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Gallery 1988 Art Exhibit: Kirk Demarais & Dave MacDowell

Gallery 1988 is a fantastic art gallery inspired by pop culture. The California gallery has garnered a lot of recognition from print, digital and television media. Attendees to their art exhibits have seen the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Joss Whedon, Jessica Alba, Jonah Hill and Seth Green. They've collaborated with Stan Lee, Kevin Smith and the Beastie Boys. Their geek cred is deep. They have two Los Angeles locations: Venice and Melrose. Featured here is the current exhibit at Venice.

Gallery 1988 Venice Presents:
"Kirk Demarais & Dave MacDowell" Dates: May 10 - June 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10th, 7-10PM Hours: Wed - Sun: 11AM - 6PM Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Yaya Han: Cosplayer Extraordinaire

If you've ever been to a convention you've surely seen hardcore fans dressed up as their favorite comic book, anime, horror, sci-fi, gaming, or fantasy character. The quality of the costumes tend to run the gamut from costume shop to converted pajamas. Cosplayers may not always look as fit and as sexy as the characters they're playing but such passion transcends authenticity. However, in the case of the fascinating Yaya Han she has the skills of a costume designer to make authentic-looking outfits and frankly, the body to meet the implausibly drawn measurements of comic book heroines.

Photos: Geek Graffiti

Few art forms are more honest or passionate as street art. It takes talent and a passion for things like Batman or Star Wars to really bring these works to life. There were too many to post but enjoy these.

Lakers Limited Through the Draft

Justin Bieber a Laker? Sound far-fetched? Of course it does. However, he and legendary Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash do have something in common. they're both Canadian. This leads to the yearly discussion about what moves will the Los Angeles Lakers make in the off season to improve the team. They currently hold one draft pick. The very last one, #60. 
While I refuse to speculate at this point with the playoffs still going on to make any guesses I will say this could be one of toughest off-seasons for Mitch Kupchak and company. With so much money already committed to players on the rosters and little to offer via trades it's going to be hard to get better talent. The only valuable pieces that could garner any value in return would be Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Everyone on radio, newspaper and the blogosphere has Gasol in their trade machine. Bynum could possibly, maybe, probably not, be only available in a Dwight Howard trade. If any deal is done in the months to come …

Converse All Star Chuck Taylor DC Comics- Batman

All Star DC Comics- Batman

There have been great, albeit loud, Batman-based Converse Chucks in the past. Most with great designs and colors. This pair is a little more reserved with a great black and yellow color scheme and black/gray Batman image on one side and bat-signal with embedded Chuck logo.

Latest 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer

While I personally find this reboot of Spider-Man totally unnecessary so soon after the last trilogy ended I have to admit the movie looks fantastic. Especially, in 3D previews prior to 'Avengers' it really looked like it took full advantage of the technology. It could finally mean a movie worth the extra 3D dollars at the theater. There's stuff coming at you what seems constantly as Spidey swings around avoiding debris and shooting webs (mechanical this time around) and fighting Lizard. Here's the latest.

Secret Catwoman Poster for "Dark Knight Rises"

There are so many posters being released by Warner Bros. for the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises" that it's becoming hard to keep up. This one in particular was available by following a QR code from one of the other one-sheets that were released. The imagery is different and pretty cool. Prepare to be bombarded by more propaganda in the coming weeks. 

Newest "Dark Knight Rises" Trailer Reveals More

Recently released over the Memorial Day weekend, a new "Dark Knight Rises" trailer reveals more plot details. It appears to be meeting speculation that may or may not follow "Knightfall" comics story line. With Christopher Nolan nothing is certain and I'm sure plenty of secrets remain but as we near the July 20 opening date we'll get more and more bits and pieces.

Comic Book Spotlight: Batman Incorporated

Believe the hype. 
The other day I posted some background information for this new (relaunch) volume of Grant Morrison's "Batman Incorporated" and I finally had a chance to read it and it does not disappoint. It carries over the same sleek and fluid storytelling from the first volume. You won't have to pick up last year's original volume now available and collected in a hardcover edition (but I would recommend it) to immerse yourself in this #1 issue. 
Briefly, all you need to know is that since Batman came back from the dead he realizes he has friends to help administer his kind justice all over the world and begins to franchise his brand. An evil organization called Leviathan is run by Batman's baby momma, Talia al Ghul, who is not pleased that their love child, Damian Wayne is his sidekick, Robin. A woman scorned will sometimes put out a contract on her estranged son as Talia has done here. This brings assassins from all over to Gotham looking to bag the …

Photo: Skeletor

I don't know why or who or what but I like it. (via itsthatbear)

New 'Dark Knight Rises' Banners

Seems that has received these four  new banners from Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan's last of the Batman trilogy movies, 'The Dark Knight Rises.' They also have some exciting news to report:
Last summer, when was invited by Warner Bros. to be a part of a small group of journalists to travel down to Pittsburgh to spend a day on Nolan's set, let's just say that it took us less than a second to say "yes."Look for our full set report sometime in the next couple months before The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.

Background on 'Batman Incorporated' #1

Alex Zalben at MTV Geek has this great primer for the newly released series from DC Comics, "Batman Incorporated". After it's initial run was halted in the wake of DC's "New 52" publication-wide relaunch it returns with Grant Morrison back at the helm with a brand new #1 issue. Here's the background on the series:
...Bruce Wayne died, and when he came back to life he realized the main reason was he had friends. Well, also a never-ending battle against crime...So he stepped in front of the whole Wayne, financed Batman... And he was taking the brand global. Over the next ten issues, Batman recruited new Batmen in Japan, Africa, and Europe, having adventures with each of his new team-mates battling the evil organization Leviathan. Making things more difficult was that Leviathan, with few exceptions, was using brainwashed children to do their dirty work, often sending them to fight to their deaths. ...the evil mastermind is Talia al Ghul…

Lakers Season, the Fallout and the Start of Mindless Trade Talk

The Los Angeles Lakers playoff run ended less than 72 hours ago against the superior Oklahoma City Thunder and the trade rumors and blame game are in full swing. Clearly, the Lakers lacked sufficient talent and youth along with lacking the will and determination to close out games when they had the opportunity. There are a number of things to be concerned about but a clear perspective is not always an ardent Lakers fan's best attribute. The local media can be a mixed bag between apologists and doomsayers and fill up airtime, print space, or websites with any and all angles to drive attention. I suppose I could be guilty too but it happens every year the Lakers fall short of winning another championship. As Lakers fans we demand a lot but let's not drive ourselves crazy.

For almost any other team in the NBA appearing in the second round of the playoffs would be considered a success. However, this is Los Angeles, where it's championship or bust. We've been spoiled. We w…

"Wonder Woman" Body Paint Model

This beautiful shot comes via supplement company, Nutrex, from their Facebook page featuring model Gia Macool with "Wonder Woman" body paint by John Neyrot.
I think the following quote from 'Wayne's World' encapsulates the feeling:
Garth Algar: That is a babe. She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.

Lea Michele with Power Girl Cleavage-Window

As a comic book fan of course one of my first thoughts upon seeing a photo of "Glee"'s Lea Michele in this outfit on TMZ is "Hey, that looks like Power Girl's cleavage-window." And thus I decided to bring the two together. Power Girl is Superman's cousin from Earth-Two with the same powers and a tough lady. Reasons for the opening have been pretty vague over the years but as Michele could attest it is easily used to distract.

Lakers Eliminated by Thunder, Look to Next Year

( Photo credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 21, 2012 )
The Oklahoma City Thunder took care of the Los Angeles Lakers and sent them fishing for the remainder of the postseason and beyond by winning the series 4-1 after last night's Game 5, 106-90. The game had played out like most of the Lakers losses in the series. They were competitive and kept the game close by controlling the tempo in the first half only to fade in every way in the second half. The Thunder went on a big run to open the fourth and never looked back.

Kobe Bryant looked the sharpest he probably has looked since Game 3 scoring 42 points using dunks, 3-pointers, one-legged fade-away jumpers, free throws, etc. He looked very spry but his effort was not enough. Pau Gasol did have 14 points, 16 rebounds but the majority of that was in the first half. Andrew Bynum because of foul trouble was virtually a no-show with 10 points, 4 rebounds. The bench chipped with an anemic 5 points.

The Lakers still have a hole…

The Beauty of Strength II: The Best Advice

"The Best Advice"
In the world of fitness competitors few are more successful than Nicole Wilkins and Erin Stern. These IFBB professionals have spent the last four years dominating the Figure division and in recent years battling each other for the top spot. In the 2010 Figure Olympia for example, Erin took first place and Nicole was right behind in second. In spite of all their success;contest wins, magazine covers, sponsorships, etc., they still are capable to reach out and offer advice on training, eating healthy, and the sport of figure.

Not many athletes at the top of their sport are as accessible as Erin and Nicole. They both have websites with bio's, personal training offers, gorgeous photo galleries, and contact information. They're also available on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and through blogs from different print and online magazines. They both offer video Q and A's answering questions from fans. What better advice than from the best female bodybuilder…

Lakers Face Elimination in Game 5 After Uneven Weekend

The Los Angeles Lakers went into the weekend in a 0-2 hole to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Western Conference semi-final series. As if the hole wasn't hard enough to dig out of but they would have to try to even the series on back-to-back nights for Games 3 and 4. It was a tale of two Lakers teams as one appeared energized and aggressive while the other looked fatigued and passive.


Friday night's Game 3 was the Lakers best game of the series. Except for the final two minutes of Game 2 the Lakers continued to slow the tempo and force OKC to play their game. They were aggressively attacking the basket and moving the ball for open looks and players were actually knocking them down. The previously passive Ramon Sessions was slashing to the basket and dropping floaters or lay-ups. Andrew Bynum was posting up and punishing Thunder defenders on his way to the rim. It was a historic night for free throws as the Lakers made 41 of 42 as proof of their forceful pla…

Classic TV Spotlight: The Incredible Hulk

Long before the success of the Hulk in the 'Avengers' movie, two disappointing (by Hollywood standards) movie endeavors and ABC's recent plans for a 2013 TV show he was smashing the network airwaves in his own live-action series back in 1978. Here's a little description from the always reliable (?) Wiki page:

The Incredible Hulk is a television series based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk. The series aired on the CBStelevisionnetwork and starred Bill Bixby asDavid BannerLou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Jack Colvin as Jack McGee. In the series, Dr. David Banner, a widowed physician and scientist, who is presumed dead, travels across America under assumed names (his false surnames always begin with the letter “B”), and finds himself in positions where he helps others in need despite his terrible secret: in times of extreme anger, he transforms into a huge, incredibly strong green creature, who has been given the name "The Hulk”.
Sometimes campy and overly simpli…

'Anchorman 2' Teaser Trailer

Ron Burgundy and the Action News team is coming back.

Lakers vs Thunder: Game 3 Mini-Preview

I call this a 'mini' preview because it should be fairly simple and short as to what the Los Angeles Lakers have to do in Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder;play like you did in Game 2 but this time for the complete 48 minutes of regulation. 

Slow the tempo again, hold your positions, feed the big guys, play inside-out, communicate and rotate expeditiously, and attack the basket. Do not, under any circumstances, stop playing with two minutes  to go in the game regardless of the lead.

It's unsure if the Thunder will shoot as well as Game 1 or as poorly as Game 2 but as long the  Lakers play physical team defense then they can again limit Russell Westbrook and their big guys to low FG averages.

Lakers have a huge hole to escape from down 2 games to none in the series. No team in the NBA has ever come back down 3 games. Kobe Bryant doesn't seemed panicked by the challenge.

"I've been here before," he said. "I communicated that to the guys. Everybo…

Comic Book Spotlight: Thief of Thieves

Robert Kirkman is no stranger to comic book success. The creator of "Invincible" and "The Walking Dead" has become a giant in the industry. As well as being the COO of Image Comics, Inc., and Executive Producer of the highly successful live-action version of "Dead" on the AMC network, Kirkman is still finding ways to bring quality comic books to market. "Thief of Thieves" for example has been a huge hit going on it's fourth printing. This from Image Comics website:
The Image Comics/Skybound series THIEF OF THIEVES, Robert Kirkman's cinematic crime comic has no zombies, no superheroes, and no larger-than-life arsenal — and it has become one of the best-selling independent comics hits of the year. The first three issues are now entering their fourth printings, with the fourth issue not far behind with a third printing.

With a story overseen by Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE), scripts by Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES) and art by Shawn…