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Nov 1, 2014

For The Love of Music Exhibit at Flower Pepper Gallery

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Opening the weekend of Designer Con 2014, Flower Pepper Gallery's newest exhibit is called "For The Love of Music". Curated by Urban Vinyl Daily, "For The Love of Music" features 12" x 12" works of art, inspired by the quintessential 12" album covers of some classic records. Opening reception will happen on November 8th from 6-9pm. The exhibition will run until December 3rd, 2014 and is open to the public. With a long list of amazing artists, the show should have some great pieces. For all those interested, be sure to contact Flower Pepper Gallery to get on the VIP Preview list for an early chance to make a purchase. This is especially helpful for people who are unable to attend the opening reception.

Contributing Artists:
Alecks Cruz, Brain Killer, Chase Tafoya, CHema Skandal!, Greg Rivera, Ian Ziobrowski, Jason Chalker, Jason Gallo, Jc Rivera, Jeff Beck,
Jenn & Tony Bot, Jeremiah Ketner, JerkFace, JFury, Jon Chase, Lesile Randolph, MaloApril, Mr. Shane Jessup, Nathan Hamill, Peter Cadoso, Scott Kinnebrew, Sentrock, 64 Colors, Squid Kids Ink, Switch, Tasha Zimich, Tatiana Garcia, Tony Rabit, Travis Lykins, ValleyDweller, Veggiesomething

What is DesignerCon?

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This entire press released jacked directly from a Reverberations Media email...
Designer Con
www.designercon.com
November 8-9, 2014
Show Hours
Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Location
Pasadena Convention Center - Exhibit Hall
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Parking
Paid parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center and several surrounding parking lots including Paseo Colorado directly across from the convention center (parking map).

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Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art! DCon is over 70,000 sq. ft. and features over 300 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more! The show coordinators, Ayleen Gaspar & Ben Goretsky, strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet. Join us in November at the Pasadena Convention Center for a weekend of fun, toys, and art!

To see the full list of participating artists and vendors, click here

Designer Con 2014 Events

Saturday

10 am - 11 am
Starting With A Bang Through Crowdfunding
With Franco Te (co-founder of Tee No Evil) and Francis Te (designer and co-founder of Tee No Evil). Learn how to present your passion project through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and IndiGogo. The panelists will discuss what it takes to make your project successful from beginning to end. This includes making the video, getting publicity and shipping your final product. (Stage)

11 am - 12 pm    Action Figure Customizing: Art, Invention and Obsession
With Jeremy Sung of Spy Monkey Creations.    (Stage)

12 pm - 1 pm    Developing Creator Owned Properties with Goddard Film Group
Roger Lay Jr. and Eric Carnagey of Goddard Film Group discuss the return of Skeleton Warriors and Captain Power.    (Stage)

12 pm - 1 pm    Signing - Chris Ryniak & Amanda Spayd (Circus Posterus 700)

1 pm - 2 pm    Depression In The Arts: A Character Study
Join Las Vegas-based artists Juan Muniz & Ryan Brunty as they talk about the impact depression has on their artwork and the industry as a whole. With mental health in the headlines, it's an apt time to speak about on an oft-not talked about issue. Moderated by Las Vegas Arts Commissioner & Zappos.com Art Curator, Brian "Paco" Alvarez.    (Stage)

1 pm - 2 pm    Signing - Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters (Circus Posterus 700)

2 pm - 2:30 pm    World's Biggest Blindbox Time with Toy Break
Bring a blindboxed figure (any blindbox!) and join the Toy Break crew as they try to set the record for more blindboxes opened at the same time!    (Stage)

2 pm - 3 pm    Signing - Shing Yin khor & Tim Lee (Circus Posterus 700)

3 pm - 4 pm    Reynolds / Smooth-On Demonstration
Join Brooke Wheeler for a demonstration with Smooth-On mold making and casting products. (Stage)

3 pm - 4 pm    Instinct Toys Exclusive Crayon Mucky release (Circus Posterus 700)

4 pm - 5 pm    Custom Resin Figures: Art or Theft?
A dialogue between artists, collectors and the art toy community
Jeff Rawson (Galacticjerkbags.com), The Sucklord (Suckadelic), David Healey (Healeymade), Scott Wilkowski (Waxbean Studios), Peter Goral (Killer Bootlegs), Dov Kelemer (DKE Toys) and Sean Sanford (Galacticjerkbags.com)

Perhaps you've seen that hot pink stormtrooper toy with the suspiciously large crotch, or those crystal clear casts of iconic toys with gnarled bone white skeletons inside. Have you wondered why someone would make a sparkly snow white esque witch and then replaced her hands with additional heads, like some sort of human Hydra? You may not even care that Frankenstein and Boba Fett would never co-exist, but a figure of the two combined sounds like a killer idea to you. Sound like you? Great, then come to this panel. A discussion of the merits and demerits of using pre-existing figure parts to make new creations as well as a look at where the scene began and where it may go. (Stage)

4 pm - 5 pm    Signing - Stan Manoukian & Brandan Styles (Circus Posterus 700)

All Day    DKE Toys 6th Annual Graveyard & Garage Sale
Come shop in this lot of missing box, broken piece, smudged, fudged, no arms, vinyl and designer toys all at Crazy Eddie discount prices - proceeds go to many local charities. Also visit the DKE Garage Sale with all kinds of action figures, new and loose from Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Power Rangers and more. Dig through books, magazines, posters and other fun knick-knacks. Who knows what you will find! (DKE Toys 1230 )

All Day    Comic Bricks Lego Art Show
An art show showcasing LEGO built Vignettes, mosaics, and sculptors of Comic Book Covers. (STUDS 1210)

Sunday

11 am - 12 pm    Reynolds / Smooth-On Demonstration
Join Brooke Wheeler for a demonstration with Smooth-On mold making and casting products.    (Stage)

11 am - 12 pm    Signing - Stan Manoukian & Brandan Styles (Circus Posterus 700)

12 pm - 1 pm    Glyos - Building A Universe with Onell Design
Join Matt Doughty, one of the creators of the Glyos System, for discussion and Q&A on building an independent toy brand.    (Stage)

12 pm - 1 pm    Signing - Chris Ryniak & Amanda Spayd (Circus Posterus 700)

1 pm - 2 pm    STUDS Presents: LEGO As An Art Medium
Join Brandon Griffith and Tommy Williamson as they discuss the elevation of simple building blocks to high art.    (Stage)

1 pm - 2 pm    Stranger Factory Open Submission Portfolio Review (Circus Posterus 700)

2 pm - 3 pm    State Of The Designer Toy Industry
Join Ben Goretsky of 3DRetro for a discussion on the state of the designer toy industry today. (Stage)

3 pm - 4 pm    Signing - Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters (Circus Posterus 700)

4 pm - 5 pm    Signing - Shing Yin khor & Tim Lee (Circus Posterus 700)

All Day DKE Toys 6th Annual Graveyard & Garage Sale
Come shop in this lot of missing box, broken piece, smudged, fudged, no arms, vinyl and designer toys all at Crazy Eddie discount prices - proceeds go to many local charities. Also visit the DKE Garage Sale with all kinds of action figures, new and loose from Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Power Rangers and more. Dig through books, magazines, posters and other fun knick-knacks. Who knows what you will find!    DKE Toys 1230

All Day    Comic Bricks Lego Art Show
An art show showcasing LEGO built Vignettes, mosaics, and sculptors of Comic Book Covers.

Oct 31, 2014

Forces of Dorkness Krampus on a Shelf Figures Drop Sun Nov 2

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The holidays have always been a special time for all the good little children...but now we're taking time to celebrate all the rotten ones too.

Krampus, a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries, has always been thought to punish misbehaving children during the Christmas season. This horrific creature plays the foil to jolly old Saint Nicholas who rewards well-behaved children with gifts. It is said that Krampus captures particularly naughty children in his sack and carries them away to his mountain lair.

Take this little demon and have fun with the bad kids during the holidays. Krampus is designed to sit on anything. His arms and legs are movable and he balances perfectly on a shelf or anywhere else.

Available for pre-order only starting at 7PM EST on Sunday November 2nd. Preorder window is two weeks long, and no further orders will be taken after November 16th. All Krampus on a Shelf orders will be delivered in time for full holiday enjoyment.

Krampus on a Shelf figures are 8-inch long mixed-media pieces, all hand-made in the USA by Forces of Dorkness. Krampus figures will sell for $50 each on our Super Series Sundays page.

Designer Con Tease from J★RYU - Booth #1113

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What a tease! J★RYU has been teasing some work which will be available at Designer Con 2014, Booth # 1113. In addition to the Love Sapling, J★RYU is going to have a number of original sculptures, resin art collectibles, as well as some customs on platforms J★RYU has yet to tackle. J★RYU has already teased some Argonaut Resin pieces and what looks to be a Huck Gee Skullhead Bust. J★RYU also teased the hashtags 3A, Munny, Dunny, and Madl, so there appears to be a ton of great work in store for DCon 2014 attendees. No word on pricing or availability, but for those attending Designer con 2014, be sure to check out Booth #1113 where J★RYU will be selling some goods, alongside Vampy Bit Me and some special guests.
 

Boneyard Pets - Because Dinosaurs!

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I don't know about you- but I'm way more interested in Dinosaurs now than I was when I was a kid. Probably in part because the little tiny wooden, and very breakable, model kits didn't do the creatures they reproduced much justice. These big, weather durable Boneyard Pets from 32 Square, however, are looking dino-mite.



That's a model size you can sink your teeth into.
Boneyard Pets are up on Kickstarter here, and are already fully funded- so they're coming! Check out their new dinosaur designs, sizes and colours here.




Play Dead Toys x Tim Wollweber x Spanky Stokes Exclusives

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Initially blogged about here, Tim Wollweber will have his Micro Monsters available at Designer Con 2014. All the Micro Monsters were expertly cast by Play Dead Toys. The "Onyx" colorway of Tim's Micro Monsters is going to be available at the Spanky Stokes Booth #518, as a Designer Con exclusive. Priced at $45 each, or $200 for a complete set of all 6 figures, these are going to be limited to just 3 pieces of each Micro Monster. Not yet pictured is the Werewolf Micro Monster.
Also available at Designer Con 2014 are the painted versions of Tim Wollweber's Micro Monsters. Here is the latest update from Tim Wollweber of 3 out of the 6 painted monsters. The remaining figures should be revealed shortly, as Play Dead Toys is working hard to get everything done. Each painted Micro Monster is priced at $80 each, with a set of all 6 figures priced at $425. Available at Tim Wollweber's Booth #901. Get tickets to Designer Con now!


Latest Goodies from Brutherford Industries now Available

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Brutherford Industries have been relatively quiet as of late, but it's all for good reason. Brutherford has been "making a butt-load of crap." Available now, through the Brutherford Industries shop are a ton of goodies. All of the pieces are amazing and most are limited. Be sure to check out the Brutherford Industries shop and support them making more great stuff.
Fancy Skull Specimen - Edition of 50
Full Size Silver and Gold Ice Scream Man - Edition of 25
Bite Size Silver and Gold Ice Scream Man - Eidtion of 50
D.I.Y.F.S. Full Size Ice Scream Man
D.I.Y.F.S. Skull
1.75" H.U.S.T.L.E. Hungry Hungry Hordak
Desk Organizer Ice Scream Man

Oct 30, 2014

SubUrban Vinyl Designer Con 2014 Exclusives

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This year, SubUrban Vinyl is making it's way out west for Designer Con 2014. At Booth #515, SubUrban Vinyl is going to have a few more exclusives to add to the list, including Brent Nolasco's latest edition of his Hunter figure, Swamp Thing. With a small edition of 3 pieces, each 8" hand painted piece is going to be priced at $120.
In addition to the awesome figure, SubUrban Vinyl will also have an exclusive print from Jon-Paul Kaiser, titled "Ripper". Limited to just 50 pieces, this 18" x 24" screen printed print is going to be priced at $70 each. Jon-Paul Kaiser is also going to be making the trip out west from the UK and will be on hand for a signing. 
Be sure to check out Booth #515 for all the other original prints, art and customs that SubUrban Vinyl will have on hand. Also, be sure to check out the signing schedule and get some amazing artists to sign/doodle on whatever may be on hand.
SubUrban Vinyl DCon 2014 Signing Schedule:
Saturday -
  •  JPK 12-1pm
  • Nerviswr3k 1-2pm
  • Zukie 2-3pm
Sunday -
  • Zukie 12-1pm
  • Leecifer and DrilOne 1-2pm
  • Nerviswr3k 2-3pm

Derailed 2: Electric Boolagoo All City Style Custom Train Show by Cardboard Spaceship Opens Nov 1

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On Saturday November 1, Cardboard Spaceship's newest custom All City Style train show will open at the Wootbear Gallery in San Francisco! If you're in SF, hop on over to the gallery to see a bunch of awesome custom ACS trains!

Wootbear Gallery
147 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

If you don't know what ACS trains are, check out the website here. Created and produced by Klim Kozinevich of Bigshot Toyworks. All City Style trains are 20" long blank halfsubway cars which are specifically designed to customize with markers or paint or sculpey, and hang on the wall. Each train, which has a flat back, comes with mounting hardware. Also included are rods to attach 2 ACS trains to each other back to back to create a full train car.



2nd Annual PIQ LAS Fall Event Nov 5 & 6 featuring Juan Muniz & Dillon Boy

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2nd Annual PIQ LAS Fall Event
Featuring 2 days of artists signings and live painting.

Day 1 Juan Muniz Nov 5th
5-7 PM

Day 2 Dillon Boy Nov 6th
4-7 PM

PIQ LAS
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV

One-Eyed Girl at Designer Con 2014 Booth #1133

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 Designer Con 2014 is a great venue for artists to grab an affordable booth and get some face time with collectors and other artists alike. Kasey Tararuj, aka One-Eyed Girl, will be making her Designer Con debut with a Booth, #1133. One-Eyed Girl has been working pretty hard, creating new hand-sculpted and hand painted pieces to have for sale at DCon 2014. Seen here, is some mini-series that One-Eyed Girl will have available. The series Kritters and Cronies features a variety of custom toys from Micro's to Mini's. Each piece is priced between $50 and $100 each.

Also available at DCon 2014 will be some Furry Monsters. These Furry Monsters are dapper little custom Micros, which are priced at $65 each. For all those attending DCon 2014, be sure to check out One-Eyed Girls Booth, #1133. She is sure to have a variety of unique monsters, kritters and creatures available.
 

Make sure to follow all the works of One-Eyed Girl:
Instagram @kctararuj -  http://instagram.com/kctararuj

Oct 29, 2014

Bashprojects Custom Blowout Sale

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Bas "Bashprojects" Pettter is having a blowout sale. Bashprojects is discounting all of the customs he has remaining in stock, which will likely make way for the new year and new customs. Everything from custom Teddy Troops, to a custom Wandering Misfit figure and even a sweet custom Coarsetoys "PAW!". Prices include Worldwide shipping so now is a time to check out the sale and pick up a great custom.
http://bashprojects.com/blowoutsale.php

Oct 28, 2014

Skull Leader - Custom Dunny by Huck Gee

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What happens when technology meets artistic creativity, the world gets Huck Gee combined with 3D printing and an amazing production team. This epic combination leads to blowing the lid on the realm of what is possible. What was once a design that never made it through the entire production process, is essentially Huck Gee's latest re-imagined custom Dunny. Huck Gee's latest custom Dunny is "Skull Leader", influenced by Robotech's character Ray Fokker. With Robotech having a strong influence in Huck Gee's artistic life and youth, as well as many others who were lucky enough to watch the series, Skull Leader is just Huck Gee revisiting his youth. Skull Leader can stand anywhere between 8" and 12", depending on the stretch of the articulating legs. With this latest piece being a mash up of several of Huck's ideas, this will likely be the last figure release of the year for Huck Gee. Pre-orders for Skull Leader will begin on October 31st at 11am PDT and remain open for exactly 24 hours, closing on November 1st, at 11am PDT. Priced at $450, plus shipping, this is one of Huck Gee's more affordable pieces. For more info and pictures, be sure to check out Huck Gee's site.

The Truth About Pinnochio Exhibit at GKO Gallery presented by Art Toy Gama Collective

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From November 22, 2014 until November 29th, 2014, Art Toy Gama Collective presents "The Truth About Pinocchio" at the GKo Art Gallery in Tolosa, Spain. This week long exhibition features works from artists all around the world, influenced by the classic Disney character Pinocchio. The exhibition coincides with the International Puppet Festival ("Titirijai 2014"), which seems a fitting time, considering the art is influenced by one of the most famous puppets in the world. Here are just a few examples of both 2D and 3D representations of what is going to be in the Exhibition, but everyone should head on over to the Art Toy Gama Collective Facebook page and check out all of the other pieces.
 
 
 
 
Some info about Art Toy Gama Collective:
As promoter of the Exhibition is one emerging Collective born with the purpose of promoting the artistic movement of the Art Toys in all its aspects: Art Toy Gama Collective. A group of artists, with different backgrounds and professional experiences, all Spanish speakers from Spain, Chile, Colombia and Argentina, and linked to the Movement or tendency in contemporary design based in Artwith Toys – AntuJudas ArrietaArtefacto Inc., La Maison de Mageritdoll and C├ęsar Zanardi. With the ambition of celebrate and participate Artistic Projects - and other activities - associated with Art Toys and with the intention of getting involved with international artists.”

Playge Doctor S004 [GRACKLE] Dropping on Halloween on the Squadt Site

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NOT AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE but too cool not to mention:

PLAYGE DOCTOR S004 [GRACKLE]
EDITION OF 200
The release is set for HALLOWEEN DAY, OCT 31 - 12:00 noon central time. > http://store.projectsquadt.com

PLAYGE DOCTOR [GRACKLE] 6" vinyl, fur and ABS - Includes: clear grey lenses, fur topped cape, 2.1 and classic arms, jeweled clear grey sword-cane, clear grey katana and removable helmet.

$95 Includes worldwide shipping. Again, I will not be selling.

Brothers, Punk Edition by The Criaturas

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Madrid based artist The Criaturas, aka Javier Romero, is opening a pre-sale for his latest resin creation: "Brothers, Punk Edition". The Punk Brothers are "unique, inseparable" and will make a great piece for any room. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, each "Punk" inspired piece is signed and number. 100% hand-made and hand-painted, the Brothers piece stands at 22cm (~8.7 inches). Each "Brothers" piece is priced at 75 Euros plus shipping (~$96) and for a limited time, will include an adorable criatura for free. Pre-Sale opens on October 29, 2014 on the Criatura website.


 

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