CA – The Martial Arts of Avatar: The Last Airbender Workshop

Sifu Kisu will be teaching TWO Kung Fu workshops at Blue8 House of Warrior Poetry! One for the kids and one for the grownups!

KIDS WORKSHOP INFO
Sunday, Aug. 6th, 3:30-5:30
The Martial Arts of Avatar the Last Airbender
The Earth, Air, Fire, and Water Nations unite in this Kung Fu workshop that teaches kids the real kung fu forms behind the celebrated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cost: $35

ADULT WORKSHOP INFO
Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 6:30-9:30
Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Workshop
Tun Da Course: Form No. 6 – Close-Encounter Combinations (Short Strikes)The emphasis of this form is on techniques and combinations that are applied when up- close (within arms reach) with your opponent. Like all short range fighting styles, combinations include hand trapping, simultaneous block-strike techniques, and footwork/tactics to ‘stick’ to the opponent. The uniqueness in the Northern Shaolin Short Strikes is the ‘blending in’ or ‘smooth and subtle transitions’ with long-range techniques. It has the advantage over other short-range styles in that movements include high- and-low position shifting in addition to side-to-side shifting. Close-in executions of ground sweeping and high/jumping kicks are also skills that others don’t have.
Cost: $65

ABOUT SIFU KISU
Sifu Kisu is a teacher in the Chinese martial arts focusing on the style of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Sifu Kisu is a master of Northern Shaolin (Bak Sil Lum) Kung Fu. Through his teacher, Master Ken Hui, Kisu belongs to the lineage of Grandmaster Ku Yu-Cheung (Gu Ruzong), one of the most respected kung fu teachers of the early 20th Century and the Chief Instructor for Northern Shaolin at the founding of the Central Guoshu Institute in Nanjing.Throughout his life he has worked as an executive protection specialist, stunt man, and martial arts coordinator in the entertainment field for many years. He is most famously known for being the Chief Martial Arts Director and consultant for the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

From his lifelong experience in martial arts, he created the bending styles seen in the series and linked them to styles of Chinese martial arts, giving the show is famous authenticity. He is also responsible for the motion capture on Kung Fu Panda and the hit series KF Panda Legends of Awesomeness, and has worked in the Sentai genre on such shows as Saban’s VR Troopers, the Power Rangers and Big Bad Beetleborgs. Sifu Kisu is currently creating his upcoming animated series, Legends of the Sword.

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Blue8 House of Warrior Poetry
10858 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230-3738

CA – Hook Screening

Press Release:

GreatCo is proud to announce the second of our monthly “Shared Screens InGreatCo” on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. As a reminder, our goal is to build a screening room at GreatCo HQ known for bringing new perspectives on how the movie-going experience can be consumed.

For the second feature of our Summer Series, we will be screening HOOK, the popular fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film features our dear friend Dante Basco as the iconic character Rufio, the red-stripe-haired leader of the Lost Boys. Immediately following the film, filmmaker Eugene Suen will be on hand to interview Dante for our podcast.

Doors: 6:30pm | Movie: 7:00pm

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Featuring an all-star cast of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith, and Dante Basco, HOOK is Steven Spielberg’s hugely popular take on the Peter Pan mythology. In this fantasy adventure film, Peter Pan is now Peter Banning, a successful corporate lawyer in San Francisco who has forgotten the events of his childhood. Life for the grown-up Peter is ordinary and unimaginative. However, when his worst enemy Captain Hook unexpectedly comes back into his life and kidnaps his two children, Peter is forced to return to Neverland and confront the memories of his childhood.

The Great Company HQ
1917 Bay St 2nd Floor Los Angeles CA 90021
(323) 250-2434

Rock & Shock 2017 Lineup Announced

Press Release:

You have waited patiently while we have hand picked the guests and musical acts we want to include in this year’s Rock and Shock. With a great sense of honor, we are excited to present the 2017 Rock and Shock lineup.

Rock and Shock family, the first guest announcement is here! This year, we are coming out of the gate with a larger first wave than ever! On this list we have four first time guests as well as six returning favorites, with none of those six being here last year. And this is only the beginning, as we have many more celebrities to reveal in the coming weeks.

As for this list, we begin with none other than JAMES REMAR! James, of course, is best known not only as Ajax in Walter Hill’s 70s gang classic The Warriors, but also as Harry Morgan, father of and spiritual conscience to the serial killing forensics expert himself, Dexter.

Next up is one of Rock and Shock’s most popular and beloved guests, local boy ADAM GREEN! Aside from all the brilliance he’s brought us over the years (the Hatchet series, Digging Up the Marrow, the horror sitcom named after his hometown, Holliston, and so much more), Adam currently has a whole lot on his plate. Listeners of his podcast (The Movie Crypt, with Joe Lynch) have heard that he will soon unveil a new film as well as a novel, a comic, and he has also reunited with his bandmates to bring back Haddonfield! Better yet, they have an album coming out and on Saturday, October 14th the band will be taking the stage to play for you at Rock and Shock!

Pretty great, right? But there’s more, because we’re very happy to welcome POLLYANNA MCINTOSH! Pollyanna, of course, was last seen making life or death deals as Jadis on The Walking Dead, and before that she had the career defining role of The Woman in the adaptation of the Jack Ketchum/Lucky McKee novel of the same name.

TONY TODD is also familiar with bringing books to life. The horror legend’s portrayal of Clive Barker’s creation, Candyman, has kept people cautious for years about what they say in front of the mirror.

Speaking of horror legends, there’s TOM SAVINI. The makeup and effects wizard is also an actor and director who has worked with nearly every major star the genre has produced since the 70s, and his work on franchises like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, of course, his many collaborations with the beloved George Romero, have earned him a top spot in the horror hall of fame.

TIFFANY SHEPIS is also returning to the show. Beginning her career in the Troma world, Tiffany took fast to her trade and soon became a queen of independent horror, shattering any boundaries put on her and gaining the respect of genre luminaries along the way.

ALEX VINCENT and CHRISTINE ELISE have both battled the maniacal doll Chucky, Mr. Vincent kicking off the proceedings in the original Child’s Play film and Ms. Elise in the sequel.

BARBARA MAGNOLFI has worked with Italian horror legends Sergio Martino, Ruggero Deodato, Luigi Cozzi and, most famously, the inimitable Dario Argento on Suspiria, making her name unforgettable in the genre along the way.

Finally, we have first time guest MARK L. LESTER, a man responsible, be it as director, writer or producer, for such famous fright films as The Funhouse, Firestarter, and Class of 1984. As you can see, we have a lot to offer you for the 2017 Rock and Shock already, and we’re just getting started!

Last week, we gave you a sneak peak of Ministry and Death Grips appearance on The Palladium stage on Friday, October 13th. However, that’s not all we have in store for you. On Saturday, October 14th, please welcome Superjoint to The Palladium stage with Motionless in White, our favorite punk rock cover band featuring Ace Von Johnson: The Rocking Dead (who has a new and exciting lineup), The Amity Affliction, Devildriver, Miss May I, King Parrot, Cane Hill, Child Bite, and Adam Green’s Haddonfield. On Sunday, we welcome back Twiztid’s “Mostasteless Tour”, featuring Moonshine Bandits, Blaze Yah Dead Homie, Whitney Peyton, and Andrew W Peyton. Don’t miss the Sunday After Party featuring Blaze Yah Dead Homie and Whitney Peyton.

We still have many exciting announcements coming your way. Stay tuned to our website (www.rockandshock.com) as well as our social media pages for all the updates as they are unveiled, and we hope to see you this October 13-15!

Avatar Legacy Panel at SDCC 2017

The Legend and Legacy Avatar: The Last Airbender continue at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday July 22nd from 10:00 – 11:00 AM!

Press Release:

Even though the story of Aang and Korra has ended, the fans keep the legacy alive! Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases inspired fan artists and conversations with professionals from the series. Join Candice Canes (pottery artist), Cheryl Duong (artist), Paola Harris “Irrel” (artist), Kevin Coppa (creator of Puppetbenders), Dante Basco (voice actor, Prince Zuko/General Iroh II), Dee Bradley Baker (voice actor, Momo, Appa, Tarrlok, and more), and *just added* Avatar Korra herself Janet Varney to celebrate this amazing series and awesome community of fans. We may even have a surprise guest! During the panel there will be a live comic reading, cosplay contest, and a Q&A. Room 25ABC

SF – Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Signing

Artist Irene Koh appears at Isotope Comics on Sunday July 30th from noon till 3:00 PM to celebrate the release of the first LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will also will be signing and selling exclusive 5×7 Korrasami prints.

Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 621-6543

CA – Legend of Korra Launch Party

Artist Irene Koh appears at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, July 26th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the release of the first LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will also will be signing and selling exclusive 5×7 Korrasami prints (but not doing sketches).

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Illusive Comics and Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, CA, 95050
408-985-7481

HI – Dante Basco Performs

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Art + Flea celebrates seven years of supporting Hawaii’s local creative community on July 14th from 5-9PM for Ward Village’s New Wave Friday. Shop for thoughtfully handmade products and art from some of the community’s up and coming artists and designers. Live musical performances will include a live DJ set by DJ Packo and local hip-hop band, Castle Park. To make our anniversary event even better, we are bringing actor, dancer, and poet, Dante Basco to Honolulu to host Da Poetry Lounge, an event Dante began in Los Angeles for the purpose of giving a place for people to share their stories and be heard.

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Art + Flea
South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 593-8958

Bangarang Screening & Comic Con After Party

Press Release:

Join actor Dante Basco (Rufio in HOOK, Prince Zuko in AVATAR: The Last Airbender) as he throws down some sick beats at the best COMIC CON after-party on Thursday July 20th from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM! There will also be a debut of his short film BANGARANG (Rufio origins), for 12min at the beginning of the night. The evening will be hosted by The Geek Gatsby and feature a performance by The Library Bards and DJ Chuck None on the decks as well!

This is the most accessible party at San Diego Comic Con, FOR NERD AND BY NERDS! We have the entire club, no general public! You’re all invited and bring a friend! COSPLAY IS TOTALLY ENCOURAGED (though not required). Bring some friends and have a great time at one of the Gaslamp district’s hottest nightclubs!

Tickets available at the link…

Bassmnt San Diego
919 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619.231.9200

 

Legend of Korra Artist Appears at Queer Comics Expo 2017

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce Irene Koh as the 2017 Queer Comics Expo Special Guest. Irene Koh is an illustrator, wanderer, and self-described red meat enthusiast. Born in Seoul, she has lived in Tokyo, New England, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Koh received her BFA in illustration from RISD in 2012. Most recently, she is a professional comics artist (Secret Origins: Batgirl, Afrina and the Glass Coffin) and karaoke superstar. Currently, she is drawing The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics.

The Legend of Korra is an Emmy award-winning animated series that is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, starring female protagonist Korra, the Avatar at the center of everything. Dark Horse’s The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars graphic novel series features Korra’s relationship with Asami and is the official continuation of Nickelodeon’s fan-favorite series, The Legend of Korra. 

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One begins with Korra and Asami leaving the spirit world and returning to Republic City only to find political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict. A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What’s more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city’s borders, where hundreds of evacuees have relocated! In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other—but first, they’ve got to get better at being a team.

This three-part graphic novel series is written by Nickelodeon TV series co-creator and executive producer Michael Dante DiMartino, drawn by Irene Koh (Batgirl1602TMNT), with covers by Heather Campbell (Free Comic Book Day 2016: The Legend of Korra), colors by Vivian Ng, and consultation by TV series co-creator and executive producer Bryan Konietzko.

The fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will with Special Guest Irene Koh will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco. The two-day event will present over 50 creators and 20 programming sessions and attract around 500 attendees.

Advance Tickets are available online at the link…

The Queer Comics Expo’s Exhibitor, Programming and Volunteer Application is still live for a limited time at the link…

Find Queer Comics Expo updates on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter!

CA – An Evening with Kelly Hu

Actress Kelly Hu appears in conversation with Dante Basco on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 PM for WeOwnthe8th.

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The Great Company
1917 Bay St, Fl 2nd, Los Angeles, California 90021
(323) 250-2434

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