Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ComiXology Debuts Subscription Service

Finally, I can read all the bloody Lone Wolf and Cub I've missed out on. ComiXology has debuted a subscription service for $5.99 a month, and yes, they have a free month trial.

The new service opens a door to thousands of titles. Now the only problem may be how many issues are up on the service now and what's not on it, so check before you get on it.

You can us the comiXology app on Fire Tablet, Android, iOS, or streaming on the web at comixology.com.

2016 Last Remaining Seats

Be sure to check out the schedule for the 2016 Last Remaining Seats as some cult and classic showings are already sold out. Screenings usually have special Q & A's or other events connected to them.

2016 Last Remaining Seats
Starts June 4
Multiple Downtown Theaters

An Evening With Robert Kirkman May 26

An Evening With…Robert Kirkman
Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 7:30 pm
LACMA, Bing Theater 
 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036

"Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics series and the AMC series phenom that bears its name, joins us for the latest edition of the Film Independent at LACMA's An Evening With… series, in which creators and actors discuss their influences and careers to date. Kirkman will chat about the comics and series for which he’s best known, as well as other stories that examine the perquisites of heroism."

Anatomy Theater in June

Getting to know someone inside and out is hard, but it's something LA Opera is attempting this June. With tickets for many shows selling out it'll be hard to make the cut and get into Anatomy Theater. As I wrote that the sky actually grew dark, a nice touch for a play so macabre. You'll be following a English murderess from her confession, execution to dissection on the operating table. In a time long ago, only seen in films, we cut open people in public dissections, at least in England. Now we have a play about it.

Enjoy the mirth and death in song as our lovely lady of a corpse sings. What maudlin tunes will she's be singing literally when cut open?

Anatomy Theater
June 16-20
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

June 16-20
*Not for kids due to graphic nature

Sack Sandwiches So Good

If you're cruisin' by Sunset or Melrose take a stop over at Sack Sandwiches, from the people who gave you the fancy "Ink" restaurant. Though you won't be paying Ink prices, you'll be getting Ink taste. Not the the taste of ink in your mouth. ... let me start over, they make great sandwiches at prices comparable to Subway.

They don't taste like Subway, they taste so darn good, you'll wonder why you get full on what seems like a small portion.
Cold Fried Chicken

While inside the tiny sandwich shop we tried both their well known Cold Fried Chicken and Cold Cut sandwich, both delectable delights. The flavor is still on our tongues from the Cold Fired Chicken, it had a little kick with it's own special hot sauce. They were many choices beyond that including their own Bahn Mi and another favorite called the Spanish Godfather. You can check out the full menu here, it's cute it separates sandwiches by meat.

We wouldn't say there's enough space to hang out if it's busy, it's best to load up on your subs and take them to go. Be prepared to wait a few minutes. We went when it wasn't even busy, but it shows with the quality of taste.

They also make their own chips daily to go with the subs and have their own milkshakes. You can drink Boylan soda and Stumptown coffee.

If you're in the mood for sandwiches and in the area, Sack Sandwiches is a much better choice than Subway or anything else nearby.

Sack Sandwiches

Two locations

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-7225
Daily 11am-8pm

8915 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 777-0113
Daily 11am-9pm

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Bits and Lines Mics Tour May 24

The Bits and Lines Mics Tour
Tuesday May 24, 2016
8:00 PM
21 and over 
If you like video game themed music, it's a dream date.
Playing: Mega Ran, RoQy TyRaiD, TON, Kirby's Dream Band, The Kevyn Martinez Band, DJ Seedless

The Donut War Between LA and Portland

Remember the news we reported on about Voodoo Doughnuts opening up in Citywalk this year? Well, the food critic for LA Magazine doesn't want it, writing

Dear Portland: Keep Your Stupid Novelty Doughnuts:Voodoo Doughnuts, home of the cream-filled Cock-N-Balls doughnut (yes, really), comes to Universal City Walk this fall

LAist has the brewing internet feud detailed now between the people of LA and Portland, which is hilarious.

Our stance is, of course, who cares, donuts. Stick whatever you want in CityWalk, Bubba Gump is there, so free pass. G-d forbid they try and stick in some things connected to their movies that make sense.

We only hope that the Donut Summits of yesteryear can come back to bring back the peace, where all brought donuts for free to try and vote for the best.


Sign up for the free E3 experience right outside of the convention center at L.A. Live. We have to wonder how it will work with one of the most poorly made and underutilized areas in LA. L.A. Live is like a architecture decided to make something complete unfriendly to people in design and look.

However, it's free with game demos and entertainment.

Sign up now, everything is almost sold out as of writing this,

Update:Sold Out!

June 14-16
LA Live
Free, Must Register

DK’s Donuts & Bakery aka Donut Heaven

We have a problem over here at TTDILA. We're are trying too many donuts places. LA has so many darn good holed-baked treats. We need to stop, there's just so many good places to get them.

So let's talk more about them with DK's Donuts & Bakery as the subject, which has us having Donkey Kong's theme get stuck in our heads. It's one of those special donut shops you want to post a photo of yourself at.

With a selection of insanely, too-much tastiness presented before you, you can just get lost at looking at all the different flavors.

One section is all about Ube. A Japanese yam, it makes the donuts purple, so don't expect a fruity flavor when biting down into one.

Old favorites from other treats like Oreos and Girl Scout Samoas are re-purposed into donut form. They have them both in regular donut or cronuts, which to add to the confusion are dubbed O-nuts there. So if it says it's an O-Nut at DK's it means it's a cronut.

Not afraid to dabble they serve waffle donut hybrids called wow-nuts that look oh so sugary.

They have the menu online, so you can choose before coming in, but you'll want to get an eyeful, that's the fun of going there. The full menu shows they have everything for breakfast, well beyond just donuts including specialty coffee. If we didn't mention it; they even have Vegan donuts.

There's so many options and so many different tastes we can't really recommend, but leave the ball in your court...or really donuts in your mouth. It is a heavenly collection of colorful treats to snack on.

DK’s Donuts & Bakery
Open 24/7
1614 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Cash only

Anime Expo 2016 Update 1

*Right out of the gate let's have a reminder that on June 1st prices go up another five bucks. A current badge for anyone over 12 is $54 for a day and $90.05 for a four day badge. Check prices for children and to get badges here.

*A lot of talk has been going on about The Youth Protection Problem. The-O Network has great in depth coverage of the new policy alienating long time fans of Anime Expo as the new program has confused many on policies and added costs.

However, AX has recently addressed the controversies and explained in more detail who it affects. You can read about it here over at ANN.

Let's just break down the recent news about the goings-on of AX.

First of the full list of vendors is up. So you can make sure you can grab the goodies you want and not pay shipping.

For those who love to draw or doodle the art show is back and seems very open to entries.

Anisong World Matsuri is making it's debut. A multiple concert experience with some of Japan's best talent you may know from your favorite anime theme songs. These look to be concerts that require extra tickets, no prices have been released as of writing this. It's a varied list of performers, check them all out at the provided link above. It does look like you'll be able to sing a-long to One-Punch man's theme.

Converse Central Santa Monica

Converse opened it's flagship store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica a few months ago. For fans of the brand it must be like entering a shoe Valhalla. They have a huge collection of the latest Converse styles from floral designs to rainbow digital prints. It doesn't stop with shoes, they have all the clothing you may want from the brand too.

However, the greatest feature might being able to customize your own set of sneakers. That's right you can pick and choose the art for your shoe and even bring in your own images to put on them.

1437-39 3rd St Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 P (310) 451-0314 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bernie Rally Monday May 23 Santa Monica

A Future to Believe In Santa Monica Rally
Monday, May 23, 4:00 p.m.
Santa Monica High School Football Field (Santa Monica, CA)
601 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free, RSVP 
Bernie Sanders rally, Bremen to vote June 7th. 

Violent Pink Exhibition Online

 Keiko Murayama
Check the full gallery here.

The True Cost Special Screening May 24

You had me at somewhat free t-shirts.

The True Cost Featuring a Panel Discussion and Q&A

Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Skirball Center 

A special screening of the new documentary on where our clothing comes from.

Bring an old, gently worn T-shirt to exchange for a new T-shirt that is sustainably made with Beyond the Label’s “Nutritional Label” printed on the front. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Shonen Jump Theme Maid Cafe

Shonen Jump Theme Maid Cafe
Sunday, May 22, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Lekker Lounge
318-B East 2nd Street, Lil Tokyo, Los Angeles, California 90012
Ticket is $25, includes Open Bar, maid service, performances, and games. 18+ only event, only 21+ can drink.
Food/snacks are separate and are all under $5! ^^
A Shonen Jump themed maid cafe has a one day night life this Sunday. We have no idea how good or bad it will be, but if you're into anime it might be a sight to see before Ninjacon and AX.
We kind of want to see footage from the Super Saiyan Arm Wrestling and the JoJo posing contest. Damn, they should really just have these at most anime events. Great ideas.
From their Facebook:

Some popular Shonen Jump series are: Naruto, One Piece, DBZ, Bleach, Assasination Classroom, Kuroko no Basket, JoJo, Cooking Wars, Deathnote, Kenshi, D.Gray-man, and so much more!

Games and Performances:

Super Saiyan Arm Wrestling - An Arm wrestling contest in which you must yell DBZ / Shonen Jump related related things while arm wrestling (eg: This is my way of the ninja! + DBZ battle cries). Sign-up sheet will be first come first served at the door

Dance Performance by Foxtail-chan ♥ She will be performing the song "Women" by Jordan Sparks, in her One Piece cosplay!

Another dance performance by Chibi-Way, Usa-chan, and Beanie Baby! Don't miss out!

Ninjas vs. Pirates - A trivia contest in which the audience wil be split in half and have to answer Shonen Jump Triva. One team representing Ninjas and the other representing Pirates.

The Uchiha Family Coming of Age Ceremony Fire Show - Watch Sasuke play with fire. Stand back, everyone, and be careful! FireFae Ash

Best Sexy jutsu - The maids will do a Sexy no Jutsu move! You must copy it!

Jojo posing contest - It's time to work on those epic Jojo poses! Because we will be having a Jojo Posing contest!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End Quick Review Doom Sucks

We're not a fan of the Uncharted series, it started with the premise of being a reality show treasure hunter, which to us sounded way to cliche. Now it's become it's own franchise and, darn it, we've fallen for you Nathan Drake.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, with so many cut-scenes, is like experiencing your own action movie. You'll be jumping and swinging of the sides of cliffs and mountains in beautiful venues all the way to a pirate island. The voice-acting and story carry you through an adventure that I don't want to ruin by giving much info.

Oh, and you kill people, you kill people so much it's comical. The story has you afraid of a powerful drug-lord, but you'retaken on a mercenary army? Oh, it's ridiculous, but nothing having to do with magic or science fiction, it's all "movie logic" on what can be accomplished.

Naughty Dog downright crams beautiful locations that would give Indiana Jones boners with heartfelt moments that make you care about Nathan Drake, his brother, his girlfriend and his cliche old man con man friend.

Give that old man voice actor an award for sounding so old and angry. Same goes for the main villain.

And through the whole thing you have the charming Nathan Drake talking to his friends on how all crazy it is, with bad guys you'll love to hate and action scenes that would have never worked on the big screen.

Oh, and Doom sucks. We were bored with tit after playing the campaign for an hour. You think punching demons after shotgunning them in the face would be more fun, but ehh.

Giant Tracer Overwatch Action Figure @ Hollywood & Highland

If you head to Hollywood & Highland today you'll be able to see a huge Tracer Overwatch Action Figure. It's one of many giant action figures around the world promoting the game, Overwatch, coming out May, 24.

There's a live cam up now of the location.

You can also apparently press a button on the side, we only wish they gave out t-shirts.

There's a list of all the figures up on Reddit, but we get good ol'  English Tracer, shouldn't she be London?

If you got tickets, you would be going to a special Overwatch Launch Celebration, teamed up with Coke for some reason, this Sunday, May 22 at the Cinemark 18. The event will be showing the shots seen online, special behind the scenes footage and giving away cool swag.

via Polygon

Thursday, May 19, 2016

$100 24-Karat Gold Donut

There is a donut of legend.
                       A donut rich in flavor.
                                   Which shined in the light like no other donut.

It is the 24-Karat Gold Donut.

Now out at the recently opened Birdies in Koreatown, you can get the 24-Karat Gold Donut for the measly price of a hundred bucks. Birdies, named that because the do actually serve fried chicken dishes...and also donuts, asks that you specially order the golden donut if you want one. There's one not even seen that can be specially ordered the Platinum and Diamond version, crazy.


314 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Legend Of Zelda Symphony Of The Goddesses Might Be Sold Out, But You Still Have Pokemon

The Legend Of Zelda Symphony Of The Goddesses 30th Anniversary concert looks to be sold out for LA. For those hoping to hear the lullabies of Link, we're sorry. We just checked the site ourselves and Ticketmaster proclaims they can just text you if you want to try and get some.

The Legend Of Zelda Symphony Of The Goddesses takes place on a Monday night, June 13th at 8pm, which seems like a terrible move for people who have jobs or are going to school. Monday?

In any case your other Nintendo love is still available, that's right, Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions takes place on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 - 8:00PM, way better than a Monday.

Both dates are chosen to coincide with E3 in town, though were sure that doesn't affect numbers of attendance as the people going to E3 are going for work and not concerts. There going to be in LA doing "other stuff."

IndieCade, Please Put In These Games Because They Involve Penises

From our friends over at Gamescenes, we get the work of Mikei Huang, specifically his trio of penis punctuated games. Technically, Meat Boys is a highly sexualized game about meat, but sausage in it might as well be "sausage." Gloryhole looks and sounds like it was made for the Wii and needs to be picked up by a Japanese game company with no references to what the game is really about. You'll be stroking everything, but technically not a penis in it. The only game with actual penis sighting is, oh boy, The Struggle is Real about dodging feces during the backdoor act, it's a sliding puzzle game for iOS.

This trio of strange, but damn colorful and strangely fun looking to play games need to come to IndieCade 2016. Next to cheating dolphins on a tests and escaping from a spy car we want to be playing Gloryhole and then take pictures of playing it. That game has a dildo controller with virtual reality, that's the future we all dreamed of.

Meat Boys is the only game with a sort of PSA, it's talking about the normalization of sexual objectification in gay culture, but to the outside observer it's just plain weird game about calling up meat, cooking it and eating if though your eyes were stuck in an 80's girls' cartoon.

Now, The Struggle is Real is currently up on Kickstarter and for a very reasonable amount to be finished.

So if you're a part of IndieCade or just Mikei Huang start cracking on how to get here and be part of the LA game scene.