Word comes in that the second issue of online nerd-o-mag Spliced is out, the most elegantly put together bi-monthly digest of geek goings on in South Africa. The good news is that it’s a worthy follow-up to issue one, which we loved, with features on sculptors who dissect Barbie dolls with eerie anatomical accuracy, how a light sabre works, tatoo artists and more.

There’s games, tech and several huge features on characters from the DC and Marvel comic universes, including one on the best superhero of all, Batman*.

Spliced is both stylish and unapologetically geeky, and put together by some of the most knowledgeable writers in the business including Pippa Tshabalala and Ray Whitcher. Whitcher’s feature about crossdressing cosplay in order to confuse the sleazebags at rAge makes the whole thing worthwhile downloading.

It’s free, and published via Issu so you can read it on your tablet or phone. Go get it here.

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*If you think otherwise, you are wrong.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.