Former Dreamwork Animator Published Beautiful Coffee Table Comic Books

Former Dreamwork Animator Published Beautiful Coffee Table Comic Books

Jason Brunaker is an up-and-coming graphic artist who has self-published remind: Volume 2. He has also self-published reMIND: Volume 2, a decision borne of his realization that self-publication gives him the freedom to make important decisions about his books. He can make his books the way he wants them to feel and look, as well as reprint them whenever he wants and focus on his priorities.

reMIND: Volume 2 is designed to appeal to all ages, especially to fans of graphic novels. It’s rendered in vivid and vibrant full color, as well as hardbound, numbered and signed by the author himself. It’s definitely a desirable collector’s item.

As a graphic novel, reMIND is a science fiction take on underwater lizard-men, faith, and brain transplants.  Volume 2 is obviously a continuation of Volume 1. The latter contains Chapters 1 to 3 while the former has Chapters 4 to 7.

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Both the first and second volumes have a blistering pace to its storyline, deliver beautiful artwork, and provide interesting character development. In Volume 2, readers see beyond human and lizard civilizations so that something greater is revealed. Readers are also taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions brought by the depths of deceit among lizards, as well as the truths behind religions as we know them today.

The overall story itself is fun so there’s no need to worry about too intellectual discussions about mice and men. There’s still the religious undertone as the main plot element but Brubaker doesn’t become too preachy with it.

The book itself is a great coffee table book with its beautiful binding and embossed cloth spines complemented by high-gloss covers. Every page is made of heavy glossy stock and printed in full color with fine line work, rich blacks, and crisp gradients. The slipcase features an elegant tone-on-tone print with ultraviolet ink lettering.

Jason has started his next Kickstarter project for SITHRAH 4: The Deep. This is the fourth installment of the beautiful hardcover comic series by Jason Brubaker.

Check out his Kickstarter project page here.

Check out this other creator innovating a new way to play a vinyl record

 

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Ultra Comfy Hoodie Made in LA by Former Art Director at Macy’s

Ultra Comfy Hoodie Created by Former LA Art Director at Macy's

Los Angeles is one of the biggest apparel manufacturing hubs in the United States, its where some of the coolest under-the-radar clothing is created (like Carbon38, Clare V, BackBeat Rags, The Great). Colby Kane the inventor of the Aviator Hoodie Collection, is a designer and art director who moved to Los Angeles, California from New York City, New York in search of a better work-life balance. During his search, he came upon the idea of The Red Eye Hoodie and later the First Class Hoodie, both of which are now bestselling products.

Through it all, Kane has nurtured his passion for using amazing materials and designs sourced from around the world and then adapting them for his products. He is also passionate about making his products in Los Angeles as well as providing great value to his customers and selling directly to them. He, indeed, takes pride in the fact that his products are proudly made in the City of Angels.  

The First Class Hoodie is available in two types of fabric. First, the Comfort Hoodie is made from natural bamboo fiber, a sustainable material that feels as soft as cashmere. It also has moisture wicking, antimicrobial, and breathable qualities that make it your best choice for everyday wear and leisure activities.

Second, the Sports Hoodie is made from synthetic fibers chosen for their performance qualities. It’s a great choice for more strenuous physical activities while also retaining the comfortable and convenient qualities of the First Class Hoodie. It has a sportier design, too, so you can wear it to most outdoor sports activities, such as hiking.   

Every hoodie in the Aviator Hoodie Collection has practical features that distinguish it from the competition. The cuff can be worn three ways – as a standard cuff, as a mitten, and as a fingerless glove. The hood can also be worn as a standard hood or as a sleep mask.

The hardware used is also of the highest quality. The premium UCan zippers allow for a smooth opening and closing while the Paracord 550 hoodie drawstrings can withstand countless use.  Both zippers and drawstrings have a gunmetal finish for a stylish look.

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Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by Former JPL Mechanical Engineers

Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by LA Mechanical Engineers from JPL

Many savvy smartphones, tablet, and laptop users utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to surf anonymously, stay protected from malware, and avoid censorship, among others. But why stop there? There’s a new gadget that can provide these useful services, as well as allow individuals and organizations secure and remote access to their home and office networks.

The izzbie ONE is an all-in-one VPN device that offers a personal cloud, online security, and a private local area network. This means that as you access your private network at home or in the office, your online activities will be protected without encryption.  

Plus, there’s no need to go through third-party providers, such as Apple and Dropbox. These providers can encrypt files and messages but keep in mind that these can still be hacked in theory.

With izzbie ONE, you can also access geo-restricted websites and their contents, as is the case with the strict censorship laws in China. Basically, it’s a useful tool for accessing the Internet without your location determining the content you can see.  

You will then be able to enjoy complete privacy and safety online. No wonder that it’s a device gaining more acceptance among digital nomads, the entrepreneurs running their own businesses on the road.

The izzbie ONE is a small black box device with plug-and-play features. Just plug it into your router using an Ethernet connection, go to your computer’s control panel, and add the internal IP addresses of the items that will be connected.

These can be your network attached storage (NAS), IP cameras, video game devices, and wireless printers. You can connect as many local networks as you want, too. You can, for example, print a paper from your laptop while in a hotel to your printer at home.

You may also build a virtual mesh network with multiple locations provided these are all connected to izzbie ONE. Think of it as being in all or any of these locations without physically being there.

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This LA Food Startup Baked Up Some Super Delicious Low Carb Cookies

It is the bane of every cookie lover: you want to eat all those cookies but you’re worried about the calorie count and what it will do to your weight. Check out NUI Cookies, the low carb keto snack cookies. You get the best of both worlds, a delicious cookie with only two grams of carbohydrates.

Keto Kookie is the product of Victor Macias and Kristoffer Quiaoit, buddies who discovered the benefits of the ketogenic diet. However the two had a difficult time finding a tasty but low carb cookie so they decided to make one, and the results have been pretty good.

The results are Keto Kookies, delicious low carb cookies that are keto friendly, paleo friendly and non-GMO. These cookies have no added sugar and gluten-free. The ingredients in these cookies also provide nourishment so you can keep going throughout the day. You can eat the cookies anytime, but they’re most effective during the mornings as they work like energy bars.

The natural ingredients in Keto Kookies provide you with extra strength and the energy needed to do your workouts. With each cookie, you get coconut oils and flour that serve as brain fuel. Monkfruit extract manages cholesterol and blood sugar while almond flour and butter are rich in magnesium and protein.

Keto Kookies also have grass-fed butter which is rich in vitamin K2 and omega 3, superior to ordinary butter. It also contains erythritol, a natural sugar alternative that doesn’t have any adverse effect on insulin.

Keto Kookies is available in many flavors including peanut butter, Birthday Cake, chocolate chip, Snickerdoodle, and double chocolate. A single Keto Kookie has only 3 net carbs, 2 g of natural sugar and 6 g of protein. Compare this with other cookies that have 23 g of carbs 13 g of sugar and 4 g of protein.

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Super Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Necessity is the mother of invention – and Nalla is certainly proof of it! Nadja de Col, a Peruvian designer and surfer, was inspired to create it when her bikini bottom was ripped off from her while she was surfing in Hawaii. She then created a versatile swimwear that can be twisted, knotted and arranged in different configurations – the Nalla.  

Basically, Nalla is a single cut of stitch-less Lycra fabric that comes with accessories. You can use it as a bikini bottom or top depending on your need. You start by draping it around your body, followed by twisting and knotting the middle and end parts, and then adjusting it to your unique body fit.

Video and text tutorials are available. You may, however, use your own creativity in mixing and matching the fabrics, as well as in using the accessories to create personalized styles.

By changing the twist or knot, as well as adding an accessory like a ring, you can instantly change the look of your Nalla bikini. You may, for example, change your bikini bottom with knots at the side of the waist into one with straps around your waist. You will feel like you have several bikinis packed when you only have one!  

Since the stitch-less Lycra can be stretched, you can also adjust your bikini top and bottom to make them smaller or larger, tighter or looser. You may want a tighter bikini top, for example, if you want to emphasize your breasts’ cleavage.  

Nallas can also be mixed and matched as a set. You can create a layered look with two colors of Nallas for your bikini top and bottom, or make a maillot-type swimsuit from two Nallas in the same color. Your imagination is your limit when it comes to creating your own personalized swimwear!

Nalla comes in several colors, too, from the basic black and white to the vivid reds, pinks and greens.

 

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Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Clean {aesthetic}, the manufacturer of Clean {tee} shirt, began as an entrepreneurial venture of two art school graduates who printed T-shirts in their distinctive style in their kitchen. Over the years, the duo grew their venture into a business with its own brick-and-mortar store and gallery in Playa del Rey, California. Today, it’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike to browse and buy colorful artworks and basic shirts.

The Clean {tee} shirts reflect the designers’ love for the modern West Coast California lifestyle, as well as their affinity for the underground arts.  The street culture marked by a relaxed approach to life, a love for casual shorts and shirts, and a love for san, sand and sea as well as surfing is also evident in these shirts.

These are T-shirts made from 100% organic cotton, a soft material that drapes well on the body while also allowing for a relaxed fit. Organic cotton is also easier to clean and easy on the environment, thanks to the absence of pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants used in its production from the fields to the factory.

Each Clean {tee} shirts has a relaxed neck, reduced sleeve flare, and relaxed armpit holes so there are no pit puckers. The slightly longer sleeves and body make it possible to move well, whether walking down the street or coasting down on a skateboard, without exposing too much skin. The soft and lightweight quality of the cotton material also makes it seem like you’re wearing next to nothing yet still be covered.  

The Clean {tee} shirts are available in several colors – white, stone blue, faded eraser, vintage black, and black – so there’s a color for every preference.  The shirts aren’t printed but therein lies its appeal – you can mix and match it with your jeans, skirts and shorts. These are available in several sizes from XS to XXL, too.

Visit them today – 323 Culver Blvd. Playa del Rey, CA 90293

 

 

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