Famed Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami's psychedelic pop anime-inspired works are on display at the Brooklyn Museum. I've seen his works for many years in various Japanese magazines, but I am very happy to have finally seen them in person, especially Second Mission Project Ko2 (SMP Ko2), a three-part sculptural installation that depicts a life-sized adolescent android girl running at full speed, transforming, and taking off as an futuristic jet fighter.

I was rather disappointed that the museum said NO PHOTOGRAPHY, but fuck the museum police, I still fired off a few shots. (see Miss Ko2

I bought the catalogue book and my friend purchased the SUPER FLAT (スーパーフラット)book for me as a late birthday present. They're both pretty awesome and they'll add to my Murakami collection.

I had a good time. I wish there was more to see.


New York ComicCon 2008.

I usually don't go to comic conventions, but this time I had a few friends there so I decided to check out the New York ComicCon. It's a little different from STAR TREK conventions, but either way, it's NERD CENTRAL- and I'm glad to be there. I saw a lot of great stuff. I was very excited to see large scale versions (about 12" or so) of NECA's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Many of you may remember the toys are based on their comic book incarnations. I really hope they put these out soon. Speaking of TMNT, I saw famed co-creator and now sole owner of the franchise, Peter Laird. Fifteen years ago, I'd probably freak out and ask him to sign this and that, but now that I'm much older, I was perfectly content to watch him draw and sign autographs, knowing I got to see a creator of my childhood icons. However, I'm fucking stupid for not asking him to sign some toys or a print. Goddammit! At the time, I was ok but I regretted it on the train ride home. 

Another highlight was seeing DCTO creator, Dacosta Bayley, a good friend and mentor of mine. He was releasing a new print as well as displaying the upcoming mini-DCTOs over at the ToyQube booth. Exciting! I tend to not favor American Cosplayers, but there were a few good ones. Emma Frost, you stole my heart! (at least, I thought you were emma frost...) You too, girl-green-lantern-in-spandex... Anyway, I spent way too much money on prints, especially the two I bought from Bill Tucci, (who signed them) but they were well worth it. I WISH I could've seen Adam Hughes there and signed up for some original sketch art or whatever, but he's like crazy busy. He'll be at San Diego ComicCon, but I doubt I'll go to that one.

It was crowded, even for 4pm on a Saturday and I got lost very easily on the dealer floor, but eventually I figured out what was where. It could've been worse. 

Oh, by the way...



That's so 80's!

Who DIDN'T like Elvira back in the 80's?!?!?! Ok, so I was a kid back then, but I never forgot her. I saw a mention of this new polystone statue/figure of the sexy horror icon from Side Show Collectibles and when I checked it out, I realized that I had to have it. I missed out on the Side Show Exclusive version- it includes a skull-candle stand. I'm not too sad because it looks pretty bland and I can pretty much make it from scratch. So, whatever. I normally don't like polystone- it reminds me too much of the badly mass-produced comic figures of the 90's I saw in comic book shops, but for the Mistress of the Dark, I'll do anything.

By the way... it's my birthday. (hint, hint...)



Not sure what's going on here... missing a few images all of a sudden. Hang on.


Update: OK. Came back. Damm straight. >:O



Sure it looks blocky and clunky in a time when most bluetooth headsets are the size of a paperclip. But if it looks like this? I'm sooo there! It's designed to be used with the Playstation 3 for voice chat in games such as Metal Gear Solid 4, but it can still be used with a standard mobile phone. I want this on my ear. I want two.