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!

Sweet Tooth: Sweet Streets 2, The Opening.

Day One – Saturday’s Opening Reception Night

Gallery Nucleus gets very sweet. 6%DOKIDOKI & SO SO HAPPY Windows

Last Saturday night kicked Sweet Streets 2 with a carousel of fun, fashion, and food. If you couldn’t make it down for the opening reception last weekend, the Sweet Streets show will be showing at Gallery Nucleus until October 4, 2010. So please check it out before it leaves! There were a plethora of taletned artists from all over the world in this show.

Day 0: Bubble Punch & the Nucleus Staff at the space setting up and finalizing the contests!

Before the glitter and sparkle of the opening reception, 6%DOKIDOKI had their model casting on Thursday, September 9, 2010. All of our lovely finalists were invited for a private interview and fitting with Sebastian Masuda (designer for 6%DOKIDOKI), Yuka, and Vani. Though only eight of our finalists were able to make it, everyone at 6%DOKIDOKI were very pleased with their selected finalists, and found it hard to choose only a few.

Our 8 Finalists: Mandie, San, Chloe, Danielle, Bebe, Chrissa, Calla, and Ari, with Sebastian and the 6%DOKIDOKI Shop Girls.

Because it was so hard to choose only 4 from the finalists, they decided to go with 5 (FIVE) girls in an unconventional selection method!

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Sweet Streets, Closing In!

Hey fun lovers and seekers of the world!

We just wanted to remind everyone that Sweet Streets opening reception is this Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, Ca!

If you haven’t been keeping up, Caro, curator of Sweet Streets, has been continuously posting sneak peaks from many of the Sweet Streets artists. This year’s theme is inspired by Japanese Street Fashion. You can check out any that you missed here: http://sweetstreetsla.blogspot.com/

Doors open at 7:00PM on Saturday, and there will be music, refreshments, food trucks, live paintings, a 6%DOKIDOKI fashion show, and pop up shops! Come view the fantastic art by talented artists, including both art and creations submitted by Bubble Punch staff. Also, the 4 winners of the 6%DOKIDOKI Model Contest will be revealed on opening night!

Please make sure to come down and show support. And don’t forget the 6%DOKIDOKI Fan Day on 9/12/10 at Gallery Nucleus! If you can’t make it this weekend for the festivities, the show will run until October 4, 2010.

For more information please visit our friends:

Sweet Streets Official Blog

Sweet Streets Event Page

6%DOKIDOKI

Sugarpill Cosmetics

So So Happy

Hi-Fructose

Galley Nucleus

See all of you guys there!

6%DOKIDOKI’s Fashion Extravaganza: Model Contest!

In conjunction with the Sweet Streets Vol. 2 exhibition opening, Japanese brand 6%DOKIDOKI will be in attendance, showing off the latest looks from the streets of Japan. They’ll have a popup shop at the gallery, so fans can get a hold of their coveted items.

But if you’re itching to get even closer to the action, we have fantastic news for you! 6%DOKIDOKI in conjunction with Bubble Punch, will be holding a model contest!

Complete details about the contest can be found here!

We’re extremely excited to be participating in this awesome event! We hope that all 6%DOKIDOKI’s fans take the time to enter for a chance to be one of the models at this exciting fashion event.

Super Street Fighter IV Fight Club. READY? GO!!!

April 23, 2010 – Glendale, CA – Capcom announced their fan event to celebrate the launch of Super Street Fighter IV. After only being a bit less than a year since Street Fighter IV came out, it was great to see what improvements they had made on the game, and also, what kind of party they would host this year. The bar was set pretty high, considering the magnitude of the Street Fighter IV release party held February 12, 2009.

Hardcore fans were already in line as early as 1PM for the 8PM party, some decked out in their best Street Fighter attire! Cosplaying that long takes GUTS!

Loyal Street Fighter fans donned their cosplay gear for the long wait

This year, we were treated to a slightly smaller scale version of last year’s original SFIV release melee. The space wasn’t nearly as large, however, so the long line outside was kept waiting for a few hours after the party started.

Inside, there was a complimentary “Bruise Bar” where fans could get the Street Fighter KO-ed look via the talents of make-up artists.

Check out the "treatments" you can get at the Bruise Bar! Badass!

With multiple game consoles set up for fans to try out the souped up Super Street Fighter IV, the fans were appeased not only with video games, but also free pizza and cola. We were a little sad there was no alcohol available for purchase, but up in the VIP area, there were grown-up beverages available.

Of-note attendees include Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, Japanese Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara, US SF champ Justin Wong, and many of the US voice actors such as Matthew Mercer (Fei Long) and Kat Steel (Ibuki).

More photos and report details after the jump!

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Stage Dressing for “Hero:108” promos

This past weekend, Bubble Punch teamed up with Caro from Hi Hi Caro!, to create a set for promotional spots for the Hero:108 series, produced by Cartoon Network.

the Klaxons

the Klaxons

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

This week, bands such as the Klaxons and The Charlatans will be shooting in this space to create promotional spots to be aired on Cartoon Network!

Throughout the year, this set will also be used to tape other celebrity personalities in conjunction with the animated show.

Because the animated series “Hero 108” is set in ancient China, we incorporated that feel for the set. We poked around Chinatown and the fabric district in downtown Los Angeles to gather materials, and here’s what we came up with!

Completed Hero 108 Set

Completed Hero 108 Set

Detail shots, progress photos, and ridiculous posing after the jump!

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