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June 22, 2008 / japanland

H.R Pufnstuf

i really need to figure out why i can’t embed videos on my blog. it’s really starting to bug.

however, i’m looking for H.R Pufnstuf on DVD if anybody has any recommendations.

June 22, 2008 / japanland

nice things from OC Weekly

I went to the Hibbleton again tonight to see my friend Jessica play a show. She is a great-great musician and she gave me a plug during her show so I’m only doing this to return the favor. no really, she is extremely talented and you should check out her music:

Also, she is going to be traveling in Beck’s band for the next few months playing guitar and backup vocals. Check out this video from a secret show they played last week at the Echo. (for some reason this post isn’t letting me embed a video so click on the link to view it.)

Also, while I was hanging out, the guys at the Hibbleton let me know that OC Weekly had written up a review of the show. Although, I wouldn’t say my work is Anime/Manga-inspired (the Japanese influence would be more Nintendo/Super Mario Bros./Kirby/Bubble Bobble-esque) like they wrote, I really appreciate the nice-nice things they had to say about my work. Now, I just might have to go with their recommendation and change my name to “Totallyfreakyinnerworldland”.

June 22, 2008 / japanland


It is so hot! i don’t do well with heat so most of today’s events involved trying to stay cool. I would have been happy setting up at the movie theatre all day hopping from one film to another, but we had to get things done too. So, first…

We washed cars: cold water!
Then we drove to Target: air conditioning!
And we bought a fan: much needed breeze in our toasty little apartment!
Also, luckily, I had donated a pint of blood the previous day which in turn I was given a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors, so we cashed in on that: pint for pint is genius!
And lastly, I’ve been listening to all the best 90’s hits by Third Eye Blind, Everclear, Eve 6, The Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground, Vertical Horizon, Matchbox 20, Deep Blue Something: 90’s = supercool!

So much for the afterglow.

June 14, 2008 / japanland

Santa Rosa

I’ve been up in Northern California this week. Taking a break from the busy schedule that is my life these days. It’s been nice to see the family and friends up here. The other main purpose of our trip is for our friends’ wedding that we are attending today. Weddings are either great or awful, and I’m expecting this one to be the former. I will report back if it is anything less than top notch.

Also, anyone who has never visited Northern California, I highly recommend it. There is a lot of beautiful hiking, wine tasting, awesome thrift stores/vintage shops, and you’ve got to check out Bodega Bay. You can visit all the places they filmed Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

It’s been pretty nice escaping the hubbub of everyday life, but I have plenty awaiting me when we return home. Order shipments will be sent out and I have a bunch of commissioned jobs to take care of. Thanks for everyone’s support and have a great weekend!

June 5, 2008 / japanland

TOM Film Festival

Last weekend also involved a trip to Little Tokyo and attending the Talent One Media Film Festival. I don’t have any pictures yet, but I spotted our booth in the background of this photo posted by someone on Flickr. That is Mr. Souza holding down the fort:

TOM Film Festival. May 31, 2008

June 4, 2008 / japanland

Hibbleton Opening Night

Last Friday was our opening night at the brand new, super-fresh Hibbleton Art Gallery. It was a somewhat stressful week leading up to the event as I was tying up loose ends until the very last minute (and even a little bit past the “last” minute)! Good news is, everything came together! The felt blood was set in place beneath the matryoshka nesting doll set and the cyclops doodie was crocheted and thrown into the cage just minutes before 7!

Here are some photos from the event:


Check out more photos on the HIBBLETON’s flickr.

Also, here is a link to the review put out by the OC Weekly.

AND, the weekend didn’t stop there! We also packed in a Beirut concert, as well as setting up shop at the Talent One Media Film Festival in Little Tokyo on Saturday night! Pictures from that event to come soon.

I’m going to start relaxing now and watch the season finale of LOST. Thank you very much!

May 29, 2008 / japanland

Hibbleton Art Show Setup

It took up pretty much all of Tuesday night to hang and install all our art work at the Hibbleton, but it ended up looking pretty awesome. Opening is this Friday. Go to for more info. For now, here is a little preview…

Hibbleton 1

Hibbleton 2

Hibbleton 3

Hibbleton 4