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Aug15

Fans reimagine Akira in CG

2016 at 06:48 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Animation team Brad Kremer and Dean Fowler have shown their love for the classic 1988 anime adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” by recreating scenes from the movie in CG! The short film, which features shots from Akira’s iconic motorcycle chase scene, along with sweeping shots of Neo-Tokyo, is the result of several years of work between Kremer and Fowler. The most prominent feature of the film is the iconic red bike, featuring a fresh set of decals, paint, and animation for its CG debut! While not an official trailer or project, this fan-made tribute shows off Kremer’s and Fowler’s love for both the film and the medium in whole. Check it out below!

Aug15

San-X's giant Rilakkuma plush returns

2016 at 06:38 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Beloved San-X character Rilakkuma is coming to your home in a huge way with the return of its giant plush! This massive piece of Rilakkuma merchandise sizes in at a massive 5′5″ tall, and has returned due to massive public demand after its initial wave sold out! This giant plush will be available only in limited quantities until September 4th from San-X’s official website, and is currently sold for just over $650, making these plushes a real investment for serious Rilakkuma fans. Fear not, though, for San-X also has smaller, 40″ tall plushes available as well for both Rilakkuma and his white-pelted partner Korillakuma. On top of that, a new monkey-themed Rilakkuma plush is also available for $180, in order to celebrate 2016’s Year of the Monkey! All of these items are sure to be awesome gifts for any Rilakkuma fan!

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Aug15

Water-like glass sculpute on display in LA

2016 at 06:28 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Installation artist Patrick Shearn has revealed his newest work in Los Angeles in the form of a large-scale glass sculpture! Titled “Liquid Shard”, the art piece was created as a collaboration between Shearn, public art organization Now Art LA, and college AAV School of Los Angeles. The sculpture itself extends over 15,000 square feet, blanketing visitors of the Pershing Square public park with thousands of glass shards, undulating and waving like water. The glass itself is made of a holographic filament, making the piece shine in the light in dozens of different colors. Shearn, inspired by the observation of nature, hopes that the piece will draw the eyes of busy passerby and help them appreciate nature through his work.

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Aug11

PUSHEEN PARTY PRIZE & GIVEAWAY SCHEDULE

2016 at 06:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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It’s Pusheen mania at TOMODACHI! This Saturday, August 13th from 2-6pm we’ll be celebrating with loads of new Pusheen merchandise, DJ sets, a photo booth, art activities, treats and best of all TONS OF PRIZES!!! To plan your prize-winning itinerary, check out our complete list of free giveaways, contests and drawings — and the times we’ll be doing each of them. Good luck, and see you at PUSHEEN PARTY!


NOW THROUGH SATURDAY 6PM: #PUSHEENPARTYMOA PHOTO CONTEST — WIN A GIANT PUSHEEN!

Post a fun picture while you’re at the event on the 13th and hashtag #PusheenPartyMOA to be automatically entered to win a GIANT PUSHEEN PLUSH! Can’t make it to the party? No problem — stop in this week anytime before Saturday and snap a selfie with Pusheen for your chance to win! Winner will be announced and contacted via social media on Sunday, August 14th at 12pm CST. Contest ends officially 6pm on Saturday, August 13th.


ALL DAY: FREE EVENT STICKERS!

Free PUSHEEN PARTY event sticker with any purchase


ALL DAY: FREE PUSHEEN PUFFY STICKERS w/ $25 PURCHASE

Purchases over $25 will receive a free Pusheen Puffy Sticker Pack, courtesy of Gund! (while supplies last)


ALL DAY: FREE PUSHEEN PASTEL PLUSH 6″ w/ $50 PURCHASE

Purchases over $50 will receive a free Pusheen Pastel Plush 6″ with a heart (while supplies last)


2PM: FREE GIVEAWAY TO FIRST 100 PEOPLE!

The first 100 people lined up outside of the store at 2pm will receive an exclusive goodie bag featuring a Pusheen Puffy Sticker Pack courtesy of Gund, candy from TOMODACHI and more.


3PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #1

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 2-3pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 3pm, we will do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- $100 Gift Card from Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


4PM: PUSHEEN FASHION CONTEST

Line up outside of TOMODACHI at 4pm to enter your Pusheen-inspired look into the fashion contest! Judges Samantha Rei and Christopher Straub will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners to receive TOMODACHI gift cards, Pusheen plushes and goodie bags. All runners up will receive a consolation prize of a Pusheen Puffy Sticker Set, courtesy of Gund!


4PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #2

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 3-4pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 4pm, while the judges are making their decisions, we will also do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- One night hotel stay at Radisson Blu MOA

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


5PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #3

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 4-5pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 5pm, we will do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. gift basket ($100 value)

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


6PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING GRAND FINALE

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 5-6pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 6pm, we will do multiple drawings for prizes including:

- Christmas has come early for Pusheen fans! We’ll be drawing for 5 PRE-RELEASE Series 2 Holiday-themed Pusheen Blind Boxes

- 2 tickets to the Flyover America experience at MOA + plush mascot toy

- $25 gift card to Piada Italian Street Food at MOA

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH: GIANT PUSHEEN WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Winner of the giant Pusheen plush via the #PusheenPartyMOA photo contest will be announced at Noon, through both Instagram and Facebook! (winner will also be contacted through private message)


NOTE: Hourly prize drawing entries are good for only that hour’s drawing and do not carry over to the following hour (example: a $5 purchase/entry at 2:30pm is good only for the 3pm drawing, etc.)

Aug09

Over 1000 dancing robots break world record

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Tech company Ever Wing Company, Ltd. has broken the Guinness World Record for most dancing robots in unison with their recent groovy display! The dance, which featured 1040 of the QRC-2 robot, was over a minute long, and featured all robots dancing in unison thanks to a single smartphone controller. While some of the robots were disqualified due to falling over or not dancing properly, 1007 of the dancing robots completed the dance perfectly, earning them the world record! Check out the set up and dance below!

Aug09

Artist decorates Ottawa with colorful installations

2016 at 07:23 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Argentinian artist José Luis Torres has dotted buildings all over Ottawa, Canada with his unique art installations! Titled “Tipping Point”, the art pieces consist of a variety of brightly-colored found objects, ranging from plastic children’s toys, bins, chairs, and even boats! The pieces are designed to seem large and imposing, as these are part of Torres’ movement in bringing to light the clutter and hoarding nature of daily life, while at the same time displaying a bright and colorful summertime-themed collage. Check out some of the installations seen below!

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Aug09

Cronzy pen lets users draw in millions of colors

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Take a look at the future of ink with the upcoming Cronzy pen! The Cronzy pen, which is currently in development to hit retail markets in 2017, is designed to be a multi-use drawing tool, made unique by its ability to instantly choose and draw in over 16 million colors! The pen will be able to select colors either via a Bluetooth connection to your computer or smartphone, or by using the pen’s built-in color scanner to grab any color from the environment around you. The pen then takes the chosen color and creates the exact tone and hue through the use of a unique CMYK cartridge located inside of the pen. The Cronzy pen will surely be a useful tool for artists of all trades, so make sure to keep your eye on this awesome new product!

Aug09

PUSHEEN PARTY FASHION CONTEST!

2016 at 04:36 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This Saturday, come dressed to impress in your best Pusheen-inspired look for your chance to win awesome prizes! As part of our superfun Pusheen Party on August 13th, we invite you to get creative — looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting to fashion based on a Pusheen color palette and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen and makes us smile. All ages and genders are welcome to participate. Visit the Pusheen official Facebook page for tons of character and prop inspiration!

Possible ideas:

- Original fashion with Pusheen iconography
- Handmade Pusheen props that match your outfit
- Elaborate Pusheen nail art or makeup
- a styled look using Pusheen colors and concepts

Prizes will be awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place at 4pm sharp at TOMODACHI.

1st Prize: 24″ Pusheen Plush + $100 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
2nd Prize: Pusheen Donut Plush + $50 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
3rd Prize: Pusheen Plush + $25 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag

Celebrity Judges:

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Samantha Rei, Fashion Designer, Illustrator & Author // www.samantharei.com

Samantha R. Crossland began her fashion design career with her label “Blasphemina’s Closet”, one of the first Lolita clothing lines in the US, in 2000. After closing “Blasphemina’s Closet” in September of 2013, she started anew with her new eponymous label “Samantha Rei”. “Samantha Rei” embodies the sweetness, femininity and attention to detail that has come to be expected from the designer.She’s been featured in Huffington Post, Shojo Beat, the American Gothic and Lolita Bible, Gothic Beauty, Glamour UK and Vogue UK. Samantha was named one of 2014 City Pages “Artists of the Year” and 2016 Best of the Twin Cities “Best Fashion Show” and Reader’s Choice “Best Local Fashion Designer.” In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration. Samantha strives to help women feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin. She believes they can all be beautiful warriors.

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Christopher Straub, Project Runway Season 6 Fashion Designer & Children’s Book Author // www.christopherstraub.myshopify.com/

Christopher Straub is a Twin Cities based fashion and accessories designer who gain national exposure on season 6 of Project Runway. Since his time on the show Christopher has worked on projects with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Maurices, Target, Yoplait and PBS. He’s also been featured in such magazines as US Weekly, Star, People, and O Oprah Magazine. Even though fashion is still his focus, Straub has found success with his series of children’s books and plush toys.

Aug03

'Frozen' musical coming to Disney cruise

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Disney has recently announced that a brand-new musical based on the popular “Frozen” franchise will make its debut exclusive on the Disney cruise liner, the Disney Wonder! The musical will feature eight songs in a Broadway-style presentation, and will feature all of fan’s favorite characters, including Elsa, Anna, Hans, and more. Cartoon characters Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman will even star in the musical as unique puppets! The show is scheduled to debut in November alongside other classic stage productions, so tourists can look forward to a chilling new experience on Disney Wonder this fall!

Aug03

LEGO donates Rio replica for Olympics

2016 at 07:24 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Just in time for the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, LEGO has donated a massive recreation of the city in its iconic building blocks to the city! The model consists of over 930,000 brick, and required 50 professional LEGO construction artists to work over a year to complete it in time. The model includes a wide variety of iconic landmarks from the city, cramming it all into a 16ft x 20ft display. On top of that, LEGO also created unique miniature figures of Vinicius and Tom, the 2016 Olympic’s mascots! To get an in-depth look at the model and its construction, check out the series of videos below!