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The Weekly Fandomentals – Season 1 (Part 1)

With Caleb Janssens & Zaid Motala

Bringing you the latest local & international Geek News!

The Weekly Fandomentals follows Caleb Janssens & Zaid Motala discussing all the latest news and trends in the geeky sphere! From conventions and events to the latest cinematic releases, all topics are covered here!

The Weekly Fandomentals – Season 1 on YouTube

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 18

Navigating Cosplay in South Africa

Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala are joined by South African Cosplayer Psycadillo to discuss cosplay in South Africa! The trio discusses a wide variety of topics from the cosplay community in South Africa to the idea of trade secrets, cosplayers helping each other out and commissioned work.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 17

What is GATEKEEPING and why do fans do it?

Gatekeeping is a term that is used so frequently that it has become a common phrase in the geek lexicon. Gatekeeping is when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity. In this video, Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala discuss Gatekeeping in the geek community – This includes the cosplay, gaming and comics communities in South Africa.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 16

PlayStation 5 chip crisis extends the life of the PlayStation 4

Some incredibly unique news coming from Sony as it seems the shelf life of the PlayStation 4 will be increased as the international chip shortage for the PS5 continues. With so few having access to PS5’s, games that were originally scheduled for PS5 releases exclusively will now be released on PS4 as well.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 15

Treat Commission work with RESPECT!

Commission work is ever-present in the geek community – From original artworks to cosplays, fans are always looking for some custom work that is completely unique! But with such an individualistic and personalized landscape of work comes some incredibly unique challenges, and that’s what Caleb Janssens & Zaid Motala discuss in this video!

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 14

BATMANIA is taking over the world!

The Batman is releasing in just a few short days, and we can guarantee you one thing – Robert Pattinson, or rather, Battinson is going to be one of the greatest Batmen to ever wear the cowl. In this episode, we not only cover The Batman, but also Batman: The Animated Adventures, the Adam West Batman series and the upcoming Flash movie.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 13

Vaccines & Conventions

Exciting times are approaching fast as it seems conventions are returning to South Africa! This has got all geeks, gamers and general con-goers incredibly excited! But what about the pandemic? What about Covid-19 and vaccinations? These are all topics that Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala discuss in this video.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 12

Things you should never ask a seller on Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is a great platform for selling and gaining items for your collections. However, there are certain questions that buyers ask sellers that instantly turn negations into a pain, and that’s what Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala discuss in this episode.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 11

Is the term “Gamer Girl” outdated?

The world of gaming has changed drastically through the years, and with the industry becoming more mainstream year after year, the community has grown so much more diverse. However, it seems that no matter how diverse the community grows, there are certain stereotypes around and directed at specific groups.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 10

The Ethics of Collecting

So Zaid Motala is raging! Furious about the current state of collecting and the impact that skulkers and flippers have had on the collecting community in South Africa. Caleb Janssens joins the discussion and brings up the topic of morality and economics. What do you think and feel about the current state of collecting in South Africa?

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 9

MCU and The Multiverse

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is quickly pushing the idea of the multiverse to the forefront. While comic book readers have been familiar with the concept for decades, movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse bring the concept front and center. If you are a superhero fan, get ready for a ton of parallel universes!

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 8

What to look forward to in 2022!

2021 has come and gone and now it is time to look forward as 2022 has so much to offer! In this episode, Zaid and Caleb discuss Comic Con Africa’s upcoming 2022 show as well as all the biggest and most exciting blockbuster releases that you can expect in 2022!

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 7

The History of South African Comics

South Africa has a long and interesting history in the world of comics that dates back to the 70’s Apartheid era. In this video, Zaid Motala and Caleb Janssens break down the history of South African comics, the political turmoil of society surrounding them and end off the year by discussing their opinions on franchises in 2021.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 6

Video Game adaptations and movies

With the Release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 we have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of videogame to movie adaptations. From Mario to The Last of us, it seems all gaming franchises are ripe for a big-screen portrayal. In this Episode of The Weekly Fandomentals, Caleb Janssens & Zaid Motala discuss their favorite adaptations, the worst adaptations and adaptations that they would like to see in the future.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 5

Was Spider-Man: No Way Home actually a bad movie?

Spider-Man: No Way Home has taken the world by storm and has left web-heads around the globe in a state of euphoria – But was it a good movie? Well Caleb Janssens doesn’t think so! In this special episode of The Weekly Fandomentals, Zaid and Caleb go head to head in a debate to settle the question “Was Spider-Man: No Way Home actually a bad movie?”

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 4

The history of South African Cinema

South Africa has a truly fantastic and amazing history in regards to cinema, yet, it is a history that not many truly know about. In this episode, Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala break down the history of the movie-making industry in South Africa as well as their thoughts and feelings on the modern-day cinematic landscape.

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 3

The current state of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe

He-Man and The Masters of The Universe had an incredibly busy 2021 with the release of two new shows Masters of The Universe: Revelations and He-Man and The Masters of The Universe (2021), but with all being said and done, where does the MOTU franchise go from here? 

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 2

The Political Landscape of the Comic Book Industry

Caleb Janssens and Zaid Motala return in Episode 2 of The Weekly Fandomentals. In this episode, the fans discuss the upcoming Mr Bones 3: Son of Bones as well as discuss their favorite comic books of all time. But the meat of the discussions centers around the current political landscape surrounding comic books. 

The Weekly Fandomentals: Episode 1

What is the future of the MCU?

In the pilot episode of The Weekly Fandomentals with Caleb Janssens & Zaid Motala we look at local and international geek news such as CANEX 2021 and Comic-Con Africa releasing its tickets for the 2022 convention! Caleb and Zaid also give their opinions on the current state of the MCU and speculate about the upcoming film Spider-man: Far from Home.

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