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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Finally, A Shirt That Proves I Went Online

Aniplex Online Fest seems to be the only one selling shirts so far. You gotta wait until Saturday to actually order them.

Anime Expo Lite and FunimationCon & Aniplex Online Fest This Weekend



Anime Expo Lite

Here's the schedule

Yes, AX couldn't truly die this year, it just became a diet soda. Or really an online event that sounds like a diet soda. Funimation decided to...for some reason do the same thing. And now we will remember our independence over the weekend by watching panels on anime. Both are taking place online this weekend July 3-4th. So, let's go over them here. And if anything funny happens or goes wrong with the streams, we'll be making fun of them for even trying.




Aniplex Online Fest

Lot of industry panels, were kind of sad, no fans streams could have been put in, but them's the breaks. Hear the latest from all your favorite anime publishers.

Strangely, this fest takes place July 4th and 5th. Also, weird as Sony owns both Funimation and Aniplex, so they could have had one fest online. In any case, more panels.

Here's the schedule

FunimationCon

Here's the schedule

Below is the latest from a press release.

MY HERO ACADEMIA GAME SHOW WITH VOICE ACTORS
Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore with guests Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio), Kyle Phillips (Kaminari), and Dani Chambers (Mahoro).
COSPLAY           
FunimationCon 2020 celebrates the skill, artistry and passion for Cosplay with panels bringing together some of the biggest and most influential personalities. The panels include: 
Fireside Chat with Yaya Han - Join Yaya Han for a sit-down discussion about the evolution of cosplay and a reading from her new book. The discussion is moderated by Michelle Bradley. Yaya Han® is a cosplayer, designer and author. A household name in fandom, Yaya has made over 385 costumes, appeared as a guest at hundreds of events all over the globe, and has been featured in two US Network TV Shows. Yaya is the first cosplayer to create a cosplay-focused fabric line for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores; the first to design a cosplay patterns line for a major pattern company, McCall Patterns; and the first cosplayer to launch partnerships with global brands such as BERNINA sewing machines and Dremel tools. Her new book, “Yaya Han’s World of Cosplay,” is available in North America on August 4th, 2020.
LIVE Cosplay Showdown: Pro Vs Pro! - Watch top cosplayers Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Dresses and Capes Cosplay, Alicia Marie, face-off LIVE against one another to create a mystery cosplay or prop in less than an hour, with whatever they have at home! The winner will get a $5k donation to the charity of their choice! The Live Showdown features cosplayers Riddle, Phil Mizuno, DressesandCapes Cosplay, and Alicia Marie. Riki Lecotey (known as Riddle) is internationally recognized in the cosplay community for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftsmanship. Phil Mizuno is a Canadian cosplayer who followed his heart and is pursuing his passion of cosplay to help inspire others. He has been cosplaying for five years and creates his beautiful costumes in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Lauren aka Dressesandcapes, started her cosplay journey about five years ago and it's been a whirlwind ever since. The self-taught seamstress and crafter has already won several awards. CI-borg Alicia Marie is an author and fitness pro who turned her love of super-physiques, comic books, video game and anime art into a creative career.
Learn to make masks from home with Riddle! Learn how to make face masks from home with renown cosplayer, Riddle. She’s been a strong name in international cosplay for a number of years, known for her focus on craftsmanship, appearing in both seasons of Heroes of Cosplay and her extensive charity work.
Beginner's Cosplay Crafting with Stella Chuu
Join cosplayer Stella Chuu as she walks us through a beginner-level crafting tutorial and discussion! Stella Chuu started cosplaying in 2011, Stella is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. She dedicates her days to creating cosplay and promoting geek culture. 
             
Hosted by Funimation, FunimationCon 2020 is totally free to attend and available to fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Registration is open so head over to FunimationCon 2020 (www.FunimationCon.com) to secure your spot and receive updates on new events added to the line-up.  
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PROGRAMMING: 
The new panels and merchandise join a growing list of exciting events to celebrate anime including: 
PANELS
Don’t miss these exciting voice actor panels for Attack on Titan, Fire Force, Fruits Basket, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Listeners, and One Piece, along with partner panels including VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Virtual Panel, ANIPLEX OF AMERICA’s The Aniplex of America Living Room Sessions, and RIGHT STUF’s Right Stuf Anime Industry Panel.  
MUSIC
Funimation is featuring special programs from Sony Music Labels Artists BLUE ENCOUNT, FLOW, KANA-BOON, Luna Haruna, and a DJ performance by DJ MarGenal, as well as a special airing of the 2019 SACRA MUSIC Festival.
EVENTS
LIVE MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2 ESPORTS CHALLENGE – Powered by Esports Stadium Arlington. Connect with your favorite cast members of My Hero Academia, Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Christopher Sabat (All Might), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio) and more as they recreate iconic fight scenes in the new BANDAI NAMCO video game MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2. Professional Wrestler Kenny Omega hosts this once in a lifetime chance to see your favorite characters pitted against one another during this exciting head to head combat in the ultimate test for righteousness.
ANIPLEX ONLINE FEST - Funimation has teamed up with Aniplex of America to make the July 4 Aniplex Online Fest livestream available for fans attending FunimationCon. 
MERCHANDISE
Funimation will feature new merchandise and home video products in the FUNIMATION SHOP to celebrate FunimationCon 2020. Home video releases include Fire Force (Season 1 Part 1), One Piece (Season 10 Voyage 1), Attack on Titan (Season 3 Part 2 Limited Edition), Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition), Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 2 Limited Edition), and My Hero Academia (Season 4 Part 1), among other exciting titles. Merchandise available in the Funimation Shop includes several exclusive items - Fire Force Prints and Postcards, Dragon Ball White/Gold XL Shenron FiGPiN, My Hero Academia Got Quirks? Apparel, and FunimationCon 2020 Prints and Postcards.

Weekly What To Do: Refer To Anime Expo Lite Post

Don't plan on going to the beach, because in LA County They're Closed

I'm gonna refer you to streaming Jaws and checking out Anime Expo Lite and FunimationCon online. Both taking place online July 3-4.

THE CINEMADNESS MOVIE
FRIDAY, JULY 3 @ 8:30 PM PST








4th of July Block Party Virtual
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific
KABC Channel 7
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pacific
Grand Park’s YouTube Channel
 
 EIGHTH ANNUAL GRAND PARK + THE MUSIC CENTER’S 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY TO GO VIRTUAL WITH PERFORMANCES AND FAMILY FUN SO ANGELENOS CAN JOIN TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE SAFELY
94th Annual AmericaFest Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2:00-3:00PM
Tune-in live to Rose Bowl Stadium’s Facebook and YouTube pages

The online event will also feature a live flyover of Pasadena and its most historic landmarks at the culmination of this free event (see on your screen or outside).

Mount Wilson Observatory is pleased to announce its involvement with the 94th AmericaFest as it features both a musical performance—by cellist Cécilia Tsan—and a daytime light-show (of sorts) thanks to its Sunstar installation (the prismatic moving "star" will be beam all over Pasadena for the next month).

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Posters: Zombie For Sale, Stargirl, Doom Patrol & Close Enough & Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

We're saving our favorite posters from the week for Friday. First up, Zombie For Sale is headed to Blu-ray July 7th. It's a Korean horror comedy about the fountain of youth being in zombie bites...it'll probably work out fine...

Following that, we have some shows that be streaming. Check out Stargirl if you haven't already. It's a coming-of-age superhero story done quite well and missing the noticeable fat from other shows produced by Warner Brothers. Same goes for Doom Patrol, which just started its second season. But they are way different shows. Stuff on the Doom Patrol is dark and deadly and very weird. We love it.

Then you have Close Enough finally coming out on HBO Max. From the creator of Regular Show, it looks like it'll be a sitcom about becoming an adult that should have come out on TBS two years ago. Because, it was supposed to. They locked it away for two years. And now it's finally gonna be out July 9th.

And finally, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home looks like it'll be way less of cash grab and way more thought out than the last made for TV movie. It's out in July too, on new streaming service Peacock.




Street Food Cinema Drive-Ins

Street Food Cinema is back in action this Summer. Sadly, while you can't just curl up on a blanket, you can chill in your car and watch some classic or a Summer Blockbuster. Go through their schedule to see where and when the next show you might want to see is.



We suggest ordering quick as many showings are sold out already. Here's hoping they keep adding more in July.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Anime Expo Lite: Schedule & Vendors

-First up, we got the schedule of panels you scan stream. Funny enough, both Funimation and Aniplex have panels even tough they have their own online conventions.



Second, no word if this Anime Expo's promised special merch-like the hat above-will be available online. What is already online are a number of our favorite apparel vendors that always appear at AX.

Colorful Joy-above- is just one of the many shirts offered by Shark Robot. They have a big selection based on internet animations and YouTube channels.
 

Neon RPG Pins are sadly in blind boxes, but damn do they look good. They come from Sanshee, which usually makes a deal with some video game titles, but they look like they're branching out to do more.
Then you have the multiple booths of Level Up Outfitters, who booths n
umber s have dwindled to just being online.
And they ever stylish and pricey Bait is still selling stuff online as well.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Game Hype: Ex-Zodiac, Inkulinati & Garlic


We just posted on Ex-Zodiac the game that looks like a new version of Star Fox for SNES at the start of its Kickstarter and it's already been funded. We didn't mention that you can already play two levels to test it out. Play the game and wishlist it on Steam.

We usually are weary of Kickstarters, but this one seems like a really easy goal and isn't trying hard on rewards, the creator just wants to finish and polish the game.

Doesn't hurt that demo proves how much fun it is.


We didn't even know Inkulinati was up on Kickstarter. We've been looking forward to this turn based strategy game that looks like manuscript. You use animals put in the corners of pages to battle in these illustrated duels. The Kickstarter was funded, but it's over in mere hours. Luckily, Hell got funded or elements of Hell at the $66,000 goal. Can't wait for this one. Steam Wishlist.

Garlic is an underdog asking for the smallest amount on Kickstarter. It looks like it'll be a tough platformer filled with some truly silly style.

American Cinematheque's Road Trip to the Drive-In: JAWS / TREMORS July 2

We wanted to get the word out before this one sells out.

American Cinematheque's Road Trip to the Drive-In: JAWS / TREMORS
Thursday, July 2  8:45 PM          
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave.
Montclair, CA 91763
$16.74 and up per person

                                       
The American Cinematheque's Summer Drive-In Series continues at the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, located at 10798 Ramona Ave, Montclair, CA 91763. The event will include a double feature of JAWS and TREMORS. 

What We Found On The Net Today: Amphibia Back 7/11, More Breakfast Dinosaur, Alien Clue & Champ'd Up from Jackbox


"Breakfast Dinosaur" by Glen Brogan is now for sale online for $40

One of the shows where a girl is transported to a magical land is coming back soon. Oh, I mean both of them on Disney.


Just spotted this great fan art of a Alien Clue from ivewhiz

-Looks like the latest game announced for Jackbox Party Pack 7 is Champ'd Up and it's the drawing game. You'll have to make battle with the best drawings, trying to illustrate the best champion and the biggest loser.

Weekly What To Do: Watching Movies & Art Inside...Wait, Did We Do This Last Week?

Virtual KCET Cinema Series 
The Outpost
Wed., Jun. 24 at 7 p.m. PDT.

Q&A immediately following screening with director Rod Lurie
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle), the film is the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 Taliban insurgents in one of the deadliest battles in the war of Afghanistan.


Go Little Tokyo’s 5th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo
streamed every weekend beginning Friday, June 26 - Sunday, July 26, 2020,

The virtual foodie festival features interactive workshops, live chats with community leaders, giveaways and themed weeks with live videos spotlighting Little Tokyo businesses.


Secret Movie Club Netflix Party of
Alex Garland's EX MACHINA Fri, June 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Yorgos Lanthimos's THE LOBSTER Fri, June 26, 9:20 PM – 11:30 PM
Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION Sat, June 27, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Any donation $1-$5 is greatly appreciated.



THE GREAT Online Zoom Q&A
with Star Elle Fanning and Series Creator
Fri, June 26, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Satirical drama THE GREAT follows the rise of Russian ruler Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning).




NHM FIRST FRIDAYS Connected: June
Friday, June 26 at 5 pm

This season’s First Fridays is connecting NHM and L.A. to you live, directly into your home. Dive into timely discussions and rock out to music right in your living room. Grab your own cocktail, put on your best home attire, turn up the volume, and get ready for an amazing Friday.



THE CINEMADNESS MOVIE
FRIDAY, JUNE 26 @ 8:30 PM PST

Virtual Collect + Connect
Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 10:00 AM –
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 7:30 PM PDT

Join us online June 27th - 28th for our first-ever virtual photo fair. We've reimagined the traditional fair space to digitally connect galleries and private dealers, collectors, photographers and enthusiasts from around the globe.

No longer confined to four walls, our virtual photo fair will play host to over forty exhibitors via interactive, 3D booths accessed via the Whova app and on the photo l.a. website.

Giant Robot Presents: Underwater
Opening Tour on Instagram Live:
Saturday, June 27th
12:00 PM PT
instagram.com/giantrobotstore
#grunderwatershow

Ermsy Took It Easy (Main Room) 
Lauren Hana Chai The Little Death (Project Room)
Opening Reception with the Artists
Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Using familiar characters provides Ermsy with a set of pre-established imaginative boundaries within which to work. Like a hot-boxed descent into an alternate universe of nostalgic psychotropic Saturday morning cartoons, his world is a playful subversion of familiar, pop cultural fodder.

Lauren uses unconventional mediums with mixed media as well as working with her first love, oils. The mixed media brings together different elements which is a reflection of her identity. She paints issues such as taboo, the Korean cultural trait han, history, the clash of traditional and modern, east and west, and the struggle for balance in between.
 “Mother Earth: We Are All One” will bring together 50+ artists, all of whom have been asked to work within the same space confines of 12×12 inches (30×30 cm) and to take into consideration the general state of our Mother Earth and how much we have scarred her for our own gain and how many specifies of animals have gone extinct due to our constant advancement and taking over of lands near and far.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Perfect Danger 5 Marathon June 27th


This week we have the news of the return of Danger 5. They're streaming over at Shout! Factory. But, if you wait, you can watch it all in the perfect binge. The Perfect Danger 5 Marathon is taking place this Saturday, with it's creators giving commentary for the first season. It all starts at 6pm pst. And if you're a fan you're gonna wanna re-watch.
Here's hoping that with Shout! Factory streaming they'll also be doing the first DVD/ Blu-Ray release of the show here in the states with a bunch of extra features. I want a Sensible Chuckle slip cover!




via Forbes

Things We Found On The Net Today: Cards Against Humanity Trouble, LA Council Trouble, Post Office Trouble & Gaming

-Polygon has a long piece on the makers of Cards Against Humanity. There's a serious allegation of sexual misconduct by one of the companies eight founders that took place before the company started. Then, there's a lot of allegations or racism and sexism in the work place. This is all very hard to take in as Cards Against Humanity is known to us for all the good its done over the years.

Some of the allegations in the article about racist and sexist cards in the deck seem ridiculous in that they're being brought up as the deck is suppose to be filled with bad humor and gross-outs.

And it's hard to read passages like

It’s more explicit when you find the card hidden in the Bigger, Blacker Box: “The biggest, blackest dick.” The newer Bigger, Blacker Box has another secret card: “A dick so big and so black that it is a problematic stereotype.” And the 69-inch, $100 storage box adds another: “The even biggest, blackester dick.”
And not say, "Yeah, the game is supposed to be stupid."

Then there was one comment from a former employee who felt like he wasn't being listened to because he wanted a "family version" of Cards Against Humanity, which sound awful.

Update: Well, they stole that guys idea. And it sound awful. Cards Against Humanity Family Edition.



It's a lot to take in.

-LA Councilman Jose Huizar Arrested By FBI, Accused Of Leading 'Criminal Enterprise' From City Hall
Just another great day in LA. Not happy there's a network of terrible people working on making the city a criminal enterprise.

-In worse news, the United States Post Office might go kaput unless we do something. Essentially, because of some insane law the post office has to pay a huge amount for anyone who will retire from their service. They're literally billions of dollars in debt because of this. The whole things is insane. John Oliver explains it better below. 
On lighter notes:

We're doing something we usually don't, tell you about Kickstarters. We've been burned too much in the past, LA Game Space, but this one seems legit and is based on Star Fox for the SNES.

Ex-Zodiac looks like it was made by the same people who gave us the original Star Fox. In reality, it's the hard work of one guy named Ben Hickling and he needs your money to finish the game and put it up on Steam. And then one day, if we wish hard enough, the Switch.

Rogue Legacy 2 looks like a lot of fun. Every time you die a descendant takes over your quest and has a new problem to contend with in their biology.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Anime Expo Lite: Artist Alley Online

The main floor of AX is devoted to merch. Mainly, you're buying a ticket to buy cool imported stuff or something from your favorite online artist. And you still possibly can.

If AX was really happening you could take a trip downstairs and visit Artist Alley and who knows, maybe air conditioning would be at a reasonable level. But it's not happening and we're getting online panels. We're also getting only links to the artists of Artist Alley.

Here's the official link list from the Anime Expo site.

Artist Alley 2020

Not a lot of bell's and whistles, just in alphabetical order.


 Here's some of our favs

Miss Magpie Art


Finni Chang

Fishooe

Hideaway Melon

Rainubrew