Kenan & Kel – Actor Kel Mitchell

dsc_0068Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Nickelodeon actor Kel Mitchell at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.  Kel talks about his past television work and upcoming projects.

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Beast Boy Voice Actor Greg Cipes

dsc_0068If you remember watching Teen Titans and the popular character Beast Boy, he was voiced by actor Greg Cipes.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Greg at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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Top Cow’s Zack Kaplan on Eclipse

dsc_0068Currently, one of Ramen host Ramon Angel’s favorite comic book series is Top Cow’s Eclipse.  Ramon interviews creator/writer Zack Kaplan about the Image Comic series Eclipse.

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Artist Jamie Tyndall

dsc_0068From Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, our Ramen team roamed the convention floor for cool stuff.  Cosplayers really appreciate artist Jamie Tyndall art style for cosplaying.  Ramen host Sayori Chu interviews the Jamie on his artwork and upcoming projects.

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Ambigram Marvel Shirts by Mark Palmer

dsc_0068Artist Mark Palmer from Red Chapter Clothing is known for his stylized ambigram Marvel clothes.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar catches up with Mark at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con to talk about his art, Wow Tattoos and upcoming Red Chapter Clothing projects.

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Tanpopo – Artist Camilla d’Errico

dsc_0068Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews artist Camilla d’Errico on her work and Dark Horse art books from Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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“We’re Alive” Zombie drama podcast!

dsc_0068Our Ramen team was at Comikaze … oops wrong name, it is Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, now that’s a mouthful.  One of our first interviews with various guest from the show was with “We’re Alive” creator Kc Wayland (Wayland Productions).  Ramen host Eddie Ballar talks to Kc Wayland about his hit zombie post-apocalyptic radio podcast.

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Kidrobot x Sonic the Hedgehog

krsegasonic01It was the year 1991 when SEGA launched their video game mascot Sonic the Hedgehog on the world.  Celebrating 25 years this year, SEGA and Kidrobot releases Sonic the Hedgehog Medium Figure with 2 colorway version and is limited to 200 pieces.  The scene is from Christmas Island, the mini-diorama features Sonic getting ready to grab rings.

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The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

sk002One of most iconic filmmaker in our generation was director Stanley Kubrick.  His films stood out for being strange, weird and visually artistic.  He did not make mainstream flicks like director Steven Spielberg or summer popcorn fluff like Michael Bay, Stanley Kubrick was unique.  This was the last week of “The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, so being cinema fans here at Retrenders, we stopped by the museum.

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Ramen @ EVO Championship Series 2016

dsc_0695This past summer our “Ramen & a Half” crew attended EVO Championship Series 2016 in Las Vegas.  Host Eddie and Ramon participated as players in the event.  We also interview lifestyle gamers Mike Ross and Peter Rosas.

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Vinyl Pulp: Junko Mizuno x Woot Bear

img_1821Vinyl Pulp interviews artist Junko Mizuno at Woot Bear on her “Junko Woot Bear” silkscreen print, T-shirt and upcoming projects.  You can grab the colorful graphic tee at Woot Bear and the 8×11 silkscreen print is limited to 50 copies, so don’t wait to pick it up.

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DTLR x Starter = ’90s NBA Throwback Jackets

dtlrnbacover00Lifestyle retailer DTLR teams up with Starter to release retro 90’s NBA jackets.  The 90’s inspired “Black Label” jackets feature the bright colors and big logos with 2-side pockets.  The collection will drop this Friday October 28, 2016 at DTLR retail locations and DTLR.com.

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Crafting the Playskool Heroes Millennium Falcon

galaticheroesfalcon4One of my favorite playset/vehicles is the Star Wars Millennium Falcon.  I have memories of looking at the Kenner Millennium Falcon in toy catalogues and watching the TV ads.  Disney BOXED takes a look at designing and crafting the Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force Millennium Falcon Playset.  This is the Toys”R”Us exclusive version featuring 4 figures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, C3-PO and R2-D2.

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Cinema Alchemist, A Memoir – Roger Christian

cinemaalcoverImagine yourself in 1970s Hollywood and you’re on set meeting a nobody director at the time George Lucas, who is wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.  He talks to you about this secret script named Star Wars.  What would do?  This was before so-called “Hollywood blockbusters”, before movie franchises, before green screens, and before SFX studios like ILM.  Roger Christian accepted the gig and of course, the rest is history.  Cinema Alchemist, Designing Star Wars & Alien is a memoir by Oscar-winning Roger Christian.

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Pop! Animation: Cowboy Bebop

cb1cb3Funko’s popular line of Pop! figures gets some Cowboy Bebop action.  One of my all-time favorite animes is Cowboy Bebop.  The Pop! Animation line will feature Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed.  These figures will drop this December 2016.

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Kidrobot x Street Fighter V Vinyl Toy Series

krxsf5-caseKidrobot is back with another Street Fighter vinyl toy series.  This Street Fighter V series features some new characters and new artistic design.  Vinyl Pulp host Eddie does an unboxing and review of these new 3″ art toys.

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BAIT x Street Fighter Tees

baitsfoneStreet Fighter fans will enjoy these BAIT x Street Fighter Chibi graphic tees.  This collection features 3 different tee designs:  the Chibi Boss shirt with Akuma and his crew, the Chibi Group tee with Ryu and team & the Chibi Dhalsim tee.

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LEGO Ideas: 21306 Yellow Submarine

yellowsubmarineboxIt’s now official from LEGO, the iconic rock band The Beatles and their magical Yellow Submarine get the Lego treatment.  From the LEGO Ideas imprint the set features 550 bricks and 4 minifigures:  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  There is also Jeremy Hillary Boob figure included.

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Stranger Things Eleven Action Figure

specialedtoys11boxIf you have not watch Netflix’s Stranger Things, I suggest you do.  Get a Netflix account and then binge watch Stranger Things!  I was hoping Super 7 or something would do a ReAction line, but for now – Special Ed Toys and toy artist George Gaspar aka couchgrouch produced this cool Eleven action figure.  The action figure also comes with that 1980s-style toy packaging.

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Sneakers in a Bank Vault – 24 Kilates Bangkok

24kilatesbangkokWith the age of the Internets and shopping for stuff online, good old fashion retail stores need that “shock and awe” to get shoppers into stores.  Like the cool geeky Apple retail stores, streetwear boutiques have done the same by making brick & mortar stores a neat event place to come in and buy stuff.  One such shop is 24 Kilates in Bangkok, Thailand.  This innovative sneaker shop looks like a Swiss bank vault.  The shoes are kept in safety-type deposit boxes.  Now that’s neat.

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The Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino

therealataricoverIf you were that kid that grew up with the Atari 2600, you will definitely remember the distinctive box art packaging.  As a kid seeing the Atari video game box art made me go to my mom and say to her, “I want you to buy me those games!”  This October 2016, Dynamite and author Tim Lapetino take Atari fans on journey of video game artwork with The Art of Atari.

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Kidrobot x Scott Tolleson = The Odd Ones

theoddonesboxKidrobot collabs again with artist Scott Tolleson on a new Dunny series – The Odd Ones.  This Dunny collection drops tomorrow, October 8, 2016.  The 3″ Dunny series takes a Halloween themed inspiration.  There are 14 character designs including the chase figures in this collection.

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Gentle Giant LTD DC Super Powers Micro Figures

img_1669I wish I could go back in time and tell my 1980s self not to damage, throwaway or giveaway my various Kenner DC Super Powers action figures.  I was at Walgreens this week and finally spotted the Walgreens exclusive Gentle Giant LTD release of the DC Super Powers Micro Figures.  The 2″ PVC figures in Series 1 features Batman, Robin, Joker, The Flash and Lex Luthor.  The packaging is reminiscent of the 1980s Kenner DC Super Powers line-up.

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Batman: Facts & Stats from the Classic TV Show

batmanPow! Bang!  Hum the theme song!  The 1960s classic Batman TV show was colorful, bright and cheesy.  From Titan Books authors Rian Hughes and Y.Y. Flurch deliver a fun book and design feel of the 1960s Batman TV show.

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Arrow: Oliver Queen’s Dossier

arrowcoverJust in time for Arrow Season 5 on the CW Network.  This companion book is Oliver Queen’s Dossier, it is Oliver’s notes and clippings on his battle to fight crime in Starling City.

img_1667Oliver gathers up newspaper clippings, government documents, images, blueprints and maps while writing down his notes and opinions on post-its.  The dossier profiles allies, friends and enemies.  The book also provides information on weapons and vehicles used on the show.

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