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November 25, 2010
LosCon, known as the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Convention to outsiders, is putting its focus this year on urban fantasy, steam-punk, science-fiction noir and, in general, the darker side of science fiction. There are a dizzying amount of events planned, including appearances by writer Emma Bull, author of "War for the Oaks," a pioneering work of urban fantasy. Also on hand: local young-adult author Cecil Castellucci, who has lent her youthful zest to a series of books with DC Comics' imprint, Minx.
August 26, 2012
Readers of young adult fiction have more choices than ever before. Still, just as adults are "reading down," many teens are also "reading up. " What does that mean? Some teens are turning to titles intended for adults that feature young protagonists. Stormdancer By Jay Kristoff Thomas Dunne Books, 336 pp.: $24.99 The kickoff to a new fantasy series is dystopian steam punk set in feudal Japan with a strong female lead. (September) The Yellow Birds By Kevin Powers Little, Brown, 240 pp.: $24.99 Two young American soldiers struggle to protect each other from insurgents, fatigue and other perils of the Iraq War. (September)
September 14, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
The shadowy mood that's possessing fashion this season doesn't end with black lipstick. Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and Gareth Pugh are among those who rolled out dark, Gothic-inspired looks for fall. And a handful of the world's most show-stopping designers -- including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Olivier Theyskens -- never stray far from Gothic themes. Some of their most dramatic creations are now on display at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York as part of "Gothic: Dark Glamour," the institute's first exhibition devoted to the style.
January 29, 2009 | Charlie Amter
For the last month, social networking websites have been buzzing about a large-scale fantasy event taking place in downtown L.A. this weekend, one that has nothing to do with a certain football game.
May 29, 2012 | By Brian Gaar
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Community College student Richard Moss showed off his group's project: a demo of a submarine video game called Treasures of Atlantis. It was the end of the semester for a class of about 14 game designers and as many artists enrolled in the community college's Game Development Institute. As Moss piloted his digital submarine around the treasure-filled depths, he was eventually killed. Except it wasn't quite clear whether the game was over. "Yeah, I'm dead, but we don't have a 'Game Over' screen," Moss said as the class laughed.
January 13, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If there were a social hierarchy for independent boutiques in the proverbial school lunchroom that is L.A., the cool kids would likely sit on West 3rd Street - and not just for close proximity to the Chinese chicken salad at Joan's on Third. Though stores from Abbot Kinney to Echo Park may be equally shoppable, the West 3rd shopping district between Fairfax and La Cienega boasts untouchables such as Satine and Milk that have long set the standard for respected West Coast style, emitting a vibe at once hipster, California-relaxed and refined (nothing macrame here unless it's Isabel Marant; nothing studded unless it's Alexander Wang)
March 17, 2005 | Jake Forbes, Special to The Times
When Katsuhiro Otomo's "Steamboy" opens Friday, it likely will be received much differently from his last anime film to be screened outside Japan. In 1988 "Akira" started an animation revolution. Meticulously drawn, and mixing sophisticated themes with shocking violence and blockbuster action, the film served as an eye-opener to Japanese animators on the medium's capabilities. "Akira" almost single-handedly launched anime fandom in the West, taking it far beyond college fan clubs.
July 11, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Knott's Berry Farm will add six new haunted mazes for Halloween Haunt 2013 and bring back Elvira Mistress of the Dark for her first show at the Buena Park theme park in more than a decade. The 41st annual Knott's Scary Farm will start Sept. 26 and run on select nights through Nov. 2. The granddaddy of Halloween events will feature 12 mazes, six shows and four scare zones scattered throughout the theme park. Knott's has made the wise decision to trim the quantity of its mazes in favor of quality as Halloween Haunt continues to compete with Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has delivered an increasingly superior haunted event in recent years.
February 14, 2010 | By Sonja Bolle
How can paranoia be so appealing? I was struck by this conundrum while experiencing a frisson of equal parts dread and pleasure on reading "Incarceron" (Dial: $17.99, ages 12 and up), a new young-adult novel by Catherine Fisher. A dark view of the world has been a constant thread in literature for teenagers. This is understandable for an audience moving out from under the wings of the family and confronting the real world. The dark themes that began a few decades ago with the so-called problem novels (concerning divorce, alcoholism, abuse and the like)
December 8, 2011 | S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The women - in twos and threes and sixes - are on a mission. Spot Michael Voltaggio, the famously tattooed winner of Season 6 of Bravo's "Top Chef. " They linger at the door, waiting, hoping for a seat or a table. Sigh of relief. There he is, in the open kitchen of his new - and long delayed - restaurant Ink. No other restaurant in recent memory has set the blogosphere roiling in anticipation as much as this one. Voltaggio has some 126,000 followers on Twitter as of this writing and, until very recently, it's been so difficult to get reservations at the restaurant, it seems every one of those followers is intent on trying Ink at 7 or 8 p.m., cellphone cameras at the ready.
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