BUST Craftacular LA
The BUST Craftacular returned to the West Coast with a cool lineup of over 45 smokin' hot local vendors, sweet-treat trucks, danceable DJs, free goodies, and more. We took over the hip (and historic) Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake and got our craft on from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The event featured:
Free early-bird goody bags for the first 100 shoppers, featuring a free copy of BUST Magazine's latest issue and awesome swag from Schmidt's Deodorant, Jindie Nails, Brooklyn Charm, Sublime Stitching, Museum Nails, and The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen
Free charms engraved on the spot from Brooklyn Charm
Make your own summer-ready headpiece at our flower crown bar
Clean out your closet for a cause: shoppers were encouraged bring gently used clothing to donate to the Downtown Women's Center! Plus sizes are especially in demand, but all sizes and styles were welcome.
All-vinyl DJ sets by KXLU 88.5's "She Rocks" DJs throughout the day
Admission was only $3 (and free for ages 12 and under). Valet parking was available for $8 at Mack Sennett Studios's Bates Ave. entrance; street parking is also available in the area.
The BUST Craftacular in Los Angeles was sponsored by:
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Ladies Kicking Ass at Kickstarter Comics!
Finding women in the comic book world is kind of like shucking oysters and suddenly finding a pearl. In a world of murky sexist content you might find 1 in 15 artists working on comics are female, and “female writers and artists are sporadic at best” says Tim Hanley, a comic book blogger.
Breaking into the world of mainstream comics like DC or Marvel as a woman is difficult and hard to tolerate considering the rampant sexism and misogyny associated with these companies. That’s why female artists and writers often create their own content and find outside ways of funding.
Here’s a list of three comics created by ladies who successfully funded their books on kickstarter, you go girls!
1) Heroic, A Womanthology, by Renae De Liz.
This little diddy is a throwback to August of 2011 but definitely worth checking out. This massive all girl comic anthology reached over four times its pledged goal and raked in $109,301. The Womanthology was meant to showcase the work of over 140 women of all experience levels working in comics.
2) Oh Joy, Sex Toy, The Book, by Erika Moen.
If you’re not familiar with Erika’s popular blog “Oh Joy, Sex Toy” then get ready for a dose of NSFW awesome. Erika has been running the web comic about sex education and sex toy product reviews for over a year now, so her blog is chock-full of awesome illustrations and informational tidbits. Now Erika wants to make a book about the content on her blog. Erika reached her pledged goal in her first day of the kickstarter, plus $7,000 and we still have 28 days to go.
3)Strong Female Protagonist: Book One, by Molly Osterag.
Molly Osterag has been working on the webcomic “Strong Female Protagonist” The story of a regular girl with super-strength, invincibility, and “crippling sense of social injustice” and is ready to move from web to page. Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly, the web comic has received critical acclaim. The kickstarter has reached more than four times it’s pledged goal of $8,000 and is now resting at $20,145.
These ladies are proving that women are an important attribute to comics and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We need women content creators, we want content created for women, and we’re not going to stop until we’ve got it.
You’ll Make a Huge Mistake If You Don’t Watch This Arrested Development Trailer
As we count down the days to the Netflix premiere of Arrested Development's long-awaited fourth season, we're left to watch old episodes and reminisce in anticipation of brand spankin' new material. Now we can get even more stoked by taking a gander at this trailer that's jam-packed with all of your favorite Bluths making all of the hugest mistakes. These include, but are not limited to:
1. Gob using creepy, inappropriate magic tricks to flirt with women
2. Michael attempting to negotiate with Kitty
3. George Michael playing basketball
4. Driving the Bluth staircar, generally
Plus Maeby gets chased around by an ostrich and Gob performs a Jesus resurrection magic trick. And any AD trailer wouldn't be complete without "The Final Countdown."
New episodes start streaming on Netflix on May 26th!
Thanks to Vulture for this one!
I went to Nerd Heaven, aka Wizard World - Comic Con
I was very lucky to attend the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans this past weekend, a.k.a nerd heaven. If you're not familiar, Comic Con is a popular culture and comic convention held annually around the country. It features a variety of different celebrities, artists, merchants, and most importantly FANS! Thousands of people fond of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comic books, anime, and cosplay gathered together at the convention center to hang out, meet some of their heroes, and buy cool stuff. Some of the guests of honor this year were Matt Smith (of Doctor Who), Pam Grier (!!!!), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), animator Phil Ortiz, and the comic legend Stan Lee.
My cosplay was San from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. This was when I finally found the sailor scouts!
Nola feels like a pretty magical place on any old day, so it was extra awesome to be surrounded by superheroes, trekkies, zombies, steampunks, and some of my favorite video game characters. There was so much to look at; from collectors’ action figures, light sabers and cosplay crafts, to striking and innovative professional-fan art. Nen, Greg Horn, and Sara Richard were a few of my favorites. The con creates such an open environment for all things geeky, so by just mingling with folks you’re bound to meet someone who’s into the same stuff as you. I chilled with storm troopers, an extremely realistic lookin wookie, Thor, Bat Woman, and the Mario Brothers to name a few. And speaking of wookies, if you will be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is holding their annual parade and after-party this Saturday! Who doesn't love a drunk Chewbacca? It’ll be a blast, hope to see you there.- Olive Henzel
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