I Like To Eat Episode #3: Sweet Mex

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The long awaited 3rd episode of I Like to Eat is finally here! On this episode of I Like to Eat, we visit Sweet Mex in Union City, California for some delicious desserts.
What desserts does Sweet Mex hold for our hungry travelers?  And will The Eddie spoil his dinner? Tune in to find out on this episode of I Like to Eat.

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Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

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We are happy to announce that we will be attending Silicon Valley Comic Con doing what Retrenders does best! So join us in March 18-20 at the San Jose Convention Center as we do coverage of the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con, where we will meet and interview some of the attendees and guests, check out some awesome panels, and even do a little shopping in the dealers room.
And did we mention Stan Lee is gonna be there?!

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Tons of amazing guests already confirmed and more to come!

Be sure to check out their site at http://svcomiccon.com/ for more information and get your tickets now while you still can!

Vinyl Pulp #12: Fad Dunny Signing with J*Ryu

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Kidrobot recently released the 8in FAD Dunny and host a signing with its creator, J*ryu!
Join us as we interview J*ryu and talk about the meaning of the name FAD and what went behind creating the dunny.

For more on Jryu check out:
Jryuart.com

 

FALLOUT 4 Live Stream with Ramon

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Ramon just got in his Fallout 4 collectors edition and is ready to play the game for you all to see!
So join him on his Fallout adventure here on his personal Twitch Channel!

http://www.twitch.tv/neo_valentine

“No Hero Now” Debuts at Comikaze Expo 2015

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This past weekend, Comikaze Expo unveiled “No Hero Now,” an action packed cinematic music video which tells the story of Rian, a reformed and retired assassin who is pulled back into action after getting a distress call from her old team.

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After discovering a socialite referred to as “The Mantis” is investing millions into engineering genetic serums for humans, Rian must square off with a newly powered super human to avenge her fallen comrades and rescue her team’s leader.

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Alt Control Delete Success!

In early October, Ramon Govea and crew launched the Kickstarter to their comic Alt Control Delete and just within a few days of launch, they were 101% funded and over the last few days that’s actually reached 115% for a grand total of almost $4,000 raised on Kickstarter! They are now currently well over $4000 with 80 backers and still have 14 days to go but, although they are already funded, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fun stretch goals you can help them reach. Check out their Kickstarter here!

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Alt Control Delete follows Tess, a jaded professional gamer in search of her missing friend.  It’s a world where competitive virtual reality gaming has replaced war, and humanity is on the verge of creating a symbiotic relationship between technology and nature.  But in her search, Tess is forced to choose between the safety of her corporate compound and loyalty to her friend.

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If you can’t wait, to read it, you can get Chapter 1 of Alt Cntrl Delete digitally on Comixology.

Already being given tons of awesome review, I know I’m definitely looking forward to my physical copy of Alt Control Delete.
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For more info, be sure to follow their kickstarter as well as their Twitter at @AltCntrlDelete

Retrenders Plays: Metal Gear Solid Online!

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To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid Online, The Eddie will be streaming a few games exploring Metal Gear’s Online mode.   Watch all the action here on our brand spankin new Twitch channel!

http://www.twitch.tv/retrenders

Twitch Con 2015 DAY 1 VLOG

Sayori Chu and The Eddie explore the first ever Twitch-con and run into tons of awesome people such as Amie Lynn, Gootecks, Mike Ross, and many more!

Be sure to stay tuned to Retrenders for more on Twitch-con 2015 videos coming soon!

We Love Fine: Spider-verse Collection

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Swing into style with these friendly neighborhood collection titled Spider-verse over brought to you by WeLoveFine.  Designed by Catherine Elhoffer, these pieces are based off of our favorite spider heroes such as Spider-Woman, Silk, Spider-Gwen, Ultimate Spider-Man and of course Spider-Man.  Now this collection is being Fan-Funded which means that if it doesn’t meet the funded goal, some of these items sadly won’t go into production. So if you’d like to see these designs come to life and in your closet, be sure to show your support and help fund the line.  Fun Spidey related gear for both men and women, pre-order your Spider-Verse clothing now at http://www.welovefine.com/feature/spider-verse-collection.html

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I Like To Eat Episode #2: Chicken on Fire

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The long awaited 2nd episode to I Like to Eat is here!

On this episode, we visit Chicken on Fire and try some of their signature spicy fried chicken wings. We even get to go behind the scenes and see how their wings are prepared.

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Anime Expo 2015 Vlog Series

animeexpo2015logoEven though this Retrenders got the big rejection on getting press credentials for AX, that still did not stop us!  Since Ramen host Ramon Angel has never been to Anime Expo, we grab some friends and a mini-van (that really helps) and took a road trip down to SoCal for AX 2015 this July 4th weekend!   Since our fresh camera operators Johnny Moreno and James Navarro couldn’t make the trip, we will do a Vlog series of videos on AX 2015.  We’ll give our opinions, thoughts, reflections, highlights and whatever else is on our mind, so check our AX Vlog Playlist on our Retrenders’ YouTube channel!

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Vinyl Pulp #2: Art on Guard Exhibit

wootbearlifeguardartshowOn this episode of Vinyl Pulp we visit Woot Bear SF where they join forces with Boundless Brooklyn and Outre for the Art on Guard: Lifeguard Tower Art Show.  This show featured over 40 different artists and their custom lifeguard towers.  Vinyl Pulp also interviews the man behind Outre apparel brand.

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I Like to Eat @ Grillaz Gone Wild Food Truck – Episode #1

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Now we would like to introduce you to the newest show on Retrenders called “I Like to Eat”, where the Retrenders crew will go out to different food establishments and try some of their most popular dishes!

On this episode of “I Like to Eat”, we visit Grillaz Gone Wild food truck at Off The Grid and try out their signature The Flying Pig and Loaded Fries.

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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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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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Woot Bear: Toys Things & Art Exhibit

wootbearthingsjapanI bought a Mad Panda!  Welcome to the Woot Bear showcase:  Toys Things & Art Exhibit from Japan.  Woot Bear collabs with some of Tokyo’s top toy vinyl artists like Dehara Yukinori, Hariken, Konatsu, Mai Nagamoto, Mographixx, Refreshment Toy and Studio Uamou for this exhibit running through May 10, 2015.

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Anime on Display 2015

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Last Weekend our Ramen crew visited Anime On Display, an anime convention in Burlingame, CA. Here’s Eddie’s and Ramon’s take on the con:

Eddie from Ramen and a Half – Last time I went to AOD it was when it was still in San Francisco’s Japantown 2 years ago. The venue for this year was at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame (see our Capcom-Cup 2013 video here to see what the place looks like). Since Ramon and I have been to this venue before, we were curious to see how an anime convention would utilize the space. Capcom-Cup was centralized in one location, where as AOD used a lot more of the hotel space. There was a dealers room, several rooms for panels and anime viewing, and a game room on the other side of the hotel that also featured live performances. The convention itself was not crowded, it had just enough people where it always seemed lively. The dealers room was not too big either, a good number of artists and dealers with a few industry booths. Personally, I dislike crowded conventions so i enjoyed being able to move freely here. The game room had a great selection of games like Capcom vs Snk 2 and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike on arcade cabs and a selection of games on console.

My only complaint about this convention was the parking. The official lot filled up quick and when we tried to go inside, we were soon turned away and told to park anywhere else “at you own risk!” Safe to say, the parking attendant wasn’t very helpful. So we hunted for street parking around the corner but I ended up parking across the street in the private lots with many signs everywhere warning you of the potential of getting towed if parked here. Honestly, it was hard to enjoy the convention with the fear of your car getting ticketed or towed.

My favorite thing about AOD was their innovative registration system. Unlike other conventions with a cutoff date for their pre-registration, you were able to register for a badge at anytime before attending and you were able to pick it up when you arrived. This reminded me of websites like Target, Walmart or Best Buy that allow you to buy something online and get it in-store with same day pick up. It was really convenient and just made the registration process so easy!

One thing I will miss about it being in SF’s Japantown is definitely the food. It was hard to get food at this venue that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  I hope in the future they will address the food issue. On a related note, the Maid/Butler Cafe had no food when I went but the servers there did serve tea and were really fun to hang out with. They would play games with their customers and just have a good time and talk to you as well. We were definitely treated like royalty. All in all, if you are looking for an anime convention that isn’t too crowded and just a nice place to chill plus meet some cool people, then this is for you.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who (12th Doctor) #4

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Previously on Doctor Who, The Doctor and Clara get a distress call from an old friend, Tiger Mathara so they head to India 2315 but by the time they got to him it’s too late and they find him dead at the hands of a Thugee. While investigating Maratha’s death, they meet Maratha’s daughter Priyanka and find out that Scindia, an organization that worships the deity Kali, are behind everything. The last we see our beloved character, The Doctor gets sent back in time to India 1825 where he is saved by a renegade amazon named Rani Jhulka while Clara and Priyanka are trapped in 2315 surrounded by a horde of Thugee.

Issue 4 starts with the Doctor and Rani, a female bodyguard to the daughter of a spice merchant. She tells the story of how she fell in love with the daughter and how she loses her. You then find that her lover was also killed by the Thugee. After giving her back story to the Doctor, they are ambushed by the Thugee.

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The Quest for Ramen: J-Pop Summit / Ramen Yokocho Fest

jpop summit logoWe recently visited San Francisco’s Japantown last weekend for the J-Pop Summit & Ramen Yokocho Festivals. I’ve got to say, out of all the events at Japantown this year, this was by far the busiest.

Day 1 – Saturday, July 19
Saturday kicked off the festivities and, the second we arrive, all we see is a large mass of people; the event was just super packed it was nearly impossible to get around. Attendance was definitely not an issue at this show – the turnout was through the roof. On top of the J-pop and Japanese culture festivities, there was the Ramen Yokocho Festival going on so we decided to get some from the food booths outside but we soon learned that the line to get a bowl of  ramen was a 3 hour wait! We absolutely did not want to wait that long so we thought of doing the smart alternative and just have ramen at one of the restaurants within the Japantown mall. Unfortunately, our plan had a big flaw – it turns out everyone else had the same idea which made it extremely difficult to get food anywhere. Lines for every restaurant went out the door and the only place we were able to get food with no crazy long line was across the street away from the mall and the sea of people. We decided to eat at a Korean restaurant named Arang where the wait was pleasantly normal. After finally having eaten we just spent the rest of the day scoping out what else the festival had to offer. The foot traffic was still bad outside on the street so, instead of dealing with the crowd, we decided to hang indoors in the west mall and check out the booths there. After checking out the awesome artist booths in there, we noticed that the amount of people outside had lessened considerably, so we went back out and checked out the booths that were set up on Post Street, which consisted of vendors like Kusopop, Lokisa, and a number of other cool dealers. After an exhausting day, we ducked into Daiso, picked up a few snacks, and called it a day. Sadly we never got ramen today but there’s always tomorrow.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day will be happening on May 15th. The idea of the event is to explore how to make technology more available for users with different disabilities. The GAAD event will also run alongside an Accessibility Game Jam put together by indie game developers from Gamejolt.com which include our friends over at Nsomniart.

In person events will be held all other the world from different parts of the United States, Austrelia, Belgium, the UK, Tokyo, and the list goes on. For more info on the different in person events, you can see the list of them on the events tab of the GAAD website.
Along side the in person events, they will also be hosting online events as well. More info about those can again be seen on their webpage under the events page.

 

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For more info on the event, please check out:

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Gamejolt

and follow them on Twitter at @gbla11yday.

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