Home Con News Preview: DesignerCon 2017 (11th-12th November, Pasadena California)

Next month, DesignerCon takes over the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California for their twelfth annual convention. The show, which last year broke records with 25,000 attendees, is the premier convention on the west coast for designer toys, original art, apparel and more.

When people have asked me about this convention – which I’ve attended for two years now – I tell them it’s “artist alley on steroids!”, and with over 400 artists and vendors, that’s an apt description. I plan on attending it again this year and seeing the great artwork from all over the world (and possibly participating in a live report from the floor show on that Sunday’s Talkin’ Comic-Con; A Cup O’ Tea with… episode. You can see our recap for DesignerCon 2016 here, as well as a live report on the weekly A Cup O’ Tea… from the floor show that I participated in here.)

More information as well as picture and videos below courtesy of their press release:

Announcing DESIGNERCON​ ​2017:
America’s​ ​Biggest​ ​Designer​ ​Toy​ ​Convention​ ​Returns​ ​to​ ​Pasadena​ ​For​ ​12th Year​ ​After​ ​Record-Breaking​ ​Success​ ​in​ ​2016

CONVENTION​ ​DATES: November​ ​11​th ​-​ ​12th,​ ​2017

300​ ​E.​ ​Green​ ​Street,​ ​Pasadena​ ​CA​ ​90404

Presented by 3D Retro Toys and Crewest, DesignerCon (aka DCON) is the west coast’s premier convention for fans, collectors and creators of cutting-edge collectible art and design. On November 11-12, DCON will return for its 12th year to the Pasadena Convention Center with over 400 artists and vendors selling limited edition designer toys, original art works, apparel items and more!

Last year, over 25,000 people attended DCON to buy art and related merchandise from renowned artists and brands such as Paul Frank, Coop, the SuckLord, Jeff Soto, DKE Toys, Han Cholo, Ragnar, Kid Robot and hundreds more creators. In 2016, DesignerCon founder Ben Goretsky also partnered with Crewest Studio to produce the first annual DCON Panel Discussions and Official Party.

This November, DesignerCon will be bigger and better than ever, demonstrating again why DCON is the most anticipated annual event in the designer toy world, featuring the work of creators from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, different parts of South America and the rest of the globe. DCON 2017 will have more world-class artists and vendors than ever before, more panel discussions hosted by Crewest artist and media personality Mark Brickey, and another killer party with DJ Z-Trip presented by Crewest.

For the first time ever, DesignerCon is partnering with global streetwear brand The Hundreds to release the official t-shirt. The convention is also commissioning renowned Crewest artist kaNO to create exclusive original artwork for DCON tickets and badges, and legendary artist Tara McPherson will be creating exclusive and original art for the official DCON program / magazine.

More artist collaborations along with panel guests and discussion topics will be announced soon.

About​ ​DesignerCon

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 90,000 sq. ft. and features over 400 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more! The show coordinators strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet. Join us every November at the Pasadena Convention Center for a weekend of fun, toys, and art!


Founded in 2006 by Ben Goretsky, DesignerCon brings together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the designer toy / vinyl collectibles market and has grown over the last 12 years to incorporate everything in the design world including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and both fine and urban art. The steady growth DesignerCon has enjoyed correlates with its popularity in today’s art nerd, geek culture; collectors and designer toy lovers alike wait through the night for new releases, pre-orders for new artist collaboration apparel are sold out within minutes, and artists use the convention as an opportunity to announce exclusive releases and collaborations.

About​ ​3D​ ​Retro

3DRetro is a producer and retailer of some of the best collectible, art figurines in the low-brow artworld. Since 2003, 3DRetro has been serving the collectors community in providing the best the industry has to offer. 3DRetro works with some of the most amazing artists in the “low-brow” art world to produce amazing “art-toy” collectibles. We also work with other popular large producers from all over the world to bring our customers the latest and greatest in out world. Founded in 2003 as an online store, 3DRetro has worked with suppliers from around the world to put the best collectible figures in our store. In 2014, 3DRetro opened its very open retail store in Glendale, CA to allow customer to see these amazing collectibles in person. In 2009 3DRetro started producing our own line of collectible figures with such popular artists as Brandon Ragnar, Jim Mahfood, Nathan Hamill, Gary Baseman, Brandi Milne, Bob Dob… to just name a few. Every year we are proud to work with more and more artist from our community and bring the collectors amazing limited edition collectible figures. Retailers may carry our products by contacting our distributor DKE Toys directly.

About​ ​Crewest​ ​Studio

Crewest Studio exists for people who are driven by culture. We advocate for the fundamental importance of creativity, art and design in the world, make creative culture more accessible and help artists promote and monetize their talents in novel ways. At our core, we are a creative communications company. We believe entertaining, informing and educating people about art and design can make the world a better, more creative place. An artist-led company, we develop, produce and distribute authentic, contemporary and culturally-relevant lifestyle media experiences. Our focus is on the culture, process and business of the visual arts. For all who enjoy creativity, we create emotional connections with stories, films, podcasts, events, products and services. And, we curate them in one convenient place for all to enjoy — crewest.com

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