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...

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...

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...

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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...

South African Comics News Roundup: Icon By The Sea, The Modern Dragon, And A Bumper Free Comic Book Day Cape Town Focus

In this news explosion, find out about two cartoon anniversaries that snuck by, find out what's happening on the local comics scene, get a peek into what Ben Winfield's not supposed to be telling us about, and see Deon de Lange at Emerald City Comic Con. Plus, we've got a roundup of what to expect from local comics at Cape Town's Free Comic Book Day 2015 celebrations so start saving your money and prepare yourself to support our home-grown talent in May! Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 April 2015  |  View Comments

Battlefield Hardline Launches In Cape Town At MWEB GameZone
To celebrate the release of Battlefield Hardline, the latest instalment in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters, MWEB GameZone hosted a launch party last month at the MCave in Cape Town that featured multiplayer action and lots of prizes, as well as goodie bag loot and spot giveaways.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 April 2015  |  View Comments

Gamers (and any interested journalists) were invited to form teams of five to compete for one of six mystery prizes at the recent launch of Battlefield Hardline at MWEB GameZone's MCave in Cape Town. Some gamers had come prepared, with their teams all set and ready for action, while others happily formed a ragtag association by writing their names down on the night in free slots on the lists. Ultimately, eight teams entered the tournament and competed against each other in a variation of a double-elimination event - the winning team from each matched pair automatically qualified for a shot at a mystery prize while the losing team got a second chance to qualify with a second match against another losing team. Therefore, ultimately, only two teams wouldn't win a prize but even those two teams ended up receiving Red Bull and MSI caps so no one who competed left empty handed. Read on...

South African Comics Art Showcase: Oscar, Eskom, Tigers, Squirrels, And A Cow, Plus Doodles, Prints, And Works In Progress
This roundup of recent work by South African comics creators and cartoonists features work-in-progress teasers of upcoming projects, some biting political commentary, and more doodles, superheroes, and speculative-fiction experiments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 April 2015  |  View Comments

Welcome to another roundup of some of the best art, comics, and cartoons by South African comics creators and cartoonists that were posted during (most of) March. If you missed the first one, which featured Stray and Fixed Up teasers, as well as some cool drawing experiments, find it hereRead on...

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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...

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. brainwavez.org'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...

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★ 2013: Syndicated In The South African
E-Book Editions Of The Shining Girls By
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(ISBN: 9781415205051 (PDF))
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★ 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 ]

★ 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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