Giant Robot Magazine's GR2 Gallery fondly remember the day in 2002 when Uglydoll creator David Horvath showed up with a handmade prototype of what soon would become a plushy global phenomenon of weird toys for weird kids and even weirder adults. There is something sweetly compelling about these adorably creeptastic misfits, who have captured the hearts and imaginations of current and future artists the world over. For the second year in a row, #UGLYCON kicks off a multimedia art show tribute with an all-day fan appreciation party, 10th birthday celebration for the one and only Ice Bat, and custom plush carnival of merch at Uglydoll's hometown launchpad, GR2. Besides the eclectic exhibition, lovers of everything Ugly can expect games, toys, prizes and surprises, and take advantage of neighborhood food and drink specials all afternoon — in both kid and adult varieties. Giant Robot, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle; Sat., June 21, noon to 8 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues through July 9. (310) 445-9276, giantrobot.com/events.
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