In all honesty I was not originally planning on visiting DesignerCon 2015, but I’m really glad I did. I had a fairly free weekend (a rarity for me) and had a few friends tell me about the show with it’s low entry fee of a weekend badge at the door being just $14 (would have been cheaper if I purchased online and earlier in the year too). The best way to describe this event would be if an entire convention was made up of just the artist alley area. It was an amazing bonanza of pop culture with apparel, accessories, vinyl toys, art work, and more. It’s now going to be part of our yearly convention circuit. While there were so many talented artists and designers at the event, here are some of our favorites that really stood out for us.
Middle of Beyond
We have previously featured this brand before on our website but in a nutshell they make really awesome geeky holiday sweaters (actual knit), cardigans, and more. And with the weather getting chilly it’s a perfect time to pick up something up from them for yourself or that special someone. My personal favorites would have to be Cthulhu and Krampus sweaters.
Shing Yin Khor/Sawdust Press
These fantastic sculpted creatures created by artist Shing Yin Khor are just adorable! With just one look you’ll just fall in love with these whimsical critters.
The Mad Masker
From monster masks to creature crafts the Mad Masker is the person to go to. We love her carnivorous garden collection and hope to get our hands on one of her amazing masks one day (made of a special material which will form to your face).
Cosplay in America
An amazing collection of cosplay photos by an equally amazing photographer Ejen Chuang. This year he has released his second book which goes behind-the-scenes into the lives of cosplayers. If you’re a fan of cosplay you’ll want to pick up both his books.
The uber illustrator supreme himself! It was our first time encountering this artist and we’re really digging his work and just love his line of pop culture themed shirts.
Goddard Film Group
Do you remember the cartoon series ‘Captain Power’ and ‘Skeleton Warriors’? Goddard Film Group are bringing them back and giving them an face lift (or skull lift)! Of the two, ‘Captain Power’ has to be one of the ones I’m personally jazzed about. During the convention they had on hand DVDs of the original show that (with a bit of modification) would function with the original toys.
We quite literally stumbled upon this artist and his sweet line of apparel. Mix a bit of pop culture, a spoonful of street style attitude, and a heaping helping of that LA vibe and you got 2FUKDUP.
Pins…LOVE EM!!! These pins? Love em even more! Combine retro designs with pop cultures references and you got something pretty awesome. We would totally rock their pins on our lapels. Totally kicking ourselves that we didn’t pick up the Power Glove pin when we had the chance.
Fantastic brand name and fantastic goods! If you’re looking for accessories based off a certain movie from a galaxy far far away then you’ll want to make your way to the Han Cholo system. And one of our favorite non-Star Wars related item they had would have to be their d20 ring that’s a natural 20 for style.
Photography by MPao Photography