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Giant Robot Goods: 8.20.13 – Stories Artwork Now Available Online!

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Nikki McClure

New Goods


We have a handful of new and wonderful products from artist Nikki McClure that includes books, calendars, and journals.

Pop! x The Walking Dead

Plushes


Funko’s Pop! plushes have teamed up with AMC’s Walking Dead! Have Daryl, Rick, or a zombie join you on the couch when the show returns this fall.

 



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Giant Robot Time: 6.21.13 – Yukinori Dehara Figure Exhibition opens next Sat. 6.29 at GR2!

giant robot time: 6.21.13 | art by: sun-min kim
 

My Neighbor Totoro

Plushes


Officially licensed Studio Ghibli plushes straight from Miyazaki’s classic film.

Uglydoll

Superman Babo & Batman Ice-Bat


Pre-order your Uglydoll x DC Comics plushes today. Each plush or tag will be signed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath himself.

Uglydoll

Headwear


We’re proud to offer several new and original hats and beanies featuring Babo and Ice-Bat.

Uglydoll

Uglycon T-shirt| Set


Released as part of the everything Uglydoll extravaganza.

Yukinori Dehara: Nendo Pro Wrestling

June 29 – July 24, 2013

Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6:30-10 PM

Giant Robot is proud to host Nendo Pro Wrestling – clay sculptures by Yukinori Dehara. Wrestling culture has been popular throughout contemporary Japanese popular culture. Alongside of Mexico and the US, the wrestling scene has continued alongside and overlapping with Sentai (Power Rangers) shows. Superheroes have traversed in each others genres. We’ll be sure to feature clay sculptures and more from Yukinori Dehara! As with his previous exhibitions, Dehara’s work is often containing deep ideologies of our culture presented through his colorful characters.

Dehara will be here in person!

More Info | Facebook


 

Yukinori Dehara: Figure Painting Workshop

Sunday, June 30, 2 PM

Learn the secrets of painting a vinyl figure! Space is limited to 15 people. Enrollment fee $15 and it includes a mini Dehara figure. He’ll bring the rest! Sign up at [email protected].

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It’s Go Skateboarding Day! And we’re giving away FREE decks by The Not-Its, a Seattle kindie rock band. The first 3 kids who come into the Giant Robot Store (GR1) with the “secret password” (posted on The Not-Its page on Fri. at 11am) gets one! We have cds and stickers too.

 

 

 

 

Uglydoll Uglycon 2013 – Photo Sets

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

A very special thank you to everyone that joined us for a wonderful event. Check out photos of the multitude of activities throughout the day.

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Architecture for Dogs at LBMA

By MARTIN WONG

World-class architects designing species-specific doghouses–how cool is that? This afternoon I was able to see some of the pieces being installed at the Long Beach Museum of Art for the west coast premiere of Architecture for Dogs.

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Street Art, Stencils, and Skateboarding on the Steppes (Interview)

By MICHELLE BOROK

Malou Rose is a long way from Bondi Beach. The Australian transplant has spent the last three years in Mongolia becoming an activator in the Ulaanbaatar art scene, launching a pop-up gallery, getting to know graffiti crews, and with the help of her repat partner, she’s launched a skateboarding program for kids.

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Giant Robot Time: 5.3.13 – Strange Symbiosis opening reception this Sat. 5.4 at GR2

giant robot time: 5.3.13 | art by: iwai shunji

 

 

STRANGE SYMBIOSIS

MAY 4 – MAY 22, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., MAY 4, 6:30-10PM

Four Person Group Exhibition featuring Scott Tolleson, Leecifer, J*Ryu and Aaron Brown

The world of indie toys and figures have crested and the artists involved are evolving into their own as sculptors, painters, and illustrators while they still do custom figures from time to time. The four involved will demonstrate their development and evolution as fine artists.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

 

First come first serve. Giant Robot is involved with Free Comic Book day via, Uglydolls and Viz” and is giving out other free comics as well.

SCOTT TOLLESON

NOSELLOTS PLUSHES


Super cute argyle-clad plush monsters.

FUNKO X NBA – POP!

JEREMY LIN VINYL FIGURE


The Linsanity continues.

FUNKO X ADVENTURE TIME – POP!

VINYL FIGURES


Choose from Finn, Jake, Ice King, and more.

POKETO WALLETS

GARY BASEMAN


Los Angeles’s artist Gary Baseman’s creations in wallet form.

 

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

MAY 2 – MAY 12, 2013

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, presents the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) on May 2- 12, 2013 at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at NCPD in Little Tokyo, and the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

We are Co-Presenting two films:

COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING

SUNDAY, MAY 5 | 5:45PM | CGV CINEMAS 2

INFO | TRAILER

Like the dizzying art of trapeze and acrobatics that is the stuff of this film’s brave young heroine’s dreams, the light-hearted comedy COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING will amaze you.

Feel free to use the following discount code: GIROVC2013.

SAKE-BOMB

SATURDAY, MAY 04 | 4:00 PM | DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA 1

INFO | TRAILER

A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin.

 

 

 

 

 

GR2: IWAI SHUNJI – RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

A fun reception filled with friends, family and fans. From the beginning to the end, a stream of folks walked through his exhibition, Out of the Films. >>

LONG BEACH: WORK IN PROGRESS REALLY HAPPENED

By MARTIN WONG

Holy crap! Long Beach: Work in Progress really happened. The scenario seemed too good to be true: Come up with panels to illustrate and demonstrate the underrated heritage and upside of a city that I’ve been digging since I was a teenager. >>

 

TEACHING KIDS CUSTOM FIGURES

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I was in teacher mode for the second time in a month. >>

 

ELEVATE WITH NELS CLINE DOWNTOWN PHOTOS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Elevate, a project in conjunction with artist, Stephen Glassman went from an art project benefit, to a full fledged happening. When you think of downtown loft rooftops, helicopter, Nels Cline, modern dance, does it mesh with Giant Robot? >>

 

ART REVIEW: GARY BASEMAN – THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN – SKIRBALL

By ERIC NAKAMURA

After a slow walk through of The Door is Always Open at the Skirball, you’ll see a comprehensive execution of a concept that revolves around family, history and memories. Regardless of what you might have thought about him or his work, from here, like Monopoly, go back to Go. Gary Baseman is a legend. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 4.26.13 – Iwai Shunji solo exhibition reception this Sat. 4.27 at GR2

 giant robot time: 4.26.13 | art by: iwai shunji 

 

OUT OF THE FILMS

PICTURES AND WORK BY IWAI SHUNJI

APRIL 27 – MAY 2, 2013 (ONE WEEK EXHIBITION)

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., APRIL 27, 6:30-10PM

A solo exhibition of works by director, Iwai Shunji.

“Generally, people call me a Director or Filmmaker. However I feel like I’m just a kid who’s having fun. I like drawing, taking photos, writing novels and composing music. This time, I focused on pictures I drew. Please enjoy them.”

The exhibition will feature some story board art, drawn by Iwai as well as some of his photographs. Iwai Shunji is scheduled to appear in person at the exhibition reception.

There will also be a special screening of Iwai Shunji’s Vampire on Friday, April 26, from 7-10pm at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

MORE INFO | VIEW ART | FACEBOOK EVENT


STRANGE SYMBIOSIS

MAY 4 – MAY 22, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., MAY 4, 6:30-10PM

Four Person Group Exhibition featuring Scott Tolleson, Leecifer, J*Ryu and Aaron Brown

The world of indie toys and figures have crested and the artists involved are evolving into their own as sculptors, painters, and illustrators while they still do custom figures from time to time. The four involved will demonstrate their development and evolution as fine artists.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

 

GIANT ROBOT

ROBOT ARMY WINDBREAKER JACKET


The classic logo speaks for itself. Good for all weather.

GIANT ROBOT

BIG BOSS ROBOT WINDBREAKER JACKET


Represent Big Boss! Robots since 1994. Believe it.

GIANT ROBOT

BIG BOSS ROBOT HAT


Big Boss Robot’s classic angry stare is now found on these slick snap closure hats.

 

One of our closest friends, David Horvath explains how Uglydoll wasn’t just born out of a plush doll, but it’s a process of drawings that aren’t just doodles like what most people would think. Uglydoll is actually born out of stories from own daily lives. The things that happen become situations between characters. It’s much deeper than you’d ever think. I’m proud to have directed David Horvath.

Stay tuned for Shizu Saldamando on 5/6.

 

 


LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

MAY 2 – MAY 12, 2013

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, presents the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) on May 2- 12, 2013 at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at NCPD in Little Tokyo, and the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

We are Co-Presenting two films:

COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING

SUNDAY | MAY 05 | 5:45 PM | CGV CINEMAS 2

INFO | TRAILER

Like the dizzying art of trapeze and acrobatics that is the stuff of this film’s brave young heroine’s dreams, the light-hearted comedy COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING will amaze you.

Feel free to use the following discount code: GIROVC2013.

SAKE-BOMB

SATURDAY, MAY 04 | 4:00 PM | DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA 1

INFO | TRAILER

A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin.

 

 

 

 

SHOW REVIEW: THE EVENS AT THE VEX; NEW MUSIC: BAD RELIGION, T.S.O.L., BEST COAST, BOB MOULD

By MARTIN WONG

Last week’s Evens gig at The Vex was great. As the progressively heavier sound of their albums implies, the live show has become more rocking as Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina’s musical partnership rolls along. >>

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 



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Giant Robot Goods: 4.23.13 – Gifts that Grow

 

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OPTRIXX CAMERA


Just point your real camera lens through the back and capture the world with bug-eyed vision – kaleidoscope style!

UGLYDOLL UGLYPILLOW


Super comfy pillows that feature a lovable character on each side.

PRETTY ODD FLOWER / UGLY VEGETABLE PLANT KIT


Grow your own “strange and beautiful” flowers as well as “weird but tasty” vegetables.

SHIPPON SELF-WATERING MINI PLANTER


Hang the little monkey on a cup filled with water and watch the plant grow from his bag!

FUNKO — DOMO MYSTERY MINI FIGURE


Domo mini figures meets DC comic book characters!


Just rip out a matchstick, place it in a pot of soil, and watch it grow!

LEAFRESH SELF-WATERING CULTIVATION KIT


Grow herbs and flowers with these easy self-watering growing kits.

 



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Giant Robot Time: 4.19.13 – Iwai Shunji solo exhibition reception next Sat. 4.27 at GR2

giant robot time: 4.19.13 | art by: mark todd
 

 

OUT OF THE FILMS

PICTURES AND WORK BY IWAI SHUNJI

APRIL 27 – MAY 2, 2013 (ONE WEEK EXHIBITION)

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., APRIL 27, 6:30-10PM

A solo exhibition of works by director, Iwai Shunji.

“Generally, people call me a Director or Filmmaker. However I feel like I’m just a kid who’s having fun. I like drawing, taking photos, writing novels and composing music. This time, I focused on pictures I drew. Please enjoy them.”

The exhibition will feature some story board art, drawn by Iwai as well as some of his photographs. Iwai Shunji is scheduled to appear in person at the exhibition reception.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT


STRANGE SYMBIOSIS

MAY 4 – MAY 22, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., MAY 4, 6:30-10PM

Four Person Group Exhibition featuring Scott Tolleson, Leecifer, J*Ryu and Aaron Brown

The world of indie toys and figures have crested and the artists involved are evolving into their own as sculptors, painters, and illustrators while they still do custom figures from time to time. The four involved will demonstrate their development and evolution as fine artists.

MORE INFO

BIG BOSS ROBOT HATS

GIANT ROBOT


Big Boss Robot’s classic angry stare is now found on these slick snap closure hats. “Giant Robot” stitched on left side of cap.

BARTHOLOMEW PRINT SET

LUKE CHUEH & SCOTT TOLLESON


The prints are a set in edition of 50, each signed by the respective artists.

BARTHOLOMEW PUNCHYFACE PLUSH — LUKE CHUEH & SCOTT TOLLESON


The official release of the first plush collaboration between artists Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson.

INSTANT GARDEN

TASTY EDAMAME


Grow tasty Edamame in your own ramen noodle cup-like ceramic container.

FOODIE GARDEN PLANTER

TOMATO TAKEOVER, BASIL-O-HOLIC, TRIPPLE XXX PEPPERS


Grow three different types of each particular variety in a single home planter.

 

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, presents the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) on May 2- 12, 2013 at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at NCPD in Little Tokyo, and the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

We are Co-Presenting two films:

COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING

SUNDAY | MAY 05 | 5:45 PM | CGV CINEMAS 2

INFO | TRAILER

Like the dizzying art of trapeze and acrobatics that is the stuff of this film’s brave young heroine’s dreams, the light-hearted comedy COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING will amaze you.

Feel free to use the following discount code: GIROVC2013.

SAKE-BOMB

SATURDAY, MAY 04 | 4:00 PM | DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA 1

INFO | TRAILER

A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin.


 

 

 

 

LONG BEACH: WORK IN PROGRESS (APRIL 26, 2013)

By MARTIN WONG

Imprint Culture Lab is a company that showcases up-and-coming, under-the-radar, and imported ideas. Eric Nakamura actually helped kickstart the earliest ones, bringing in high-powered friends from the worlds of streetwear, tech, otaku, and craft. I’ve been helping out with the newest one, which takes place in the home base of Imprint and its sister company interTrend. >>

GR2: BARTHOLOMEW PUNCHYFACE EVENT PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Contest, plush, cake, Luke Chueh, Scott Tolleson, friends, family, 3Dretro and more. Photos by Carlos Lopez. >>

GR2: FACIAL RECOGNITION EXHIBITION VIDEO

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Video by Tony Sugano. >>

JANM GALA DINNER

By ERIC NAKAMURA

The JANM Gala Dinner is an annual event. […] Last night honored the late Daniel Inouye, the highest ranking politician who was Asian American. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 4.12.13 – Luke Chueh & Scott Tolleson plush release party this Sat. 4.13 at GR2


 

giant robot time: 4.12.13 | art by: james kochalka 
 

 

 

The official release of the first plush collaboration between artists Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson.
Bartholomew Punchyface is the collaborative efforts of artists Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson. Chueh’s cynical narratives combined with Tolleson’s nerd chic culminate into a character anyone who’s had a hard time in school can empathize with.
The most pathetic nerd bear you’ll ever meet. Buy him to bully him or save him from the other bullies out there.
This limited edition plush bear produced by 3DRetro is making its debut at Giant Robot 2.

Giant Robot will also have a set of two prints edition of 50 by Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson.

There will also be a special drawing contest with a prize!

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

SHUNJI IWAI

EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS AND PHOTOS

APRIL 27 – MAY 2, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT., APRIL 27, 6:30-10PM

Shunji Iwai will be in attendance at the opening reception. More information is forthcoming.

GIANT ROBOT

BIG BOSS ROBOT WINDBREAKER JACKET


Represent Big Boss! Robots since 1994. Believe it. Cool grey and white on black windbreaker jacket.

JAMES KOCHALKA

AMERICAN ELF: BOOK 2, 3


Kochalka invented the daily diary comic strip, spawning a grassroots comix movement that has swept across the globe.

JAMES KOCHALKA

SKETCHBOOK DIARIES VOLUME 2, 3, 4


James Kochalka draws a comic for every day of the year, and what emerges is a touching, disturbing, introspctive, sometimes raunchy, but ultimately cute, semi-autobiographical look into the life of the artist.

GAMA-GO

MAGIC MUG (KITTY CONDO)


Heat-sensitive mug magically reveals playful cats when hot liquid is poured into it.

GAMA-GO

MAGIC MUG (RISE AND SHINE)


Heat-sensitive mug magically reveals the woods waking up when hot liquid is poured into it.

It was fun shooting Edwin Ushiro who is equally entertaining. His interview reveals that his recent work is about small regrets from his past. From Elementary, middle and high school in Hawaii. He makes it perfect in his art. The interview took place at his home studio in Culver City.

 

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

MAY 2 – MAY 12, 2013

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, presents the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) on May 2- 12, 2013 at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), CGV Cinemas located in Koreatown, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at NCPD in Little Tokyo, and the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach.

We are Co-Presenting two films:

COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING

SUNDAY | MAY 05 | 5:45 PM | CGV CINEMAS 2

INFO | TRAILER

Like the dizzying art of trapeze and acrobatics that is the stuff of this film’s brave young heroine’s dreams, the light-hearted comedy COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING will amaze you.

Feel free to use the following discount code: GIROVC2013.

SAKE-BOMB

SATURDAY, MAY 04 | 4:00 PM | DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA 1

INFO | TRAILER

A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin.

 

 

 

 

TAKASHI MURAKAMI ARHAT EXHIBITION

By ERIC NAKAMURA

It’s nice to see a special preview for art. Takashi Murakami blows his art up to epic spaces with his exhibition Arhat. >>

Kizuna is a small organization in Southern California. They run a summer camp among other things. They haven’t had an art program before, so today was the day. It’s spring break for some youngsters and custom figures sounded like the right call. >>

THE BEST CURE FOR YELLOW FEVER? DATE AN ASIAN.

By MICHELLE BOROK

GR friend and contributor Anne Ishii is the web editor of the freshly launched online forum They’re All So Beautiful. […] The idea is to get people talking about the issues of race, gender and fetish all wrapped up around Asian/non-Asian intimate relations. […] I asked Anne how she weighs in on the conversation. >>

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Giant Robot Goods: 4.9.13 – Matt Furie & Mark Todd artwork now available

 

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* James Kochalka artwork will be available today at ~5pm pst

CAROLYN SUSUKI — ASSORTED CARDS


Carolyn Suzuki designs the cutest cards around. Show your loved ones you care and have good design sense.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI — ASSORTED GOODS


A new exhibition by Takashi Murakami will be opening in Los Angeles later this month!

 

TOKIDOKI — UNICORNO BLIND BOX


The Unicornos were once 11 little ponies that were out trotting and wandered into a magic waterfall.

COLOR INK BOOK — VOLUME 16


Color the drawings of your favorite contemporary artists.

COMETBUS #54

IN CHINA WITH GREEN DAY 2


Aaron Cometbus, a roadie for Green Day in their early indie punk days, rejoins the band on the road after nearly twenty years and heads to Asia.

RADON

RAVIS FRISTOE & AARON COMETBUS


Radon was a ’90s punk band whose legend stretched from Tallahassee to Boca Raton.

ZIP HOPS — ZIPPER PULL


Random assortment of either microphone, boom box, turntable, mixing board, or headphones!

GAMA-GO — BITE ME BOTTLE OPENER


This stainless steel vampire teeth bottle opener is sure to allow you to quench your insatiable thirst.

 



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Giant Robot Time: 4.5.13 – Facial Recognition opening reception this Sat. 4.6 at GR2

giant robot time: 4.5.13 | art by: james kochalka

 

FACIAL RECOGNITION

APRIL 6 – APRIL 24, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30-10PM

Three Person Group Exhibition featuring James Kochalka, Matt Furie and Mark Todd

James Kochalka is a comic book artist, musician, and more hailing from Burlington, Vermont. His well known works include a new animated cartoon called Superfuckers. Matt Furie is well known for his illustrative character works, at times featuring super heroes and villains in a world that’s all his own. Mark Todd is an illustrator and instructor at Art Center College of Design. His works are often amalgamations of layers that often comprise his own takes on classic comics covers.

All three artists are involved in some type of published work, some of which will be available at Giant Robot.

MORE INFO | PREVIEW IMAGES | FACEBOOK EVENT

BARTHOLOMEW PUNCHYFACE RELEASE PARTY

LUKE CHUEH AND SCOTT TOLLESON

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 5-8PM

The official release of the first plush collaboration between artists Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson.

Bartholomew Punchyface is the collaborative efforts of artists Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson. Chueh’s cynical narratives combined with Tolleson’s nerd chic culminate into a character anyone who’s had a hard time in school can empathize with.

The most pathetic nerd bear you’ll ever meet. Buy him to bully him or save him from the other bullies out there.

This limited edition plush bear produced by 3DRetro is making its debut at Giant Robot 2.

Giant Robot will also have a set of two prints edition of 50 by Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson.

MORE INFO

BLIKHELLO KITTY WALL DECALS


As you may know, Blik makes the incredibly popular Giant Robot wall stickies.  We know the Hello Kitty Series will do well!

AREAWAREMICRO/GUTHRIE CUBEBOT


Wooden Cubebots! From a cube to a bot.

GIANT ROBOT — ROBOT ARMYWINDBREAKER JACKET


The Big Boss Robot Army is now represented in this sleek new windbreaker jacket.

MUNKY KING X LUKE CHUEHTARGET FIGURE

(BLACK & GOLD)


New color way for the Target Figure by Luke Chueh.

ALEX PARDEEBUNNYWITH MINI FIGURE


Based Upon Nearly Nothing, YOU Will Indulge in These Hares!

OUTLANDISH MINI FIGURE GUYS (SERIES 2)


New take on a classic toy.

GAMA-GO — NUTCASEPILL CASE KEYCHAIN


Carry your crazy pills in this Nutcase acorn shaped pill container.

GAMA-GOSTACHE STRAWS


6 mustache clips and straws.

GAMA-GO — ICED CHOCOLATE ICE CUBE TRAY


Chocolate shaped ice cube tray.

GAMA-GO — PIRATE LEG PENCIL SHARPENER


Every pencil you own will now be a pirate’s peg leg.

 

 

 

 

Next week the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles opens. I’m a big fan of the film fest, which is in its eleventh year, because they always come up with an interesting mix of arty blockbusters, lo-fi indies, and cool oddball documentaries. I was lucky enough to watch some screeners… >>

GR2: CRYSTAL VISITS GR2By ERIC NAKAMURA

Having a video maker come by and shoot stuff during the day means short videos. I didn’t know this one was happening but I’m always down to help people know more about art. Thanks, DJ Tony Jr. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 3.29.13 – Facial Recognition opening reception next Sat. 4.6 at GR2

giant robot time: 3.29.13 | art by: deth p. sun
 

JAVA JR. COFFEE CREAMER


Classic diner coffee pot shaped mini creamer!

U-LOCK KEYCHAIN


Resembles the U-lock used to lock your bike up.

FINGERSTACHE

TEMPORARY TATTOOS


Put them on your finger and presto, mustachioed!

COLD HARD CASH

ICE CUBE TRAY


Ice cube tray produces 6 bill like ice stacks.

HONEY BUNNY JAR


Bunny honey jar with applicator ears will sweeten any meal.

NESTING BOWLS


Each bowl has cool nest like texture.

IKEY IPHONE STAND


Convenient key shaped iPhone stand!

HOME COOKING LID


The little chimney on the holder allows steam to escape.

Sean Chao makes dioramas that are cute and tell a story. It was fun to able to sit and watch Sean work the Sculpey. Chao speaks softly and is thoughtful in his explanations of his work.

 

FACIAL RECOGNITION

APRIL 6 – APRIL 24, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30-10PM

Three Person Group Exhibition featuring James Kochalka, Matt Furie, and Mark Todd

James Kochalka is a comic book artist, musician, and more hailing from Burlington, Vermont. His well known works include a new animated cartoon called Superfuckers. Matt Furie is well known for his illustrative character works, at times featuring super heroes and villains in a world that’s all his own. Mark Todd is an illustrator and instructor at Art Center College of Design. His works are often amalgamations of layers that often comprise his own takes on classic comics covers.

All three artists are involved in some type of published work, some of which will be available at Giant Robot.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

 

 

 

 

GR2: SEASONAL CHANGES VIDEO

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Video by DJ Tony Jr. Thanks much again. >>

DAVID McHANK’S PERPETUALLY TWELVE

By MARTIN WONG

My favorite piece of all time is still McHank’s essay about growing up in the Bay Area and not knowing how to drive when he moved to San Diego and how he had to ride bikes or take the bus to get to shows. Can you get more personal or street level than that? >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Giant Robot Time: 3.22.13 – Seasonal Changes artwork now available online

giant robot time: 3.22.13 | art by: deth p. sun

 

BIGFOOT

THE FOREST WARLORD VINYL FIGURES


Bigfoot has released some very impressive limited edition vinyl figures!

DETH P. SUN

VARIOUS DRAWINGS ZINE


Collection of Deth P. Sun’s favorite drawings he made in 2012.

DETH P. SUN

BOAT PRINT


Archival Ultrachrome print on Bradford Rag paper.

DETH P. SUN

TERRARIUM TOTE BAG


Deth P. Sun’s cat character sleeping in a terrarium.

TOKIDOKI

KAIJU PLUSH


Kaiju isn’t just vinyl figures, it can be a plush!

TOKIDOKI

PHONZIES PHONE CHARM


Fits in your headphone jack and just looks cute.

FACIAL RECOGNITION

APRIL 6 – APRIL 24, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30-10PM

Three Person Group Exhibition featuring James Kochalka, Matt Furie and Mark Todd

James Kochalka is a comic book artist, musician, and more hailing from Burlington, Vermont. His well known works include a new animated cartoon called Superfuckers. Matt Furie is well known for his illustrative character works, at times featuring super heroes and villains in a world that’s all his own. Mark Todd is an illustrator and instructor at Art Center College of Design. His works are often amalgamations of layers that often comprise his own takes on classic comics covers.

All three artists are involved in some type of published work, some of which will be available at Giant Robot.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

 

 

 

 

A very special thank you to those that attended last weekend’s opening reception! See the art here. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 

 



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Meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Wake-up Call for Japanese Robotics Makers

TOKYO ~ Two years ago this week explosions and meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Genpatsu in northeastern Japan created this nation’s worst man-disaster. The ability to perform heavy duty repair work in the highly radioactive environs of a damaged nuclear reactor was one of the first obstacles that nuclear engineers faced at Fukushima Daiichi. To outside observers of Japan, the answer seemed simple: send in Japan vaunted robots.

But the myth of Japanese robot supremacy was blown to bits by Fukushima Daiichi. Yes, Japan had talking robots, robot children, sexy fembots, robot pets and manufacturing robots, but it hadn’t produced machines mobile, powerful or agile enough to be of any use in a real world disaster scenario. So, the Japanese ate some humble pie and called Boston-based iRobot, maker of the vacuuming robot Roomba, which sent Japan its PackBot and Warrior robots which became the first robots to enter and inspect Fukushima’s Daiichi’s damaged reactors.

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But since Fukushima Daiichi, Japan has indeed stepped up its robotics game. Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Honda, Panasonic, and Toyota have all boosted funding and investments of their proprietary bot expertise, and the  Japanese  government has also increased support toward university robotics laboratories and private-public partnerships. So, if the triple meltdowns had a silver lining, it was the Japanese robotics industry’s new focus away from cute machines and toward capable ones.  Akihabara News has a great article by Reno J. Tibke of how Fukushima sparked Japan’s robot renaissance~Rachel Roh



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Japanese Elected Official Barred from Meetings for Wearing Wrestling Mask

OITA  ~ “Skull Reaper Eiji” (transliterated as “Skull Reaper A-ji” by the Western press) was elected to the city council in this city on the southernmost Japanese island of Kyushu back in February promising local folks educational reform and improved social welfare facilities. He managed to garner only 2,828 votes, but that was enough to win him a seat. Eiji, 44, was supposed to attend his first council meeting this week, but his tight-assed council colleagues sucker-punched him by barring him from the meetings until he removed his wrestling mask. The Skull Reaper is the third masked politician elected to public office in Japan.  [TIME ~ Politician Banned for Wearing Wrestling Mask]

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Giant Robot Time: 3.15.13 – Seasonal Changes opening reception this Sat. 3.16 at GR2


 giant robot time: 3.15.13 | art by: jen corace

 

 

Four Person Group Exhibition featuring Hellen Jo, Jen Corace, Deth P. Sun, and Gosha Levochkin.

Hellen Jo works in animation in Los Angeles, and displays a style that’s partially influenced by manga, perhaps something like Taiyo Matsumoto. Jen Corace hails from Providence, RI and her works often capture emotion with a small town feel. Deth P. Sun is a Giant Robot friend who’s consistently shown at Giant Robot and many extending exhibitions. Gosha Levochkin is a Los Angeles artist who works mostly in watercolor and captures creatures in fantastical scenes.

ANDROID VINYL FIGURE

LUCKY CAT SERIES


Lucky cats meet Android figures.

FULUTO MINI SERIES

BLIND BOX FIGURE


KusoVinyl & TobyHK skull-faced rabbit figures are awesome.

D-CLIPS

DOG & CAT


Dog and cat paperclips from Japan!

TOTORO

PLAYING CARD SET


Relive My Neighbor Totoro scenes while you play your favorite card games.

TOY BOARDERS

SKATE FIGURE (SERIES 2)


Awesome take on the classic toy soldiers your Dad played with.

ERASER PACK

SUSHI


Keshigomu eraser packs featuring all sorts of realistic objects.

GIANT ROBOT

TAPE ROBOT T-SHIRT


This shirt will have everyone touching your chest all day, asking, “Is that tape?”

Director JJ Abrams rocking the GR Tape Robot T-shirt on location:

We’re partnering up with Thrash Lab and set up a series of Artist Profiles. They’ll appear at 9:30am PST.

Luke Chueh is an LA hero. He made it work, his way. Pay attention to Luke Chueh.

 

 

 

 

DJ Tony Jr, is a guest at GR2 shows, and he’s been shooting video using his point and shoot. He also composes music and he dropped a beat that fits this piece just right. >>

 

Hotline Miami and Tuning, two games by Cactus Soderstrom at GR2! >>

On Sunday night, the Maybe Mars crew from Beijing made a stop in Downtown L.A.’s Redwood Bar with their flagship band Carsick Cars. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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Earthquake Early-warning System Successful During Recent So. Calif. Temblor

OH, CALM DOWN… We note that there was a presser March 13 announcing that the beta-test of an earthquake early-warning system had been a success during the 4.7 temblor (I love that word) that shook the desert in California’s Riverside County, ironically, on Monday, the second anniversary of Japan’s humongous 9.0 on 3.11.2011. Experts told a reporter from the L.A. Times that the system would give scientists “up to 30 seconds” warning of an impending quake. “Scientists”? What about us? [LAT ~ Earthquake early-warning system successful during quake]

Monday, the local news in L.A. was airing comments of those who experienced the strongest shaking:  “I just grabbed my baby and ran out of the house!,” one woman said. A teacher at a local elementary school recounted proudly how she directed her students to huddle in a doorway.  <Buzzer Sounds>  Sorry, contestants. You lose!

Japan has had an early warning system in place since 2007. The program alerted some 50 million residents ahead of the Fukushima earthquake in 2011. Yeah, but what do you do when it’s a 9.0? Reminds me of those Cold War era drop drills in case of a nuclear war.

According to a Japanese study, residents of tsunami vulnerable Tohoku region had between 10 and 19 minutes warning to evacuate to higher ground. The same study compiled with UNESCO found that 90% of the nearly 19,000 who died on 3.11 drowned, and that ~ and here’s the kicker ~ 70% of those who were swept away by the sea that day did not bother to evacuate.  [Japan-UNESCO-UNU Intl Symposium ~  Great Eastern Tsunami and The Tsunami Warning Systems: Policy Perspective  ~Rachel Roh

 



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Haven’t Tried Trader Joe’s Dried Kimchi Yet?

GR’s fearless iron-stomach-ed friends over at KoreAm give you a running commentary on the hottest dehydrated napa cabbage Asian snack food sensation manufactured by non-Asians and available right next to the Cajun hummus at Trader Joe’s.  [KoreAm ~ Kimchi Snack]



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Jett Ling Song

Born to TV journalist Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Y. Song, radiological oncologist, a baby girl, Jett Ling Song, their first child, March 8 in Santa Monica. The host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s long-form investigative journalism showcase OUR AMERICA, Ling, 39, captured this priceless moment of her baby and husband napping on her iPhone. Shhh! ~Rachel Roh



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Giant Robot Time: 3.8.13 – Game Night 13 is this Sat. 3.9 at GR2

giant robot time: 3.8.13 | print by: souther salazar  

 

GAME NIGHT 13

FEATURING: HOTLINE MIAMI AND TUNING

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 6-10PM

In conjunction with Meat Bun Apparel, Angry Bananas, Attract Mode and Giant Robot, we are proud to host Game Night 13, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. This episode of Game Night will feature two indie games.

Three games, including an appearance by Spelunky creator Derek Yu . We’ll also have his figures!

The Games: Hotline Miami and Tuning both games created by Jonatan Cactus Soderstrom.

- Hotline Miami: Hotline Miami is a retro style 2d top-down action shooter game developed by Dennation games. Its fast paced, has weapons of all varieties for you to use, a lucid trippy art style, and an amazing original soundtrack.

- Tuning: Tuning is a platformer in which the levels are gradually presented weirder and weirder, creating visual puzzles where the player has to figure out how what he sees relates to his own actions in the game.

Special Events:

- Cosplay in a Hotline Miami outfit and you’ll get a free download code for Hotline Miami (limited)

- The Game Night Raffle – always a hit!

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

UGLYDOLL

DOUBLE TROUBLE PLUSHES


Two Sided! Twice as cute!

UGLYDOLL

NEW PLUSHES


Get to know Cheesy, Fishy, Gorgeous, and others.

SOUTHER SALAZAR

THE TRADING TORTOISE

ZINE #1


Artist Souther Salzar creates a new zine about his travels around the country in the Trading Tortoise.

SOUTHER SALAZAR

CRASHLANDER PRINT


Who’s at the controls? Will look great on any wall!

SOUTHER SALAZAR

BUTTONS


Pin Souther Salzar’s art to your lapel or satchel!


Depicts a shelf full of Souther’s hand-made curiosities.

We’re partnering up with Thrash Lab and set up a series of Artist Profiles. They’ll appear at 9:30am PT (YouTubeThrash Lab).
- Tuesday, March 5th – Rob Sato
- Tuesday, March 12th – Luke Chueh
- Tuesday March 26th – Sean Chao
- Tuesday, April 2nd – Edwin Ushiro
- Tuesday, April 9th – David Horvath
- Tuesday, April 16th – Shizu Saldamando

Thrash Lab X Giant Robot – Profiles Commercial

Rob Sato, friend of Giant Robot and a great artist, specializes in watercolors and makes a great subject for a video.

 

 

 

 

SHOW REVIEWS: MORRISSEY AND PATTI SMITH AT STAPLES CENTER, THE MUFFS AT THE SATELLITE

By MARTIN WONG

The Muffs are such a great band with incredible hooks, ace musicianship, and pure energy. And Saturday night’s show at the Satellite ranks up there with so many amazing hometown gigs at Raji’s and other local dives over the last 20+ years. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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Giant Robot Time: 3.1.13 – Game Night 13 is next Sat. 3.9 at GR2

giant robot time: 3.1.13 | print by: sean chao

 

GAME NIGHT 13

HOTLINE MIAMI AND TUNING

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 6-10PM

In conjunction with Meat Bun Apparel, Angry Bananas, Attract Mode and Giant Robot, we are proud to host Game Night 13, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. This episode of Game Night will feature two indie games.

Three games, including an appearance by Spelunky creator Derek Yu . We’ll also have his figures!

The Games: Hotline Miami and Tuning both games created by Jonatan Cactus Soderstrom.

Hotline Miami – Hotline Miami is a retro style 2d top-down action shooter game developed by Dennation games. Its fast paced, has weapons of all varieties for you to use, a lucid trippy art style, and an amazing original soundtrack.

Tuning – Tuning is a platformer in which the levels are gradually presented weirder and weirder, creating visual puzzles where the player has to figure out how what he sees relates to his own actions in the game.

Special Events:

- Cosplay in a Hotline Miami outfit and you’ll get a free download code for Hotline Miami (limited)

- The Game Night Raffle – always a hit

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

P+G DESIGN

HELLO KITTY WALLET


p+g Design teams up with Hello Kitty to release this silicone wallet.

3D DRAWING PAD

SPECIAL EDITION


Create drawings that float above the page.

GARDEN-IN-A-BAG

CATNIP


Kit includes plastic lined kraft-paper bag, soil and seeds.

GLYN DILLON

THE NAO OF BROWN


Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who’s hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people.

LUCKY PEACH

ISSUE 6


Lucky Peach #6, the APOCALYPSE issue, considers our imminent End Times. The issue’s split into two parts: pre-and post-apocalypse.

OISHINBO: JAPANESE CUISINE

IZAKAYA: PUB FOOD


In this volume of Oishinbo, Yamaoka and Kurita investigate classic izakaya foods.

OISHINBO: JAPANESE CUISINE

THE JOY OF RICE


In this volume of Oishinbo, Yamaoka and company look into the single most essential food in Japanese cuisine: rice.

 

 

 

 

GR2: LUKE ROOK IS GRODY RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you to all the attendees of last weekend’s opening reception! >>

SOUNKYO ICE FALL FESTIVAL

By BRETT FUJIOKA

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, elevates the term ‘Winter Wonder Land’ to an all new standard. >>

REPOST: LUKE ROOK PODCAST

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

In this podcast, Luke Rook explains some of the mysteries of the Japanese toy making scene. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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Giant Robot Time: 2.22.13 – Luke Rook figure exhibition opening reception this Sat. 2.23 at GR2

giant robot time: 2.22.13 | artwork by: jeremiah ketner  

 

LUKE ROOK IS GRODY TO THE MAX

FEB 23 – MAR 13, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SAT, FEB 23, 6:30-10PM

Luke Rook is a toy maker who moved to Japan to pursue his dreams of being part of the toy world. He researched and soon hit the ground running. He soon gained international recognition for his Grody Shogun figures as well as his unrelenting approach to toy making. There’s none other like him. His humbleness in his work is almost unique and his creativity and ability to think of how toys can be created and put together are that of a fine artist. He won’t hesitate to use parts and pieces that are normally discarded to use. He’ll blend parts of one figure and put them on another to create an entirely different object. We’re proud to bring his works to you in a gallery setting.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

P+G DESIGN

POCHI HELLO KITTY POUCH


p+g Design teams up with Hello Kitty to release these silicone coin pouches.

SPRINKLE

CAT GRASS | CATNIP


Grown your own Cat Grass and Catnip with these seeds.

TERRARIUM BOTTLE

MOSS


Bamboo “chopstick” tool + base ribbon band for base and directions.

GARDEN-IN-A-BAG

THANK YOU | HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Kit includes plastic lined kraft-paper bag, soil, and seeds.

 

 

 

 


Close-ups of his sculptures are captured in photos.

UGLYDOLL

CUDDLY UGLYS


Uglys make your favorite Uglydoll characters even more hugable!

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Pics by Dean Gojobori. >>

2015 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 



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