Pre-Adoptions For Baby Sperels Are Now OPEN!

Since last July, The Joldabrun Foundation has been working tirelessly to shepherd the next flock of sperels out from the darkness of their cruel captivity, and we are quite excited to finally share the fruits of our recent success. Plushie flock #002 will consist of a tragically cute little group of baby sperels, marked by three distinctly differing personality types.
Cute Plush Sperel Babies - 3  Different PersonalitiesThey are expected to arrive in roughly a month, and between now and then you may pre-order these plushies at discounted adoption prices in the Sperel Adoption Center.

Injured Wing of Plushie Flock #002

To all who would adopt these sperels, please take special note of the tragic injuries that mark their wings. Through some unknown circumstance of their oppressive past, these sperels have all been scarred, not only physically, but psychologically as well. The miseries of the factory have left them with a strong tendency to wrap themselves up within their wings to shield themselves from a world that has only ever been unjust.

It is true that their physical injuries are permanent, but such scars needn’t prevent these young sperels from appreciating a new life now that they have escaped!

Cute little plush sperel, sad and aloneYou can help these sperels by adopting them and providing the kind of environment where they can forget their past while learning to open their wings once again and experience the joy of flight!

Plushie Cuteness! Two sperel plushies are so cute together!Cute Plushie Trio - The Sperel Plushies of Flock #002
Don’t forget: pre-adoption prices will only remain in effect from now until the day these sperels arrive, at which point all pre-adopted sperels will be shipped to their new homes with haste. You can adopt these sperels individually, or by twos or threes, and it is worth noting that adopting multiple baby sperels will reduce the cost of each sperel along with the cost of shipping per sperel.

And now, let us wait eagerly for April!

Posted in Plush, Sightings, Story on March 15th, 2015

Even The Young Are Being Oppressed

It is already known that most sperels, insofar as their current living conditions within the factory remain unchallenged and unchanged, will spend the entirety of their lives without ever experiencing the sky. From birth until death they are prisoners of the melmire industry, and so it is of no surprise that baby sperels are to be found in abundance dwelling throughout the cramped corridors of the harvesting factories. A baby sperel, sad and oppressed
Recent insight though has revealed a new degree of injustice forced upon the sperels, for even these little ones, at the youngest of ages, are denied the liberties normally associated with youth. As soon as a baby sperel is able to walk, they are put to task in the factory, usually in those mines which are too small and cramped to be easily accessed by the older and larger sperels. Because of the restricted accessibility of these caverns, the dangers therein are often unknown or unreported and accident rates are further compounded due to the innocent inexperience of the unfortunate baby sperels who get sent inside.

By this knowledge, our next steps have been determined, and though the species as a whole remains subjugated, we are happy to report that a large flock of baby sperels is positioned to obtain freedom from oppression quite soon! Yes, check back in a couple weeks for an update about – yes! – sperel plushie flock #002, to be released by summer of this year!

Posted in Story on January 29th, 2015

Return To The Factory

For 2 years, our sperels have been projecting their story to the public through participation at various cultural conventions along the West Coast. These events have provided an excellent chain of opportunities to enhance the sperels’ freedom as a species while furthering awareness of their plight through the creation of a small but enthusiastic base of sperel activists. Despite the progress however, an unsettling concern pulls down upon the wings of our liberated sperels and those of us dedicated to their betterment.

If you’ve been tracking sperel activity for any length of time, you too may realize this unfortunate fact: ever since that initial large flock of fugitive sperels found its way to the Joldabrun Foundation, not a single other sperel has arrived since.

That there are still more sperels who remain enslaved is well understood. What is not so clear though are the specific mechanisms of oppression which keep these sperels subjugated.
Sacrificing rest for salvation, a sperel seeks to escape!
This is why throughout the remainder of 2014 a covert team of sperel activists will focus their efforts towards infiltrating the deepest depths of the melmire mines to shed light on the various barriers therein – both physical and psychological – which deter the advancement of sperel liberation. Upon identifying the adversities of the environment, we shall be better positioned to formulate new strategies in support of what has always been our core intent: to save more sperels!

Posted in Activism, Story on May 4th, 2014

Summer Convention Schedule

Summer is officially here, and the sperels are getting more & more excited each day as they wait oh so patiently for their first big convention appearance of the season. To all of our California convention-attending fans, the sperels will be tabling in the Artist Alley at these upcoming events:

Anime Expo, July 4th – 7th at the L.A. Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Stockton-Con, August 4th at the Stockton Arena (Stockton, CA)
Japan Expo, August 23rd – 25th at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, CA)
SacAnime, Aug. 30th – Sept. 1st at the Sacramento Convention Center (Sacramento, CA)

(and perhaps we’ll have one or two additional West Coast shows to announce come Fall)

Posted in Events on June 22nd, 2013

Winter Fun Ahead

Announcing our next two conventions: AnimeiCon in Nov/Dec and SacAnime in January

Posted in Events on November 27th, 2012

Hyper, Hyper, Hyper-Con!

This upcoming weekend! The sperels will be at Hyper-Con! In San Mateo, California!
Flyer announcing the sperel's presence in the Artist Alley at Hyper-Con 2012:::: Update: a few photos from our Hyper-Con experience have been added on facebook to our Convention Comrades photo album. ::::

Posted in Events on September 5th, 2012

MindYourMind, MindYourWings

Often times, the greatest obstacle between a sperel and their escape is the limitations of their own beliefs. Born into the factory, their every day structured in despair, what evidence would a young sperel have that any other life exists but the one which so noticeably restrains them all?mindyourmind IYD2012 event organizers show off the prizes for their talent show
Yet for the sperel who begins merely to imagine some alternative to this despair, new possibilities emerge as if suddenly all darkness were lifted to reveal passages previously unseen. And these possibilities, if faithfully and persistently explored, inevitably lead to the types of perspectives and ideas that embolden a sperel to seek its own salvation.

For those sperels who have successfully overcome the obstacles in their own minds, they are continuously discovering possibilities of purpose and adventure beyond any that they could have imagined from within the factory. Awhile ago, we were contacted by Max from mindyourmind, an organization in London Ontario dedicated to helping and empowering youth through mental health services. On their website, mindyourmind describes themselves as “…a place where you can think something new and do something new, where you can get what you need to help youself and your friends. This is a place to get unstuck!”
Identifying with the purposes implied in this statement, the sperels were happy to hear that mindyourmind wanted to invite them to their annual International Youth Day event (which is happening today, August 12th) to participate as prizes for some of the contestants in the event’s talent show. As can be seen in the above photo, a group of sperels have arrived safely in Canada where they are now looking forward to a fun day with mindyourmind, celebrating the talents and capabilities of youth across the world! Photo by Sean Meyer/London Community News

Posted in Activism on August 12th, 2012

Sperel Expo

At the outset of June, the sperels never would have imagined that they’d be traveling to Los Angeles for Anime Expo at the end of the month. Anime Expo (or AX, for short) holds a reputation as one of the largest conventions of its kind in North America, and relative to its size and popularity, tables in the Artist Alley disappear quickly once registration opens up. Despite not even knowing about AX until seemingly too late, the sperels were blessed with an invitation to share a table with our new friend Jenn, whom we’d met just a couple weeks prior in the Artist Alley at AM².

Sharing a table did require some creative configuring to condense the sperel display, and I was pleased to discover that the sperels can actually present themselves quite well with less table space than what we thought necessary… which perhaps means that we’ll be able to bring some new items to set out on our table at future conventions? Here’s a shot of our Expo display with Nathan, Jenn’s fiancé, giving his approval.
Table H28 in the Artist Alley at AX 2012
With our table arranged to satisfaction, I decided to run out and grab some food from my truck to snack on throughout the day… only to turn right back around when I saw all the Day One attendees waiting for the exhibit hall to open!
The Day 1 Exhibit Hall crowd (in waiting) at AX 2012What a humongous crowd!!! All weekend long, Friday and Monday included, the isle in front of our table was teaming with a steady stream of people. The sperels, of course, had a blast!
The sperel and Korra are color coordinated!As busy as we were, I didn’t take many pictures of all our newest friends, but when my table mate pointed out that this Korra cosplayer matched the sperels in color, I was at least quick enough with a ‘click’ to document the observation: the sperels and Korra are color coordinated! What’s that you say, the sperels and Korra are color coordinated?!?
Yeah, there’s a tongue twister for ya! Go on, try it – try saying it three times fast!

Following my duties in the exhibit hall each day, I did find the chance to snap just a few more cosplay photos which the sperels have posted to their tumblr blog. (Beware the ninja!)
We also had time before the exhibit hall opened on the last two days to visit some of our Artist Alley friends and see what was new with them.

Courtney and John of Decalzilla have participated in the Artist Alley at all (three) of the anime conventions where the sperels have been so far. I wish we could say that we’ll be seeing them again when they go to San Japan in August, but the sperels aren’t quite ready to fly out to Texas just yet. Certainly though, so long as the Decalzilla sticker catalogue doesn’t grow so extensive as to obscure the smiling creators behind their work, we know we’ll be seeing them again!
John & Courtney of Decalzilla, surrounded by their many decals
We first met Oborocharms‘ Octofruit plushies at AM², but the owl (being the rarer of the two, possibly due to that pesky Meowth lurking there in the background) was nowhere to be seen. The sperel was ecstatic to see a lone little owl with the Octofruits this time, and was even more excited to learn that there just might be more little owlets on the way! Kim (the creator behind all the cuteness at Oborocharms) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for her owls, and with just a couple days left, it is insanely close to reaching its goal. If you love things with wings as much as the sperels do, and you can give Kim’s project an extra push towards success… Save The Owls!
Cute Plushie Alliance - Sperel + Owl + Octofuits
A couple rows away, we caught sight of the Sorbet Jungle table, where upon visiting we found another plush surprise in the form of Deanne’s soon-to-be-released stegarawrus. When we met Deanne last April, she excitedly showed the sperels some in progress shots of her plush dinosaur endeavor, so it was great to see one of them sitting there looking ferociously cute at AX. These two together, the sperel and the stegorawrus, sure look like they’re ready to cause some kind of mischief, don’t they?
Sorbet Jungle's Stegorawrus plush, visited by a sperel
A Laxus cosplayer from the manga 'Fairy Tale' presenting his fan art.Lots of people tell the sperels how cute and adorable they are, and even pick them up to give them hugs, but one of the coolest ‘compliments’ they received at AX was when Jenn’s friend Jared re-visited our table to present us with his piece of sperel-inspired fan art. Jared’s sketch features his cosplay character Laxus Dreyar (from the anime Fairy Tail) crossed with a sperel to make ‘Sperelaxus’, a new type of sperel who specializes in various forms of lightning magic! We’ll be sure to show a closeup of the sketch soon, either on facebook or tumblr, or perhaps in a blog post here alongside some other sperel fan art and photos that we’ve seen around the net.

Speaking of fan art, the video game and anime inspired artwork of our table partner brought a special guest to her side of the table on Saturday….

Here’s Jenn with Bryce Papenbrook, the voice actor of Zidane Tribal (the protagonist of Final Fantasy IX). With Final Fantasy being one of her favorite games, and Zidane being one of her favorite characters, we’re pretty sure this was one of the highlights of Jenn’s weekend!
J.Raye meeting Bryce Papenbrook, voice actor for Final Fantasy IX's Zidane TribalAnd that’s the type of environment that AX provides – so many wonderful connections, just waiting to be made. We look forward to seeing everyone again and meeting even more new friends in L.A. next summer!

Posted in Events on July 10th, 2012