FanimeCon 2015 is Here!

FanimeCon CoverFanimeCon 2015 is this weekend!  Stay tuned to our YouTube channel as the Ramen crew cover FanimeCon all weekend long.

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The Cosplaying Couple – Joker & Harley @ Big Wow!

cosplaycouplejokerharleyquinnWe first met this cosplaying couple 3 years ago at Big Wow! Comicfest.  Anthony Misiano aka Harley’s Joker and Alyssa King aka Joker’s Harley are back at Big Wow! Comicfest in San Jose, CA.  Our Ramen host Eddie Ballar catches up with the fun cosplaying partners and gets some relationship advice.

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FanimeCon 2015 – May 22-25 @ San Jose, CA

fanimecon2015Hello fans!  If you’re wondering where the Retrenders team will be at this Memorial Day Weekend, it’s FanimeCon 2015!  We will be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday covering the anime convention with our Ramen & a Half show.  So come out to the biggest NorCal anime event!

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Cloud 9: The Floating Bar Restaurant in Fiji

cloud9barfijiNext travel destination:  Fiji.  Travel by boat to Cloud 9, the floating bar/restaurant in Fiji.  Grab a sweet cocktail, a slice of pizza and some snorkeling in one place.

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Food: The Middle Eastern Pizza

lahmadjunpizzaI admit, along with my fellow Retrenders blogger Stevie Jang, we haven’t found a good meat pie place in the SF area.  Most of the time, Lahmadjun we’ve eaten have been a little oily, greasy and not fresh.  Now Munchies is making me hungry with this piece, “Lebanon’s Lahmadjun”  with reporter Aris Roussinos.  In Beirut, Aris finds a Armenian/Syrian bakery, the Ichkhanian Bakery where they make the delicious Lahmadjun, which is a flatbread with spiced minced meat on top.

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Drawings of Kids Playing “Star Wars”

childrenstarwars00Reliving your childhood playtime experiences is what artist Craig Davison has done.  This is his series of illustrations of kids playing Star Wars.  If you have the money to spend, you pick-up one of these limited art pieces by Craig.

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Interview with Cosplayer Meg Turney @ Big Wow! Comicfest 2015

megturneycoverMore than just a cosplayer, Meg Turney is also Internet personality.  Our Ramen host Ramon Angel interviews Meg Turney on cosplaying and about working at Rooster Teeth.

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Interview with artist Nooligan @ Big Wow! Comicfest 2015

nooliganartcoverThe great thing about Big Wow! Comicfest is that it showcases the many talented artists like HaiNaNu Saulque aka Nooligan.  Nooligan talks about his upcoming projects and his very own comic book series Union St. Choir.

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Interview with Artist Frank Cho @ Big Wow! Comicfest

spidergwencoverLike artist Adam Hughes, comic book artist Frank Cho also has a knack for drawing sexy female superheroes and villains.  Ramen host Ramon Angel catches up with Frank at Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 talking about his latest projects and the “Spider-Gwen” internet buzz.

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Skullbunnies creator Ben Seto

skullbunniesTalented artist/creator Ben Seto has been drawing comics since he was in grade school.  We catch up with Ben at his artist booth in San Jose, CA for Big Wow! Comicfest 2015.

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Interview with Comic Book Artist Adam Hughes

adamhugescoverartWhen it comes to drawing the female anatomy, nobody does it better than Adam Hughes.  He’s a comic book artist and creator, but also known to draw many iconic DC and Marvel covers of female superheroes and villains.  Here’s our interview with Adam Hughes at Big Wow! Comicfest 2015.

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Food: Canadian Comfort – Poutine

smokespoutinerieThe Canadian comfort dish to eat is Poutine.  What is Poutine?  You got your fries, cheese curds and gravy sauce.  What’s not to like?  My fellow Retrenders blogger Stephen Jang says this is the YouTube fast food reviewer to watch Ken Domik.  Ken shows us how to make Poutine.

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PUMA Eyewear S/S 2015

pumaevewearshadescoverAre you looking for cool shades this Spring and Summer 2015 to match your outfit?  Well, take a look at PUMA Eyewear’s S/S 2015 lineup.

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The $9 dollar computer is trending

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A little tech company Next Thing Co. based in Oaktown, CA is making a super cheap P.C. without all the bells and whistles.  The computer is basically a chip with 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage and runs on a Linux OS.  The CHIP can connect WiFi or Bluetooth and use any screen like composite out, VGA or HDMI.  Again, this $9 computer can do lots of stuff.

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BigWow Comicfest 2015: Cosplayer/Designer Marie-Claude Bourbonnais

Mortal Kombat - Frost - Marie-Claude BourbonnaisThis sexy French Canadian and professional Cosplayer became an online hit with her Mortal Kombat costume character – Frost. Marie-Claude Bourbonnais has a background in fashion design with 16 years of experience. In this interview she not only tells us how she made it as a cosplayer, a model and a designer – but how she has to sometimes give her fans what they want, which is a little cleavage and sometimes nudity. “It’s a part of modeling and I wouldn’t be doing it if I wasn’t comfortable with it”, she tells me. Also in this interview, find out how latex became a costume fabric hit in the costume making world of cosplay… But what was it really used before that? She did throw out one word that gave her costume-making an edge – Polymorphe.

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I Want Some Nissin Instant Ramen Noodles

ramennoodlesnissinadIf you’re an anime/manga fan or instant ramen noodle fan, you might find yourself enjoying this promo ad.  The commercial drops a lot of anime/manga references.  Now I’m hungry.

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Video Viral Friday: Rush Hour / Face/Off Mashup

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What would a Rush Hour and Face/Off mashup movie look like?  Well, Funny or Die does a funny parody with Sean Combs and Byung-Hun Lee in Rush Hour 4/Face/Off 2:

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Legions of Boom! The Filipino American DJ Crews in SF/Bay Area

legionsofboomcoverBefore the MC Jins, Far East Movements and Asian American YouTube music stars, there was the Filipino American music movement in 1990s.  Of course, I should mention the Pop/R&B music groups and artists like Pinay, Kai, Once Vo1ce, Jocelyn Enriquez, Buffy to name a few, but in the genre of DJing – no one dominated with likes of DJ Q-Bert, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike.  They were stars internationally, around the globe mixing and scratching on two turntables.  Published by Duke University Press, author Dr. Oliver Wang takes us on a historical journey and ride in Legions of Boom:  Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A Guide to NYC by Rapper Nora Lum

bookmapnycfinacoverBorn and raised in Queens, let rapper Awkwafina aka Nora Lum take you on a journey into New York City.  No tourist sight-seeing traps, no Zagat approved bull crap and no Yelp business here on this book guided tour.

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Awkwafina provides funny insights and drops hidden gems around NYC.  She gives out her top 10 walking tours of New York City with fold-out maps, hipster places to eat and cheap places if you are on a budget.  And she provides 10 places to pee, which is very important.  This is Awkwafina’s NYC.

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LEGO Friends’ Death Star

legofriendsdeathstarcoverOne of the most iconic planet destroyer from the Star Wars franchise was the mighty Death Star.  This Death Star is supposed to carry weapons of mass destruction, but instead gets a beauty salon, candy store, pet store and more.  Custom LEGO builder Steve Price adds some humor here using bricks from the LEGO Friends line.

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LEGO Friends Mecha-Suits

This is LEGO Friends:

legofriendsmallMany custom LEGO builders are now getting on-board and building customs from the LEGO Friends product line.  I like the size of the LEGO Friends mini-figures and now custom builders like 3D Foundry has built custom mecha-suits for the Friends mini-figures.

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Destroying a LEGO Build

legodestroyerOf course as everybody knows, yesterday was Star Wars Day and WIRED magazine celebrated by spending $800 bucks in building a LEGO Super Star Destroyer ship and then dropping it.  Just like a little kid, sometimes it’s fun watching a big grandiose LEGO being smashed into pieces.

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The First Episode of Vinyl Pulp on Retrenders!

vinyl_pulp_onlyWe got a new show on our Retrenders’ YouTube channel – it’s Vinyl Pulp.  Since we’ve done many events at Kidrobot and Woot Bear, we had in mind on a show just focusing on vinyl toys, toy art collectibles and urban art, and so here it is, the first episode of Vinyl Pulp!

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Free Comic Book Day @ Isotope Comics SF

16737615714_d1f35188a5_kThis past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and we went to one of the best comic book shops in SF – Isotope, The Comic Book Lounge.  And it was 10 year-old Ethan Castillo first comic book shop signing event.  This talented artist has a knack for drawing Marvel’s web crawler Spider-Man.

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Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon

legostarwarsfalconCelebrating International Star Wars day in Melbourne, Australia, the goal was to build the largest LEGO Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.  LEGO approved Master Builders Chris & Dan Steininger and fans help in building the biggest Millennium Falcon spaceship.

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