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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Free The Secret World of Arrietty@Cinefamily

The Secret World of Arreitty (special advance screening!) Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 7PM The Cinefamily 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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39th Annie Awards This Saturday

Hey gang, but if you are gang members it will affect you later on. Anyway, the Annie Awards are this Saturday at Royce Hall at UCLA. If you forgot the Annie's are like the Oscars for animators, unless they actually get an Oscar for animation.

Guess whose hosting?

Guessing time is over now!

Patton Oswalt, yeah  from Ratatouille. 

He's a stand up comedian through and through, so I can't wait to see what he does, but no way in Hell is the voice of Spongebob, Tom Kenny, not gonna try and steal the show, when he goes on stage for some reason it's his stage.

The event is happening Feb 4 this Saturday at UCLA's Royce Hall. You can still get tickets at 25 a pop, there is a dress code, keep it classy.

We'll be covering the even here at TTDILA, so look forward to coverage at interviews with some people in animation. You know I'm covering Adventure Time.

Just some random thoughts about it

-Gabe Swarr who I've written about multiple times is up for Directing in a Television Production for “Kung Fu Panda” – Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation

-God, the voice actors will be doing so many bad jokes. Voice actors never shut down.

-I wonder whose going to win the Annie for Best Animated Video Game , I've written about it here with a full list of whose in it and unlike last year I hope to accept the award on behalf  of the game company doesn't show up. I hope Rayman wins from Ubisoft, love the game and the character design. The characters attacks look like old-school violent cartoons, I mean you can slap each other.

Cartoon Brew is streaming it, which might make it less fun, you get some dirty jokes and I like it that way

Vita Hill Social Club Times

So correspondent Matt K. happend to be in Santa Monica today and found out the times for Vita Hill Social Club at 2803 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Weekdays it's open noon to 7pm and
Weekends it's open noon to 9pm
for some odd reason they aren't displayed on it's website here

these times are good unless some event is going on

like these
  • 2/4: Sega Demo Day
  • 2/5: WipEout 2048 Fastest Lap Tournament for PlayStation Prizes!
  • 2/6: The Tester Event w/ the Season 3 Cast, 5:30-9:00PM
  • 2/10: Closed for Private Event, 7:00-10:00PM
  • 2/11: IGN + Capcom Event (Check back soon to RSVP)
  • 2/12: Reality Fighters Double Elimination Tournament for PlayStation Prizes!
  • 2/19: ModNation Racers Fastest Lap + Custom Track Contest for PlayStation Prizes!
  • 2/20: Unit 13 Demo Day, 7:00-10:00PM
  • 2/20: Closed for Private Event, 3:00-5:00PM
  • 2/21: KIND + Whole Foods Event, 4:00-9:00PM (DJ, Food, Bar, Raffles, & a PS Vita Giveaway!)
  • 2/22: VITA TINES DAY
  • 2/23: Playboy Event: Playmate Jo Garcia Appearance, 7:00-9:00PM (RSVP Here)
  • 2/26: Little Deviants Tournament for PlayStation Prizes!

  • Could the IGN Capcom Event before Street Fighter Vs. Tekken?

    I'll be checking out the place soon and remember it's all free. I'll have more on it later tonight or tomorrow

    B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time Complete Series Review

    B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $41
    Funimation just seems to love being naughty in the New Year.

    Yamada you are a dirty, dirty girl! Let me set you straight, this teen queen wants to bust it with 100 guys. No joke, she wants it bad. Problem is she hasn't even done it once. Now if she could only find some worthless boy with no redeeming qualities, who'd be a virgin too. A cherry boy if you would, someone like Tenchi Muyo or any other anime lead I've written about in any harem anime comedy I've recently reviewed. Takashi Kosuda it's your lucky day. This no name has Yamada all over him in the first episode. However, things don't go all the way.

    Yamada's First Time is a utterly quirky sex teen comedy anime. Utterly quirky in ways such as a sex deity for Yamada that follows her around, yet can't talk to her unless in a dream state. Her sex deity or Eros deity, whatever,  is herself with a mustache. The little version of her floats around on a cloud and is visible to no one, but us viewers.  Then there's Kosuda's penis. Now wait, because it isn't gross it's hilarious, he's penis is usually shown as like a little boring version of himself that grows bigger when ... well you know. Opening titles tell you this is a mostly fan service oriented show as different letters appear when different girls appear on screen. It took me a few seonds to catch on. Was it there first name or some sort of club with letters A, B, C and F being shown for each of them? Why no, it was telling me thier breast sizes. Oh, anime way to be subtle.

    Yamada isn't that subtle about doing the nasty, the ruling selfish factor in the show is her sex drive. Kosuda should hardly being having trouble getting it on, except for the fact that Yamada is an idiot. Yamada really has no understanding of sex, mostly just a ill-conceived version from manga and magazines, which leads to exhilarating silly situations for us viewers. While Yamada is thinking love hotel, the situation might end up as just a kiss. Going to a make out park get, despicably dirty. At her core though Yamada doesn't realize she might not think of Kosuda as a piece of meat towards later in the series, maybe.

    If not pushing Kosuda into a closet and getting naked or thinking of ways of getting it on she"ll usually be asking her best friend Miharu Takeshita for advice. Strangely advice will come from her in silly little Chiba form that are just possible what if Miharu moments as if she were around for some of Yamada's exploits. Some exploits she is around for like Yamada not wearing panties to school, Miharu scolds Yamada for this and most of her actions. Yamada also gets teased by her little sister Chika , while praised by the rest of her school for being a total hottie.

    Yet, in her paradise of being the teen queen is Kyoka Kanejo the ultimate rich girl bitch. Yes like any anime taking place at school, you need a rich kid, she's not only rich, but talented in about everything and pretty. She hates Yamada for being the current queen of the school, so she tries her best to get on her bad side. This gets bad as her older brother wants Yamada and she has a older brother complex. So much of one she built a room of mementos of him and dolls, pillows and other um love items. She wants her brother in a naughty way.

    Naughty ways are all over the place with sexual tension pouring out of Yamada and Kosuda's relationship. If you'd even call it a relationship. As a dude, it's sometime heartbreaking to see how close he gets to getting some, then the inevitable comedic downfall. Also, his dick gets hit a couple of times. I laughed and cried, "No way!", at how risque the show can get some times. With moments censors would love to fine networks you'll shout with glee and say "Damn, baby", at what Yamda's pervy little mind is thinking or gotten herself into. Yet for every problem encountered Yamada still can't wait to get in on. Will she bang the boy of her cherry dreams? You gotta watch to find out.

    Video and audio were fine as well as the dubbing. Without the dub,  we'd lose a lot of how stuck up Yamada is, but also her personality as just a growing girl who doesn't really understand what she wants. Clean opening and closing animation for your extras as well as a dub mess up reel with some cussing.

    The DVD's were provided by the publisher for review.

    Hetalia: World Series 1 Season Three Review

    Hetalia: World Series 1 Season Three (Limited Edition) $22

    "Like I could just take a whole day to lick my own balls."

    "Japan digs my sexy cat ears."

    "You peed on the floor."

    Welcome back Hetalia, welcome back. Countries in the skin of people walking around and interacting with one another still holds up quite nicely with strange lessons about other cultures and stereotypes given short stories.

    Though the major nations of Earth are still the stars with Japan, Italy and Germany in front, smaller nations are explored in sitcom-esque situations. Moments through history are once again given a new way to be interpreted. Who knew Prussia was such a jerk, trying to conquer most of Europe. Luckily Hungary stepped in for Austria. One thing is for certain though, Poland sucks. It's these things I can now write about countries learning about their history that makes it even more worth it to watch Hetalia. You really learn history and that most countries are jerks.

    Some funny facts about how the Swiss should have been conquerors, but instead became bankers is so insightful. Lack of farmland, but well-toned mercenaries should have led them to take over and dominate Europe. However, in the cartoon seeing how well Swiss banks work, France tries them out, with horrible results due to the fact everyone went on strike. Strikes are extremely common in France.You become a walking book report and don't eve realize it.

    I think some of my new favorite shorts were "Boss Spain and Chibi Romano" and Japan touring the rest of the world. Boss Spain and Chibi Romano is like a sitcom with Spain trying to deal with the annoying brat that is Romano, which basis in reality was rebellion and other countries wanting to take Romano from Spain. Japan touring Greece is funny, because of the extremely odd cat innuendo. Then there's the fight between Greece and Turkey over whose friend Japan is. I love the tour of Italy by Italy, leads to Japan taking on his style. This of course infuriates Germany, who doesn't need another Italy. Then in the end you see Britain reaching out to be friends with Japan. England is so sad to be alone.

    Comedy shines through every history lesson, Each character like our nations today and throughout time hate each other. They all act human, by being petty and holding grudges. The dubbing also is an added touch. I'm sure we wouldn't get the jokes from the subtitled version, which is included. The female narrator alone talks like a valley girl whose a bitch about the other countries. Each of the countries has a cartoony stereotypical accent that I believe wouldn't be as funny unless you made them sound like hipsters. America spits out Bro any chance he gets.

    Like always from Funimation, clean looking video and audio. You do get an extra disc, but I don't know why it's content couldn't be on the the first. It has clean openings and closings. I also enjoyed a file on every historical point of reference or cultural note. An example would be Greece having a lot of cats. The notes on the extra disc tell me that Greece has a huge cat population, which I didn't know about.

     There's many different points of historical interest that boil down to two idiots fighting each other that you should enjoy. Though episodes are short your getting two hours of them.

    P.S. Sweden is a freak.

    The DVDs were provided by the publisher for review

    Movie Hype: Movie Night

    3 Recommendations

    The Innkeepers

    Attack The Block

                                                                        Drive (great review here)

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    L.A. Zine Fest Numero Uno

    So it looks like the kickstarter worked and their fully funded over at the L.A. Zine Fest

    So Sunday Feb 19 a whole bunch of creative zinester Swill be selling their mind's eye on reality or plainly zines.

    I'm looking forward to some indie comics.

    Special guest speakers including; Jim Smith of The Smell, Sean Carnage, V. Vale and Henry Rollins. There will also be an after party hosted by L.A. Record with live screen printing from Hit + Run (bring a t-shirt or buy one the day-of). 

    Facebook page

    "L.A Zine Fest 2012, February 19th, 11 AM - 5 PM @ 453 S. Spring Street, upstairs from the Last Bookstore
    Join us FREE on February 19th from 11 AM - 5 PM on the second floor of The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring St., in downtown Los Angeles for tons of vendors selling zines, comics and other small press publications!"

    Vita Hill Social Club LA?

    Wait, wait no one told me about this and I, dammit anyway you can just go Vita Hill Social Club here in LA at this location 2803 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405 and they'll hand you a PS Vita to play and try games for free. Also, free food and drink?

    I'm somewhat confused as times aren't up and you can't call the place. Also, I remember posting about the Vita Clubs opening in other cities, but not LA (guess I was wrong), so I guess Sony added us or something. It's just weird, because I haven't  heard of this on any other site about LA.

    Also, Jo Garcia while beautiful should not be talking that much in the above video, that was a poor choice. It seems her face was stretched so much it's affected the way she talks.

    Anyway so tournaments and other fun stuff has been going on there already, I believe IGN prime people got to go for a closed event.

    So I guess head down there and put a post about times in comments, while I e-mail Sony to know more about times.

    PlayStation Vita Hill Virtua Tennis This Saturday

    Holy crap do you get so many events to go to here in LA, be it anime or video games. Not only is Game Night 8 going on, but now a Vita Hill Social Club Sega Virtua Tennis event.

    Here's the info
    Saturday, February 4, 2012
    6:00pm until 9:30pm

    PlayStation® Vita Hill Social Club
    2803 Main St., Santa Monica, California

    What's going to be there?
    Virtua Tennis 4, , but you can win free stuff.

    There will be line, but you can win being a VIP, here's the info from their site.

    "Hate waiting in line? We’ve got 10 pairs of VIP passes for each city that will allow you and a friend to skip the waiting in line and get right into the swing of things. Entering is simple – send an e-mail to [email protected] with “VIP Admission” in the subject line. In the body of the e-mail provide your first/last name, e-mail address, phone number, date of birth, age, city and state of residence and the location of the PlayStation®Vita Hill Social Club that you would like to attend. We’ll contact the winners on Friday."

    Glen Brogan: Insight, Fortitude and Outstanding Faith

    Just kidding about those things in the title, but if you've been following the blog for the last few weeks or so I've been writing about the phenomenal work of Glen Brogan. Glen has taken the time out of his busy schedule of freelance illustrating and pulling off great pieces to answer a few questions for TTDILA.

    Jonathan: Let's start off with your latest piece Ye Olde Mario World now called Ye Olde Dinosaur Land , as I stated in a earlier post, I believe this piece with such details are wasted on a shirt and would only work as a poster. Doesn't matter , because it's available as both. May I ask what the process for this piece was? I mean did it take you a while, with research or staring at the maps online? Why make it look like ancient?

    Glen Brogan: When I was a kid I loved going through video game instruction booklets and making little level maps and drawings of enemies. In fact I would say I enjoyed that as much as actually playing the games themselves. So I see this piece as sort of the ultimate extension of that little hobby I had as a kid. As with just about all of my work I did quite a bit of research for this piece, finding lots of reference photos. I didn't want to draw the map exactly as it appears in the game because there's not much fun in that, so I think I gravitated towards the ancient map look because it's a style people will recognize and it's cool like an old treasure map.

    For the recent Adult Swim show you did three pieces based on three different cartoons? Did those shows really impact you? I loved the Harvey Birdman piece and the Space Ghost one almost makes me want to cry. At first I thought the meteor in it was heading towards Space Ghost to crush him like that one episode.

    I was so excited to participate in the Adult Swim art show. I love so many of the Adult Swim shows that I knew I would never be happy if I limited myself to just one, so I did three pieces. I did the Harvey Birdman piece and the Venture Bros piece because I'm a big fan of those shows, but creating the Space Ghost piece was important to me because I do feel that show impacted me growing up. I was a fan of Space Ghost Coast to Coast right from the start in 1994 when I was in 5th grade and staying up until 11 to watch a cartoon was a big deal. I loved its bizarre humor which was like nothing else I had seen up to that point. Also, it seemed like not too many people knew about the show at that time, so it really felt like I had "discovered" it in a way, like I had found something really unique. I think that's the same feeling lots of people had when they discovered the Adult Swim block years later. Everybody had that one night where they couldn't sleep, turned on the TV and saw a cartoon milkshake yelling profanity at a meatball and thought "What the heck am I watching?" It really felt like this underground thing that you were lucky to know about.

    Do you watch cartoons anymore? Favorite cartoons from the past and now? Any animation you’re looking forward too? Any animation you wish to work on?

    Of course I still watch cartoons! It's hard to list my favorites because I'm such an enthusiast of animation in general, to the point where I do nerdy things like research famous animators and watch documentaries. When I was a kid I watched Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, The Simpsons, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, all the usual stuff that people my age grew up with. I especially liked these particular shows because they didn't really pander to kids and threw in some adult humor. I think kids appreciate it when they're given credit enough to handle some mature themes. Even if they may not get all the jokes they can still tell. My Favorite animated shows from current television are the Adult Swim shows as I mentioned, and things like Adventure Time. I also still like Family Guy, even though I know a lot of people have kinda turned on it recent years.
    I look forward to just about any animated movie coming out that looks decent, and I see way more kids films than somebody my age probably should, haha. As far as working on animation, I'd love to have a job working on any creative cartoon show today. The actual job of animating is a tough gig, though. I've messed around with it a bit and I believe that the ability to make a character move in a believable or funny way is very under appreciated as a real art form. I'm still confused why the history of animation isn't taught along side all the other things you learn about in a typical art history class.

     What is your entertainment? What nerdy exploits are you into right now? Or is there anything fascinating you in life right now?

    Usually video games, movies, or reading, and on a larger scale I take a couple trips every year, usually for nerdy things like comic book conventions. I really have to make time for that stuff, though. I almost never just sit and actually watch TV anymore. When you work for yourself there's nobody sounding that end of the day whistle, so you often work right up until the minute you fall into bed.

    My life right now and over the last few years has been very fascinating in my view. Even though I just sit at my drawing table most days, the art projects I've been involved in recently have been beyond anything I would have expected even just five years ago. I've had art in books, magazines, and galleries all over the world, taken on local projects like completing a mural in my hometown, worked for companies I thought I'd never be mentioned in the same sentence as, met artists I admire; It's really been amazing.

    Back to your work, is your process, maybe an idea popping in your head or you looking back at many different notes or just telling yourself you want to do something for a certain subject?

    These days I consider myself lucky when I have a moment to sit down and actually draw something for myself, but thankfully because of the kind of artwork I do I tend to get hired for projects based around subjects I really enjoy. Usually my process is foremost to meet the criteria of whatever I've been asked to do, be it a magazine illustration or a gallery show with a certain theme, etc, and from there I try to push myself to be as creative and clever with it as I can. I try to make myself incorporate new ideas into every piece I do, and make something that I think people will enjoy.

    Do you have a steady job or is it all freelance work now?

    It's all freelance work, though I have a few companies I can rely on that give me pretty regular work.

    I might have seen one of your earliest pieces “Fanservice” at the Street Fighter Tribute Show at Nucleus.Were you heavily known yet then or were you just starting out at that point?

    The Fanservice piece was featured in the Autumn Society's 90s themed art show, and that was one of the earlier shows I was invited to be in. Around the same time I became involved with the Autumn Society was when I started having people reach out to me about being in different shows or hiring me for freelance gigs.

    Your part of the Autumn Society and have been featured in multiple shows, how’s it been as part of the group?

    It's been amazing. Back in college I felt like a bit of an outsider as far as my art was concerned because I wanted to do cartoon and pop-culture related stuff, which isn't always looked upon favorably in traditional art classes. So being in a group of very talented artists that all do the same type of work I do has been incredibly rewarding. Heck, just discovering that there were so many people out there who are successful at this was really a turning point for me. The Autumn Society is really an amazing thing because it gives artists so many opportunities to be involved in great projects.

    Seth Martin and Friends grabbed me from the Autumn Society page. What do you actually do for the show? Views aren’t high, does this discourage your friends and you?

    As I've gotten progressively busier I haven't had as much of an active role in Seth Martin and Friends, but my main job is usually any kind of illustration work that needs to be done for the shorts. And since we're a small group everybody lends a hand with just about every job, whether it's puppeteering, writing, set design, etc. At it's heart the show is just a group of guys having fun and exploring a unique creative outlet (not to say that it isn't a lot of hard work!) My personal opinion is that you can't get involved with something like this unless you really love to do it. It has to be something you'd be doing regardless of whether or not you make money or get tons of attention, otherwise your heart isn't in it and you won't get very far. The guys who are the real talent behind the show constantly amaze me with the stuff they come up with and accomplish, not the least of which is a catalog of outstanding songs by a puppet named Trace Cherokee. In my possibly biased opinion, they're better than just about anything you'll hear on the radio these days.

    Favorite video game of all time and what are you currently playing.

    Favorite video game is a hard one to answer. I love just about anything in the Mario or Zelda series. I used to feel that Ocarina of Time was my favorite game, but I think some of the latest Zelda adventures have surpassed it. In the last few months I've finished Arkham City, Skyward Sword, and I'm slowly working on getting 100% in Super Mario 3D Land when I have the time to play.

    Favorite childhood movie and why.

    My favorite movie of all time, which I first saw when I was a kid, is Back to the Future. I tend to be pretty logical in my thinking and the way the movie is so well thought out really appeals to me. The thing that stuck out to me the most as a kid was how the time machine couldn't teleport through space. In other words, in most time travel movies you'd have a guy saying something like "Let's go back and meet George Washington!" And he hops in his time machine which not only takes him to colonial times but conveniently to George's doorstep. I love that in Back to the Future they set logical rules and follow them very well, and they even have a lot of creative fun with little details you may not notice at first. Also in later years I've come to appreciate how the main relationship in the film is the friendship between Doc and Marty rather than a stock love interest. Most movies feel they need to have boy gets girl as part of the main plot, so to replace that with teenager befriends crazy old man is pretty unique, haha. Not sure I've seen it anywhere else.

    Hidden talents other than illustrating?

    No! Haha. Something I like to say as a joke is that I'm good at drawing in exchange for being bad at everything else, especially common talents. I can't play any sports or do anything athletic, I have no musical ability whatsoever, I can't swim, cook, snap my fingers, whistle, hula hoop, and to be honest I'm not even all that good at video games.

    What do you want to get the most out of your life right now? Any plans for your own show?

    Honestly I am pretty content right now. Not too many people can say they get out of bed, don't go to work, and do something they love all day long. I'd like a bigger apartment at some point and I'd like to own a DeLorean one day, but aside from that I'm pretty set. I even have a girlfriend who's a doctor and actually bought her late-twenties boyfriend Mario Bros curtains to hang in his apartment!
    I'd love to do my own art show at some point, but I just have so much on my plate at any given time that it's hard to start large projects of my own.

     If you've been to LA favorite spot, if not, what do you want to see here?

    I've been to LA once and it was one of the best trips of my life. I mostly did all the touristy stuff so I'm not sure I've seen enough to list a favorite spot. However, during the three days I was there I attended my first show at Gallery 1988 where Seth Green bought my art, I had lunch on the roof of Cartoon Network Studios where I stood in line for a hot dog behind the creator of Dexter's Laboratory, and I went to Disney Land on a whim with free admission thanks to my best friend's employment at a Disney owned company. It was one for the books.

    Thanks to Glen again for taking the time to answer all my question. I can't wait to see what he does next.

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Modern Times Forever The Longest Film Ever Playing Now

     Modern Times Forever is playing across the street from LACMA at

    13001PE Gallery
     6150 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA, 90048

    It clocks in at 240 HOURS. What the Hell?

    "Apart from being present in our everyday lives, quietly changing for ten days, the film’s time races ahead at an estimated several-hundred-year gallop each day. The film is a fiction about what could happen to the Stora Enso building as an architectural and ideological symbol, over the next few thousands of years, if the days of humankind come to an end, and only time and the weather affect the building."

    So catch however much you can handle of the film until it ends playing March 3. The film takes place over the course of 5,000 years so there's that.

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Toy Hype: Bad Toys

     Just some random toys I've seen online or in my adventures. Pokemon Pot isn't some sort of new type of item to give to your Pokemon to chill out, but some sort of mini trash can adorned with a Pokemon head.
     Hasbro... what the Hell? Dive Attack Spider-man with flippers and Stealth Ninja Spider-Man both awful ideas. Spider-man looks more like a samurai or paladin knight then a ninja and why is he a ninja? MAKING QUICK CASH IS WHY! But the Bakugan Vs Marvel has to be the dumbest decision ever from Marvel. Who asked for Lumagrowl and Red Skull? Who? No one did. No one Hasbro. Please fire whoever did this. Also, why only Red Skull, such and odd choice.

     Amazing to see Bandai toys having virtual reality toy packaging. It still amazes me that it's anime division here is dead, but it's toy division is fine and unaffected by that loss. Bandai seems like a retarded company in that way. I just think corporate just never cared enough and that's why things went bad for Bandai Entertainment.  via

     Almighty Heroes is a line of bible heroes with partial stories from the bible included. I find it very odd the direction they went with Moses. BTW this toy line doesn't seem to have enemies to fight against.
    Oh, little version of Moss from THE IT Crowd, you made an excellent Human Centipede out of lego people.

    In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

    In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

    Begins this weekend on the 29th

    "North America represented a place free from European traditions for women Surrealists from the United States and Mexico, and European émigrés. While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams, creating extraordinary visual images. Their art was primarily about identity: portraits, double portraits, self-referential images, and masquerades that demonstrate their trials and pleasures. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968, and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism's influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners"

    Resnick Pavilion
    January 29, 2012–May 6, 2012

    The Amazing Spider-Man Secret Screenings

    Starting tonight, LA is suppose to have projections of the Spider-Man symbol going up with chances to see a secret screening of the movie this February. Where? No idea, but probably downtown or Hollywood. Close to the the projection should be a website giving the info on how to RSVP for the screening so be on the look out. The U.K. got there's earlier today from the photos with this post. Doesn't this seem more like what Batman and WB marketing should be doing with his bat signal? Oh, WB marketing don't show up at Anime Expo unless your bringing Thuunder Cats news this time.

    Update: all the tickets are gone in LA
    via the fire wire and movie viral

    Venice Canals

    Venice Canals
    Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct
    Venice, CA 90293

    After just visiting this place once I want to live here. Your house is right next to the canals, so you can go just hope in you boat and take a ride around your neighborhood. Each house had either an eccentric feel or looked recently remodeled. The tenants seem to have very minimal fears about break-ins or theft as most of the residents have open porches  front yards or are so close to the sidewalk people can look in.

    It's adjacent to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach and Abbot Kinney too. The only problem might be parking, with very little street acces once ou enter the canal part.

    Back to the canal itself it's just beautiful and with the sunset last night it made me want to go boating even more. Now I have to go for the Venice Canals Christmas Boat Parade.

    GR2 Year of the Dragon

    Year of the Dragon
    Jan 28th – Feb 15th, 2012
    Opening reception Saturday Jan 28, 6:30-10pm

    2062 Sawtelle Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    The exhibition includes work by:
    Andrice Arp, Robert Bellm, Aaron Brown, Elliot Brown, Stasia Burrington, Bjorn Calleja, Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Louise Chen, Shawn Cheng, James Chong, Luke Chueh, Chris Cilla, Jesse Fillingham, Cam Floyd, Harrison Freeman, Renee French, Gabe Gonzales, Kio Griffith, Joe Hahn, Nao Harada, Hiro Hayashi, David Horvath, Kerry Horvath, Martin Hsu, Mark Ingram, Mari Inukai, Elizabeth Ito, Marc Johns, Jeremiah LaTorre, Little Friends of Printmaking, Tessar Lo, Bradford Lynn, Miso, Gary Musgrave, Mark Nagata, Ming Ong, Martin Ontiveros, Sana Park, Sidney Pink, Jarrett Quon, Jesse Reklaw, Sara Saedi, Ryan Jacob Smith, Dave Stolte, Ken Taya, Edwin Ushiro, Christine Vincent, Steven Weissman, Heidi Woan, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeni Yang, Yejin Oh, Sashiko Yuen

    'No Good Deed' Maybe No Good

    "The 20-something dudes that really like comic books and video games and seeing people get their asses kicked would totally think No Good Deed is the most awesome play of all time - ever. "

    LAist writer Mialka Bonadonna wrote that. Now I know not to see that play. She probably thinks The Big Bang Theory is funny too. Good for him/her, can't tell from the name. When people write things like that it tells me they don't know what the Hell their writing about.

    No Good Deed

    Game Night 8

    Game Night 8 – Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine Saturday, February 4 2012, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Giant Robot 2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 445-9276

    Go to Hell anime, it's time for video games!

    "For this eighth installment, we are featuring Monaco.
    Monaco is a 1 to 4-player cooperative crime caper inspired by classic French heist movies and set in modern day Monte Carlo. It can be summed up as ‘Pac-Man Meets Hitman.’ In 2010 Monaco won the Independent Game Festival Awards Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, as well as the award for Excellence in Design. It is still in development, and this is a rare opportunity to play the in-progress title and interact with creator Andy Schatz and producer Andy Nguyen."

    Madoka Magica Meet and Greet Event

    No freaken way, another awesome anime event in LA!It's like two a month people! Anyway, you might have heard about the new anime Madoka Magica from me way back from last Anime Expo or in the anime hype section. If you don't know it's a new take on the magical girl genre with much darker undertones. Think Sailor Moon, but much much darker.

    Anime Jungle is of course holding it with Aniplex, there are other anime places, but I can't think one with as much merch as an Anime Jungle in LA.

    If you can, do cosplay it just majes events better and is the only time you can wear those kind of outfits.

    You can pre-order and find more info on the series here

    When: Friday February 17th at 8:30 PM PST

    Where: Anime Jungle #1
                    319 E. 2nd St. (#103)
                    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Confirmed Guests: Christine Marie Cabanos (Madoka)
                                      Carrie Keranen (Mami)
                                      Cassandra Lee (Kyubey)
                                      Sarah Williams (Sayaka)
                                      Lauren Landa (Kyoko)

    "The Madoka Magica Meet and Greet event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for fans to meet the English Cast in person and show their love for the series. Fans will have the opportunity to have their questions answered from the English Cast. In addition, there will also be an autograph session for fans that have purchased the first volume of the series and bring their proof of purchase to the event. "