The Legend of GAAM Secret Fashion Photoshoot was set up to showcase fashion inspired by The Legend of Zelda in a modern setting in preparation for The Legend of GAAM Show in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, July 13, at The Museum And Gardens.
We had amazingly talented models, with Void editor and Guysgirl.com creator, Blythe Brumleve. Infamous cosplayer Joyce Roberson, up and coming model, Miranda Brown, and model/photographer/artist, Elena Rodriguez.
Ken Escobar came through with a cool, behind-the-scenes style interview showing off some of the fashion that will be incorporated into the final exhibit, and show that even fashion can take inspiration from video games.
Props to Klara Cu for photography, Make Me Up, Miki for make up, and Corry Britton for his assistance.
That’s right! GAAM is teaming up with Invert Game Studios, and helping to produce Battle Strat, a 3d Real Time Strategy Game!
This is huge not just for GAAM, but for Jacksonville, as Invert Game Studios, is one of the first indie gaming studios to be creating a game of the calibre here in Jax, and has music samplings from the amazing Penka Kouneva (Transformers The Movie, Prince of Persia, Gears of War, and most recently, Elysium!).
More information soon…but definitely expect to see Invert Game Studios, and their game, at The Legend of GAAM Show!
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at Battle Strat!
So at the end of the last GAAM Charity Show, everybody kept asking when we were going to do another one and what was it going to be about. We thought waiting a whole year to do another show was too long a wait, so for the past few months we’ve been working an planning on “The Legend of GAAM” Show! On Saturday, July 13th at The Museum in Jacksonville, FL we’re going to have more games, more art, more music, more charity art auction pieces, more organization (thank god), and bottom line, MORE FUN!Read More»
The 2012 GAAM Show was a huge success! Over 350 of you showed up and raised over $2600 for charity! Not only that, but many of our vendors sold a ton of gamer merchandise (so we helped the economy, win!), the artists sold work, people won prizes, the martial arts exhibition was awesome (Who woulda thought Balrog would have shown up!) and people LOVED the Real Super Mario World Exhibit!
You guys proved that gaming is growing up, that the SouthEast WILL support the culture, and there are plenty of opportunities for gaming here. So we just wanted to say “Thank You”, with this excellent video from film maker Ken Escobar. Hope you guys like it…and we’ll see you all again in 2013!
So the kind people of Valve donated this wonderful replica of the Portal gun for the GAAM Charity Show. Oh, AND they signed it. Like, the Valve team, not just one or two guys!
So it didn’t end up getting a good bid, so we’re putting it up for auction on ebay. So now all of you have a chance at bidding on the Portal gun, and you can feel good about your bid, because 100% of the proceeds are going to go to Child’s Play Charity.
So be self indulgent! Get a piece of video game history and help kids at the same time! Or buy it for me…that would work to.
Wow. I can’t believe how many of you came out and supported the 2012 GAAM Charity Show! There were games, prizes, food, drinks, Real Super Mario World, robot dance battles, breakdancing, photo spots, and most importantly…people who wanted to have fun! Well, that and free beer from Intuition Ale Works.
We’ve got to clean up and get things in order, but over the next few weeks we’re going to get pics and videos posted here and on facebook at facebook.com/ILoveGAAM, and figure out how we can support gaming and art by through store on the site (so you can by prints, t shirts or whatever), and keep the charity aspect going as well.
So give us a few days while we go through the repair bill, and hang out with your fellow GAAMers on facebook.
Thank you all for supporting the event. From the bottom of our hearts, you have our eternal thanks for making it a night we will never forget.
Ryan from GAAM
Here’s a look into what GAAM is about, and what it means to GAAM Founders and artists Derrick Nevado and Ryan Paul Thompson, as well as artists DJ Nes and Nathan Wagoner.
Special thanks to K.J. Escobar, one of the best up and coming videographers in the Southeast, for taking time out of his schedule for putting this together. Whatta pro!
This week’s featured track is from Tweex the Gaming Geek. Oh the fond Mario Kart memories…
Anyways, Tweex’s music will be featured at the GAAM Charity Show. Why? Because wouldn’t this go perfect with the Real Super Mario World Exhibit? Yup!
Team Ninja has been super awesome in hooking up GAAM and attendees of the GAAM Charity Show. They sent us a ton of items, one of which is Ninja Gaiden 3 Collector’s Edition. Now, we are going to give these out randomly to attendees during the show on December 14. But then we thought, why not AWARD the prize ahead of time?!
So head on over to facebook.com/ILoveGAAM and get your chance to win this cool item from Team Ninja!
When we started putting together the GAAM Charity Show, one of the first questions was, “What do we do about music?”. Then we met DJ NES. Yes. His name is ACTUALLY NES! THAT’S PERFECT! Had we heard his music? Nope! Did we care? Nope! HIS NAME IS FRICKIN NES!
Thank Mario he actually turned out to be an awesome DJ.
All the way from Japan, comes Tommy Fullerton, with an genius chiptune remix of Sakura’s Theme from Street Fighter. Give it a listen and bask in it’s gloriousness (real word)…
Tommy’s Music is going to be featured during the GAAM Charity Show…and let’s just say there’s something extra special coming to everybody who buys tickets..that has something to do with music…
Team Ninja has jumped in a and is donating some really awesome prizes to the GAAM Charity Show! I can’t wait to announce what they are! ARG! IT’S KILLING ME!!!!
Seriously though, Team Ninja was super cool and charitable about this whole event. I can’t express my gratitude enough. So tell them thank you on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teamninjastudio or on twitter at https://twitter.com/TeamNINJAStudio.
Like most of you, I love Valve. They don’t know how to make a bad game. As a matter of fact, their design is so impressive, that when I taught I would shove Portal and Portal 2 down the throats of design students just to observe and learn from it.
Needless to say, we at GAAM are truly, truly honored to have Valve as a donor for the Charity Auction portion of the GAAM Show. We’ll post up pics soon, and no, it’s not Half Life 2 Episode 3 related. I’m just saying that right now and getting that out of the way.
Thank you Valve, for your support, and your charitable donation.
You can visit Valve at http://www.valvesoftware.com/.
I don’t know how long i’ve gazed with awe at the poster design skills and artistry of Ron Guyatt. I’m constantly torn between gushing at his typography…his color theory…the compositions..all so good. If I had the money, I would fill a room with his artwork
So you can imagine how thrilled I (and the rest of the GAAM team) was when Ron was so gracious to offer some of his Halo artwork up for the Charity Art Auction (where 100% of the proceeds will go to Child’s Play Charity). Master Chief is going to save the universe AND some kids! Go Master Chief!
So thank you, Ron, thank you for making me feel like my design sucks and giving me something to aim for.
Here’s a another sneak peak at one of the Super Every Movie Is Special pieces from Logan Zawacki…Z Honda! Love that chest hair. Drives the other fighters wild. And who doesn’t like scars? We’ll reveal the entire piece tomorrow!
Ok, so not only is Candy Keane hugely responsible for guiding us down the path that got us into the Museum And Gardens (which is an AMAZING venue), and not only has she been so awesome to be at our GAAM show, but now she’s agreed to be our special Celebrity Cosplay Judge! So what does that mean? It means that you need to start sucking up to her NOW if you want to win those cash prizes and bragging rights at the GAAM Charity Show!
If you want to talk about video games and art and design theory, you want to talk to Chris Solarski. He is the author of ‘Drawing Basics and Video Game Art: Classic to Cutting Edge Art Techniques for Winning Video Game Design‘ and has worked at Sony Computer Entertainment in London, Gbanga, and now develops his own video games at Solarksi Studio. He has also given talks at such prestigious events such as the Smithsonian Museum’s The Art of Video Games Exhibition in Washington DC, at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, and the Develop Conference in Brighton, UK. See? Impressive!
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s Chris’s talk at the Smithsonian
‘From Botticelli’s Venus to Super Mario: The Evolution of Art History and Future of Video Games’.
Chris has been kind and generous enough to donate copies of his book to the GAAM Charity Show. Next year, we’ll have to figure out a way to fly his out here!
We are honored to have the creator of Oscar & Sid, a daily webcomic, David King on board for the GAAM Charity Show. David wrote and drew Oscar & Sid for around two years, has been featured in the Washington Post’s Next Great American Cartoonist, been interviewed by the Florida Times Union, Mesh Magazine, InvestComics TV, Ten for the Pros, and has been on many Top Webcomics lists.
David has been gracious enough to donate a piece to the Charity Art Auction, so when you see him on twitter, thank him, and wish him congrats (he’s getting married!)
Thank you, David. For your donation, your time, and making me feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. jk
Bobby Ross (no relation to Bob Ross, although that would be amazing) is in for the GAAM Show!Read More»
So we got the Arcade Cabinet, which is an old ultracade, and it’s awesome. The ONLY problem is that there’s soooo many buttons that it becomes a little difficult to NOT hit the additional buttons. So we though, hey, let’s use an X-Arcade stick instead…it should be a perfect fit!
Uuuuum…nope. Mission fail. So instead, we’re going to make a custom joystick for the cabinet. We will not be denied!
I have such fond memories of Square-Enix. Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior were the first RPG games I fell in love with as a child, and I still have flashbacks of warm memories anytime I hear that Final Fantasy theme.
So I need to give a HUGE thank you to Square-Enix, and especially to their president, Mike Fischer. They donated a ton of items just to spread goodwill. They didn’t want anything in return, they didn’t ask any questions, they just new that this was going to help gaming culture and children, and they were in.
Three Muses Inspired Clothing is a unique costume boutique located in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL. We carry a variety of costumes, corsets, lingerie, hosiery, wings, wigs, hats, gloves, shoes and costume accessories.
EA gets a lot of negative press from gamers. But they were actually the first gaming company to jump on board and support this event. So thank you EA, you’re A OK in my book! (Especially because we play Tiger Woods at work. It’s AWESOME!)
I don’t like Derrick Nevado. Not one bit. I LOVE HIM! He loves video games, is a phenomenal illustrator, has his own martial arts school, and doesn’t owe me any money. And that makes him perfect for the GAAM show and the special art exhibition, “Fight Me”.Read More»
Edmund Dansart is one of the most original, creative artists you’ll ever meet. And he is an absolutely true gamer. So when the idea for GAAM first came up, and to put together a special video game art exhibit for it, he was one of the first people I called to get involved. He said yes, but only after I agreed to buy him a drink. Or did I have a drink before I asked him? Regardless, here’s a few words with Edbot5000, his thoughts on video games, and finally some validation on Ryan dollars.
Hello, what’s your name and what do you?
My name is Edmund Dansart aka edbot5000. Art hustler and snack enthusiast.
What are five of your favorite games?
In no particular order: River City Ransom, Metal Gear Solid, Beyond Good and Evil, Resident Evil, and Metroid.
Can you remember the first time you started playing Street Fighter?
I actually played the original Street Fighter in Taiwan in a night market arcade when I was a kid. It was terrible. Play it and see.
What’s your favorite Street Fighter game? 1, 2, 3, 4, EX, X Tekken, or Alpha?
Street Fighter the Movie: The Game… JK! I really like the design of the Alpha series even though they started bringing in some cheezeball characters from Final Fight. The games are connected. Final Fight was supposed to be the sequel to the original.
Who’s your main?
Honestly, I am terrible at these games but I usually go with Akuma and Sagat.
If M. Bison offered you $100,000,000 Bison dollars, would you join Shadowloo?
If he taught me the psycho crusher as well… I’m in!
Why did you let Ryan drag you into this event?
He offered me $100,000,000 Ryan dollars. Which I am second guessing myself for…
What kind of art/what should we expect from your art for the Game Art And Music Show?
I am planning to do some big painted pieces and prints and hope to have really have some cool stuff on display. We all have different styles and I think its going to be a blast!
What do you want to come from this show/art?
I hope we can get some momentum going and eventually start doing a series of shows with video game/pop culture themes like they do in the big cities… Keep on the hustle!
Blythe is a published author of “A Girl’s Guide to Football Fanaticism“, staff writer of Awful Announcing, she had articles featured on Sports Illustrated, Yardbarker, Fox Sports and MSN, she won multiple blogging awards ( Bloguin’s Blogger of the Year, General Blog of the Year, and Rising Star to name a few), and now she is a proud sponsor of the GAAM show!Read More»
We drove two hours to meet a complete craiglist stranger (who was extremely kind)…shoved the arcade machine sideways…drove 3 hours through rain and traffic at 1 in the morning…on a rickety moving truck that was falling apart…literally dropped it off the truck…and then hoped…HOOOPED…that it still worked.
So we tested it aaaand….Dr. Horrible works! Success! Welcome to instant arcade! ArtCade Cabinet, check!
Before GAAM was GAAM, we were going to do JUST a Street Fighter art show. It was just going to be the four of us creating artwork about the game that meant so much to us growing up. Logan is part of that original four, and he created some AMAZING pieces that (as usual for Logan) went far beyond what we expected to see. Who else decides they’re going to mashup up Street Fighter characters and scenes into gender and personality crossing artwork? Nobody. That’s why we’re working with Logan Zawacki.Read More»