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Cappuccino Quest: Stodels Café Kenilworth In Cape Town, South Africa, Will Serve You A Great Cappuccino
Deep in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town there's a little plant nursery with a café that serves light meals - and behind the counter is a barista who makes a great cup of coffee.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2017  |  View Comments


South African Comics News Roundup: Catch Up With Stray, Comics On TV, And Fine Art Collaborations
The news doesn't stop, even when the news gathering is delayed. Find out some of what's been happening in South African comics and what comics creators have been working on in the past few months, plus learn how to order the next two issues of Stray, if you haven't already.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2017  |  View Comments


5 Zombie Questions: John Layman
It's October. It's Friday the 13th. It seems like a good day to talk about horror and zombies. Comics writer John Layman, a recent guest at FanCon Cape Town Comic Con, tackles five questions and answers an unsolicited one of his own.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)
Does magician and mentalist Andrew Klazinga really have mental powers? He explores the possibilities in his first solo show, which is running as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 October 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Greg Gelb's Refocused
In a show that forms part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival magician Greg Gelb uses his skills in a humorous way to remind his audiences of what's important in life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 September 2017  |  View Comments



Theatre Review: Brendon Peel's Hocus Pocus
Mentalist and magician Brendon Peel is in Cape Town to confound audiences with a show, which is running as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival, that presents a selection of effects that will entertain and mystify fans both old and new.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 September 2017  |  View Comments


Theatre Review: Stuart Lightbody's Unique Wonders
In his new show magician Stuart Lightbody has chosen to challenge himself by allowing audience members to make decisions that affect what happens each night and what magical effects will be performed. The result is a three week run during which no two performances are the same.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 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


News: Building Blocks, A LEGO-Themed Exhibition, To Open In Cape Town
The work of Nadia Estelwen Viljoen, a fine artist, and Alessandro Pappada, a ceramist, will be featured in a new LEGO- and pop-culture-themed exhibition that's opening in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 May 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


Open Art Cape Town's Humble Beginnings Showcases The Group's Artistic Talents
Open Art Cape Town held its first exhibition at The Drawing Room in Observatory. Members of the group selected some of their favourite pieces to demonstrate the collective, and diverse, talent of the community.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 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


Film Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Alice has one last chance to destroy the Umbrella Corporation and save the world's few remaining humans in what is a satisfying, but technically very flawed, final film in the long running action-horror film series Resident Evil.
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


Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2017  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Visit The Top Of Table Mountain In Cape Town, South Africa, For The View, Not The Cappuccinos
Table Mountain is situated in a nature reserve in the middle of Cape Town, South Africa. It's the city's pride and joy and it serves nearly a million visitors a year with staff members who offer impeccable, friendly service. The cappuccino making is not yet up to scratch however but hopefully that will change.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 January 2017  |  View Comments


Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Launch, #StayinAliveZA Cape Town
For one totally rad evening the Eighties made a huge comeback at the Cape Town launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Dayglo reigned supreme and zombies were just part of the fun as gamers celebrated the new release in the long-running first-person-shooter series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 December 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Cosecha Restaurant In Paarl Outside Cape Town, South Africa, Makes Great Food But Dire Coffee
If you're looking for a change from the traditional fine dining cuisine found at many South African wine estates then Cosecha Restaurant, with its Latin inspired cuisine, offers a welcome alternative - but, unfortunately, the cappuccinos aren't as skillfully prepared as the food.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 December 2016  |  View Comments


How Uber Analyses Its Data To Discover Customer Needs
An AfricaCom session featured Uber's Tim Willis, who spoke about Uber's growth in Africa, how it's disrupting courier services, and what it discovered when it drilled down into the data from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2016  |  View Comments


Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 November 2016  |  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


Cappuccino Quest: Doughnut Hive At GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa, Reaches A New Low
The sorry tale of bad coffee at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World in Cape Town continues. This time two of us really took one (each) for the team in an experience that included revolting coffee and awful service as the cherry on the top.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 October 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: ESWC FIFA Qualifier, Cape Town
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 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


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III At Trenchtown In June
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Forries In Cape Town, South Africa, Surprises With Some Decent Coffee
There's a barista at Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar in Newlands who knows how to prepare a good cup of coffee so patrons have even more reason to visit beyond the weekend-sports-events camaraderie for which for the pub is famous. (The pizza is pretty good too.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 July 2016  |  View Comments


E-Sports Report: FIFA 16 At Trenchtown In May
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 June 2016  |  View Comments


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


How I Made The DOOM Cape Town-Launch Highlights Video On An Android Phone
Last week's launch of DOOM in Cape Town offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with video production and editing on an Android phone. Here's what happened - and what tools you can use to make your own video.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


DOOM Launches In Cape Town
Journalists from around South Africa, plus a handful of lucky gamers, got a chance to try out DOOM at the MWEB MCave at the official launch of the game. TGN Racing Simulators also showcased VR games at the event to give gamers a break from the intense deathmatches.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


A Look At The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 Entries
The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 72-hour game jam featured indie games competing for top honours under the theme "Down, But Not Out" and a chance to be showcased at rAge in Cape Town. The winning games included some addictive gameplay, interesting premises, and... a little bit of tickling?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2016  |  View Comments


Report: Whisky Live Celebration, Cape Town, 2016
This year's Whisky Live event in Cape Town features some old favourites as well as some new gems. Here's what to expect from the festival, plus learn more about The Balvenie, Wild Turkey, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Wolfburn, Glenfarclas, and others.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 April 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Bad Coffee Is Probably Why The Coffee Shop At GrandWest, Cape Town, Is Now A Burger King
It's not only difficult to find decent food at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World - coffee is a problem too. While The Coffee Shop seemed as though it would be the best option it turned out to be another Cape Town disaster, with terrible cappuccinos and lacklustre service.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 April 2016  |  View Comments


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: What To Look Out For At The Inaugural rAge Cape Town - It's Not As Dire As You Were Expecting
The reactions to the announcement that the rAge gaming expo would be coming to Cape Town were mixed - and ranged wildly from enthusiasm to cynicism - but the moment is upon us, it is happening, and here's what to look out for to make the most of your time at the event.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2016  |  View Comments


Cappuccino Quest: Two Cappuccinos And Two Flat Whites At The Twankey Bar, Cape Town, South Africa, Are Unexpectedly Disappointing
A team training exercise in cappuccino evaluation turned into a bit of a disaster after - by sheer bad luck once we managed to coordinate four schedules - we picked a day for the adventure when a skilled barista wasn't behind the bar to make great drinks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 March 2016  |  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


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II At Trenchtown In August
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is back - well, it was, briefly. A recent flashback tournament at Trenchtown, organised by Zombiegamer Events, saw 16 teams of two compete on the Xbox 360 for the honour of winning what will likely be the final time the game is seen in action. (Unless there's a flashback flashback tournament sometime....)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 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


E-Sports Report: FIFA 15 At Trenchtown In July
The Trenchtown e-sports events in Cape Town are back - and more popular than ever if July's attendance is anything to go by. The tournament featured a FIFA 15 event across two platforms and some great prize money to sweeten the taste of victory.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 August 2015  |  View Comments


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


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


E-Sports Report: Mortal Kombat Cup Qualifiers In Cape Town
When the kombat is mortal there can be only one (after a series of polite Swiss meetups). What the hell are we talking about? Fatalities and brutalities, of course! Read on to find out what happened when 64 Capetonians gathered to smash each other's spines and rip out some (virtual) hearts (literally).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2015  |  View Comments


The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2015  |  View Comments


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


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


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


E-Sports Report: February T-Fest: FIFA 15 Xbox 1v1
This year's first FIFA 15 T-Fest e-sports tournament, organised by Zombiegamer, drew some new faces to the event, which featured a round robin first round before knockout stages separated the best from the rest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 March 2015  |  View Comments


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


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 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


E-Sports Report: End-Of-Year FIFA 15 2v2 Tournament At Trenchtown
Cape Town's e-sports tournaments for 2014 wound down with a FIFA 15 team event at Trenchtown that featured both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and a decent number of teams vying for a respectable first prize.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


2upGamers End-Of-Year Wrapup
2upGamers ended off the year with two Trenchtown tournament days and an anniversary celebration for the community that featured showcases of popular games from 2013 - and a Couples Doubles event that, mercifully, didn't involve dancing.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 December 2013  |  View Comments


Clash Of The Titles: Call Of Duty: Ghosts Faces Off Against Battlefield 4
This month the latest games in two popular e-sports first-person-shooter franchises launched. To celebrate, MWEB GameZone in Cape Town hosted a showdown between the two to see which game - and its fans - would triumph.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 November 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers Trenchtown October: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Bows Out And FIFA 14 Is In
In October 2upGamers hosted two days of competitive e-sports events at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has been a 2upGamers staple, and welcome FIFA 14.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 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


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


FIFA 14 Launches In South Africa
Local gamers were treated to exciting challenges against pro players, great prizes, and a fun evening of gaming and socialising at the recent South African launch of FIFA 14, which was hosted by MWEB in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 October 2013  |  View Comments


2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 Gets Its Final Moment
In September the 2upGamers Trenchtown competitive-gaming tournament in Cape Town focussed on fighting games, with some Forza 4 action thrown in for fun. The event also gave a chance for everyone to say goodbye to the monthly FIFA 13 tournament, which concluded this month with another exciting, dramatic final.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 September 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


2upGamers August: Halo At Trenchtown And An Ultimate Gamer Mini Showdown At UCT
In August some serious FIFA 13 and Halo 4 action dominated the 2upGamers e-sports events. At the community gathering an impromptu Mini Ultimate Gamer challenge threw us in the deep end... and at the end of the night Han Solo made us all cry (not in a good way).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 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


2upGamers July: Trenchtown E-Sports Intensity And Casual Gaming At UCT
The 2upGamers community casual gaming events were up and running again in July after uncontrollable scheduling problems left the event without a venue in June. Meanwhile, Trenchtown gained more recognition as a noteworthy e-sports event as teams from out of town flew in to Cape Town to participate in the games.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 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


Double Roundup: 2upGamers May And Trenchtown's June Launch
At May's 2upGamers event in Cape Town the Wii U and PC gaming saw some action, Trenchtown was launched in a big announcement, cosplay took centre stage, Couples Doubles was a hit, and the Celebrity Challenge hit a snag.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 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


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


2upGamers April: Call Of Duty, FIFA 13, Street Fighter, And Good Hope FM DJs Play Forza
An atmosphere of intense concentration and some nail-biting close calls during a number of gaming challenges were counterbalanced by four Good Hope FM DJs enjoying the first MWEB GameZone Celebrity Challenge at April's 2upGamers event in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 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


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


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


Impressive Student Projects Showcased At UCT's Annual IS Expo
A drug-dispensing and monitoring system, a crowd-funding platform, an online meal-booking system, a digital forensics case-management system, a traffic-incident monitoring system, and a health-data capturing and monitoring system were some of the student projects showcased at this year's Information Systems Expo at the University Of Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 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


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


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


Inside Groupon South Africa
Groupon South Africa recently moved into new premises in Cape Town. Take a peek "behind the green curtain" to find out more about the company and its operations in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 September 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


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


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


Glitterboys And Ganglands
Tiaras and tucking take centre stage in this documentary by husband-and-wife team Matthew Brown (producer) and Lauren Beukes (director) that follows three contestants who are preparing for the 2010 Miss Gay Western Cape pageant.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Design Indaba Conference: Day 3 Live Blog
It's the last day of the Design Indaba 2011 conference, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the day's events, with speaker information and talk highlights, and featuring Mexican textiles based on indigenous designs and knowledge; redesigning bikes; changing perceptions of what African art and design is; pupunha plywood and sustainable eco design; interface design; typoplastic surgery; biotypography; computational informational design; Google Creative Lab; Hugh Masekela; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Design Indaba Conference: Day 2 Live Blog
We're on to the second day of the Design Indaba 2011 conference, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the conference events, featuring social design; Coca-Cola modular design systems; Alessi; stationery for imperfect people; eco design and redesigning products; teaching kids to believe in themselves; quirky experiential design with a basis in science; interpreting Xhosa beadwork into knitwear; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


Design Indaba Conference: Day 1 Live Blog
The Design Indaba 2011 conference starts today in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a live blog transcript of the day's events, featuring QuaDror; Improv Everywhere; social design; Harley-Davidson; sustainable environmentally-friendly building construction in Burkina Faso; title-sequence design; branding and product design; a special session of Michael Wolff with the simulcast attendees; and much, much more.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 February 2011  |  View Comments
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


Saturday At Rocking The Daisies 2010
The Rocking The Daisies music festival, which takes place over a weekend each October on a wine farm near Cape Town, South Africa, and is now in its fifth year, was three days of sensory overload and great local music. Here's our showcase of some of the artists that performed on the main stage on the Saturday night.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 October 2010  |  View Comments
Category: Music > Features


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
Category: Books > Features


The 2010 South African Blog Awards were presented last night in Cape Town at an event that was very different from that of previous years. Thanks to your support we have won the Best Post category and I also won the other category in which I was nominated. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 September 2010  |  View Comments
Category: News


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
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


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
Category: Books > Reviews


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
Category: Culture > Features


News > Moxyland Short-Story Competition Details
Specific details on the Moxyland short-story competition, such as how to enter, what to enter, and the closing date (11 25 September 2009 - it's been extended), have been posted. Read Lauren Beukes's post at Book Southern Africa for the details. To learn more about Moxyland read brainwavez.org's interview with Lauren here.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 August 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: News


Aspiring science-fiction authors and fans of Lauren Beukes' debut novel Moxyland are in for a treat as a great short-story competition, which she alluded to in her interview with brainwavez.org last month, has finally been announced by HarperCollins.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 August 2009  |  Add Or Read
Category: News


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
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Books > Features


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  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


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  |  Add Or Read
Category: Books > Features


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
Category: Culture > Features


Woolworths Café, Constantia Village, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa: Tall Cappuccino
Between illness, hectic work schedules, and public holidays Cappuccino Quest Friday just wasn't going to happen last week, so here's a special Cappuccino Quest Monday entry filled with enough organic blah to make the most stoic old-school farmer feel just a little guilt.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 July 2008  |  Add Or Read


Hollow On The Square, CBD, Cape Town, South Africa: Cappuccino
Here's what happened after we left Caffè deLuca. I still remember the Hollow On The Square service quite clearly. Whenever I pass the entrance to the square (the hotel is actually on a square) I get a bit of a feeling, best described as vague discomfort. I'm not fond of bad service.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Caffè deLuca, Cape Town, South Africa: Singolo Cappuccino
Every time we haul something out of the (unpublished) archives and have little flashbacks to the experience, which was usually not that exciting, we wonder if anything has changed, and if the coffee's improved since we visited (if it wasn't that good the first time around, which is often the case).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Woolworths Café, Cavendish Square, Claremont: Cappuccino
Cappuccino Quest Fridays, Week 2! We're sure people have been taking bets to see if we'd make it this far.... Anyway, this is definitely one from the archives. Apologies to Gideon, who handed it in timeously. We will return to the establishment at some point, too, just to prove that nothing is likely to have changed, bar the price.
By: Gideon Joubert  |  Posted: 13 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


Jonkershuis, Cape Town, South Africa: Cappuccino
Announcing Cappuccino Quest Fridays! We've been testing, but we haven't been posting, which somewhat defeats the purpose. So, in an attempt to get the Cappuccino Quest backlog up on the site, we're making Fridays Cappuccino Quest days. We'll be posting something - whether it's a recent review or one from the (unpublished) archives - every Friday until there's no more backlog and our consciences feel some sort of relief. Wish us luck....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 June 2008  |  Add Or Read


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  |  Add Or Read
Category: Culture > Theatre


Activities > Skydive Cape Town
Skydive Cape Town
If the weather's good but you've run out of things to do in Cape Town (though hard to imagine, one presumes that could be possible) why not jump out a plane? Experience our attempt at defying gravity, strapped to the crotch of a complete stranger, at 9000 feet.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 31 January 2008  |  Add Or Read
Category: Travel > South Africa > Western Cape > Activities


Cappuccino Quest & Dining > Chai-Yo, Cape Town, South Africa
Chai-Yo: vegetarian dining review
Chai-Yo, a Thai restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa, is the perfect restaurant to visit with a group of friends on a laid-back Friday evening in order to wind down after a hectic work week. Read the review or have a look at the Cappuccino Quest entry.
Posted: 28 February 2007  |  Category: Dining | Cappuccino Quest


Kauai: Regular Cappuccino - Takeaway, Cape Town, South Africa
Happy new year from brainwavez.org! We're going to start off the year by publishing the Cappuccino Quest backlog (among other things), starting with this review of the takeaway option from Kauai. At the same time we will be tweaking settings and interface elements on the site so you will see some changes happening. Do not be alarmed! Anyway, back to the Cappuccino Quest. We don't really recommend that you try this option, judging by our experience, but you'll have to read on to find out why. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 15 January 2007  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Cappuccino Quest & Dining > Mugg & Bean (Cavendish Square Branch), Cape Town, South Africa
Mugg and Bean dining review
What happens when we have dinner and two different cappuccinos at the Mugg & Bean in Cavendish Square? We end up with a whole lot of Mugg & Bean articles for the site! Therefore, a selection: how about the dining review, or the Cappuccino Quest entry, or the red cappuccino Cappuccino Quest entry?
Posted: 21 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest | Dining



Culture > Art Decko 2: A South African Exhibition Of Skateboard Decks
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. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 12 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Features



Cappuccino Quest > Seattle Coffee co., Cape Town, South Africa
Seattle Coffee co., Cape Town, South Africa
Seattle Coffee co. is actually in Cape Town, so don't be confused. We ended up there one evening to kill time and are still searching for the coffee that goes with the cappuccino. If you're ever looking for some overpriced foam, though, this is the place to visit. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 4 December 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest



Cappuccino Quest > @ the Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
@ the Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
The bizarre, communist sounding "red cappuccino" has quietly been appearing on menus all over the city in the last month. This was our first encounter with the drink, so we had no idea of what to expect. The experience turned out to be quite pleasant...this time...but be warned, there's an art to the red cappuccino that many in Cape Town have yet to master. We will be adding more information about it in the coming months but, for now, have a look at how @ the Waterfront fared. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 17 November 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Cappuccino Quest > Wild Bean Cafe (Forest Drive, Pinelands), Cape Town, South Africa
Wild Bean Cafe (Forest Drive, Pinelands), Cape Town, South Africa
The Wild Bean Cafe is proof that you can find decent coffee in strange places, and don't have to pay a fortune for it. It's a pity about the swizzle, stirring things, but I forgive them. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 3 November 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest




Cappuccino Quest > Bardelli's, Cape Town, South Africa
Bardelli's, Cape Town, South Africa
We're slowly getting through the backlog. These things are a lot easier to test than they are to write. Anyway, If you're looking for one hell of a cappuccino experience, Bardelli's may be the place for you. Mandy barely made it out alive, and has murderous thoughts about the barista, but that's probably normal. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 30 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Dining > Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch, Cape Town)
Caffeine
This is what happens when people from opposite sides of the globe have a disagreement concerning what constitutes bad service - cultures clash, emails fly around, a certain individual experiences great angst, and it takes ages for a review to be posted. Here, finally, is Mandy's review of Caffeine in Riebeek Street, Cape Town. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 27 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Culture > Dining > Reviews


Cappuccino Quest > Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch, Cape Town)
Caffeine (Riebeek Street Branch)
I heart cappuccinos. No, really, I do. This one told me so, so it must be true.
(Apologies for the poetry, it was completely accidental. I promise.)
Anyway, today's entry is another one for the great city of Cape Town. I ordered it while out on the town for a light lunch, a review of which will be posted shortly (days shortly, not minutes shortly). [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 8 September 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson  |  Category: Cappuccino Quest


Music > Missy Higgins Live At The Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa, 7 July 2006
Posted: 12 July 2006
Missy Higgins in Cape Town! Oh my! Here are most of the important adjectives from the article: enigmatic, quirky, odd, endearing, charming, powerful, and infectious. However, you should probably read what Mandy J Watson had to say for the context. [ Read the article ]
Category: Music > Features


The Best Of The Older Stuff
Posted: Mainly in 2006
In Culture:
Picasso And Africa: An Exhibition At The Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa