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  • A Comic Shop presents: Triforce Mike Tribute

    February 9, 2012  |  by Dipz  |  Comics, gallery, News  |  1 Comment

    This is an updated continuation and conclusion to a previous post we reported to you (click). What we didn’t report last week (beyond Mike’s passing) was revealed by his mother: While Triforce Mike was held on life support, his family was advised he would make the perfect candidate to be an organ donor. A variety of surgeons were flown in to to spread his loving insides. Thanks to a powerful selfless decision by his family on his behalf, Mike’s heart, lungs, liver, and other vital organs were donated and have now helped give hope and new life to patients near their own deaths. Very incredible and great news!

    Furthermore, last week a memorial was held at A Comic Shop in regards to the passing of our dear friend and fellow geek, Mike ‘Triforce Mike’ Pandel.

    Overnight flowers were left at his employer’s front door in a makeshift Steve Jobs style to be discovered next day by the staff. This was a great way to start the very first day of life without Mike. As the day went on, more items began to be added to the flowers and we’re positive there’s alot more items there now!

    Mike’s personal belongings and treasures were placed in a section of the Geek Easy for viewing and admiring. Its amazing how iconic garments, effects, and accessories can identify you so clearly and make you stand out even when your body isn’t present! Mike was well known for his red Converse sneakers as you’ll see his influence in another photo below.

    An open mic session was held for friends, fans, and family members of Triforce Mike, with the keynote stories being delivered by his Pony sisters, Ninja Turtle girlfriends and, best of all, his heavy hearted Triforce mom. We learned that Mike’s bicycle was given by his mother as a hand-me-down, which also means there are literally thousands of miles on the bike frame! Mike’s mom also reassured the teary eyed crowd that he passed away doing something he loved. Alot of Mike’s confidence and aura radiated from his mother, and we all felt from her the same essence that Mike gave off.

    The staff at A Comic Shop, a close-knit family, soon saw themselves put into leadership roles in lieu of the situation. They rose up to the challenge of peer counseling and healing. Countless hugs were issued. Many shirt sleeves were soaked. But with every sniffle and sob came a hopeful, relieving smile because we know Mike is in a better place and would never want us sad or upset of his presence. We commend our friends at A Comic Shop for being the frontrunners of this challenging road to recovery and healing. Thank you for being there for us!

    Many, many, many supporters came out to show insane, gratuitous amounts of love. A few attendees even appeared to be dressed in Triforce Mike’s traditional dress code; for those of you who don’t know what that is: black t-shirt, blue jeans, and red Converse sneakers. I lost count after seeing so many red shoes, but it felt good to know that almost everyone admired Triforce Mike as a fashionable expert!

    In the aftermath, I’m left feeling uncomfortably vulnerable. I would have never thought that I would meet someone so fun to be around, and so soon after God would ask them, young and healthy, to come home early. Everyone strives to be remembered in the massive doses of joy that Mike has been to us.

    Life is short.
    Don’t ever stop loving it.
    And don’t you dare stop having fun.

    As far as event coverage goes, photog Ryan from Ryan G. Poirier Photography was on site doing his thing. Ryan is very familiar with the staff and owners at A Comic Shop, and previously did their promotional marketing and photoshoot. Peep his coverage photos (click) from that memorable night! Check out our own photo gallery (click) for even more images from the event!

    We also welcome you to “LIKE” the V2Lab friend and fanpage, where we continue to bring you exciting local and sourced features and event coverage.

    -Dipz

    Cars for the Cure – 2012

    February 7, 2012  |  by four  |  Automotive Events, Car & Misc.  |  1 Comment

    Heavily Modified SLS

    Easily the most popular car of the day

    FireBall Models

    SL600R AMG

    Christina & Invisible Car Bra’s

    Full Gallery – Click Here

    Cars for the Cure – Charity Event for the American Lung Cancer Association – in Florida.

    Ravi

    Real Street Performance Dyno Day – 2012

    February 7, 2012  |  by four  |  Automotive Events, Car & Misc.  |  No Comments

    Real Street Performance – February 4th 2012 – Dyno Day. I arrived super late and missed the majority of the event but I got a few snaps in. I’ll definitely be there next year and hopefully dyno again like I did last year!

    One of the logos we (at V2lab) created for Real Street Performance.

    Video by “AznBrian825″ via Youtube of Wolverines’ Mustang (from Kings Performance)

    Full Gallery – Click Here

    Ravi

    50th Anniversary – Rolex 24 Hours (Part 2)

    February 4, 2012  |  by four  |  Automotive Events, Car & Misc.  |  No Comments

    This is the second installment of my Rolex 24 hours coverage. I have over 1000 pictures taken – but I feel without actually telling you what each individual picture is from or what time of day, it really doesn’t make sense to post a 600 panning shots, So instead I just picked through a few and put them together for a post. Sorry for the extremely long post – but I wanted to get out a good sample size.

    50th Anniversary – Rolex 24 Hours

    February 2, 2012  |  by four  |  Automotive Events, Car & Misc.  |  No Comments

    The 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 hours was the first major race event I have ever attended. The atmosphere, the sounds, the money, and cars really made for an amazing weekend. We met up with my friends who were camping out in the infield; they had been there since Thursday morning cooking out and just relaxing. Any how, I decided I would make the first post from Rolex 24 hours on random images as opposed to a post of 40 panning shots. We’ll have more images soon.

    Winners:
    Magnus Racing GT-class – Porsche
    Mike Shank Racing Concept Class – Ford


    Photos & Words : Ravi

    A Tribute to Triforce Mike

    January 31, 2012  |  by Dipz  |  Comics, News  |  1 Comment

    These images paint a great picture of a guy who could never be “summed up”. Its never easy to say goodbye – especially when knowing its for the final time. Born as Michael Pandel, our friend Triforce Mike (Nerdy Show / A Comic Shop) was fatally injured by a vehicle while routinely traveling on his bicycle.

    (video below)

    As the key co-star personality of literally hundreds of podcasts and YouTube videos, Mike is in his own class of Internet celebrity, although his humbleness would cause him to disagree. Fun. Optimistic. Dope. Supportive. Inspiring. Free. Genuine. These are just a few words that friends are using to describe a true diamond in the rough.

    We’ve provided a summary of what Triforce Mike’s forum and Facebook friends and fans are saying:

    Mike was the kind of person you couldn’t help but love immediately. He was a force of nature, a hurricane composed of boney hugs and nipple pinches. When they made him, they broke the mold and hid the pieces across the land: there will never be another like Mike. It didn’t take much for him to have an impact on you. Mike had a lust for life – he enjoyed the heck out of it and (one way or another) made sure those he met did too. He’s known as one of the warmest, friendliest, funniest, and liveliest people you would ever be privileged to call a friend. Always the life of the party; always rambling on about stuff; ALWAYS entertaining. Super passionate about comic books, classic games, Pokémon and My Little Pony. Some of his antics are legend and will be told for centuries to come.

    Triforce Mike also taught how to open up and be comfortable in your own skin. It is always really refreshing to meet someone like Mike; he touched a lot of people, and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Many of us owe our fandom and discovery of many things to Mike, and we will never see any of them the same again. We will listen to no Protomen songs, collect no rupees, use no warp whistles, read no Robo without it being, in our own little way, for Triforce Mike.

    Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all Nerdy Show friends, Mike’s friends, the A Comic Shop crew, and of course his family. He will live in our heartpieces – may he dance forever in them.

    Majority word credits: Kristin, Bryan, Flawedspirit, Jenn, Cap, MuckRaker, mopkins, OmniG-Sage0, Tolan

    -Dipz

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    **In loving memory:
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    Couple of E46′s

    January 30, 2012  |  by Garrett  |  News  |  No Comments

    A few real quick photos I did of two M3′s. When I say quick I linearly mean these are the only two photos I shot but hopefully we’ll be seeing more of both these cars soon!

    Both cars are very nice with little bits that separate them from others out there. The white one for example currently has seats, exhaust and slicks off a Ferrari Challenge car on it.

    -Garrett Wade

    Elby x Team V2LAB

    January 30, 2012  |  by four  |  Car & Misc.  |  No Comments

    *click to enlarge

    Just needed to shoot something to test out a few things – came up with these shots of Elby’s car. Trying to develop some techniques into more. Definitely a lot happier with the first image than the second image.

    Ravi

    2012 Consumer Electronics Show

    January 27, 2012  |  by Sontdp  |  Features, Technology  |  No Comments

    The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show or CES took place in Las Vegas, NV. There were over 153,000 attendees checking out 3100 exhibitors, in more than 1.861 million square feet. All 4 days were
    needed to just get a glimpse of everything, well besides Justin Bieber. Didn’t help it was my first time in Vegas either.

    More than 175 of the top executives attend CES from companies such as BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Jaguar, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Volkswagen and Volvo. As well as plenty of other names you will notice around meets Pioneer, Memphis Car Audio, Nikon, Canon, 3M, GoPro and many other invited us into their booths to check out their latest and greatest.


    Full Gallery : Click Here

    Tony

    Import FaceOff – Bradenton 2012

    January 26, 2012  |  by four  |  Automotive Events  |  No Comments

    Everyone always asks for a Stanced-Saturn; So here’s a stanced, boosted Saturn.

    Because wire-tucked K20′s never get old <3

    Karla Molina

    Congrats to our friend Ceejay Mendez in his All Motor CRX, winning his Class.

    Congrats to our sponsor Kings Performance for winning in their class and breaking back into the 8s in their Evo.

    And Congratulations goes out to Kindred Impulse on winning Best Team at IFO-Bradenton, We’ll see you guys at the next on in Gainesville

    Full Gallery – Click Here

    Ravi

    Profiling.

    January 26, 2012  |  by Jordan  |  Car & Misc.  |  1 Comment

    For some reason I’ve been obsessed with taking profile shots of cars, at least they’re my favorite angle of them. Here are 2 from Australia. FD RX7 and an R34 GTR.

    Palm Beach Supercar Weekend 2012

    January 24, 2012  |  by Jordan  |  Automotive Events  |  No Comments

    We headed up to Palm Beach this past weekend to go check out Palm Beach Supercar Weekend. Lots of supercars, motorcycles, and even the James Bond cars from Die Another Day!

    Check out the gallery HERE for the rest of the pictures!



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