Introducing: A New Hat by Jimbo Times

Today it’s my great pleasure to announce a new hat by JIMBO TIMES!

There will be more details soon, but if you’d like to place an advanced order, we can MAKE IT HAPPEN.

J.T

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Why Visit Japan, Part II

Nishiarai prefecture in Tokyo, Japan; Summer 2018

Nishiarai prefecture in Tokyo, Japan; Summer 2017

The year was 1998, and I was about seven or eight years old. I remember that it was some time just after school when my brother and I had gotten back home from Lockwood Elementary.

We’d sat down in the living room for what was supposed to be another afternoon hour of Batman and Superman on what was then known as the Kids WB, but that day, we were in for a surprise: as a band of characters from Japanese anime roared with life off the screen to meet us, Batman and Superman turned into afterthoughts. It was time for Pokemon, the animated series.

Although as a kids cartoon Pokemon hailed from an inherently magical world, there was also something almost nostalgic about their design, as if we had encountered their figures at some different time before. They moved swiftly, with energy in every motion, and interacted with pure curiosity towards one another and everything else around them.

From there, everything we thought we knew about cartoon heroes would be forever altered. They no longer had to wear suits and masks to cover up their identities, or be strictly “grown up” to save the world. They also didn’t need to drive fancy cars to drift through galaxies far unlike our own. And they could make mistakes too. Lots of them. They could be kids, just like we were, stumbling from one place to the next, and so we became inducted into the Pokemon universe.

And the series was just the beginning.

Not long after Pokemon’s cartoon series, Pokemon, the game for Gameboy Color stormed into our lives. Three different versions of it. We thus upgraded from our original Gameboy and Donkey Kong to a Gameboy Color for the Blue version of Pokemon.

And the game was even better than the series because it allowed us to live with our Pocket Monsters every day of the week at any time of the day with them, or at least it did for yours truly. I remember carrying my Gameboy Color with me everywhere, even underneath the covers when it was time to go to sleep. Back then, the Gameboy didn’t have its own LCD bright light to see the game screen through the dark, but I solved that problem easily by hiding a flashlight underneath the pillow. It was that serious. I had to catch them all, even late into the night!

Finally, as if to leave no room for strays, there came Pokemon, the game cards, including holographic versions that were almost sacred just to look at. Pokemon wasn’t a series then. It was a pandemic, a takeover of American life. Pokemon invaded living rooms and lunch hours and after-school activities all across the Western hemisphere, and I relished every minute of it. To this day, at my twenty-eight years, I still love Pokemon.

J.T.

Workshop Flyers Now Ready for Our Back to School Party this August 25th


I’m very happy to announce that today our workshop flyers, courtesy of Samanta Helou‘s and The Think Farms support, and which each attendant in our workshops will receive a printed copy of upon registration, are finally ready for the big time!

NOTE: When my peers and I went to school in the area, we all qualified for lunch tickets. Tickets were a mostly yellow-orangeish background color with dark blueish interior. I like the idea of the flyer being like a “ticket” as well. One inspired by the free and open to the public essence that our lunch tickets signified.

It is happening Los Angeles,

J.T.

Workshops Now Ready for Our Back to School Party this August 25th

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Randy Ertll knows it’s going to be great!

Including:

Tenants’ Rights with the L.A. Tenants Union

Literature and Literacy with Salvadoran-American Author Randy Jurado Ertll

Book Publishing with Ponte las Pilas Press’s Viva Padilla

How to Start your own Company

Buy Back the Block on Branding & Apparel Making

Oral Histories/This Side of Hoover

Youth Summer Program Development

Women’s Self Defense with Peace Over Violence

Math Strategies

Live Art with Swayze

Y EN ESPANOL:

Derechos de Inquilinos con Los Angeles Tenants Union

Como Escribir Tu Propio Libro con escritor Salvadoreño-Americano Randy Jurado Ertll

Como Convertirse en un Publicador de Libros con Viva Padilla, de Ponte las Pilas Press

Como Empezar tu Propia Companía

Como Empezar tu Propia Línea de Ropa con Buy Back the Block

Historias Orales y Fotografía con This Side of Hoover

Como Crear Programas de Verano para Jóvenes

Defensa Personal Para Mujeres con Peace Over Violence

Estrategias Para Aprender Matemáticas

Pintura en Vivo con Swayze

Todo gratis para el pueblo! Or All free of charge and open to the pueblo! Saturday, August 25, 2018 at El Gran Burrito, 3 – 5 PM, Los Angeles, CA

J.T.