Friday, June 7, 2013

Postcards from Taipei

Johnny in Taipei on Thursday 
with more beautiful flowers! 
Photo via Johnny Pandas / JovetaELeo on Weibo. 
Please click twice for full-size image 
because it’s pleasingly huge.

So it’s a little challenging to try to stay current with what’s happening in Taipei, since it’s currently Friday morning here but it’s already Friday night there, so no matter what I do I’m basically lagging behind because the future is happening now and I’m still sipping the first coffee of the day (or the last coffee of the night, because my understanding of “day” and “night” is fairly fluid anyway, by which I mean constantly fueled by coffee-drenched fluids 24/7), but anyway here’s all the latest stuff I could find from what I could best identify as adorably meaningless constructs known as “Thursday” and “Friday,” although I’m pretty sure more Friday stuff is coming any second now but we’ll just save that for some other round of coffee... 

Photo posted by Johnny to his official Weibo account
“Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be here 
and super excited to sleep! 
I’m visiting with @jovetaEleo”

Photo posted by Junko Mi 
to Johnny’s Facebook fan page.

Photo posted by Junko Mi 
to Johnny’s Facebook fan page.

Beautiful flowers for Johnny from Junko! 
Photo tweeted by Johnny: “Thank you @mjunkoj 
for my flowers! The peonies make me happy!”

Johnny at the AOI “star-studded” press conference, 
as it was described by Chinese media
Photo via the AOI Facebook page.

Group photo from the press conference. 
Photo via the AOI Facebook page.

Another group shot. 
From the Han Yan fan club on Weibo.

One more from the press conference.
Please click twice for huge full-size image.

A glimpse of Johnny at the press conference, 
beginning at about 1:01.
Video link.

On the ice! The first day of rehearsal, 
from Shen and Zhao’s Weibo
Please click twice for also huge full-size image. 
Johnny and Stéphane are at center ice.

Johnny and Stéphane at rehearsal 
with ice dancer Nathalie Péchalat. 
From Stéphane’s Instagram.

Johnny and singing star Wanting Qu, 
who will be performing in AOI. 
From Wanting’s official Weibo.

Photo tweeted by Wanting: “Ladies and gentleman, 
I present you, @JohnnyGWeir !!!!!!!!!” 
I understand that level of exclamation points.

With Han Yan at rehearsal on Friday. 
From Han’s official Weibo.

Back at the hotel, where fans and flowers await! 
Photo via JovetaELeo on Weibo.

More flowers!...
Photo posted by @mutsumi57 on Instagram.

...and a happy but slightly exhausted skater.
Photo posted by @mutsumi57 on Instagram.

Photo tweeted by @tsukasaww. 
Love those leggings!

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
"My fans spoil me!"

The incredible 3D staging of the ice, 
also from Shen and Zhao’s Weibo
Please click twice for full-size image. Wow. 
The smallest venue in which the show will take place 
is the 15,000-seat arena in Taipei. The arenas in Beijing, 
Shanghai, and Guangzhou all hold about 18,000 seats.

Official AOI video demonstrating 
how the 3D effects will work. Amazing.
Video link.
Taipei showtime is Saturday night!

The cast rehearsing with the full 3D projection underway.

I especially love how they’re making use of it here.

Bonus video!! Commercial for this year’s AOI 
featuring clips from last year’s performances, 
including Johnny!
Video link.

Bonus pics!! Rudy Galindo and Johnny in Oakland. 
Photo via the International Figure Skating Facebook page.

Photo posted to the AOI official Weibo with this 
intriguing astrology-based caption, as best as Google 
and Bing Translator can figure it out together: 
“Johnny has his own slightly narcissistic, stubborn, 
a little superstitious, and sentimental personality, 
and refuses to hide his feelings, whether laughing or crying. 
‘I think laughter should come from the heart, 
so I am reluctant to force a smile.’ 
On stage, he is a pop star, ice artist, the darling 
of the fashion world. But underneath that surface layer 
of glitz, he has always been a natural, forthright, 
pure, and spontaneous Cancer child.”

And one more... photo tweeted by Victor: 
“My Bond moment.” 
IDEK but this is awesome.

ICYMI: Tuesday’s blog, “Vision,” featuring two gorgeous 
new exclusive pics, HD videos of Johnny’s latest performances, 
plus thoughts on the Grand Prix announcement
from the ISU earlier this week...

Happy Pride Month! 
Johnny as the LA Pride Parade Grand Marshal, June 2011. 
Relive the glory (and the hair) here!

Fantasy on Ice is just a month away!! 
Plus Victor’s first visit to Japan 
AND the husbands’ birthdays! 
For show info and tickets, 
please visit the AI Official website.

First sign of summer: 
Sun Valley tickets are on sale! 
Johnny is scheduled to perform again this year 
in Sun Valley’s gorgeous outdoor summer ice shows. 
More info and tickets here!
Photo of Johnny in Sun Valley, summer 2012
courtesy of Mackenzie Keller.

Johnny’s in China the next two weeks!! 
For show and ticket info, please visit the official 
Artistry on Ice websiteFacebook page, or Weibo page. 

Please continue to tweet @Nike 
in a non-irritating way and tell them 
you’d love for them to sponsor Johnny! 
If you’re not on Twitter, you may write to them 
at Nike World Headquarters, One Bowerman Drive, 
Beaverton, OR 97005. More info here! #JustDoIt

To see up-close how battered and worn his skates are 
from thousands of training hours—particularly the left skate, 
because Johnny is a rare clockwise jumper and spinner—
please click here. Photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

Special offer for Johnny’s fans from TWELV Magazine
Get his fabulous limited-edition cover issue of TWELV—
no longer available on newsstands—for 50% off! 
If you’d like to grab one, please email Kevin 
at, and he’ll explain 
how to order and pay for your copy. 
Do it now—there are only a few left!

updated calendars, in case you missed out on buying yours 
in January! The new 12-month version runs from 
July 2013 to June 2014, while the 18-month version takes you 
from July 2013 all the way to December 2014.

Johnny is an amazing choice for both 
a Nike sponsorship and nomination to the newly founded 
Here’s whyand what fans can do to help. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

A number of Johnny’s auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you’re in luck: It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

Patti has posted a new message 
on Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka 
to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

1 comment:

aaaack said...

Good to know Johnny is well taken care of by fans in Taiwan. Those are the biggest peonies I've ever seen (what variety? and do they feed them steroids?).