Giant Robot

GR2: June 15th Uglycon: Join in Sew Ugly

please no printed fabrics or clothing ….due to legal mumbo jumbo!


Giant Robot Biennale 3 at JANM (a.k.a. My GR family reunion)

To most, Giant Robot Biennale 3 at JANM is simply the biggest, best group show that an indie artist can be associated with. It isn’t very often that pop-rooted, independent fine artists (Asian or not) are given a top-shelf venue to gather and shine. Eric does a rad job of cultivating this scene, and has built up a real family of artists in the process. I am really proud to have worked with him on the magazine that has showcased so many of them.

So as the end of publication nears its two year mark, attending the opening felt a lot like a family reunion to me. I hardly get out to Sawtelle these days, and see Eric and the artists pretty rarely. So while it was especially cool to see the amazing art on the first day (such as the sculpture by Ako Castuera, above) it was just as rad to see so many people that I have grown close to (like the Big Boss Robot and his family, below).

Okay, it’s not like I knew everyone there. After I answered the person who checked me in that I was with four guests instead of one, she looked annoyed and asked, “Are you an artist?” No, but I quickly took the stickers for my wife Wendy (who designed GR mags 18-68), daughter Eloise, niece Lucia, and cousin visiting from New Zealand and moved on.

Right after the opening remarks by Eric and JANM representatives, Wendy and I saw our friends Susie Ghahremani and Michael Esten. They drove up from San Diego in time for the Chickfactor concert and stuck around to see Susie’s customs in the opening! (more…)


GameSpot Tours Giant Robot Booth 1729 at Comic-Con 2012

 GameSpot gets GR Boss Robot Eric Nakamura to give him a video tour of BOOTH 1729 at Comic-Con 2012.

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Asian American Film Festival in Chicago

Greetings from Chicago

Tim Hugh, one man bandleader of the Chicago Asian American Film Festival

This is Tim Hugh and his dog Helga in his kitchen in Chicago. Tim has run the only Asian American Indie Film Fest (i.e. no “imports”) for 12 of the 17 years that it’s been in existence. In this picture, he’s a one man bandleader- running it solo, something I can relate to as a solo musician. I’m in town to promote my film “Daylight Savings” which premiered at SXSW this year, and will be the opening night film this year. Joining me at the screening will be Michael Aki who plays my cousin in the film. I met Mike at this very festival in 2010 when he was showing his films Sunsets that he directed with Eric Nakamura, and his Film Noir tribute “Strangers”

I asked Tim a bunch of questions:

Goh: Why is this festival important?

Tim: It’s one of the only festivals that shows only Asian American films; produced, directed and/or about the Asian American experience. In the midwest more so than the coastal states, you’re constantly asked that stupid question “Where are you from?”… so it’s important to help define what being Asian and American is.

I’m a fourth generation Chinese American. In the midwest, it’s usually under the assumption that you’re just “Asian”… and not “Asian American.” When I see Causasian people I don’t ask them “are you from Poland? are you European?” I just see them for who they are, not what they look like.

Goh: How did you get involved in the festival?

Tim: I was just a fan of the band Seam, and Sooyoung Park, Ben Kim and Billy Shin started the festival in 1995 after they released the Ear of the Dragon CD, which was the first Asian American Rock Compliation. I’d always go and watch everything I could. I’d never seen films like this before; Asian American characters that spoke like me; the actors weren’t forced to speak with a bad accent. I could relate to these images and characters that I was seeing at this festival.

I became obsessed and would watch everything I could, whether it be a feature, documentary, or shorts program. I just wanted to see as much as I could, because I knew I’d never get a chance to see these movies again. Plus, being able to meet the directors and hear them speak about their films was one of the coolest things for me. I remember hanging out with Justin Lin, back when he was just a shorts director.

They noticed me being there year after year, and began to recognize me. Eventually, they would ask me to do little things like hand out program booklets, take tickets, watch the table, and take pictures during the Q&A’s. Basically, I became a volunteer. I remember standing there back in the day giving out Giant Robot magazines!


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Rhythm Heaven Fever Launch Event Friday Feb 10 6-10pm


California video game fans and music and art lovers of all ages

Friday, Feb. 10 6-10 p.m.

iam8bit Gallery
2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026


Giant Robot and GR2 Now – 12/13 Holiday Toy Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Giant Robot’s Annual Toy and Gift Donation Drive for Aviva Family and Children’s Services

NOW – December 13, 2011

Giant Robot
2015 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-1819

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

It’s easier to help someone than it is to ask for help. Here’s a chance for you to work out your giving/receiving muscles – drop off some donated items at Giant Robot 2 for Aviva Family and Children’s Services! They do good things all year long, and they’re probably like everyone else right now, working really hard to try to make resources last and keep spirits up. In exchange we’ll give you a 25% off GR coupon good through January 31st 2012.

Here’s Aviva’s wish list for the holidays:

Makeup/lotions/body splashes
Baby and toddler clothes
Radios or alarm clock radios
Diaper bags and baby supplies
Target gift cards
Ipod Shuffle/MP3 Player
iTunes gift cards
Handheld video games
Wallets for teen boys & girls
Watches for teen boys and girls
Action figures
Arts and craft kits
Cologne and perfume
Dolls – baby and Barbies (all ethnicities)
Learning toys (baby to primary grades)
Lego’s/K’Nex type building toys
Sports balls – basketballs, soccer
Cars – Hot Wheels, remote control cars
Wrapping paper and gift bags always needed too.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based company based on Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles as well as an online equivalent.

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311

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Giant Robot 2 : 9/11 12-3pm Sidewalk Sale and Cat Adoption


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2011 Sidewalk Sale and Cat Adoption


Sunday, September 11, 2011, 12:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 445-9276


Giant Robot Los Angeles – West LA, Sawtelle Blvd’s tradition of pet adoptions continue. This time, the West LA Shelter will bring down our feline friends – Cats. We understand that September 11th will be a very powerful memorial day, and we feel that in order to observe it correctly, is to get out and exercise your freedom.


Aside from having adoptable cats, Giant Robot will also have a sidewalk sale filled with overstocked merchandise marked down, sale items, electronics, knickknacks, books from “the office”, and much more. This will take place outdoors in front of our Giant Robot 2 shop.


Bargains will happen and at the same time, give the ultimate gift of a great home for a cat or kitten.


For more information about the Giant Robot shops and magazine, please contact: Eric Nakamura Giant Robot Owner/Publisher [email protected] (310) 479-7311 ###






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Carmageddon Sale – 40% off and take 10% more on sale items + gr/eats specials!


Giant Robot, GR2

Carmageddon Sale – 40% off and take 10% more on sale items

gr/eats $5 Bowls (Fri 7/15 and Sat 7/16 only – closed Sun)


Take 40% off and 10% more on sale items

Sat and Sun July 16 – July 17th, 2011

GR1 2015 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 478-1819

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 445-9276

Sat 11:30-8p

Sun 12-7p


gr/eats 2050 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 478-3242

Fri 12-2:30 5:30-9pm

Sat 12-2:30 5:30-9pm



Giant Robot is proud to host a Carmageddon Sale on Sawtelle Blvd.

If you venture out, instead of staying at home, we’ll give you a great discount on our merchandise, ranging from T-shirts, books, toys, Uglydoll, housewares, and so much more. You’ll find that special gift for yourself or for even Holidays. Yes, really, plan ahead and come down and take 40% off and 10% more on the already marked down items. We’re not allowing that discount on art work by the current art show artists, Yukinori Dehara, but there are plenty of other great items to check out.

gr/eats is doing something a bit different, but also just as tasty. on Friday 7/15 and Saturday 7/16, we’re featuring $5 bowls. Two kinds: Chicken Teriyaki Bowl or Chicken Katsu Curry Bowl for $5! We’re closed sunday.

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311

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Giant Robot Signing at Comic-Con San Diego


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Giant Robot at Comic-Con San Diego July 20-24

Giant Robot Booth 1729 (Same space every year! – Look for the red lanterns)

Giant Robot will be at Comic-Con San Diego, and will set up our merchandise booth.


Signing Schedule

Mari Inukai – Friday July 22nd 3:30-5:30 (Sekaiseifukudan figures and bonus items)

Kid Koala – Saturday July 23rd 10:30-11:30 (His new book Space Cadet)

Mari Inukai – Saturday July 23rd 12-2

Bonnie Burton – July 23rd 3-4 (Star Wars Craft Book)

David Horvath – July 23rd 4:30-5:30 (Bossy Bear and more!)


Watch for more announcements at


Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311

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