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Comics To Note: Shirtless Bear-Fighter! #1 By Jody Leheup, Sebastian Girner, And Nil Vendrell
There's only one (very angry) man powerful enough to stop bears in their tracks - Shirtless Bear-Fighter! Unfortunately for the citizens of Major City, who are now under attack, he may not care enough to intervene, even if law enforcement attempts to bribe him with flapjacks and maple syrup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 June 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Siri Watu, Open Book Crowdfunding, ICON, Geek Ink, And FanCon Loot
The South African comics news highlights for the past month include details on two crowdfunding projects, including one for Open Book Festival, as well as more information on new videos, new comics, and new projects in the works.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 June 2017  |  View Comments


Comics To Note: Samaritan: Veritas #1 By Matt Hawkins And Atilio Rojo
Hacker Samaritan's primary targets are no longer corrupt mega churches. Instead she's intent on taking down the world's largest military contractor - but it's going to be tricky as the US government wants her dead.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 May 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Free Comic Book Day, Comexposed, Stray Action Figures, And An Interactive Web Comic
The latest news includes a roundup of local Free Comic Book Day events, the Kickstarter campaign to create the Stray action figure, highlights from the most recent Comexposed event, and a web comic in which the readers decide what happens next.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 May 2017  |  View Comments


They Did This! Creates Comic Art For Brewery Heroic Aleworks
Members of arts collective They Did This! have been collaborating with a craft brewery in the US to design comics-inspired artworks for the brewery's line of beers, which are themed around superheroes and villains.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 April 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Sector, Open Art Cape Town, James Bond, And Another FanCon Update
Highlights for this month include news of a new issue of Sector, the expansion of Open Art Cape Town's activities, the launch of another Asmaul Husna adult-colouring book, and Jason Masters' visit to Germany to promote James Bond. Plus we're a month away from FanCon Cape Town Comic Con so there's a new update highlighting some of the guests to look forward to.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 March 2017  |  View Comments


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


There's A South African Comics Easter Egg In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
South African comics are represented in the final instalment of the Resident Evil film franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The standout appearance is in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment so here's what to look out for when you watch the movie.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 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


5 Zombie Questions: Jason Aaron
Jason Aaron is well known for his writing work on some of Marvel's top titles, as well as his award winning creator-owned series. He offers his perspective on the Wolverine fandom's zombie debate and contemplates whether brains or ribs would be most appealing to Southern zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 November 2016  |  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


News: Act Fast! You've Got One Day To Get The Stray Kickstarter Through Stretch Goals
The creation of Volume 2 of Stray is under way and the team is looking for support to keep the series going without delays. The crowdfunding campaign has already reached its goal but the stretch goals and any additional funds, which you can help with, will assist with keeping the issues coming.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 August 2016  |  View Comments


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


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


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


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


News: You've Got Five Days To Grab The Humble Comics Bundle: Pathfinder, Which Includes Work By Sean Izaakse
A new comics bundle from Humble Bundle, featuring Pathfinder comics, is running for the next few days. Comics that South African comics creator Sean Izaakse worked on are included in the bundle so this is your chance to grab them at a fraction of their retail price.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 March 2016  |  View Comments


News: Act Fast! Grab Your Free Comics From Action Lab Entertainment To Celebrate #BlackComicsMonth
You have until the end of the month to get a selection of Action Lab Entertainment comics for free on Comixology as part of the #BlackComicsMonth initiative that works to highlight diversity in comics.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 February 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


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


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


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


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 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


The Highs And Lows Of Being (A) Stray
It has taken nearly 18 months to get the first issue of a new creator-owned comics series into comic shops. From a successful Kickstarter campaign to a publisher backout that left the project homeless and printing and distribution problems, we bring you the roller-coaster ride that is the behind-the-scenes story of Stray, a superhero comic by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 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


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


News: Two Portland Based Comics Projects Have Hit Their Crowd-Funding Targets And Are Reaching For Stretch Goals
Two supernatural-themed comics projects by creators based in Portland are in their final days on Kickstarter and are looking for a few extra dollars to reach their stretch goals after both hitting their main funding goal - of printing a collected volume of an ongoing web comic - this weekend.
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Teju Cole Examines The African Supercity
Lagos, the African supercity, is a hostile environment. It is big, overcrowded, and cruel but it is also a place of creative struggle, a place that produces writers such as Teju Cole, the award-winning author of Open City, who presented a talk entitled Cityscapes Live: Lagos at this year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 23 October 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


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


Comics: South African Roundup #3
This South African comics roundup features a number of comics that have been produced this year, some of which have set the bar very high with their quality printing, fantastic artwork, skilled storytelling, and fun, quirky characters.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 September 2013  |  View Comments


Comics: South African Roundup #2: Joe Daly
Joe Daly has achieved international acclaim for his comics work and is highly regarded in the industry yet he is not well known in South Africa, although he has been publishing books for about 10 years. Here's our roundup of his publications, including his stand-out series Dungeon Quest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2013  |  View Comments


An Evening With Lauren Beukes
After a quick speaking engagement in Portland, Oregon, at Powell's City Of Books to promote her grisly new novel The Shining Girls, author Lauren Beukes unwittingly endured the weirdness of the city with an acquaintance turned tour guide, which included crashing a studio party and hunting buck in high definition.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 June 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


Comics: South African Roundup
Ahead of this year's Free Comic Book Day festivities, here's our roundup of the most interesting comics, graphic novels, and zines that have been produced by South Africans in the past few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 May 2013  |  View Comments


Win The Shining Girls E-Book
The Shining Girls, the new novel by Lauren Beukes that features a time travelling serial killer, is launching this week in Johannesburg and Cape Town! To celebrate, we have five copies of the e-book to give away, courtesy of Random House Struik/Umuzi.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 April 2013  |  View Comments


Designing The Shining Girls Covers: We Go Behind The Scenes With Joey Hi-Fi
Presenting: an unveiling of the South African cover designs for The Shining Girls, the highly anticipated forthcoming novel by Lauren Beukes, and an in-depth interview with designer Joey Hi-Fi in which he discusses typography, Ray Gun magazine, and things that glow in the dark.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2013  |  View Comments


Moleskine Announces Notebooks Themed Around The Hobbit
We've had LEGO, Peanuts, Woodstock, Star Wars, and Pac-Man themed notebooks, among other pop-culture treasures. Now Moleskine has added The Hobbit to its collection of special limited-edition notebooks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 December 2012  |  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


Serena By Ron Rash
Serena, a highly disturbing story filled with tension and suspense, is a well-written tragedy about a passionate marriage that deteriorates at an alarming rate until all that is left is revenge and violence.
By: Anne Louise Taylor  |  Posted: 22 October 2012  |  View Comments


Co/Mix 2012: A Roundup Of Open Book's Mini Comics Festival
Independent artists, illustrators, comics creators, and comics publishers gathered to participate in panel discussions and introduce and sell their books, comics, and artworks at a special day-long event called Co/Mix, held as part of this year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 October 2012  |  View Comments


Is Print Media Heading For Extinction? Journalists Weigh In
At a lively session entitled "The Future Of Print Media: Does It Have One?", held as part of the 2012 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, four journalists from three continents debated whether print and quality journalism as we know it are still going to exist in a few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 September 2012  |  View Comments


The DK Army
After years of traversing university life with the aid of Wikipedia and Google a chance encounter with a Dorling Kindersley book conjures thoughts of the good old days when learning meant going to the Windhoek Public Library and fighting to the death for the right to borrow a DK book.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 6 August 2012  |  View Comments


James Fouche: Exploring The Criminal Mind
Crime writers and the crime genre are perennial favourites at the Cape Town Book Fair and this year was no exception. Up-and-coming author James Fouché shared his thoughts on the complexities involved in both delving into the criminal mind and drafting the moral and psychological pen sketch of an antihero while writing a crime noir thriller.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 12 July 2012  |  View Comments


Derryn Campbell's Quest To Make South Africa Awesome
If there is one thing that South Africans can do - and do well - it is grouse about everything from crooked politicians to the less-than-stellar performance of Bafana Bafana, the national men's soccer team. Derryn Campbell's vision of unifying South Africans via her best-selling book Awesome South Africa is a refreshing alternative and visitors to this year's Cape Town Book Fair were able to hear her describe how the book came into being as well as expand upon her vision.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 21 June 2012  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: Sarah Lotz
Today we debut a new feature on the site in which we ask someone five zombie questions. Author Sarah Lotz, who has zombies crawling out of all sorts of places in her back catalogue, kindly allowed us to use her as our inaugural guinea pig. Here are the results of the experiment.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 May 2011  |  View Comments


How International Best-Selling Author Jodi Picoult Writes One Book A Year
American commercial writer Jodi Picoult launched her new book, House Rules, at the Cape Town Book Fair last year. Thoroughly entertaining and captivating, Jodi knows how to wow her audience. South African authors could learn a thing or two from her unashamed self-confident style that ultimately results in people queuing to buy her books.
By: Anne Louise Taylor  |  Posted: 31 January 2011  |  View Comments


Crime: Fact Or Fiction
Everyone loves a well-written crime thriller, but in a country such as South Africa where crime is rampant, how exactly do local crime writers spin their yarns and at the same time captivate an audience that has become inured to violence? This was the topic of a Cape Town Book Fair panel discussion hosted by local author Andrew Brown. Best known for his Sunday Times Fiction Prize-winning work Coldsleep Lullaby, Brown is also an advocate at the Cape Bar as well as a South African Police Services reservist. Joining him were authors Margie Orford, Antony Altbeker, and Deon Meyer.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 24 December 2010  |  View Comments


The Recurring Supersleuth Of Crime Fiction
Mike Hammer. Ed McBain. John Rebus and Inspector Morse...a veritable pantheon of fictional supersleuths. To these can be added Benny Griessel, Clare Hart, and David "Kubu" Bengu. Their respective creators - Deon Meyer, Margie Orford and "Michael Stanley" - discussed their characters' virtues and vices with Mike Nicol of UCT's Department of English at this year's Cape Town Book Fair.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 23 December 2010  |  View Comments


10 Classic Speculative-Fiction Works Reinterpreted As Word Clouds
What happens when you take the text from 10 classic pieces of literature and use it to generate word clouds? The short answer is: some hits, some misses, and a few surprises. The longer answer is: rather attractive results (in most cases).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 December 2010  |  View Comments


Chick Lit Or Women's Fiction: Is There A Difference?
Have you ever found yourself wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to chick-lit novels, more precisely known as women's fiction? At this year's Cape Town Book Fair four South African writers demystifed the topic and why this type of literature is so thoroughly enjoyed.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 29 September 2010  |  View Comments


Wole Soyinka Urges Children To Fight For Access To Books
There is a Nigerian saying that "an old man is there to talk". Seventy-six-year-old Nigerian literary giant Wole Soyinka is never afraid to give his candid opinion. According to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, at a gala dinner hosted by the department of arts and culture during the Cape Town Book Fair, guest of honour Soyinka began his speech with an anecdote about what has always remained an important issue to him - access to books for the youth.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 7 September 2010  |  View Comments


Bid On The Zoo City Bares
Celebrate the launch of Lauren Beukes' latest novel with a bid on an artwork in a collaborative project designed to generate funds for a very important South African initiative.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 August 2010  |  View Comments


Bombproof By Michael Robotham
Beat the worst of London's underworld at their game. Rescue your sister. Clear your name - and not necessarily in that sequence. A tall order for anyone - but especially for someone being hunted by every military and police agency in the United Kingdom as a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist....
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 30 July 2010  |  View Comments


The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind By William Kamkwamba And Bryan Mealer
Most reviews of this book include the word "inspirational". While this is certainly true, there is far more to William Kamkwamba's story than inspiration, so you won't find that word in this review. Instead, you will find others that are equally glowing.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 July 2010  |  View Comments


As The Crow Flies By Veronique Tadjo
As The Crow Flies is a short novel that explores the individual loves of nameless characters living in urban landscapes and other unidentified locations who are unconnected to each other, yet linked through the themes of love or suffering in a world in which love finds it hard to thrive.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 26 July 2010  |  View Comments


Ravens by George Dawes Green
On its jacket Ravens is described as a "terrifying, gripping, unique" work of "psychological suspense". Instead, I found an appealing but B-grade narrative with lacklustre characters and a predictable plot.
By: Lenina Rassool  |  Posted: 2 June 2010  |  View Comments


Girls At War And Other Stories by Chinua Achebe
Girls At War And Other Stories is a collection of short stories written over a period of 20 years that not only celebrates the diversity of African culture but questions and explores the conflict between traditional African beliefs and modernism introduced by British colonialism.
By: Anne Taylor  |  Posted: 28 May 2010  |  View Comments


Black Sunlight By Dambudzo Marechera
I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this novel. Would it be frustrating? Captivating? Engrossing? Catastrophic? I can definitively say that it was all of these qualities, many more, and certainly far fewer. If you're confused, I am too. But then that's the nature of reading stream-of-consciousness writings, especially from one of Zimbabwe's most unconventional authors.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 May 2010  |  View Comments


Home Away, edited by Louis Greenberg
It's an impressive undertaking: coordinate 24 writers to write 24 stories, each inspired by a different hour of the day and a different city of the world, and use these tales to "reflect on the nature of home", with no restriction on genre, fact, or fiction. The result? Whatever you choose to make of it.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 May 2010  |  View Comments


Designing The Zoo City Cover
In a brainwavez.org (semi) exclusive, we examine the cover design for the South African edition of Lauren Beukes' forthcoming novel Zoo City, which is published by Jacana. We talk to the artist, Joey Hi-Fi, and bring you a behind-the-scenes gallery taken from the concept document that shows the evolution of the design.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 March 2010  |  View Comments


Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel In Letters By Mark Dunn
Ella Minnow Pea was first published in 2001 and it amazes me to think that I have lived nearly a decade without this book. I promise you'll find a nerdy love for words, language, and the processes of language construction in Mark Dunn's beautiful little novel. You'll enjoy every letter (especially the missing ones).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 16 March 2010  |  View Comments


The Memory Keeper's Daughter By Kim Edwards
The Memory Keeper's Daughter focuses on some rather annoying characters and has some pretty poor editing. However it is a compelling narrative of lies, deception, and intense emotion you won't forget but you'll have to read the review to decide if you want Kim Edwards' novel - and its problems - permanently lodged in your memory.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 9 March 2010  |  View Comments


Neighbours: The Story Of A Murder by Lilia Momple
Neighbours: The Story Of A Murder is a novel of tragedy and triumph concerning the history and destabilisation of Mozambique, which teaches us that other cultures and countries can offer a lesson in humanity, perseverance, and the perils of greed, while reaffirming the idea that we can become neighbours through compassion and storytelling.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 January 2010  |  View Comments


Simon's Cat, Created And Illustrated By Simon Tofield
In a relatively short time Simon's Cat has become a much-loved online animated series of shorts but this is not the first time that an Internet meme has tried to cross the divide. Is it possible for a digital sensation to be reinvented successfully in a different medium. Does Simon's Cat translate in book form?
Posted: 15 December 2009


Giles: The Collection 2010
Voted Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century, Giles' career at the Daily Express and Sunday Express spanned almost fifty years. Giles: The Collection 2010 brings together some of his best loved cartoons in the ideal Yuletide stocking filler... and what Christmas would be complete without Grandma?
Posted: 9 December 2009


Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Black Hills is a well-written, intriguing modern love story with an underlying plot of suspense. It cleverly weaves itself tighter and tighter until your focus has shifted to looking for a killer instead of rooting for the relationship.
Posted: 9 November 2009
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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt
The variety of monsters, called yokai, in Japan is astounding - and many of them are very bizarre. Should you find yourself face to face (or, erm, worse) with one, this fully illustrated, very handy guide will be indispensable: use it to learn how to spot yokai and how to survive the attack. Plus, it's filled with fascinating cultural observations that will astound and delight. You'll never leave home without it! (You may also never want to go to Japan after reading it....)
Posted: 30 October 2009


Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
It seems only fitting that brainwavez.org focuses on zombies, as they have an unnatural (or natural) penchant for braaaiins. With that, we present to you the guts, gore, mayhem, and poetic beauty of Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your... Brains.
Posted: 21 October 2009
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House Of War by Hamilton Wende
Intelligent, well-crafted and multi-layered, Hamilton Wende's latest work manages to straddle both the spy-thriller and psychological genres with a healthy dollop of history, drama, and romance thrown in for good measure.
Posted: 16 October 2009


Interview: Lauren Beukes, South African Author Of Moxyland
Your phone is your lifeline but it can also be used to control you, art is (partly) alive, and corporations control (almost) everyone in Moxyland, Lauren Beukes' debut novel in which the lives of four characters intersect in an imagining of Cape Town, 2018, that will make most very uneasy. In this exclusive interview the author talks about her influences, her writing process, and exciting projects that were birthed as the book's release gained momentum.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 July 2009  |  View Comments


Photo Essay: Panel Discussions At The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
In the last in our series of photo essays on the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair we highlight some of the interesting discussions that took place during various panel sessions with authors and academics. Visitors to the fair can attend almost all the panel discussions for free, which makes them a popular feature of the fair every year. As a special bonus for this essay we have included video clips from two of the most popular sessions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 July 2009  |  View Comments


Photo Essay: Authors At The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
The opportunity to meet authors - both local and international - and hear them talk about their writing processes and experiences is one of the most exciting aspects of the Cape Town Book Fair. Here is a selection of some of the authors that were manning stands, launching books, and signing autographs for fans at the 2009 fair.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 June 2009  |  View Comments


Photo Essay And Report: The 2009 Cape Town Book Fair
Thousands of people braved crazy winter weather over four days to attend the fourth Cape Town Book Fair, which was held earlier this month at the convention centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a showcase of some of the highlights from the stands and exhibition areas, in the first of a few reports we have compiled.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 June 2009  |  View Comments


A Look At Earth - The Comprehensive World Atlas
In 500 years' time what will the legacy be that we have left on this planet? With wars, clashing religious ideologies, and climate change threatening to decimate the world as we know it Earth - The Comprehensive World Atlas, with its detailed descriptions of countries and cultures as they stand today may become one of the few remaining published records of the time we spent here during one of this planet's most tumultuous periods.
Posted: 15 June 2009


Johnny Golightly Comes Home: A Portrait Of Eccentricity by Pat Hopkins
Johnny Golightly Comes Home is an interwoven tale of the stories of two men: an artist buried within multiple identities and a writer tasked with the impossible assignment of getting to the core of these identities in order to write the artist's biography. The result is a riveting, engaging account of frustration and eccentricity that is rich with metaphor and symbolism.
Posted: 10 June 2009


Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Still Kak? by Tim Richman and Grant Schreiber
Just how kak is South Africa? Well, ask any citizen about his or her particular issues and you're likely to hear that it's all pretty kak. To combat the problem South African authors Tim Richman and Grant Schreiber keep publishing new books that tackle kakness. Why? Because South Africans don't know how to fix anything but at least they can buy a book, have a laugh, and keep a local publishing company afloat during the recession. Or something. It's all so kak, who can keep track?
Posted: 8 June 2009


Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz
Author Sarah Lotz's riveting debut novel is a sensational tale of two British teenagers on the run in Paris that features quirky characters, dark humour, and the seedy side of one of Europe's most glamorous cities.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 June 2009  |  View Comments



Going Green by Simon Gear
These days we're all being encouraged to "go green" but sometimes it's a bit overwhelming knowing where to start or whether there is any point to your efforts. In Going Green - 365 Ways To Change Our World South African author Simon Gear presents bite-sized pieces of advice to help us transition to a more harmonious lifestyle.
Posted: 2 June 2009


Beards Of Our Forefathers By David Malki !
Recently another anthology of Wondermark, the world's only web comic, was published. This hardcover collection features about 120 strips, the eight-page short story Treachery!, and bonus material that is not available anywhere else.
Posted: 8 September 2008


Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? The Whinger's Guide To South Africa From AA To JZ
Now that we're over this year's Valentine's euphoria (you know, the five of you that were actually experiencing it) and sugar highs from Easter chocolate, it's back to the business of cynicism. Although most of us at brainwavez.org are skilled practitioners of the art, we're not the only masters. Recently Two Dogs published Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? The Whinger's Guide To South Africa From AA To JZ. We spoke to co-author Tim Richman about aspects of the South African experience that unite us all in a way that even Nelson Mandela couldn't.
Posted: 11 April 2008


An Interview With Kerry Rogers, Author Of Women's Bodies: A User's Manual
To acknowledge Valentine's Day we thought we'd skip all the boring mushy stuff and head straight for the sex, and what better way than with a manual designed to answer all your pressing questions? We recently sat down with Kerry Rogers, author of Women's Bodies: A User's Manual, and asked pressing questions about her new-found career as a sex-manual writer. (Please note that this article is not suitable for minors.)
Posted: 14 February 2007


In A Sunburned Country By Bill Bryson
"Most books concerning Australia spend pages on Sydney, and even more pages on Uluru (better known as Ayer's Rock). Some will even mention Melbourne. Bryson, rather, takes us across the country, through the outback, on the legendary Indian Pacific Railroad. He drives from Darwin in the north of the country straight down to Uluru. He spends a significant amount of time in Adelaide and Canberra, as well as all the way up the northern coastal towns such as Cairns. In effect, he gives a highly comprehensive view of Australia. And he describes it all so well."
Posted: 27 March 2006
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The Annotated Wondermark by David Malki !
"The book features the first 100 Wondermark strips, as well as some extras that you won't find on the site ... The strips, themselves, are the most fascinating items to behold: public-domain turn-of-the-century images reworked for our turn-of-the-century times ... and the sense of humour of more discerning individuals. Some of the illustrations are truly bizarre, and I constantly find myself wondering what they initially were used for."
Posted: 3 March 2006
Posted by: Mandy J Watson


The Simpsons Library Of Wisdom: Comic Book Guy's Book Of Pop Culture
"The book is so well written that I could actually hear the voice of Comic Book Guy (who is voiced by Hank Azaria) as I read Comic Book Guy's dialogue boxes. His trademark sarcasm and sense of superiority shines through and the illustrations beautifully capture his inner emotions, from the nervous single geek ready for a romantic night out to the frozen-in-awe (occasionally) fanboy experiencing a brush with greatness (Stan Lee, William Shatner and Adam West, amongst others)."
Posted: 27 January 2006
Posted by: Mandy J Watson