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My 2016 New York Comic Con Plans

Every year, for every convention I attend, members of the press are required to register/pre-register in an attempt to get press credentials to cover the event. It's a painful process, having to repeatedly fill out the same forms in an attempt to justify why you deserve to get a free ticket to give the convention the publicity it desires.

Since the bottom dropped out of the designer toy scene, I can't financially do San Diego Comic Con. It's just a byproduct of companies and online shops dropping out of the scene or going broke. For the last six years, I've been able to swing going to New York Comic Con. It's on the same coast. It's close to where I grew up. And I felt more connected to it since I had also attended a number of Toy Fair events at Javits Center over the years. I was actually a press sponsor of "The Block" section of NYCC way back in 2010(?) and featured on the NYCC website.

In other words...I've never had any problems getting a press badge to cover the show...until this year. For some reason, I was turned down. No reason was given, other than a lot of press applications were received this go-round. ReedPOP, which runs the event, did give me the option of purchasing my own ticket. Thanks. I've always had that option. 

I had been on the fence about whether I would attend New York Comic Con or try to give Toy Fair another go. Toy-wise, NYCC has been underwhelming in recent years. The designer scene is running on fumes. The big companies rarely bring exclusives or new products to the show. Other than my annual tradition of running into former WWF superstar Virgil, the event was uneventful. It seems like more of the industry reveals are taking place at Toy Fair.

So...all of this is to say that I won't be covering the events of New York Comic Con 2016 (or likely any year beyond it).

Designer Toy Summit (March 2017)

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The folks from Discord Culture Shop have announced a convention that's been dubbed the Designer Toy Summit. It will take place in Memphis, Tennessee on March 18th 2017 (so you'll have some time to plan on how to get to Memphis). They're currently taking applications for exhibitors and sponsors...plus, they're selling advanced tickets for $15.00. I, for one, am interested in seeing how a designer toy specific convention will do in the southeast US.

Mike Slobot featured in Anything Goes Show

Mike Slobot is being featured in an art show called “Anything Goes”, which takes place at Litmus Gallery in Raleigh, NC. The opening is this Friday (November 6th 2015) from 6PM to 9PM, and the show runs until December 4th 2015. Anything Goes features work from 40 different artists. Check out the above video, which features Mike talking about some of the pieces he will have at the show. 

Plaseebo’s Electric Uncle Custom

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Bob Conge (Plaseebo Customs) was one of the artists to be invited to create a custom Marshmallow Uncle figure for the Angel Abby x Black Seed Marshmallow Uncle Custom Show at Wrong Gallery in Taipei Taiwan. The show opens on October 8th 2015. Bob's submission is the one of a kind Electric Uncle. This glow-in-the-dark vinyl features red glass eye inserts and space junk inside of the clear vinyl Chest Burster. He also has an internal motion activated color-changing Led unit...so he glows in two ways.

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TAG – Famous Last Words

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The name of Toy Art Gallery's upcoming show - Famous Last Words - is somewhat fitting as it's their swan song show. The group show features works from Izumonster, Joseph Harmon, Kikkake Toy, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, Restore, Pico Pico, T9G, and Uamou. The sad news is that this event will be the last at TAG's current location. They will continue their online shop as well as toy production...but this'll be the final time you can get out to the physical place.

The show opening takes place on Saturday, September 5th 2015 from 7PM to 10PM at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046. Famous Last Words runs through September 27th 2015.

“All J Long” at SubUrban Vinyl

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Tomorrow (Saturday June 20th 2015) from 6PM until 9PM, SubUrban Vinyl will be opening their newest gallery show - "All J Long". The show will consist of only artists with a J in their artist name or their actual name.

The artist lineup includes:

Joseph Luciano "Hungry Ghost" Fernandez, Jenny Wolf, Joe Scarano, JC Rivera, John Grayson, Jacob Jams, Josh Mayhem, John "Spanky" Stokes, JChad, Jason Chalker, Jay222, B. Jerome Nolasco, Jessice " The Graphix Chick" Esper, Jason Limon, Jfury.

The event will take place at:

Suburban Vinyl
4 Frederick St
Waldwick, NJ 07463

The Recruits at SubUrban Vinyl Gallery

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Playful Gorilla and Cash Cannon proudly present The Recruits group art show happening at The Suburban Vinyl Art Gallery in Waldwick, NJ on April 18th 2015 from 6PM to 9PM. The Arsenal of Artists first group show will be bringing together over 30 artists ranging from digital illustrators to toy customizers to 3D artists. Each one has been "recruited" to participate and will bring original artworks with a military twist.

SubUrban Vinyl
4 Frederick St
Waldwick, NJ 07463

Toy Art Gallery’s Dichotomy Show

Toy Art Gallery has announced Dichotomy - a Doublethink Group Show featuring 40+ artists channeling their inner undead doppelganger and customize the Doublethink soft vinyl figure. The opening reception takes place on Saturday February 21st 2015 from 7PM to 10PM, with the show running through March 14th 2015.

The Dichotomy show features the following artists:

Ardabus Rubber, Blurbleone, Bob Conge / Plaseebo, Butch Adams, Candie Bolton, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devils Headquarters, Draculazer, DTOES, George Gaspar, Goreilla, Goto-San, Guumon, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kenth Toy Works, KTO, Le Merde, Macsorro, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MMToys, Monsterisland, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Okokume, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Sexualyoukai, SkullToys, Splurrt, TKOM, Todd Robertson, Topheroy, Uamou, and more.

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood CA 90046

Garamaniacal Too Show: Plaseebo Customs

The Garamaniacal Too Show takes place at FOE Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday February 13th 2015 at 6PM. Bob Conge (Plaseebo) has a pair of custom Garamon figures that will be featured at the show.

The Aquagaramon (pictured above) is a one of a kind custom vinyl and rubber on a hand cast resin octo-base. It features inset eyes and an internal color-changing LED unit switched on the base. The 5.5-inch long custom will be available for $650.00. The Garamon Tank is a one of a kind custom vinyl figure on a hand cast resin tank with an internal color-changing LED unit switched on the base. It will be available to purchase for $550.00

Life And Love at Flower Pepper Gallery

Flower Pepper Gallery has announced their upcoming exhibition, Life And Love, a collection of new works by Ania Tomicka, Desiree Fessler, Erika Sanada, Graham Curran, KiSung Koh, Susanne Apgar, Robert Yancy, and Roland Tamayo. Each participating artist will exhibit 6 pieces, a small cohesive body of work, 2 large and 4 small. These capsule collections will help provide the viewer with a more accurate understanding of each artist’s perspective. All of the artists in Life And Love have been chosen for the inherent beauty of their work as well as their passionate portrayals of the trials that befall all life’s creatures.

This exhibition opens Saturday, February 7th 2015 with an opening reception running from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. The show will be on view until March 4th, 2015. 

Flower Pepper Gallery
121 E Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103