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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 5 – Big Boss Robot Wood Laser Keychains

 

These just look too cool! We’re excited to have some GR Big Boss Robot keychains! These are laser cut on alder wood by our friend Charlton Yu. We’ll have merely 24 pieces.

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GR2: Aug 2 – Aug 20th, 2014 Tiny Little Objects Yukinori Dehara

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Giant Robot is proud to present Tiny Little Objects – Yukinori Dehara

Aug 2 – Aug 20th, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist: Aug 2, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM

Giant Robot 2 – 2062 Sawtelle Boulevard – Los Angeles CA 90025

Yukinori Dehara’s latest work strays from his past of creating boxed original sculptures. His latest entry into the figure world are minuscule versions of his art pieces. In what we’d call a smart move to do something completely different from the years of sculpting paper clay and then packaged to appear like a toy figure, these pieces will have it’s freedom and at the same time, be intimate. You’ll have to move in closer to see his objects.

On AUGUST 3rd 2-3:30pm, Dehara will work with Katsuya Terada on Japanese Yokai monsters. The details for this event will emerge, but thus far it appears to be a demo of live art.

For any questions about Tiny Little Objects, Giant Robot or anything else, please contact:

Eric Nakamura

[email protected]

310-445-9276

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About Yukinori Dehara

Character designer Yukinori Dehara has worked with Giant Robot on exhibitions for nearly a decade. His works usually follow a topic ranging from Yakuza, monsters to salary men, and at the same time, makes social commentaries of Japanese society. His “freelance” work includes one of Japan’s largest chocolate manufacturers, Meiji Chocolate. Although he appears shy, he can be quite opposite, often participating in public performances.

About Giant Robot

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, it has become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success.



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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 4 – Giant Robot 20th Anniversary GR1 & GR2 Pack

It’s been 20 years since Giant Robot zine was published. It was also my first Comic-Con experience and I’ve made it back every year since. We reprinted a run of GR1 & GR2 for Zine Fest LA and we printed up a brand new batch. We’ll have 100 GR1 & GR2 Zine Packs and each has at least four “vintage” GR exhibition postcards including the ever elusive Ray Fong (Barry McGee) postcard from his exhibition at GR2. People sell this card on auction websites for too much money, but you can get one with each pack. Also included will be a GR sticker and a button! I wrote a short introduction for each issue and that’ll be in there as well.

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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 3 – Hone Marilla GID by Mari Inukai

Giant Robot presents: Mari Inukai – who will be a resident at the Giant Robot booth. It doesn’t mean she’ll be there 24-7, but she will spend the majority of her time at SDCC hawking goods, making smiles, and drawing. We’ll have the Hone Marilla GID! $100 and it comes with a small original drawing. It’s displays beautifully. Also, DAILY mini-print releases. We’re working out the editions and details. Stay tuned!

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SDCC x GR 1729 Exclusive 2 – Sparq the Baby Dragon by Flat Bonnie

We’ve known Rick and Yukari for years and it’s a pleasure to see their project grow. Giant Robot is proud to host the exclusive, Sparq the Baby Dragon. All of the Flat Bonnie pieces are handmade with impeccable craftsmanship. Their work is consistent and has a look that is obvious theirs. We’ll be doing more with Flat Bonnie sooner than you think. Watch for their participation in a group exhibition, October 4th at GR2. We’re excited.

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GR X SDCC – 1729 – Exclusive 1 – BABY CE by MAFIA FACTORY

I’ll be posting our Exclusives and getting them up on social media as well. Hope you don’t mind these transmissions. This collaboration is a fun one. Imagine keeping in touch with a person you’ve never met in person. That’s how our relationship with Mafia Factory in Thailand has developed. My contact there did send his friend and family to come visit me at GR2. I felt awful since they were on vacation from Thailand but the five member family seemed to enjoy the bus ride.

Is a figure, a figure when it’s put together? Are the sum of it’s parts equal to a whole? It’s a philosophical question, but in this case, it’s the parts displayed nicely like a model kit. Put it together or just wear it. It’s a concept that’s deep and thoughtful and puts figures in yet another situation. The big kicker is that it fits LEGO brand items. It’s the size of a LEGO mini figure and you can interchange parts and stick it to bricks. We’ll have 200 pieces.  sdcctoy



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Metro Train Ride – First Time

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It’s nice to ride a train in LA. For most of those who ride, it’s not a luxury. It’s like riding a bus. It’s more of a tool to get to work or school. But for my first ride, it was a test of sorts to see how easy, how convenient, and if it’s something I could recommend.

I rode the train from the Westside of LA to Downtown LA. It’s not a big deal, except in this city where I’ve lived my entire life, there’s been no commuter train. People have asked, “What took you so long?” The answer is easy. I have a car, and I seldom go to Downtown, and I don’t find myself near that exact stop in Culver City. I actually drove to the stop, parked, used the machine which was easy to figure out, and then got on the train. I could have just drove and beat the train anyway. It’s less about why I took it, it’s more about taking it.

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The ride is a strange sight since you’re moving smoothly on city streets without stopping at every other light, there’s no traffic, you can stare into space or into your phone, and you’re on Exposition Blvd – a street just one block away from my childhood home. A street that one doesn’t use to drive eastbound.

There was a train perhaps in the 70s and early 80s that would wake me up at 6am on the weekdays, but it was hauling gear to the warehouses and factories. These were dirty freight cars, the type that hobos would ride. When one mentions trains in West LA, I still imagine a rusted red colored car and caboose. Yet, the trains of today are electric, seemingly space age, and at the same time, typical of what I’ve seen in every other city.

The ride to downtown happened without any incident. It was fairly empty on a weekend, although once the train got into downtown the crowds got larger. A few riders smelled like they just smoked out. The same stops as freeway exits pass, Crenshaw, Western, Vermont. The Convention Center / Staples is the Pico stop, and it’s convenient for a visit to Anime Expo where I got out with a Zelda and a Power Ranger.

The ride home was just as easy. Skaters going towards Venice sat near me. An older woman going to museums got off early on. A few other commuters rode until the last stop. My first questions from the non-LA train experienced is about the cleanliness. The train is clean, it’s worth riding, and it’s fun. Perhaps I’m a tiny bit proud of LA for having even just one train connecting the Westside to Downtown.

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Gathering Whispers: Edwin Ushiro Preview Images

I stopped by the studio of Edwin Ushiro and took a look at  a few pieces he had just completed. It’s hard to explain the feelings I get when I see them, but it’s nostalgia from my childhood and the minute feelings we experience in crucial moments. Somehow, Ushiro captures these like none other. It’s in the body language and facial expressions. His Gathering Whispers exhibitions begins this saturday at GR2.

EDWIN USHIRO A ghost is also a well-forgotten face. It exists as a transparent memory. A ghost is you holding onto it because i

EDWIN USHIRO A Broken Love Sonnets EDWIN USHIRO Days were about to get Better EDWIN USHIRO Dreaming of You Yesterday Dreaming of Tomorrow EDWIN USHIRO Once Beyond Reach EDWIN USHIRO Sundayanela Kuhia EDWIN USHIRO The Lifting and the Releasing EDWIN USHIRO The Makamakaole Gulch Man EDWIN USHIRO Where No One Remains Alone to Fend for Themselves (more…)



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Pen Magazine with New Attitude on Godzilla

I’ve been a Godzilla fan from the early days and I’m proud to be in this issue of Pen Magazine featuring the world’s beloved beast. One of the first questions from Japanese writers is about the “new” Godzilla and overall, I give it a thumbs up. I still long for the “man in suit” versions, but the newest actually works. In the end, I understand that Godzilla is cultish gone major, so making a huge Hollywood picture out of it has a difficult standard to achieve. How do you retain the old school charm and the new school needs of a modern film audience? It’s a subtle line.

I recall another question being Godzilla’s toughest foe. I chose Mothra. Imagine a moth that huge… Actually, imagine a moth that’s tiny. The weird moth dust disgusts us all. Imagine how much dust would come off of Mothra? Mothra is disgusting.

I’ll admit, I can’t read this article, so who knows what I said in it, but it’s an honor to be holding the treasured Godzilla items that I own. A vintage die-cast and a fairly modern vinyl figure.

See Pen Magazine online.

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Faces on a Mug (Mugs on a Mug!)

I curate art, but I don’t partake in creating it. A few friends know that I do little drawings once in a while – mostly to illustrate an idea or plan. They’re often simple doodles done in haste. After recently finding a page of little faces that I draw years ago, I posted an image and got a warm response. I decided to make a mug! I almost feel a bit of shame in showing my own drawing on a product since the artists I work with make such great things. I hope they don’t mind.

It’s $12. If you have any interest, here’s the link.

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Here’s a photo of the mug in use!

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Uglycon 2014 – Big Set of Photos

There’s near 100 photos here. So do take your time and relive Uglycon. Artists, friends, guests, and plenty of activities. We enjoyed it all. Thanks for being part, virtual or in person.

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GR2: 7/12-7/29 Gathering Whispers – a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro.

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Giant Robot is proud to present Gathering Whispers – a solo exhibition by Edwin Ushiro.

July 12th – July 20th, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist: July 12, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM

Giant Robot 2

2062 Sawtelle Boulevard

Los Angeles CA 90025

Edwin Ushiro’s work contains a sense of nostalgia even for a person who didn’t grow up in Maui. The subjects of his works will range from beautiful, warm, and comfortable. One piece will include a not-so-obvious homage to Super Sentai (like Power Rangers). Kids will be jumping out of a pick-up truck as if they’re embarking on a battle against a kaiju. A piece about a bridge built by Okinawan craftspersons encapsulates ideas of change as it has been a subject of demolition to widen a road for more traffic. Another piece features sparklers which scares off bad spirits.

While we travail through our daily activities, Ushiro’s calming nature comes through in his work and you’ll be enchanted by its ethereal look. His pieces have a look that’s all its own. It spans from drawings taken to digital manipulation, and then back to hand painting for finishing. It’s a laborious process that’s all his own.

Come celebrate Gathering Whispers at Giant Robot 2.

For more information about Edwin Ushiro, Giant Robot or anything else, please contact:

Eric Nakamura

[email protected]

310-445-9276

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About Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.

After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Portsmouth Museum of Art and the Japanese American National Museum. On August 13, Edwin will present new artwork in the HI Society exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. A published monograph of his work will be released in 2014. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

About Giant Robot

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, it has become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success.



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Uglycon Event – Uglydoll Ice-bat Turns 10 and a Marriage Proposal

Uglycon 2014 Ice-bat Turns 10.

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It began years ago and now it’s back in “Phase Two.” After a few Uglycons, then a hiatus, and now completed second year in a row, the event is better than ever. It’s hard to top the madness of last years event, since it was the “Return of Uglycon” which was insanely ambitious except for an even larger endeavor this year – a secret marriage proposal hatched over messenger months ago. Nick Caruana and Kim Chadwick from Buffalo, New York made a trip last year, and became friends of Uglydoll and Giant Robot.

Uglycon began months ago, as bits and pieces of planning hatched and the chain of events for the day were planned. What worked last year? What didn’t work? The event was actually simplified, but at the same time, improved. Strange how that can happen. We removed a few events, and made sure that the ones we liked were well executed. Lastly, how would we handle Nick’s plan.

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(That’s David and Steve Guerra Enky Skulls who made the cape for Ice-Bat)

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Uglycon Partner Locations

The buttons, signed mini-prints, or magnets might require a purchase. They’re distributed at our partner’s discretion!

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Uglycon Schedule!

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Giant Robot Time: 6.13.14 – Game Over artwork now available!

giant robot time: 6.13.14 | art by: eddie xu

 

 

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Origins Plushes

Uglydoll


New and insanely cute Uglydoll plushes. Featuring Ice-Bat, Wage, Babo, and Ox!

Plush Clip Ons

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We have a handful of fun new clip ons to check out!

Hats

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Stay cool and gear up for Uglycon!

Toothbrush Holder Owl

Kikkerland


There’s no better way to replace that old grimy toothbrush holder!

Cards

Ray Young Chu


A fun alternative to the traditional, plain, and boring card.

 

 

 

 

 

GR2: Photos Game Over Art Exhibition and Game Night

By ERIC

Game Over and Game Night proved to be a fun combination at GR2. It’s where Game art, meets games and gamers! We have to thank Kyoto Wild, The Pack, and Scratch Race!

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2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

    

 

 



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Uglycon June 21 – Some Image Leaks

Uglycon will be next week and we’re working on the bits and pieces of the exhibition and associated events. The images you see here might all be for nothing. We might change everything in the next week, etc. But we’re up to some of the same “tricks” as last year and it should be fun.

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GR2: Photos Game Over Art Exhibition and Game Night

Game Over and Game Night proved to be a fun combination at GR2. It’s where Game art, meets games and gamers! We have to thank Kyoto Wild, The Pack, and Scratch Race!

Thanks AngryBananas.comDESTRUCTOID & Meat Bun

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Giant Robot Time: 6.6.14 – Game Over Exhibition Reception x Game Night this Sat. 6.7!

 

 

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June 7 – June 18

Reception: Saturday, June 7, 6:30-10 PM

Giant Robot, Angry Bananas, Destructoid and Meatbun is proud to present GAME OVER – Art Inspired by Games.

It’s not just an art exhibition, it’s also a Game Night. Imagine seeing art but also trying out some of the games made by equally talented designers! It’s happening.

Experience, KYOTO WILD by Teddy Diefenbach is a 4 player weapons battle, SCRATCH RACE by Messhof is a one button velodrome racing game, and experience Ben Vance’s THE PACK with Art by Rob Sato.

Artists Include:

Aaron Brown, Alex Chiu, Andrew Hem, Bert Gatchalian, Brian Luong, Caitlin Anne, Cam Floyd, Candie Bolton, Cassia Lupo, Chris Mostyn, Cory Schmitz, Dan Goodsell, Danni Shinya, Edward Robin Coronel, Elliot Brown, Enky Skulls, Eric Nyquist, Gary Musgrave, Hawk krall, James Kochalka, Jen Tong, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Jesse Tise, Joey Chou, Jon Lau, kaNO kid, Ken Taya, Kenneth Wong, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Koshin Finley, Kwanchai Moriya, Leah Chun, Lena Sayadian, Lucky Nakazawa, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Mari Naomi, Mariel Cartwright, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Mike Kuo, Minion Me, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Nidhi Chanani, Omo Cat, Peter Kato, Ray Young Chu, Rina Ayuyang, Roland Tamayo, Ronald J. Llanos, Ryan Crippen, Ryan Jacob Smith, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Scott Bakal, Sean Norvet, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Stasia Burrington, Theo Ellsworth, Tyson Hesse, Wayne Johnson + even more.


Red Mountain Print

Dan McCarthy


Five color print on white paper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Ninja Mug Set & Day & Night Heat Sensitive Mug

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Wake up the world with your morning cup of coffee.

Kaiju Monster & Mole Miner Light-Up LED Keychain

Gama-Go


A playful take on the traditional LED keychain.

Fionna & Princess Bubblegum

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Your favorite Adventure Time characters are now available in vinyl form!

Optic Nerve

Adrian Tomine


Several issues of Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve are back in stock!

 


 

 

 

 

The Mural at Wirtz Elementary School

By MARTIN

My buddy and fifth-grade teacher invited me to a mural painting at his school in Paramount, CA, last weekend and it was rad. Visiting artists for this second annual outing included Dustin Klein and Rich Jacobs from Oakland, Tim Kerr from Austin, and Koji and Kota Toyoda, Yosuke Hanai, and Hi Dutch from Japan.

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Preview of The Future Crew (E3! Edition)/LA Game Space benefit w/ Daedulus, Starry Kitchen, Attract Mode, and other homies

By MARTIN

Monday night’s event at The Well (which also features contributions from Doseone, Daniel Rehn, The Future Crew…) is a fundraiser with proceeds going toward LA Game Space, our city’s very own experimental, open source, and very cool epicenter of video games supporting innovation, education, and exhibitions.

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Q&A with Josh Landau of The Shrine

By MARTIN

I met the guys after their killer set at The Roxy a few weeks ago and they happened to be the coolest dudes ever. I went ahead and asked some questions to singer and axeman Josh Landau afterward…

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SuperAwesome Zine Bazaar

By ERIC

I’ve spent 16 years of indie publishing Giant Robot and it continues in directions unknown but the beginnings are in the roughness of the GR zine – Issues 1 and 2. Oakland Museum of CA put together a zine bazaar featuring the likes of Deth P Sun, Hamburger Eyes and plenty of Bay Area zines.

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Magic of Japan Week in review (a.k.a. Return to The Magic Castle)

By MARTIN

Magic of Japan Week 2014 at The Magic Castle came and went and it was totally rad. And not just because I got to hang out with two kick-ass magicians from Japan and take some pictures inside a camera-free club. No, it was awesome because it was the same as it always is: a claustrophobic, creepy, and uncool members-only spot where you can see close-up, irony-free tricks and illusions performed by magicians for magicians.

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Takashi Murakami at The Orpheum with Pico Iyer

By ERIC

In a small crowded area in downtown LA, Takashi Murakami said, “It’s like when I first saw Giant Robot magazine in New York.” It’s been years since I’ve spoken with Murakami who in between our last meetings, has gone from superstar to megastar, from world wide artist and now filmmaker. I’m not sure which is greater, but he’s the bigger one.

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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SuperAwesome Zine Bazaar

Zines push forward

I’ve spent 16 years of indie publishing Giant Robot and it continues in directions unknown but the beginnings are in the roughness of the GR zine – Issues 1 and 2. Oakland Museum of CA put together a zine bazaar featuring the likes of Deth P Sun, Hamburger Eyes and plenty of Bay Area zines. A few of them knew GR which is the reason why the event was happening, but most didn’t seem to care too much. It was a reason to bring their goods and publicize and perhaps earn a buck. Maybe GR is now the bad guy who is the zine that went glossy and is now the subject of a museum exhibition, and the zine punks are fighting the man by earning a buck at the spot and not giving a shit back. Or maybe most have no idea what GR is and that’s ok too. Or maybe, they’re expecting me to say hi first… I’m being cynical.

The tables were filled with zine makers, many who I’ve seen or heard of from past zine fests and the audience came through and voraciously consumed zines. It was a great sight once again. From LA Art Book Fair, LA Zine fest to OMCA Zine Bazaar, the high energy continues. I laid out the GR 1 and 2 reprints, artist’s zines and a few books and met with friends, new “fans” and “old fans”. The latter meaning fans who grew up with GR in other cities which might not have had the cultural variety that I had. They said thank you in various ways and one even said, “thanks for making culture cool.” I signed some SuperAwesome Catalogs, GR 1+2s, and the Big Boss Robot vinyl figure. The zine bazaar was a quick two fine hours. Wish it were three.

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