See Inside Cape Town's LEGO Certified Store (thumbnail)
Cape Town now has its very own LEGO Certified Store, which features two unique artworks, as well as a Pick A Brick Wall, a Build A Minifigure Station, and exclusive sets that you won't find at any other retail chains in the country. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 October 2019  |  View Comments





News: World Of Magic! Is On At Artscape In Cape Town On Sunday (thumbnail)
The College Of Magic's annual theatrical extravaganza, which will be featuring brain-bending magic and illusion at Artscape Theatre, is perfect for both young and older fans of the impossible. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 October 2019  |  View Comments




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Theatre Review: Stuart Lightbody's Artifice (thumbnail)
In his award-winning show Artifice Stuart Lightbody demonstrates that with a few iconic props and a handful of enthusiastic volunteers a skilled magician can create a delightful evening of wondrous, unforgettable moments for a group of complete strangers to share. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 September 2019  |  View Comments




Our AI Future: AI Is Disrupting The Insurance Industry But New, Ethical, Business Models Are Possible (thumbnail)
The insurance industry doesn't have a good reputation because the way it makes money is by spending as little as possible on claims, which causes friction with the clients it is supposed to be helping. Now AI systems are also in the mix, which could be a disaster if they are implemented unethically, but one company has decided to use the technologies to the benefit of both itself and the customers it serves. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 September 2019  |  View Comments




News: The Lion King Reaches South African Box Office Milestone (thumbnail)
The photorealistic remake of a classic animated Disney movie has become the third movie to surpass the R100 million mark in South Africa. As it's still on top of the charts after five weeks on circuit the sky's the limit for how much more it may earn. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2019  |  View Comments




Our AI Future: AI Should Be Used For Mundane Tasks That People Don't Like To Do (thumbnail)
Are robots taking our jobs? The fear of what automation will do to workforces is a common topic that comes up whenever people start to discuss artificial intelligence but an interesting counterpoint to this, and one that rarely gets discussed in favour of two very polarised views, is a middle ground: synergy. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2019  |  View Comments




Our AI Future: Tone Optimisation Will Help AI-Powered Technologies To Interact More Naturally With Humans (thumbnail)
For AI based systems, such as chatbots, that interact with a company's clients the customer experience is very important - if people become frustrated they will opt for a different service provider. South African startup FinChatBot helps financial institutions implement systems that retain customers and increase customer satisfaction, and one of the tools in its arsenal is tone optimisation for natural-language processing. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 August 2019  |  View Comments




Our AI Future: AI-Powered Technologies Will Make Some Industries More Productive And Disrupt Others (thumbnail)
In the first part in this series, which looks at some of the deeper business-focussed AI discussions and innovations currently taking form both locally and internationally, Accenture's Athina Kanioura using the example of volumetric holograms to illustrate how AI is streamlining some industries and business practices but completely disrupting others. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2019  |  View Comments




BIC Is Looking For Your Superheroes - But The More I Looked Into It, The More Problematic It Got (thumbnail)
BIC is running an art competition with VIP Comic Con Africa prizes - but there are huge caveats. Make sure you read the fine print very carefully and are properly informed before you enter your artwork. Here's why. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 August 2019  |  View Comments




News: You're Invited To The 2019 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships (thumbnail)
Tickets are open to the public for this year's Western Cape Junior Magician Championships, which will see a group of teen magicians competing for top honours in several categories. Plus, the stage event will be featuring a special international guest. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 August 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: The Lion King (thumbnail)
Director Jon Favreau reimagines Simba's journey from outcast cub to rightful king of the Pride Lands in a photorealistic remake of a Disney classic that is beautifully animated and includes a superb soundtrack but lacks the magic and emotion of the original animated movie. Read on...

By: Fazielah Williams  |  Posted: 8 August 2019  |  View Comments




News: The Werewolves Versus Zine Is Being Crowdfunded Into An Epic Printed Tome (thumbnail)
A crowdfunding campaign is running to fund the printing costs of the first five issues of the international - and previously digital only - Werewolves Versus zine, which features work by a South African comics creator. Pledge for the book - or the more accessible PDF - and help this campaign succeed. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 August 2019  |  View Comments




Exclusive: Preview The First Three Pages Of Siri Watu #5 Ahead Of Comic Con Africa (thumbnail)
It's another brainwavez.org exclusive! Preview the first three pages of Awali Comics' Siri Watu: Descendants Of Africa Issue #5, which also contains a cool Easter egg, and find out how you can help the first volume of the comics get printed in time for Comic Con Africa. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 July 2019  |  View Comments




Gear: Weta Workshop Mini Epics Xenomorph Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Figure (thumbnail)
Before its original Xenomorph from its Mini Epics line has even been released, Weta Workshop has announced a limited edition variant of the design that will be an exclusive for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 July 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: Toy Story 4 (thumbnail)
The usual gang of toys navigate existential crises as they meet new (and old) friends while on a road trip with their new owner, a young girl named Bonnie, in the fourth film in a series that still manages to offer moments of surprise and delight. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 June 2019  |  View Comments




News: Avengers: Endgame Reaches South African Box Office Milestone (thumbnail)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe film that super fans can't get enough of has earned over R100 million at the South African box office - and the money is still rolling in. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: Jumpy Fish (thumbnail)
Fish being fish they feel compelled to swim but you'll have to help them avoid obstacles because they're just not quite smart enough to know when to jump for themselves in this free casual game. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 June 2019  |  View Comments



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Game Review: Welcome Back (thumbnail)
Another 2019 Global Game Jam entry from South Africa presents an abstraction of real people's identities and invites players to uncover each person's core through an interactive discovery process. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: Universal Paperclips (thumbnail)
Your forays into managing a paperclip-manufacturing business, with the intention of turning it into an empire, will be subverted by clever game progression that goes in surprising directions while presenting situations for you to ponder philosophically. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: Wrestling With Emotions (thumbnail)
A dating simulation by Team Lazerbeam lets you make choices for a wrestler who has moved to a new town by helping him to create a new identity for himself so he can go looking for love, with surprising - and very quirky - results. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: The End Of The World (thumbnail)
Your decisions in this short mobile game will determine how a man deals with a breakup as he wanders aimlessly around a city getting lost in memories that are triggered by his location. Can he come back from depression and eventually find peace or is he doomed to despair and an eventual mental breakdown? Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 June 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: Aladdin (thumbnail)
Director Guy Ritchie conjures a live action remake of Disney's magical tale that offers a few charming surprises of its own but, in spite of the fact that it has a big budget and a capable cast, it does not quite recapture the wonder and creativity of the original. Read on...

By: Fazielah Williams  |  Posted: 7 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: Fragments (thumbnail)
A 2019 Global Game Jam entry invites you to piece together a story as you explore an ethereal space and discover memory fragments that are hidden within. It features striking visuals, smooth gameplay, and a soundscape that builds as you uncover the secrets. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 June 2019  |  View Comments




Meet Libby, The University Of Pretoria's New Client-Services Robot (thumbnail)
As part of its modernisation efforts the University Of Pretoria has deployed a service robot in one of its libraries to assist students and staff with queries and advice that's related to the library. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: Sort The Court (thumbnail)
A kingdom's citizens need action and you're the decisive ruler for the job. Sort the court by applying your wisdom to the complicated problems that your advisors and visitors will bring to your attention in a free browser and downloadable game. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 June 2019  |  View Comments




Game Review: White Trip (ホワイトトリップ) (thumbnail)
A relaxing endless runner for iOS and Android devices that's set above a wintery mountain village allows you to take to the skies as a bird of prey and chase down other birds and animals to extend your run as you dodge obstacles in your path. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 June 2019  |  View Comments




Wade Bales 2019: Woodford Reserve, Wolfburn, Paul John, Kilchoman, Douglas Laing (thumbnail)
The Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair offers an alternative event for South African fans of whisky. Find out why it has been increasing in popularity around the country and learn about some of the whiskies that are available for tasting this year. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 May 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: Avengers: Endgame (thumbnail)
The Avengers' first big multi-movie story arc concludes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's epic finale film in which the universe tries to recover from Thanos' destruction and the remaining superheroes try to figure out if they can still save the world(s). Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2019  |  View Comments




Whisky Live 2019: White Walker, American Barrels, Ardbeg An Oa, Kamiki, Glendalough, And Copper Republic (thumbnail)
The first South African Whisky Live event for the year took place in Cape Town in another retooled format - Whisky & Gin Live - that, unsurprisingly, included a small selection of gin offerings. If you're predominantly a whisky drinker wondering whether you should attend, here's a selection of whiskies you'll find at the event that you may not have tried yet. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2019  |  View Comments




Gear: Weta Workshop Mini Epics Xenomorph (thumbnail)
Weta Workshop has announced a new vinyl figurine in its stylised Mini Epics series - one of the scariest cinematic science fiction creatures of all time that's being honoured in advance of its 40th birthday. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 April 2019  |  View Comments




5 Zombie Questions: Zapiro (thumbnail)
It's no surprise that imagery of the dead - and undead - has popped up regularly in the work of South African cartoonist Zapiro because there are many appropriate metaphors that can be derived from the depictions but it really came to a head in 2016 with a hard-hitting cartoon of a zombified then president Jacob Zuma stumbling his way through our democracy that he was busy destroying. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 April 2019  |  View Comments



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Exclusive: See The First Three Pages Of Captain South Africa #3 Ahead Of FanCon Cape Town Comic Con (thumbnail)
In another brainwavez.org exclusive, preview the first three pages of the next issue of Bill Masuku's Captain South Africa, in which a new character is introduced and we get to know a little more about the world everyone inhabits. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 April 2019  |  View Comments




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Film Review: Shazam! (thumbnail)
A wizard bestows his power upon a teenager, who is transformed into an adult superhero. It sounds like a terrible premise for a movie, as well as something completely out of place in the DC Extended Universe, and yet the creative team has made something truly magical that has a lot of heart. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 April 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: Captain Marvel (thumbnail)
The (very long awaited) first female-led entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe jumps back in time to the Nineties to give us the origin story of, arguably, the universe's most powerful hero. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 April 2019  |  View Comments




ATK Signs South Africa's Top CS:GO Team (thumbnail)
ATK in Cape Town has signed South Africa's top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, which had been training in the USA and achieving impressive global rankings before its earlier sponsoring organisation ran out of funding for the project, thereby threatening its ability to remain a top team. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 April 2019  |  View Comments




News: Indie Comics Creator Jamie Me's NSFW Superhero Comic Start Again Is Returning To Print Via A Kickstarter Campaign (thumbnail)
Jamie Me is running a crowdfunding campaign to fund the printing costs of the first two issues of a comic series that features a superhero who is dealing with relatable real world problems. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 April 2019  |  View Comments




News: Call For Submissions (Comics/Art): An Opportunity For South Africans To Showcase Their Work in IDW Publishing's Full Bleed (thumbnail)
It's a very tight call for submissions, with a deadline this Friday, but South Africans are invited to submit their best comic and pop-culture art to ICON Comics & Games Convention for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of IDW Publishing's arts-and-culture magazine. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 April 2019  |  View Comments




Theatre Review: Brendon Peel's The Trickster (thumbnail)
Brendon Peel's new mentalism and magic show challenges audience members to interrogate what they are seeing and determine for themselves what is and isn't real - because, this time, the trick is that not everything is a trick. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 April 2019  |  View Comments




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South African Comics News Roundup: Haunted Garage, Comic Con Cape Town, TEDx, And Crowdfunding (thumbnail)
This news update dives into the Comic Con Cape Town controversy, offers a little teaser of a new game co-created by Jean de Wet, and highlights Tegan Phillips at TEDx and two crowdfunding projects that need support, plus there's a quick roundup of some of the news highs and lows from 2018. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 March 2019  |  View Comments




Watch The Animated Films That Won The 2019 Triggerfish Academy Competition (thumbnail)
The future of the animation industry in Africa looks very promising if the high quality of the entries in the inaugural Triggerfish Academy competition for young film-makers is any indication. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 March 2019  |  View Comments




Theatre Review: Unique Wonders With Stuart Lightbody (2019) (thumbnail)
Magician Stuart Lightbody has brought his 2017 hit show Unique Wonders back to the stage for a 2019 run that should not be missed. The show is curious in that, through making choices, audience members get to decide on what happens next, which means that every performance is different. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 March 2019  |  View Comments













Theatre Preview: 3 Funny Guys & A Pack Of Cards (thumbnail)
Three members of the Cape Town Magic Club - Marcel Oudejans, Greg Gelb, and Andrew "Magic Man" Eland - have put together a show that features ensemble pieces, as well as the performers centre stage with some of their best solo material, but it's still a work in progress. Here's why. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 March 2019  |  View Comments




Some Tech Journalists Got To Pretend To Be Business People In Order To Try Out Logitech's New Video Conferencing System Called Rally (thumbnail)
The Logitech Rally video conferencing system uses a modular approach to allow you to grow the system as the number of people needed to be in your meetings increases. It was demonstrated at its South African launch in which attendees in three cities all participated in the same conference. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 February 2019  |  View Comments




News: Join In On The MWEB Gaming Gathering Community Event In Cape Town (thumbnail)
The MWEB Gaming Gathering is a community event for gamers in Cape Town that will be taking place in late February. The event will include a hands-on showcase of three new video games during a pizza fuelled evening that will include short gaming talks by local experts. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 February 2019  |  View Comments




Film Review: Aquaman (thumbnail)
After being teased through brief cameos in the DC Extended Universe and appearances in ensemble scenes Aquaman finally gets a movie of his own in which we learn more about this cinematic version of the character's origins and see hints of where the universe's storyline will be heading next. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2019  |  View Comments




Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's What You Don't See - A Journey of Mind Reading, Mystery, & Magic (thumbnail)
Mentalist and magician Andrew Klazinga has debuted a show that once again uses his magic and mentalism skills to play with the illusion of what is and isn't real in order to confound members of the audience and leave them questioning the authenticity of what they perceive. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 February 2019  |  View Comments




News: Call For Submissions (Comics): You Died: An Anthology Of The Afterlife, To Be Published By Iron Circus Comics (thumbnail)
Iron Circus Comics is seeking proposals for submissions for its latest comics anthology, which will be themed around death positivity. Creators from anywhere in the world, working either solo or as a team, are invited to submit their ideas. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 February 2019  |  View Comments




News: Call For Submissions (Comics): Creators For Creators 2019 Grant (thumbnail)
The 2019 Creators For Creators grant, which is worth US$30 000, is open for submissions. Comic creators from anywhere in the world are invited to apply if they have a project that they would like to kick-start. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2019  |  View Comments




News: Call For Entries (Film): Triggerfish Academy Is Looking For Future Animation Stars In Africa (thumbnail)
Triggerfish Academy is running a competition to find great short animated films made by young creators in Africa, with prizes that include cash, mentoring from industry professionals, and being showcased in front of an international audience during South Africa's biggest animation festival. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 January 2019  |  View Comments




News: Global Game Jam Is Taking Place In South Africa At Four Locations This Coming Weekend thumbnail
This year's Global Game Jam is coming up and you can participate for free, whether you're a seasoned game developer or an enthusiast who is looking for a way to experience what it's like to make a game. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 January 2019  |  View Comments




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Mama Taxi Co-Creator Deni Brown Dies thumbnail
Deni Brown, who co-created Mama Taxi, a daily comic strip about a female taxi driver's adventures in Cape Town that was syndicated in newspapers all over the country, has died after a long battle with cancer. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 January 2019  |  View Comments




Game Preview: Fission Superstar X thumbnail
Fission Superstar X is an indie action, side-scrolling, shoot 'em up game set in space that has been developed and published by Turbo Pelvis 3000 in Canada. Set for a release in early 2019 for Windows via Steam and the Xbox One, this colourful and funny (funny "haha" not funny "hmm") rogue-lite shooter is anything but easy! Read on...

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E-Sports Highlights: FIFA 19 Tournament At Trenchtown In December thumbnail
Zombiegamer's community e-sports tournaments at Trenchtown in Cape Town are back for a short season that's running in the December 2018/January 2019 holiday period. Here are the highlights of the first tournament, a FIFA 19 event on the PlayStation 4. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 December 2018  |  View Comments




South African Comics News Roundup: Highlights Of New Releases At Comic Con Africa thumbnail
Learn about what launched at Comic Con Africa - and get some gift ideas in the process - in this final South African comics news roundup for 2018. Plus see some highlights of a few other geeky local-comics moments from the convention. Read on...

By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 December 2018  |  View Comments







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