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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Fangirls, Assemble! Hot Topic x Marvel x Her Universe

hottopicmarvelcollabIf you find me at a Hot Topic, I’m usually trying to find some of the Funko/Hot Topic Pop Vinyl exclusives.  But maybe this time, I will buy some clothes!  This has peak my interest and curiosity, as Hot Topic has teamed-up with geeky girls apparel-maker Her Universe for this Marvel Avengers Fashion Collection.  I can definitely see myself wearing these outfits.

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It’s that time again! Big Wow! Comicfest 2015

BWCF1503This is our 3rd year covering the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center.  Our Ramen team of Eddie Ballar and Ramon Angel cover the 2-day comic book convention.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 this Weekend!

bigwowcomicfest2015Where will the Retrenders gang be at this weekend?  Well, in San Jose, CA for the Big Wow! Comicfest 2015, April 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center.  We join the geeky Ramen and a Half crew at the show and will be filming highlights from the 2-day convention and we hope to see you there!

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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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Cosplay-Style in the 16th Century

r2d2cosplayThis past weekend in the city of Paris a cosplay photo exhibition took place at the Grand Palais.  Artist/photographer Sacha Goldberger took pictures of cosplayers with a 16th century twist.  Many costume designers, make-up artist and cosplayers were involved in the project.

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Comikaze Expo 2014: Ramen & a Half interviews Stan Lee

Comikaze Expo - Ramen and a Half meets Stan LeeOnce we arrived at Comikaze Expo we were christened by the powers of great opportunities and got an interview with Stan Lee! He’s a pretty busy guy these days, especially when everyone at Comikaze Expo wants to meet him…but who wouldn’t want to meet the man that gave birth to the pop culture of comics. With this great opportunity, our one and only “The Eddie” got to ask Stan Lee a couple of personal questions about the man and his comics.

The Stormtrooper Extra Profile

starwarsstormtroopersHe was just an extra on set, but Laurie Goode still connects with Star War fans.  He was that Stormtrooper!  Which one?  Well, in this BBC News piece actor Laurie Goode recounts his many memories on the Star Wars set.

 

Japan Expo: 2nd Impact 2014 @ San Mateo Event Center

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The Ramen crew attended the anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo at this past weekend’s San Mateo Event Center.  The Ramen team of Eddie, Ramon and Jonelle roam the floors and stages to soak-in the event.

Jpop Summit & Ramen Festival 2014

jpop summit logoThe Ramen crew attends the annual Jpop Summit Festival in SF Japantown and Union Square.  The festival celebrates not just the genre of Jpop music, but also anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture.  Also this year, they introduced the Ramen Festival this year which packed-in the crowds.

 

Japan: Mario Kart in Harajuku

akibakartDo you play Mario Kart?  If so, did you ever wish you can dress up like a character from Mario Kart and drive a real Mario Kart on the streets?  Well, now you can.  First you must have an international drivers license and hop on a plane to Tokyo, Japan.  After that, you can check out Akibakart.  You can rent these Mario Kart-like go-carts and ride along the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

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Legend of Korra Cosplayers @ FanimeCon 2014

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More cosplay fun FanimeCon 2014.  We are again up late, roaming around the convention floor, because you know, that’s the ‘con experience’ – 24 hours of anime and no sleep!  Ramen host Jonelle spots 2 cosplayers cosplaying from her favorite Nick’ series – Avatar:  Legend of Korra.

Eva Maid Outfits @ FanimeCon 2014

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If you’re an experienced ‘con-goer then you know it’s a mad blitz of fun all day all night.  Like at Fanime – you never sleep!  Our Ramen & a Half crew roamed around the late evening around the convention floor and our cosplaying host Jonelle spotted these 3 interesting cosplayers.  Meet cosplayers Ashley Fee, Christine Deatrick and Jessie Blaufus as they get inventive with their cosplay outfits.  These custom French Maid-inspired costumes are from the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.

More Cosplay Fun from FanimeCon 2014

FanimeCon Cover 2014We find more cosplayers at FanimeCon 2014.  Ramen & a Half host Jonelle spots a cool One Piece cosplayer.  All the way from Reno, Charmie Sweets is cosplaying Nico Robin from the anime/manga One Piece.

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More from FanimeCon 2014!!!

FanimeCon Cover 2014Here’s more videos from FanimeCon 2014!  Interview with Hayashi from Akai Sky an indie-American Jrock band.

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Cosplayer Yaya Han interview @ FanimeCon 2014

FanimeCon Cover 2014Ramen & a Half host Jonelle interviews her favorite cosplayer idol Yaya Han at FanimeCon 2014.  Yaya kind of admitted that this might be her last appearance at FanimeCon.  She also talks to Jonelle about Heroes of Cosplay tv show and cosplaying in general.

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Cosplayer and Actress – Vegas PG @ Big Wow! Comicfest 2014

Retrenders - Vegas PG - Big Wow! Comicfest 2014Meet the Power Girl from Vegas – Vegas PG! We swung by her booth and asked if she could give our Ramen and a Half crew a shout out – Mary Jane Watson style! She happily replied, “Well of course I can”.

If Vegas PG is not enjoying the comic convention strip, you can find her being as spokesperson for events and entertaining the world commercially or artfully as an actress.

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FanimeCon 2014 Recap

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Our Ramen & a Half crew of Eddie Ballar, Ramon Angel and Jonelle recap the NorCal anime extravaganza that is FanimeCon!  No long lines this year, now that’s a big plus!  The team reviews their adventure and we throw in some cosplay highlights as well.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Nick Bradshaw @ Big Wow! ComicFest 2014

guardians of the galaxy comicWe interview comic book artist Nick Bradshaw this past weekend at Big Wow! ComicFest.  Nick talks about working on the Guardians of the Galaxy, the new team line-up and of course the upcoming live-action Guardians flick.

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FanimeCon is May 23-26, 2014

fanimecon2014Weren’t we just at Big Wow! Comicfest this past weekend?  Our Retrenders team and Ramen & a Half show will be at this weekend’s anime fun-fest FanimeCon 2014 taking place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.  All things anime and Jpop-culture will be on hand at NorCal’s biggest anime convention FanimeCon.

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The 2014 Big Wow! ComicFest Recap

BW005This past weekend at the San Jose Convention Center, Big Wow! ComicFest took place for comic book fans and cosplayers.  The Ramen & a Half team of Eddie and Ramon recall their highlights of this 2-day comic book festival.

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Big Wow! ComicFest 2014

BW003I’m still recovering from this past weekend’s Big Wow! ComicFest convention at the San Jose Convention Center.  The Ramen and a Half guys went hunting for autographs, but also grab interviews with artists, cosplayers and fans.

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New FLASH TV series

114675PCN_TheFlashGrant Gustin all suited up but not too flattering they say? I honestly love the suit. It’s retro, real and I’m sure the show has nothing to worry about. If you ask me, the suit makes for a gritty look. The only thing I would worry about for a new television superhero series is how well they will tell the storyline about the Flash and his episodic adventures. Oh, and how well the special effects will be when they come into play.

Click HERE for the rest of the review on Screencrush.com

Patlabor attacking the streets of Japan

patlaborstreetsjapanA couple of weeks ago a full-size AV-98 Ingram mecha from the live-action series Patlabor created a buzz in the crowd and caused a ruckus of a traffic jam.

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Steampunk Style

steampunk style 00Over the years the science fiction genre Steampunk has exploded into books, comics and Steampunk conventions taking place around the country and now Titan Books with Steampunk Oriental Laboratory has put out an incredible magazine-style book on Steampunk fashion and gizmos.  Steampunk Style:  The Complete Illustrated Guide for Contraptors, Gizmologists and Primocogglers Everywhere! has everything a Steampunk wannabe wants.

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