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NY Comic Con Thoughts Part 2

Verse two, coming with that Olde E brew err.. I meant Comic Con part 2 with a bit more of the toys on display, from the awesome threeA figures, Square Enix Batman, Bandai's incredibly extensive Gundam (not Gangnam) line to a ridiculously cool custom Galactus figure/statue someone made in Artist Alley. There are quite a few more shots to share (40+) on here and will be posted in-between the music and art, I don't want to take over the site with these shots but still show you the pure awesome of what is Comic Con for those that didn't go. I hope that with these shots you get that itch to go and get your pass for next years convention!

NY Comic Con Thoughts Part 1

The Con is over and another glorious geekfest is done, it was sure tiring but as always a ton of fun. Comics, cosplay and enough toys to deplete your funds in a day doesn't sounds bad eh? I'm sure many folks went home happy as hell with their bags of awesome exclusives, nostalgia triggered purchases and new artists they became fans of. I managed to find a new book to read and got Lil Giant into G-Man as well, I didn't buy any new figures cause... well I got no more room left for figures right now haha. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we had fun taking them and being a part of NYCC once again was fantastic. We have a good amount of photos so I'll be breaking this up into a few posts so one post doesn't weigh as much as the Power Pachyderms. They will be varied and jumbled up just like the floor in the Con. For those that have never been to one, I strongly urge you to go if you love comics, figures, art and geek culture as a whole. It's a little crowded but worth every half step you take in 5 minutes haha.

The Color Run's "R" Us

So I thought what's the next best thing to being in India for Holi? It'd be safe to say that this might be it and what fun it will be. I've signed up for The Color Run in Jersey and it's going down September 1st, I can't wait for this and look forward to getting plastered with color bombs while running. Our team is set and the mini training starts soon. They do races around the US so if you're interested in signing up, be sure to check what race is near you and go for it. Check out their video below and see why I'm so amped for it!

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'El Makako' de Palenke Is A Star

Electro-Cumbia super duo Palenke Soultribe let's El Makako loose in Hollywood and brings us along for the rise of immigrant Makako in search for a brighter tomorrow. Awesome dance sounds mixed with the rich historical sound of Cumbia always makes for a great track and this Columbian group seems to knock it out the park with ease. The single is off their upcoming album 'Palenke vs. Palenque' via the NatGeo Music label, yes that National Geographic... oh so very cool.

Snoop Do... err Lion, Leaving Gats For HIM?

In an unexpected but understandable move Snoop Dog is no longer, now stands Snoop Lion and that's all good but there are a few things I want to talk about. Having stayed in Jamaica recently Calvin Broadus had an experience or awakening to the Rastafarian way of life, which then transformed his old gun totin' and capitalizing on violence self into an uplifting and peaceful new person. While I applaud any artist or person willing to reinvent themselves and seek a higher calling spiritually or by way of religion, there might be things which cause doubt and conflict in his new reasoning and transformation. The announcement of his new album might seem a little too soon due to the drastic change of ideals and lack of instant knowledge, but it can be labeled as journaling your experience as you learn and grow which is fine. One thing that bothered me was him self referencing himself as "Bob Marley reincarnated" and don't think it will be appreciated by many Marley followers if you're coming off saying you are the new version of a legend, it just doesn't sit well overall for me but am open and welcome change so I'll wait to give a real verdict later as Snoop's new life unfolds.

On a positive note... the internal growth of a man is necessary and many music artists stay stuck on their selfish and short fuse teenage attitude, it's nice to see Snoop Lion say he is tired of that life and way of thinking. Have I ever been a fan of his music? Very much so and in the beginning of his career which can be considered his most violent, but that was a different time and inhabits a different space of appreciation for me. To realize you need change for self and to actually go thru and do something about it isn't easy at all, I have been on a similar path of change and it's no cake walk so major points go to Snoop for that. I honestly hope that his new vision/life flame doesn't get diminished once he returns to the music industry reality and stands ground with his new beliefs because it's no game when you change your way of life to a radical departure of your old self. Do I think it's all some marketing ploy? Somewhat due to the reasons I mentioned but I will reserve harsh and quick judgement to the higher powers and will continue to watch as Lion takes place.

As I watched the trailer for the upcoming documentary that coincides with the experience Snoop had in Jamaica, I had the feeling that it was just a calmer and laid back rap video. Sinsemilla filled many shots (no bible study clips) in the trailer and there were no hoes and liquor pouring to be found, show the real deal before you get to the puffing tho. While I do understand the importance and have no issues with the using of certain elements to bring you closer, I think it was shown too much in a trailer that deals with a major life change regardless if it's Snoop (King Toker) but that's just me. The documentary will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival September 7th and be sure to watch the trailer above. Diplo (Major Lazer) will be producing his upcoming 'Reincarnated' (no date) album on Vice Recordings, they have their new single titled "La La La" which features a strictly Reggae sound and will be what the rest of the album is going to sound like. Yep he's "tired of rap" and is on the Reggae tip, the track is enjoyable but the new accent and vibe is kinda off. I wish him much luck in his new venture of life and all positive wishes to his inner mind, for when growth is necessary and steps are taken all good things happen.