Friday night, February 25th, 2011 … I’m sitting in the after hours Kaiser clinic with my 84 year old mother. Shes not feeling well and we are waiting for a test result to come back. I’m thinking I’m not going to make it to my Alien Argus show the next day. Its kinda deja-vu for me as the last TAG show I was suppose to attend I caught a really nasty cold and could not drive down to Los Angeles. As the time dragged by .. finally we get good news .. a prescription in hand .. within a few hours I’m back at home and finish up my packing… LA here I come !
As we drive down there’s reports of possible snow over the Grapevine route along Highway 5 … but no matter we forge ahead .. I’m not about to let some snow get in the way !!!
I’m always looking at clouds .. and this one caught my eye ! See the face ??
I’ve highlighted the face I saw in this pic above .. haha …
about 3.5 hours into the trip we stop off at Harris Ranch .. they are known for Beef .. and this Steak sandwich does not disappoint ! I do have to say though driving by the thousands of cattle awaiting their doom .. does make me feel a bit guilty and the smell is pretty potent, too … ah well .. it was most tasty lunch !
back on the road we approach the Grapevine .. hmmm we can see snow on those peaks .. and those clouds don’t look friendly at all … oh and the temperature has dropped to 40 degrees !
Sure enough at the top of the route .. it starts to snow !
but within an hour we are out of the mountains in in sunny LA !
I actually grew up in Southern California when I was younger .. so it feels like a second home … though I do prefer Northern California 😉
Making good time we arrive at our hotel .. a nice one this time.. we pull up in our dirty Subaru as Mercedes and Porsche sit in front … haha …it’s in a new complex called LA Live … how to explan this best .. it’s mostly a sport arena / convention center type of complex …. indeed as we arrive thousands of fans are going to a basketball game … eh .. I’m not a sports fan, so I’m just wanting to get to my room …
we make our way to the room and it’s a really nice one … but, I’m beat and my 46 year old body is not what it use to be .. 6.5 hours of driving .. I decide to lay down before heading back out to the Toy Art Gallery.
The gallery is about 15 minutes away according to MapQuest … hmmm, after a few wrong turns and being stuck in LA traffic its like 40 minutes later !… the show has been beautifully laid out by Aaron and Sean, both of who have pieces in the show…
I’m going to try to not single out any ones pieces in particular as they were ALL amazing ! I have links below to additional coverage and pictures. And as many figures have sold there are still some available so check them out on the Toy Art Gallery web site link below …. enjoy the pictures !
While seeing in person all this incredible art, I have to say my highlight of the evening was when long time Japanese Toy Collector/Jumbo Machinder expert and Stand Up Comic, Tom Franck showed up with his daughter … who gave me this most Awesome drawing she did of Alien Argus ! Wow !!!
Every now and then I come across kids who have a natural talent for art .. and Tom’s daughter certainly has it ! I was very touched by this kind gesture … you know there is some good in the world.
several folks asked me what i thought about seeing all these versions of Argus.. well the short answer is speechless ! The longer answer is it’s all very surreal to me.. it’s a figure I designed and yet with each artist it has been transformed into something very cool and unique to each person. I can not pick a favorite .. not only is that not fair to anyone in the show, but also it’s like picking your favorite child .. impossible to do ! Well in my case very easy to do … haha …
By the time we get back to the hotel, it’s close to midnight and I have not eaten at all … this burger was most welcome to my gut ! Fade to sleep ….
Show over the next morning we could take our time getting up and opted for a all you can eat buffet in the hotel.
Haha .. I grabbed this teeny tiny Tabasco bottle .. I don’t know why … but it just cracked me up !
So back on the road we head … a quick trip and back home ! But our next stop is something i’ve been stopping at for my entire life . and that’s for Pea Soup at Andersens !
I order the all you can eat Pea Soup Travellers special .. but can only manage 2 bowls full ! Oh so good .. but truth be told my mothers version is better ;-P
I love how we can bring Max along to places like this .. really throw backs to simpler times .. thank goodness this hasn’t been taken over by a big corporation.
when we see these windmills on the hills we know home is only about an hour away !!!
Ah the Bay Bridge .. so back home we are .. another Kaiju show under the belt! More to come this year ! I’ll be in Japan next, back to San Francisco at Double Punch, San Diego Comic Con, out to Chicago for Toy Karma 3 show … the Kaiju Train never stops !
Finally thanks go out to Gino Joukar and Toy Art Gallery for not only producing the Alien Argus figure but also organizing and hosting this massive show. Also thanks to Don Kratzer/ Fig-Lab for getting the artists from Japan to participate.
Below are links to buying any remaining Alien Argus customs and other show coverage.
Finally a huge Thank You to everyone who participated in the show … your enthusiasm and awesome artistic talents so impressed me. Thank you and Toy Karma to you !
Toy Art Gallery : http://shop.toyartgallery.com/current-shows-c-3