping the issues coming. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 August 2016  |  View Comments

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E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III At Trenchtown In June
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2016  |  View Comments

Call Of Duty is usually played as a 4v4 event so the regular teams couldn't participate as is and team members had to form new teams for the tournament, while other gamers who aren't in formal clans joined forces to enter, which resulted in some creative names, such as "Hottest Mixtape 2016 feat. DJ Drew", which comprised members of Hi5, "Lil Kids", which comprised Kyle Nortje/Frost from eN_F34R and Patrick Allott/PaTee (who, at the time was part of Vinco), and "Josh sucks at zombies", which included Jessica Maij who was, once again, the only woman in the tournament. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Forries In Cape Town, South Africa, Surprises With Some Decent Coffee
There's a barista at Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar in Newlands who knows how to prepare a good cup of coffee so patrons have even more reason to visit beyond the weekend-sports-events camaraderie for which for the pub is famous. (The pizza is pretty good too.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 July 2016  |  View Comments

Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar, commonly known as Forries, is a pub in Newlands in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town that is an institution. It's commonly overflowing with people on the evenings and weekends but is quieter during the day so it's a good place to opt for if you want a laid-back breakfast or lunch in a central location with plenty of free parking. Read on...

E-Sports Report: FIFA 16 At Trenchtown In May
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 June 2016  |  View Comments

The monthly Zombiegamer-hosted e-sports events that grew out of the 2upGamers movement and which have been an institution at Trenchtown in Cape Town for years died down towards the end of last year as the establishment changed ownership (or management (or something)) and the place started being refurbished. As of last month, however, the tournaments are back, along with the monthly craft market, even though not all the renovations have been completed. Read on...

Stuart Lightbody Conjours Up Memorable Moments At Alexander Upstairs In Cape Town
Magician Stuart Lightbody has returned to Cape Town after a stint in Prague to present a new show at Alexander Upstairs that features some of his favourite effects and crowd pleasers from his previous theatrical endeavours.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2016  |  View Comments

Stuart Lightbody, a graduate of the College Of Magic who now lectures there inspiring the next generation of magicians, is a very busy performer. He usually creates a new theatrical show every 12 to 18 months, often playing around with concepts and ideas at shows that he debuts at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown or at Alexander Upstairs at the Alexander Bar in Cape Town before moving the work to the Kalk Bay Theatre in Cape Town or the Cape Town Fringe Festival, where it's accessible to a larger local audience. Much of the rest of the year he tours these shows internationally at festivals in places such as Prague, Australia, and Edinburgh, where he has won numerous awards and is a crowd favourite. Read on...

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Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse
Is a bigger, badder, more powerful antagonist still relevant as a plot device for a sequel? If it's executed the way it has been done in X-Men: Apocalypse the answer is no. Hackneyed storytelling and destruction devoid of moral consequences mars the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 May 2016  |  View Comments

X-Men: Apocalypse is a continuation of the X-Men storyline that started with X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, in which the appearance of mutants among humans is documented and the early years of the leaders of two conflicting philosophies are explored. Read on...

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...

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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...

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