Liz Ohanesian

Writes stories. Plays records. Gets sunburn at comic book conventions.

Scare L.A. is a two-day event in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to everything related to Halloween. I was there today to cover the event for L.A. Weekly and tried to cram as much fun as possible into five hours. There were a few attractions to check out, like a Hellevator (left me very wobbly), a zombie shooting range (I don’t know how to work a toy gun) and a haunted house that’s actually in a home in Yorba Linda. I met a woman who makes the creepiest dolls I’ve ever seen, but, unfortunately, didn’t get to meet the maker of supremely creepy cakes. I did get to attend Obscura Society L.A.’s panel on weird places in L.A.  Also, today is the 45th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, so Captured Aural Phantasy performed a live reading of the storybook album. L.A. artist Dienzo also had a lot of Haunted Mansion-related art at his booth.  Look for my story next week for more about this really fun event. 

From today’s trip to the Los Angeles Central Library.

From today’s trip to the Los Angeles Central Library.

“Traci Hines looks like a Disney Princess, all big eyes and wide smile. Even with her hair fashionably shaved on the side, cherry red waves fall over one shoulder in a way that’s unmistakably Ariel. Hines’ resemblance to the fictional mermaid changed the course of this 29-year-old singer’s career. She’s the Hipster Ariel IRL, a real life version of a popular meme based on The Little Mermaid. She’s a popular YouTube personality who has had success with her covers of Disney tunes, and her ability to impersonate the characters. On this particular Saturday, though, she’s at Melrose Avenue boutique Japan L.A. representing Adorkable Apparel, her line of clothing and accessories inspired in part by her mermaid life.”
Read more in my story for L.A. Weekly, “Meet Traci Hines, the Real-Life Hipster Little Mermaid”

Traci Hines looks like a Disney Princess, all big eyes and wide smile. Even with her hair fashionably shaved on the side, cherry red waves fall over one shoulder in a way that’s unmistakably Ariel. Hines’ resemblance to the fictional mermaid changed the course of this 29-year-old singer’s career. She’s the Hipster Ariel IRL, a real life version of a popular meme based on The Little Mermaid. She’s a popular YouTube personality who has had success with her covers of Disney tunes, and her ability to impersonate the characters. On this particular Saturday, though, she’s at Melrose Avenue boutique Japan L.A. representing Adorkable Apparel, her line of clothing and accessories inspired in part by her mermaid life.”

Read more in my story for L.A. Weekly, Meet Traci Hines, the Real-Life Hipster Little Mermaid”

Last fall, I met this guy named JJ Villard who was making an Adult Swim show called King Star King. I asked him a bunch of questions, then kept asking him questions. Finally, a story came out of it. You can read it in print in this week’s edition of L.A. Weekly. It’s also available online. 

Last fall, I met this guy named JJ Villard who was making an Adult Swim show called King Star King. I asked him a bunch of questions, then kept asking him questions. Finally, a story came out of it. You can read it in print in this week’s edition of L.A. Weekly. It’s also available online