Sayori takes World War Toons for spin!

World War Toons - TwitchCon - RetrendersAt TwitchCon, Reload Studios gives Sayori the opportunity to take their latest game for a spin. The creators worked on Call of Duty, and now want to take you to the next level of interactive movement virtually with World War Toons!

Sayori Chu interviews Amie Lynn & Lindsay Elyse

04 Sayori Chu - TwitchCon CallWhile a community of Twitchers have an open forum about the latest growing social development surrounding female gamers in their webnet interactions on Twitch, Sayori Chu interviews Cosplay/Gamer,  Amie Lynn (a.k.a. MissHabit) and Lindsay Elyse, who are not cosplaying today?

TwitchCon – where Geek Gaming and Communication transform everything!

Sayori Chu - TwitchCon - BeanBaggedOutLet the games begin at TwitchCon. Sayori Chu ventures to the first official Twitch Convention in San Francisco, where she finds out why the latest in gaming communication rules, and how the Twitch community is driving behind it! Here’s a RETRENDERS/RamenandaHalf promo of our TwtichCon experience.

Wizard World 2015 – Happy Endings!

Wizard World 2015 - Happy EndingsFarewell Wizard World – until next year! On behalf of the “Ramen and a Half”crew and RETRENDERS, we’d love to thank Abby Ferguson for making everything so convenient for us at Wizard World 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center!

Wizard World ends with a pair of new Sunglasses

Wizard World 2015  - Red Sunglasses - Sayori Chu - RetrendersThe only mishap at Wizard World was loosing a pair of Sunglasses while wrapping up the show – “No thanks to Ramon!”

The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson - The Walking Dead - RetrendersAt Wizard World, The Eddie has a brief interview with The Walking Dead‘s , Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel Greene, the much grounded and upholding character of humanity in an overwhelming time of dead chaos. He will also be starring in the upcoming television series  DAMIEN, on A&E, a spin off from The OMEN.

Twindom – Make a self action figure with 3-D body scanning

Twindom 3D Body ScanningThe Eddie comes across 3-D Scanning to make a miniature figure of yourself! The company, Twindom, is freshly new and could have your figure delivered to you in two weeks.  Beware, if you watch this video, you might get excited and just click Twindom to find the nearest Twindom 3D scanning facility near you to make that self-figure!

The Eddie meets Michael Rooker of Guardians of the Galaxy

Wizard World - The Eddie BallarWizard World was full of surprises – just like how “The Eddie” was able to meet actor, Michael Rooker. Those of you that don’t know him as Yondu of Guardians of the Galaxy, will definitely remember as Merle Dixon from the Walking Dead series. He is well recognized as playing the bad guy that you hate and then love, as you can see in his character metamorphosis through the episodes in Walking Dead. And I’m pretty positive that he had fun playing Yondu, which I would have to say, “he has added so much character to the biggest scavenger-pirate of the galaxy!”


While we enjoyed NYCC by day we ended up dining at NINJA NEW YORK by night.

Ninja New York Restaurant -RetrendersOur host of Ramen’s other Half, Jonelle Marie, shares her first impression of fine dining in Tribeca’s one-of-a-kind Ninja New York Restaurant!
While there, we were looking for that secret door – you know, the one you would open and discover the artistry of Ninja acrobatic sword fighting and trickery like a James Bond flick, but it was impossible.  The place was a maze and when we asked to take us to your leader, they sent us numerous of Ninja PR henchmen to divert us from straight answers about what laid behind the echoing walls of their zigzagging cave-like paths that only Batman would appreciate. Though mystified by their stories, we had one of the most entertaining dining night outs I’ve had in a long time.

I would have to say Ninja New York is one of the most entertaining and delightful places to dine if you’re looking for fun and hearty authentic Japanese cuisine food. And you’re almost guaranteed not to have a dull moment from your first step in and out of this place!

From BIG WOW! Comicfest: Ivy Doomkitty, Cosplayers and we finally get our comics autographed by Stan Lee!

The “Eddie” and Ramon have made it to the end of the line – sort of like coming to the end of the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz, but here at Big Wow! Comicfest, we’ve come to the end to meet Stan Lee!Retrenders - Ivy Doomkitty and Black Cat & Wolverine Cosplayers - Johnny MorenoWe also get to talk to a couple more cosplayers, three girls promoting Castle Corsetry and a local comic artist, and we interview Ivy Doomkitty to find out about her role at Big Wow! Comicfest.

Interview with Voice Actor – Darrel Guilbeau

The Ramen Crew caught up with Darrel Guilbeau at FanimeCon for a one on one interview on voice acting for Anime.  Retrenders - Johnny Moreno - voice actor Darrel GuilbeauHe has been a voice actor for several anime series such as Durarara!, Nura, and even video games, and continues to take on new projects. The Ramen crew completely sees Darrel doing just about anything – not just anime, but television comedy to film. He’s completely down to earth and has a kid-around personality.

Recorded May 25th 2013 at FanimeCon.
Host, The “Eddie” Ballar with Co-host, Reyson Sioson.
Produced by Johnny Moreno.

ANIME EXPO 2013 : Simul TV – The Next Generation of the Social Television Experience is Here!

I’ve sat in front of the television with my laptop and literally chatted via skpe, twitter, and even shot a facebook comment while watching a FIFA world cup soccer game. In some cases I made a long distant call to rub a score into my best friend’s face! Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an available platform with the game on screen with updated twitter & facebook comments, and Skyping with friends or family joining in on the game to have the ultimate social game experience! Well look no further – Steven Turner has developed the platfom and it’s called Simul TV. “The Eddie” gets the scoop!

Retrenders - Simul TV CEO Steven Turner - Eddie Ballar - Johnny Moreno

This segment opens up with the Ramen crew’s “The Eddie” finally getting Alodia Gosiengfiao to give our Ramen and a Half show a shout out.

Retrenders - Anime Expo - Eddie Ballar & Alodia Gosiengfiao - Johnny Moreno

ANIME EXPO 2013: Sleeping Cosplay? Batman & Spiderman duo? Mortal Come back?

Retrenders - Sleepy Thor - Batman Spiderman - Mortal Kombat - Johnny MorenoWhat’s going on here? Well, it’s early in the evening and some cosplayers are snoozing while others are trying to keep up with photographers. We lead in with cosplay model, Vampy Bit Me, who happens to be from the San Francisco Bay Area.Retrenders - Johnny Moreno - Ramen and a Half - Vampy Bit Me - Anime Expo 2013
In this segment the Ramen Crew really caught some random images, a cosplay snoozing, and of course the other 99 percent getting their photo’s taken every which way and loving it. Interestingly enough, we caught a Batman and Spiderman dynamic duo cosplaying on the ground floor. Ryan Turney tells us how he used dye sublimated lycra to create his outfit and Danny Lopez shows off his Batman cowl mask which is made by professional prop maker, Shawn Reeves. Then we get a flash back taste of Mortal Kombat!

We pretty much interviewed the obvious of course… other than eat breakfast then cosplay, eat lunch then cosplay and then catch dinner and hit the cosplay night life, but for those who come from afar or from next door to the Anime Expo convention center and perhaps maybe stayed up a wee bit too late the night before excitingly undecided in what cosplay will do …Well, we got one person to explain that!

Jessica Nigri : Part 3 of 3

As I’ve heard, “Third time’s the charm!” I also believe that being persistent is always key. So finally, our Host, “The Eddie” interviews Jessica Nigri!RETRENDERS - Eddie Ballar & Jessica Nigri on Ramen and a Half
The Ramen crew had their doubts, but we persevered and got to find out that Jessica is just an all around fun and down to earth person. She’s just a busy-body when it comes to working at conventions, especially when Anime Expo 2013 hit an all time high attendance rate this year!

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