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Giant Robot Magazine Talk - Tales of Print
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March 26, 2014 12:27 AM PDT
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Giant Robot magazine editors Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong talk about Giant Robot at GR2 in West LA as part of GR2 exhibition: GR20 Years: Art X Mags. The talk took place on sunday March 23, 2014 3-5pm.

GR Podcast: Artists Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka
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November 06, 2013 01:13 AM PST
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November 9 th – December 4th, 2013

Reception: Saturday, November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Paper Noise, an art show featuring new works by Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka.

Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka were once roommates in the infamous “Art’s Crab Shack Apartment” during the late 90s in Oakland, California where they attended the California College of the Arts. They’ve remained friends since. Rob Sato often exhibits with Giant Robot and his work has continued to progress from wild and deranged imagery to a more controlled abstraction. Sato paints with watercolors and succinctly tells a story that’s steeped in historical references. Ryohei Tanaka “paints with scissors” and paper cuts his works. He’ll be exhibiting over 100 paper cuts often depicting beasts and are often bilaterally symmetrical. He’ll also be cutting paper live.

An opening reception for Paper Noise will take place Saturday November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
eric@giantrobot.com
(310) 445 9276

- See more at: http://www.giantrobot.com/gr2/#sthash.S0MrXxqJ.dpuf

GR Podcast: Ako Castuera
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November 06, 2013 02:06 AM PST
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Eric Nakamura interviews Ako Castuera for the occasion of her exhibition at GR2: Magic Bodies.

Giant Robot Podcast: Katsuya Terada
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November 06, 2013 02:06 AM PST
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GR2 Exhibition: Katsuya Terada – Hot Pot Girls

Oct 19th – Nov 6th, 2013

Reception: Saturday, October 19 th, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Hot Pot Girls, an art exhibition featuring new works by Katsuya Terada.

Many say that Katsuya Terada is a legend, but he and his work will be at Giant Robot 2. Hot Pot Girls features drawings and paintings, many of which are females wearing a nabe, or hot pot. The work comes in different sizes and on paper and wood.

An opening reception for Hot Pot Girls will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, October 19th.

For more information about any of the artists, GR2, or anything else:

Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Owner/Publisher

eric@giantrobot.com

(310) 445 9276

Giant Robot Podcast: Lisa Ling Host of Our America
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June 26, 2012 01:06 AM PDT
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Lisa Ling began her career at Channel One News, a news program broadcast to junior high and high school students across America. She then changed careers and joined the cast of daytime TV talk show, The View. Soon after, she went back into hard journalism and hosted National Geographic Explorer and now, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) she hosts an hour long news show, Our America.

Ling has travelled around the world reporting from the front lines of wars, went undercover in North Korea and reported on drug lords. Our America focuses on interesting stories on Americans ranging from Sex Offenders to Nuns. Some stories reveal a darker underbelly and some are stories about people finding happiness. We talk about some of the inner workings of her new show, now it's in third season, and the changes in her career.

Ling resides in Santa Monica, California, and I visited her new eco-home shared with her husband, Paul Song. The podcast began and stopped a couple of times from a visit from Ling's mother, sister Laura and her new baby.

Lisa Ling is a pop culture fan and a long time supporter of Giant Robot.

-Eric Nakamura

Giant Robot Podcast: David Horvath of Uglydoll
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May 31, 2012 05:42 PM PDT
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David Horvath and his wife, Sun-min Kim created Uglydoll on a whim. It did begin at Giant Robot store in LA as the story is told, out of love letters back and forth across the Pacific. After they met at art school in NY, David stayed in the US and moved back to Southern California, while Sun-min moved back to Korea after 9/11. She handmade a doll from one of his tiny drawings on the sides of his letters and now over 10 years later, Uglydoll is a massive enterprise with a feature animated film movie deal. David frequents Giant Robot in LA and is a long time friend and collaborator. We've covered Uglydoll over the years and watched it grow - even working on events such as Uglycon - a convention based on Uglydoll. In this podcast with David, we cover topics such as Uglydoll's growth, character creation, the film, what's next, and more. It's a podcast that's over 45 minutes in length and if you're into creating anything, this is a must listen.

Giant Robot Podcast: Actress and Model Mei Melancon
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May 28, 2012 01:21 PM PDT
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You saw her for too short of a moment as Psylocke. She was the jilted "Hello Moto" bride. Recently she was Jamie Chen on The L Word. She's appeared in high profile commercials and assorted roles alongside of her modeling career. I caught up with Mei Melancon at Giant Robot 2 on a recent morning for a podcast. We cover topics that begin with her appearances in numerous commercials, X-Men, L-Word, relationships, and her upbringing in a commune in Japan.

music by Justin Buendia

Giant Robot Podcast Interview: Luke Rook the Apprentice Toymaker
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May 15, 2012 12:55 PM PDT
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Luke Rook has always been a friend to Giant Robot. He began his recent career in toys by opening Lulubell Toy Bodega in Arizona and soon moved to Japan where his career turned. From being a "toy buyer" he's now a toy maker. In this podcast, Luke Rook explains some of the mysteries of the Japanese toy making scene. In a matter of a few years after moving, he's unlocked the "system" of striking up vinyl figures from serious mom and pops factories. One of the greatest facets of Luke is his sheer honesty and frankness which is shaping a new sub genre of "kaiju". He still calls himself an apprentice, but that'll change soon enough.

Giant Robot Podcast Interview Tamlyn Tomita
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November 14, 2011 05:22 PM PST
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In 1986, a wire thin Ralph Macchio was cast again as karate champ "Danny" in Karate Kid 2. This time, he leaves the San Fernando Valley and travels to Japan with his Karate sensei, "Miyagi" played by Pat Morita. Miyagi needs to visit his dying father. Meanwhile there's familial drama between he and his older brother, but stealing scenes is Danny's hot female love interest, Kumiko portrayed by Tamlyn Tomita in her acting debut.

At the time, young Asian American female leads were scarce and Tamlyn Tomita became the woman by which many Asian American females were gauged. She was the crush of kids everywhere and 25 years later is quietly celebrating her debuts 25th anniversary. Only the Hawaii International Film Festival screened Karate Kid 2 and invited Tomita to the islands, and that's where I caught up with her. In her Halekulani hotel suite, I got to sit down with Tomita to ask her every question I had boiling for the last two and half decades.

There's a joke in my family that when Tamlyn Tomita's name ever gets brought up, I'm quickly hovering the conversation. Crushes run deep and can persist for decades.

Here's a few memorable quotes:

On Karate Kid 2, "Changed by Freakin Life."

"25 years ago I was known as the Karate Kid Girl, and now I'm known as the Glee mom. If you want any more evidence that 25 years have passed, there you go."

"I look at a person, ok this one probably in his 40s I'll refer to Karate Kid, if it's a woman 25-40 I'll say Joy Luck Club. If it's a young teenager, it's Glee."

Sexy Quirky Love Podcast - Leonardo Nam + Eric Nakamura
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September 06, 2011 01:44 AM PDT
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Sexy Quirky Love is a podcast about relationships. Topics: Pick Up Lines and their importance. Q and As - we answer Questions and Answers from you! Cell phones, Role Playing and more.

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