Portfolio Highlights, 2013

From the story "Dolls for Adults," L.A. Weekly, November 21, 2013. (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)

From the story “Dolls for Adults,” L.A. Weekly, November 21, 2013. (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)

The following stories were published in 2013, are available to read online and rank amongst my favorite assignments of the year. They range from a massive Lord of the Rings auction to an inside look at a dollmaker’s studio to a peek at the world of voice actors to an interview with one of the biggest names in the DJ world.

Fan Culture: 

“The Story Behind the Auction of a Massive Lord of the Rings Memorabilia Collection,” L.A. Weekly, December 6, 2013.

Doctor Who Quiz Night: A Battle for Whovian Supremacy,” L.A. Weekly, November 18, 2013.

“Three Conventions, One Day,” L.A. Weekly, November 11, 2013.

“People Are Lining Up for Gallery 1988 Prints. Here’s Why.” L.A. Weekly, September 6, 2013.

“Why Comic-Con Is Really About Community,” L.A. Weekly, July 22, 2013.

“What Brought 61,000 People to L.A.’s Anime Expo This Year?” L.A. Weekly, July 10, 2013.

“A Fan Convention Through the Eyes of a Single Cosplayer,” L.A. Weekly, July  9, 2013.

“Sean Z. Maker: Founder of Bent-Con, the LBGT Pop Culture Convention,” L.A. Weekly, May 15, 2013.

“G.I. Joe Collecting: Inside Greg and Gavin Hignight’s Joeverse,” Geek Exchange, March, 29, 2013.

“Doctor Who Convention Gallifrey One Sells Out, as 3,200 Fans Pack the L.A. Airport Marriott,” L.A. Weekly, February 18, 2013.

“‘Cosplay Is Not Consent’: Anime Conventions Attack the Problem of Harassment,” L.A. Weekly, January 10, 2013.


“10 Surprising Facts About Titmouse Animation Studios,” Topless Robot, December 13, 2013.

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica Film Premieres in the U.S.,” Geek Exchange, December 5, 2013.

“The Unusual Story Behind the ’80s Hit Cartoon Robotech,” L.A. Weekly, November 5, 2013.

“Animated Short ‘Pinched’ Hits iTunes,” Geek Exchange, October 1, 2013.

Dick Figures: The Movie: From Stick-Figure Cartoon Series to Feature Film,” L.A. Weekly, September 17, 2013.

“The Curious World of Voice Actors,” L.A. Weekly, August 22, 2013.

“How an Oscar-Winning Make-Up Artist Brings Wild Characters to Life,L.A. Weekly, August 16, 2013.

“For the Weekend: Lenora Claire,” KCET, August 8, 2013.

“Emily the Strange: From Quirky T-Shirt Character to Pop Culture Icon,” L.A. Weekly, July 21, 2013.

 “Why Regular Show Is So Huge at Comic-Con This Year,” L.A. Weekly, July 20, 2013.

“It Came from Netflix: Earth Girls Are Easy,” Geek Exchange, May 16, 2013.

“For the Weekend: Jane Espenson,” KCET, April 16, 2013.


“Post It: Giant Robot’s Egalitarian Art Show,” KCET Artbound, December 6, 2013.

“David Hockney and Los Angeles Light,” KCET Artbound, December 5, 2013.

“Dolls for Adults,” L.A. Weekly, November 21, 2013.

“The Infectious Ephemera of Germs,” KCET Artbound, September 16, 2013.

“Chet Zar Prepares for “Ego Death,” an Art Show Styled as a Funeral,” L.A. Weekly, August 6, 2013.

“How Luchadores are Like Comic Book Superheroes,” L.A. Weekly, July 1, 2013.

“Artist Misha on the Balance Between Pop Culture Tributes and Original Characters in Her Art,” L.A. Weekly, June 26, 2013.

“HUSH Chats About the State of Street Art and His Culver City Show at Corey Helford,” L.A. Weekly, May 20, 2013.


“Das Bunker to Shut Down Its Weekly Party,” L.A. Weekly, December 19, 2013.

 “Pete Tong Is a Very Big Deal in EDM, and Now He’s in L.A.” L.A. Weekly, September 19, 2013.

“Boys Noize Surprise Show at Complex Last Night, Reviewed,” L.A. Weekly, June 26, 2013.

“Q&A: The Stepkids Bassist Dan Edinberg on Their Forthcoming Album, Cover Song Philosophy, and DJing,” Pure Volume, June 17, 2013.

“Anamanaguchi’s Endless Fantasy Becomes a Reality,” Geek Exchange, June 19, 2013.

“Chris Corner Got Way, Way More Crowd-Funding Money Than He Sought,” L.A. Weekly, May 15, 2013.

 “Estonian Dance Pop Singer Kerli Talks Bubble Goth and Moon Children,” L.A. Weekly, March 19, 2013.



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