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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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!

The Haus of Super Shimmer: Walk Off, It’s On!

Get ready, it’s coming at you!

Haus of Super Shimmer, a spectacular magical weekend of fun (click for full size)

Facebook Event RSVP Here

We know you guys were disappointed that we had to postpone our Zoolander Walk Off party earlier this month. However, instead of just one night, we’re bringing you guys an entire weekend of fun!

Bubble Punch is proud to announce that we’ll be kicking off the weekend of Haus of Super Shimmer festivities at Space 15Twenty with our friends: JapanLA, Sugarpill Cosmetics, Jessica Louise, Audrey Kitching, and Chubby Bunny. That’s right, the Walk Off party is on like Donkey Kong! Mark the date on your calendars and dust off your Zoolander inspired outfits.

Come out and join us on June 4, 2010 for our Zoolander-inspired Walk Off party as we jump start a spectacular weekend of fabulous events. The entire weekend will be filled with fun events like exclusive 3-day pop-up shops, artist meet & greets, Hello Kitty photo ops, makeovers by Sugarpill Cosmetics, contests, and raffle prizes.

You can RSVP on the facebook page, but RSVP is not necessary.

Hope to see you guys there for a magical weekend of fun! And remember, we always encourage all our attendees to dress up in their most outrageous fashionable threads and have fun!

San-X U.S. debut featuring Rilakkuma at JapanLA! This Saturday!

Bubble Punch loves teaming up with JapanLA and friends for their fun events! This next one is no exception!

The awesomely cute, Japanese-character brand San-X is finally making it’s debut here in the US!!! YES! Recognizing the awesomeness that is JapanLA, San-X has handpicked the store as one of the select few authorized dealers of thier hilarious, cute, and super off-beat character goods!

We are super excited to be a part of this event!

To celebrate the big launch. JapanLA is hosting a “Rilakkuma Christmas Pancake Party:” a super fun night of partying, friends, pancakes, and… special guest star… RILAKKUMA HIMSELF!!!! If you do not know who Rilakkuma is, take a look at the flyer below for the gist of what this “relax bear” (the literal translation of Rilakkuma), designed by our very own Yume Ninja here at Bubble Punch!

What’s super weird, yet adorable about Rilakkuma, is that he loves to relax with his buddies, as well as wear bear costumes…. So what is he really? He could be a human, an animal, or an alien! NO ONE KNOWS!! (The official statement on Rilakkuma’s identity is, “MYSTERY desu!”)

Lucky for us, one of Rilakkuma’s favorite snacks is donuts! JapanLA convinced the shiny new Buttermilk Truck to come to the party, and they’ll be outside of the store cooking up pancakes, waffles, donuts and more!

Check out the details below!
Time: Saturday, Dec 12th, 7pm-11pm
Place: JapanLA, 648 N. Fuller Ave. (Off Melrose Ave.), Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Free pancakes from the acclaimed Buttermilk Truck for first 30 guests with Christmas themed-outfits!
  • San-X goody bags to first 100 guests with San-X purchase!
  • “Most Outrageous Christmas Themed Outfit” Contest with Rilakkuma prizes!
  • Special San-X products brought in from Japan for the event!
  • This is an all-ages event!

Come party hardy with JapanLA, Bubble Punch, Rilakkuma and friends at the cutest Christmas event of the year!

Hope to see you there!

Nom nom nom! (*please note these are not the actual pancakes Buttermilk truck will be serving... hehe. But they are awesome nonetheless.)

Bats & Cats update… prizes!

We’ve just recieved confirmation that Sanrio will be generously donating the most awesome prize ever for our grand prize winner of the costume contest….

A Hello Kitty Beach Cruiser by Nirve Sports!

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This bike is so awesome and SO P INK!! So bring your A-Game, everyone! The competition’s going to be FIERCE!! Contestants for the costume contest will meet in the VIP lounge at 10PM!