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Giant Robot Time: 12.28.12 Happy End of Year!

giant robot time: 12.28.12 | artwork by: apak

 

JAWBREAKER DAY

JANUARY 5, 2-4 PM

Meet Adam Pfahler, drummer of Jawbreaker. He’ll do a little bit of story time with slides. You can ask him questions, and then he’ll sign some of his albums. We’ll have his new re-releases and T shirts!

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

LIVING DEPICTIONS

JANUARY 12 – JANUARY 30, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 6:30-10PM

A group art exhibition featuring, Jay Horinouchi, Kwanchai Moriya, Sarah Lee, Elliot Brown, Shawn Cheng, and Maiko Kanno.

The commonality of the first exhibition of 2013 will feature six artists who’ll be exhibiting works ranging in subjects, yet most or all with be paintings. Each artist approaches their works in their own materials and ways. A few have recently graduated Art Center College of Design (Kwanchai Moriya, Elliot Brown and Sarah Lee) two currently live in Japan (Jay Horinouchi and Maiko Kanno), and one (Shawn Cheng) is currently living in New York City.

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI

FRAZZLED KIKI PLUSH


These little guys are super soft with beanbag bodies.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

PLUSH FLOWER PIN


Murakami’s happy flowers are back in a new form – as plush pins.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

PRINTS KAIKAI KIKI CATALOG


Also provides images of some of his sculptural work and exhibition materials.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

SUMMON MONSTERS? OPEN THE DOOR? HEAL? OR DIE?


A great collection of graphics, sketches, profiles and articles about Murakami and Hiropon Factory.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

KAIKAI KIKI FLOWERS FOLDER SLEEVE


Reverse side has an image of Kai Kai!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

MUSHROOM SKULL

FOLDER SLEEVE


Takashi Murakami designed this pocket plastic folder.

CHIHO AOSHIMA

POSTCARD SET


The set features her signature images.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

POSTCARD SET


The set features his signature DOB head character in various colorways.

 

 

 

 

GR2 PRINTED MATTER OPENING PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Yes, our guests were invited to make cute homes that they could eat later! >>

MERRY CHRISTMAS (WROTE THIS TODAY)

By GOH NAKAMURA

Listen to a special Christmas track by musician Goh Nakamura. >>

MEET FREDO ORTIZ OF BONGOLOIDZ

By MARTIN WONG

Here’s some scoop on his solo material, his successful Kickstarter campaign, and the gig. >>

2012 ROUNDUP WITH IT’S CASUAL

By MARTIN WONG

After my pal Bradley (Flattbush) asked me if I’d be interested in setting up a show at Alex’s Bar, it’s fitting that It’s Casual would headline. >>

MEET SANDY YANG

By MARTIN WONG

She’s played with the famously conceptual band, The Red Krayola, and various noise combos. But only recently has she been playing as a solo artist. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 11.30.12 – New Gama-Go goods, airplant terrariums, and more!

 

ZONEPLEX

BOARD GAME RELEASE PARTY + GAME NIGHT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6:30-10PM

Giant Robot, Angry Bananas, Attractmode, Mysterian Games, and Meat Bun Presents:

Zoneplex – a board game! Created by gamers, Shelby Cinca and Niklas Akerblad is a game that’s part of the new movement of analog board games which are back. Instead of the typical Monopoly, Risk, etc, a new generation of board games are emerging and Zoneplex is one of them. If analog gaming isn’t your cup of tea, then don’t despair. Also featured will be digital games created by the same developers. More info. Facebook event.


PUPPET POWER HOUR

JEROME LU READING & SIGNING

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2-4PM

Please join Jerome Lu of Hyperactive Monkey at GR2 for Puppet Power Hour! Yes, he uses puppets to read! We’ll have puppets and books on hand.

There will be: live reading, book signing, coloring contest, puppet toy release, and refreshments. More info. Facebook event.

TOKIDOKI

HEAD FIGURE


Cute and collectible head figures of classic Tokidoki characters.

AIRPLANT & GLASS TERRARIUM


Each glass terrarium comes with its own Mexican Ionantha airplant and decorative earthy filling.

MATCHSTICK

FLOWERS


Just rip out a matchstick and stick in a soil pot and watch them grow!

HOOKED HANDS

TOTORO PLUSH

X-MAS ORNAMENT


Adorable Totoro Christmas ornament.

HOOKED HANDS

TOTORO PLUSH


Knitted with acrylic wool and filled with plush stuffing.

GAMA-GO

ZOMBIKEYS KEY COVERS


Escape the Zombie Apocalypse with your own collection of zombie head key covers.

GAMA-GO

COLD FISH ICE CUBE TRAY


Turn your drink into a Koi fish pond of fun with this Cold Fish ice cube tray.

GAMA-GO

BATTLE ROYALE T-SHIRT


Yeti and Deathbot are set to fight again.

GAMA-GO

BOWLING PARTY T-SHIRT


Yeti and Kaiju join forces for some bowling fun.

GAMA-GO

CRAFT MICE T-SHIRT


These mice are crafty and they work together!

GAMA-GO

ART SCHOOL BUNNY T-SHIRT


Get this for the art school bunny in your life.

POST-IT SHOW 8

DECEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 16

BEGINS: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 6-10PM

Roster of artists. More info. Facebook event.

 

 

 

 

UGLYDOLL SNOWFLAKES – HOW TO MAKE THEM

By ERIC NAKAMURA

It’s not difficult. These are among the easier snowflakes to make including templates! >>

GR2: SUSIE GHAHREMANI – WORK AND NON WORK SET 2

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

A new batch of photos from the opening reception. >>

GR2: BEAU SIA AND AMBER TAMBLYN READING (VIDEO)

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

This is Beau Sia and Amber Tamblyn reading at GR2. Beau Sia’s new book The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time. >>

SHOW REVIEWS: SISU AND COLLEEN GREEN AT THE SATELLITE, BOOST AND BILLY SHEEHAN AT KING KING

By MARTIN WONG

I finally got around to catching Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy in the outfit that she fronts, SISU, on Friday at The Satellite. >>

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Giant Robot Goods: Susie Ghahremani art now available online!

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gallery clothing in print accessories toys stationery artists functional


There are well over 100 pieces of carefully done work. It’s all beautiful and Susie’s installation is one of the best we’ve ever shown. They’ll make great gifts for the holidays. The exhibition runs until December 5th, 2012. Click to see the artwork.

 



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Giant Robot Time: 11.9.12 – Rob Sato Watercolor Painting Workshop this Saturday at JANM!

 

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM PRESENTS:

GIANT ROBOT ARTISTS’ ENTOURAGE WORKSHOP

W/ ROB SATO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2-4PM

FREE ADMISSION ALL-DAY

Come make some watercolor paintings with artist Rob Sato! Attendees will learn watercolor texture techniques and how to use masking in this workshop. Materials provided.

Giant Robot Artists’ Entourage Workshop with Rob Sato is happening in conjunction with JANM’s Target Free Family Saturday: Pop Culture. Facebook event. More info.

HINT MINTAUDREY KAWASAKI -

HOLIDAY SERIES


New release from Hint Mint’s limited edition artist series.

DECOR CRAFTPENGUIN SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS


Pass the salt takes a new meaning with these wind-up penguin salt and pepper shakers!


An illustrated pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species.


FOUND #8 reveals the entire spectrum of human emotion, one lost scrap of paper at a time, and introduces you to an indelible, irascible cast of real-life characters.


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


The look and simplicity of a paper cup but created with a writable chalkboard surface.


The Slingshot Collective is a radical activist group based out of Berkeley, CA.


A fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable taste.

Susie Ghahremani’s work is eye catching and quickly heart warming. Her painting style is smooth and echoes her life long interests in nature, animals, music and patterns. Ghahremani graduated from RISD in 2002 and continues her own business, “boygirlparty” in various forms including gift items, crafts and more.

This exhibition, Work and Non Work (the title borrowed from an album by Broadcast) “emphasizes the experimentation and play of my miniatures and drawings that I’ll be showing juxtaposed with the framed pieces.” Facebook event. More info.

AUTHOR SIGNING & READING

THE UNDISPUTED GREATEST WRITER OF ALL TIME

Beau Sia’s first written works in 7 years. The slam poet star, actor, writer and performer sheds more light on where his mind and spirit are at. This is a book of recent works that explores a new chapter in his career. He’ll read from his latest book, “The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time”. More info.

 

 

 

D-CON 2012 PHOTO SET

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thanks to Kat Rivera for some pics. >>

OBAMA MAKING POST PRESIDENTIAL VICTORY SPEECH

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

The speeches won’t end, this was shot by Cate Park who’s not far away from The President and First Lady. Who knew, there’s more speeches after the public speech? >>

SON OF ANIMAL STYLE AT SDAFF RECAP

By MARTIN WONG

Having skateboarding-related or -inspired videos made by friends alongside indie flicks like Daylight Savings and old-school kung-fu classics like Five Fingers of Death is not only cool but important. >>

INTERVIEW: EDDIE SOLIS OF IT’S CASUAL ON THE NEW LOS ANGELES II

By MARTIN WONG

I paid a visit to the singer, guitarist, and It’s Casual main man Eddie Solis to chat about the brand-new album and its message. >>

MOVIE REVIEWS: PAINTED SKIN 2: THE RESURRECTION, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

By MARTIN WONG

Hong Kong movie freaks in the U.S. should be stoked that we’re finally seeing some Chinese movies that are fun, cool, and even anarchic–and not just overblown historical epics. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 11.2.12 – 20 Pieces of Dreams is now available online!

Art by Stella Im Hultberg

 


Special holiday varieties of Hint Mint’s popular Audrey Kawasaki series.

Simply pop the can open, add water, and place in sunlight. Choose from flowers, herbs, and vegetables.


Clever bandage like outlet cover for preventive measures.

Cute kitty key covers for your boring keys.

If the zombie apocalypse ever comes, your dog will now be prepared!


Cover artwork by 20 Pieces of Dreams artist Audrey Kawasaki.

WORK AND NON WORK

SUSIE GHAHREMANI

NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 5, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 6:30-10PM

Susie Ghahremani’s work is eye catching and quickly heart warming. Her painting style is smooth and echoes her life long interests in nature, animals, music and patterns. Ghahremani graduated from RISD in 2002 and continues her own business, “boygirlparty” in various forms including gift items, crafts and more.

This exhibition, Work and Non Work (the title borrowed from an album by Broadcast) “emphasizes the experimentation and play of my miniatures and drawings that I’ll be showing juxtaposed with the framed pieces.” Facebook event. More info.

 

 

 

 

GR2 20 PIECES OF DREAMS OPENING NIGHT PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

it was an awesome opening night, thanks for coming out. Also, listen to the Sena Song on Bandcamp performed live at the event by the duo Luca Ruca comprised of Ayako Fujitani and Ayumu Matsuki. >>

ART EXHIBITION: FEATHERWEIGHT

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Featherweight at West LA College curated by friend and artist Kio Griffith features a roster of artists including many from Japan who came to LA for an art fair. >>

DANIEL DAE KIM VOTE CONTEST

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Vote in next week’s election and enter to win a trip to Hawaii courtesy of Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 10.12.12 – Game Night 11 is next Sat. Oct. 20th!

 

On behalf of WELL GO USA and Variance Films, Giant Robot invites you to a special advance screening of award-winning steampunk-infused, kung-fu throw down TAI CHI ZERO, directed by Stephen Fung. It will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, October 19th with a national release to follow. Official site.

GAME NIGHT 11

I WANNA BE THE GUY GAIDEN | WALKER

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7-10PM

I Wanna Be The Guy Gaiden by Michael “Kayin” O’Reilly: The sequel to the most difficult game sensation I Wanna Be The Guy. A platformer that takes sprites from games of your childhood memories – and you may not have seen this one coming – kills you with them.

Walker by Blake Fix: An impressively large platformer with beautiful sprite art, a whimsical sense of humour and a single-button control system. Playing as the titular Walker, you embark on a grand quest to… walk somewhere, in a mostly forwards/rightwards direction! And jump on stuff! Facebook event. >>

20 PIECES OF DREAMS

EXHIBITION BY MARI INUKAI & SPECIAL GUESTS

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 14, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 6:30-10PM

In Japan, a 20th Birthday is a “Coming of Age” birthday. It includes ceremonies and parties, and it’s akin to becoming 21 in the US. We’ll be celebrating Mari Inukai’s Daughter, Sena’s birthday on October 27th at Giant Robot 2 in West LA.

The Exhibition will feature: Mari Inukai, Sena Inukai, Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fumi Omori, Katsuya Terada, Kent Williams, Sean Chao, Stella Im Hultberg, Tessar Lo, and Yoskay Yamamoto. >>

Ox’s new costume is perfect for Halloween trick-or-treating.

ERASERS


Erasers so cute you might be hesitant to use them.

TOTORO

PLUSH PEN CASE


Take Totoro to class with you!

Now twice as awesome, they’re double sided!

PANDA FIGURE


Place the figure in direct sunlight and watch it come to life.

A LITTLE MISFORTUNE

VINYL FIGURE


Just in! These lucky cats aren’t so lucky anymore.

MOMIJI

COIN PURSES


A cute place to store your loose change.

 

 

 

 

BARACK OBAMA AT THE NOKIA THEATER IN LOS ANGELES

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Photos by Cate Park. >>

INDIE CADE 2012 PHOTO SET

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Photos by Dean Gojobori. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 10.5.12 – Biennale 3 artwork by Deth P Sun on sale today 12pm pst!

 

 

I Wanna Be The Guy Gaiden by Michael “Kayin” O’Reilly: The sequel to the most difficult game sensation I Wanna Be The Guy. A platformer that takes sprites from games of your childhood memories – and you may not have seen this one coming – kills you with them.

 

Walker by Blake Fix: An impressively large platformer with beautiful sprite art, a whimsical sense of humour and a single-button control system. Playing as the titular Walker, you embark on a grand quest to… walk somewhere, in a mostly forwards/rightwards direction! And jump on stuff! Facebook event. >>

A new set of drink coasters by Le Merde. Only 50 of each variety are made. Hand printed.
Misty Fog Pyramid is perfect to keep your can of brew frosty cold!
The T-shirt reflects Le Merde’s work from the current exhibition.
Le Merde button featuring his Hollis character.
A classic figure now signed by Le Merde himself.
Le Merde has released prints to coincide with the show Misty Fog’s Combat Rock with Kiyoka Ikeda.

In Japan, a 20th Birthday is a “Coming of Age” birthday. It includes ceremonies and parties, and it’s akin to becoming 21 in the US. We’ll be celebrating Mari Inukai’s Daughter, Sena’s birthday on October 27th at Giant Robot 2 in West LA.
The Exhibition will feature: Mari Inukai, Sena Inukai, Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fumi Omori, Katsuya Terada, Kent Williams, Sean Chao, Stella Im Hultberg, Tessar Lo, and Yoskay Yamamoto. >>

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS: DUM DUM GIRLS, PINBACK, IT’S CASUAL, RITES OF SPRING, FUGAZI EDITS, DOUBLE AUGHT SPY CAR

By MARTIN WONG

Here’s a rundown on some new and upcoming releases that I’ve been digging. >>

GR2 LE MERDE AND KIYOKA IKEDA PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

The walls had paper murals to be colored in a little at a time by guests and they turned out great. That’s Matt Specktor, daughter and Mike Kelly (Le Merde). >>

JANM KOKORO CRAFT BOUTIQUE

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Photos of the Kokoro Craft Boutique at the Japanese American National Museum. That’s Rodney Kageyama and Tamlyn Tomita. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 9.28.12 – Misty Fog’s Combat Rock opening reception this Saturday 9.29 at GR2!

 

MISTY FOG’S COMBAT ROCK

LE MERDE & KIYOKA IKEDA

Giant Robot is proud to present Misty Fog’s Combat Rock, an exhibition featuring Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda of kaiju toy company, Gargamel.
Known for his hand sculpted figures, Le Merde has worked tirelessly on a new direction in his work. This exhibit will focus on Le Merde’s Misty Fog line of figures. New items will include: New T-shirt, New Beer Koozie, 4 new Coaster prints. 4 color art pieces and various customs of the new sculpts. Also scheduled is a new figure release.
Le Merde’s last solo appearance at GR2 was in 2009 for his Bruised, Beaten, and Blackened exhibition. He also participated in the Biennale 2: 15 years with David Horvath and Yukinori Dehara. Facebook event. Preview artwork. >>

Showcase and sale of unique, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise. Craft items for sale include: origami art, unique jewelry, kimono fabric clothing, handbags, silk/yarn scarves, ceramic and miniature bronze sculptures, cultural t-shirts, stationery, glass art, and much more!

Free admission to Japanese American National Museum exhibitions with craft show purchase ($5 minimum) (September 30, 2012 only). On the Plaza: Yuujou Taiko will perform at 12PM. >>


To coincide with the Biennale 3 exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, we’ve released a set of 12 buttons. Cool, simple silhouettes of Horvath Kaiju characters and the classic Big Boss Robot logo.

     
Mike Kelly (Le Merde) always designs the coolest shirts. Get one at this Saturday’s opening reception.
The T-shirt features a mix of David Horvath and GR Big Boss Robot silhouetted icons.
While maintaining the intimate nature of his debut Capacity, Ellsworth has taken his personal experience to an entirely new reality, exploding with color and energy.
The American cartoonist takes from the lives of the leaders of the free world, his friends, his family, his sworn enemies, and gives them a new life that is both withering and oblique.
Redesigned to coincide with the release of Shortcomings in paperback is a brand-new edition of Adrian Tomine’s first book, 32 Stories.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years.

 

 

 

 

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 1

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Photos from the Giant Robot Biennale 3 opening party at the Japanese American Museum. Photos by Dean Gojobori. Artists Rob Sato and Ako Castuera pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 2

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Artists Deth P Sun and Marci Washington pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – PHOTO SET 3

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Money Mark and Clement Hanami pictured above. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 AT JANM (A.K.A. MY GR FAMILY REUNION)

By MARTIN WONG

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. >>

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 – REMIX PROJECT ART WORKS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

This is an attempt to show all of the Remix Project Customs. If you are in the Los Angeles area, the artwork will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum from September 23, 2012 – January 20, 2013. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 9.14.12 – Giant Robot Biennale 3 Opening Party Sat. Sept. 22nd 6-10pm

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.
Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. The roster of artists for the project (UPDATED):

64 Colors, A Little Stranger, Aaron Brown, Angry Woebots, Arbito, Atsushi Honda, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Betso, Bigfoot, Brent Nolasco, Bwana Spoons, Camilla d’Errico, Chuckboy, Clement Hanami, Cris Rose, D-Lux, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Yukinori Dehara, DrilOne, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fakir, Frank Mysterio, Gary Ham, Harpoon, Helena Garcia, J*Ryu, Jason Limon, Jeff Lamm, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Herbolsheimer, Julie West, kaNO, Kat Brunegraff, Kio Griffith, Kiyoshi, Kohei Yamashita, Koji Harmon, Leecifer, Le Merde, Len Higa, Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Lunabee, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Meat Bun, Miso, Nakanari, Nathan Ota, Nebulon5, Nick Arciaga, Noferin, Okkle, Oliver Hibert, Bob Conge – Plaseebo, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, Rohby, Sarah Neyhart, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Shane Jessup, Shawnimals, Danni Shinya Luo, Spanky Stokes, Spencer Hibert, Squink!, Stasia Burrington, Susie Ghahremani, Tado, Tara Logsdon, Tiffany Liu, Tristan Eaton, UAMOU, Valerie Gudell, Yoskay Yamamoto.

Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger. Facebook event>>

UGLYDOLL

KEYCHAIN


We have a colorful variety of new Uglydoll keychains available in many of your favorite characters.

Case for smartphone, iPod, digital camera and small personal items.
A special limited edition collaboration between Lego and Moleskine.
Each image is an original papercut, cut from a single piece of paper.
Apple follows the life of an apple throughout the year.

ARTIST COLLECTION FIGURE


These 100% Birch wood figures have been custom designed by 12 different artists.

If you grew up in the early 90′s you must be familiar.
Behold the Capsl creations of Jason Freeny.


 

 

 

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE VIDEO

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Here’s a video to tell you about the exhibition. I’m glad I didn’t ramble too much. It’s nicely done and it’ll show in the theater during the duration of the exhibition. Thanks to the crew at JANM who worked on this and make plans to come Saturday 6-10pm on September 22 at JANM. >>

INTERVIEW FOR GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I’ve seen better days, but this isn’t not about me. This is about Giant Robot Biennale 3 which is coming up in under two weeks. Long time GR friend Darryl Mori sent me some difficult questions and here’s the article about the event. >>

GR2 HAUNTS: OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you very much to all the attendees of last weekend’s reception. See photos of friends and awesome art. >>

GR2 HAUNTS: JOHN PHAM AND ROB SATO INSTALL

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Check out photos of the installation prior to last weekend’s opening reception. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 9.7.12 – HAUNTS opens this Saturday at GR2!

 

HAUNTS

JOHN PHAM AND ROB SATO

SEPTEMBER 8 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30-10PM

Giant Robot is proud to present Haunts, a two person exhibition featuring the work of John Pham and Rob Sato.

John Pham shows extensively with Giant Robot 2 and is currently working in the animation industry. An avid Street Fighter player, Pham is a video game enthusiast and has published numerous narrative comic stories.

Rob Sato’s watercolor works can be absurd but are quickly settling into a more subtle and abstract direction. Sato is known for his detailed watercolor works that take extensive research and time. His works will be exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum exhibition: Giant Robot Biennale 3. Facebook event. >>

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.
Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. The roster of artists for the project:

64 Colors, A Little Stranger, Aaron Brown, Angry Woebots, Arbito, Atsushi Honda, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Betso, Brent Nolasco, Bwana Spoons, Camilla d’Errico, Chuckboy, Clement Hanami, Cris Rose, D-Lux, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Yukinori Dehara, DrilOne, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fakir, Frank Mysterio, Gary Ham, Harpoon, Helena Garcia, J*Ryu, Jason Limon, Jeff Lamm, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Herbolsheimer, Julie West, kaNO, Kat Brunegraff, Kio Griffith, Kiyoshi, Kohei Yamashita, Koji Harmon, Leecifer, Le Merde, Len Higa, Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Lunabee, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Meat Bun, Miso, Nakanari, Nathan Ota, Nebulon5, Nick Arciaga, Noferin, Okkle, Oliver Hibert, Bob Conge – Plaseebo, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, Rohby, Sarah Neyhart, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Shane Jessup, Shawnimals, Danni Shinya Luo, Spanky Stokes, Spencer Hibert, Squink!, Stasia Burrington, Tado, Tara Logsdon, Tiffany Liu, Tristan Eaton, UAMOU, Valerie Gudell, YoskayYamamoto.

Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger. Facebook event>>

Set of 8 mini figures that include Domo as a luchador wrestler, dinosaur, devil, life guard, sumo wrestler, rapper, glasses, and mustached.
We’ve restocked several prints from the exhibit While You Were Away exhibit at GR2.
Be sure to browse our additional selection of beautiful prints by artist PCP.
The new animal gang is on the loose. Their dangerous and wild! Don’t cross them in this urban jungle.
We’ve restocked many popular prints from the duo Kozydan.
Kozydan offer high quality prints that are affordable to all.

 

 

 

 

GIANT ROBOT SPECIAL: IMAGES FROM THE DNC

By CATE PARK

Great shots from the Democratic National Convention currently taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina. >>

NOT ROBOT POWER/GREG AND SHARON’S WEDDING ZINE

By MARTIN WONG

My brother getting married last week provided an opportunity for me to help make a print zine for the first time since Robot Power (the stapled-and-folded half issues between Giant Robot 17 through 21). The first couple of spreads had the ceremony program, thanks list, menu, and seating chart. After that, a full-on zine! >>

THE DONUTMAN CULTURE

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I’ve blogged about this place too many times, but this isn’t only about donuts. Southern California is a driving culture. It’s part of our social system. Donutman might be the greatest donut shop we have on the entire West Coast of the USA. Some will say that it’s “just donuts” regardless of how great they may be, but others, like us know otherwise. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 8.31.12

 

HAUNTS

JOHN PHAM AND ROB SATO

SEPTEMBER 8 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30-10PM

Giant Robot is proud to present Haunts, a two person exhibition featuring the work of John Pham and Rob Sato.

John Pham shows extensively with Giant Robot 2 and is currently working in the animation industry. An avid Street Fighter player, Pham is a video game enthusiast and has published numerous narrative comic stories.

Rob Sato’s watercolor works can be absurd but are quickly settling into a more subtle and abstract direction. Sato is known for his detailed watercolor works that take extensive research and time. His works will be exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum exhibition: Giant Robot Biennale 3. Facebook event. >>

A new series of vinyl figures, featuring Treeson and character designs based on Bubi Au Yeung’s book “Treeson & Other Stories.”
Drag the Little Wanderer back a bit, let it go, and it propels itself across whatever flat surface you like.
Turn it on and watch it go, whirling, twirling and swirling in all different directions.
Featuring drawings and sketches all by the artist, this zine accompanied his show at GR2 “Please Be Brave.”
A pictorial catalog of an artist’s diet.
Featuring his I See All design, this beer cozy holds your drinks, securely encasing it in art.
We also offer a blue variety that features a custom design.

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.
Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.

Using Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. The Roster of Artists for the project:

64 Colors, A Little Stranger, Aaron Brown, Angry Woebots, Arbito, Atsushi Honda, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Betso, Brent Nolasco, Bwana Spoons, Camilla d’Errico, Chuckboy, Clement Hanami, Cris Rose, D-Lux, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Yukinori Dehara, DrilOne, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fakir, Frank Mysterio, Gary Ham, Harpoon, Helena Garcia, J*Ryu, Jason Limon, Jeff Lamm, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Herbolsheimer, Julie West, kaNO, Kat Brunegraff, Kio Griffith, Kiyoshi, Kohei Yamashita, Koji Harmon, Leecifer, Le Merde, Len Higa, Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Lunabee, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Meat Bun, Miso, Nakanari, Nathan Ota, Nebulon5, Nick Arciaga, Noferin, Okkle, Oliver Hibert, Bob Conge – Plaseebo, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, Rohby, Sarah Neyhart, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Shane Jessup, Shawnimals, Danni Shinya Luo, Spanky Stokes, Spencer Hibert, Squink!, Stasia Burrington, Tado, Tara Logsdon, Tiffany Liu, Tristan Eaton, UAMOU, Valerie Gudell, YoskayYamamoto.

Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger. Facebook event>>

 

 

 

 

Q&A WITH WRITER GINA APOSTOL

By ED LIN

Gina Apostol’s fascinating novel Gun Dealer’s Daughter has just been published in an American edition. This incredible book traces the seduction of Sol, a young privileged girl, by a romantics in a revolutionary group during the heady Marcos era in The Philippines. >>

TOWA TEI: BARRY MCGEE AT BERKELEY ART MUSEUM

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

All photographs by Towa Tei at the press preview. >>

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CHEN KAIGE’S SACRIFICE

First five to email us win!

CHEN KAIGE’S SACRIFICE

By MARTIN WONG

Chen Kaige’s latest movie has the impeccable look and measured pacing of a historical epic but the intensity and feel of I Spit on Your Grave or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. >>

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Somewhere Between is a documentary by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, who adopted her own daughter from China. She captures the lives of four Chinese adoptees living in America. Each are at a time where they’re interested in figuring out who they are. They’re all in their early teens and their time to do something becomes immediate. >>

TSUI HARK’S FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE IN IMAX 3D

By MARTIN WONG

The plot description is impossible to read on paper. The 3D is flawed at times and I’m not sure how it will look on a full-on IMAX screen. But goddamn. I was blown away in the screening room and, for me, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a perfect movie. >>

AKI RESTAURANT WEST LOS ANGELES

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Restaurants like Aki in West LA are a dying breed. Imagine when Japanese food was something exotic. Teriyaki and sukiyaki are words seldom used these days, but it lives on in classic establishments like this. There’s not many who still have the mid century Japanification by usage of rice paper screens, carved wood signs and wooden tea house stylings. >>

GR2 – JOHN PHAM PREVIEW IMAGES

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

What’s John Pham doing? It’s yet more refined than ever. It’s new wave, it’s games, it’s a progression. More images to come. >>

GR2 – ROB SATO PREVIEW IMAGES

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Check out a few photos of Rob’s work from the upcoming Haunts show. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 8.24.12 – Two of a Kind artwork now available online!

HAUNTS

JOHN PHAM AND ROB SATO

SEPTEMBER 8 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30-10PM

Giant Robot is proud to present Haunts, a two person exhibition featuring the work of John Pham and Rob Sato.

John Pham shows extensively with Giant Robot 2 and is currently working in the animation industry. An avid Street Fighter player, Pham is a video game enthusiast and has published numerous narrative comic stories.

Rob Sato’s watercolor works can be absurd but are quickly settling into a more subtle and abstract direction. Sato is known for his detailed watercolor works that take extensive research and time. His works will be exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum exhibition: Giant Robot Biennale 3. >>

Kumquat Clothing and Giant Robot team up for some new children’s items!
Besides the mascot pattern, we have a simple black and white design.
Postcards depict the artist’s hyperkinetic illustration and raw graffiti-fueled paintings.
This high-quality blank sketchbook features a double cover.
This career-spanning book was created, designed, and written by David Choe himself.

GIANT ROBOT


They’re back! Be weary of the robot army invasion!

GR contributing artist James Jean has released this wonderful set of postcards featuring images of his much talked about paintings.
This monumental book reveals new ideas and explorations from an artist whose voice, influence, and vision remain simply unparalleled.

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.
Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.
Using Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger. >>

 

 

 

GR2: JENI YANG TWO OF A KIND

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you to the attendees of last weekend’s opening reception. Check out photos of friends as well as Jeni preparing the GR2 window display. >>

JENI YANG INSTALLING TWO OF A KIND AT GR2

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

See a few photos of the installation process prior to last weekend’s opening reception. >>

BIENNALE: THANKS TOYSREVIL AND ADDITIONAL PICS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Cris Rose, work in progress… >>

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH DOKDO?

By MICHELLE BOROK

South Koreans want the world to know about Dokdo, aka Takeshima, aka Liancourt Rocks. Korean soccer player, Park Jong Woo scored the biggest audience so far for the Dokdo debate when Korea beat Japan for the Olympic bronze, but lost his chance to be a part of the medal ceremony. He may not get the medal awarded at all, but he does get out of having to do compulsory military service. Before Park held up his handmade sign on the world stage, Koreans in London were handing out flyers about Dokdo to the international tourists around the city. >>

SHOW REVIEW: THREE MILE PILOT AT THE ECHO

By MARTIN WONG

I still recall driving down with Seam for their gig with 3MP at the World Beat Center in 1993 and being mesmerized by the lack of guitar and unorthodox drumming: one bare foot on the stool and the other lazily and perfectly handling the kickdrum. The band is a more traditional four-piece now but still has that seemingly sloppy yet perfectly hypnotic and stripped-down quality that struck me way back then. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 8.17.12 – Jeni Yang’s solo exhibition opens this Saturday at GR2!

 

TWO OF A KIND

JENI YANG SOLO EXHIBITION

Giant Robot is proud to present Two of a Kind, an art show featuring new works by Jeni Yang. Whimsical might be the way to describe the works of Taiwan born and Southern California residing artist, Jeni Yang. Her works intersect cats, cakes, and nature. Her recent entry into Giant Robot 2′s Game Over exhibition included a video game, Cat Burger, which will be on display as well. Two of a Kind will include: paintings, drawings, and small sculptures including a wall installation. Facebook event. >>

UGLYDOLL X FUNKO – POP!


These are limited edition 2012 SDCC versions of their popular vinyl figure line. There are only 480 of each variety. Their heads can rotate and provide a cool accessory for your desk or display case.


Get your very own Giant Robot Edition complete with exclusive commemorative buttons and Cubeecraft paper Wage.

Seal Collections stickers are all about dogs! This particular one is the Labrador Retriever set. Adorable!
Special inserts include a new sub-series of Artist Menko Cards, Frank Kozik Silk Screen Cards & Ron English Sticker Cards!

THE MELTY MISFITS

STICKER PACK

Watch out for special inserts such as signed cards, variants, errors and a poster. Also one lucky golden ticket is in one of these packs which wins you an original painting.

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.
Following two previous successful exhibitions at the National Museum, the Biennale continues to push the envelope with a creative, fresh, and uniquely interactive experience. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to Giant Robot. Each artist brings their original style, from whimsical wall paintings and creatures in clay worlds, to a life-size “haunted” maze especially built for this Biennale.
Using Uglydoll creator David Horvath figures, Nakamura curated Project Remix, a custom vinyl show with over 80 artists from seven countries—including the rare combination of both established customizers and fine artists. Special additions to the exhibition include an original piece from Japanese painter Masakatsu Sashie as well as arcade machines running Jeni Yang and Beau Blyth’s new indie video game, Catburger. >>

 

 

 

 

ARTIST FRIEND SERIES: JENI YANG

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Since the exhibition is this Saturday, we thought we’d show you the Jeni Yang Artist Friend Series Film from a year ago. >>

COMICS REVIEWS: THE MAKING OF, BIRDSEYE BRISTOE, GLORIANA

By MARTIN WONG

A lot of you left Comic-Con with the latest scoop on movies, TV shows, and toys. But what about comics? I finally finished my stash of advance and new titles from my favorite page pushers out of Montreal, and here are my takes. Of course, you should buy your own copies at Giant Robot on Sawtelle or your local indie bookstore. >>

AFTER THE (LONG) JUMP

By MICHELLE BOROK

The London Olympics are over. Bring on the re-caps, re-plays and medal re-calls.  For the past few days, countries have been welcoming home their national champions, and the medal tallies and rankings are still making news. Interesting that the Nation medal rankings are based on the number of gold medals won, and not the total taken home. Just goes to show that only winning really counts. >>

SHOW REVIEWS: OFF! AT STAPLES CENTER WITH RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS AND THE PROMISE RING AT THE AVALON

By MARTIN WONG

No. F***ing. Way. OFF! at Staples Center? I don’t throw down bags of money to see a band in a huge arena very often, but damn. How could I not see the raddest group in the world and pride of L.A. punk staging a coup d’etat at the beloved home of my Lakers and Kings? >>

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER VISIT

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Perseid Meteor Shower – The time of year came back. Or did we go in time to get there? Sitting at Mt Pinos again this year was another experience. In the past, it’s been at best another car, but most of the time we’ve been up there alone. Last year was a wash out thanks to the moon and haze, yet I pulled off a nice photo. This year, there were many, even on a Sunday. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time: 8.10.12 – Uglydoll Wage Birthday Party this Sunday at GR2!

 

We’re proud to host a Birthday Party for Wage! As many of you know… Wage began the journey for Uglydoll in 2002. The first shop? Giant Robot. Now, ten years later, Wage in it’s original form is reproduced as Uglydoll 10 Year Anniversary Wage (pictured above).

GR2 will host creator David Horvath in a “relaxed event” including Anniversary Wage signing, cake, cookies, button making, and Wages (Bingo)! Come celebrate with us!  Facebook event. >>

SERIES 24 FIGURE

BEARBRICK


Brand new series of the classic Bearbrick mini figures. Eleven different possibilities including Batman, Snoopy or Felix the Cat styles.

DINGY T-SHIRT

YELLOW RAT


Beautiful simple tees based on graphics from the 50′s and 60′s. This particular design was done by Margaret Kilgallen!

YETI BULLITT T-SHIRT

GAMA-GO


I don’t think it would a good idea to cross Yeti in a road rage incident. Steer clear of his Bullitt automobile.

Add these cute animals to your mundane taping tasks. It’s sure to make your craft projects cuter.

HOLIDAY CANDY STICKERS

BEE CREATE SEAL


Delicious holiday related candy treats all on one sticker sheet! Chocolate dipped strawberries and gingerbread men!

NIKKI MCCLURE


Following the success of All in a Day, Nikki McClure once again uses her unique paper cutouts to showcase wonderful images of nature and the joys of family and the outdoors.

Yumi Sakugawa is an LA based comic book artist and illustrator who creates gem-like stories. Follow these vignettes and be charmed.
Each figure is handmade and features a juicy paint job.
A collaboration that was founded upon DIY ethics and resulted in killer resin figures.

JENI YANG SOLO EXHIBITION

AUGUST 18 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 6:30-10PM

Giant Robot is proud to present Two of a Kind, an art show featuring new works by Jeni Yang. Whimsical might be the way to describe the works of Taiwan born and Southern California residing artist, Jeni Yang. Her works intersect cats, cakes, and nature. Her recent entry into Giant Robot 2′s Game Over exhibition included a video game, Cat Burger, which will be on display as well. Two of a Kind will include: paintings, drawings, and small sculptures including a wall installation. Facebook event. >>

 

 

 

 

THE TRADING TORTOISE STOPS AT GIANT ROBOT 2

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you to those who visited The Trading Tortoise and met Souther and Monica! We hope you enjoy your newfound treasures. Track your items here as they slowly navigate the country. >>

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS: REDD KROSS, RAD, DOWN BY LAW, 45 GRAVE, LONG DISTANCE POISON

By MARTIN WONG

Did I mention that Tuesday night’s Redd Kross gig at The Roxy was a record release show? Here’s a review on that long-awaited LP as well as some other new music that you should check out… >>

SHOW REVIEWS: RED KROSS RECORD RELEASE PARTY AT THE ROXY, DOWN BY LAW AND THE CASUALTIES AT THE OBSERVATORY

By MARTIN WONG

But of course, the night was about the triumphant return of Redd Kross to The Roxy. The last time I saw them play there was probably on the Third Eye tour. When the curtain raised that night, the Wonder Woman TV show theme song was blasting and they played a legendary show. >>

SHOW REVIEWS: BLACK BREATH, AEGES, NOMADS, MOUNTAIN OF TEETH, FISHBONE, SOUL ASYLUM

By MARTIN WONG

Finally, it was time for Black Breath. On vinyl, the heshers from Seattle sound like a cage match between rabid prehistoric mammals armed with axes and stacks of amps. Its latest cover art, mashing up the bloodied mirror from Black Flag’s Damaged and hammer from Metallica’s Kill Em All, says it all but in concert the nonstop riffs are revealed to be fun as well as violent with unending hair and headbanging. >>

 

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Giant Robot Time – Dehara, Ellsworth, Risograph, Uglydoll 7.20.12

 

 

THEO ELLSWORTH AT GR2

JULY 28 – AUGUST 15, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 6:30-10PM

Theo Ellsworth draws obsessively detailed drawings and self-publishes comics, mini comics, and zines about imaginary people and places. The cosmic imagery, subtle geometry, and implied animism in his works recall the epic, heroic, and odd imagery of Jean “Moebius” Girard, Mayan ruins, and the Nazca lines, filtered through the jam-packed and often psychedelic lens of underground comix from the ’70s. (Ellsworth’s first “real” book, Capacity, was weird, wordy, and wonderful, and published by Secret Acres in 2008.) Taking part in art shows affords the Portland, OR-based artist opportunities to experiment with color, explore larger frames, and let his imagination fly–or spelunk or dive, depending on his mood. >>

A LITTLE STRANGER -

SLEEPING SEA URCHIN


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

DRIL ONE -

U.S. UDMM12


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

YUKINORI DEHARA -

MENTA MOTHMAN


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

YUKINORI DEHARA -

WAGE SATOSHI


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

J*RYU -

TUESDAY & TUSCANY


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE
HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

JULIE WEST -

UNTITLED


HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE
HORVATH X UGLYDOLL REMIX FIGURE

 

 

 

 

COMIC-CON’S NOT DEAD PT. 2

By MARTIN WONG

It isn’t easy for the casual fan to acquire tickets to Comic-Con. Once you get in, it’s an ordeal to squeeze past the movie studio palaces with their big screens and giveaways. But if you are willing to put in the work, Comic-Con is still pretty awesome. >>

BOB AND THE MONSTER SCREENING / Q&A AT KPCC

By MARTIN WONG

If you ever listened to Bob Forrest’s radio show, you know he doesn’t give a fuck about social media. Yet I’m compelled to gush about last night’s screening of Bob and The Monster, Keirda Bahruth’s 2011 documentary about him. >>

INTERVIEW WITH EDDIE SOLIS OF IT’S CASUAL

By MARTIN WONG

Meanwhile, Eddie and I chitchatted after each show and he began responding to some of the photos and reviews that I was posting online. One thing led to another, and here’s a (yup) casual Q&A with one of my new favorite bands and dudes. If you make it to the end, there’s an exclusive MP4 waiting for you. >>

COMIC-CON: THE LAST

By ERIC NAKAMURA

The last photo set from Comic-Con 2012. >>

COMIC-CON: DAY 4

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Saturday at Comic-Con 2012. >>

GAMESPOT TOURS GIANT ROBOT BOOTH 1729

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

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

COMIC-CON: DAY 3

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Friday at Comic-Con 2012. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 7.6.12 – Yukinori Dehara’s figure exhibition now available online

 

 

DAVE KIERSH

AFTERNOON SPECIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL + FREE PRINT

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 3-5PM

Giant Robot is proud to host Dave Kiersh, an indie comics hero. Kiersh has been working in the indie comics space for years and has slowly gained a loyal audience. His style is freely drawn and appears effortless and calming. It’s realistic and nostalgic.

Afterschool Special is an illustrated romance concerning two teenage outsiders navigating a suburban landscape through nostalgia and personal dilemmas.  This 132 page full color perfect bound book includes affectionate nods to abandoned parking lots, late night B-movies and trashy amusement parks.  Fully written, illustrated and published by Dave Kiersh.  First offset printing and limited to 700 copies.

Dave Kiersh was born in 1979.  He is also the creator of Dirtbags, Mallchicks and Motorbikes, his first full color book, which was published in 2009 with the assistance of a Xeric Grant.  Afterschool Special went to print as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.  He has been self-publishing his own comics since 1999. >>

 

 

 

LEGO

MINIFIGURES SERIES 7


Awesome array of everyone’s favorite mini figures, Lego people! In this blind bag you may get a Nerd, Punk Girl, Bride, Warrior, Viking Woman, Space Pirate, Bagpipes Man, Aztec Warrior, Ape Man, Hippie, Bunny Suit Man, Swimmer, Black Knight, Red Riding Hood, Tennis Player, Sea King.

MEAT BUN

DAYTONABOT T-SHIRT


From Meat Bun: “HORNET lives for speed, finding true happiness while trading paint in a crowded stock car race. Considers himself a “high-class” racer, but has no problem getting his tires dirty.”

MEAT BUN

PASSING BREEZE T-SHIRT


From Meatbun: “Grab your girl, put the top down and crank up your favorite “Splash Wave” radio station and let the magical sound shower wash over you like a passing breeze…”

TOTORO 150 PIECE

MINI JIGSAW PUZZLE (SIT)


Make Totoro appear piece by piece in this 150 piece mini jigsaw puzzle. Beautiful enough to display!

TOTORO 300 PIECE

JIGSAW PUZZLE (GRASS)


Make Totoro appear piece by piece in this 300 piece jigsaw puzzle. Beautiful enough to display!

TOTORO 300 PIECE

JIGSAW PUZZLE (MOON)


Make Totoro appear piece by piece in this 300 piece jigsaw puzzle. Beautiful enough to display!

TOTORO 150 PIECE

MINI JIGSAW PUZZLE (FLY)


Make Totoro appear piece by piece in this 150 piece mini jigsaw puzzle. Beautiful enough to display!

 

 

 

JUN KUNG, DANIEL WU, AND PRODIP LEUNG ON PLAYBACK IS A BITCH

By MARTIN WONG

Upon returning home from the Drummer’s Collective in New York City, ace musician Jun Kung began his career as a rock musician. Despite winning the 2000 Hong Kong Commercial Radio Music Award for New Artist, Jun was quickly disillusioned by Hong Kong’s music industry. Instead, he became the most demanded drummer in Canto-pop and went on to collaborate with the likes of Jacky Cheung, Eason Chan, and Faye Wong. It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned to making his own music with Jun K, released on his friend Daniel Wu’s Revolution label. Upon the release of its hard-rocking follow-up, Playback Is A Bitch, I got in touch with the Hong Kong-born and Macau-raised artist and asked him some questions about his new EP, his dabbling in acting, and working with Dan. >>

ANIME EXPO COSPLAY PHOTO SETS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Dean Gojobori and Oscar Rios have contributed several photo sets from this year’s Anime Expo held in Los Angeles. >>

YUKINORI DEHARA “TALK SHOW” AND WORKSHOP

By ERIC NAKAMURA

The opening was awesome, but the workshop and talk was amazing too. Not only did you get to see the story of his life, you got to actually make a figure. He even did it in Japanese. No translation was necessary at all. It was hilarious. His opening yell, LET’S MAKE was followed by the passing out of Japanese paper clay. Step by step, you learned to make one of his characters. The best part was at the end, this little bit of clay that was left behind? You make an intestine with it! >>

YUKINORI DEHARA SATOSHI OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you to all the attendees of last weekend’s reception. Check out the photos of Satoshi and Morlin with friends! >>

TIME LAPSE VIDEO: YUKINORI DEHARA PAINTS THE GR2 GALLERY

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Yukinori Dehara paints the GR2 gallery in preparation for last weekend’s reception. >>

TIME LAPSE VIDEO: YUKINORI DEHARA PAINTS THE GR2 STOREFRONT

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Watch Yukinori Dehara paint through the window in preparation for last weekend’s reception. >>

SHOW REVIEWS: THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN, DYS, IT’S CASUAL, NEGATIVE APPROACH, JIMMY CLIFF

By MARTIN WONG

The first time I saw The Jesus & Mary Chain was a religious experience. I was still in high school when Rodney on the ROQ first played “Never Understand” and then announced that the JAMC were going to play their first gig in the U.S. at the Roxy in 1985. The show, which was a couple of nights before Christmas, didn’t last more than 20 minutes with Jim and William Reid mostly facing away audience and Bobby Gillespie banging on a single tom. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 6.29.12 – Yukinori Dehara’s figure exhibition opens Saturday at GR

 

YUKINORI DEHARA FIGURE EXHIBITION

JUNE 30 – JULY 25, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 6:30-10PM

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ARTIST TALK & CLAY MODELING WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 3-5PM

The Salaryman in Japan, is an underpaid and understated workforce who work long hours and have forged a lifestyle that is strongly responsible for the economic miracle of post World War 2 Japan. Today they wander the streets after their long day, drinking and frolicking until they head home to their family, only to face the same thing the following day. Satoshi is this person but has a friend, a beast named Morlin.

We’ll be sure to feature clay sculptures and more from Yukinori Dehara. We’ve featured Japanese artist, Yukinori Dehara annually and his exhibitions range from being touching to grotesque. Yet like most artists, he has a deep ideology behind his pieces although to the casual observer, they look like fun. >>

 

TREESON

PLUSH KEYCHAIN


Treeson maybe the sweetest looking forest fellow in the world. Now he can clip to all bags and keychains to bring his charm.

NIKKI MCCLURE

BLANK GREETING CARD


Nikki McClure creates complex, yet natural designs by cutting away from a single piece of black construction paper with an x-acto knife.

MARSHALL

ZIPPER CHARM


Marshall the marshmallow boy in zipper form! Collect all 16 styles. Clasp on anything that needs a cute charm.

TRAVIS LAMPE

TEAR DRIPS VINYL FIGURE


Make your life sadder with artist and illustrator Travis Lampe’s Teardrip vinly figures. These are blind boxed.

SHIGERU MIZUKI

NONNONBA


NonNonBa is the definitive work by acclaimed Gekiga-ka Shigeru Mizuki, a poetic memoir detailing his interest in yokai (spirit monsters).

VICE

DO’S AND DON’TS: BOOK 2


With pictures sent in from thousands of contributors around the world and captions written by opinionated cranks around Vice’s offices.

COLOR INK BOOK

TO DIE FOR SPECIAL ED.


Tattoo inspired artwork by To Die For artists: Deph, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Adam Hathorn AKA Honkey Kong, Steven Daily, Dan smith, Annie Frenzel and many more!

COLOR INK BOOK

VOLUME 15


Features a cover by Amy Sol. This volume features works by Adam Isaac Jackson, Anjo Bolarda, Amy Sol, Brian Colin, Dabs Myla, David Lozeau, Jed Thomas, and more!

 

DAVE KIERSH

AFTERNOON SPECIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 3-5PM

Giant Robot is proud to host Dave Kiersh, an indie comics hero. Kiersh has been working in the indie comics space for years and has slowly gained a loyal audience. His style is freely drawn and appears effortless and calming. It’s realistic and nostalgic.

Afterschool Special is an illustrated romance concerning two teenage outsiders navigating a suburban landscape through nostalgia and personal dilemmas.  This 132 page full color perfect bound book includes affectionate nods to abandoned parking lots, late night B-movies and trashy amusement parks.  Fully written, illustrated and published by Dave Kiersh.  First offset printing and limited to 700 copies.

Dave Kiersh was born in 1979.  He is also the creator of Dirtbags, Mallchicks and Motorbikes, his first full color book, which was published in 2009 with the assistance of a Xeric Grant.  Afterschool Special went to print as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.  He has been self-publishing his own comics since 1999. >>

 

 

 

 

LISA LING – OUR AMERICA

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Lisa Ling began her career at Channel One News, a news program broadcast to junior high and high school students across America. She then changed careers and joined the cast of daytime TV talk show, The View. Soon after, she went back into hard journalism and hosted National Geographic Explorer and now, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) she hosts an hour long news show, Our America. Ling resides in Santa Monica, California, and I visited her new eco-home shared with her husband, Paul Song. The podcast began and stopped a couple of times from a visit from Ling’s mother, sister Laura and her new baby. >>

VIDEO: MEET SATOSHI – THE LAST SALARYMAN

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Yukinori Dehara’s figure exhibition opens this Saturday evening at GR2. Don’t miss out! >>

LUKE CHUEH SIGNING + TALK

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Artist Luke Chueh was on hand to speak about and sign his latest book, Bearing the Unbearable on Sunday, June 24th at GR2. Check out the photos.  >>

VIDEO: LUKE CHUEH SIGNING + TALK

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Luke Chueh speaks, shows slides, and answers questions for nearly an hour at GR2 on Sunday, June 24th. You might have to turn the volume up to hear. The live stream was set up last minute! >>

YOSHITOMO NARA – NO NUKES – FREE PRINTABLE IMAGE

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Yoshitomo Nara supposedly released this image for people to print out in protest of the reactor restart. Nara posted on his Twitter account that basically says the image appeared in his Slash with a Knife book. OK to scan it and print it, just don’t sell it.  >>

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GR Time: 6.22.12 – Meet artist Luke Chueh this Sunday at GR2!

artwork by: kevin luong

 

 

LUKE CHUEH

ARTIST TALK | BOOK SIGNING | PRINT RELEASE

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1-4PM

The Art of Luke Chueh – Bearing the Unbearable is a monograph filled with the history of Luke Chueh’s art work. We’re proud to announce the appearance of Luke Chueh at Giant Robot 2 on Sunday June 24th.

We’ve also added an artist talk. From about 1-2pm, Luke Chueh will discuss certain art pieces, his career and will field whatever questions you have. We’ll project images and we’ll try to stream it at ustream. Chueh will then be available to sign copies of his monograph (we’ll have copies) and to release his new print, “Swarm” which was on the cover of Giant Robot 68.

 

MIMOBOT X BATMAN

DARK KNIGHT RISES

USB FLASH DRIVE


Batman™ (The Dark Knight Rises Edition) X MIMOBOT®, featuring a brand-new a design inspired by the Christopher Nolan-helmed trilogy of movies.

SOFT CANDY

THE GIRLS OF

DANNI SHINYA LUO


Shanghai-born Danni Shinya Luo presents a collection of brand new drawings, paintings and illustrations. Luo has emerged as one of the most important female voices in contemporary symbolic art.

MEAT BUN

NINJA MAGIC T-SHIRT


“Year three of most ninjutsu schools places a heavy emphasis on skateboarding. How else do you think Joe Musashi knew how to pull off all those sweet hoverboard moves in Return of the Ninja Master?”

MEAT BUN

PEELOUT T-SHIRT


“A pissed-off ape with the skill to drive a car that’s capable of launching an explosive turtle shell would be a terrifying thing, don’t you fink?”

UGLYDOLL

CAST TOTE BAG


Go green with the cast of your favorite Uglydolls! It’s recyclable and makes getting groceries or carrying goodies much cuter!

UGLYDOLL

SALT & PEPPER SHAKER


Meal time will now be way more fun! The head detaches via magnet to use the pepper shaker. His head is the salt and body the pepper.

YUKINORI DEHARA FIGURE EXHIBITION

JUNE 30 – JULY 25, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 6:30-10PM

+

ARTIST TALK & CLAY MODELING WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 3-5PM

The Salaryman in Japan, is an underpaid and understated workforce who work long hours and have forged a lifestyle that is strongly responsible for the economic miracle of post World War 2 Japan. Today they wander the streets after their long day, drinking and frolicking until they head home to their family, only to face the same thing the following day. Satoshi is this person but has a friend, a beast named Morlin.

We’ll be sure to feature clay sculptures and more from Yukinori Dehara. We’ve featured Japanese artist, Yukinori Dehara annually and his exhibitions range from being touching to grotesque. Yet like most artists, he has a deep ideology behind his pieces although to the casual observer, they look like fun.

 

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS: JANET LIANG UPDATE

By ERIC NAKAMURA

From Janet Liang: “With that said I’d like to announce that I have found a 9/10 donor match from a 29- year old male. I could not have done this without you all. We are also going to look at the cord blood registry for matches and choose our options. Now I’m off to do my spinal tap to make sure it’s not lurking in my noggins.” >>

SMALLTOWN, USA: MAR VISTA BLOCK PARTY

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Next Mayor? Jan Perry and my mother (pictured above). I’ll admit, I’ve never been a great neighborhood guy. I like neighborhoods, but never cared to get out and purposefully meet with neighbors. My doors are shut, windows blocked off – same with my entire family. From mother’s doing, we decided to check out the “Potluck Picnic”. Joined by my aunt and uncle, myself, cousin and his girlfriend, we rolled seven deep to our first Block Party. What would it be like? >>

GAME NIGHT 10 EVENT PHOTOS: GAMES AND A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Game Night is always a fun event. The evening had a summer vacation vibe as the area was filled with locals who were just cut free from school. Graduations just took place at the local colleges and everyone was happy to be out. It’s hard to capture the many little micro things going on at Game Night. The crowds came through in waves, so it went from packed, to light, to packed again. We had 4 different games, 5 stations, Yeren – a board game that’s part of Game Over, and even a marriage proposal. >>

ART: FACE OF ANOTHER EXHIBITION AT BALCONI

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I don’t advertise that I do art of any sort and compared the portrait by Aaron Brown, my partner in this exhibition, I’m not in the same league. Why did I pick a guy who can draw like very few can? The two will hang side by side at Balconi Coffee Shop on Olympic and Sawtelle. >>

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GR Time: 6.15.12 – Game Night / Dehara / Luke Chueh

giant robot time: 6.15.12 | artwork by: kwanchai moriya

 

 

THE ART OF LUKE CHUEH

*CUSTOM SIGNED*


We’re having Luke Chueh in store Saturday June 24th at Giant Robot. Deadline to Order June 24th 10AM. Can’t make it? Its ok!

KEVIN LUONG

THE CUDDLIEST STAR PRINT


Measures 8″ X 8″ – Digital print, Edition of 10, unframed.
MEAT BUN

DAYTONABOT T-SHIRT

MEAT BUN

PASSING BREEZE T-SHIRT

MIMOBOT X BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RISES

USB FLASH DRIVE


Batman™ (The Dark Knight Rises Edition) X MIMOBOT®, featuring a brand-new a design inspired by the Christopher Nolan-helmed trilogy of movies.

MIMOBOT X HELLO KITTY

USB FLASH DRIVE


Bring the outdoors IN, with Hello Kitty® Fun in Fields MIMOBOT® designer USB flash drive by Sanrio® and Mimoco!

MINI TAPE ROLL

PANDA AND FRIENDS


Add this adorable panda and his friends to your mundane taping tasks. It’s sure to make your craft projects cuter.

TOTORO

10″ PLUSH


Straight from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) this guy is super soft and officially licensed.

 

Game Night 10

Glorkbot’s Mini-Adventure / Tri-Tri-Triobelisk / Samurai Gunn

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 6:30–10pm

In conjunction with the Attract Mode, Meat Bun Apparel and Angry Bananas, Giant Robot is proud to host Game Night 10, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. For this tenth installment, we are teaming up with James Kochalka and Pixel Jam’s long awaited title, alongside Shelby Cinca and Erik Svedäng’s iPad game, Tri-Tri-Triobelisk, and Beau Blyth’s Samurai Gunn.

We will set up game stations both indoors and outdoors and in person will be Shelby Cinca and Beau Blyth. Also playable with be Cinca and Sean Chao’s Yeren board game and Beau Blyth and Jeni Yang’s Catburger.

Game Night 10 is taking place during the Game Over Exhibition, so it’s a great chance to see video game inspired art alongside playable games. More info.

 

 

Luke Chueh Book Signing and Print Release

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 1–4pm

The Art of Luke Chueh – Bearing the Unbearable is a monograph filled with the history of Luke Chueh’s art work. We’re proud to announce the appearance of Luke Chueh at Giant Robot 2 on Sunday June 24th 1-4pm. Chueh will be available to sign copies of his monograph (we’ll have copies) and to release his new print, “Swarm” which was on the cover of Giant Robot 68. More info.


 

 

Satoshi – The Last Salaryman

Figure Exhibition by Yukinori Dehara

Reception: Saturday, June 30, 2012 – 6:30-10pm

Artist Talk & Clay Modeling Workshop

Sunday, July 1, 2012 3-5pm

The Salaryman in Japan, is an underpaid and understated workforce who work long hours and have forged a lifestyle that is strongly responsible for the economic miracle of post World War 2 Japan. Today they wander the streets after their long day, drinking and frolicking until they head home to their family, only to face the same thing the following day. Satoshi is this person but has a friend, a beast named Morlin.

We’ll be sure to feature clay sculptures and more from Yukinori Dehara. We’ve featured Japanese artist, Yukinori Dehara annually and his exhibitions range from being touching to grotesque. Yet like most artists, he has a deep ideology behind his pieces although to the casual observer, they look like fun. More info.

 

 

 

 

MOTHERFUCKERLAND, INSTALLMENT 21

By ED LIN

And so our story ends. Thank you for reading. As always, feel free to swing by edlinforpresident.com. >>

THE NEW CAR – MITSUBISHI MiEV 112MPGe

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Here’s what I’ll be driving. It’s a Mitsubishi MiEV, the MPGe has an “e” which means “equivalent”. I’ll be seeing how it’ll ride and feel. I already know, like a Prius, it starts silently. The car has “eco” written all over it. Want a ride? >>

GR INTERVIEW: JIM A OF TOY BOARDERS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Jim A: “I am a graphic designer & an old school skateboarder, my son AJ he skates all the time. He helped me design the final designs  & got me up to date on the moves that they should be doing. Hence I named ‘em after my son AJ – AJ’s Original Toy Boarders. The original sculpts are just a tad larger than the final product – this way you can get a little more detailed.” >>

E3 AND THE STATE OF THINGS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Robert Bruce: “The first thoughts I had after roaming the floors of E3, were toward the bafflingly huge booths dedicated to social gaming and mobile gaming companies. These companies must be making a fairly sizable profit to be able to afford the large swathe of floor space on the E3 floor. The other thing I noticed was how small the big game prod companies booths were in comparison to years before.” >>

REVELATION 25 W/ GORILLA BISCUITS, YOUTH OF TODAY, INTO ANOTHER, SENSE FIELD…

By MARTIN WONG

Revelation Records‘ 25th anniversary happened last weekend and I went to two of the four shows. Here are some pics that I’m sharing in B&W. As my friend Ben Clark says, that’s how punk rock is supposed to look. >>

MEET GR’S TRU NGUYEN

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Tru Nguyen works at Giant Robot and we’re proud to say that she is a public transportation rider. Check out her responses to being carless in Los Angeles on kcet.org. >>

GR2 GAME OVER VIDEO

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thanks, Carlos “Angrybananas” Lopez. >>

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GR Time: 6.8.12 – Game Over artwork now available online

 

GAME OVER

VIDEO GAME CULTURE ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 2 – JUNE 27, 2012

Artists include: Aaron Brown, Albert Reyes, Alex Chiu, Ana Serrano, Andrice Arp, Aska Iida, Bradford Lynn, Brian Luong, Bryan Wong, Bubi Au Yeung, Cam Floyd, Carlos Donjuan, Christopher Chan, Cory Schmitz, David Horvath, Devin McGrath, Elizabeth Ito, Elliot Brown, Eric Broers, Erin Althea, Gabe Gonzales, Gary Musgrave, Grant Reynolds, Heidi Woan, James Chong, James Kochalka, Jarrett Quon, Jay Horinouchi, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah La Torre, Jeremy Tinder, Jeremyville, Jeromy Velasco, Jesse Balmer, Jesse Fillingham, Jesse LeDoux, Jesse Moynihan, Jesse Reklaw, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, John Lau, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kio Griffith, Kwanchai Moriya, Lawrence Yang, Linda Kim, Louise Chen, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Maiko Kanno, Mare Odomo, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Martin Hsu, Matt Furie, Meatbun, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Patrick Kyle, Peter Kato, Philip Koscak, Renee French, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Sarah Lee, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Sidney Pink, Silvio Porretta, Stasia Burrington, Stephanie Kubo, Theo Ellsworth, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yumi Sakugawa and more.

AARTING: BLANKIEDESIGNER SER. 1 FIGURE


Blankie is a great new blind box figure series from aarting. 12 different figures designed by artists from around the world.

UGLYDOLL: CERAMICSALT & PEPPER SHAKER


The head detaches via magnet to use the pepper shaker. His head is the salt and body the pepper.

ANIMAL MARCHING BANDNOTECARD SET


Such a playful, cute notecard set from illustrator Junzo Terada.

SUPER IAM8BITART BOOK


SUPER iam8bit: More Art Inspired By Classic Video Games of the ’80s.

GAMA-GO:YETI SUBURBS T-SHIRT


The suburbs are encroaching on Yeti’s habitat.

UGLYDOLL:OX T-SHIRT


Ox is the best. Simple one character design.

LILLIPUT:WIND-UP TIN ROBOT


The design of the robot and its packaging is very nostalgic of mid-century toys!

WIND-UPSPACE ROBOT


His eyes and mouth light up as he treks through the land.

 

 

 

UGLYDOLL DAVID HORVATH

By ERIC NAKAMURA

We’ve covered Uglydoll over the years and watched it grow – even working on events such as Uglycon – a convention based on Uglydoll. In this podcast with David, we cover topics such as Uglydoll’s growth, character creation, the film, what’s next, and more. It’s a podcast that’s over 45 minutes in length and if you’re into creating anything, this is a must listen. >>

MEI MELANCON

By ERIC NAKAMURA

You saw her for too short of a moment as Psylocke. She was the jilted “Hello Moto” bride. Recently she was Jamie Chen on The L Word. In over 100 commercials and assorted roles alongside of her modeling career, I catch up with Mei Melancon at Giant Robot 2 on a recent morning for a podcast.  We cover topics that begin with her appearances in high profile commercials, X-Men, L-Word, relationships, and her little known upbringing in a commune in Japan. >>

GIANT ROBOT: GAME OVER EXHIBITION PHOTOS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Thanks for the visit to Game Over at Giant Robot. The exhibition features 140 pieces of art from nearly 80 artists. The opening reception on saturday was one of the most crowded ever. People filed in at 6 and we had people still hanging around well past 10. The work fills the walls and if you’re a game or art fan, this is a perfect place to get lost for a while. >>

INTERVIEW: RAD THRASH BAND FROM SACTO

By MARTIN WONG

Like the musical equivalent of a Coelacanth, Sacramento’s RAD is a living, breathing, biting example of an era gone by. They carry on the fury, brevity, and humor of the mid-‘80s when punk and thrash were crossing over, but with totally modern sensibilities.  A couple of months ago, I finally got to see them play L.A. (along with my friend and ace photographer Ben Clark, whose pictures from a Pyrate Punx house show are included in this blog) and followed up with some questions that follow. >>

E3 DAY ONE

By ERIC NAKAMURA

The E3 event in LA arrives again, and although there’s no giant announcement that seemed to move a mountain of any sort, it’s still a happening that matters. We do all play games of some sort, right? If not, we’re aware of them and they shape a tiny portion of our lives. >>

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENTS 1-20

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. Installments have been released weekly and the first 20 chapters are currently available. The novel will be concluding soon so feel free to get caught up! Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, One Red Bastard, has been recently published by Minotaur in April 2012. >>

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