KABLAM! The DC Reboot Arrives!

AUGUST 30, 2011 — Meltdown Comics hosted an amazingly geek-worthy night in honor of the relaunching of all of the DC Universe titles with a party including talks by DC comics writers, a costume contest, prizes for fans, and the midnight release of Flashpoint #5 (the last in the alternate-reality DC universe Flashpoint series) and Justice League #1, the first of the 52 rebooted DC comics that will be debuting this month.

Justice League #1 cover (Don't worry, they de-pants-ed Wonder Woman in the final version)

Before we get to the event, here’s a little back story on this historic DC Comics reboot:
In a bold move, DC (their most commonly known characters being Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash) is revamping all of their current titles, and renumbering them, starting over again from number one. The “New 52”, as it’s being called, begins the stories of all of the DCU (Detective Comics Universe) from the start, in an attempt to remove the confusion of the past 50 or so years of continuity and give a fresh start so that the story lines and characters are more accessible to the modern reader. That’s right, now readers like us who have lapsed in our comic collecting (most common problem: We’re not sure what the hell is going on anymore!) have a chance to enter the comic universe again without worrying about that pesky back story! Some of the major changes include:

If you’d like to learn more about the relaunch itself, here are some good summaries of the major changes happening in the New 52:
8 Questions About the DC Reboot
DC Comics Relaunch Roundup
List of the New 52 titles, cover art, and release dates

Okay! Now let’s get to the event recap!

This awesome Wonder Woman cosplayer says, "Come Hither!"

Photos and event recap after the jump!

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Glitter and Bubbles: Magical Girls Exhibition Opening

On April 1, 2011, we transformed into our magical personas and invited everyone to celebrate the opening of Magical Girls, curated by Sweet Streets.

Magic Level Up!

With the help of our team,  Meltdown Comics gallery space was refashioned into a sparkling setting, fit for a Magical Girls themed show. It was completed with a “Mickey Mouse Pink” stage for the musical guests.

Thanks to the hard work of Caro (Sweet Streets), wonderful “Magical Girls” inspired art from various international artists were made available for display. Renowned artists such as Camilla D’errico and Junko Mizuno were participants. Talented artists from Shibuya Girls Pop were also featured, all of them from Japan. Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite pieces:

 

Akira Ebihara

 

Miss Kika

 

NICO

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The Dark Side of Magic

As promised, we’re bringing you more inspiration for Friday’s Magical Girls event at Meltdown Comics!

Again, if you haven’t RSVP’d or want more information about the event:

Mark it on your calendars! We’re One day away:

Magical Girls Reception – Free Public Event
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 7PM to 11PM
Where: Meltdown Comics  Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA (Sunset Blvd at Spaulding ?)

RSVP or Share via Facebook Events Page (RSVP is not mandatory)

Live Paintings
Live PerformancesThe Aprils and The Lady Spade
Cosplay Contest: Our special guest judge TAVUCHI (owner/creator of SPANK!) will be judging all of your awesome magical girl inspired outfits! We have awesome prizes for our top three!
Food Trucks!!

COSPLAY CONTEST RULES:

Some of you have been waiting for this, and you’ll be happy to hear our rules are simple.

1. You can dress up as any magical girl character! Whether from a series, of an original magical character of your own design!
3. We do urge that you keep in mind this is an all ages public event, so don’t show up as a nude transformation scene!)
4. Our special guest judge, TAVUCHI, will be judging contestants based on magical cuteness.
5. We will be awarding 3 prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize!
6. All three prizes include different a gift bag that includes (but is not limited to): gift from Meltdown Comics, SPANK!, TokyoPOP, and our wonderful sponsors!

Now onto inspiration.
This time, we’re focusing on villains and bad girls also known as Dark Magical Girls. That’s right, not all Magical Girls are sweetness and goodness. There is plenty of magic to be had on the dark side as well. And, there are girls that prove, you don’t have to be goody-two-shoes to be the Magical heroine.

Ultimate Rebellious Magical Girls: Panty & Stocking

Panty & Stocking from ‘Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt’ are definitely Magical Girls, just not your typical ones. Panty (blonde) is addicted to sex, while Stocking (violet & pink hair) is a champion consumer of sweets. They are both kicked out of Heaven, as they were angels, and are now forced to kill monsters to gain coins that would allow them to return.

Complete with transformation and costume changes, even if there are stripper poles involved, there is no way you can’t love this edgy slap-stick Magical Girl Duo.

Jubei Chan & Her Heart Shaped Eye Patch

Though she can be confused with an Action Girl, Jubei-Chan is definitely a Magical Girl. Jiyu Nanohana is given a heart-shaped eye patch that turns her into the reincarnation of Yagyu Jubei (yes, that Jubei). Once transformed, Jiyu/Jubei pretty much lives up to the hyper-fictionalized super ninja legend. Try that for goody-goody.

Enter the Dark Versions, plenty of Magical Girl series have good girls gone bad. Sailor Moon R had this happen when Chibiusa was brainwashed and became Black Lady. Her costume then becomes darker if not sexier.

And to finish off this inspiration post, we have Princess Kraehe from Princess Tutu. She is the alter-ego of Rue, friend of our heroine.

As you’ll notice, Dark Magical Girls tend to be much more sensual as a direct opposite of the bubbly cute Magical Girl trope. So you really can’t say that there isn’t a magical girl out there for you. Whether she’s spunky and cute, shy, bubbly, dark, sexy, or just an all around bad bitch, she exists.

Well we hope you all feel confident in your outfit choices for Friday! See you there.

ALSO, don’t forget that on Saturday, our awesome bands guest The Aprils & The Lady Spade, will be having a special J-Pop listening party and signing at JapanLA!

J Pop Listening Party at JAPANLA on 4/2/11

For more information please check out the Facebook Events Page!

Pandatone Gloomy Bear will also be present to take pictures with fans, we know we’re already excited to meet him! Mori Chak, creator of Gloomy Bear, has also collaborated with The bands and Sweet Streets artist EIMI to creat two special, limited edition posters for the event! If you’re a Gloomy Lover or a music lover, please come on down!

And if you’re confused as to why Gloomy would be there, you need to check out ‘Pan Da’ by the Aprils!

See you guys soon, Magical Weekend is closing in!

Transformation Sequence Commence!

We hope you guys are breaking out any of your magical girl outfits, dust them off, send them to the cleaners…
but most importantly, practice your transformation sequences!!!

If you need somewhere to go next Friday, be it for art, music, booze, or CUTE GIRLS, you need to come to Sweet Street’s Magical Girls at Meltdown Comics on 4/1/11 from 7pm – 11pm!

in case you need the info (write it down, rsvp!)

Mark it on your calendars ladies, gents, and magical sidekicks:

Magical Girls Reception – Free Public Event
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 7PM to 11PM
Where: Meltdown Comics  Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA (Sunset Blvd at Spaulding ?)

RSVP or Share via Facebook Events Page (RSVP is not mandatory)

Live Paintings
Live PerformancesThe Aprils and The Lady Spade
Cosplay Contest: Our special guest judge TAVUCHI (owner/creator of SPANK!) will be judging all of your awesomely magical girl inspired outfits! We have awesome prizes for our top three!
Food Trucks: Jogasaki Truck (SUSHI BURRITO!!)The Sweets Truck

We have awesome gifts for our top 3 (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) contest winners!

Are some of you perhaps stumped for the cosplay contest? Do you need a little inspiration? We’ll we’ve got some inspiration for you.

Some people think that Mahou Shoujo is just a little girls genre. How very wrong indeed you are! Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girls) is a genre of anime and manga that is so popular, it stretches across a wide audience.

You have the classic:

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soilders Sailor Moon)

What girl or girlfriend doesn’t know about Sailor Moon? Which one was your favourite? You know someone who does! Dress up as your favourite version, there are plenty of variations and characters from Sailor Moon you can pick from! Not all of them are women, and not all of them are even human!

The CLAMP Power House:

Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu!

If you’ve ever read manga or watched anime, then you’ve come across the ladies of CLAMP! And if there’s anything from CLAMP you’ve definitely heard of, it’s the kick ass trio known as MKR (Magic Knights Rayearth).

CLAMP is a manga/anime giant! They have a distinctive story/art look. The appeal of their manga/anime has crossed both genders, and MKR is no exception.

If you like armor or swords, MKR is the way to go!

RELEASE!!

Adding to the CLAMP awesomeness, you’ve definitely heard of Sakura Kinomoto! Though you may recognize her in the TSUBASA Chronicles with her fellow castmates, she was the most popular magical girl of CLAMP history: Card Captor Sakura!

Besides Sakura’s own amazing outfits, there are plenty Clow Cards to choose from. Drawn in CLAMP’s legendary style, I dare anybody to call the Clow Card character art, less than amazing. And lets not forget Yue, or the many male characters of this series.

But those were mostly geared at girls, we hear you say. Well let us introduce:

Honey FLASH!

This sexy girl known as CUTIE HONEY!

Cutie Honey was definitely not drawn to appeal to girls, but men. Her happily sexualized outfit and character is iconic of the Magical Girls genre, as wel las her nude transformation scene.

She is one of key examples of how not girls-only, the Magical Girls genre can be.

And if Cutie Honey is still a little too vanilla for you, Let us expand your horizons.

Meet Sayuka, of Beat Angel Escalayer!

Echhi? :O

Who?

Beat Angel Escalayer is a eroge (erotic game) turned anime. Yes, it is Magical Girls for the 18+. And when we say 18+, we mean specifically geared at 18+ males.

It’s an erotic version of the Magical Girls genre, but holds true with glittering transformation sequences and all things needed.

If you don’t already feel inspired to make an outfit for the event by now, you can try watching anime with in anime! That’s right, the meta magical girl.

I give you Stardust Witch Meruru! She’s the favourite magical girl character of the main character in ‘My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!”:

The reason why Magical Girls is a huge genre is because of it’s widely cast net. There is a huge database of Magical Girls and cross over genre list available on Wikipedia for your choosing.

Well we hope you’re uber amped now! And if you’re not into sugary cute kawaii, don’t worry! We’ve got your Magical Girls Villian’s inspiration coming up tomorrow!

Eat It All!

Got a craving for some deliciously cute jewelery? We’ve got your fix!

Bubble Punch is proud to announce that we’re helping our good friend Onch of Onchmovement.com release his new high-end jewelry line at the magical House of Petrozillia this month.

So mark your calendars on Thursday, January 27, 2010! Black out the hours of 6PM to 9PM, and get decked out in your sweetest outfits!

Hosted by legendary LA club host Allison Melnick, in the infamous Onch and Bubble Punch fun-filled style,  this will be an exciting night of treats for all attendees. The first 25 guests will receive goodie bags with exclusive items available only at Petro Zillia, there will be an open candy bar for all guests, a sweets-themed costume prize for the best costumes, and many more exciting surprises.

Get busy on those costumes ladies and gents, this is going to be legendary!

Seriously guys, mark your calendars! This is going to be a colorful night to remember, so don’t miss out!

We always encourage everyone get in tuned with their creative and whimsical side.

See you guys there!

For More information you can also visit the ‘Eat It All’  facebook event page. No RSVP is necessary for this event, it will be open to the public.

Come play, eat goodies, buy gorgeously fun jewlery, and live your life on the fun side!

Sanrio & Loungefly’s “I <3 Nerds" Post-Event Report!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the “I ❤ Nerds” event the nerdiest, dorkiest, glasses-fest we have EVER seen! We were so pleased that Sanrio fans of all ages dressed up in Nerdy attire to party with Sanrio, Loungefly, and other nerd-lovers. We were once again honored to be asked by Sanrio to throw their themed parties this year, and man oh man, this one took the cake! With over 1,000 nerdy fans in attendance, this was THE ONE PARTY TO RULE THEM ALL! (No, the nerd-references don’t stop there. They just keep getting worse as this post goes on!)

This Hello Kitty Nerd outfit made its debut at this party! We ❤ Nerd Kitty!

Glittery masked nerds! So cute!

8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer definitely had some loyal fans at this event, as they mixed and played their chip tunes for fans live, with an interactive display of nostalgic 8-bit graphics moving behind them.

Michelle Sternberger of ComputeHer, getting ready to perform!

The Yuki Shundo Dance crew really brought down the house with their amazing dance set of video game-inspired moves. Everyone in the crowd really lost it when they head the Zelda music go on.. or maybe that was just us??

These nerds can DANCE!

And thanks to DJ Dave Tada who brought us some pretty sweet nerd music in between all of the amazing performances!

Or course, the costumes were super epic and we were so pleased that everyone went all out to try and win the prize for NERDIEST!

# The little boy and mom team won 3rd place: A Hello Kitty sewing machine! Trevor (far right), owner of Loungefly poses with the winners!

# One of the 2nd place winners! HE DANCED for his prize: an electric scooter!

# First place winner brought a working ROBOT with him. OF COURSE HE WINS! He won a Hello Kitty beach cruiser bicycle!

Thanks for all of your awesome costumes, comments, and continuing support!

Yume Ninja (left) and Chubby Bunny (right) make nerdy announcement. (Dressed like Trekkies, nyuknyuk)

 

If you’d like to see more pictures and event reports from this night, check out the links below:
Brand X (LA Times’ Arts Mag)

LA Weekly Article and Photos

Guest of  a Guest Report and Photo Gallery

Sanrio’s Official Photos

LookBookLA

Chrissa Villanueva’s Photos

Hello Kitty Nerds fans reaching up for the generous free swag from Loungefly! Lougnefly LOVES their fans!

If you have photos from your gallery you’d like to share with us, leave us a comment so we can add yours too!

Kitty In Pink 80s Prom Inspiration!

Is the excitement building?

There’s just a few more days until the totally awesome 80’s Prom, hosted by Sanrio and Bubble Punch!
If you’ve been snoozing and haven’t purchased tickets, please check out our previous post! Remember this event is a limited ticket event!

We’ve been getting really amazing feedback from some Sanrio fans about the crazy outfits they have planned for the prom. Hope you guys are prepared! If you’re still not sure what to wear, or maybe just want to stand out from the crowd, then this post is to help you out.

We recommend going for BIGGER IS BETTER! There will be costume prizes given out to the Prom King, Prom Queen (adults), Prom Prince, Prom Princess ( children), and for MOST AWESOMELY 80s!

So if you’re still unsure about what to do for the 80’s Prom, here’s some amazing outfits to consider:

DEVO!

– Yellow jump suit
– write “DEVO” on the pocket area
– upside down red flower pots!

Madonna, duh!

Whether you’re “Like a virgin” or a “Material Girl” we expect to see you there!

    HE-MAN!

    Grab some belts, a dutch boy wig, and furry underpants and you are set.

      The Misfits!

      While we do love Jem, we all know the Misfits were WAY more 80’s. Why are they the bad girls? Just because they like putting PURPLE AND PINK all over their faces? Pshhh!

      Karma Chameleon! Boy George, signature boy of the 80’s

      Robert Smith of The Cure

      For our darker fans, like Yume Ninja, there are plenty of 80’s Goth icons to choose from.

      The Breakfast Club

      For those who want to go as a group encompassing all things 80’s.

       

      And lastly, why not just go inspired by the theme?

      Molly Ringwald in “Pretty In Pink”

      The quintessential 80’s prom movie.

       

      Well hope you guys feel inspired now! Can’t wait to see you all on Saturday!