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E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 R10K Tournament At Trenchtown
A massive first-prize payout of R10 000 tempted gamers from all over South Africa to a FIFA 15 tournament at Trenchtown but the challenge wasn't just going to be beating some very skilled opponents - Eskom was threatening to initiate load shedding in the middle of the event, which could potentially derail the tournament.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 December 2014  |  View Comments


South African Comics Series Crossroads Launches At The Book Lounge
The stories of the women of the Crossroads informal settlement in Cape Town have been transformed into a series of comics by Koni Benson and the Trantraal Brothers. The team joined political cartoonist Zapiro at The Book Lounge in Cape Town to discuss the project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 December 2014  |  View Comments


Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
brainwavez.org was at the opening of The Art Of The Brick, the world-famous exhibition of LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya's work, in Cape Town. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 December 2014  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2014
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual brainwavez.org Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The brainwavez.org Editors  |  Posted: 11 December 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 25 To Day 31: Soldiers, Rock Stars, Cats, And Doodles
In the final post rounding up The Inktober Challenge for 2014 we see which South African comics creators fought fatigue with fortitude (and determination) to make it to the end(ish) and who was felled by the demands of the mighty pen.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 December 2014  |  View Comments


News: Don't Miss Two Comics Events In Cape Town This Week - Or Blambot's Font Sale
The comics events in Cape Town keep on manifesting. This week there are two to attend - one a launch and the other a fundraiser. Plus, if you're into fonts, design, or comics lettering, Blambot is having a sale, starting today.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 December 2014  |  View Comments


News: Pop The Culture Brings Comics And Animation Workshops To Cape Town
This week The Animation School in Cape Town will be hosting a series of workshops, collectively called Pop The Culture, that will focus on the areas where comics and animation intersect, as part of this year's Kunjanimation animation festival.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 November 2014  |  View Comments


Ukusela eKapa (#WDC411), Part 1: The Big Squeeze
Throughout the year the Ukusela eKapa team has been travelling around greater Cape Town encouraging people to "squeeze", thereby giving each person a chance to make a permanent, personal mark on a ceramic cup that will be shared with the world.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2014  |  View Comments


The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden
Last month Red Bull brought the international finals of its Doodle Art competition to South Africa and set up the Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery in The Company's Garden in Cape Town, where visitors could interact with the doodles and learn more about the winning countries as part of a World Design Capital project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2014  |  View Comments


Interstellar
In Interstellar, a new film by Christopher Nolan, the human race has to take to the stars - or risk dying out permanently on Earth - but the resulting emotional sacrifice may be too great for the man coerced into piloting the research expedition that could be the only chance humans have left to save themselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 17 To Day 24: The Little Witch, The Last Unicorn, Outer Space, Monsters, Dragons, And More
The InkTober Challenge is a challenge for a reason, though the point is to increase your skills and work out of your comfort zone, not just produce work. However, the project has taken its toll and some South African comics artists have slowly begun to fall out. See who has found the fortitude to keep going, who has just disappeared, and who knows how to bow out gracefully - all in part three of brainwavez.org's 2014 showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2014  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Raymond E Feist
It's that time of the year when ghouls, ghosts, and monsters come out to play. Internationally acclaimed speculative-fiction author Raymond E Feist gives us his take on dragons, the apocalypse, voodoo, zombies, vampires - and zombie vampires.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2014  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: More Local Events, Political Drama, Sparko, Juvies, Jerm, And Throwback Thursday
Comics season (part two) is in full swing in South Africa. Here's a roundup of new events taking place all over the country, as well as news of recent conventions in the UK, new comics in the works, and cartoonists tackling the courts. Plus, have a look at another batch of sketches, finished artworks, and a little Throwback Thursday fun.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 October 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 October 2014  |  View Comments


Zapiro's Democrazy Showcases 20 Years Of Work At The AVA Gallery
The work of prolific South African editorial cartoonist Zapiro is featured in a new exhibition that's running in Cape Town until the end of the month. Plus, get a glimpse into some work-in-progress sketches from Zapiro's archives.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 October 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 1 To Day 8: Alien, Mario Bros., LEGO, Werewolves, And More
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2014  |  View Comments


FIFA 15 Launches In South Africa With A Celebrity-Filled Soccer Showdown
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 October 2014  |  View Comments


GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors: The Launch And Exhibition
GrafLit 2014: Urban Interiors, the latest anthology of graphic literature by South African artists, was launched recently in Cape Town at a corresponding art exhibition to which artists, illustrators, and comics creators featured in the book contributed illustrations, sculptures, and paintings.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2014  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Open Book Comics Fest, Batwoman, Tomica, And GrafLit
It's September, which means it's time for the start of another round of comics-related events that will be happening all over South Africa for the next couple of months. It can become overwhelming so we've got the bulk of them listed here to help you keep track. Plus, local comics creators continue to work on their projects and post teasers on social media so we're sharing a few to get you excited for what's on the horizon.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2014  |  View Comments


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
The latest exhibition at the Alex Hamilton Art Studio in Cape Town featured papercraft, vintage mashups, steel artworks, and a stencilled flock of birds.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 September 2014  |  View Comments



Indie Game News Roundup: Monument Valley Wins Awards, Indie Games To Shine At PAX Prime, And Gryphon Knight Epic Unveils More Teasers
It's a busy time for indie games (although, to be honest, when isn't it?). Monument Valley has been winning awards, indie games will be in the spotlight at the PAX Prime expo in Seattle, The Nightmare Cooperative has gone mobile, and find out how you can get the Duet soundtracks for free - it's all in this roundup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: Blow Up Enemies In Cavern Kings, Which Is On To Its Stretch-Goal Funding On Kickstarter
Cavern Kings is an action platform game designed to test your reflexes and determination as you power through a never-ending series of levels filled with enemies. It features pixel art and a chiptune-inspired soundtrack and is looking for a little extra help through Kickstarter to reach stretch goals and pay for the expertise of a couple of professionals to add final polish to the game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 August 2014  |  View Comments


Recipe: Bourbon Vanilla Extract
A ubiquitous ingredient in nearly every sweet recipe from cakes to bread, vanilla extract ranges in quality and price but it's surprisingly easy to make at home with two ingredients and six weeks' worth of patience and restraint.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: Help To Fund Gryphon Knight Epic, A 2D Action Shoot 'Em Up Fantasy Game
Jump on your pixel gryphon and shoot your way through a diverse selection of environments and enemies in Gryphon Knight Epic, a new game looking for funding assistance through Kickstarter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: The World's Biggest LEGO Exhibition Is Heading For South Africa
Millions (possibly billions) of LEGO bricks are heading for South Africa in time for the summer holidays in the form of the The Art Of The Brick exhibition, which will feature approximately 70 sculptures and artworks by US artist Nathan Sawaya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2014  |  View Comments


New Updates For Mountain Add Cool Items And Extra Features... But The Haters Keep Hating
Mountain, the game that gave reviewers all over the world an existential crisis last month, has recently received updates for iOS and desktop operating systems that not only fixed a few bugs but also added extra functionality and lots of new items. Additionally, last week the game was finally released on Steam and Amazon Apps, and for Android.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2014  |  View Comments


Rare Japanese Whiskies Go On Auction In Hong Kong
Today a large selection of rare Japanese whiskies and Scotch was offered on auction in Hong Kong. Here is a small selection of some of the more interesting lots, as well as the breathtaking amounts that they fetched.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: Monument Valley Sells A Million Copies, Releases The Soundtrack, And Ignores (Paying) Fans' Complaining, Complaining, Complaining
Puzzle game Monument Valley, which is available for iOS and Android devices, recently passed the one-million-downloads milestone. Its success has meant that the development team is expanding (for a little while) and fans can now purchase the soundtrack to continue to enjoy the experience long after they've completed the levels.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 July 2014  |  View Comments


Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 Is Out - And Heading For San Diego Comic-Con
South African and Australian comics are once again heading to San Diego Comic-Con to feature during a panel discussion on comics from the Southern Hemisphere, which will be presented by Velocity Graphic Anthology's publishers. This year, among other stand-out local comics, Velocity Graphic Anthology 4 will be showcased, which was launched earlier this month in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 July 2014  |  View Comments


Indie Game News Roundup: Travel To The Edge Of Minecraft, Make Games SA, A Monument Valley Teaser, And An Existential Mountain Manifests
In our latest update we cover Shovel Knight's controversial release; examine a mountain simulator that is testing the sanity of gamers and games reviewers; watch a cart travel to the end of the world in Minecraft; and learn more about the Make Games SA initiative from Desktop Dungeons' developers.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 July 2014  |  View Comments


A Look At Disco Zoo's v1.2.1 Update: Hats, Balls, And Outer Space
It's time to start rescuing space animals from the Moon in the version 1.2.1 update of Disco Zoo, a mobile game for iOS and Android devices. Plus, let your animals entertain themselves with balls and amuse yourself by dressing them up in fancy hats.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 July 2014  |  View Comments


News: iPhoneographySA 2014 Has Launched - Get Snapping
The fourth iPhoneographySA competition has just been launched, in which anyone with an iPhone and a passion for photography can enter up to five photographs and possibly win great prizes, including iPad mini tablets and MacBook Air notebooks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 June 2014  |  View Comments


News: Whisky Live Is Back In Cape Town - Here's What You Need To Know
It's been nearly two years but the Whisky Live experience has finally returned to Cape Town. Here's a quick insider's guide as to what to expect, as well as some (secret) highlights from the opening night.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2014  |  View Comments


Exclusive: Stray: Issue One Cover Reveal And Finished Artwork
Stray is a new comics series that has been in development thanks to the help of Kickstarter backers and an enthusiastic comics community. The first issue was recently revealed digitally to backers and brainwavez.org has an exclusive reveal of the other cover art that nobody knew had been completed, as well as a showcase of some of the first issue's inks and colours to whet your appetite.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 June 2014  |  View Comments


Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
The X-Men's past and future collides in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. With the future looking bleak it's up to Wolverine to travel to the past and enlist the help of the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, who come with their own complications, to change the timeline and save mutanity.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 May 2014  |  View Comments


News: Cosmochoria Meets Its Funding Goal, Starts Reaching For The Stars
In development: a game in which you guide your tiny, naked cosmonaut around the infinity of space as he dodges aliens and tries to plant seeds on barren planets to bring new life to the galaxy. (It's not as naughty as it sounds.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 May 2014  |  View Comments


Indie Game News Roundup: Too Many Humble Sales, iOS Games Launch For Android, And Darkwood's Developers Anger The Backer Community (Twice)
In this update learn more about new ports from iOS to Android; get some help keeping track of what's going on at Humble; and find out what happens when developers change fundamental aspects of a crowd-funded game that were the entire reason people backed the project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2014  |  View Comments


News: Rebuild: Gangs Of Deadsville On Steam Early Access, See Some New Teasers, And Get The Soundtrack
The zombies (and cannibals) are coming! Rebuild: Gangs Of Deadsville will be out on Steam Early Access soon. Plus, get in the mood with the game's soundtrack, which has been released on Bandcamp.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 May 2014  |  View Comments


News: TeeFury Celebrates Star Wars Day By Making Themed Shirts Available For A Limited Time
Show your love of Star Wars, geekdom, or, you know, being clothed, by choosing your favourite from a selection of themed T-Shirts by TeeFury, which are available for a limited time only.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 May 2014  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup #4
Some very good South African comics were launched last year and the quality just keeps getting better. Here is a roundup (mainly) of some of those books, which feature office high jinks, mind-bending existential mashups, and dramatic speculative fiction, as well as an in-depth review of a collection of an impressive body of work that spans more than a decade.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 April 2014  |  View Comments


News: Get A Quickey - The Key-Sized Multi Tool That Makes It Through Airport Security
The Quickey is a multi tool the size of a key that's been seeking a small amount of crowd-sourced funding on Indiegogo. The campaign has been so successful that the project, with over a week still to go, is ridiculously overfunded and all sorts of new versions of the product have been introduced to keep up with demand - one of which now even raises funds for charity.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 April 2014  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Tomica, Teasers, And Free Comic Book Day
There is a whole lot going on in comics in South Africa at the moment, especially in the runup to Free Comic Book Day, so here is a very large roundup of local comics news, including sneak peeks, sketches, upcoming exhibitions, launches to look out for, and comics you can read online right now.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 April 2014  |  View Comments


News: Help To Fund The Red Solstice, A Squad-Based Multiplayer Game Set On Mars
Can you assemble a deadly team and survive multiple waves of alien terror on Mars while completing objectives and side goals? That's the challenge offered by The Red Solstice, a new game that is seeking funds via Kickstarter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 2014  |  View Comments


School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament
A soccer-focussed face off between Fairbairn College and Fairmont High School in Cape Town kicked off the first interschools e-sports challenge in the city. At stake: bragging rights and, ultimately, possibly school colours.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 2014  |  View Comments


News: Help To Fund Dungeon Rushers, In Which You Build A Dungeon And Challenge Your Friends To Steal Your Treasure
Gobelinz Studio needs funding assistance to complete the development of Dungeon Rushers, an RPG in which you explore a world and its dungeons with your party in a single-player mode as well as build your own dungeons in a multiplayer mode. After all, what's more fun than stealing a real person's monster-guarded gold?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 April 2014  |  View Comments


Indie Game News Roundup: Zombies, Cannibals, And A Funky Bus
In this update you're on your own, on an island, with cannibals; Sarah Northway talks about developing a tech tree for her zombie-survival game Rebirth: Gangs Of Deadsville; there's a Funky Bus terrorising a highway near the Disco Zoo; Monument Valley is a hit; and learn about some really great games you should be backing on crowd-funding sites.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 April 2014  |  View Comments


School E-Sports: Call Of Duty: Ghosts At Fairmont High School
At another school's challenge in Cape Town young gamers at Fairmont High School finished off the first term by competing in a Call Of Duty: Ghosts tournament for prizes and the chance to represent their school in future competitions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 April 2014  |  View Comments


Trenchtown E-Sports Roundup: February And March
In February two players deftly dominated Halo 4 - no matter what everyone else threw at them - and in March an extended FIFA 14 tournament final ended in an unexpected manner.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 April 2014  |  View Comments


Blank Books Mini Comics Festival: Summer 2014
Three new South African comics were launched at the Blank Books Comic Book Day Summer 2014 mini comics festival in Woodstock, which featured the Trantraal Brothers, Falcon Comics, kEda Gomes and Wesley Harris, Moray Rhoda, and Warren Raysdorf - and there was also free beer.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 April 2014  |  View Comments


Design Indaba: The Secret Identity Of South African Comics
For the past few years local comics creators have quietly been working on publications and getting them printed, to the delight of a growing South African fan base. At this year's Design Indaba four artists took to the exhibition stage to talk about the fantastic work that is being created by a small but passionate group of artists and writers all over the country.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 March 2014  |  View Comments


Indie Game News Roundup: March 2014
In our first indie game news roundup we have highlights of development news for Darkwood, AdventurOS, The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, Mew-Genics, and more. Plus, there's a music based Humble Bundle running this week, and you can find out more about Drunken Robot Pornography.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 March 2014  |  View Comments


School Gaming Day Roundup: Fairbairn College
Some younger FIFA 14 players in Cape Town were given the chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights at an e-sports event at Fairbairn College, which was organised by Zombiegamer. The result was a fun day characterised by occasional wild play on the virtual pitch and the possible birth of some enthusiastic future e-sports competitors.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 March 2014  |  View Comments


The LEGO Movie
One hundred minutes of 100% product placement coalesce in a feature film all about LEGO in which a group of rebels task an average, ordinary, everyday construction worker with saving the world - whether he is capable of doing so or not.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 March 2014  |  View Comments


300: Rise Of An Empire
With Sparta's 300 finest warriors heading north to defend against the invasion by Persian God-King Xerxes and his formidable army, it's left to the remaining Greek city states to defend against his equally terrifying naval forces, which are commanded by a ruthless warrior. 300: Rise Of An Empire tells their story - the Battle of Artemisium.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 March 2014  |  View Comments


dotFNB: Technology And Shopping Merge In A High-Tech Bank Of The Future
Through its high-tech dotFNB branches South African bank FNB is looking to the future by incorporating interactive technologies into the products and services, thereby turning the traditional banking experience into a retail adventure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 February 2014  |  View Comments


Review: Pompeii
The story of Pompeii, Vesuvius, and Herculaneum (and Oplontis and Stabiae) is captivatingly culturally infused in multiple generations the way the Titanic and dinosaurs are, yet, surprisingly, Hollywood hasn't really plundered the topic, which is ripe for all sorts of storytelling. Enter director Paul WS Anderson, who finally tackles the topic in Pompeii, and in 3D.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 February 2014  |  View Comments


Foster The People Live At The Doug Fir Lounge In Portland
After a year hiding in a studio, one of 2011's biggest chart topping bands announced its new single, album release date, and a surprise show in Portland, Oregon, USA. The band thrilled the audience on a sleepy Monday evening playing a mix of its old familiar songs with the raucous beats of its freshest-but-still-surreptitious material.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 19 February 2014  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Still Single? Here's Why
Sexual performance tracking, plotting sexcapades on a map, chastity bras - the world's obviously drunk on the 21st century's technologies and has gone mad! If you've been a little too eager with your apps and hardware (so to speak) here are some of the reasons why you may still be single.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 February 2014  |  View Comments


2upGamers January E-Sports Roundup
In January, at the 2upGamers e-sports events in Cape Town, Call Of Duty: Ghosts was a featured tournament for the second time and FIFA players were given another day (almost) all to themselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 January 2014  |  View Comments


Black Sheep | Clever Monkey: Pop Art From Cape Town
Artists Pete and Elaine Woodbridge have joined forces to put together an exhibition of artworks that use quirky, humorous monkey and sheep characters, as well as vintage photography from orphaned works, to examine how we view ourselves, and our place in the world.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 January 2014  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
A mysterious forcefield ("rules") prevented the zombies of the 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk from continuing their adventure into, or past, the South African Museum so the mangled group mingled before U-turning to follow the path back through the city to the starting point.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 January 2014  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Now an annual Halloween tradition in its fourth year, the 2013 Cape Town Zombie Walk gathered the likeminded soulless from all over the city who shuffled and moaned their way through some of the most picturesque parts of Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 January 2014  |  View Comments