Teen Wolf Season 5 Lydia & Parrish

I’ve been watching Teen Wolf since it first came on MTV and I was Image result for teen wolf lydia parrishable to interview the cast at a Comic Con. Now I’m a casual fan so I dip my toe in and out of the series so I suppose I’m more of a binger. I’d stopped watching for awhile but saw the cast at the 2015 PaleyFest in Los Angeles and fell in love with the series all over again.

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BUT I have a major issue with the ‘flirtation’ between Lydia and Parrish. Now they are both gorgeous people and the relationship has been a slowly building where at first I thought it was a high school girl crush but as season five has progressed it’s been very clear it’s a mutual attraction. Not an unspoken mutual attraction but almost dating now that would be no big deal since the show is a mix of high school students and the adults in their lives (parents, teachers, family friends, etc). I don’t remember in past seasons adults dating the high school characters but maybe I didn’t notice it as I crush pretty hard on Dylan & Tyler <hubbah hubbah>. But this season I find Lydia and Parrish problematic from the long lingering glances to the caresses between a high school senior and a adult man not a year so in age but big enough that in in real life he’d be arrested and likely charged. I know it’s a fantasy series where people are werewolves and have super powers but the fact that it’s treated ‘normally’ with no pushback or repercussions I can’t say how wrong the optics are since people (kids and fans) usually have a difficult time separating reality from TV shows.

Asian Villain and Vixen Comic Book Exhibit in LA

I grew up reading comic books and as a huge geek I mostly remember on the rare occasion seeing non-white characters they were usually broadly drawn.  Usually the bad guys or a pretty sexy chick for eye candy to entertain the fans.  So I’m very curious to see this exhibit to see how the images changed over the years.  Growing up watching old WWII animated images where they made ‘asian eyes’, where they mocked accents and treated Asians as exotic aliens I can only imagine what Asians think about pop culture use of their images.  Even today usually Asians are considered ‘good foreigners’ hard working, smart, professional or owners of dry cleaners/nail shops/corner stores as if an entire group of people can be so easily pigeonholed.  Of course their racial sterotype is the ‘good’ kind where the women are considered desirable for their meek nature, petite bodies and projected sexual whims and the men well they aren’t held to the same standard of desire by all women.  This isn’t from me but a dating study of what ethnic groups got the most responses online ‘Asian’ women are desired by all ethnic groups and the men didn’t fare as well. I’m very interested in seeing this and maybe meet some other intellectually curious people at the exhibit as well.

This is a great opportunity to see the collection that was donated to New York University’s Fales Library by science fiction writer William F. Wu.  The tour was organized by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and will be in Los Angeles until February 9, 2014. 

 

Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986

October 12, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Through a selection of images from comic books representing four turbulent decades, Marvels & Monstersillustrates how evolving racial and cultural archetypes defined America’s perceptions of Asians. This exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection—the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans—that was donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Curated by Asian Pop columnist, Jeff Yang, this exhibition is a unique and fascinating look at how the images and characters of Asians and Asian Americans featured in comic books during times of war and unrest coalesced into archetypes that still remain today.

The exhibition places a selection of noted archetypes—GuruBrainTemptressManipulatorAlien,KamikazeBrute, and Lotus Blossom—within both a historical context and a comparative discourse with contemporary Asian American writers and creators including Ken ChenV.V. GaneshananthanLarry HamaDavid Henry HwangNaomi HiraharaGenny LimGreg PakVijay Prashad, and Gene Luen Yang.

The exhibition also contains elements designed to encourage direct engagement with the archetypes, such as life-size cutouts of the eight archetypes that allow visitors to put themselves “inside the image” and an installation called “Shades of Yellow” that matches the shades used for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish yellow Pantone™.

Marvels & Monsters ends with a library of present-day graphic novels by Asian American creators and an area where visitors can color original heroes designed byBernard Chang (Supergirl) and Jef Castro and Jerry Ma(Secret Identities).

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This exhibition is a collaboration between the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections.

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Additional support provided by Ruben & Maria Pompeya Gomez.

Pacific Rim has special giveaway at Regal Cinemas

Go see Pacific Rim in RealD 3D and get a special poster designed by Yoji Shinkawa.  He’s designed this poster for the film especially for Regal Cinema!   Yoji Shinkawa joined KONAMI in 1994 and was named the Lead Character and Mech Artist for the METAL GEAR SOLID Series in 1998, in charge of the Mech design for ZONE OF THE ENDERS (2001), ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd RUNNER (2003) and in 2004, he participated in the production of “GODZILLA: FINAL WARS” as the Mech Designer.  Currently, he is in production as the Art Director of METAL GEAR SOLID V THE PHANTOM PAIN.

 

 

Let’s help out Sophia Bijou and geek out at the Monsterpalooza Convention in Burbank

I LOVE doing good especially when it’s for a good cause (the Sophia Bijou Fund has been setup to assist the Valdez family with treatments, medical bills and living expenses. Sophia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) having an auction with good monster stuff right here in Hollywood!  The great thing is that even if your unable to attend in person or check out the items here in Los Angeles you can bid online (gotta love technology).  Much love to Monsterpalooza ( horror/fantasy/sci-fi convention) coming up April 12 – 14, 2013 in Burbank.

I’m planning on getting scared in a few weeks!!!

Blacksparrow Auctions is thrilled to be working with Eliot Brodsky to bring a live charity auction to his show, Monsterpalooza, which is the largest and most respected horror/fantasy/sci-fi convention in the country. The Monsterpalooza convention is the perfect venue for our very first charity auction. Proceeds raised during the event will benefit the Sophia Bijou Fund as well as Scares That Care. The Monsterpalooza Charity Auction will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 6pm PDT. The auction will take place at the Mariott Hotel & Convention Center at 2500 Hollywood Way in Burbank, CA. Public preview will be available from March 25- April 11 by appointment only. All items will be on display at Monsterpalooza beginning April 12.

 

In keeping with the theme of Monsterpalooza, we are proud to offer some outstanding artifacts from science fiction, fantasy, and horror films, as well as some pop culture items. Some examples include a piece of wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, a vintage To Catch a Thief one-sheet poster, a 1/45th scale replica of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a bound cast-signed script of The Mist from the personal collection of director Frank Darabont, limited edition giclée prints from Gris Grimly, the Alec Baldwin hero ring from The Shadow, and a stunning “Heart Box” sculpture inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs created by HMS Productions.

 

The Sophia Bijou Fund has been setup to assist the Valdez family with treatments, medical bills and living expenses. Sophia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of three. Sophia’s father, Mathias, keeps an ongoing blog about Sophia and her diagnosis. You can read more about her journey at SmilesKillTheGerms.Wordpress.com.

 

“Scares That Care!” is an IRS approved, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, designed to unite fans of all things “spooky” in order to give back to those who need it most. To date, “Scares That Care!” has raised and donated over $50,000 to families and organizations dedicated to helping sick and injured children, and women fighting breast cancer. They take great pride in letting donors know that they are an all-volunteer organization. More information about the charity can be found at their website – www.scaresthatcare.org

 

We are grateful for the generosity of our consigners, such as HMS Productions, eFX Collectibles, ScreenUsed, Outpost Collectibles. Movie Prop Hero, Section 9 Entertainment, FX Toys, Darkwood Productions, Collector’s Edition, Theme Park Connection and Van Eaton Galleries.

 

Interested bidders will be able to bid live in-person, by telephone, via absentee, and on the Internet as facilitated by iCollector. More information can be found at http://blacksparrowauctions.com/auctions/monsterpalooza/

 

Myths, Monsters and Legends art show

Myths, Monsters and Legends

Longtime friends and art-world bigwigs Rankin and Damien Hirst turn their attention to the ancient world for this collaborative show that will head to London after its Los Angeles debut. Not sure what to expect? Think bright colors and creepy images.
Rankin and Damien Hirst Present
Myths, Monsters & Legends

Rankin Gallery
Los Angeles

13th October – 5th Nov

Long-term friends, Rankin and artist Damien Hirst, leverage their respective creative mediums and shared dark wit in a project born out of a joint fascination with the ancient world, and an interest in contextualising it in a modern environment.
Model, Dani Smith, was the inspiration in bringing their shared vision to life.
The project is an exploration of imagined narratives and monsters of past civilizations, viewed through a modern lens. 4768 6 016n 2 copy

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