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Friday, January 15, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Stickers?


It looks like-just like when you vote-you get a sticker/s when you get vaccinated for Covid-19. Well, it's at the discretion of the place giving out the vaccine.


 

The CDC has provided handlers of the vaccine a sticker sheet PDF here. But, as you can see above, it looks like the art chosen for the sticker/s is by whomever is dolling it out. And those handing out the vaccine don't have to even give out stickers, it's just some sort of promotion to remind people to get vaccinated.

And on that news, let's not forget Disneyland's giant parking lots are going to become a place to get vaccinated too.

Disneyland to become COVID vaccination ‘super site’


Here's hoping that the Disneyland Vaccine site gives you special stickers with Micky and Goofy on them.



Thursday, January 14, 2021

Game Hype: Nintendo News

 
Mario is going fully furry for this one.

Lame 


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Electric Mile and Drive-In Movies

 

Starts in January
Santa Anita Park 
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
$69.99 per Car (up to 8 people)
 

Explore the Insomniac Worlds on your voyage through Insomniac’s Electric Mile. Journey through seven unique worlds of Insomniac’s most iconic festivals and brands, including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, and Countdown, complete with music, lights, art, visual effects, installations, and more in a COVID-friendly environment.

 

January 15-31, 2021
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
$49 and up
 
The new Jurassic Quest Drive Thru version of the show features over 70 life-like dinosaurs including the very popular T. Rex, Spinosaurus and Triceratops. Jurassic Quest's herd of animatronic dinos are displayed in realistic scenes that allow guests to experience them roaring and moving from their own vehicles as they drive their way through the tour.
 

Sat, January 16, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM 
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
211 West California Avenue
Glendale, CA 91203 
$23
 

Sun, January 17, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Glendale Sears Parking Lot 
211 West California Avenue
Glendale, CA 91203 
$23
 

 
CHISHI MORIMURA
AIMAI
January 16 - February 20, 2021
Corey Helford Gallery 
 
On Saturday, January 16th, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will be ringing in the New Year with the premiere of new works from one of their most popular artists, Kazuki Takamatsu. The Japanese artist returns to the gallery for his fifth solo show, entitled Your Wings, being hosted in the Main Gallery through February 20th. In celebration of Takamatsu’s new solo show, CHG will be hosting a virtual opening (details TBA).

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Long Gone Gulch Finally Online

 

We wonder how many expos we've been too and seen them making this cartoon. It's finally done and online.

Friday, January 8, 2021

HBO Max Is Getting Anime Including Earwig and the Witch

 

Also, through GKids, HBO Max is getting the CGI Ghibli movie

Thursday, January 7, 2021

What Were Looking Forward To This January: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Rain Like Hammers, Psycho Goreman, Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Cyber Shadow & Resident Alien

New year, means new media to consume. Nom, nom, nom...burp! Here's what's on our radar this month.
 
Jan 14
$14.99
 


From the great work started by Paul Robertson, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition comes out again on all the major consoles. Beat up bad guys who are trying to stop you from being in love with your lady and defeat all her evil exes.
 
We loved playing this game when it came out a decade ago and now years later hope to again. And you can play online and locally with four people altogether, so you and up to three friends. Don't forget you get all the DLC that came out for the game and that kick-ass soundtrack from Anamanaguchi.
 
Jan 20 



From one of our favorite independent comic artists, Brandon Graham, comes a brand new 5-part series about a lonely dude in a walking city on another planet. Things go awry for this day dreamer whose into finding the best fast food when other walking cities start getting destroyed.
 
From Graham's past work like King City, Prophet & Multiple Warheads, we can't wait to see what he comes up with and all the little drawings hidden on every page.

Jan 22
*VOD

 
 
A hit at Beyond Fest, last year and from the co-director of The Void, Steven Kostanski, comes PG aka Psycho Goreman. A balls to the wall sci-fi, horror action adventure about a little girl who gets an alien monster as a pet. All kinds of crazy seems to ooze out of the trailer as this looks like it'll be an instant cult classic.
 
Goreman isn't the only monster as it looks like there's a convention from all the bad guys the Power Rangers ever beat-up, cept' they went to Hot Topic and Hell and came back to fight.
 
Jan 23
*Japan 




It may takes us years, but hopefully months as we're unsure who owns the rights to the film for the North American release, because it could be owned by both by both Disney & Sony (not joking), but the last Evangelion movie comes out in Japan this month. We've been waiting for this one for oh, since 2015, when it was suppose to come out!
 
Not getting into how bad the title is to the English audience; it looks like it will have some of the best animation ever and director Anno continue to mind f us without ever telling us what is really going on. Oh, Japan!
 
Jan 26   
$14.99
 




From Yacht Club Games, comes a game that isn't DLC for Shovel Knight, Cyber Shadow! A new old-school ninja action-adventure platformer in 8-bit style. It looks jam-packed with extras and creativity. We see ourselves playing in on Switch or Steam when we just want to game for a bit like a session of Hades. Filled with secrets, moves to master and what looks like killer boss fights, for 8-bit it might kick every modern games butt.

Jan 27
SYFY Channel



Oh, Alan Tudyk, why did you leave Doom Patrol? I know it was for this show, but couldn't you have done both? SYFY comes back with a show based on comics about an alien hiding in plain sight in the guise of a local town doctor played by the before-mentioned actor. Get ready for dark humor and what looks like to be murder mysteries as an alien gets use to life on Earth. A fun premise we've seen over and over again, but this time a bit more scary and violent.

Keep it up SyFy!

Well, that's all for January. We're already excited for Kid Cosmic from Crag McCracken coming to Netflix next month!
 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Super Mario Manga Mania Review: Covered In Tears & Snot

 

Did you know Mario had a manga series in Japan following him through his video game adventures? I'd remember seeing this version of Mario, dubbed by fans as Mario-Kun, in Japanese super markets, on Twitter images and even as a skin in the first Mario Maker, but other then that I payed it little mind. Viz, however did care and gives us a best-of compilation of Mario-Kun by artist and writer Yukio Sawada. And it's juvenile as Hell.


 

Snot and tears flow so much off Mario-Kun and his friends in this book I think it be better if Viz re-did the cover and re-titled it Mario-Kun: Snot & Tears. The simple happy go-lucky cover on Super Mario Manga Mania does not inform the reader of the cartoony, silly and gross-out humor it contains. It should be a snot flowing and teary-eyed Mario and his friends selling the book. Not this very average looking cover.

If you've ever read a boy's manga, this is it, with constant stupid jokes and antics on par with Bugs Bunny, but grosser, much, much grosser.

Though I'm amazed at how many different games Yukio has covered over the years-25+ in all it says in inside- and put into this one book, it's just not for me. You'll see Mario fight bad guys from the games and it probably pulls from the games even more than the cartoons ever did back in the early 90's.


 

And it's for little kids, though there's even a warning at the end for a sad parent passing story that the book tells you feels out of place, but since the creator wanted it in his original compilation, they left it in.

I still recommend it for kids who want a gag book and know of Mario playing his games in any fashion. It jumps around as it's a mix of stories through-out Mario's career.

Super Mario Manga Mania

$9.99

*I could totally see the art on shirts, stickers and other collectibles. Maybe even, a fun wrapping paper or even a hand picked silliest images art book.

 

Book provided by publisher for review purposes

 

Sundance Film Festival Cancels SoCal Drive-In Screenings


 It's just one of those days, y'know?

Sundance Cancels SoCal Drive-In Screenings Due to COVID-19 Surge (EXCLUSIVE)

It was the first day to get tickets...maybe you can stream it if you want.


Weekly What To Do: Two Art Shows...It's A Slow Start

  


30 Years Later (a group show tribute to 1991) & Lou Pimentel's Influential Figures

Fri, Jan 8, 12pm
Online
 
We're so stoked to start 2021 with the return of 30 Years Later, a group show celebrating the films of yesteryear. Paying homage to 1991 films like Point Break, The Silence of the Lambs, My Own Private Idaho, Hook and Nothing But Trouble - all the art will become available on Friday at Noon PT at Gallery1988.com.
 
Group Show Inaugurating Our New Gallery Space Opening Reception with the Artists
Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:00-6:00pm *scheduled visitation only
Thinkspace Gallery
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90016
Free
 
Thinkspace is even kicking off the decade with a move to a new location in December, opening its doors in the new arts district emerging at Jefferson and La Brea, at 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, California.

 

ASSASSINS: A Live Screening and Filmmaker Q&A 

Tuesday, January 12th, 6pm

Free

 In 2017, Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un—was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and was dead within an hour. But if the murder was extreme, the story that came next was even more bizarre: The two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had simply been hired to pull a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing. The Malaysian government scoffed, arrested and imprisoned the women and put them on trial for murder, facing execution. But was their outlandish story actually the truth? And would anyone believe them? Assassins, the latest from director Ryan White, travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Miskatonic Los Angeles Returns To Teach Horror This January

 

 So, these are for online classes to teach you the deeper meaning to horror...mainly the films, which sounds like fun for many of you readers and cinephiles out there.
 
Miskatonic Los Angeles offers monthly classes and a discounted full semester pass. For our Spring 2021 Online semester, admission to individual classes is US$10, and a full semester pass including all five classes curated by Miskatonic Los Angeles, is US$40. Please note students from anywhere in the world can register for these online classes.

Thursday January 28th 7:30pm PST
SEEING AND FEELING JAPANESE HORROR: SCOPOPHILIA AND CLAUSTROPHILIA IN EDOGAWA RAMPO
Instructor: Seth Jacobowitz
 
Edogawa Rampo burst onto the literary scene in 1920s Japan with a rapid succession of short stories and novels that helped to articulate the cultural logic of “erotic, grotesque, nonsense” in the interwar period. He earned instant notoriety for his startling explorations of Japanese modernity: the lure of illicit or prohibited desires; a fascination with cinema and visual spectacles; the psychology of leisure, and thrill-seeking; and a seemingly inexhaustible wanderlust for the imperial metropolis Tokyo.  This presentation will discuss scopophilia and claustrophilia as two predominant horror themes in Rampo’s fiction writing and their adaptation in the Japanese film and art worlds. We will explore his “Stalker in the Attic” (1926) and the film The Watcher in the Attic (1976) directed by Noboru Tanaka, the omnibus film Rampo Noir (2005), and Suehiro Maruo’s graphic novel The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (2010), among other works.

for more info

 more dates below

Things Could Be Better & Alberston's/Vons/Pavillions Is Kind Of A Piece of $%&*

 LA Times is reporting outbreaks from our super markets to our movie sets.
 
 
And then you have Alberstons that owns Vons and Pavilions firing workers to save money through the stupid new law that passed where Uber doesn't have to give any benefits to their workers.
 
 
 A manager at a Southern California Vons delivery hub confirmed that as of February, Vons would be laying off drivers. A local Pavilions employee noted that they’re “no longer using drivers,” and shifting to DoorDash instead. Vons and Albertsons Corporate did not respond to requests for comment.

 Please read and then call up corporate to complain

Vons Retail Store/Corporate Phone Number: 877–723–3929

Albertsons Retail Store/Corporate Phone Number: 877–723–3929

Saturday, January 2, 2021

What We Found On The Net Today: IndieCade: A History & Earwig and the Witch

 You can get the history of IndieCade in a free PDF below. It goes back all the way to the start.
 

 

by: Celia Pearce

IndieCade: A History — The Interdependence of Independents chronicles the story of IndieCade as told by one of its three co-founders—its modest beginnings and evolving role in the larger independent games ecosystem over its decade-plus history. More broadly, it situates IndieCade within a historical context, looking at the various factors of the indie ecosystem that have contributed to making independent games writ large such a major force in today’s video game industry.

Also, here's all the games that have been part of IndieCade and gone on to be on Steam and consoles. 

Alumni Successes

Hmmm, I'm sure I'll watch it, but doesn't look like Ghibli's most magical film.

 

 

 

Sayonara Wild Hearts Sale

 

I suggest grabbing it while it's on sale.
 
Offer ends January 5