Monday, October 27, 2008

APE runs amuck in the city

The Alternative Press Expo (APE), the little indie sibling of Wondercon and Comic Con, makes it's way back to San Francisco's Concourse this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.

APE is one of the largest gatherings of alternative and indie comics in the country, with exhibitors ranging from self-published writers/artists of smaller comics to larger, upscale publishers like SLG Publishing, Top Shelf, Drawn and Quarterly, and more.

The selection of comics, graphic novels, art work, 'zines, and other knick-knacks is endless. Watch your wallets, attendees.

Membership is available on-site only. One day membership is $10 (good for either day) and two day membership is $15. For those who present their Comic Con badges from this year get in for free -- see, that $70 (or $300+ you shelled out on eBay) you spent paid off. Huzzah! Comic retailers with legit business cards also get free membership.

For more information on special guests, exhibitors, etc., check out the site.

Panelists IV show @ Giant Robot in SF


Starting Nov. 1, GRSF presents its latest group showing in the fourth installment of the Panelists show. This time 'round comic artists from across the country (of the indie and art gallery caliber) will show off original illustrations, paintings, and mixed media work. There'll also be some special surprises from a few contributers -- amongst them are Eisner and Ignatz Award nominees and winners.

The following artists will have their artwork shown:

Trevor Alixopulos
Jeffrey Brown
Lilli Carre
Christine Castro
Shawn Cheng
Allison Cole
Eleanor Davis
Vanessa Davis
Theo Ellsworth
Renee French
Matt Furie
Tim Hensley
David Horvath
Rama Hughes
Hellen Jo
David King
James McShane
Dan Moynihan
Tom Neely
Anders Nilsen
John Pham
Lark Pien
John Porcellino
Jesse Reklaw
Aaron Renier
Emilio Santoyo
Kazimir Strzepek
Daria Tessler
Jeremy Tinder
Steven Weissman

An opening reception will be held on the aforementioned date from 6:30-10 p.m. with appearances from several of the show's featured artists.

Panelists IV runs till Nov. 12. 

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Things are looking ugly at Double Punch

Things @ Double Punch

Quirky Kaiju, bossy bears, cake eating spiders, and dolls so ugly they're charming have taken over Double Punch's gallery space in "Things." The show is a collection of, er, things that Uglydoll creators Sun Min Kim and David Horvath have created over the past 7 years since launching Uglydolls. Other works in "Things" include Bossy Bear, LittleBony, Choco & Minty, etc. 

Many of the items on display are extremely rare and long sold out. Have you seen the LittleBony DVD or CD at your local Best Buy? Nope? Uh-huh. I thought not.

The show ends Nov. 2. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids (under 14), plus you get a little gift too (refund if you purchase something). 

And sold exclusively at DP (and their webstore) for "Things" is the Lonely Otaku print for $50. This print is a limited run of 50.

Things @ Double Punch
Uglydoll's actually got a really sweet love story. Read about it here.

Things @ Double Punch
David and Sun Min Qee figures.

Things @ Double Punch
Coca Cola bottle caps sold in Japan, circa 2005.

Things @ Double Punch
Uglydoll vinyl toys, circa 2004. These were manufactured by the now defunct toy company Critterbox.

Things @ Double Punch
The aforementioned LittleBony DVD and CD. Little Bony is actually a kids show that aired in Japan.

Things @ Double Punch
Sun Min's Spider-Boom pink Qee, Circus Punk, and Baby-Boom prototypes.

Things @ Double Punch
Various Choco vinyl figures.

Things @ Double Punch
The merchandise table included a ton of Uglydoll plushes in mini and big forms, keychains, blind-boxed LittleBonys, Ugly Guide series, and Uglydoll notebooks.

I picked up a mini Moxy. She's magenta. I had to. And she matched my outfit that day too. 

Anywho, to see more things be sure to go --> here

Till next time, keep it dorky, folks.

[All photos courtesy of NiNa]

Friday, October 17, 2008

Booze n' Bots

The little watering hole in the bay called City Beer was poppin' on Monday night, even though they're never open for business on that manic day. Gama-Go held it's Octoberfest shindig there to celebrate the release of their latest edition to the Deathbot family: Deathbot Lederhosen.

The man of the hour.

It says, "6:00 pm Private Party Gama-Go." 

I'll go ahead and apologize for my lack of pictures from the event and what poor blurry quality the ones I did take possess. But they do fit in with the drunken state of mind I later endured during the party. =)

City Beer's 49 persons occupancy space was well exceeded as Gama fans and staff drank copious amounts of free beer (until it ran out) and chatted about all things Deathbot and all things not . . . Deathbot.



I don't recall what kind of beer was served since it was too loud to hear anything. But it was tasty. Trust me. This is coming from a girl who likes fruity cocktails.

Attendees were also able to purchase the beer stein clad bot for a sweet $20 -- not $40, like I said in the last blog. Want one? No worries! Prost with this guy for $22 at Gama-Go's site or NingYoushi. If you're in the bay, you can stop by NingYoushi's retail store Double Punch

City Beer is also a place worth visiting even if they don't have Deathbots all the time. Its neither a dive or fancy bar: its a specialty beer store where customers can sample beers and mix and match their own 6 packs consisting of domestic or international selections. They've got over 300 types of beers. Yes, 300. For more on City Beer, check out their spot on the interweb.

It was a good night of chatter and drinking. And wobbling. And getting headachey. Cheers to you all.

Watch out Sarah Palin: Terry Tate is back!

Everyone's favorite Office Linebacker (and star of the best Super Bowl commercial ever) Terry Tate returns to get the word out on voting and rub out Hockey Mom gobbledygook:

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Bust out the Lederhosen and get your drank on!


Join Gama-Go and Ningyoushi on Monday, Oct. 13 in an Octoberfest-like celebration in honor of the release of the wooden Deathbot Lederhosen at CityBeer in San Francisco.

Enjoy some delicious German beer all on Gama-Go's tab from 6-8 p.m. That's right, folks. FREE beer! And with that mentioned, apologies go out to those under the age of 21 -- this is a big kids par-tay. 

There'll also be a limited supply of the Deathbot Lederhosen for $40 on hand. If you can't make it to the beer fest to pick up the murderous Barvarian bot, no worries. He shall be up for grabs for everyone the following day on the Gama-Go site.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Every Designers' new BFF

Now you can give Full Bleed and a Megabyte a hug!

[Full Bleed vinyl toy; photo courtesy of]

[Megabyte vinyl toy; photo courtesy of]

These are just two of the cool characters from this past summer's Veer's Amazing Summer Activity book for Creatives & their Pals. There cool little world is filled with desktop wallpapers (like those above), games, and finally, cool vinyl toys!

Hopefully the rest of the gang gets immortalized soon...can you name them all?
Hint: they're all named after graphic design/art school terms...

(shot out to hj for the tip!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"That One."

Looks like you can already commemorate what everybody is saying is the highlight of the 2nd debate:

That One

Reminds me of a recent movie:

[via Talking Points Memo]

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Helvetica Alphabet Tees

If you're like me, you love and use the font Helvetica to the point where you want that to be the name of your first daughter. Now to show the simple complexity of the legendary font's design, American Apparel has shirts that take it back to the basics: the letters themselves.

The 2001HA Helvetica Alphabet T-Shirt is available in Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Hh, Jj, Mm, and Ss with more on the way. I've already sent my request for a Jj! [via Rumplo]

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Calories that Work for You (and others)

Today (until October 7), Sprinkles will be offering their strawberry cupcakes everyday with its proceeds going to the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund. Last year's campaign raised $20,000!

who knew perfection can be found in a box? Photo courtesy of

okay, so that's gonna be an extra minute (ha, or more like 60+) on the elliptical, but hey, can't say no when a cupcake can count as your good-deed-of-the-day.

Run...uh...Shop for a Cause

Put your sneeks down and do some different kinda running.
Run up that credit card and do your part by shopping in October aka breast awareness month!

Key to the Cure t-shirt,

Help fight against women's cancers by purchasing the limited edition 2008 Key to the Cure Tee at (finally) on sale today! This year's tee, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, is only $40 with over $35 going toward Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund.

Wanna give more?

Fashionistas: Saks Fifth Avenue's charity shopping weekend will take place October 16 to 19 at all of its stores nationwide and through, during which 2% of sales will benefit local organizations through EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund.

Ballers: Buy one of the 1,000 limited edition S550 Sedan Benzo! Holla.

More tax write-offs to come ;)