In-depth triple shoot cosplay. (Part 3)

-Valka- Welcome to the third and final week of this unique cosplay journey. Today we look at the final and most complex cosplay produced by Adele (Gothcatgirl’s Cosplay Adventures) and Andrew (Bake by AJ). What made you decide to go with Valka? I was re-watching How to Train Your Dragon for the umpteenth time, and she suddenly jumped out at me. I loved how eccentric and misunderstood she was. How isolated. And how she turned that into a force for good. Also, the outfit was insane. The level  of engineering that would go into the outfit, was almost a case of the unachievable. Which meant it was a challenge. What sort of research did you do for Valka? Apart from re-watching […]

Read more

Sci-Fi Con

Well, well, well, we’re almost there, almost at Sci-Fi Con. (14 November. Nine days left and counting). It’s been a few months coming. A few months in the making. And a few months of additional stress, and excited off the wall Jedi-Style bouncing. Soon the great day will be upon us; and we will all be thrown into the world of delicious geekiness and combined nerdiness. All taking place at the surreal looking Midrand English Primary School. (10.00 to 4.30) We have a fantastic day planned. We have well over a dozen stalls in attendance… Powered By Fandom Sin Bin Eye Voodoo Dark Carnival GLOW CwaZyLeigh Creations Fairy Fountains The Virtual Space And so many more…. There will be a […]

Read more

rAge Is In All of Us

“That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage. The feeling of powerlessness- that turns good men….cruel” – Alfred pennyworth Those are the immortal words uttered by Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler to describe the symptoms exhibited by individuals that have the rAge and are unable to go to The Dome . It is a condition caused by a symbiotie that turns its host into a rAge zombie whose sole purpose is to go to the Dome in Randburg where they revel in all the entertainment on offer there. First discovered in 2002, the rAge symbiote has infected more and more individuals with each successive year bringing its hosts together from all around South Africa. Although it might seem as though it […]

Read more

Has rAge Outgrown Itself ?

 

 rAge is the premier event on the Johannesburg nerd scene, and has been a staple event for tech heads since the early days of my childhood. Initially a purely computer convention, featuring new technology and games that were on the way, it has grown over the years to include so much more. From comic books to cosplay, figurines to geek apparel, rAge truly has come to be the proverbial Mecca of the South African geek and nerd community. But has its grown too much ? Now before you all crucify me, let me clarify my point. I have been sitting here looking through the various posts from rAge, as one usually does after such events. I’ve been going through the […]

Read more

Trevor Storey

Today we speak to an amazing artistic type fellow, Trevor Storey. Would you care to introduce yourself? How do all, my names Trevor Storey. For those who don’t know, what’s your background? I started work in the games industry at the youthful age of 15 (1985) and over 30 years have been involved in over 100 games. What drew you to digital art? I started doing sprites and backgrounds on the commodore 64 and zx spectrum. Once the mouse then the wacom tablet came out I began doing concept art. What sort of hours go into making the perfect digital artwork? For a piece I am happy with the average time is around 4 hours. Some complex pieces with lots […]

Read more

Martin Castein

Today we speak to an amazing photographer, Martin Castein. Would you like to introduce yourself? I’m a portrait photographer based in London, I shoot traditional and fine art portraits and artistic family photos. What’s your photography history? A few years ago my girlfriend had an accident and nearly died. It took a couple of years for her to recover and she decided to take up photography as a kind of occupational therapy. In the end she wasn’t too keen and the camera sat there for months not being used. Once day we took a trip to the beach and I took the camera with me and loved it. I did some research on how to use the camera on the […]

Read more

Jacques Nelles

Today we speak to local photojournalist, Jacque Nelle. Would you like to introduce yourself? Yes. I am Jacques Nelles. I’ve been working as an events photographer for nearly 4 years. I started doing a photojournalism and documentary course at Market Photo Workshop this year (2015). I would recommend this course for any aspiring documentary photographer or photojournalists. Thus far due to how extremely good the course is, I have been able to participate in the Mark Grosset 2015 exhibition in Vendôme, France. Most recently I had some pictures of the train crash at Booysens station published by Associated Press. Tell us a joke. I only ever remember the kind of jokes that would not be suitable for this interview. So […]

Read more

Geekfest 2015 – Part 5, aka Goodbye for now

And here we are, at the end of an amazing day. It’s just got 11 PM, and Wookiee and I have just finished our last drink at the banquette. (I had a Guinness. He had a coke. Thought you’d like to know.) As I stand here, the cold night air crawling across Hubbard Park, followed closely by a soupy fog, I think back over the amazing day that we have had, and sadly of all the events we have missed. That’s right. Even we have regrets. Even though Geekfest 2015, has been an absolutely thrilling event, and our writers have experienced a number of amazing and fantastic happenings, we couldn’t see everything we wanted to see. There’s a list of […]

Read more

Geekfest 2015 – Part 4, aka There was a food fight!

We wander around the venue for an hour or so, getting to grips with the locals, the “normals”, the unique shops, their deliciously naughty products and their diverse myriad of owners. Soon we have sampled a plethora of tasty items. We’ve explored everything from comic books to home made armour. We have been met by, and greeted with love, a legion of Andy. (See what I did there Rebellion Boys fans?) In the distance a horde is massing in front of a large bouncy bag, as a queue of loons is led around a corner, raised high above it on a magnificent steel structure -all shiny and sexual- and the flung from it with a fury or screaming hair and wobbly […]

Read more

Geekfest 2015 – Part 3, aka It continues

A parade of winged dogs, and horned hounds begins the Cosplay Competition. Once they have been judged, the Hobbits are unleashed upon the stage. They sing and dance and perform as you would expect from tiny people -lots of enthusiasm and smiles, with demented foot work and awesome power slides. Some of the pets and children put on a better show than their parents. Then the crowd goes quiet as the main event begins! Over the course of the next 3 hours or so, seventy odd cosplayers take to the stage. Some of them come alone; others come in small teams; a few walk on, quickly bow and then leave. But the best -they put on a show worthy or […]

Read more
1 2 3 4