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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].

More Info

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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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. >>

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Giant Robot Time: 1.4.13 – Jawbreaker Day is this Saturday at GR2!

 giant robot time: 1.4.13 | artwork by: paige jiyoung moon

 

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.

MORE INFO | FACEBOOK EVENT

JAWBREAKER DAY

MEET DRUMMER ADAM PFAHLER

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

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

PLUSH FLOWER PIN


We’ve never seen a plush pin before!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

FLOWER HAIR BAND


Affix to your hair with an elastic band.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

FRAZZLED KAIKAI PLUSH


New beanbag plushes from Takashi Murakami’s KaiKai KiKi workshop!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

KIKI PLUSH KEYCHAIN


Little plush keychain that you can affix to your backpack or cellphone!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

© MURAKAMI


This publication marks the first comprehensive catalogue of the work of Takashi Murakami.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

SUPERFLAT


Superflat lays out the cultural and art historical roots of the Superflat artists.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

PLASTIC FOLDER SLEEVE


We have several Murakami designed pocket plastic folders.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

PLASTIC FOLDER SLEEVE


Backside has the same DOB image but in hot pink!

 

2013 OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 11AM-5PM

Join them for a BIG day full of family-friendly fun activities, crafts, and cultural performances… and it’s all FREE!

MORE INFO

 

 

 

 

TWO SHORT FILM REVIEWS FOR ACV NATIONAL TOUR

By ERIC NAKAMURA

I thought these were perhaps the best among a series of shorts. >>

SHOW REVIEWS: IT’S CASUAL, BONGOLOIDZ, AND SANDY YANG AT ALEX’S BAR; LIMP WRIST, DNF, FRAUDE, AND ACXDC AT THE ECHOPLEX

By MARTIN WONG

This one came together at the last minute and I am very grateful to my friends who put themselves out there during the deadest part of the holidays to take part. >>

LUCA RUCA – CRANBERRY TOWN

By ERIC NAKAMURA

New song by Luca Ruca who played at GR2 this year.>>

JANUARY FIRST – NEW YEARS DAY – OSECHI

By ERIC NAKAMURA

January First. Osechi. New Years Day. Family. Friends. Calm. >>

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Giant Robot Goods: New housewares from Decor Craft, Gama-Go, and more!

 

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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: 10.19.12 – Game Night 11 is this Saturday at GR2!

 

Just added… ASTRO DUEL and BLOOP for iPad.

We’ll also be premiering the latest episode of One Million Hit Points, a new webshow dedicated to video game culture in California.
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. >>

D-CLIPS

BICYCLE / DOG


Neat paperclips from Japan that come in a few varieties.

Artists include: Andre Bell, Gary Ham, Kronk, and more!

SISTER DOLL


Inside the doll is a teeny tiny card perfect for writing messages.

MIMOBOT USB FLASH DRIVES

ADVENTURE TIME / G.I. JOE


Mimobot has collaborated with Adventure Time and G.I. Joe to bring your favorite characters to life.

UGLYDOLL

SLEEPY CHILLY ICE-BAT


We’ve just stocked a handful of rare Uglydolls!

HELLO KITTY / MARK’STICKER

BEAR STICKERS


Hello Kitty is even cuter in a bear outfit.

MOMIJI

KEYCHAINS


Add a smile to your keys.

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 GR2.

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. >>

 

 

 

 

BIENNALE 3: TIME LAPSE OF SAELEE OH AND DETH P SUN

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Time Lapse of the mural and installation by Saelee Oh and Deth P Sun. Saelee Oh’s work took days and days, Deth P Sun, 11 hours. Both are amazing to see in person. Music by Goh Nakamura. >>

SON OF ANIMAL STYLE AT HIFF THIS FRIDAY

By MARTIN WONG

After being fortunate enough to cover the Hawaii International Film Festival a number of times for Giant Robot magazine, and I have to say that it’s my favorite of all time. >>

TAI CHI ZERO

IN THEATERS TODAY!

 

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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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: 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: 8.3.12 – The Trading Tortoise stops by GR2 this Sunday!

THE TRADING TORTOISE

SOUTHER SALAZAR & MONICA CHOY

1. Bring us something special that you’re willing to trade.

2. Fill out a tag (we will have them out near the Tortoise) with your name, location, and as much info about your trade as possible (leave the number blank).

3. Sit down and trade with us!  Tell us about your object you brought: where did you find it? did you make it? what’s the story behind it? We will present a few different options for you to choose from. We will do our best to connect you with something we think you might appreciate.  (If you decide you would rather keep the item you brought, that is always totally OK too)

4. Track your trade online. We will assign a number to your item that will allow you to see where it eventually finds its new home.

We can only accommodate up to 50 trades per stop, so come early! You are welcome to bring more items to barter with others, but please only 1 trade per person with the Trading Tortoise. Facebook event.  >>

Giant Robot is 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. On August 12th from 2-5pm Giant Robot 2 in LA, will host creator David Horvath in a “relaxed event” including Anniversary Wage signing, cake, cookies, button making, and Wages (Bingo)! Facebook event. >>

You might find Wolverine, Cyclops, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer, Red Skull, Storm, Human Torch, Thing, Vision, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Rogue, Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Magneto, or Punisher in your new collection.
New Giant Robot design featuring a dino reassembling Tokyo Tower! Sometimes your favorite dino character can be a good guy too.
The tees are lightweight and have a kind of distressed faded print. Perfect for the summer time!
The book includes all of Clowes’s best-known illustrations as well as rare and previously unpublished work, all reproduced from the original art, and also includes essays by noted contributors.
Part autobiography, part science fiction, Blue is the story of three spotty teenagers who skip school to go surfing, only to end up investigating rumors of a dead body in their beach town.
Everybody could use a pouch-friendly pal.

VINYL FIGURE


Part cactus, part punk rocker. All attitude!

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. >>

 

 

 

DIRECTOR ALISON KLAYMAN (AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY)

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Ai Weiwei might be the most famous living artist today. Surely he’s a controversial figure, at least from the eyes of China and while he produces work from museum exhibitions around the world, he’s continuously persecuted. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry captures the history of Ai Weiwei, from his days in New York City, to his rise as a media and art star. The film captures both sides of him. His work, which also melds into his Tweeting and documenting his own persecution. Director Alison Klayman captures numerous great moments, from the opening shots of Ai Weiwei’s cats to his detention and release. >>

INTERNATIONAL COMICS SPOTLIGHT ON BRECHT EVENS FROM BELGIUM

By MARTIN WONG

Seiichi Hayashi from Japan, Charles Glaubitz from Mexico, Jason from Norway–every time I attend Comic-Con I encounter at least one international artist with jaw-dropping, original talent who seems to redefine what comics can be. This year it was Brecht Evens from Belgium. His translated, painterly graphic novels, The Wrong Place (2010) and The Making Of (2012) are gorgeous slices of life that convey the power, drama, and luminosity of life without tights or capes. Or outlines or word balloons, for that matter. >>

THEO ELLSWORTH OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you to the attendees of last weekend’s reception. Check out photos from the event. >>

OBON SUNDAY VIEWS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Sunday Obon. The sun was going down slowly, and walking up La Grange street, you can hear and see people down the street having a good time. It was the last hour of the Obon in West LA. I used to revel in this event. It was one of the greatest moments of the year. I was small and the event was huge. Everywhere I walked felt like something great was happening. These days, it’s just as large, the foods are different and perhaps the changing times are dictating what happens. >>

WEST LA OBON PHOTOS

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Images from West LA Obon. I’ve wanted to attend this for the last decade, but it unfortunately always took place the same weekend as Comic Con. This year, Comic Con moved up a couple of weeks making my attendance possible. My goal has always been to shoot the photo that captures the event. A single image. I didn’t quite get it, but it’s somewhat close to what I’ve been picturing. >>

DE(CONSTRUCTING) CHINATOWN OPENING AT THE CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM

By MARTIN WONG

Last night I attended the opening of (de)Constructing Chinatown, the Chinese American Museum‘s newest exhibit. The group art show was envisioned by curator Steven Wong as a creative way to reflect the diverse peoples and perspectives that create L.A.’s Chinatown. >>

 

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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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

+

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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Giant Robot Podcast: Our America’s Lisa Ling

Podcast link here

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 has travelled around the world reporting from the front lines of wars, went undercover in North Korea and reported on drug lords. Our America focuses on interesting stories on Americans ranging from Sex Offenders to Nuns. Some stories reveal a darker underbelly and some are stories about people finding happiness. We talk about some of the inner workings of her new show, now it’s in third season, and the changes in her career.

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.

Lisa Ling is a pop culture fan and a long time supporter of Giant Robot.

 



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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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Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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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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Los Angeles, CA 90025

2062 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 



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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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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 



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Giant Robot Time: 5.25.12

 

 

TONGUE AND GROOVE

AUTHOR READINGS

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 8PM

In celebration of National Asian American/Pacific Islanders Heritage month, Conrad Romo’s Tongue and Groove Series will make an appearance at Giant Robot 2 featuring Frannie Choi, Chiwan Choi, Ed Lin, Traci Kato Kiriyama and others

bios

Chiwan Choi is a writer, editor, teacher, and publisher Abductions is his second book of poetry.

Ed Lin is the author of Waylaid,This Is a Bust and Snakes Can’t Run. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. The native New Yorker’s latest book is One Red Bastard, by Minotaur. He’ll be available to sign copies.

Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama is the creator/ producer of Tuesday Night Café in Japan Town. She is a writer, performing artist, educator and  grassroots organizer.

Franny Choi was a finalist at two of the three most prestigious poetry slams in the country: the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was awarded Best Female Poet and Most Innovative at the 2011 Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational, and her team was specially recognized for Pushing the Art Forward at the 2011 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. She was also the top-ranking female poet at the 2011 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the champion of 2010 Seoul Poetry Slam.

 

GAME OVER

VIDEO GAME CULTURE ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 2 – JUNE 27, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 6:30-10PM

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.

Also there will be playable indie games including the works of programmers Beau Blythe and Shelby Cinca who are creating a game with Sean Chao and Jeni Yang. It’ll be a welcome back to ArtxGames series.

 

 

 

ED LIN – ONE RED BASTARD

* SIGNED COPY *


Fresh from the writing workshop at GR2. Signed by Ed Lin himself!
This stainless steel vampire teeth bottle opener is sure to allow you to quench your insatiable thirst.
GAMA-GO

PEACOCK TREE T-SHIRT


This peacock has many friends because his feathers are branches.

The suburbs are encroaching on Yeti’s habitat. Beware!

NIKKI MCCLURE POSTER

WE ARE STARLIGHT


A wonderful assortment of posters from artist Nikki McClure!

In Japan it is customary when meeting to exchange business card. Now you can have a card holder which hold both your business card and the flip side to receive cards.

TOTORO 4″

PLUSH ORNAMENT


Get that feeling you had when you first saw My Neighbor Totoro every time you see this ornament hanging around.
RILAKKUMA RELAX BEAR

MINI MEMO PAD


Mini notepads with the Rilakkuma Relax Bear and his buddies! It’s dinner time!

Made in Japan and filled with quality 60 lb. paper suitable for water colors, pen, graphite and color pencil!
Beautiful simple tees based on graphics from the 50′s and 60′s. This particular design was done by Barry McGee!

I AM FINE

EISHI TAKAOKA SOLO EXHIBITION

MAY 5 – MAY 30, 2012

 

 

 

 

GR2: ED LIN WORKSHOP

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Ed Lin’s new book, One Red Bastard is out and he’s touring Southern California doing readings. Gladly, his first of two stops at Giant Robot included a workshop. In dubious form, he didn’t release any information on how it would work. >>

GOH NAKAMURATHON – 40, 40, 41 HOURS TO GO

By MARTIN WONG

The Dream Sessions, Goh’s latest Kickstarter effort, would remedy that. He’s trying to raise money to record sessions in three studios. Three cities, three different sets of musicians, same rad guitarist and singer. To help publicize the campaign, he’s been webcasting live sets featuring various friends playing music or just hanging out. >>

HELPING JANET LIANG BENEFIT CONCERT

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Her Leukemia is at 82% of her body, she has a 30% chance of survival, and she intends to be in Texas for the next six months recovering. She’s a busy one and there’s a concert coming up in her honor and also to raise funds. It’s Helpingjanet.com Perfect 10 Concert that’s taking place in LA. >>

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL: THE WORKING MAN, GOH NAKAMURA, CLOSING NIGHT

By MARTIN WONG

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival just ended and now I’m wondering what to do. Sounds like a good time to share some pictures. Of course, my focus was on my pals from The Working Man enjoying a moment in the spotlight. >>

CLOSING NIGHT LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Congrats to the folks who work on this festival. It’s looking up – way up. The closing night took place at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown. The pics don’t do the event justice, but that’s my cousin Michael Aki who starred in the film, Daylight Savings. >>

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 19

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, >” target=”_blank”>One Red Bastard, has been recently published by Minotaur in April 2012. >>

 



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Giant Robot Time: 5.18.12 – Free shipping on orders $50 or more

 

 

 

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TOTORO PLUSH

PHONE STAND


This Totoro phone stand will be the cutest addition to your desk. Keep your phone in arms reach and bringing a smile to your face. This is an official Studio Ghibli product!

These forest animals makes correcting your mistakes melt your heart. Pack includes a monkey, koala bear, hamster, hedgehog, two bears a bunny and a tree stump!

ERASER PACK

ZOO ANIMALS


Cutest erasers around! These zoo animals makes correcting your mistakes melt your heart. Pack includes a pig, cow, horse, giraffe, panda bear, elephant and wood bench!

Check out these cute Gumdrop dog figures. Each color has two face variations! Collect all 12! Measures about 2″ tall.
Your favorite ninja related hand-held video game Ninjatown now has its own zipper charm. Collect all 16.
Includes four mini journals, two ruled and two blank. Printed on 100% FSC-certified paper, soy-based inks.
A special limited edition collaboration between Lego and Moleskine.
A semi-translucent file folder that features Relax Bear, picking flowers with friends!!

 

MEET AUTHOR ED LIN

WRITING WORKSHOP + AUTHOR SIGNING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7-9PM

Author Ed Lin just released his latest novel, One Red Bastard and is conducting a writing workshop. He says to bring your iPad, iPhone or Paper. The workshop is scheduled for an hour 7-8pm.

 

Afterwards from 8pm-9pm, Ed Lin will sign his new book – One Red Bastard. We’ll have copies on hand.

 


 

TONGUE AND GROOVE

AUTHOR READINGS

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 8PM

In celebration of National Asian American/Pacific Islanders Heritage month, Conrad Romo’s Tongue and Groove Series will make an appearance at Giant Robot 2 featuring Frannie Choi, Chiwan Choi, Ed Lin, Traci Kato Kiriyama and others

bios

Chiwan Choi is a writer, editor, teacher, and publisher Abductions is his second book of poetry.

Ed Lin is the author of Waylaid,This Is a Bust and Snakes Can’t Run. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. The native New Yorker’s latest book is One Red Bastard, by Minotaur. He’ll be available to sign copies.

Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama is the creator/ producer of Tuesday Night Café in Japan Town. She is a writer, performing artist, educator and  grassroots organizer.

Franny Choi was a finalist at two of the three most prestigious poetry slams in the country: the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was awarded Best Female Poet and Most Innovative at the 2011 Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational, and her team was specially recognized for Pushing the Art Forward at the 2011 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. She was also the top-ranking female poet at the 2011 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the champion of 2010 Seoul Poetry Slam.

 

GAME OVER

VIDEO GAME CULTURE ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 2 – JUNE 27, 2012

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 6:30-10PM

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.

Also there will be playable indie games including the works of programmers Beau Blythe and Shelby Cinca who are creating a game with Sean Chao and Jeni Yang. It’ll be a welcome back to ArtxGames series.

 

 

 

 

JIBIBUTS ARTIST COLLECTION

FIGURE BLIND BOX

RAY FONG

D.W.F.

UGLYDOLL SERIES 3

ACTION FIGURES

GIANT ROBOT

BIG BOSS ROBOT T-SHIRT

GAMA-GO

QUIRKEYS

 

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PODCAST: LUKE ROOK THE APPRENTICE TOY MAKER

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Luke Rook has always been a friend to Giant Robot. He began his recent career in toys by opening Lulubell Toy Bodega in Arizona and soon moved to Japan where his career turned. From being a “toy buyer” he’s now a toy maker. In this podcast, Luke Rook explains some of the mysteries of the Japanese toy making scene. In a matter of a few years after moving, he’s unlocked the “system” of striking up vinyl figures from serious mom and pops factories. One of the greatest facets of Luke is his sheer honesty and frankness which is shaping a new sub genre of “kaiju”. He still calls himself an apprentice, but that’ll change soon enough. >>

MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD – PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S DVD RELEASE

By MARTIN WONG

The legend goes that Mutant Girls Squad came about when friends Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl), and Tak Sakaguchi (Versus) decided that since they like to drink together, they should direct a movie together–not an anthology but more like a jam where person takes a segment. But are the filmmakers violent drunks, funny drunks, or emotional ones? It turns out they’re all of the above in spades. >>

GIANT ROBOT VISITS OTOMO KATSUHIRO’S GENGA EXHIBIT

By BRETT FUJIOKA

Otomo Katsuhiro‘s movie, Akira, was my gateway to anime as a teen. Due to this, I was giddier than a kid on a sugar rush when the day came to visit his latest exhibition at the 3331 Chiyoda Arts gallery in Akihabara. >>

LONG BEACH COMIC CONVENTION PHOTOS

By DEAN GOJOBORI

Check out highlights from this year’s convention. >>

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL – OPENING NIGHT

By MARTIN WONG

Tonight’s kickoff of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival featured a screening of Daniel Hsia’s Shanghai Calling. I thought the smart, stylish comedy produced by Janet Yang and starring Daniel Henney was a bold choice of an opener. Instead of dwelling on typical themes of Asian American cinema such as the diaspora or having to live up to the image of Bruce Lee, it presented Asians as being in a position of power in terms of commerce and culture. >>

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 18

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. 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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Giant Robot Time: 5.11.12 – New work by Eishi Takaoka now available!

 

 

I AM FINE

EISHI TAKAOKA SOLO EXHIBITION

MAY 5 – MAY 30, 2012

   Eishi Takaoka’s work is coming back. Although the sculptures of Eishi Takaoka all portray the same serene expression, their outwardly calm façade belies a world of bottled-up emotions. With nowhere to go, these intense feelings manifest themselves in outlandish formations that sprout out of the top of each figure’s head. The uniquely sculpted heads of Takaoka are rooted in a personal fantasy world that is fueled by the emotional ups and downs of daily life in lower-middle class Japan. He instills his frustration with life in Kagoshima and feelings of isolation into each of the pieces, which are comprised of carved wood painted with raw mineral pigments placed atop empty glass medicine bottles.

Takaoka’s pieces have been seen in group shows in Tokyo and New York, one-person exhibitions at Giant Robot New York and GR2 in Los Angeles, and on the cover of novelist Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. For this exhibition, Takaoka will create 34 sculptures at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. See the exhibit.

AARTING – BLANKIE DESIGNER

SERIES 1 FIGURE


Blankie is a great new blind box figure series from aarting. 12 different figures designed by artists from around the world. Artists include, Matucha, Miss Shelby, Cvele, Atomic1970, and more.

SHINZI KATOH

SERENO HELLOTOTE


Shinzi Katoh creates some of the cutest products around. Four leaf clovers are extra lucky when gifted by your crush. Sprouting flowers and clovers on back side. Made of a durable canvas material.

MINI TAPE ROLL

ROBOTS


Add this robot pattern to your mundane taping tasks. It’s sure to make your craft projects cooler.

P+G DESIGN

POCHI PANDA POUCH


Are the contents of your purse not cute enough? Now it is! What a cute Panda Bear face on this silicone pouch.

YOSHITOMO NARA

LITTLE WANDERER FIGURE


Drag the Little Wanderer back a bit, let it go, and it propels itself across whatever flat surface you like. Beautiful, classy design which is what to expect from Yoshitomo Nara products.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

MINI TOWEL


Superb mini hand towels from world renowned Supeflat artist Takashi Murakami. Made of soft terry cloth material.

MOLESKINE

SKETCHBOOK


The cover is plain black, the blue stripe is just a piece of paper. Interior pages are heavy paper.

EGGLING

PETUNIA


Grow your own flowers in this nature inspired planter. Just crack open and water.

LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

MAY 10 – MAY 20, 2012

 

Surrogate Valentine: 5/12; Surrogate Valentine 2: 5/12, 5/13; Tormented: 5/12; Dragon: 5/14

    As previously posted on GR, I made several trips to the northern countryside of Japan in the days and weeks following the disaster of 3/11. And, though the intent of these ragtag “missions,” was primarily humanitarian, I took many photos along the way, posting them with my reports on these pages. I recently culled the most evocative of those shots for display at the 12th incarnation of the always delightful Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival, held last week in Frankfurt.

 

 

 

 

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 17

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. 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. >>

OFF! RECORD RELEASE PARTY W/ FIDLAR AND SPIDER FEVER [...]

By MARTIN WONG

What can I say about OFF! The same way that the Whisky encapsulates a lot of what’s rad about L.A., so does the current project of Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, 411, Spider Fever). It has punk, metal, and the pure darkness, aggression, vitriol, and smarts that seep through every Pettibon illustration or Chandler novel. Still blasting songs at roughly a minute each with huge amounts of chops and pent-up energy, there’s no room for the falseness that outsiders associate with L.A. >>

PHOTOGRAPHS OF TōHOKU

By MICHAEL ARIAS

As previously posted on GR, I made several trips to the northern countryside of Japan in the days and weeks following the disaster of 3/11. And, though the intent of these ragtag “missions,” was primarily humanitarian, I took many photos along the way, posting them with my reports on these pages. I recently culled the most evocative of those shots for display at the 12th incarnation of the always delightful Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival, held last week in Frankfurt. >>

EISHI TAKAOKA OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

What’s a gallery supposed to do when an artist can’t make it? We’ve had that issue in the past but this time, we did something creative with it. Eishi Takaoka isn’t the most talkative but across the world at his house in Kagoshima, Japan, he joined his solo effort at Giant Robot 2 – I Am Fine. He spoke to visitors as if he was there using Skype video with HD cams. He answered questions with some translation help from Google Translator, our friends Kio and Shihori. >>

 

 



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Giant Robot Time 4.20.12

SPRING SALE

SAVE 20% IN-STORE // SAVE 25% ONLINE

APRIL 6 – APRIL 22, 2012

Online checkout code: grweb25. Artwork excluded from offer.

THEY ARE US

NEW WORK BY AKO CASTUERA

APRIL 7 – MAY 2, 2012

Ako Castuera often shows at Giant Robot in group exhibitions. This will be her first solo effort at Giant Robot. Castuera’s work involves a look into the past which has brought us into the present. Along with her sweeping watercolor hills and valleys are dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Castuera relays their significance as a dreaming point as well as their contribution in our ecosystem.

   Also in this exhibition will be sculptural work also depicting prehistoric animals captured in a modernistic style. Castuera’s work is colorful, dreamy and captures a concept that explains who we are and where we came from.

I AM FINE

EISHI TAKAOKA SOLO EXHIBITION

MAY 5 – MAY 30, 2012

RECEPTION: SAT, MAY 5, 6:30-10PM

   Eishi Takaoka’s work is coming back. Although the sculptures of Eishi Takaoka all portray the same serene expression, their outwardly calm façade belies a world of bottled-up emotions. With nowhere to go, these intense feelings manifest themselves in outlandish formations that sprout out of the top of each figure’s head. The uniquely sculpted heads of Takaoka are rooted in a personal fantasy world that is fueled by the emotional ups and downs of daily life in lower-middle class Japan. He instills his frustration with life in Kagoshima and feelings of isolation into each of the pieces, which are comprised of carved wood painted with raw mineral pigments placed atop empty glass medicine bottles.

Takaoka’s pieces have been seen in group shows in Tokyo and New York, one-person exhibitions at Giant Robot New York and GR2 in Los Angeles, and on the cover of novelist Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.

   For this exhibition, Takaoka will create 34 sculptures at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. He is currently attending school in his hometown of Kagoshima, Japan and will not be in Los Angeles for the opening.

 

PAUL ROBERTSON*SIGNED* PRINT


Fresh from our Diversions! art show at the GR2 gallery. Paul Robertson’s 8-bit style prints are available signed by the man himself. Inspiration for his work is found in popular culture, video games, animation and nostalgia.

DOMO 2″ QEESERIES 4 FIGURE


New series featuring everyone’s favorite character Domo Kun! These blind boxes have an awesome array of styles that are more rare than the next!

JAMES JEANXOXO POSTCARD SET


GR contributing artists James Jean has released this wonderful set of postcards featuring images of his much talked about paintings. 30 postcards in the set!

JAMES JEANKINDLING


A poster book featuring 12 brand new, never-before-published paintings by award-winning artist James Jean. Each of the 11″ x 16″ pull-out prints is bound into a paperback portfolio and features a full-color painting on one side and intricate sketches on the opposite side.

ED LINONE RED BASTARD


In One Red Bastard, Ed Lin’s thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run, “reminiscent of Elmore Leonard… Compulsively readable” (Don Lee), it’s the fall of 1976. New York’s Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S.

UPPER PLAYGROUNDDAVID CHOE ASH GIRL T-SHIRT


David Choe and Upper Playground collaborate for this fantastic Ash Girl design based on one of David’s paintings!

UGLYDOLLBLIND BOX FIGURE


Finally Uglydoll blind box figures, specifically Glow-in-the-Dark Ice-Bat! Made of hard plastic with torsos that can be turned. 6 variations in all.

DORAEMONUSB TIME MACHINE


Plug Doraemon into your USB port and his time machine will project a digital clock display onto any surface.

BUKUBUKUAWA MASCOTPUFF BALL


Little plush puff balls with felt faces that randomly assorted facial expressions.

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 14

By ED LIN

   Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. 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 published by Minotaur in April 2012.

 

 

 

MOTHERFUCKERLAND: INSTALLMENT 14

By ED LIN

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. 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 published by Minotaur in April 2012. >>

ANIMAL STYLE AT FAAIM RECAP

By MARTIN WONG

I’ve attended a lot of film festivals over the years. And through Giant Robot magazine, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing features by friends as well as conducting Q&As afterward. But Animal Style for FAAIM’s Asian American Showcase was the first program that I’ve ever curated. Yes, it totally ruled. >>

FAAIM SHOWCASE: PREDUCE’S CHAIYO!

By MARTIN WONG

Check out this short Q&A with preduce boss Simon Pellaux about the Chaiyo! video and tour. >>

 

 

 

AKO CASTUERA

THEY ARE US

 



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Giant Robot Time: 4.13.12 – Ako Castuera Art + Sale Continues

NEW WORK BY AKO CASTUERAAPRIL 7 – MAY 2, 2012

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

   Ako Castuera often shows at Giant Robot in group exhibitions. This will be her first solo effort at Giant Robot. Castuera’s work involves a look into the past which has brought us into the present. Along with her sweeping watercolor hills and valleys are dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Castuera relays their significance as a dreaming point as well as their contribution in our ecosystem.Also in this exhibition will be sculptural work also depicting prehistoric animals captured in a modernistic style. Castuera’s work is colorful, dreamy and captures a concept that explains who we are and where we came from.

MELTING MOUNTAIN DESERT AND BLOOM PRINT

See the exhibit

SPRING SALE

SAVE 20% IN-STORE // SAVE 25% ONLINE

APRIL 6 – APRIL 22, 2012

Online checkout code: grweb25. Artwork excluded from offer.

The Unicornos were once 10 little ponies that were out trotting and wandered into a magic waterfall. Passing through the waterfall, the ponies transformed into unicorns and found a hidden magical kingdom.

YUMMY YOUTOAST SCARF


Yummy You by Twinkie Chan!
Inspiring style and appetites when worn! Yummy You Clothing does not want to just sit on a shelf, waiting to get noticed. It wants YOU to get noticed!

HALF PINTHERB GARDEN


Start your herb garden with this Half Pint Garden. Comes with Basil, Mint and Thyme seeds. Peat pellets and your water help it grow. Perfect for a windowsill.

MICROGIARDINISUNFLOWER PLANTER


Microgiardini Flower Cans are produced in Italy! Simply pop the can open, add water and place in sunlight for a mini garden.

This stainless steel vampire teeth bottle opener is sure to allow you to quench your insatiable thirst. Surprise your friends! I vant to drink your beer!
Momiji’s new mug collection is sure to brighten your morning. This Snuggle mug is so cute!
A classic David Choe image of faces and limbs collided together to create this great design.
KOZYNDANWAR OF THE MONSTERSPRINT


From Kozyndan: “We wanted to capture the chaos wreaked on the city and its denizens by the player.”

 

   One of the best things about working on Giant Robot magazine during its 16-year run was providing a showcase for rad work by talented friends. This weekend I get to do it in a different setting–a film festival. With the encouragement of FAAIM director Tim Hugh, I put together Animal Style. The first part collects indie skate videos by Asian Americans, while the second section cherry picks pieces from Asia itself. More info.


 

   Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. New installments will be released weekly. 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, will be published by Minotaur in April 2012. Read on.

 

 

 

Read author Ed Lin’s new serial novel, Motherfuckerland. 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, will be published by Minotaur in April 2012. >>

SEE THE ANIMAL STYLE SKATEBOARD VIDEO PROGRAM AT FAAIM IN CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND

By MARTIN WONG

With the encouragement of FAAIM director Tim Hugh, I put together Animal Style. The first part collects indie skate videos by Asian Americans, while the second section cherry picks pieces from Asia itself. >>

PRESS: LOS ANGELES I’M YOURS INTERVIEW

By ERIC NAKAMURA

Nice photos and nice job. Thanks much fellas. It’s an honor. >>

GR2: AKO CASTUERA OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Thank you very much to the many that attended last Saturday’s opening reception. See the art, friends, and more. >>

GR GAME REVIEW: TALES OF GRACES

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Tales of Graces F is a port of a Japanese RPG that originally debuted on the Wii for the PlayStation 3, which includes extra hours of gameplay, High Definition graphics, and extra costumes and bonuses. >>

GR2: AKO CASTUERA – THEY ARE US – INSTALL PHOTOS

By GIANT ROBOT NEWS

Take a closer look at the exhibit as it was installed at Giant Robot 2. >>

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