This was my documentation on May the Fourth this year, also known as Free Comic Books Day. I only wish I’d known of this earlier! It’s such a great day.
My first stop was 3C – California Comics and Collectables in Culver City. I don’t think it’s the same comic book store that Des and James used to drop by whenever they went for a run, but the association reminded me of them and Grace when we stayed in the area. Time passes by so quickly. Sometimes I look forward to going back to Singapore so that I don’t run through more Singaporean interns while I’m the only one who gets left behind. :(
Anyway, 3C had Spidey! He was a champ.
My favourite shot is a candid of him browsing the shelves of pretty cool collectables in the store. I even spotted this Morn figurine from Star Trek: DS-9, which made me more excited than I ought to have been, considering that it was Star Wars Day, not Star Trek Day…
After getting my free comics from 3C, I headed down to the ever familiar Venice Boulevard and dropped by Moo Moo Thai Cafe for lunch. I vaguely remembered ordering delivery from them before, but have never actually dined at that quaint little place.
This Hainanese Chicken Rice and Yeo’s Chrysanthemum canned drink (product of Singapore) could be considered a measure of my homesickness. I was crying on the inside when I saw the canned drink. AND YET THERE WAS NO ONE TO SHARE MY TEARS OF JOY. Oh well. The chicken rice was tasty, though it didn’t taste like what I’d get back home. I didn’t expect it to, after trying chicken rice in Los Angeles. It’s just different, especially the soup, not to mention how wrong the chilli is. Hell, even the chicken rice at Hainan Island didn’t taste the same as it does in Singapore. And it’s called Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Next, after trying to liase with Ssen, I headed down to the next comic book store in Santa Monica. However, I went to the wrong address, which resulted in me walking for more than an hour along Lincoln Blvd to my destination. That wasn’t so bad- I remember strolling down Santa Monica Blvd with Jesca for close to five hours once. But this meant that I was placed back at The Venice Love Shack once again, this time without Deb by my side. (Dammit, I can’t seem to escape the ghosts of my friends!). But first, to take some pictures of myself against one of their many, and ever-changing colourful murals:
You could maybe hype me.
Lookbook ‘Hype’ tee // Forever21 denim shorts // H&M leggings // Dr. Martens hot pink lamper boots // Tilly Bloom ‘Maybe’ necklace // bag from Ameyoko, Japan
This was the first time I wore the Hype tee I’d gotten from the Lookbook premiere party a while ago. I’m wont to get larger-sized tees for comfort, so when presented with the choice of small or medium, I chose medium. It was so comfortable. (*w*) I folded up the sleeves to fit the ratio of cloth to my skinny arms so as to be more presentable, and then promptly negated that by doing that half-assed hem tuck into my shorts. Also, that’s a talking moustache Evy got me that was hanging from my belt loop! It says, “Well, hello there,” when you press a button; in an appropriately smarmy tone, too.
This sweetheart cautiously came up to me when I passed by The Venice Love Shack! She didn’t seem to react like most dogs I’ve interacted with though. Not once did she make eye contact with me, keeping her head bent low while she approached and while I showered her with pettings. It was actually starting to worry me. Eventually, her owner came out from the The Venice Love Shack and approached us. He was worried about her being so close to the road (I was on the sidewalk). And He. Actually. Recognised. Me. I was stunned speechless. The last time Deb and I explored the area, he gave us a short tour around the complex and showed us all the bean bags he made. But I never thought that we had made an impression. This time, he told me that they were holding a small party the next day, and that I should go. I didn’t in the end, choosing to recuperate on Sunday. >_<
I finally reached Hi De Ho and rendezvoused with Ssen:
The selection of free comics at Hi De Ho were more despite my being there at such a late hour. They also allowed more comics per person; completely based on a trust system of course. I saw people getting one of every issue.
Ssen and I also got into a semi-discussion with a stranger over Y: The Last Man. We had passed by a volume on the shelves and so I was recommending the series to her, when he came over with his armful of comics. He’d overheard and mentioned that he dropped the series because he saw the cover of the last volume and it gave him the impression that the plot had taken a copout of it being a dream (heh Evangelion). I convinced him otherwise. And then he mentioned how he was part of the kickstarter for one of the free comics, and how the artist drew certain pledgers into the comic too. It sounded pretty cool. I’ve forgotten the title though. :S
It’s been two months and change. Regardless, May the Fourth be with you.