DesignerCon 2018 preview (November 16-18, Anaheim CA)

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With just over two weeks until one of my favorite conventions of the year kicks off in Anaheim, a preview of the show is in order. 

The 13th annual show which I’ve often referred to as “artist alley on steroids”, will move for the first time to Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center after 12 previous incarnations in Pasadena.

This year the show will be bigger then ever before thanks to a larger venue (at over 350,000 square feet), some large vendors making their inaugural trip to the show including MondoFunko, and more.

In addition the Saturday night after party which was always a good time gets even bigger thanks to Chevy Metal (which includes Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters fame) set to perform at the party.

All in all, the show this year I expect to be the best one yet, and I can’t wait to see what all they have planned. 

Today, the full panel lineup was announced, along with previews of some of the exclusives from Medicom (including a partnership with Funko), and a Jurassic Park themed art show.

The panels this year include some from such notable creators as Antonio Canobbio and Ben Gruber from Titmouse. In addition notable artists J*Ryu, JPK, Camilla D’errico, Doktor A, and Godmachine will be on a panel presented by Kidrobot.

For more info on all the panels, check out the full schedule here.

Full press release is below. All images courtesy of the press release. 

13th ANNUAL DESIGNERCON MOVES TO ANAHEIM WITH EXCLUSIVES FROM MEDICOM, CHEVY METAL, A JURASSIC PARK ART SHOW, VR EXPERIENCES, AND MORE

MEDICOM EXCLUSIVES

JURASSIC PARK ART SHOW

In honor of the franchise’s 25th anniversary, Universal Studios will host a Jurassic Park Art Show inside of the Anaheim Convention Center! Artists include: Amanda Louise Spayd, Calder Greenwood, Chris McGuire, The Chung!!, The Stitch Gawd, Erin Gallagher, Jacorama, Jason Jenkins, Luke Chueh, kaNO, LOLO, Mark Morris, Mollie Komins, and more!

CHEVY METAL + FRIENDS OFFICIAL DCON PARTY

The party of the year is DesignerCon’s official after party. Chevy Metal, “the world’s greatest cover band,” is confirmed as the headlining band with John 5 opening. Secret Walls will be returning with their world-class art battle plus exclusive releases and merch!

A figure from Kidrobot’s Arcane Divination Mini Series

WORLD’S LARGEST VR ART SHOW COMES TO DCON

As DesignerCon triples its size,  the panel discussions have leveled up in a major way as well, featuring artists from KidrobotTitmouse (Big Mouth, The Venture Bros., Superjail!, Metalocalypse), Giant Robot, the world’s largest VR art show, and low-brow legend Camille Rose Garcia, herself. Sponsored by LA Weekly and featuring a diverse mix of animators, toymakers, contemporary and cutting-edge artists, the panels will be moderated by art & culture editor Shana Nys Dambrot.  

After its debut this fall at sp[a]ce gallery, Spatial Reality (the world’s largest XR art show) is traveling to Anaheim as part of the tech zone. Featuring live demos by Wesley Allsbrook, Nancy Baker Cahill, Trudy Elmore, and Blake Kathryn, with Nick Ochoa (Magik Gallery) and Steve Teeps leading discussions on the changing landscape and perception of this new art form.

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