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Right! That's a wrap of our #ManBooker2014 coverage. Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

The Best of Zapiro's 2014 Cartoons Collected in It's Code Red!

It's Code Red!New book from Jacana, It’s Code Red!, the latest collection of cartoons from Zapiro:

Zapiro needs no introduction. His 19th annual speaks for itself. No year would be complete without Zapiro’s annual collection of cartoons, and in this latest book of sharp-witted and well-timed cartoons, Zapiro once again proves himself a satirical genius, ensuring that no event passes by without comment … or a laugh.

“Zapiro makes a five-course meal of each and every cartoon-worthy moment, which we seem to have in abundance in SA.”Business Day

“Zapiro’s eye for the follies and foibles of us all, not only those of us in South Africa, is as sharp as ever.”Mercury

About the author

Born in Cape Town, Zapiro – aka Jonathan Shapiro – studied architecture at UCT before moving to the art campus, Michaelis. Following his two-year conscription in the army, he applied for and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York for two years.

The name Zapiro was derived from the nickname of a fellow pupil at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Martin Szapiro, whose friends called him Zap. After Martin’s death, Zapiro adopted the name.

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Eddie would go

Eddie Would GoNow that my friend Kev has quit the cocaine and the film industry and the women of loose morals, he works for another of our best friends, Los the Boss, in Johannesburg, project managing the building of things like fast food chicken restaurants and stores in malls for flat screen TVs and mobile phone consortia. (I too work for Los the Boss now but that’s a different story).

There is absolutely no surf in Johannesburg but quite often Kev has to head up north into other African countries where those above types of companies are making more money because South Africa is going down the toilet. Recently Kev went to Ghana where there is surf and when he came back I was there to meet him at the airport. ‘So, I’ve got a story for you,’ he says when we are in the car.

Gerrit Rautenbach resenseer Krokodil aan my skouer: Stoffel toe en nou deur Christiaan Bakkes

Krokodil aan my skouer: Stoffel toe en nouUitspraak: wortel

Maar die ding is, Christiaan Bakkes is nie stereotipies of alledaags of gewoon nie. Inteendeel. Hy lewe teen 200%; hy moes net alles uitwoed om te kan weet wat hý gaan word eendag as hy groot is. Daar is dus twee belangrike aspekte hier wat die boek goed maak: unieke interessante inhoudelike stof en ’n ewe unieke skryfstyl. Soos in al sy boeke gebruik hy sy kort masjiengeweersinne, en in vier of vyf sulke sinne spring hy maklik heen en weer tussen drie verskillende onderwerpe. Hier vat en daar los, soos iemand wat nie seker is wat hy met sy lewe wil doen nie. Maar slim genoeg geskryf dat alles sin maak.


Laugh All Day With the New Idees Vol Vrees App by Kobus Galloway

The author of the Idees vol vrees series of Afrikaans comic books and creator of The Idees Vol Vrees Show, Kobus Galloway, has announced the release of the new Idees Vol Vrees mobile app:

The app is available from Apple, Google Play and the Amazon App stores and contains a range of comics, videos, competitions and much more!

The Idees Vol Vrees series is known for its dry humour and pithy one-liners.

Idees vol vreesIdees vol vrees: Volume 2Idees Vol Vrees 3Idees Vol Vrees 4


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Nik Rabinowitz Joined Jerm for the Launch of Comedy Club at The Book Lounge

Jerm (also known as Jeremy Nell)

There wasn’t an empty seat at Cape Town’s premier independent book shop, The Book Lounge, when award-winning satirist and cartoonist Jerm (Jeremy Nell) was joined by comedian Nik Rabinowitz to celebrate the launch of his latest book, Comedy Club.

The venue was filled with laughter and hearty applause as Rabinowitz kicked off with an apology from Atul Gupta and the good folk at Guptagate, who couldn’t make it.
Nik Rabinowitz and Jerm (Jeremy Nell)Comedy Club“How you pick the cartoon you’re going to do for the day is quite a process,” Jerm said.

Seeking out the former editor of the Cape Times, Ryland Fisher, in the crowd, he addressed him directly: “It’s important that you put a gate in the equation … for example travelgate, oilgate, Guptagate, Nkandlagate, Oscar … door!” He then interrogated the British audience member in the front row, enquiring whether he was a Baptist and, acknowledging the solitary clap, advised him to read The Daily Voice. Rabinowitz riffed on the tabloid newspaper’s capacity to take a terrible tragedy, and simplify it. He mentioned the sad story of the guy who jumped in front of a train at Wynberg. The Daily Voice gave their readers pictures that “were a little bit nauseating”, contrasting with the headline “‘n Kak Gedagte!”

Nothing and nobody were spared from Rabinowitz’s scathing wit: Jacob Zuma’s fire pool, Oscar Pretorius’ “Yes, my lady”, Tim Noakes’ Banting diet, the fall of Blade Nzimande and Thuli Madonsela’s clear-eyed voice of courage. Most staggering was the R24.8 billion of tax payers’ money wasted by the government in unauthorised irregular spending. “People can’t understand that amount of money, so try to imagine 24 000 bags each containing R1 million thrown away …”

Reflecting on each cartoon with its originator, Jerm, the duo kept the audience in tears of mirth. The quirks of regular South Africans and the sheer lunacy of our leaders offered an evening of excellent entertainment with a hard knuckle of truth punching through the laughter.

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the launch using the hasthag #livebooks:


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Funny Stories and Outrageous Opinions from Ndumiso Ngcobo in Eat, Drink and Blame the Ancestors

Eat, Drink and Blame the AncestorsNew from Jacana, Eat, Drink and Blame the Ancestors by Ndumiso Ngcobo:

For five years, Ndumiso Ngcobo, South Africa’s favourite big-headed columnist, has entertained Sunday Times readers with his regular hallucinations: amusing anecdotes, outlandish opinions and furiously funny tales that are required reading for legions of fans.

Eat, Drink and Blame the Ancestors is a collection of Ngcobo’s most memorable columns in that time, edited and reworked for maximum effect, providing the perfect overview of his unique and wonderful insights. Whether he’s consuming fermented beverages and communing with the ancestors, describing life with terrorist children and skollie dog (RIP Spiderman), or dissecting dung-beetle philosophy with the Men of Thurst, this is the finest and funniest writing in the land.

“The finest and funniest columnist in this country” – Carlos Amato, Sunday Times Lifestyle editor

About the author

Ndumiso Ngcobo is a creative phenomenon of the new South Africa. A one-time corporate lackey who used to write amusing emails for fun, he decided a change in career was in order and authored the bestsellers Some Of My Best Friends Are White and Is It Coz I’m Black? before securing a columnist’s gig with the Sunday Times. He is also a radio presenter on Power FM and writes for television.

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