My favorite people at Bubble Punch are going to be hosting a cosplay contest at the opening night of Yoshitaka Amano's show, 'Deva Loka', at LeBasse Projects. I'm pretty sure most of you anime and Final Fantasy geeks would know who he is. If you don't know who he is... google is your friend.
My friend, Valerie, and my boyfriend indulged me in a little pre-birthday weekend fun and accompanied me at the opening night of the 'Zombies In Love' show at Gallery Nucleus. I have been excited about this show since last year and was thrilled that it was happening on the weekend right before my birthday-- great way to celebrate for me since I love the group art shows at Nucleus and I FREAKIN' LOVE ZOMBIES!
Well, okay... they do scare me (the idea of it, anyways) but I can't help be morbidly fascinated at the same time. I would sit through any type of zombie flick, no matter how ridiculous they may be. I honestly can say I enjoyed watching Zombie Strippers. Just sayin'. It was awesome.
As usual, Gallery Nucleus went above and beyond with the opening party. It was kicked off with a zombie walk, which we missed-- but who knew I would one day attend an art gallery full of people in zombie make-up? Eat My Taco provided some delicious eats for people and zombies a like.
Dr. Sketchy provided a life (dead?) drawing event where we got a chance to draw a zombie model! This was definitely my favorite part of the night and I came prepared with my sketchbook. I loved the whole setting that Nucleus and Dr. Sketchy provided for the artists, and I must say... it was the first time I did life drawing with drunk people giggling loudly right behind me. Though I found it didn't really deter or bother me too much.
We took a break from drawing and watched a dance crew, Teen Grov, perform a zombie inspired hip hop number. Let me tell you- nothing like watching zombies break dance. After all that, I still haven't gone to the BEST part! Behind the gallery, they had a zombie shooting range set up at the parking lot.
You heard me correctly. Zombie shooting range. Here's a video of my boyfriend demonstrating how to take some shots at some poor, meandering zombies.
For the rest of my photos, please visit my flickr set!
Last night, I cozied up in front of my laptop and watched A History of Violence for the first time. I liked the movie and let's all admit that Viggo Mortensen was just smokin' in that film to make up for all that it lacked. Am I biased because I think Viggo is wonderful?!
Then I thought to myself-- wow, just a few days ago, I touched that man and he touched me.
Why yes! I am that happy, nerdy, Asian girl in glasses with Viggo's arm around me!
Do I not look like the happiest female geek on the planet in that photo or what?! The happiness had three parts: A) VIGGO MOTHERFUCKIN' MORTENSEN! B) I'm with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, bitches and C) He couldn't have been ANY nicer. Seriously, people-- the man was lovely and patient with us slobbering fanwomen. What a true gent; and super nice celebrities make me feel fuzzy inside especially when I have the upmost respect for them.
My friend, Missy (as also seen in the photo), invited me to an advance screening of The Road, in which Viggo showed up afterwards to do a Q&A session. As far as the movie goes, for me it was incredibly dark, foreboding and depressing. I've never read the book and I'm afraid to do so because these days, I want my entertainment to lift my spirits up, not make me feel sad for the world.
Nevertheless, the movie was beautifully done with amazing performances by the whole cast. The production was unbelievable and made you feel that the Earth really was dying slowly and painfully by the dead trees, bleak weather, and the never ending overcast of just gray and dark, looming clouds. The whole world, it seemed, was in a post-apocalyptic state. How it happened? We don't know and will never know. It didn't matter because the viewer is immediately wrapped up in the lives of the two, main characters. The Man (Viggo) and his Son, struggling together and just trying to survive in what has become a brutal, dead, and very frightening world.
Apocalyptic films always affect me deeper than any horror movies can. Just the thoughts of: "That could REALLY happen one day." and "Will I survive?" gives me a little anxiety deep down. To see Viggo's character tramping through a hopeless world, running away from fallen human beings who choose to cast away their morality for survival... it's VERY scary to me. We take civilization for granted and none of us will really know what to do when it is all taken away from us in one sudden strike.
The ending, without spoiling it for anyone, is interpreted by different people. Some see hope, and some-- already so overtaken by the depression through the film-- will see none. Maybe what we see in the end of this film says something deeper about ourselves.
I updated a few clips on my youtube channel from the Q&A, but here is the end of it where Viggo makes a comment on the topic of hope. ***WARNING*** Video may be spoiler-ific!!!
To end this post on a more upbeat note!... Let us review my Fellowship Tally so far, shan't we?!
Viggo Mortensen = met 1x Orlando Bloom = met 1x John Rhys Davies = saw from a distance pinching womanly butts 1x Sean Astin = met 2x Elijah Wood = met 1x Billy Boyd = met 2x Dominic Monaghan = met BAJILLION TIMES IT DOESN'T COUNT ANYMORE!
The Hello Kitty celebration ended for me at the Bats & Cats Masquerade, hosted by the super BubblePunch team... but what a EPIC, FABULOUS last party, it was!
I arrived at Royal/T Cafe at around 8pm after work that night and the line was already insanely long!!! Wow!!! An indication of how the cafe would be constantly crowded throughout the night!!! It was a little scary.
Inside, some of us relished the opportunity to move around and talk as the crowd slowly trickled in. I got my drink on before I worked to help moderated the line for the Hello Kitty photo booth. People sure got restless every time Hello Kitty went on a break...
I got the 'Black Cat' drink, by the way. It was really yummy.
After a couple of hours, I was relieved of duty and was allowed to prance around the crowd to take some photos. I ran into so many familiar faces that night! I'm so happy they all made it (and made it in inside, for that matter...). I was on my feet and talking every minute to so many people that my voice was GONE by the end of the night... and for that rest of the weekend. That's how you party, people. Ha.
Seriously, Michelle and True Mee did an amazing job putting the whole shebang together. I can't imagine organizing anything to that extent (okay, so I did it ONCE and I learned my lesson, that's for sure XD)-- over 1000 people attended! Big kudos to them and all the people that helped them out.
Checking on my friends, waiting in line-- they were troopers for waiting it out for so long.
When Missy and Lisa finally made it in, things got a little silly...
Went to ZIPPERCUT's Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style-- good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn't get to stay long and take as many photos that night.
The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn't overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture... this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I've never taken the time to delve into its full history. It's a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some 'power' in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I've always found Japan's extreme rebellions quite interesting... but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.
I arrived at Disneyland a little late that day and so I missed the morning get together. Didn't get to sign up for the Coin Quest, after all... maybe next year?! I'm going to re-read all the books! Okay, I probably won't. Is there a Harry Potter wiki website I can peruse, maybe? Ha!
My friend, Julia, and I hung out for most of the day and spotted some wizards walking around, collecting coins. Although we didn't get to participate in the day long game, we were LUCKY enough to watch Stevie Wonder film for the ABC Christmas Special in front of the castle! So watch out for us... we might be on TV on Christmas day, dancing to Stevie's performance!
I think this free concert with a musical legend made having a Disneyland annual pass totally worth it!
Julia left early in the evening, and I was about to go home, myself-- but then another group of friends called me just in time to say that they just arrived at the park! We went to the night gathering of the Harry Potter fans. I took some photos (which was all I wanted to do) while they handed out prizes and be Potter geeks together. I thought it was adorable. I missed the days when I got together with my high school buddies just to nerd out on Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings... sigh!!!
I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!
I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d'Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes... I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn't even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.
The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn't have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!
The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It's going to be amazing and fun.
The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.
It's fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: "I used to have that!"
It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people's childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here's to another 35 years!
If you heard that dim uproar in the horizon, don't worry... it's just the nerd community crying out in horror and despair because the San Diego Comic Con just sold out its 4-day passes. Pretty nuts, right? They sold them earlier this time and a lot of people missed out (but a lot didn't, that's for sure...). I guess raising the price to $100 a pop wouldn't really deter the more hardcore SDCC lovers.
As for me, I am hoping they will approve me of a professional badge again, but I won't know till later! So who knows if I'll be at SDCC this year. Deep down inside, I am quite saddened at how difficult this convention is becoming. Not to mention the insanity with trying to book a hotel for a reasonable price without having to sneak in ten of your friends in order to afford it.
I will try to focus on other things for now though before I really freak out about the SDCC reckoning.
This next couple of weeks are going to be fun! Tomorrow, the Meet the Artist Reception is happening at Royal-T for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition! There will be live painting from the artists, t-shirt screen printing, and toy releases!
Sunday, November 8 is HARRY POTTER DAY AT DISNEYLAND!!! I am EXTREMELY excited about this event. I have my Slytherin outfit all planned out, and I'm decorating myself with all sorts of Harry Potter... things!
My main goal is take photos of all the participating Wizards that will be flying in on their brooms, but there will be a game called the Coin Quest and I think I will have to make my friends participate with me. I'm sure we will fail miserably. I know for sure my HP knowledge isn't up to par, but it should be fun.
Sanrio celebrates Hello Kitty's 35th birthday with an ongoing celebration centralized around Royal-T Cafe in Culver City, California. Several parties are going on throughout the rest of this month and next month; check their website for the schedule and details!
Last night, thanks to the ladies of Bubble Punch, I got to attend the opening VIP party! The night didn't start off too well as we stood in line for almost over an hour, waiting to be allowed inside. They had invited too many people and the fire marshals declared the venue at over capacity. They had to stop letting people in...! Fortunately, our heroine, Steph came to our rescue and we were able to go in earlier than we had imagined!
The wait was completely worth it, to be honest. Not only was Royal-T decked to the bones with Hello Kitty decorations and paraphernalia, the crowd was awesome, amazing artwork, great music, free food, and... OPEN BAR, BABY! There was also a bit of a celebrity hubbub at the event (attendees included Paris Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Dave Navarro, Yoshiki from X Japan etc.), but personally... I was too busy loving on all the Hello Kitty toys and merchandise...!!! My inner-twelve years old was in heaven!!! There was even a trailer home with a Hello Kitty theme; including a soft, pink, fluffy bed!
More Hello Kitty fun will come as the events happen, so stay tuned!
I never got around to posting about this event--- better late than never, I guess! Royal-T Cafe, Bubblepunch and Zippercut host a monthly(ish) event called 'Japanology'. Each month, they pick a topic of focus about one of Japan's many, and most of the time deviant, subcultures. In September, I attended a movie screening and lecture about Bosozoku, aka biker gangs in Japan!
There was a small photo booth set up with a vintage motorcycle as prop for the models. It was fun hanging out and pretending to be a 'yanki' for the night.
I admit, I use to daydream about joining a Japanese girl biker gang! This was as close as I could get, I guess...
Me in the center of a truly formidable gang of badass ladies.
I don't know if you can tell, but we had fun. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the photos!
The first Long Beach Comic Con came and went this past weekend. I was only in attendance on Saturday, but I felt like the convention was a success. I had a relaxing time walking around the exhibit hall, poking through the artist alley, and chatting with local friends. I loved the "small con" feeling! Unfortunately, none of the panels really interested me but that didn't subtract from the ultimate experience.
The line for Jim Lee took a long time to move as he was late to his signing, but the line was not long at all. Although by the time it was our turn to see him, he was rushed and couldn't take the time to do but a quick autograph and doodle, instead of a sketch. I guess you can't really complain though!
Me and Jim Lee!
I didn't have much of meet-and-greet agenda which made it a more pleasant surprise to meet actor and writer, Mike McMillian of Archaia Comics.
Mike McMillian signing a 'Lucid' poster
What a fantastic guy! He was completely personable. I have yet to see an episode of True Blood, but he is currently playing one of the bigger roles in the TV show. He didn't give off a Mister-Hollywood-Vibe though. It was unfortunate that his presence wasn't advertised enough because there was no line during his signing. I even went back a second time to chat with him and get a second signed poster for a friend. I hope his comic book series will become a success! The encounter peaked my interest in Archaia too and will probably check out more of their books in the future.
I hope this convention keeps coming back every year! It was loads of fun!
I'm on my lunch break at work currently and I figured I'd spend time updating this often neglected and badly written blog. Ironic that the my fellow bloggers are the better at writing than me... but they are so silent here... ha!
This Friday, I am going to see GLAY for the 2nd time at the House of Blues on Sunset! At my younger years, while my peers were listening to N'Sync, I was throwing my fangirl energy towards this Japanese band. I can say that my love for this band directed me to many of my interest these days- namely a great interest in Japanese fashion. I did, at one point, wanted to become just like the band's guitarist, Hisashi!
These days, I hardly follow the band's new projects but I still feel a strong connection with the songs and music videos I "grew up" with.
They already played their first concert in San Francisco and a fan kindly wrote up their set list. I am SO excited that they will be playing 'SURVIVAL', in particular. They didn't play this at the last concert and I was slightly disappointed. Now, I will finally get to enjoy this song LIVE and I could not be more happy!!!
Otherwise, I am busy getting Halloween costumes done for myself and two other people. Also, I'm trying to figure out the best way to embed twitter on this blog's side bar! I might be due for another website redesign...! I need to find time to learn CSS coding. I feel like I've reached the limit of what can be done with HTML some times.
Next month, I will be attending the first ever Long Beach Comic Con! I'm so excited to have this local convention already jammed pack with awesome guests. Stan Lee will even be doing an inaugural ceremony and opening the convention with a ribbon cutting. Hopefully Stan's blessings will be enough to keep this convention around and growing, yeah?
The usual suspects will be in attendance, including Seth Green, Lou Ferrigno, and... Jeremy London?
The convention will also be sporting big comic book names (the important part!) such as Jim Lee! Plus, top companies such as Top Cow will be in the exhibit hall. It's not San Diego Comic Con (yet???), but I would love to be in a smaller comic convention after the madness that is SDCC! I was deprived of Wizard World this past year, after all...!
In October, Long Beach, California is hosting its first ever Comic Book Convention! Well, besides when Wizard World used to reside in the Long Beach Convention Center... Stan Lee will be opening the convention with an inaugural ribbon cutting.
Speaking of Stan Lee, yesterday the interwebs exploded with news of Disney buying Marvel out. There were definitely a lot of fear among the comic-book fans, but for me, it wasn't a big surprise or a big deal. Marvel was already on its way to becoming a household name with the success of its films. I don't think the company will loose any of its identity with this merger.
I think it will be a lot like the Disney/Pixar relationship. Although we somewhat associate Pixar with Disney; we still refer to their movies as "Pixar" films and NOT Disney films.
Marvel is certainly iconic and there is no way Disney can budge out Spider-Man out of the picture! Plus, why would they want to mess with the Marvel characters? They've been around maybe longer than most of Disney's Princesses.
I think there will be a lot of advantages for both companies, without the Disney and Marvel franchise suddenly rolling together in one giant tumbleweed. Though it would be amusing to see Kim Possible team up with the Marvel superheroes...
On Saturday, I attended a Nickelodeon panel for The Penguins of Madagascar because one of my favorite voice actors of ALL TIME would be there, Jeff Bennett. The cast did an episode read out loud which is always great to see for someone who appreciates voice acting like I do. My inner child burst into happy sparkles at the chance of witnessing Mr. Bennett do his voice acting magic.
After the panel, I quickly went up to the table to say a few words to Mr. Bennett; but when my turn came, I promptly bursts into tears.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen... flirting with celebs is easy as pie for me, but when it comes to the people who worked on my favorite cartoons growing up, I turn into a giant, weeping mess! It was quite embarrassing and I'm pretty sure Mr. Bennett was really turned off by it... oh well, it's not the first time I've done this. I cried at the POSSIBILITY of meeting Tom Ruegger (creator of Animaniacs... and it never happened- which could be a good thing since I can't seem to keep my composure around these people!). I didn't quite cry as hard when I met Rob Paulsen, but just got extremely teary eyed.
Jeff Bennett was truly a favorite of mine growing up though, and I followed his work for many, many years. I admired him and even had a little voice "crush"! I wished I had conveyed to him what meeting him really meant to me, how for many years my cousin and I didn't speak of anything else but hoping to meet the man behind our favorite voices on television! Instead, I just managed to make him feel really uncomfortable. I totally suck!
Needless to say, I was emotionally charged and weepy for the rest of the day after that. I know... I'm a big loser. Ha!
Although, I have to mention that the people of Nickelodeon were so sweet to me. Especially one guy who was very, very nice to me at the end of the panel and gave me some goodies to try and console my crying. Whoever you are, I'm sorry I didn't get your name but I am so grateful! Thank you!
Fortunately for me, two panels I wanted to see were consecutive in the same room. My friend, Giselle, and I enjoyed the Coraline panel with Neil Gaiman, who I was delighted to see in person. The FlashForward panel was right after, which we wanted to stick around for just to see John Cho in person.
What can I say? I love, love, LOVE the Harold and Kumar flicks, and not to mention he was pretty awesome as Young Sulu.
Giselle and I also ended up channeling our own inner Twitardness that weekend and flipped our shit when they bought Dominic Monaghan out as a special, surprise guest on the panel! Since the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out, the hobbit actors has been kind of our Beatles for awhile... specifically Mr. Monaghan, who made us swoon in all sorts of horrible, fangirl ways (ew, girls swooning!).
They also screened about half of the pilot for the audience and admittedly, I am already hooked! The plot has an apocalyptic sort of theme, which I am a sucker for. I recommend it for anyone looking for a good, sci-fi series to follow on a network channel. It'll premiere on ABC in the fall season!
The boys throwing Hershey Kisses to the crowd and Giselle enjoying her John-Cho-Kiss after the panel!
After dawdling a bit and running into Gene Simmons outside the panel rooms, we headed down to the Exhibit Hall to look for the FlashForward signing (in hopes that Dominic will be there, too...). I spotted Adam Baldwin on the floor, charging people for autographs and photos-- and I gladly paid the $10 to take a picture with him! The X-Files and Firefly geek in me couldn't pass up the chance!
To our surprise, the line for FlashFoward wasn't filled up already by the time we got there. It was even one of the more faster lines I stood in during the convention! I wished I had said something more than "Can I take a photo with you guys?"; but things move quickly in these lines and I was busy trying to get Giselle's photos with her screenwriter hero, David S. Goyer. Such is a con-life, I suppose.
Obviously, Dom did not show up for the signing... :( But I lived. Don't worry.
One of the better Joker cosplayer that weekend; and who spells "Lucy" that way??
Since my friends and I drove in the Thursday of the convention (arrived at our hotel at around 11am), we basically missed a lot of the panels that day. My friends braved the Hall H line, but I dove inside the Exhibit hall with my boyfriend because he wanted to "absorb" the convention (he hasn't been to a comic convention for a long, long time...).
Star Trek is cool again!
The highlight of my day was when I spotted the gaggle of Twitards waiting for Robert Pattinson to come out of Hall H after the Twilight panel...
I decided to gaggle with them because, honestly... what can be more amusing than a bunch of teeners (...and middle aged women) going nuts over a guy who played an emo vampire? Ha! The conversation between those girls are too funny. Really idiotic. But kind of sweet and funny. I was rewarded at the end when R-Pattz drove and a handful of Twitards chased his car down the street.
It's this weekend already! The mecca of comic book geeks alike! Comic-Con in San Diego!
Once again, Nancy and I will BOTH be attending the convention, armed with our own agenda and schedule of panels we would like to see. I really hope I can get into at least a couple of awesome panels this year. Of course, I hope to meet cool and talented people too.
Full report will come after the weekend, but for now, I leave you with these awesome photos taken by Andrew Yoon, and posted on the Zippercut website. Thanks, guys!
Not only was Crusaders & Haters full of superhero fun-- but myself and fellow blogger, Nancy (aka Mjade) has been reunited after two years! Whew! It's been awhile! But she is currently visiting from England up until Comic-Con in San Diego next weekend.
These type of nerdy parties are more of my scene than hers, so we all appreciate her making the effort to attend! GO NANCY!
Missy, Nancy, and me!
This is by far one of the more crowded Royal-T event that I've attended. The art show was curated by Danie Franzese, and the costume opening party was organized by the lovely Mandy of ZIPPERCUT. Good music, good crowd, and a great photographer (Drew Yoon) was present to take pictures at the photo booth.
Of course, the usual crowd of ladies-- and some gentlemen!-- who loves to dress up attended sporting some great costumes!
Who said nerds couldn't have a classy and fun party?
A super hero themed art show! Opening night is this Friday night, at Royal-T in Culver City, CA!
I'm trying to put together a last minute superhero inspired outfit. I might need to make a cape... I know loads of other people will be putting together really elaborate and wonderful costumes, so don't miss out!
I had no great desire to attend Anime Expo this year because of fading interest of the whole cosplay and fandom scene. Also, 90% of anime convention attendees challenges my patience on many-a-levels and the lack of dignity from a lot of these kids just makes me throw up in my mouth a little mostly...! The cosplay scene, in my opinion, has deteriorated save for a handful of cosplayers who still make a good effort and have it show.
Then again, this could just be the blatter of a bitter, older, ex-cosplayer who just can't relate to the new generation of convention goers... either way, I can't deal with the random "glomping", non-sensical screaming and those fucking YAOI paddles-- honestly, people truly need to get BEATEN with those things. Why do people feel the need to drop common social courtesy inside an anime convention? It's a mystery!
I can go on and on about this really.
Now for the true convention report. I felt more relaxed without the hassle of cosplaying and my main purpose at the convention was to check out the artist alley. A couple of my friends had tables, including my family who owns Fuzz Academy! I worked at the Funimation booth for three hours on Friday, and again on Sunday. I showed up briefly on Saturday to deliver black socks for my friend's cosplay (I'm a good friend, dammit)
Start 'em young! So cute!
I did mostly a lot of walking around taking photos of cosplayers I liked. I poked at the Exhibit Hall booths but ended up buying nothing; though the temptation to buy a pink or yellow PSP almost got me at one point... I ended up buying three prints at Artist Alley from three artists that really stood out for me. I'm pretty impressed with this new wave of artist alleys at convention, having it become MORE than just artists taking commissions at their tables. There are all kinds of merchandise on sale these days. I fear everything gets a little bit muddled as each table seem to offer the same "chibi" keychains over and over again. But, I am glad I found three really beautiful art prints that will hang on my walls some day!
The more exciting event for me was when my friend and I accidentally stumbled upon the autograph area for the cast of Power Rangers. Lucky for us, the original actor for the Black Ranger was there! He was an incredibly nice guy and he hasn't aged a year!
Marie and Walter Jones who played "Zack" in the original series!
Overall, the convention is not as special as it used to be for me. I'm sure it still is for many of the younger generation and for those who still dedicate themselves to convention attendance and cosplay. I can't say it's not cool to have a place for like-minded geeks to get together, right?
On another note, this is the first time I've gotten sick after a convention! Which is ironic since I took it easy this year too. I had stupidly posed in thin costumes in snow and yet it's the Los Angeles summer that eventually got me!
Gizzy and I went to the annual festival held at Long Beach, California for the first time this year! The festival was a small event, but everything I basically expected-- the same crowd who attends the Renaissance Faire dressed as pirates, booths after booths of useless pirate merch, and in general, just kitschy, nerdy fun.
While we were there, the better entertainment was a band on stage. The band was pirate themed, of course, providing the audience with some fun, pirate rock music. Gizzy definitely appreciated the physiques of the members; and their music wasn't bad at all! Although, I didn't care enough to actually try and remember the band's name... Oops. Either way, I totally appreciated their tribute to They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard-- who knew I'd hear this song performed live? Ha!
We also tried the food there and was greatly disappointed at the meal we ended up purchasing. There was a booth serving all kinds of birds– chicken, quail, turkey... the quail wasn't bad, though it was pretty dry. The chicken leg we had was definitely dry without much taste. The sides of spanish-artichoke dip and rice were pretty bland as well. I wished I had tried the crepe booth instead! The festival's website promised BBQ type food, but there was none. We did try the funnel cake and that wasn't half-bad, though how can you really go wrong with fried desserts?
The food choices were definitely disappointing overall, which puts a damper on any event for me!
We were there for a couple of hours and on the way out, we stopped by the campsite for the Port Royal Privateers. These pirates were more hardcore, setting up an overnight camp on the beach and creating their own pirate-y characters. I thought they were really cool and we considered joining this camp party one day. It'll be fun to be overnight pirates at least once!
To wrap this event report up, let's not forget... the obligatory photo with Jack Sparrow (there were at least five of them at the festival that day).
I attended the opening party for CUTE AND DANGEROUS, an art show at Seven Degrees at Laguna Beach. Thanks to Mandy of Zippercut who invited me to the event! The turn out was good and the event was pretty fun. I was expecting a little more, but I wasn't really disappointed since so many of the people I invited to go ended up going!
Plus... there was free food that lasted throughout the whole night! Which surprised me because free food is always the first to go at these events... but there was plenty to be served all night long.
The art were all so much fun too! There were also a group of girls who were in lolita or cute outfits that went well with the theme of the night. It gave the party the "spunk" that it needed.
I didn't win any of the raffle prizes though... sniff.
The SoCal Cosplay Gathering is happening this Saturday, May 9, in Irvine, California! The event is put together by some wonderful people who will make sure you will have fun hanging out in a park in your costumes!
If you love fun and cosplay, this is definitely the event for you to go this weekend. For $10, you get food, friends, games, and cosplay. That's better than any ol' convention can offer.
I am not a big part of the scene anymore, so I am not sure if I will go myself-- but I have no problem pimping this event to the world because it's pretty awesome. If I do end up going, see you there!
Otherwise, nothing else going on in my local geekery realm. I haven't seen the new Wolverine movie yet. I want to see it for Dominic Monaghan; but I still hate the choice they made for Gambit. That actor does not do him justice. Yes. I am totally judging him before I even see the movie like a giant, fat jerk-face. Sorry, dude, but when it comes to Gambit... I'm not messing around.
I've never been a Trekkie and I'm barely familiar with the Star Trek universe, but... seriously looking forward to the new movie. It just looks damn cool!!! The cast looks very promising-- and it's not George Lucas directing! (Ohhhh... so went there!)
Not so sure when I'll get the chance to see these movies though. I tend to drive solo in movie theaters these days, but the hard part is finding the time to be a movie-goer-loner.
Whoops, have to deal with some work "crisis"(-es?). Will possibly blog more later!
This past Saturday night, April 25, Gallery Nucleus hosted an opening party for the Street Fighter tribute art show, JAB STRONG FIERCE! It was a really cool event, albeit a very crowded one.
My boyfriend, my friend, and I went in costume-- obviously, I cosplayed Sakura. My friend Valerie cosplayed Chun Li and my boyfriend went as Fei Long... I mainly did it because I wanted to get a 15% discount on a couple of archival prints I've been meaning to purchase from the gallery. Mwahaha. I am now a proud owner of Becky Cloonan's "Lee" and Scott Campbell's "Tree Spirit with Bike"!
I also meant to take more photos of cosplayers and such at the event; but since I was in costume myself, it was hard for me to balance the cosplayer/photographer game. Which is pretty lame... but at some point, I'll have to figure out how to downplay the cosplay (on the rare occasions I dress up in public these days) while getting good shots!
My boyfriend even won second place in the cosplay competition they hosted that night! He won a shirt, an art print, and a copy of the Street Figther tribute book published by Udon Entertainment.
The art at the show was really cool though and a lot of them I loved. Unfortunately, I don't really do well in incredibly crowded, small spaces so I didn't get to enjoy the pieces as I would have liked to. Still, I manage to snap a shot with Cloonan's painting, so that made me happy!
I'm pretty sure I missed out on a lot of cooler things at the opening though. It was hard for me to navigate because of the tight crowd... either way, I'm glad I went. The show will be up till May 11, so go check it out!
I went to my first Zippercut.com hosted party at the Royal-T Cafe in Culver City. As I expected, it turned out to be a pretty fabulous event, albeit the place got a little crowded! Which is a sign of a successful party, of course. I had to miss the Bob Baker show, unfortunately, because there was no way of penetrating the crowd at the back of the restaurant by the time I arrived.
Of course, the usual creative group of ladies were present, like Michelle aka chubby bunny (she sells hand made bows which are available at Royal-T! Super cute!), who created her entire outfit from scratch.
Fiery red babe, True Mee (aka yume ninja), customized her costume-- hottest lion tamer of all circus town? I think so!
Jenny, from what I've heard, made her entire costume in ONE day! Below is a photo of her with Julie (aka smiley squid) who is a dress making extra-ordinaire. They both looked super-gorgeous that night.
Sheyne's monkey box was a big hit that night! She even had a bear on drums, which became my favorite that night (though sadly, I didn't get a photo of it!)
In other words, if you want to meet and mingle with some of the most creative people in town, you can definitely find them at the next themed party at Royal-T.
This past Saturday, Royal-T Cafe hosted a Alice in Wonderland themed event, which mostly catered to the lolita and doll collectors subcultures. My friend and I went to check it out to take loads of photos and eat some delicious food!
I love, love, loooooooove the food at this restaurant!!! I also highly recommend their great selection of tea, especially their Royal Milk Tea. The Royal-T High Tea set is a good choice for people who are eating here for the first time. It has a selection of finger food and samples of most of the desserts! Plus, your choice of tea, of course. We ordered the "Queen's High Tea" set, which was a special for this particular event. I thought the addition of the cupcake on top was pretty fun.
...not THE red carpet, but just a red carpet. Still. Plenty of rick folks walked on that carpet. I just happened to take a photo when everyone else has gone.
Did volunteer work for Cinema City International Film Festival for their Oscar event and had an excuse to get all dressed up! Also, Slumdog Millionaire took home most of the awards that night, as we all know. Which is cool, because that's the only movie I saw from all the Academy Awards nominees. Yikes! I'm way behind! Save me, Netflix!
This past Saturday, Japan LA and Royal/T collaborated on a themed party called 'Diamond in the Sky', or "SHINY PARTY!" for short. I love the Royal/T space and it was a lot of fun to see people dressed up in glitter, sequins and various other shiny materials. The djs got everybody dancing and the dance circles were definitely one of my favorite things from that night!
Japan LA set up a temporary store inside the cafe, and built a tower of Hello Kitty! (seen in above photo) It became a popular back drop for photo ops.
It didn't get as crowded as I thought it would, which is kind of a good thing-- but there were definitely enough people that showed up to call it a pretty fabulous party.
They were serving some party food and I had the vegetable quesidilla and the beef skewers. The quesidilla was my favorite and I also had a pomegranate martini. I did a sake shot with a friend, who ended up almost dying from it! You know your friends love you when they're willing to die just to make you happy (since I demanded she do it with me!). Even my boyfriend had fun, admitting that he would never have known about these types of events if it weren't for me. I made him a shiny, silk vest to match my dress.
We didn't leave until the party actually ended and the boyfriend and I headed to Johnny's pastrami on Sepulveda for a late, late night dinner. We ordered a pastrami sandwich to split between us (they're huge), french fries and a slice of apple pie. Best way to end the night!
Last Saturday night, a friend and I attended the first ever Edwardian Ball held in Los Angeles! It was an excuse to dress up and get out on a Saturday night! A rare opportunity these days, let me tell you...
The event was full of Edwardian enthusiasts-- from people dressed in historically correct clothes, to costumes, and so on. The performances were more circus-burlesque style with really talented musicians and singers bringing in the noise. It was really neat to see people ballroom dancing on the dance floor as well.
I love the neat hand-drawn decor they had going on too!
We were very entertained by the performances from Cirque Berzerk, and my favorite band was Helios Jive. The drink from the punch bowl at the bars was also delicious. Unfortunately, as it got later, the place got way too crowded! We couldn't even manage to get near the bar! We left a little early and headed to Denny's for some late-night breakfast meals. Overall, it was a good time and I would definitely go again!
Also, if you haven't noticed, I added a little flickr badge on the side menu! Please check it out for photos of all the shenanigans I get into. I promise to post more of my gurly geeky/nerdy activities as I get on with the re-design and revamp of this blog :)
Yesterday, a friend and I went to the West Hollywood Book Fair-- which I found out about mostly because David Mack was there for a panel. The fair was a little disappointing. The variety of books for sale was lacking-- at least, I didn't see anything besides New Age and sex books. Which are fine... but not what I wanted to shop for, really! We ended up hanging out at the comic books and sci-fi pavilion; and wasting money on some crappy crepes some guys were cooking at a food booth. Bad food is always so disappointing....
We mostly littered about the Golden Apple and Tokyopop booth. Pawing at comic books and bothering people... the usual!
The first thing we did was Mack's panel which we were a little late on. Here are some photos and a video clip from the panel.
And just because she's a doll, here's my friend Anna. I don't know what she was laughing at... I think it was me she was laughing at. Yeah. That makes sense.
I did actually buy one book under Anna's recommendation. I might do a review of it here in the future-- I think it's going to be a rather interesting book. Anna said the words "cannibalism" and "gay sex" and I was easily won over.... till next time!
One of my favorite convention is Wizard World Los Angeles, and I've had much fantastic memories of the convention from all the years I attended. This year was full of good memories and fun, but I must admit, it wasn't the best Wizard World I attended. The convention moved from the Long Beach Convention Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Although, the L.A. center is a nice one, it's location in the downtown area is pretty inconvenient and less inaccessible. Plus, $15-30 for parking?... I don't think so. I took the metro train up, thanks.
I didn't attend the first day of the convention, but I was told by many that it was pretty much dead. Saturday had a nice turn-out, but it was still missing the energy it had when it was in Long Beach and the first two years that I attended. I can't attest what WWLA2006 was like because I missed that since I was studying abroad.
Many of the more familiar artists I got used to having in Wizard World were missing, and so were a lot of the more celebrity figures of the geek world (i.e. neither Stan Lee or Kevin Smith showed up this time. Not to say that the convention was lacking in big names! I did get to take my photo with James Kyson Lee who plays Ando in Heroes. Still, the presence of Heroes stars didn't up the energy of the convention at all. It was extremely mellow and strangely quiet for the most part.
Still, I got to hang out with one of my favorite artist, David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), and his girlfriend, Mandy Amano (model and actress). They're always good with putting up with me-- since there were less people for me to bother this time, they had to deal with me 90% of the time! I got to meet people like Stuart Sayger (Shiver in the Dark) and other many talented artists. I hope that this year has not turned them off from attending the convention in the future. I definetely plan on attending again, and hope that it improves next time. I do believe they should move it back to Long Beach, though!
We are self-proclaimed girl-GEEKS who needed a place to write about it! We don't really do anything special with our lives, but we do enjoy the occasional comic book or fantasy film. Also, the occasional pie. With ice cream. Yeah. Ice cream.