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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.
The story of King Kong is rebooted into the MonsterVerse with a new origin story taking place on Skull Island, Kong's home, where he has lived undetected and in balance with the rest of the fauna and flora on the island. Of course, humans invade and chaos ensues.
Hugh Jackman gets a final outing as Wolverine in the tenth movie, and third stand-alone Wolverine movie, in the X-Men film franchise, which features a superb cast as well as heart-wrenching character-driven moments and (literal) gut-wrenching action sequences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The addition of martial arts, sword wielding, gun fighting, and zombies to a Regency-era classic tale of manners and marriage turns a new film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen's beloved novel, into a different kind of bodice ripper (har har).
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.
Deadpool fans hoping for a humour-infused surreal experience will be disappointed with the new film, which opens tomorrow, but cheer yourself up with The Chickening, a reworking of The Shining that's dipped in saucy, NSFW poultry.
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.
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.
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 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.
Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, Total War: Attila and The Order: 1886 are almost out, Just Cause 3 is coming, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham get DLCs. There's also more LEGO gaming news, Resident Evil sells quickly (for the third time), and save the date for the next Zombiegamer Events #saesports tournament.
In Jupiter Ascending a cleaning lady discovers that her destiny extends beyond buckets and brooms... all the way to the stars. Before she can claim her birthright, however, she'll have to navigate bureaucracy and betrayal with the help of a lone wolf(man).
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.
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.
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.
In Interstellar, a new film by Christopher Nolan, the human race has to take to the stars - or risk dying out permanently on Earth - but the resulting emotional sacrifice may be too great for the man coerced into piloting the research expedition that could be the only chance humans have left to save themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Jabez Olssen, the editor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, discusses some of the challenges the team faced, what it is like working with Peter Jackson, and what hardware and software is crucial to getting the job done on such a massive filmmaking project.
Posted: 12 December 2013 | View Comments
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
In the cult animated television show Invader Zim a useless alien with delusions of grandeur and his intelligence-crippled sidekick robot are sent to invade Earth, with unsurprisingly disastrous consequences.
The universe's most soft-hearted badass finds himself in another predicament that requires him to utilise all his survival skills and abilities to outwit new opponents, both human and alien, in this third installment in the Riddick franchise.
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.
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.
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 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.
After a quick speaking engagement in Portland, Oregon, at Powell's City Of Books to promote her grisly new novel The Shining Girls, author Lauren Beukes unwittingly endured the weirdness of the city with an acquaintance turned tour guide, which included crashing a studio party and hunting buck in high definition.
An infection has wiped out most of the population, quarantine zones keep the few remaining healthy people confined, factions emerge to claim territories, and a lone man tries to escort a teenage girl through the madness to safety in this survival-horror game by Naughty Dog.
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.
The Shining Girls, the new novel by Lauren Beukes that features a time travelling serial killer, is launching this week in Johannesburg and Cape Town! To celebrate, we have five copies of the e-book to give away, courtesy of Random House Struik/Umuzi.
Presenting: an unveiling of the South African cover designs for The Shining Girls, the highly anticipated forthcoming novel by Lauren Beukes, and an in-depth interview with designer Joey Hi-Fi in which he discusses typography, Ray Gun magazine, and things that glow in the dark.
We've had LEGO, Peanuts, Woodstock, Star Wars, and Pac-Man themed notebooks, among other pop-culture treasures. Now Moleskine has added The Hobbit to its collection of special limited-edition notebooks.
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.
With three weeks to go before an asteroid smashes into the Earth and the world comes to an end two very different people set out to make the most of the time they have left in this comedy drama starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.
Bruce Wayne is broken (and broke) and Batman has forsaken Gotham, though it hardly matters as the city has triumphantly combatted crime and sees itself liberated as a result of the legacy of Harvey Dent. This is Gotham, however, and a new villain who considers himself to be the true liberator of the people is heading to town in director Christopher Nolan's conclusion of the Batman trilogy.
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.
Feature: brainwavez.org 2011 Gift Guide
It's December already? That means it must be time for our 2011 roundup of stuff we have or stuff we want or (occasionally) stuff we might give to other people if they've been nice (or very, very naughty).
By: The brainwavez.org Team | Posted: 12 December 2011 | View Comments
Feature: 5 Zombie Questions: Sarah Lotz
Today we debut a new feature on the site in which we ask someone five zombie questions. Author Sarah Lotz, who has zombies crawling out of all sorts of places in her back catalogue, kindly allowed us to use her as our inaugural guinea pig. Here are the results of the experiment.
Feature: 2010 Gift Guide
Here's a roundup of some of our favourite things from the past few years, all of which would make excellent gifts. A few have been reviewed or featured on brainwavez.org but many haven't so, among the familiar, expect some surprises that we think you'll love.
By: The brainwavez.org Team | Posted: 10 December 2010 | View Comments
What happens when you take the text from 10 classic pieces of literature and use it to generate word clouds? The short answer is: some hits, some misses, and a few surprises. The longer answer is: rather attractive results (in most cases).
Feature: Bid On The Zoo City Bares
Celebrate the launch of Lauren Beukes' latest novel with a bid on an artwork in a collaborative project designed to generate funds for a very important South African initiative.
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.
Feature: Designing The Zoo City Cover
In a brainwavez.org (semi) exclusive, we examine the cover design for the South African edition of Lauren Beukes' forthcoming novel Zoo City, which is published by Jacana. We talk to the artist, Joey Hi-Fi, and bring you a behind-the-scenes gallery taken from the concept document that shows the evolution of the design.
Ella Minnow Pea was first published in 2001 and it amazes me to think that I have lived nearly a decade without this book. I promise you'll find a nerdy love for words, language, and the processes of language construction in Mark Dunn's beautiful little novel. You'll enjoy every letter (especially the missing ones).
The variety of monsters, called yokai, in Japan is astounding - and many of them are very bizarre. Should you find yourself face to face (or, erm, worse) with one, this fully illustrated, very handy guide will be indispensable: use it to learn how to spot yokai and how to survive the attack. Plus, it's filled with fascinating cultural observations that will astound and delight. You'll never leave home without it! (You may also never want to go to Japan after reading it....)
It seems only fitting that brainwavez.org focuses on zombies, as they have an unnatural (or natural) penchant for braaaiins. With that, we present to you the guts, gore, mayhem, and poetic beauty of Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your... Brains.
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.
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.
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.
Recently another anthology of Wondermark, the world's only web comic, was published. This hardcover collection features about 120 strips, the eight-page short story Treachery!, and bonus material that is not available anywhere else.
By: Gideon Joubert | Posted: 8 September 2008
Review: The Annotated Wondermark: The First Anthology Collection Of The Celebrated Comic Strip by David Malki !
"The book features the first 100 Wondermark strips, as well as some extras that you won't find on the site ... The strips, themselves, are the most fascinating items to behold: public-domain turn-of-the-century images reworked for our turn-of-the-century times ... and the sense of humour of more discerning individuals. Some of the illustrations are truly bizarre, and I constantly find myself wondering what they initially were used for."
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 3 March 2006
"The book is so well written that I could actually hear the voice of Comic Book Guy (who is voiced by Hank Azaria) as I read Comic Book Guy's dialogue boxes. His trademark sarcasm and sense of superiority shines through and the illustrations beautifully capture his inner emotions, from the nervous single geek ready for a romantic night out to the frozen-in-awe (occasionally) fanboy experiencing a brush with greatness (Stan Lee, William Shatner and Adam West, amongst others)."
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 27 January 2006