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South African Comics News Roundup: Highlights Of New Releases At Comic Con Africa
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 December 2018  |  View Comments

Film Review: Deadpool 2
Fourth-wall-breaking protagonist Deadpool has returned to the big screen in a sequel to his 2016 cinematic superhero caper. This time he assembles a group of mutants to neutralise the kind of threat that can only manifest due to the raging anger hormones and nonsensical brain thought patterns of a teenage boy in full bloom.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 June 2018  |  View Comments

South African Comics News Roundup: FanCon Teasers, Johannesburg Gets Comic Con Africa, And A Crowdfunding Update
Here's a quick news update from the world of South African comics, with a special focus on news from some of the creators who will be appearing at FanCon Cape Town Comic Con later this month.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 April 2018  |  View Comments

Film Review: Alien: Covenant
Director Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, which sits in the timeline between Prometheus and Alien, starts off well, with memorable, likeable characters holding some silly plot points together but unfortunately it devolves into an unsatisfying mess that rehashes everything we've seen before instead of focussing on the points that would have offered something new.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 May 2017  |  View Comments

FanCon Recon 2016: Jamie McKelvie
British artist Jamie McKelvie's creator-owned comics, most of which were also produced in collaboration with writer Kieron Gillen, require as much praise and recognition as his work on titles such as Young Avengers. Here's a primer to introduce comics fans to the magical worlds he's created, which will particularly be of use to fans attending this year's FanCon, where he is a special guest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2016  |  View Comments

News: Act Fast! You've Got A Day To Get In On The Fresh Romance Kickstarter Campaign
There's one day left to help to fund a successful Kickstarter campaign that will be producing a print edition of a critically acclaimed monthly romance-comics magazine that celebrates diversity. The paperback features work by South African comics creator Sally Jane Thompson.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 March 2016  |  View Comments

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

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 Gift Guide 2014
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The Editors  |  Posted: 11 December 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 Gift Guide 2013
Once again, 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 Team  |  Posted: 27 November 2013  |  View Comments

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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 October 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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
A tale of high school, and growing up, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower features strong performances by an ensemble cast that results in endearing portrayals and a sensitive exploration of difficult subjects that will resonate with many viewers.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 January 2013  |  View Comments Gift Guide 2012
Happy festive season! Whatever you are celebrating (or not) you'll probably need gifts. After all, isn't celebrating commercialism what holidays are all about? Therefore, here's our 2012 selection of stuff you'll definitely want to buy for yourself (and might considering giving to other people too).
By: The Team  |  Posted: 30 November 2012  |  View Comments 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 Team  |  Posted: 12 December 2011  |  View Comments

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

Black Swan
Review: Black Swan
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a ballet dancer whose single-minded, emotionally stunted focus and psychological fragility threatens to derail her career when she is picked as the principal dancer in her company's production of Swan Lake, which means portraying both the innocent white swan and the seductive black swan.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 February 2011  |  View Comments

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

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 but many haven't so, among the familiar, expect some surprises that we think you'll love.
By: The Team  |  Posted: 10 December 2010  |  View Comments

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

Uh Huh Her: Explode
You'd be forgiven if you find you trip over the words every time you try to pronounce the name of the band Uh Huh Her (the band members have the same problem) but don't let the tongue twisting distract you from the subtle musical layers and mesmerising electropop bass of "Explode".
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 July 2009

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

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

For The Bible Tells Me So recently attended a Sundance Film Festival screening and Q&A session for For The Bible Tells Me So, a thought-provoking American documentary that examines how the religious right uses biblical references to justify its condemnation of the homosexual "lifestyle" and how religious gays and lesbians struggle to reconcile their faith with their sexual identity. [ Read all about it ]
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 7 February 2007

Imagine Me & You
Review: Imagine Me & You
In the romantic comedy Imagine Me & You there's a lesbian twist to the love triangle that forms the core of the plot. That's actually all you need to know because after reading that you will already have decided whether or not you want to see the movie but if you'd like to have some reasons why you should on hand, this review will help. [ Read all about it ]
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 October 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 ]
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 July 2006

"After over a decade, this is her first live-album release, and it's an absolute must-have for fans, especially those that have not had the privilege of being able to watch her perform in person. With every live performance she tends to reinvent, remix, reword, and rework her music, with a lot of impromptu moments thrown into the mix, and her way of interacting with the audience and making them feel part of the performance is something that many performers could learn a lot from."
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 April 2006