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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Free Comic Book Day Scary

This picture makes him look creepy, I'm not taking my children there anymore.
-Concerned Dad

It's called smiling, you should try it.

Why Star Girls Was A Very Good Choice and I Regret My Friendship

Star Girls
Saturday May 2
Doors: 9:00 PM (ends at 2:00 AM)
21+ and over
$25 - $245

A burlesque show like no other, taking all your favorite Star Wars characters turning them into women and getting them naked. It was my bachelor party idea for a friend, but he thought it was too dirty. I'm probably going to ditch him for this event.

Trivia contest, light saber battle and shopping bazaar. Part nerdy, party silly with some sex appeal, my friend sure is a douche.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Art Showcase Now Online

Check it out here

ArcLight Culver City Opens Tonight

People of Culver City and those in the vicinity of it, you now can enjoy ArcLight quality of film with the new ArcLight Culver City opening up tonight at 8pm. Some of you might have already caught on about its opening day with many of the Avengers: Age of Ultron screenings at it already sold out.

ArcLight Culver City
Opens April 30th
9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Construction workers were building the bar and putting the seats in at the ArcLight Culver City when I viewed a sneak preview of the place before it's grand opening, happening today, April 30th. Gretchen McCourt, Vice President of Cinema Programming welcomed me and other press as construction workers nailed, hammered and painted what once was a Pacific Theaters into a brand-spanking new ArcLight. Gretchen reminded us this wasn't the only ArcLight opening in the LA area, ArcLight Santa Monica will be opening this November.

 Downtown Culver City has changed over the years with higher scale restaurant and fun events. Now it has a theater to go with it's new style.

Micheal Blaser, General Manager has experience with ArcLight as he worked at both the Hollywood and Beach Cities location. He started our tour with a look at the iconic departure board of ArcLights telling moviegoers when to catch their films. A wall near it would become a Storyboard wall where a scene or image from the film is focused on. Two other blank walls were pointed at, they would display props and clothes from upcoming films.

Soon we entered a theater as it was being made. Dampening walls and seats were lifted up and started to go in. Micheal told us about how each of the twelve auditoriums would have a black box design to capture the darkest blacks and best sound, a style of ArcLight Cinemas. It was hard to imagine with all the noise and a small radio on in the background. For movie buffs, they went over projection info. Three theaters will being showing off RealD tech, there will be 35mm projection and the rest use digital projection. Micheal cared more to show off the lobby as they were finishing up the theater.

With a cafe bar, gift shop and free WI-fi it seemed like a nice place to meet up with friends before or after a film, in the lobby. The food the cafe bar serves is to share and snack on, you can head outside to grab lunch or dinner in downtown Culver City. You can grab a triple berry tart or a meat & cheese board to tide you over inside. There's a selection of wines, beers and cocktails to get and you can take them into the theater. Special alcoholic drinks, like the Avengers-themed ones we mention in a previous article, will be available as different films come out and names from them can be used as drinks. Drink the Hulk if you can, 21+ only kids.

Micheal promised the same standards of other ArcLights with only three previews and no commercials before or after the films.

Like any other ArcLight you can order your tickets online and save a dollar on tickets by joining the $15/year membership.

The revitalization to make downtown Culver City an even nicer venue to visit is thanks to a New ArcLight opening up.

Hope we can get a good video game movie showing for when IndieCade comes back to town next October.

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Los Angeles Guide

Yo, I want some free comics! Well, boys and girls and the new standard of those accepted in-between them you all have the ability to go out this Saturday and get free comics around LA.

Unless noted all events takes place on Saturday, May 2, some are going for two days and some are going all month long. So go outside and enjoy Free Comic Book Day, follow the link for official info about the day.

Blastoff Comicfest
The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd,
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Blastoff Comicfest will transform The Federal into a mini comic convention this Saturday, May 2 for Free Comic Book Day. Comic book creators, writers and artists will be in attendance for sketches, your questions and to sign your stuff. Blastoff, the store, will be open too with deals and more free comics to give out. You're walking distance from the NOHO 7, so you can catch Avengers 2 after getting your books.

12:00pm - 5:00pm
Culver City Teen Center

Overland Ave, Culver City, California 90230
By no means in second place is Comic Bug with a huge amount of writers and artisst out in their rented Teen Center for their own con too. Check their site for a full list of names as their slow to put them online. One of the stand out activities they'll have is Sketch Fighter, where artists team up with comedians in a battle royale competition. 

Meltdown's Free Comic Book Day
Open 11am
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.

Signings, and chances to win prizes with a raffle and a cosplay contest, one contest is for your pet.

Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy St

Van Nuys, California

Galaxy of Comics is keeping it simple with sales and signings, they're slow to get the anmes attending up too. Check their site.

Collector's Paradise
Two Locations
The whole month is has free comics at both locations. Come back every Saturday weekend to meet new artists and get more free comics. What sets them apart is a stamp card. Get stamps each week to get more free stuff next week.

Comics Factory
1298 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Jacob Semahn (Goners) Lissa Treiman, (Giant Days)and Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets) just to name a few will be attending their celebration.

Dreamworld Comics
Opens 10am
12402 Washington Pl
Los Angeles, CA

Just head back and you can have Angus Oblong (Creepy Susie, 13 Tales for Troubled Children, and TV's The Oblongs), Sarah Banning (Find Kelley Green) and Nick Doan (Monster Elementary) sing your stuff and get free goodies.

Golden Apple Comics
Opens at 10am
7018 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, California
A sidewalk sale with $1 snack.

Pulp Fiction Books
10 AM – 7PM
Two locations
4328 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
1742 Clark Ave
Long Beach, CA 90815
Check their site for signing times, they give more comics when you bring a can to feed the hungry.

DJ's Universal Comics
11390 Ventura Blvd Suite 9, Studio City, California 91604
-50% OFF - Trades, Hardcovers, Back Issues and VARIANT covers.
-20% OFF Toys and Statues
-Selected Back Issues for ONE DOLLAR!

Sites with little information that may be updated before the event:

Hi De Ho Comics
Open 11am
1431 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, California

Earth 2
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks,
California 91403

Earth-2 Comics Northridge
8967 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, California 91324

Universal CityWalk 
4116 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, California

House of Secrets
1930 W Olive Ave
Burbank, California

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Adventure Time Time: Brandon Graham's Jermaine and a New Video Game

What did you all think of Brandon Graham's Jermaine episode?The episode introduced us to a new-voiced version of Jermaine, Jake and Finn's real bro. I'm a big fan of the comic artist and was happy to see his style makes it's way on the Boobtube.

Here's an interview with him about the new episode.

"There's a Bruce Lee scene from Enter the Dragon where Lee is training a student and he says "We need emotional content!" Jesse brought all of that while I was busy seeing what kinds of fart jokes I could do. "

We have a new Adventure Time video game, Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations. Coming from developer Vicious Cycle you'll have to solve mysteries in a point 'n' click adventure with your two favorite bros. This is the first full 3D game for Adventure Time. It's too early to tell if the game will be fun or not, if they don't get the full voice cast and good writing in, just have the staff work on it, then it might no be worth it. It comes out on every system, but Vita this November.

Adventure Time DLC has entered Little Big Planet 3.
Here's what you get:
  • 16 Materials, 4 Objects, 25 Decorations, 81 Stickers to design with!
  • 2 Original Music tracks (“A Blip and a Bubble”, “Manlorette Party”), 1 Interactive Music track (“Zombie Loop”) and 3 Cinematic Stingers (“Tragedy of Jake”, “Level 1″ and “Distortion Dirge”) by original Adventure Time composer, Tim Kiefer.
  • Land of Ooo Level Background
  • A Bonus Fionna Costume
Looks like some cute fun for fans of the show.

The Human Centipede part III Comes To LA May 22

The Human Centipede part III comes to LA on Friday, May 22 at Arena Cinema. You can also catch it in the comfort of your own home the same day with on demand and streaming services.

Are you excitied? I know I am, as the film becomes some sort of mix of SyFy channel ridiculous, but has shot by professionals look.

It's you, a jail filled with prisoners and one made doctor.

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (The Human Centipede Part I's Dieter Laser) has a lot of problems; prison riots, medical costs, staff turnover, but foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (The Human Centipede Part II's Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime.

Weekly What To Do: The Weekend Is Packed with Star Wars Girls, Cosplay, Pancakes and more

Okay, okay, listen or read...whatever we have so much happening this weekend. Free Comic Book Day has it's own section on the site and jeez there's just so much to put in here. Take your pick from food, fun and festivities going on the weekend with a good amount of art and cosplay.

Update: Here's the guide to Free Comic Book Day in LA, Saturday May 2.

Thursday, April 30,7pm
The Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

It's finally here, no more fundraisers. I wrote about so many fundraisers for this thing. Director Jon Schnepp finnaly gets to show us what Tim Burton's Superman would have looked like.
*Additional screenings on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 (Kevin Smith in person).

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

April 30 – May 7
Laemmle Theaters

Some fun ones with  "Frank vs. God" where a lawyer tries to sue God.  "Dough" has pot baked into Challah. "Touchdown Israel",  football's rise in Israel, needs to be on Netflix now!

"With its focus on Jewish identity, LAJFF informs and inspires its audience. By featuring films that deal with Jewish culture, history, traditions, challenges and characters, LAJFF deepens Jewish values, promotes ideas of tolerance and encourages a new dialogue within the greater Los Angeles Community."

14th Annual Dance Media Festival
April 30 – May 5, 2015
Venues in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles,
Santa Monica, and Westwood 

Screenings start at $10

"Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance., with over 35 films being screened. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, and Westwood from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 35 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance."

 /kuhl-er/ – An Art Exhibition & Reception Showcasing Local Emerging Artists
Thursday, April 30, 7-9 p.m. (Exhibition to run through the end of May)
Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

"Jones Coffee Roasters will showcase the work of local San Gabriel Valley artists with the unveiling of nearly two dozen pieces examining the role color plays in art inspiration and interpretation at a new exhibition opening April 30, 2015 in Pasadena. Titled /kuhl-er/, after the phonetic spelling of the word “color,” the exhibition includes a mix of original pieces that convey whimsy, spontaneity, boldness and sensuality and spark reflection on how color can influence the viewer’s experience."

LA Weekly's Artopia
Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Container Yard
800 E 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
21+ event 

"LA Weekly presents Artopia at The Container Yard in DTLA! Join us Thursday, April 30th, from 8pm–11pm for LA Weekly's celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Los Angeles! Art, music, food, mixology and fun await you as you step into a wonderland that will excite all of your senses. Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, this event is sure to inspire."

Idiot Box
Opening Fri, May 1, 7pm-10pm

G1988 (West)
7308 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046

Gallery 1988 covers what's on TV by making pieces based on your favorite shows. This includes cartoons.

Happy 2nd Anniversary The Local Peasant Woodland Hills
Fri, May 1
The Local Peasant, Woodland Hills
22901 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

"Come and join us for our 2nd Anniversary with food specials, limited release beers, specialty cocktails and whiskey flights. If you mention “Happy Anniversary” you will receive a free amuse bouche!!"

May First Fridays

Fri, May 1, 5:30pm-10pm
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.

Music, DJ's and a scientific lecture that's not boring?
Behind-the-Scenes Tour:  Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time
5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm
With Lila Higgins, Manager of NHM Citizen Science
Discussion: Covalent and Ionic Bonding (with Suzy)

6:30 pm
With science communicator and host of The Loh Down on Science, Sandra Tsing Loh

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
May 1-3
LOT 613
613 Imperial St, Los Angeles, California 90021

All you can eat pancakes, art from around the country and body painting.

Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015
May 1-3
Paramount Studios - Gower Entrance 801 N. Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

"Paris Photo Los Angeles, the third US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving images in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries."

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W 6th St, San Pedro, California 90731
Starts at $25
Creep you out horror to keep you up at night.
"2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft, and The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro returns for the sixth year at the exquisite art deco Warner Grand Theatre in historic San Pedro on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Join us for three days of movies, music, games, art, authors, vendors, and so much more"
May 1-3
THE ARMORY (May 1 & 2) + STATS (May 3)
145 North Raymond Ave (The Armory) 120 South Raymond Avenue (Stats) 
Pasadena, CA 
Free with events starting at $10
You're going to need to pee, there's going to be a lot of tea. Learn about all the teas of the world and try them.

Sat, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Noon Sun May 3, 10, 17 (1 pm), 31 | Noon
 Free and open to the public; reservations required

The Japanese tea ceremony, a 400-year-old tradition, celebrates the simple act of preparing and receiving a bowl of special tea-ceremony tea. A series of tea ceremony demonstrations will be held March 29 through June 7 in conjunction with the exhibition Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl, which features tea bowls by the Raku family of potters. Each tea ceremony demonstration (noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm) is followed by a tasting of the tea and sweets used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Sat, May 2 8:30pm-11pm
Anime Jungle

319 E 2nd St Suite 103, Los Angeles, California 90012
Pick an idol, just like they do in animes!
"Cherry-Jelly Productions and Anime Jungle are proud to announce our first idol anime event, Ai♡Fes -LA Anime Idol Festival 2015- at Anime Jungle on 5/2!!" 

Sat, May 2, 7pm-10pm
Q2 mini Gallery
312 Little Tokyo Mall Ste# 121, Los Angeles, California

Q2 is proud to present “The Dream Team : Personal Art from Dreamworks Animation Artists” exhibition.This exhibition will present samplings of personal artwork from past & present Dreamworks artists. Each artists will have their own section to display art.

Zodiac Art Show
Sat, May 2, 7pm-11pm
Gabba Gallery
3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

See astrology through their artists.

Star Girls
Saturday May 2
Doors: 9:00 PM (ends at 2:00 AM)
Dragonfly Bar
6510 Santa Monica Blvd
21+ and over
$25 - $245

A burlesque show like no other, taking all your favorite Star Wars characters turning them into women and getting them naked. It was my bachelor party idea for a friend, but he thought it was too dirty. I'm probably going to ditch him for this event.

Trivia contest, light saber battle and shopping bazaar.

Saturday May 2, 6:00pm - 12:00am
SB Raceway
217 E Club Center Dr Suite B, San Bernardino, California 92408
Races cost you $
Cosplay and go-karting with nerd events for those on the sideline. They promise Rainbow road like play.
Sat, May 2, 6pm
700 Exposition Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The start of eating food outside and watching a movie. First up, breakfast club.
"Street Food Cinema summer event series (through October) features cool outdoor movies, tasty food trucks, good music, interactive games + more every Saturday."
Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Santa Monica Pier 
100 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
$35- $50
"Wanderlust 108 is a triathlon unlike any you've ever known. This "mindful triathlon" brings three events together in your favorite local park: a 5k run, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation -- but with a twist. Unlike most triathlons, we place community above competition, inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. We prefer slow food to fast run times. For us, winning is measured in laughs shared and new friends made."

May 2-3
Starts Downtown Griffith Park
35-mile route
Climb all the public stairs in LA. Over 80 public stairways in its 35-mile route from downtown to Griffith Park with some other people working out.

May 2 and 3, 2015, 10AM-6PM
La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036

"More than 1,000 adoptable dogs and cats will be featured from our NKLA Coalition partners, multiple shelters, and rescue groups each committed to making Los Angeles a no-kill city. Adoption fees start at just $50 and include spay/neuter, vaccinations and an adoption starter kit."

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the Night of Noir
Sunday, May 3, 7:30 pm doors open and dinner seating begins
8:30 pm show starts

El Cid
4212 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA  90029

There's a new night to get excited about, a Night of Noir. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the Night of Noir. This time Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has you embroiled in hard crime comics from the 40's and 50's, and brother they ain't kind. These are brutal tales acted out for your enjoyment, a real nice way to end Free Comic Book Day weekend.

3rd Annual Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 12pm -8pm

216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
"The third year in a row we're celebrating the very best of LA culture. Event highlights include food trucks, live music, dance performances and cultural demonstrations, live painting, free public tours, a beer bazaar featuring local artisans, and much more. We hope to see you there!"

Cur-ATE: You Are What You Eat
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:30 pm
 LACMA, BP Grand Entrance$90 LACMA members; $100 general public
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online
Note: Price includes tour, dinner, and parking. The menu is offered prix fixe; please refrain from substitutions.
"Tour Europe through the museum's permanent collection galleries and learn about the cuisines of Spain, Italy, France, and Holland. Hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about the food and drink from different periods by looking at paintings and portraits from those regions. Culinary authority Maite Gomez-Rej√≥n of ArtBites leads the tour, guests then enjoy a specially prepared dinner at Ray's, featuring a menu by Chef Viet Pham, inspired by the tour."
May 4-5
Mayan Theatre 1038 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
What can I say about one of the most crazy events in LA other than go!

-LIVE Masked Mexican Wrestling, Striptease & Comedy PLUS
-Mariachis! Low Riders! Folkloricos! Free Polite in Public Photo Booth! Aztec Dancers!