Saturday, January 31, 2015

Watch The 2015 Annie Awards Live

Watch The 2015 Annie Awards live here Feb 1st starting around 7pm, things always don't seem to work out, if video not working go here

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Friday, January 30, 2015

TTDILA COMICS #47 - Conflict Resolution

by ARG

click comic to expand.

It is what it is.


Murder LA 000067

Troy McVey and Colby Kronholm are from Greenville, Maine. Both young, white athletes had made the honor roll in high school. They also racked up convictions for nonviolent offenses in 2011.

McVey in a prior booking photo
via Bangor Daily News
In 2014 the friends made a road trip to California. McVey had enrolled in the California Maritime Academy in northern California, having previously attended--but not graduated from--the Maine Maritime Academy in his home state.

In January 2015 the men found themselves in Hollywood, apparently living out of a car. Moments before midnight on Sunday, January 4th, the pair were allegedly caught on surveillance tape smashing multiple car windows on Cahuenga Blvd., near Hollywood Blvd. After travelling up the block they encountered 52-year-old Richard Miller.

What happened next is currently in some dispute. Early police statements indicate that there were several witnesses, including an off duty officer, who heard an argument and one of the suspects saying "Give me my money." After a short time McVey allegedly shot Miller several times, at which point he and Kronholm fled the scene. The off duty officer--and possibly other witnesses--followed them until they took refuge someplace on Wilcox Ave. and waited there for LAPD to arrive. Both were taken into custody, McVey charged as the shooter.

Detectives said that the suspects were not talking, so they speculated that it could have been a "drug deal gone bad" or mistaken identity.

It took nearly two weeks for Miller to be publicly identified, possibly delayed due to the difficulty of locating his next of kin. He was reportedly identified by his fingerprints, thanks to at least one prior arrest. Some sources say he was homeless at the time.

Kronholm at arraignment
via Press Herald

When McVey and Kronholm appeared in court Wednesday, January 21st, they both pleaded not guilty and McVey's lawyer claimed that the two men were actually the victims, having been simply walking around the area when two men--one of them Miller--attempted to rob them. He said McVey shot in self defense and the second assailant fled.

Bail has been set at $1 million for each defendant. No word on when the trial will commence.

McVey being taken into custody
via KTLA

Night On Broadway Jan 31st

Getting the word out about tomorrow night's Night On Broadway, Jan 31. For one night six theaters will be open for free with cool events, one of which is a free screening of Metropolis at the Ace Hotel's adjacent Theater. Check out the full details here

They'll have musical acts, burlesque and magic all for free, a good night to be out before the Superbowl.

Night On Broadway
Jan 31st, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
6 Theaters on or near Broadway
Free, first come, first served

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Will Anyone Show Up To Accept The Best Video Game Annie?

I've gone to the Annie Awards, happening this Saturday, Jan 31st, for the last four few years now and twice the winner of Best Video Game has not shown up. First it was developer Playdead for Limbo and the next time it was Sony and Thatgamecompany for Journey. In both instances no representative was sent to pick up the award. I even discussed why Journey was missing a rep for the show with its creator Jenova Chen. He told me Sony told him they had it covered. The guys over at PlayDead simply told me that didn't have time to make it to LA.

This year Ubisoft and Microsoft Studios/Turn 10/Playground Games are in the running for Child of Light, Valiant Hearts and Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft). In all honesty, I'm unsure if anyone will be there to pick up the award, no matter who wins.

None of the studios are LA based, number 1. Number 2, I'm not sure if anyone that makes the games knows as both Ubisoft and Microsoft are so big. This has happened before with Sony, the developer might know about the show, but the Publisher says it will be handling it. Distance does play in as a factor, though they're big studios the developers might have to pay out of pocket to go to any award show they're nominated for.

I have contacted Ubisoft press and at this time haven't heard back from them about anything having to do with the award show. I didn't bother with Forza Horizon, because who cares, it's not Burnout.

Another video game category has finalist we might not see, the category of Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game has Mike Mennillo - Assassin's Creed Unity - Ubisoft Montreal; Don't Starve: Console Edition - Klei Entertainment Inc. and Alex Drouin - Child Of Light - Ubisoft Montreal.

As written about before on the site, Assassin's Creed Unity must be a joke, the horrible scathing reviews of problems the game had upon release where characters faces leaked out must have never reached Annie Award voter's ears. Once again, I'm not sure if Ubisoft even knows or informed Mennillo, same goes for Alex Drouin. Klei Entertainment Inc is based in Canada and doesn't even have a person named for Don't Starve.

So with that remember to watch the live stream of the event  on this site while chilling at home to see if anyone shows up for an award.

Water 101 Real? Happens April 1st

Being a pretentious douche became a little bit more easy in LA with Water 101, a water tasting class for $50 at both Patina and Ray's & Stark Bar. News just hit the internet a few days ago of classes taking place at Patina with "water connoisseur", not a real thing, Martin Riese. In the class you'll learn to taste the differences in water? Maybe if it's hot or cold.

Classes have already taken place at Ray's & Stark Bar. Patina is just getting the classes this year, starting with one Feb 1 and oddly enough April 1st. Some might consider the April 1st class a joke more than it is already.

We banned a super fun giant slip'n'slide downtown to conserve water. We can't ban this thing too? I don't care if the waters imported, it keeps the douchiness too fresh here in LA.

Galco's, please have another soda tasting earlier than this summer!

S.H.I.E.L.D. Sucks: The Want To Kill Speedball's Cat

The latest issue of All New Invaders, #14, has S.H.I.E.L.D. doing what it does best, failing morally or just plain failing to do anything worthwhile to help people. Being used to attack the X-Men by Mystique or a mind-controlled by Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D. remains useful for air ship disasters.

Their latest wrongdoing, wanting to kill Niels, which is never named, because S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have good intelligence gathering. Is it wrong of me to care more about this cat's possible death than Wolverine's? People don't like cute pets in bad situations, just look at the Go Daddy commercial that got pulled for referencing a puppy mill.

Simply refereed to as Speedball's cat, this hyper-kinetic kitty is to be euthanized. Most likely the first Human Torch, Jim Hammond, whose a robot, will probably save Niels now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is done studying him. They sometimes treat him less than human, because S.H.I.E.L.D. sucks.

Jim Hammond recently took care of the Future Foundation's many kid members after S.H.I.E.L.D. took them away from the Fantastic Four and treated them like prisoners. Oh S.H.I.E.L.D., you're such a bad organization.

We do agree that Speedball in general sucks for not taking care of his cat, but everyone already hates Speedball.

It's also going to be somewhat hard to kill him unless they're just going to slowly starve poor Niels to death.

Wikia says: Niels has the super ability to create a kinetic field of unknown energy around himself, which absorbed all kinetic energy directed against him. This absorption could vary from resisting the effects of physical objects such as bricks and rocks to resisting that of energy and fire and even explosions. Within his kinetic field it was nearly impossible for him to be hurt, and he instead bounced harmlessly from object to object, with no loss or transference of momentum. When transformed he is surrounded by a display of multi-colored bubbles.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dad Land Isn't Real

Jeff Wysaski pulled a prank by creating a fake theme park just for Dads and putting it in a kiosk at Hollywood & Highland yesterday, Jan 27, 2015. Feel bad for the Dads that will never got to Dad Land as it's not even possible to get to, the address isn't possible.

Weekly What To Do: Superbowl, Space Art, Free Museums and a new arcade

For Superbowl solutions we give it to LAist with it's list of 13 places to view the game. But what's more fun than watching it at a friends house or a least moochin off a rich person you know? Enjoy the rest of the week Socal!
Arts & Museums

Space Heroes - An Artistic Exploration
Opening: Thursday, Jan 29, 7:00pm - 11:00pm
2147 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
Buckle your seats for the stratosphere with a new show from Iam8bit. I asked co-owners Jon Gibson and Amanda White to tell me about their next show, their response: [To Amanda] "Why should people come out to this show? Should we tell him about the free jet pack rides in our parking lot? -Jon Gibson
because Space is the Place!-Amanda White
The new art show celebrates real and fictional space heroes and is also the release party for THE SPACE HERO'S GUIDE TO GLORY:HOW TO GET OFF YOUR PODUNK PLANET& MASTER THE UNIVERSE with Authors NICK HURWITCH & PHIL HORNSHAW in attendance!

Thursday, Jan 29, 7pm
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
Tickets for this event are no longer available for reservation in advance. A standby line will form at 6 pm at the BP Grand Entrance on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis

2015 Young Guns Invitational
Featuring Emerging & Rising Artists
Opening: Friday, January 30th, 7 - 10pm
Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D,
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Each artist has created 3 or more pieces in mini-themes of their own choosing. These new artists want to show of their stuff so give'm a try.

Dan Goodsell "Mr. Toast Art Show"
Opening: Friday, January 30th,

Gallery1988 West

7308 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90046

Enjoy Mr. Toat and the rest of his breakfast crew make fun of films or just get into strange sistions as only anthropomorphic breakfast foods can.

January 30 – February 1, 2015
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue

Preview,  Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm,  Geffen Contemporary, with special musical performances by NO AGE and PRINCE RAMA.

"Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Last year’s LA Art Book Fair saw 25,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days."

Opening: Jan 30 at 6:00pm to Mar 7 at 9:00pm
Depart Foundation Project Space

9105 Sunset BLVD, West Hollywood, California

"Samsara by Los Angeles-based Kour Pour will include new paintings and related installation works that continue the artist’s recent carpet painting series. In the first iteration of the series, historic examples of carpets were directly appropriated from auction and museum catalogues; in the new works the artist has created original compositions that juxtapose sets of imagery that are stripped from their own temporal context by the use of today’s technologies —Google Images, clip art CD-ROMS Photoshop—and then re-contextualized on canvas through months of painstaking labor—generating a scenario that brings to mind a “networked bazaar of history and futurity.”

Exhibition of New Work by Theo Ellsworth
January 31 - February 18, 2015
Opening reception with the Artist: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:30-10:00 PM
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7PM–10PM
1242 Palmetto, Los Angeles, California

"Mikhail Sokovikov of MINT&SERF explains that LOVE//WAR is an “exploration of the conflicting relationships that drive our daily lives: Birth vs. Death, Good vs. Evil, Now vs. Never, and Young vs. Old—as understood by a multitude of creative perspectives."

Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 3 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
1200 N Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free, must rsvp 

"Over the course of more than two millennia, Buddhism developed a canon of sacred texts that is vast in scope, geographical origin, and linguistic variety. The largest selection of these scriptures ever to appear in English has just been published as part of the Norton Anthology of World Religions. In this presentation, Jack Miles, editor-in-chief of the Norton volumes, and Donald Lopez, editor of the Buddhism section, offer their reflections on how and why Buddhism developed into a religion of global scope and significance."

Saturday, Jan 31
Multiple Museums

Take the time to explore one or many of LA's wonderful museums for free! It's Museums Free-For-All, a day to maybe learn something or at least tell your friends and colleagues you visited a museum within a year.


Friday, Jan 30th, 7pm-12am.
28 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California
$10/hour & all games are set to Free Play
The latest arcade to open in the greater LA area, check out real arcade cabinets that are only limited by an hourly rate.

January 30-February 1st, 2015
The Smell
247 S Main St
$10 per night at the door // $20, 3 Day Pass available here:

Chip tune beats and boops await you at the end of the month. Three days of acts all centered around the sound coming from video games will fill The Smell at Freq.Fest.v.4.0. Chip tune music is created from the sounds of old gaming system, for some it brings back a feeling of nostalgia with enticing music. Usually the music is accompanied by artistic imagery of sprites and pixels from old games changed on the fly via another artist or the ones creating the chiptune music.


Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 11am 3pm
Start Wurstk├╝che 800 East 3rd Street 

"Kick off your New Year with a fun Saturday afternoon crawl. Explore and support the local businesses of the Downtown LA Arts District while you walk, eat, drink and shop! "

Celebration and Expo

Jan 29-31 
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
2500 North Hollywood Way  Burbank 
Starts at $29, no access to lectures

If interested in 3D Printers this is a great expo to both learn and meet those also into the field.

Night On Broadway
Jan 31st, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
6 Theaters near or on Broadway
Free, first come, first served 

For one night six theaters will be open for free with cool events, one of which is a free screening of Metropolis at the Ace Hotel's adjacent Theater. Check out the full details here

Saturday, January 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101 

"Celebrate the Year of the Sheep across Asia with a free day of performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities and gallery admission. Food trucks will be close by to satisfy hungry and thirsty visitors. The festival takes place inside the museum and in the tented parking lot, rain or shine."


Friday, January 30, 2015 8:00 PM
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Bill's in town for the Annie extravaganza, it means getting more done in the time he's here. Enjoy his simple cartoon work that doesn't use any CGI.

Amira & Sam
Friday, January 30, 7:30pm
Sundance Cinemas
*awful website

Filmmaker Q&A's with lead actor Martin Starr and producers Matt Miller and Erich Lochner.

The Aero Theatre's 75th Anniversary

Rare Theatrical Screening! 75th Anniversary of the Film!
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:30PM
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tickets $30

Saturday, January 31 - 7:30PM
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
 $10 Trivia Contestant; $5 Cheering Section

Tons of prizes.
GRAND PRIZE: The Movie Trivia Contest Grand Prize winner will receive the honor of being an American Cinematheque guest programmer for 1 night at the Aero Theatre. Curate your own single or double feature* and bring up to 20 of your friends! Receive free admission to the Aero Theatre for 1 year. 


Channel 101 Screening Jan 31, 8pm and 10pm, Downtown Independent
Ace x LAABF: Albers in Command 2PM - Sat Jan 31, 2015FREE WITH RSVP / 21+ - Upstairs, Los Angeles 
Creepshow (1982) + Trick 'r Treat (2007) [double feature] Friday and Saturday, January 30-31 New Bev
Screamfest Mixer Monday, Feb. 2nd 7PM to 11PM, Delphine Eatery & Bar 6250 Hollywood Blvd.