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Monday, June 18, 2018

Pop Team Epic Is Coming

We had no idea, but Toonami is gonna bring the most idiotic duo to television since Ren & Stimpy. Pop Team Epic is locked in for Toonami with a premiere June 30th at 12:00 a.m..

We're just kind of sad that limits it coming to the masses only a week before AX, because if it came out a little earlier all things would be Pop Team Epic at AX. We're kind of amazed Funimation isn't doing anything else with the two most rude and stupid school girls at AX this year.

There's not a lot to explain other than it just being really, really dumb.

Little Tokyo's Pop Killer

Located in Little Tokyo is a little t-shirt store that looks like a record store. It's name is Pop Killer and it has some shirts with references only fans may get, but they're so damn fun to look at you"ll be asked where'd you get that.

The shirts all look like homages to other brands like Supreme. Yet, they still show a love for anime and Japanese culture with images of Vegeta from Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon on some. You also have collabs with many indie artists that make the shirts look so different and punk.

Check out the wide selection for your mid-section.

Popkiller Second
343 East 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
11:00 am - Midnight
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
T: (213) 625 - 1372

PBJ.LA Not Okay

When we toured the Bread Festival at the Grand Central Market we finally had a chance to try PBJ.LA and boy, is it ever a mediocre hipster trap. We don't know how you ruin the basic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but this place manages to. Don't be entranced by the neon, it's still just a simple sandwich shop with some different takes on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ughh almond milk.

Sandwiches come out like uncrustables, crusts are turned into Cinnamon Sugar Bites. And the taste, the taste is not as good as just getting some Jif and making one yourself. We see no draw to it and we see no difference in taste making it special.

It's a Grand Central Market stand that won't be around next year.

Grand Central Market
317 South Broadway Ste C11
Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Anime Expo 2018 Schedule Up

Anime Expo's 2018 schedule is now live. We've got some anime premieres, special events and even the return of Mega 64 doing a panel. So get ready!

We'll go through the schedule with our favs during the week and reminders of what to do and not do at AX.

Always remember, LA Live is a terrible, terrible place to buy food. It's overpriced and simply not worth it.

Friday, June 15, 2018

LAist Kickstarter Achieves Goal

LAist looks like it'll be coming back as it has reached it's goal of $50,000 funds for operating cost in its Kickstarter. It has 9 hours to go, as of writing this, before it's over and has reached past the $50k goal. Here's hoping for some great new stories and info from the new LAist.

Links: Candytopia Extended & Astro Crash

-Candytopia is staying a bit longer, at least until July 22nd, here's our review, it is worth it for the marshmallow pit. It's a candy themed pop-up.

-We really like this Astro Boy epic fail piece, it reminds us of the American CGI movie. It's really titled Astro Crash by Josh Devine via

L.A.'s Building and Safety Agency Allegedly Forced People To Down Pizza and Ice Cream Bars

Before Super Punch posting on this one. Update Super Punch posted on it later in the day at 7:40pm

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety is in a lot of trouble from a new report from the LA Times. Some of the strangest parts to the story are how some boss forced employees to down food. LA Times calls it food hazing, which I can't remember being a thing. Here's some quotes from the article.
"City investigators soon received reports of more unusual activities, such as staffers being punished by having to eat an entire pizza in one sitting."
 And it gets more strange from there
"Investigators also concluded that Dacumos’ employees had been subjected to unusual forms of punishment, according to a personnel report prepared by the city and reviewed by The Times. At least two were forced to eat an entire pizza within a short period of time, while another was instructed to wear skirts instead of slacks, the report said.
Bush declined to say whether Dacumos, a 23-year employee of the department, was the one who meted out those orders. But he confirmed the investigators received reports of food hazing inside Dacumos’ section — including employees who were ordered to devour multiple ice cream bars within a specified period of time."

Full story here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Capcom X Mondo & Other Video Game Posters

Sachin Teng

Damn, that's one fine man, Mega Man that is! Mondo is releasing special posters that"ll ship in late August, because y'know things happen. But, hey, it's worth the wait for these beauties. It's hard for me to not want try and snag this beautiful piece from Sachin Teng, who left the the blue bomber covered in enemy attacks and strangely not so blue. All of these posters go up for sale at some random time 6/14, because E3.

Cristian Eres

Tomislav Jagnjic

Weekly What To Do: Donuts & Dads

Meet Gerry Duggan! Signing Analog & more
Wed, June 13, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Meet Gerry Duggan Writer of Image Comics' ANALOG & Marvel Comics' INFINITY COUNTDOWN and DEADPOOL

Mr. Neighbor's House 2 Screening And Q&A
Thu, June 14, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Los Feliz Theater
1822 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mr. Neighbor’s House 2 comically blurs the innocence of Mr. Rogers with the dark surrealism of David Lynch in a half hour, live action kid’s show that is too disturbing for kids. Mr. Neighbor (Huskey) learns the importance of telling the truth. But only when he tells the whole truth can he open the Secret Door and save Neighborton! Join him as he faces his personal demons, struggles to keep a grip on reality and hopefully uncovers a hidden truth.

Izzy Gets the F$%k Across Town
Thurs, June 14
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
900 W. 34th Street, SCA 108
Los Angeles, California 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with Writer and Director, Christian Papierniak .

Riot grrrl rocker and shameless hot mess Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend tonight at a bougie party across town. Enraged and desperate, Izzy embarks on a frenetic quest across Los Angeles to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny ... before it’s too late.

Bad Dads Double Feature
Fri, Jun 15, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Discussion between films with PUMPKINHEAD actors Tom Woodruff Jr. and Kerry Remsen. Introduction to THE STEPFATHER by actress Jill Schoelen.

Ghostbusters Midnight Screening at the Vista Theatre
Fri, June 15, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027

"Ghosts are running wild all over New York. A group of paranormal researchers have lost their jobs and gone in to business for themselves. Who you gonna call? Why not your friends and head on out to the Vista Theatre to join Nerds Like Us for a special one night midnight engagement of one of our all time favorite comedies - GHOSTBUSTERS." *They like cosplay
Fri, June 15, 11:59pm
Nuarte Theater

Director Paul Lynch in person for his midnight horror movie showing.

Fri, June 15, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
735 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017 
$6 parking after 4 pm (with retail purchase validation)
Celebrating its sixth year in DTLA, the FIGat7th Downtown Festival (also known as FIGFest) will light up the city this June with eclectic sounds and tunes. Presented by Arts Brookfield, this free festival kicks off June 1 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into an intimate concert venue and a poppin’ dance floor with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists.
June 15-17
201 E Bay State St, Unit 1
Alhambra, CA 91801

A small new convention to try. Performances by: Tom Kenny & the H-Seas, PopRock Academy, TOY-ZILLA LIVE, Nerdbot and MANY MORE! Celebrity Sightings and Signings throughout the city!
June 15-16, 4pm-11pm
701 S Catalina St, Los Angeles, California 90005
"Livening up the streets of Koreatown once again for its 4th year, KTOWN Night Market has returned to become the quintessential summer event of all its attendees. A celebration of youth, music, food, and culture, this weekend offers the opportunity to experience a traditional Korean night market with thrilling modern flair" 

OC Night Market
June 15-17
Friday & Saturday: 4pm-12am
Sunday: 4pm-11pm
Admission: $5
Happy Hour $3 Admission: Friday 4-6pm
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Exit Fairview Drive off 405 for easier access.
$8 parking charged by venue

Tons of food to chow down on from tons of vendors.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestra Concert 2018
June 15-16, 8pm
Dolby Theater
*hidden fees 

Select tracks from FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online’s expansive collection, performed live by a full orchestra! Come, brave warriors! Step into a realm of music!
June 15-17
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101
$tarts at $61
This sounds like some fun if your into Aliens, but don't blindly follow anyone in their spaceship/mini-van with tinted windows.

Fri, June 15, 10pm to 2am
OUE Skyspace LA
633 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
$25.00 - $41.00
Groove in the night sky -- 1,000 feet above the City of Angels.
Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Union Station South Patio
Free, Register
"Join us for a one-day edible exploration of L.A.’s favorite pastry at the first-ever DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station. The momentously mouthwatering event will showcase the donut in all its many guises: plain, glazed, and filled; traditional and new wave along with “donut-adjacent” treats including churros, apple fritters, and (of course) donut holes."

Bob Baker's "Enchanted Toy Shop"
Starts June 16
Bob Baker Theater
1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Regular weekend marionette performances
 at 2:30pm and weekday shows at 10:30am

The forthcoming presentation of Enchanted Toyshop will feature a re-staging of a classic sequence from the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain with original Bob Baker marionettes from the film, an elaborate music box sequence, walking stages, and a captivating cadre of toys that parade and play in the enchanted toyshop. 

Etheria Film Night
Sat, Jun 16, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Showcases the best new science fiction, horror, fantasy, action and thriller films made by emerging women directors.

11th Annual Chili at the Beach 2018
Sat, June 16, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

11th Annual Chili at the Beach held on the first 3 blocks of downtown Main St. This event is full of chili and salsa participants along with live music (2 stages with rotating bands) all day and great vendors.

Pasadena Chalk Festival
June 16-17
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
The Paseo
300 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Enjoy watching artists create pieces of art all over the streets and sidewalks with plenty activities for kids too.

LA Beer Week 2018
June 16-24
Different locations
$ prices change per event

In case you didn't know, LA Beer Week turns 10 this year with LOTS of beer-y exciting festivities for you all throughout the week of June 16th to June 24th!

Support all the brewers and food trucks by checking out some of the events planned. And what a better way to support than enjoying a cold pint or bottle of great, local beer!

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 17th, don't forget Dad.

Father's Day James Bond Double Feature
Sun, Jun 17, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bring LAist Back Three Days To Go

Hey, everyone! The LAist kickstarter we reported on still hasn't meant it's funding goal and has three days to go, 6/12. It needs about $5,000 more bucks so KPCC can resurrect the site: yknow to pay writers and maintain the site before it takes on ad revenue again.

Without LAist the only sources for LA things to do are of course TTDILA, We Like LA and your friends who get details wrong and can't schedule for sh*t. It"ll be awkward to only be able to talk to the Time Out LA and LA Times' Jen Yamato at events. Also, Jen should have probably covered E3 instead of Todd Martens.

Hell, if LAist can come back, I'll try (your TTDILA editor) and get some stories on there. Though, I think I know people at KCRW more than KPCC.

So go over the pledge goodies again and give them some of your hard earn cash so you can find out more about LA.

LA Times College Essay On E3 & Political Climate

Oooh boy, just a strange take from Todd Martens, LA Times on reporting on games from E3. In what could have just been an article on some games that fascinated Todd he tried to tie-in today's "political news" about racism, war and emotional problems. It doesn't work and comes off as a short essay he had to write for his freshman writing class in college. Skim through In a divisive political climate, E3 shows that maybe video games had it right all along at your own will as Todd tries to get older readers to connect to E3.

He goes over the new game Sea of Solitude to do a few words about depression and then talks about Wolfenstein: Youngblood to go on a little bit about racism. Then a few more lines about inclusiveness in war games. I'm so sorry until now you couldn't be a female soldier during WWII...

Todd could have just gone over the games, but trying to tie them down to major issues in our world right now was a little sad. He brings up Robert De Niro at the Tony Awards- I don't think gamers would even know what the Tony awards are, they're awards for Broadway theater, y'know musicals-and it doesn't really connect to anything.
"At roughly the same time Sunday evening that actor Robert De Niro was denouncing President Trump with an expletive at the Tony Awards, a gaming executive was on stage using the same curse word about Nazis."-Todd Martens
I know it's bloated to the brim with streamers online giving their opinions on new games, but I feel the LA Times could have just written out a better title and just some kind words for games they saw at the show. Please, don't try and just connect two things together for no point other than some passing interest by an older reader whose not into games, LA Times. Just say "E3 Coverage From LA Times."

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hero Complex Gallery's Blacklight 2 Show Online

"Worlds within Her" by Glen Brogan
Check out some of the great work from Hero Complex Gallery's latest show, Blacklight 2.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

In For E3: Local Game Stores To Check Out

Robot unrelated
If you're rolling into town for E3 and want to check out some old school games or want to try and pick up a classic system then we have you covered. Here's all the places to check out around LA for old systems and games. We just updated our Local Video Game Store List. We've also updated our Local Arcade List, there's even some professional VR places in it.

And, if you just have the need for violence from waiting in line all day, we do have two rage rooms where you can literally smash stuff for fun. Rage Ground, a few minutes from the convention center and Breakroom LA in the valley. We're fans of both. You're also not that from from Lazrfit, a laser tag work out gym, when your near the convention center. Please, be a little in shape to try it out, it's a real work out with lasers!

For those just wanting to get some old games let's go through some top places.

Game Dude
12104 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Hours: 11am to 7pm PST 7 Days a Week
Phone: (818) 764-2442 

It's like something out of a movie, a video game emporium of old and new titles that is managed like and old video store. This place has shelves and shelves of classic games and hardware. We'll at least spend 20 minutes inside looking over old games we've never heard of and see what's come in from the pipe line of everybody bringing their old stuff in.

Oh, forget the store promoting itself on social media, they're too old for that crap. They just don't care.

Here's some great recommendations from old Facebook posts on the place:

"Been a customer of Game Dude since it was a one room shop with the games behind glass you saw what you liked and got Steve to get it for you, you guys have grown and I am still finding the best deals there since 1986"-Jason Yunk
"Went into Game Dude today, after a long time reading your prices  in the back of old 90's magazines. At a friend's bbq who lives across from you guys, I went in. I came out with 4 classic games and only wasted 23 bucks. Great prices, friendly help and an overall great experience. I hope I can take pictures and video next time I am in, many people from my Youtube would die to see this." -Lorenzo Contreras

World 8
1057 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 389-5212

We love World 8. You will too just from the sign with eyes on it like it's from a Mario game. With classic cartridges and random swag galore it fits into the role of the local video game store you just want to chill at and see what old goodies are in.

We also just love the look of the place as their is posters and other gamer swag littered throughout it.

Game Realms
137 N .Victory Blvd
Burbank , CA 91502.
Phone: (818) 841-1545

Say hello to the much nicer and newer version of Game Dude. It's like a premiere video game store. Like a higher class place to purchase games. There's even a section to buy Fangamer merch. It's hard to pass up when you're in the area.

Retro Game Camp
318 E 2nd St
1ST Floor Ste 120
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 265-7889 
We don't know how it stays open or whose buying only Japanese imports, but some how, some way, this place has been open for a few months just selling old games and consoles from Japan. For those who have ever wanted to play Japanese games without an emulator and for whatever reason in Japanese you can head in here and look wall to wall at much better than American box art. 

For those who aren't local, it's totally tucked away in a little mall in Little Tokyo, which every day becomes more and more Anime Jungle shops.

The store is a sister store to one based in Japan so they have plenty of games coming in from back home.

Hope that helps your search you streamers, mention the site on your streams if you head into one.