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So you want to draw comics?

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MTV Breaks is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the MTV Shuga television drama series. In addition to receiving fame, the winner will receive R5000 towards tuition fees.

If you’re interested, try your hand at drawing one of the MTV Shuga: Down South characters and upload it to Instagram, using the hashtag #MTVShugaComicBook. Check out mtvshuga.com for reference.

Your entry will be judged by a panel, including the renowned visual artist Loyiso Mkize, who has specialised in both illustration and painting and is the founder of Loyiso Mkize Art. He has been on the comic book scene for nearly 10 years and has been involved in numerous South African comic books, including Supa Strikas.

If you fancy yourself the next Loyiso, you need to be between 18 and 25 as well as a South African citizen to enter the competition. You also need to be available from 14 June to 29 September and should not have worked professionally as an illustrator before.

Not only will you have the opportunity to get your work produced on an original MTV Shuga comic, but the winner will be mentored by the award-winning Loyiso and will receive R5000 towards tuition fees.

If illustrating and colouring are what you do best then enter now. Check out mtvbreaks.tv for details

MTV Shuga: Down South can be viewed on SABC 1 on Fridays at 22h00 and Sundays 20h00 CAT.  The series is also available on the MTV Shuga You Tube Channel, mtvshuga.com/show/ .

MTV Shuga: Down South is supported by the South African government’s Department of Basic Education, PEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Marie Stopes International, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme, CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).

MTV Shuga: Down South is produced on behalf of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base by Quizzical Pictures.

To continue the conversation about MTV Shuga: Down South, please go to www.MTVShuga.com, like MTV Shuga on www.facebook.com/MTVShuga, or follow MTV Shuga on Twitter or Instagram @MTVShuga using the hashtag #MTVShugaDS.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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