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[Torrance, CA] MacrossWorld 2016 is Here!

26 Jul

MacrossOriginalBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MacrossWorld’s official Facebook page has announced the return of MacrossWorld in 2016. This event will be held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Centre in Torrance, California on Saturday, October 15th. There will be cosplay performances, an amazing dealer’s room, special guests, and lower registration prices. There will also be tasty Japanese comfort food available from the Okamoto Kitchen food truck.

No official invitations have gone out yet for this event but that hasn’t stopped voice actors Brett Weaver and Richard Epcar from expressing interest in attending.

We’ll keep you posted.

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To learn more about the event visit MacrossWorld’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Macrossworld/.

To visit MacrossWorld’s Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1641746736153220/.

To purchase tickets to the event visit https://mwcon.ticketleap.com/mwcon2016/dates/Oct-15-2016_at_1100AM

Source(s): Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group, Donald Yee, and MacrossWorld Facebook page.

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Can You Keep it Under Your Hat; Disney’s Mad Hatter Billboard Really was Depp!

11 May

AliceThroughTheLookingGlassPosterBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Visitors to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California were given a rare treat when a stationary billboard at the entrance to the park started talking to them. The billboard advertising Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass left park visitors in awe when the film’s character Mad Hatter reacted to the crowd. The trick was all down to 52-year-old actor Johnny Depp live streamed using current video technology and a little Disney magic. Depp will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter (due in theatres May 27th) from 2010’s Alice In Wonderland.

Alice Through the Looking Glass stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by James Bobin with the screenplay by Linda Woolverton and based on the books of Lewis Carroll. Alice Through the Looking Glass will be in theatres May 27, 2016.

Source(s): Digital Spy and Disney Movie Trailers.

Video Source(s): Disney Movie Trailers.

Minna’s 25 Years as an Anime Club Deserves a Catbus Cake

21 Apr

CatbusCake1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Reality TV isn’t my thing but for a time I gave it a chance when I watched the TLC program Cake Boss. It’s a series about an Italian-American family run bakery called Carlo’s Bake Shop. Founded in 1910, the shop operates in Hoboken, New Jersey. I didn’t watch the show for the stories or even for the personalities, I watched the show for the astounding cake art that was produced. And one has to admit, if there was any reason to tune in to each episode, it was for the cake creations Buddy Valastro and his team were responsible for. For a time I was cake crazy. And as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t find cake art that was even remotely decent in my small city of Victoria, British Columbia.

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AX ’97 Masquerade Video Surfaces on the Net

12 Nov

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

AnimeExpo1When scouring the internet it is not easy to find photos of early Anime Expos (AX), especially the ones your parents went to. And it is even more rare to discover a video. But it is thanks to people like Michael Winslow, who treasure such memories, that videos like this even exist. Although the video clocks in at 2:00:17 the masquerade itself runs 1:46:05. That’s enough time to cover the entire event.

Shot in 1997, Anime Expo had just made a return to it’s previous venue of the Los Angeles Aiport Hilton Hotel in California. The last time AX had been at the Hilton was in 1995.

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