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South African Comics News Roundup: Werewolves, Zines, Stray, And Video News From Africa
The South African comics news highlights for this month include a pulp-inspired werewolf-themed zine cover, lots and lots and lots of events in Cape Town, a Stray update, a Design Indaba Most Beautiful Object In SA competitor, and a few comics Easter eggs. Plus: it seems as if everyone is getting into video.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 February 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: James Bond, Koos, Trump, And A FanCon Update
We're kicking off 2017 with news highlights focussing on a new comics strip, events that you can attend in the next few weeks, FanCon Cape Town Comic Con's first guest announcements for the 2017 convention, and Zapiro's thoughts on the new political-cartoon material that's writing itself over in Washington.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 January 2017  |  View Comments


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


Watch As The Book Lounge's Comics-Inspired Window Comes To Life For Open Book
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. brainwavez.org 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


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


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


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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 March 2016  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of brainwavez.org's 2015 roundup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 October 2015  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 1 To Day 7: Aliens, Broforce, Robots, Mario, Mutants, And More
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 October 2015  |  View Comments


Readers Den Comic Shop Celebrates A Low Key Batman Day In Cape Town
Saturday, 26 September, was Batman Day. Did you know that was a thing? Apparently it's a thing. DC Comics's worldwide celebration (read: marketing stunt) of all things Batman included a free comic at participating comics shops and lots of social-media buzz.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 October 2015  |  View Comments


Windhoek's Doodle Sessions Draw People Together
Once a month drawing enthusiasts in Namibia's capital city get their sketch pads, pens, pencils, and crayons out and prepare to spend an afternoon doodling away, creating art, and arguing about the importance of lightsabers.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 29 September 2015  |  View Comments


Readers Den Comic Shop In Claremont Relaunches - And It's Bigger And Better
Comics fans in Cape Town are celebrating after Readers Den Comic Shop relaunched one of its stores in a bigger space that's filled with even more merchandise, collectibles, graphic novels, figurines, and comics than ever before.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 September 2015  |  View Comments


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


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


News:
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2015  |  View Comments


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


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!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 April 2015  |  View Comments


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


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


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


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


South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band
If you've lost track of all the comics events that are happening in Cape Town this week don't despair - we've figured it out for you (we hope). Plus, see Willem Samuel draw a punk-rock band with a twist, get the newest issue of Heavy Metal, and catch up on the latest news from the world of South African comics.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 February 2015  |  View Comments


Live Drawing At Readers Den: Daniël Hugo And Chris Beukes Tackle Star Wars #1
The first issue of the new Star Wars comics series was launched at an official party at Readers Den, which included giveaways, freebies, and live cover drawing by two South African comics creators.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 February 2015  |  View Comments


News: The Frida Mash-Up Exhibition Opens At The Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery
Cape Town pop-art artist Alex Hamilton is presenting a new group show in his Woodstock gallery featuring, as the central subject matter, one of his favourite artists - Frida Kahlo.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 January 2015  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Tomica, Ben Winfield, Deon De Lange, Chum, And New Events To Diarise
View a teaser for new work by Lauren Beukes (with a surprising co-collaborator), Tomica's Deon de Lange has been all over the place (physically, not figuratively), Ben Winfield showcases new art, and 2015 is leaping out the gates with new events to diarise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2015  |  View Comments


Art Auction Raises Money For Mama Taxi's Deni Brown
Fans and friends of Mama Taxi's co-creator Deni Brown gathered in Muizenberg last month to raise funds, in the form of an art auction, to help with Brown's medical costs.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2015  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Nathan Sawaya
In a world that's zombie apocalyptic, sacrifices will need to be made. Those include LEGO bricks... and therefore possibly the will to live. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya offers his LEGO-inspired ideas for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2015  |  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


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


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


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: 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


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: 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


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


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


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


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2013
Once again, brainwavez.org very proudly presents its annual gift guide - a selection of covetable items that will delight geeks and non geeks alike. This year we have a bumper selection of items to pile under trees and stuff stockings of both the naughty and nice.
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 27 November 2013  |  View Comments


Pulp Fiction At Open Book
The backdrop of many of this year's Open Book Festival events featured an installation of nearly 25 000 books, split over multiple venues, that were subsequently donated to libraries, courtesy of Granta Books in the UK.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 October 2013  |  View Comments


A New Exhibition Explores The Legend Of Blue Mamba
An exhibition featuring Blue Mamba, a character created by cartoonist and comics creator Andy Mason, has opened in Cape Town and features 15 years' worth of work that is explored in the new graphic novel The Legend Of Blue Mamba.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 October 2013  |  View Comments


Animal Life: A Fonzo Customisation Show Hosted By Toitoy
Cape Town's Toitoy vinyl toy speciality store recently hosted an exhibition of customised toys that included a rooster, a dentist/pilot, a fox, and a caged bird, all based on the same base blank vinyl toy - Fonzo by Burundanga Design.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 October 2013  |  View Comments


The Shining Girls Charity Art Show Raises R100 000 For Rape Crisis
Ninety-five artworks, depicting around 50 South African artists' interpretations of themes from author Lauren Beukes' novel The Shining Girls, formed part of an exhibition and sale to raise funds for Rape Crisis in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 October 2013  |  View Comments


GrafLit: The Official Launch And Exhibition
Light and dark, both literally and metaphorically, mix effortlessly in a new anthology of graphic work that was launched recently to showcase contemporary work by both professional South African illustrators and writers and up-and-coming talent.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2013  |  View Comments


A Taste Of Three Expressions To Celebrate Glenfiddich's 125th Birthday
Glenfiddich, a single-malt-whisky distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, has been celebrating 125 years with events around South Africa in which three of its whiskies are being showcased. Learn more about its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions, as well as what happened at the Groove Lounge event at Twankey Bar in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2013  |  View Comments


Fine Brandy By Design And The First Cape Town Fine Brandy Fusion Festival 2013
Although it has been running for 10 years, the Fine Brandy Fusion festival graced Cape Town for the first time this year. Complementing it is a selection of lifestyle and design initiatives and an educational campaign to put local brandy more firmly into the minds of South Africans.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 June 2013  |  View Comments


In Pictures: Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
Well over 80 cosplayers joined in the fun at this year's Free Comic Book Day events in Cape Town. Some competed in an official costume competition, while others were there just for fun. Either way, many of the cosplayers set a very high standard with their amazing costumes. Here's a showcase of some of the best.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2013  |  View Comments


Comics, Competitions, And Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
This year local comic-book store Readers Den organised the biggest Free Comic Book Day event that Cape Town has ever seen. Thousands of fans were treated to free comics, great discounts, awesome prizes, local comics creators, and a huge cosplay competition.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2013  |  View Comments


You've Got Mail... If You're Lucky
There are serious costs attached to keeping things old school on a trip to the post office to mail some letters, such as being harassed by a belly button.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 26 March 2013  |  View Comments



Ink, Art, And Accessories At The 5th Cape Town International Tattoo Convention
A new venue, tattoo professionals from all over the world, and an expanded lifestyle exhibition were on offer to curious visitors at this year's annual tattoo convention in Cape Town, South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 March 2013  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Be My Valentine
From geeky gifts to anonymous messages, the Internet offers a 21st Century way to celebrate Valentine's Day, with a little old-school handiwork thrown in for good measure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2013  |  View Comments


Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art
Mix sailors, sirens, creatures from the depths, nautical superstitions, and a few skulls and crossbones with Levi's Trucker Jackets and wine bottles and you have the recipe for Homeward Bound, this year's art showcase at the Cape Town International Tattoo Convention.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2013  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2012
Happy festive season! Whatever you are celebrating (or not) you'll probably need gifts. After all, isn't celebrating commercialism what holidays are all about? Therefore, here's our 2012 selection of stuff you'll definitely want to buy for yourself (and might considering giving to other people too).
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 30 November 2012  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
In part 2 of our coverage of the 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk the shuffling becomes more realistic, a forcefield is encountered, ice-cream makes an unexpected appearance, and several children become traumatised (probably for the rest of their lives).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 November 2012  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
The sun beat down on the horde. Thirsting for braaaaiiiinnnsss, the zombies lurched across the grass as waves crashed ominously against nearby rocks. No passersby were safe. Here, in pictures, is part 1 of this annual Horrorfest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 November 2012  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival: A Second Opinion
In this guest post whisky aficionado Wayne Abrahamse summarises the benefits that this year's Whisky Live Festival offered both local consumers and whisky and allied brands, as well as the marketing opportunities that many brands missed.
By: Wayne Abrahamse  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Single-malt Scotch lovers should be particularly happy with this year's selection at the annual Whisky Live Festival. Here's our roundup of what to expect, as well as specific whiskies to look out for and tasting notes of many of the highlighted whiskies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


Mash-Up At The Alex Hamilton Studio & Gallery
Comic panels, superheroes, art, ephemera, vintage toys, stencil art, painting, and a little bit of humour have all been mashed together by four South African artists currently exhibiting in a new show in Cape Town in which pop culture takes centre stage.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 September 2012  |  View Comments


The Art Of The Brick: 68 LEGO Sculptures By Nathan Sawaya
You may not know the name unless you're particularly a LEGO fan but you'll definitely know the work of Nathan Sawaya, the artist who makes the huge, imaginative, modern-art sculptures and art pieces out of LEGO pieces. Sixty-eight of his sculptures were recently on display in Portland and here's a showcase of what visitors saw.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 May 2012  |  View Comments


Billy Galaxy: A Portland Pop-Culture Store With A Collection Of Wonderful Vintage Things
Tucked away behind a small storefront in the centre of Portland, Oregon, is a vast collection of pop-culture memorabilia spanning decades. Best of all, it's all for sale - much of it at very affordable prices.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 April 2012  |  View Comments


Rich Mulholland Gets A Tattoo: Part 2
In this, the long-awaited second part of Rich Mulholland's tattoo experience, we visit tattoo artist Derek Baker's studio in Cape Town to watch the action and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. Once again there's blood, colourful language, and art... which pretty much describes a day in the life of most South Africans....
Please Note: Some of the images and the video may not be suitable for sensitive people.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2012  |  View Comments


Tattoos Inspire Art In Body Of Work
What do you get when you combine tattoo-inspired art with tattoo artists? Putt-putt, of course. (Also, art.) The 4th annual Cape Town International Tattoo Convention is about to begin, and festivities kicked off earlier this week with the exhibition Body Of Work.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 January 2012  |  View Comments


Turn On Captain America For $15
Turn your favourite (male) superhero or super villain on (or off) with a one-of-a-kind light switch. That's about all we're going to say as an introduction. (This post is not suitable for people with taste. Don't say we didn't warn you.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 November 2011  |  View Comments


The 2011 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Another year, another festival celebrating whisky. How time flies! We attended the opening night in Cape Town, where the festival ran for three days. Here's a rundown of what you missed, or what to expect if you will be attending in Johannesburg, where the festival will be running until the end of the week.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2011  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2011 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Passersby screamed in terror (well, some of them; most looked bewildered and a handful looked delighted) as the Capetonian zombie horde continued on its path of mayhem towards the V&A Waterfront. Here, in pictures, is part 2 of this now annual HorrorFest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2011  |  View Comments


In Pictures: The 2011 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
The thirst for blood and braaaaiiiinnnnnsss led a shambling group of undead Capetonians across the city in a nightmarish zombie walk. Here, in pictures, is part 1 of this now annual HorrorFest event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 October 2011  |  View Comments


Smash Putt Miniature Golf Apocalypse!
Mini golf. Putt-Putt. Iconic and awesome, this classic game is reworked as Smash Putt, a traveling Industrial Art exhibit full of mayhem and chaos. This isn't the post-Depression putt-putt with Dutch-style windmills you may have played as a kid. It is more impressive, and vastly improved with the dangerous additions of booze and power tools, giving you the perfect handicap for your bad score (and maybe more of a handicap, if you get too close to the power tools).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 4 April 2011  |  View Comments


Rich Mulholland Gets A Tattoo: Part 1
At the 2011 Southern Ink Xposure tattoo convention in Cape Town, South Africa, Rich Mulholland sat with local tattoo artist Derek of Metal Machine Tattoo & Body Piercing to get the first half of an elaborate tattoo done, which is based on a design by US graphic designer Hydro74. We documented the process in this photo essay and video presentation. (There's blood, colourful language, and art - what more could you hope for?)
Please Note: Some of the images and the video may not be suitable for sensitive people.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 February 2011  |  View Comments


The Finer Points Of Whisky: A Connoisseur And Renegade Face Off
Last week, a few hours before the Whisky Live Festival kicked off in Cape Town, Brandhouse hosted a whisk(e)y tasting for members of the media and whisky aficionados, which was a great way to set the mood for this year's festival. The tasting was led by two experts in the field, South Africa's Rynard van Der Westhuizen and Scotland's Bruce Campbell.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2010  |  View Comments


Keeping It Weird: The 2010 Portland Zombie Walk
The following is a photographic journey among some of Portland's hungriest, braaaaaainnnn-starved zombie citizens who wandered around the city in their effort to "Keep Portland Weird" (the city's unofficial motto), as well as an (obscured) experience of their comedic attempt at reviving Michael Jackson by dancing to "Thriller".
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 8 November 2010  |  View Comments


The 2010 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
In South Africa, November means whisky festival time. Once again the three-day event is being held in Cape Town before it moves to Johannesburg and we attended the opening night event, sampled a variety of whiskies from around the world, and learnt more about the culture of whisky making.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 November 2010  |  View Comments


Alex Hamilton's Roadtrip
Roadtrip, in the words of the artist, is "an exhibition about memory, adventure, landscape, and the car that always broke down on the side of the road". It is running in Cape Town for the whole of July before it moves to other cities in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 July 2010  |  View Comments


Halloween Pumpkin Carving
For Americans, pumpkin carving is an integral part of celebrating and enjoying Halloween, and has become a form of fine art. brainwavez.org presents some interesting jack-o'-lantern and carved pumpkins from a massive collection available on Flickr. We hope these will serve as a source of inspiration (for the artistically minded) or consternation (for those who are artistically inept (or undead)).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 19 November 2009  |  View Comments


The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival is the largest whisky festival in the world. It's running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, this month so we went along on the opening night to bask in warm, golden glows and determine just how much whisky one can sample in an evening. (The answer: not nearly enough!)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2009  |  View Comments


2009 North American Organic Brewers Festival
brainwavez.org is taking a slight detour from a focus on books but is keeping the alliterative spirit alive by shifting to beer. It's summer in the United States, which means there are ample beer festivals aimed at quenching thirst, surviving heat waves, and making ugly people beautiful. The first festival of the summer in the Portland, Oregon, area was the North American Organic Brewers Festival, a delightful and sustainable romp through some of the best organic beers available today.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 13 August 2009  |  View Comments


Cast & Crew: An Interview With South African Artist Alex Hamilton About His Exhibition Of Pop-Culture Icons
In an era of all-consuming mass media that craves and divides our attention, reality TV that increasingly scrapes the bottom of the barrel for shock value and ratings, and suspect role models made famous by the Internet, what is truly important to us? What gives us meaning? What do we relate to? How do we now define ourselves? Alex Hamilton's Cast & Crew exhibition presents 1000 icons of our modern times, from artists and musicians to politicians, media stars, and religious figures, and asks us to decide for ourselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2008  |  View Comments


A Tale Of Terror: The Boise Zombie Walk
Halloween comes but once a year but zombies are forever (unless you hack them to bits, which is recommended). Celebrate the quest for braaaaainnnnsssss with brainwavez.org's recent shuffle through Boise, Idaho, the potato capital of the world (not including Ireland...and possibly some other places).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 12 November 2008


Bjork - Wanderlust
If you went down to the waterfront recently you were in for a big surprise. Björk was to be seen surfing down a mythical river of electric blue spaghetti, atop a giant yak. The occasion? The premiere of her new 3D music video, "Wanderlust".
By: Ambre Nicolson  |  Posted: 29 May 2008


Chicago - The Musical
Murder! Treachery! Deceit! Lies! Thrills! Although that's technically all in a day's work for some of South Africa's parliamentary ministers and their associates, in this case we're talking about Chicago - The Musical, which has returned to Cape Town and is at Artscape until 13 April. You still have two weeks, so if you missed it in 2005 you have no excuse now.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 March 2008


Art Decko 2: A South African Exhibition Of Skateboard Decks
Take some blank skateboard decks, invite a few South African artists to create artworks out of them, repeat for the second year and you have the exhibition Art Decko 2, which has been touring the major centres in South Africa and is now in Durban until next Friday.
Posted: 12 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson


Bodies...The Exhibition
One might consider paying GBP17.50 to have a close-up look at preserved cadavers slightly macabre (and expensive), especially while on vacation, but I did it anyway. You can, too, until the end of the month.
Posted: 25 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson


Star Wars L'Expo
If you're in Paris at the moment you owe it to yourself to visit the Star Wars exhibition being held at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in the 19e. Whether you're a fan of science, science fiction, or movie making, there is sure to be something in this exhibition for you.
Posted: 22 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson


"The exhibition spans three rooms and comprises 84 of Pablo Picasso's paintings, drawings and sculptures and 29 African masks and sculptures that have been sourced from private collectors in South Africa as examples of African art that would have influenced his work and which reflects the spirit of his private collection, which remains in Paris as it is too fragile to travel. The sourced works originate from various African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Gabon. The exhibition has chosen, primarily, to exhibit masks, as Picasso's African-art collection mainly comprised these kinds of artworks, but his collection also included other items, such as a number of African musical instruments and a few pieces of jewellery."
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 April 2006