Since its founding in 2005, DesignerCon has grown into the largest designer toy and art convention in the United States. With COVID-19 disrupting the global event industry, founder Ben Goretsky remains determined to continue expanding—this time into the digital realm. For its 2020 edition, DesignerCon will broadcast and sell to thousands of attendees on Popshop Live, a groundbreaking platform at the forefront of streaming commerce.
In spite of the unusual presentation, attendees can expect many of the traditions they’ve come to love. Every year, DesignerCon organizes events and aesthetics around an important pop-culture theme, and 2020 is no different. For this edition of DCON, the expo celebrates the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future—a franchise more timely than ever—and will be honoring the iconic films with a fan art show, curated by Carmen “Jane Dope” Acosta. Additionally DKE Toys is curating 30+ artists in a line of limited-edition hand-made Back To The Future action figures. The tribute exhibition will be held at Art Share LA, a non-profit arts organization in DTLA, and livestreamed to DCON attendees.
Secret Walls will return with their signature live illustration battles, but this time with a virtual makeover.
Companies that have already signed up for the innovative approach to the convention include Japan’s MEDICOM (with DesignerCon being their only US convention), Toy Cube, and 3D Retro. Participating artists include Valfre, Joel Ledbetter, Luke Chueh, and Jorge R. Guiterrez, to name a few. his year’s set of DCON exclusive Be@rbricks will be designed by Jermaine Rogers, Louis De Guzman, Valfre, Alex Pardee, and Greg Mike.
Tickets will go on sale in October, and DesignerCon will be hosted live on the Popshop Live app from November 13 to 15th, 2020.
More details will be announced as they are confirmed.
The week is swinging on by, and Bottleneck Gallery is tremendously thankful for everybody enjoying their attempt at bringing the comic-con art experience right to the safety of your home!
First up, Matt Ferguson thwips into action with his officially licensed print for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and pub crawls his way to the conclusion of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. Matt’s Marvel work is always marvelous, and we’re always excited for more art with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!
Tom Whalen helps us celebrate the Golden Age of comics with his newest print featuring Golden Age Wonder Woman! Tom’s print features a majestic Diana towering over Themyscira, in a protective and noble pose, rocking those Golden Age colors!
We’re shifting from DC Comics’ past to the future with Dave Perillo’s print for Batman Beyond! Terry McGinnis as future Batman was one of the first interesting and successful future superheroes from the late 90s, due in large part to Paul Dini and Bruce Timm using Beyond as a continuation of their Batman: The Animated Series. Rad villains, cool future slang, and of course, Old Man Bruce–Dave’s print is beyond awesome.
Doaly’s newest print really bites! His ode to Roger Kastel’s iconic Jaws movie poster lovingly embraces the classic imagery while also adding some of Doaly’s design flair.
Lastly, Jack C. Gregory reinterprets one of the most intense scenes from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: Joker’s hostage video with a fake Batman. The danger and intensity behind Heath Ledger’s Joker is fully realized during the hostage video, and Jack’s print is visceral and vicious, perfectly reflecting the scene!
For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.
Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.
Similarly, WonderCon Anaheim, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020 will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.
In addition to their conventions, Comic-Con has been planning a major renovation of Balboa Park’s Federal Building to be completed for the grand opening of the Comic-Con Museum in the summer of 2021. However, the COVID-19 situation has had an effect on those efforts as well. As such, they will be rephasing the Museum’s initially planned major renovations, but will not scale back the experience to be offered to visitors upon the Museum’s grand opening. They anticipate releasing building plans illustrating the Museum’s transformation and sharing more information about those efforts in the coming months.
SDCC also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request.
In the next few days onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them. There is no need for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company via phone as the process will be handled automatically. Those who booked rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds have been completed.
Creation’s 2020 Stranger Con: A Salute to the TV Series Stranger Things Tour heads to Los Angeles in April!
Fans of the popular Netflix show can meet many of the stars of the hit series at the L.A. Convention Center on April 4-5!
Stranger Things Season 3’s premiere in July 2019 became the most watched show on Netflix to date, propelling the smash-hit series into the upper echelons of must-see TV.
Guests include Millie Bobby Brown (“Eleven”), Noah Schnapp (“Will Byers”), Finn Wolfhard (“Mike Wheeler”), Sadie Sink (“Max”) – and host Chester Rushing (“Tommy H”) and more guests to be announced – will make this two-day show truly special. There will be many things to do and see, including guest panels, photo ops and autograph signings, cosplay and trivia contests, a Saturday night karaoke party and fun for the whole family!
For more information and to order tickets, please click HERE.
All D23 Gold Members at 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA will receive this exclusive collectible print, created by Disney artist Eric Tan. All you have to do is go to the D23 Gold Member Gift Pick-Up in North Hall, and show your Gold Member card.
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2019, August 23–25. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday morning, August 23. Later that same day, Disney+ will showcase its exciting slate of original films and series coming to the streaming service, set to launch in the U.S. on November 12. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at their collection of world-class film labels, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. And on Sunday morning, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Disney Parks during a presentation hosted by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek.
These Expo favorites will take place in “Hall D23,” the 6,800-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations is as follows (all events subject to change and additional events to be announced in the coming weeks):
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 23. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.
On Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ will give guests a first look at some of its original content including Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more during this star-studded presentation.
The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. Fans will see what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and get a peek at the exciting slate of live-action projects, from Disney to Marvel Studios to Star Wars. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!
On Sunday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m., step into the magical world of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe, including more about the transformational plans for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.
At the Closing Ceremony for Star Wars Celebration 2019, Lucasfilm officially announced that you won’t have to wait two years for the convention to return. Star Wars Celebration will be back in 2020 and will return to Anaheim, where the convention was held in 2015.
Star Wars Celebration is an exciting convention filled with entertainment, celebrity appearances, stage shows, panels, interactive events, exclusive merchandise, screenings, and once-in-a-lifetime glimpses into the future of the epic saga.
Turn to the Dark Side with the LEGO Star Wars 75227 Darth Vader Bust ($39.99)!
This exclusive Star Wars Celebration building set features incredible dome and faceplate details, including a brick-built respirator encased in iconic black armor. Vader’s helmet is adorned with raised ridges and studs, which adds to the dramatic effect, and the instantly recognizable Dark Lord of the Sith will always strike fear in his enemies.
The 327 piece Darth Vader Bust Star Wars building set measures 262mm long, 282mm wide, and 59mm high and will be available April 11, 2019 through Star Wars Celebration. A limited number of sets will be released through a show lottery system each day of Celebration. For those not attending Star Wars Celebration, a limited quantity of this set will be available through Target REDcard.
SOFA Con is an online event from May 18th to 19th, 2019 that will showcase brand-new, exclusive artwork for sale from fan-favorite artists from all over the world.
This one-of-a-kind event was designed to bring together artists with the people who support them, so you can indulge in a weekend-long celebration of art from the comfort of your own homes. All the artwork for sale during SC will go up in the artists’ own shops.
Each artist’s sale will go live at a scheduled time, allowing enough time in between sales for SOFA Con patrons to discover new artists, catch up on the latest releases from old favorites, and make some purchases before moving on to the next shop in that day’s lineup. As SOFA Con approaches, a schedule will be released breaking down when each artist’s sale will go live.
Featured artists include: Richey Beckett, Dan Black, Scott C, Becky & Frank, Becky Cloonan, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Sonny Day, Daniel Danger, Ryan Duggan, Tomer Hanuka, Aaron Horkey, Audrey Kawasaki, Tula Lotay, Tara McPherson, Travis Millard, Mike Mitchell, Randy Ortiz, Alex Pardee, Lorien Stern, Teagan White, Matthew Woodson and more.