KAABOO is a great close to summer

Pictures taken from KAABOO Del Mar 2016

Pictures taken from KAABOO Del Mar 2016

KAABOO has taken over the Del Mar Fairgrounds to host over a hundred musical artists from all over the world. With artists traveling from all across the globe to be included in this festival lineup, more than 40,000 attendees were present the weekend’s fantastic food, fun, leisure, and a variety of entertainment.

Octopus dish that was sheer perfection by CA'MOMI

Octopus dish that was sheer perfection by CA’MOMI

All the way from Napa Valley to participate in the Palate Chef's competition.

All the way from Napa Valley to participate in the Palate Chef’s competition.

As KABOO looks to feature new and upcoming talent, they have worked together with GigTown of San Diego to host this years ‘Discovery Tour’ which allowed for local artists to show off their talents in hopes of becoming a part of this extensive lineup of amazing talent. For next year’s tryouts, keep an eye on the scheduled events at https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/discovery-tour/ to take your opportunity in sharing your talents for 2017s big event.

Sunset Cliffs Stage crowd for Third Eye Blind.

Sunset Cliffs Stage crowd for Third Eye Blind.

Every ticket sold for KABOO provides a donation of $1 to the events KINDNESS program: a charitable giving program that contributes the proceeds to local organizations that are designed to help our local communities in San Diego County. This years organizations include the San Diego County Surfrider Foundation, Voices for Children, San Diego Music Foundation, and The Armed Services YMCA. Other causes towards helping our community will be contributing to the festivities of the weekend.

Almost Monday rocking out on stage.

Almost Monday rocking out on stage.

The evenings crowd for GooGoo Dolls.

The evenings crowd for GooGoo Dolls.

Aerosmith Saturday Nigh.  Steven Tyler doesn't seem to ever change.

Aerosmith Saturday Nigh. Steven Tyler doesn’t seem to ever change.

KABOO is in support of taking environmental responsibility and nurturing sustainability. With that, they contribute all food that is not consumed at the event to local food banks, offer recycling bins during the event weekend, offer numerous transportation alternatives for attending the venue and more.

Full Moon view from Del Mar Fairgrounds at KAABOO 2016.

Full Moon view from Del Mar Fairgrounds at KAABOO 2016.

Shameful advertising using Veterans

For years now, Veterans have been sick and tired of companies using them as key factors in their advertising strategies. It has been voiced in various platforms that primarily promote scam jobs. Veterans now have to be warned where to properly search for work as a civilian, not like transitioning from service isn’t complicated enough. http://www.onedayonejob.com/jobs/the-landers-group/

As a Veteran, I spoke up about an advertising for Solar companies hiring Veterans. They fail to mention that they’re strictly commission based companies that can pay well if you make a sale but pay only based on sales commissions. It can take years to truly be making a steady income within these types of companies and most Veterans have dependents and tend to function as a team or as the sole provider for a minimum of a 4 person household or more. Younger Veterans take advantage of their GI Bills and go to college or enroll in specialty schools if they haven’t already made other plans, but the likelihood of that Veteran who needs a job being able to support their families isn’t going to easily coming from something like this.

Solar companies work within specific boundaries to offer government incentives and a buyer has to be able to purchase in full or finance over time. Government incentives and tax breaks only apply within a certain amount of cost that is paid in full. Granted the employee just has to sell, regardless of how a consumer pays, but because of these “limitations” people that consider solar don’t necessarily choose to purchase. Especially if their homes are in need of additional repair in order to accommodate the installation of solar panels on their property.

The advertisement doesn’t say anything of course:

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Great job telling a disabled veteran who happens to be a photojournalist that they're psycho.  With nothing better to say in order to defend your reasoning for using veterans as a means for advertising your business model.

Great job telling a disabled veteran who happens to be a photojournalist that they’re psycho. With nothing better to say in order to defend your reasoning for using veterans as a means for advertising your business model.  Original url for advertisement: http://www1.solar-energy-today.com/solar/index-veteran.html?lp=veteran&note=Anssen_CA_vethug01&sxid=9t0lchu6k9p8

I contemplated forwarding this story to Readers Digest in order to get more opinions from active duty and veteran readers about how they feel about being used as pawns for promoting businesses that claim to help the economy but actually thrive on poor labor strategies.  No benefits are given to employees in sales; very few jobs exist within the corporate level to receive benefits and full time pay… the list goes on.

Part time employment increases does not improve the economy.  It just leaves the average American with no choice but to work harder in multiple jobs in order to survive in an economy that continuously has rising costs while minimum wage is kept low and the average wage doesn’t necessarily amount to the average cost of living per region: https://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/



Stone and Glass of Escondido

James Stone and Carol Rogers of Escondido's Stone and Glass.

James Stone and Carol Rogers of Escondido’s Stone and Glass.

James Stone has been a business owner in Escondido for two years now and has done a great deal to help influence positive change within the community through arts education, public awareness and group interaction. Because of this, the Escondido Times-Advocate has chosen to feature the business for its contribution to local community and in education. Stone and Glass has begun working directly with San Diego Coastkeepers to incorporate the arts with fundraising to help support and create public awareness for Coastal Cleanup Day, Ocean Conservancy, animal cruelty and endangerment.

Glass jewelry pieces by James Stone as they're still being shaped and cut.

Glass jewelry pieces by James Stone as they’re still being shaped and cut.


Molding glass on a Saturday morning for a private order.

Molding glass on a Saturday morning for a private order.

Along with helping to create public awareness for endangerment of our ecosystem and the near extinction of numerous species throughout the seven seas, Stone and Glass has their gallery open to the public from 1 to 6 pm Thursdays through Sundays at 1285 Simpson Way, Escondido, CA 92029. General public are invited to join James and his assistants in taking part in regularly scheduled classes that are geared to accommodate varying experience levels and age ranges. From nine to 90-years old, Stone and Glass has taught people of all walks of life to create custom blown glass pieces. Classes are now available for seasonal pieces that allow guests to create glass pumpkins or ghosts, possibly even make the glow-in-the-dark, or ornamental balls for the holidays that are all a one-of-a-kind. Even create your own custom glassware, have a private party, or take lessons one-on-one. For official information about the company and its endeavors visit http://stoneandglass.com/
For more information about what Stone and Glass has to offer San Diego County look for the featured article in the Escondido Times-Advocate this September. Printed versions of the newspaper can be picked up from various locations around Escondido and Valley Center, like Mike’s BBQ and Country Junction Deli. Articles can also be found online at http://www.times-advocate.com. For more information about San Diego Coastal Cleanup visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org.
James Stone has been working as a professional glass blower for more than 15-years now and continues to evolve as an artist. Teaching is all a part of the experience. Having the hands-on opportunity while lecturing on technique, style, creative methods and arts inspirations, Stone’s courses have truly inspired and motivated patrons to return to his classes for more and more opportunities to participate in his creative process and combine it with their own. Stay tuned for many great things from Stone and Glass as James Stone takes his business to the next level in the coming months.

Comikaze 2016 is well underway




It’s that time of year again! Comikaze 2016 is open for purchasing tickets and planning your stay for the Los Angeles Convention Center. This years event will take place October 28-30. You can click the following link to purchase: https://www.showclix.com/event/comikaze2016
Since the event has continued to grow over the past five years, there are more rooms in the convention center that the Stan Lee expo covers! Last year was quite a whirl wind when trying to get across the building to be present in time for whatever special event or panel you want to get to, so be prepared, wear good walking shoes, have lots of snacks hidden in your travel bag and be prepared for fit bit overloads as you’re guaranteed to walk miles if you’re as into this pop culture event as we are!
The past two years have proven to make Comikaze an amazing place to take your kids out for Halloween.  Fitting right in with all the cosplay wandering through the convention center all weekend long.  Stay tuned for the list of special events that take place. Like previous events, lots of cast members are present for autographs, lots of artists and once in a lifetime autograph opportunities. People stood in line for hours for last years autographs. Visit http://comikazeexpo.com/ for more information.





Highlights of Stan Lee's Comikaze 2014 by Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

Highlights of Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014 by Anne S. Hall of Syrenia Imagery.











Highlight images from Comikaze 2015 by Anne S. Hall and William Walbourne of Syrenia Imagery

Highlight images from Comikaze 2015 by Anne S. Hall and William Walbourne of Syrenia Imagery


The Romantics hits Harrahs Resort and Casino in Valley Center

Image provided by Glass Onyon PR

Image provided by Glass Onyon Public Relations

Mike Skill, Wally Palmer, Rich Cole and Brad Elvis will be touring together through 2017 to help promote their new album released this June from K-Tel Records, “Up From the Rubble.” They will be performing with Rick Springfield and Loverboy at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Vally Center on Sunday, July 17, at 7 PM, for their hot Night of Flashback Favorites. Tickets start at $45. For details of my exclusive interview with the lead singer, visit http://www.times-advocate.com/ or pick up a printed copy July 12.

For more information about the band and tour dates, visit http://www.romanticsdetroit.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/romatnicsdetroit

I found a fun video of the bands official interview for American Bandstand with Dick Clark on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfLUTkf9myw


4 Color Fantasies celebrates 10 year anniversary


Regal Cinema’s Edwards Theater in Ontario CA

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is a great way to start off the celebrations for 4 Color Fantasies festivities as their annual free comic book day continues to wow and draw crowds in from all over the west coast.  Not only will they be celebrating their growing popularity, but this years event marks the comic shops 10 year anniversary in Rancho Cucamonga.  4 Color Fantasies owners, Chris Brady and Nat Leamwongnukul, have the only premier night packages that allow comic fans to view their favorite characters on the big screen for a set price that allows them to receive customized t-shirts featuring local artists, fandom art on patch work for every movie hosted, goodie bags and more.



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Not only has 4 Color Fantasies been growing in fame from the great deals they offer in store, along with the space for customers to interact and play table card games and such at their store location, but they help to support local artists as they contribute to the events that these guys host throughout the year.  People have come from San Diego, Arizona, and Nevada to attend these special events.  Some learning about the store and its popularity through mass media and others just being lucky enough to accompany family and friends.

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This free comic book day, visit 4 Color Fantasies and help them to celebrate their 10 year anniversary in style at 8045 Archibald Avenue,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Be prepared to stand in line a while as there is a lot that is offered throughout the day and the crowd steadily organizes through the artist booths and shop to browse, network, and purchase items.  Food is always available.  But if they ever run out, there is an awesome Chinese place in the same parking lot, along with a yogurt shop that is worth giving a try at least once.  I can definitely say that various San Diego residents have made the trip just to experience the 4 Color Fantasies highly acclaimed Free Comic Book Day festivities and have not been disappointed.


This years festivities will feature a costume contest where attendees decide who wins.  All participants will be collecting tickets from people attending the event and whoever has the most at the end of the day can win from one of the two categories: 13 and up or 12 years old and younger.  Every year a blood drive is held at the venue.  Featured artists for the day include Kenneth Rocaford (artist), Whilce Portacio (artist and co-founder of Image Comics), Danny Miki (artist), Dean White (colorist), Mick Gray (Eisner Award winning inker), Mat Nastos (artist and writer), John Narcomey (writer and artist), Jimmy Purcell (artist and writer), James Ninness (writer), Luis Escobar (writer), Dean Rulan (illustrator and co-creator of LET IT BURN), Jay and Chris Salce (together artist-writer and co-creators of BloodRed), Justin White (artist), Danie Whitfield (artist), AJ Herrera and Geo Brawn (just about a do it all kind of guys), Patrick Scullin (Illustrator), Gavin Andazola (writer and creator of The Stone Legacy).  Theres so much more to do and see.  If you’re really into comics definitely plan on being there more than an hour!

For more information visit their Facebook page here

Steam Powered Giraffe charges through the States


From left to right: Hatchworth (Samuel Luke), The Spine (David Michael Bennett), Rabbit (Isabella “Bunny” Bennett).

Taking their weird to the next level; Steam Powered Giraffe transformed their array of talents to fit todays generation of success. Twins, David Bennett and Isabella “Bunny” Bennet; along with their long time friend, Samuel Luke, have spent the last eight years evolving their band and their brand. What that brand is jumbles together to form what fits extremely well within the Steampunk culture. The bands music has a robotic sound that goes along with their old school robotic moves; hence, the metallic paint and jazzy retro robot appearance.

“Putting our costumes together was the easy part. Now it’s just tedious,” said Bunny, while signing autographs for her children’s book, Pudding Bat’s Big Night Out.

These characters are musicians, writers, artists, computer tech’s, and business men. They’ve been invited to perform on America’s Got Talent numerous times but have declined in order to keep their business manageable within their own constructs of operations. Performing entirely as independent performers, they have already released seven albums and are currently on tour for various conventions and fairs across the country. The group will be back home in San Diego for the Del Mar Fair. Performing on July 3, at 8 pm.

“We never really quite fit in going to school, so it was always nice to have a twin to get along with and do things with. We work well together even though we bump heads at times. We found an odd talent doing the robot in performance classes at Grossmont College. It just made sense to get into business together,” said David, as he was addressing a crowd of fans during a meet and great during the fifth Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention in Old Tucson (Tucson, Arizona) this past weekend. Working as computer programmers coming out of college, they have found their happy place establishing the performance group.

The Steam Powered Giraffe have been seen in various iconic places around San Diego, like the Del Mar Fair, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and LEGOLAND. The band truly enjoys having the one-on-one interaction with people. Samuel Luke has an energetic personality that draws attention to his strength in never breaking character as Hatchworth. Visit steampoweredgiraffe.com to read the bands backstory and get more information about where they’ll be next. I will never look at green rock candy the same way ever again.