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Los Angeles Nista Episode 11 – Revisiting my time with Giant Robot and a link

I haven’t done any public speaking about Giant Robot magazine since it bit the dust in November 2010. So I was surprised and flattered when my friend Eddie Solis (from the band It’s Casual) asked me to be on his radio show which has featured the likes of Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Keith Morris (OFF!, Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (OFF!), pro skater and musician Mike Vallely (Elephant Skateboards, Good for You), and Rick Kosick (Big Brother magazine, Jackass).

My particular episode streamed live on Monday night, and I was indeed a good fit since the magazine that Eric and I started was definitely a product of Los Angeles, punk rock, and even skateboarding. Eddie and I talked about all of those things and how they factored into the stapled-and-folded zine that became a mini-art and culture empire. I’ve had a lot of thoughts and emotions bottled up since moving on, and it felt good to let some of it out. Hopefully that came through.

I also got to play some music: J Church, Cringer, Clive Chin, Santic, Dirty Beaches, Romanes, Guitar Wolf, Paranmaum. Eddie played some track from the upcoming Good for You LP, too, featuring Mike V and Greg Ginn. Cranking and sharing your favorite music is the best.

Driving home, I began thinking about how great it felt to talk about the work I did, especially since the magazines are basically out of circulation and its memory is fading like a fart in the wind. Yet Giant Robot’s impact and spirit are still being felt, not only through the work that Eric is still doing in the world of indie art but also through readers who have gone on to to rad things, like Eddie.

Check out the podcast HERE or on iTunes and let me know what you think.



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Martin’s Top Ten for 2011

OFF!'s free midnight show at the Echoplex

As it was for a lot of you out there, this wasn’t the easiest year for me and my family. Following Giant Robot’s print magazine going on hiatus at the tail end of 2010, I was unemployed with no job leads or responses to my queries for the first six months. Then, after I got an awesome job out of nowhere, the company my wife worked for was purchased by a competitor and shut down. Fortunately, we’ve managed to get by through frugal habits, a rock-solid support system of family and friends, and the PMA. And yes, there have been highlights. Here are ten of them–some of which has been written about in the blog, others merely alluded to, and a couple of odds and ends–in no particular order. (more…)



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Giant Robot 68

This issues features Eric’s long interview with cover artist Luke Chueh. You know his painterly art with gory bunnies and bears, but do you know how to pronounce his name? Also …

FILM
Martin has a spirited conversation with Hausu’s Nobu Obayashi. The man’s answers are as wild as his legendary movie is.

MUSIC
James Leung corners Shinji Aramaki, the mecha visionary behind Bubblegum Crisis, Mospeada, Appleseed: Ex Machina, and Halo Legends: The Package, at Anime Weekend in Atlanta.

INTERVIEW
Eric talks to Joe Hahn about what it’s like to balance business and creativity as part of Linkin Park, Inc.

ART
The art, photography, and design of K Punk/Kicking Giant Tae Won Yu.

ENTERTAINMENT
Actress and writer Ayako Fujitani chats with Iwai Shunji, genius filmmaker behind All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly, and the upcoming Vampire.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Hong Kong film icon Daniel Wu digs into his hard drive to share behind-the-scenes, personal photography shot in Thailand, Taiwan, Shanghai…

PHOTOGRAPHY
Martin and photographer Ben Clark visit the Metal Mulisha compound to breath dirt with freestyle motocross upstart from Japan, Taka Higashino.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Original Beijing punk Anna Sophie Loewenberg shares a day in the life making her online show, Sexy Beijing.

POP CULTURE
Martin meets Sandra Vu, the only “real” Asian in Dum Dum Girls and force behind SISU.

TRAVEL
GR designer Wendy Lau shares her Perfect Day in Venice, Italy, with Stanley Kubrick, Peggy Guggenheim, and a Bollywood film crew.

PLUS:
Legendary post hardcore band Envy from Japan, Chinese video artists Zhang Peili and Zhu Jia, Takashi Murakami in France, and a load of new movies, videogames, anime, music, and other goods reviewed so you don’t get ripped off.



Giant Robot 67

Matt Furie cover story and FREE VIDEOGAME featuring his artwork

FILM
HK filmmaker Daniel Wu vs. airsoft kingpins RedWolf

MUSIC
Indie rockers turned free jazz freaks Kite Operations

INTERVIEW
Len Higa of Oni Motorworks
Chevy Ray Johnson is FlashPunk

ART
Award-winning illustrator and comic book artist Jillian Tamaki at Comic-Con

ENTERTAINMENT
Old-school Chinese martial-arts actor Bruce Leung
New-school Chinese comedic actor Huang Bo
Bollywood actor, producer, and stud Aamir Khan

FEATURES
Tricked-out big rigs in Japan
In isolation, at war with cancer

TRAVEL
Holiday in Mongolia, save Mongolia

PLUS:
Totally opinionated reviews and previews of movies, music, comics, manga, anime, videogames, toys, books, and fiction



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Giant Robot 66

A cover story on Scott Pilgrim comics creator Bryan Lee O’Malley

MUSIC
Free the Robots vs. The Glitch Mob
Hong Kong rocker/Son of Sam Ryan Hui
Beijing punkers from Wuhan, AV Okubo

INTERVIEW
Wrapping up Lost and looking forward to Hawaii 5-0 with Daniel Dae Kim
Free time with North Korean political prisoner Laura Ling

ART
The art, photography, and design of K Punk/Kicking Giant Tae Won Yu.
Hong Kong artist Simon Birch
On-the-ground rapper Michael Nhat

ENTERTAINMENT
Indie videogame creators Team Meat and Gaijin Games

PHOTOGRAPHY
Skate life photography by Dave Hoang
Eric Cheng’s eye of the diver

TRAVEL
Winter in Winnipeg with Maya De Forest
Spring in Korea
My Perfect Day in Spain with Brooklyn artist Dan-ah Kim

PLUS:
Totally subjective reviews on music, comics, books, anime, videogames, and more



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Giant Robot 65

Cover art and lengthy interview with Shintaro Ohata

FILM
Tibet movement documentarians Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

MUSIC
P.K. 14 punks, leaders of Beijing’s Rotten Generation
Strange Boys from Austin
Morning Benders from Brooklyn and Berkeley

INTERVIEW
Daniel Wu vs. Wing Shya and Tony Chan of Hot Summer Days
Aki Takanori explains Figmas, Nendoroids, and the Good Smile Company

ART
Artist Arthur Ou opens in Taipei
Daniel Clowes on Wilson

ENTERTAINMENT
Ayako Fujitani goes to the Lost World
Josie Ho goes ape shit in Dream Home
Perfect Days with actress Eugenia Yuan and artist Stella Lai
Japanese comedian for Australia Chad Mullane

PHOTOGRAPHY
Shark photographer/activist Eric Cheng

FEATURES
Urban farming under the SoCal power lines

TRAVEL
The nice town of Kikijoji
Swap meat at Covina Tasty

FOOD
Oriental foods for non-Oriental people

PLUS:
Tons of new books, movies, videogames, comics, and other otaku obsessions reviewed for your pleasure.



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Giant Robot 64

Huke, creator of indie character Black Rock Shooter

FILM
Director of The Cove, Louie Psyhoyos

MUSIC
Aska on The Moonrats, The Sads, LA Ladies Choir, and solo work
Art rock from Beijing’s Carsick Cars

INTERVIEW
Daniel Wu vs. HK star/SFX makeup artist Andrew Lin

ART
Contemporary Chinese Art mutant Hung Liu

FEATURES
Black Asians
White women who dig Asian dudes
Jason Wakuzawa, Mikendo, Markisa, and P-Rod
Flipbook featuring Ely Kim of Boombox fame

POP CULTURE
Wonder Con and Comic Market scene reports, including tons of cosplay and some perversion

TRAVEL
+/- {Plus/Minus} go to Manilla
David Choe does Vegas
Saelee Oh goes to the cradle of Kona coffee

PLUS:
Tons of reviews, tidbits, comics, Eric’s bruised face, and more



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Giant Robot 63

Cover artist Megan Whitmarsh

FILM
Hong Kong film god John Woo
Hong Kong art filmmaker Yonfan interviewed by Daniel Wu
Indie filmmaker from the Philippines Ana Agabin

MUSIC
Musician Mia Doi Todd meets the Golden Half
Taiwanese pop band Wonfu in America

INTERVIEW
Indie crime writer Leonard Chang

ENTERTAINMENT
Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi
Hong Kong’s best actor Nick Cheung

FEATURES
An encyclopedic look back at 2000-2009
Pro skateboarder for life Kenny Anderson

TRAVEL
My Perfect Day in Singapore by Sooyoung Park of Seam

PLUS:
New music, anime, videgames, comics, and more…



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Giant Robot 62

Cover art and interview with artist Rob Sato

FILM
Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-won ain’t nothing but a gorehound

MUSIC
Hong Kong’s God of Vinyl Michael Lau
DMC champ/sound system master DJ Kentaro
The post garage rock fury of The Dirtbombs
The Invisible Cities sighting

INTERVIEW
Oakland A’s catcher/MVP/Hawai’i local Kurt Suzuki

ART
Masakatsu Sashie + T.Rex = ?

ENTERTAINMENT
Actor Hiroshi Watanabe on rice

PHOTOGRAPHY
The photography of skate legend/ripping musician Ray Barbee

FEATURES
Thrift shopping with author/futurist William Gibson
Daniel Wu eats 90-year-old beef brisket noodle broth
Social design by Project H
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY LIFTING INDUSTRIES lands in L.A.

TRAVEL
A Perfect Day in Santa Ana with Free The Robots

PLUS:
Anime, movies, videogames, comics, and way more…



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Giant Robot 61

Philip Lumbang – Meet the painter behind the “polite bear” vandalism around Los Angeles

FILM
Wizards of Gore – Gore movie god Yoshihiro Nishimura spills his guts on Machine Girl, Tokyo Gore Police, and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
Bill Kong – Producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Fearless, House of Flying Daggers, Lust, Caution, and… Blood: The Last Vampire?
Indie Cinema from India – Supermen of Malegaon vs. The Prisoner
Sion Sono – Cinematic badass.

MUSIC
Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The band from Brooklyn is usually compared to My Bloody Valentine, but channels Velocity Girl, Teenage Fanclub, and Heavenly, too
Think Plink – Mixel Pixel’s Kaia Wong goes to Africa to learn the Mbira

INTERVIEW
Do Ho Suh – Houses, cultures, and worlds collide at LACMA in mind-bending miniature detail

ART
Alien Art – Daniel Wu investigates the Fortean art of ex-LMF and full-time UFO buff Prodip Leung

ENTERTAINMENT
Ayako Fujitani – The actress takes toy cameras for a test drive

PHOTOGRAPHY
Whaling Vigilantes – Photographer Adam Lau goes to battle with the Sea Shepherds against Japanese whalers

FASHION
Gothic & Lolita U.S.A. – Dressing up with Baby, The Stars Shine Bright co-founder Fumiyo Isobe and chief designer Kumiko Uehara on the eve of opening their first boutique in North America

FEATURES
Wok Hmong Us – Sheng Yang co-wrote a cookbook for a culture with no written language
Saltwater Coffee – From Taiwan to Irvine
DIY joysticks for fighting games

TRAVEL
A Perfect Day in Cambridge with Damon & Naomi

PLUS:
All-new videogame review section
Extra-long TV Party



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Giant Robot 60

Cover art by/interview with Deth P. Sun

FILM
Quick Gun Murugan’s Shashanka Ghosh
Asian American Movement documentarian Tad Nakamura
Instant Karma by Sarba Das

MUSIC
Goh Nakamura has guitar, will travel
Daniel Wu vs. MC Jin
Epic Japanese rock band MONO

INTERVIEW
Factory Records co-founder and graphic designer Peter Saville
Chocolate/Nike/Stüssy skater Richard Mulder

ENTERTAINMENT
Paper Hearts writer and star Charlyne Yi

FEATURES
Stranger-than-fiction essay by Tokyo!’s Ayako Fujitani

TRAVEL
Star Wars pilgrimage in Tunisia

PLUS:
A fairly humble 15th anniversary celebration of awesomeness, tidbits on cool stuff, reviews that don’t suck, a Perfect Day in Hawaii, bonus comics, and a finger puppet!



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Giant Robot 59

Cover art and interview by Masakatsu Sashie

FILM
Seventies smut deconstructed by Anna Biller

MUSIC
Abe Vigoda–the band, not the actor
Suki Ewers–from Opal, Mazzy Star, Anemone, and, um, Suki Ewers

INTERVIEW
Master of cute bento, Makiko Ogawa
Ex-mafia badass relocated, Kenji Gallo
Thao Nguyen interviews The Get Down Stay Down

ART
The art, photography, and design of K Punk/Kicking Giant Tae Won Yu.

ENTERTAINMENT
Tokyo! actress Ayako Fujitani

PHOTOGRAPHY
Art photographer Gina Osterloh
Anti-war photographer Paul Park

FEATURES
Daniel Wu moving bricks in Sichuan

PLUS:
Favorite pieces of art, hard-to-find books, new tunes, a mixed bag of movies, anime that doesn’t suck, and a visit to the White House. (What, no toys?)



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Giant Robot 58

Cover art by/extensive Q&A with Stella Lai

FILM
King of Remakes Roy Lee
Gachi Boy director Norihiro Koizumi

MUSIC
Visual turntablist Mike Relm
Thao Nguyen’s hotel-all
The hard-rocking Binges sisters

INTERVIEW
Daniel Wu vs. Louis Koo
Circa/Element skater Tony Tave

ART
Pet Architecture by Atelier Bow-Wow
David Choe continues to rampage

ENTERTAINMENT
Hollywood hotshot Leonardo Nam

FEATURES
Asian jello extravaganza
Balls to the Mall

FOOD
Return of the gummy
Truckin’ with KoGI BBQ

TRAVEL
Chandni Chowk to China and then some

PLUS:
Smart-ass music reviews, some anime that doesn’t suck, and not as many typos



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Giant Robot 57

The Hope Happens Issue. Cover by David Choe.

FILM
Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-Woon

MUSIC
My Perfect Day by Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki

INTERVIEW
Interview w/ Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng

ART
Artist Nikki McClure

ENTERTAINMENT
Slumdog Millionaire stars
Actor Aaron Yoo

FASHION
Honolulu Streetwear boutique In4mation

FEATURES
Giant Robot’s Year in Review



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Giant Robot 56

Cover story on Japanese god of street art Kami

MUSIC
Lovefoxxx from CSS
Grindcore/thrash master Jon Chang

INTERVIEW
Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Konrad Ng
Skater Daniel Castillo

ART
King of urban paper art, Shin Tanaka
Designer Tadanori Yokoo

FEATURES
the world of Bamboo

BEHIND THE SCENES
Homeless in Tokyo

TRAVEL
Back in Beijing



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Giant Robot 55

The Antisocialites issue. Cover by Saelee Oh.

FILM
Dirty Hands Premier with David Choe
Filmmaker Monkmus

MUSIC
Musician King Khan

INTERVIEW
Angry Asian Man
Skater Top Cao

ART
Artist John Pham

BEHIND THE SCENES
San Diego Comicon 2008

TRAVEL
Shanghai Surprise



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Giant Robot 54

The Flight Checked issue. Cover James Jean.

FILM
Director Noboru Iguchi

MUSIC
English Art Punks

INTERVIEW
Lynda Barry

ART
China Architecture
Terra Cotta Warriors
Artist James Jean

TRAVEL
Holiday in Cambodia



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Giant Robot 53

The After Life issue. Cover James Jarvis.

FILM
Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza
Artist James Jarvis

MUSIC
24Herbs

INTERVIEW
King of Noodles
Kamikaze pilots

ART
Artist Yayoi Kusama

ENTERTAINMENT
Stephen Chow

TRAVEL
London



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Giant Robot 52

The Give and Take Issue. Cover by Albert Reyes.

MUSIC
Carbon Silicon

INTERVIEW
An in-depth interview with artist Albert Reyes
Jill Bliss

ART
Hawaii’s Modern Architecture

FOOD
Hawaiian Shave Ice

POP CULTURE
Akihabara Otaku Scene

PLUS:
Much much more!



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Giant Robot 51

The Listen to J Church Issue. Cover by Feric.

MUSIC
A tribute to Lanc Hahn

INTERVIEW
John C. Jay

ART
Artist Feric
Black Arts

ENTERTAINMENT
Actress Joan Chen

FASHION
Hellz Bellz

BEHIND THE SCENES
GR Awards 2007
Imprint Conference

POP CULTURE
Blogosphere



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