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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pinata Zombie Horde @ Gary Baseman’s House Party

 The pinata breaking at Gary Baseman's House Party was not like zombies hungry for human flesh and brains. After many attempts to break open the pinata by little girls and women it was finally torn apart by fans of the artist work. A very tall man was able to rip off the head for his lady, see the happy couple below. Thursday night April 25th at the Skirball will be a night remember of defacing a hanging cat filled with candy along side the wonderful Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open.


The show's artist Gary Baseman raising a little girl for a better shot at the pinata on the right.

A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

                  John Hendrix's "Everything From Star Wars I Can Draw From Memory"

Nucleus Gallery is bringing the love for Star Wars day by having a huge tribute show. If it's like any of the other tribute show Nucleus has done in the past you should encounter plenty of people in Star Wars cosplay. The live lightsaber duel sounds like something fun to watch or maybe participate in the trivia contest. This gallery being so close to Hollywood count on seeing many Storm Troopers, working R2D2s and some very good costumes. It's all part of Star Wars Day, a day to celebrate Star Wars and remember lines from the films and be the Sith or Jedi you are in your heart.

A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
May 4, 2013 - May 26, 2013
May 4, 7:00PM - 11:00PM

  Opening Reception$5 Admission, Open to Public, All-Ages ,No RSVP
FREE Admission for those in Star Wars-themed costume

Opening Reception Highlights

  • Costume Contest: Not only receive free admission, but come dressed in Star Wars attire and enter our contest to win a super special prize!
  • Live Lightsaber Duel (by Outer Rim Descendants)
  • Trivia Contest
  • Artists in Attendance
  • Live DJ
  • Star Wars-themed refreshments
  • Live R2D2 
  • & more to be announced

BlasterCON: What is Happening?

So the brand new BlasterCon May 10-12 at the Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA is about sci-fi and fantasy, mostly from the 70's and 80's. I've made a short guid of what's happening. Be sure to check out more at the site link above.

At-the-door prices

Friday $20 / Saturday $40 / Sunday $20 / Adult Full weekend $60 / Child Full weekend $20

  • The Great Star Wars Debate
  • The Great Star Trek Debate
  • Elevator Pitches (Your premise for Episode VII. You have 3 minutes at the microphone. GO)
  • Classic Doctor Who Wine Snobs Roundtable, or Definitely An Acquired Taste: the handful of people who actually get that title probably all deserve to sit on the panel.
  • The Best Stuff You Never Heard Of: spotlighting creators and creations that deserve more exposure

Cantina Room- based on the Star Wars bar, but now with 15 arcade machines

Laser Tag- details are scare, but happening somewhere in the hotel.

Over four hours Bill Blair, Guinness record holder of most times filmed as background alien (funny), will be changed into alien vie make-up.

Perhaps a screening Con of Wrath, the man behind it is coming.

I hope to give more info as the events draws closer

James Bond: 007 Tribute Art Online

James Bond: 007 Tribute art from Q Pop is now online. Here's two favs from the show.

Keiko Maruyama - Only Live Twice

Fawn Veerasunthorn - The Fall

Gary Baseman At His House Party

My quest is over I got the key, but what does it unlock? Why Gary Baseman's house of course! It's a guest key and Gary was handing them out to fans at the opening of his

Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open.

 Below is a video of the night and just a little outline of the house.

Monday, April 29, 2013

AOL Kills ComicsAlliance If Joystiq Next AOL Finally Dead To Me

Update: The site would die on a day when there was no new episode of Adventure Time.

AOL had two great thing about it and now it has one. ComicsAlliance is shutting down or is almost down. There might be some messages from the staff unless AOL is completely dark hearted, but I'm sure the staff would have like to know it was there last week and such. Comics Alliance was an excellent source of comic book news and very often for Adventure Time, for which we here at TTDILA care for deeply. It covered not just comic details, but in general all the best nerd stuff on the net. I can't imagine the reason AOL is shutting it down, but sheer incompetence. MTV Geek and a handful of other sites really can't make up for all the coverage that site would generate. It's a real shame. Good-bye ComicsAlliance, thank you for all the fish.

Nothing to do now, but wait until Joystiq drops and all news is Kotaku and IGN uhhhhhh.


Adventure Time Time: Reviews, Glitch

BMO Lost -The ending started off like a Reading Rainbow moment, not to outlandish as the voice of Bubble was LeVar Burton. The ending then took a dip into a totally bizarre and dark place at first based in love yet unnervingly into something much darker.

Puhoy- This episode also set a standard of making Adventure Time one of the more thought provoking cartoons ever. Finn gets lost in a world of pillows and experiences a lifetime of memories that become a forgettable dream by the episode's end.

Princess Potluck- Come inside me- Bounce House Princess. This revealed where Finn and Jake went when BMO NOIRE happened.

A Glitch is a Glitch- Interview with David OReilly who wrote and directed the episode

Gag Me with a Toon 5 May 4

Gag Me with a Toon 5
 7 – 10PM on Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Wonderful World of Animation
WWA Gallery
9517 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Over 50 artists will be transforming cartoon characters of the 1960s-1990s into trendy art again for Gag Me with a Toon 5. The first 100 attendees get something really cool, they'll receive a limited edition print. Seems to be a lot of skull versions of characters and also inaccuracies with being set between the 1960-90's.

Here's some previews from Instagram and the list of artist below.
David Chung – sneak peek of his piece featuring the Smurfs
 Big fan of Adventure Time which came out well after the 90's

Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open Opening Party

Gary Baseman's House Party was a triumphiant opening for the Skirball's newest exhibit

Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open
Now until August 16

The night was filled with wonder off the 405 with Shepard Fairey talking about not needing to dye his hair just yet as he was passed by the shows artist Gary Baseman on way to put in the Mezuzah to complete his house inside the Skirball. Yes, Gary built his childhood home within the Skirball or a hodgepodge of his work with his memories of growing up in Fairfax. This nice Jewish boy's exhibition, "The Door Is Always Open" is really the words of his family life and his father hospitality to guests. Now Gary's hospitality and life. A life where friends and new friends are welcomed in.

Last Thursday's night opening house party blew away most other are show openings. Just being greeted by Gary's creation and his girls set off the night. Attendees could enjoy making masks for themselves in an arts and crafts room, Gary enjoys the artistry and mystery behind them. You could make art on a wall with painted figures Gary created, stamping out your own colors. You could listen to DJ Shepard Fairey sing aloud to Queen's works. The night got more exuberant the more Gary changed clothes and he eventually was on stage along the band  Nightmare and the Cat. On stage and before his fans he jammed along painting a picture live in conjunction with the music. Shortly after a special Gary made Pinata was massacred and special made Mezuzah was placed on his home within the museum.

 Before making your way to Gary's house many of the guests would play a slightly altered ring toss and bucket toss game in attempts to win prizes. Guests would have to land rings on Gary's devil horned figured to win a prize. They could also attempt getting a prize if they could land balls in disparaging buckets with negative words on them like, "Failure".

These games did not prepare you for the house that Gary built. A house built out of his career, Jewish family life, travels and dreams. Every piece of the house was filled with his art and even for a museum exhibition it was impressive beyond the norm. Fantastic wallpapers, Emmy's on the mantle and a backyard of pinatas are only a small part of what made the house a magnificent exhibit. Each corner you might want to double check our you might miss something. You might miss a family photo, a cartoonish ludicrous drawing or some other bit of Gary's inspiration. It still felt like a home, a home one might want to aspire to have filled with as many memories as Gary has. When Gary was being congratulated by the high-ups of the Skirball they reminded Gary that his memories are what matter most and that his parents would have been so proud of him. I believe they would have been proud too, but with a Jewish Mom she would have complained about him not being married.

Here's photos of the exhibit, but it's something to really walk through and enjoy in person, maybe play a game of Cranium a game that Gary worked on.