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...

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...

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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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

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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

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

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