Play Magic at Galaxy Games

galaxygamesWhere to buy & play Magic card games in the East Bay?  You might want to head out to Galaxy Games in Dublin, CA.  Eddie Ballar takes a look at the shop.  Galaxy Games focus is on Magic and card playing events.

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DC Comics Harley Quinn Comic Book Team: Jimmy & Amanda

dsc_0068One of the most popular DC Comics’ characters currently is anti-hero Harley Quinn.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the DC Comics Harley Quinn team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner on Harley Quinn character.

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Black Ranger Actor Walter Jones

dsc_0068Actor Walter Jones played Zack Taylor aka Black Ranger during the 1990s run of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on TV.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Walter on being part of the Power Rangers history and advice for the new Power Rangers.

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Fans Owning A Superhero Production Company

dsc_0068With social media bringing fans and Hollywood closer together.  Super fans have diehard ideas and stories.  Legion M gives fans ownership and involvement with TV/movie production.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Legion M’s Terri Lubaroff about the company and crowdfunding process.

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Custom Skateboard Straps by Da Strap

dsc_0068Need a strap for your skateboard?  Or just need a custom strap done?  Well, go to Da Strap for cool straps.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Jahi Harris about straps!

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Flash Gordon Actor Sam Jones

dsc_0068Actor Sam Jones is known for playing the iconic fictional character Flash Gordon.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Sam Jones about his career and Seth MacFarlane’s TED film appearances.

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Pokemon Theme Song Singer Jason Paige

dsc_0068“Got to catch them all!”  You probably heard this song in your lifetime.  The voice behind the song is actor/singer Jason Paige.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the Pokemon Theme song singer Jason about the song, his other commercial jingles and upcoming projects from Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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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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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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Interview with Artists Scrotumnose & Onihat

scrotumnosecoveronihatcoverWe have double the fun in Artist Alley from FanimeCon 2015.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews artists David Alegre aka Scrotumnose and Ashley Tahilan aka Onihat.  Davie talks about his food pun artwork and Ashley about her cool stickers.

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Interview with Artist Whitney Jiar

wjcoverartWe take fans into Artist Alley from FanimeCon 2015.  Ramen and a Half host Eddie Ballar interviews artist Whitney Jiar about her art work and FanimeCon.

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Interview with Jrock band Back-On!

back-oninterviewThis video was recorded at FanimeCon 2015, our Ramen and a Half host Eddie Ballar interviews the Jrock band Back-On!  The band talks about how they got together and their favorite anime to watch.

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Interview with Voice Actress Ai Nonaka

jonelleainonakainterviewWith the biggest NorCal anime convention happening this Memorial Day weekend, we had some unreleased FanimeCon 2015 footage that’s out now! From our Retrenders vault, our interview with voice actress/singer Ai Nonaka.  Recored at FainmeCon 2015.

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Ramen and a Half: SVCC 2016 – Artist Ethan Castillo

ethancastillosvcc2016Ramen and a Half host Ramon Angel interviews young artist Ethan Castillo at Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016 in San Jose, CA.  Ethan drops a new art book:  “I Still Really Hate Spiders!”

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Ghostbot on Emerging VR Technology

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Where will virtual reality take us? The landscape is limitless at this point and finding that one spectacular use for this technology that makes this the next leading trend might be just around the corner. We caught up with Bay Area animation studio Ghostbot after their VR technology discussion panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con and interviewed them to find out where VR is heading.

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Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016 Round-Up

Retrenders - Silicon Valley Comic Con - SVCC - by Johnny MorenoCheck out our latest Ramen & a Half episode from Silicon Valley Comic-Con (SVCC)!  The first SVCC by tech icon Steve Wozniak and comic book icon Stan Lee taking place at the San Jose Convention Center.  Our Ramen team roams the showfloor as we talk to the San Francisco Giants baseball team about all the cool special events they will have this 2016 season.  Go Gigantes!  Next we hit up BuzzingBots with cute robot plush dolls.  Ramon visits artist Jesse JFR on his avocado TMNT art and Boba Fett candles.  Eddie interviews Kaz over at Plastic and Heroes on their vinyl toy art collectible shop in San Jose.  And the Ramen guys close SVCC with special cosplay guest Abbey and Keiko.

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Red Chapter Clothing Comany with Marvel Comics

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Bryan Hopkins demonstrates his Ambigram tattoo

What is an Ambigram? I would have to say its the art of font design and creative wordplay, where one word passes off as two at the same time… or maybe superimposition, where one thing is placed over an existing thing to conceal something?

Okay enough, just watch the video we shot at Silicon Valley Comic Con with Bryan Hopkins, lead singer of Elvis Monroe, who is the co-founder of Red Chapter Clothing with world famous Ambigram artist Mark Palmer. He’ll tell you what an Ambigram is and how they have creatively designed them for the Marvel Comics world !

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Sayori Chu interviews Stan Lee!

RETRENDERS Sayori Chu Interviews Stan LeeWe caught up with Stan Lee at Silicon Valley Comic Con to talk to him about the “BIG” direction with comics, how did it begin, what were its influences, and where is it going now that it has become immensely and worldly popular!

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016!

Retrenders - Silicon Valley Comic Con - SVCC - by Johnny MorenoWelcome to the first Silicon Valley Comic-Con! The inaugural of SVCC was the largest Comic convention in San Jose, California, thanks to Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee. The convention was a collaboration between panel talks of surfacing technology such as Virtual Reality and how will we use it? So when you you took a stroll through the convention floor, you were literally walking through the imaginative world of stories ; and if you chose to attend a tech panel, you can see how comics and Sci-fi have contributed to innovative technology and its use –Such things as the hoverboard which is the future of skateboard transportation! Now that’s what I call the ying and the yang.
Now who said we were just here to see Stan Lee? – RETRENDERS, or course!

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