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DesignerCon 2023 recap – Once again one of my favorite cons of the year

This year has been a quite busy one in terms of going to conventions for me, but once again I end the year with one of my favorite ones…DesignerCon in Anaheim. The annual show that showcases many different types of art including toys, apparel, custom collectibles, and standard art is one I’ve described before as “artist alley on steroids”.

This year’s show (the final one in Anaheim before they head to Las Vegas for 2024) lived up to my description as they showcased the type of art that got me hooked on the show back in 2015 when it was still in Pasadena.

Some of the highlights for me include the Hollywood 100 art show which featured art from 100 different artists, each of whom customized a model Hollywood sign for its 100th anniversary, the wide variety of custom designed toys (I grabbed a few for friends), and talking to some creators who I see every year at the show.

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As I said above this is the last year DesignerCon will be in Anaheim as next year they move to The Expo at World Market Center in Las Vegas. The dates for next year’s show will November 15-17, and I for one can’t wait to see what all they have planned for the inaugural show there!

Check out the interview I did with DesignerCon’s founder Ben Goretsky here:


Did you go to DesignerCon 2023? What did you think of it? Feel free to leave a comment below or chat with us on Twitter/X at @TheConCollectve, Threads at @theconventioncollective, or Bluesky at @theconcollective.bsky.social

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Dan Berry
Dan Berry
Dan Berry is a man of mystery, an enigma that flits from convention to convention like a spectre, like a spirit. His interests range far and wide: he cannot be determined, he cannot be defined, he cannot be contained. He's like the wind. He also is a Sagittarius and enjoys a nice Italian.

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