Yukinori Dehara at Giant Robot is a great art show. 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!
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. It was a fun time. If you’re at home and want to write a book, here’s his exercise. A) Write about the room you’re in. B) Write about a person with a problem C) write about how he tries to solve the problem but it only gets worse. D) Write about an entity that comes in and helps solve the problem. E) Then back to yet a new problem that arises. That’s the building block of creating a story. It was also Ed Lin’s Birthday. He turned “7″. He’ll be back at GR on friday at the Tongue and Groove event. What will Ed read? It’s another great question.