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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.
In an amusing parody of superhero movies LEGO Batman has to learn to work with others if he wants to save Gotham City from (arguably) the largest collection of villains any fictional city has ever had to face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is a bigger, badder, more powerful antagonist still relevant as a plot device for a sequel? If it's executed the way it has been done in X-Men: Apocalypse the answer is no. Hackneyed storytelling and destruction devoid of moral consequences mars the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's been much hype and anticipation for this chapter in Marvel's X-Men universe that introduces audiences to Deadpool, an anti-hero who is a fan favourite due to his unpredictable behaviour and twisted sense of humour, which offers plenty of potential for a story that's far from the run-of-the-mill glut that we have been subjected to lately. Unfortunately, the film-makers may have played it too safe....
Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of brainwavez.org's 2015 roundup.
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Every May the 4th for the past 14 years the geek community has celebrated Star Wars culture with puns, memes, and jokes. This year was no exception - even Twitter got in on the action with emojis, which resulted in an explosion in the day's stream. Plus, the world's biggest LEGO Millennium Falcon was built in Australia and Vanity Fair went behind the scenes of the new movie with the help of photographer Annie Leibovitz's lens.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 17 To Day 24: The Little Witch, The Last Unicorn, Outer Space, Monsters, Dragons, And More
The InkTober Challenge is a challenge for a reason, though the point is to increase your skills and work out of your comfort zone, not just produce work. However, the project has taken its toll and some South African comics artists have slowly begun to fall out. See who has found the fortitude to keep going, who has just disappeared, and who knows how to bow out gracefully - all in part three of brainwavez.org's 2014 showcase.
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.
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.
Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
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.
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The X-Men's past and future collides in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. With the future looking bleak it's up to Wolverine to travel to the past and enlist the help of the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, who come with their own complications, to change the timeline and save mutanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One hundred minutes of 100% product placement coalesce in a feature film all about LEGO in which a group of rebels task an average, ordinary, everyday construction worker with saving the world - whether he is capable of doing so or not.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The 2013 reboot of the Superman film franchise offers a contemporary re-interpretation of Superman's origin story as well as engaging, interesting characters portrayed by a star-studded cast. Not everything about this film is satisfying, however, and fans need to brace themselves for some disappointments.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Tucked away behind a small storefront in the centre of Portland, Oregon, is a vast collection of pop-culture memorabilia spanning decades. Best of all, it's all for sale - much of it at very affordable prices.
Despite the silly title, questions finally have answers and the mysteries of the origins of the X-Men are revealed in this remarkable prequel to the X-Men film franchise.
Thor, another comic-book star, makes his debut on the silver screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in director Kenneth Branagh's special-effects-laden blockbuster, which stars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.