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.
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. >>
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. >>
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. >>
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. >>
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. >>
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. >>