From the moment fans spot the Anaheim Convention Center, the community spirit is undeniable. Thanks to the loyal and enthusiastic followers, the buzz can be felt even before entering the show, overflowing onto the street. Over the last 17 years, they have been dedicated to the pursuit of and appreciation for art toys, eagerly celebrating the newest releases. Every year, fans eagerly await the convention, some going so far as to spend the whole day prior to the show lining up outside, and the wait is almost over.
November 18th through 20th, DesignerCon provides a plethora of new and exciting, supported by returning fan-favorites, for the ultimate collector experience. The show returns with the most sought after artist collectibles that they have become known for, in addition to innovative new contributions including digital collectibles, unifying a community of both happy fans and happy creators.
The result is akin to an immersive experience, down to every carefully planned detail, which unifies the convention experience and ushers attendees into the world of collectibles. DCON is careful to keep the experience centered on the community itself, ensuring each addition is curated with the fans and artists in mind. Uniting talent and attendees from all around the world, the DCON experience is a cohesive haven of collectibles, down to the tickets themselves, designed by legendary featured artist, Persue. Featuring 9 unique designs inspired by 80s and 90s retro video games, each badge is a collectible, kicking off the unique experience from the moment fans check in.
With badges in hand, fans have a world in store for them as the show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center once again, bringing all new content and fan-favorite artists. Beginning with VIP Night, Presented by eBay, select attendees will be a part of the night frenzy with special programming, including a highly sought after “DCON x eBay VIP Box” which will feature special merch only available to VIP holders, and an exclusive MEDICOM TOY release featuring artist King Saladeen’s first ever 100% BE@RBRICK.
From there, the fun continues! Longtime partner, Japanese-based MEDICOM TOY returns to DesignerCon, their only US show, releasing rare and exciting figures from their vault including the 2022 DCON Artist Pack, award-winning integrated future culture platform MightyJaxx debuts the latest in vinyl collectible figures, Pop Mart brings exclusive merchandise including blind boxes and large collectible figures, and CAMO–Culture, Art, Music, Originals–will be debuting their signature 3D Icon Series of collectibles, featuring favorites from Grateful Dead to Biggie Smalls.
Founder Ben Goretsky is excited about the upcoming show, saying “I can’t wait to bring everyone together under the convention center roof again. The past 17 years have been a testament to the true value of our community, and we’re so honored by the loyalty and support. We’re ready to bring them some truly incredible drops this year, and quite a few surprises along the way!”
DesignerCon is also partnering with leading livestream shopping platform, NTWRK, to expand their audience. Not only will they have a booth, they will be streaming live from the floor, as the official streaming partner, offering exclusive drops before and during the festivities.
The floor itself is set to be a whirlwind of fascinating interactive activities, from this year’s long-awaited art show Out of Order to carnival games, and exotic cars with an artist’s touch.
Bridging the gap between the physical and the digital, DesignerCon is welcoming the web3 community in an expanded capacity. VeVe is once again participating in the DCON mania,after selling out every one of the 2021 drops in mere seconds! Taking it even further, the DCON team is launching Vincents–a series of phygital collectibles that bridge the gap between the physical and digital, merging the communities of collectors seamlessly. DesignerCon is thrilled to reintroduce their beloved mascot Vincent, powered by blockchain technology.
The Vincents serve as the perfect lead in for 3XP, a curated space dedicated to education and opportunity for those interested in web3. 3XP is an area with interactive experience that brings together curious web2 users and web3 enthusiasts. This space is aimed to promote collaboration, community engagement, and education around all things web3.
Look to the stage for some mind-blowing programming as well. In celebration of 20 years of Sony Pictures Animation, the studio returns to DesignerCon with a branded stage and programming schedule featuring exclusive, interactive presentations and panels. Hosted by Mark Brickey from Adventures In Design. SPA stage programming includes a Storyboard Duel, Sony Animation: Picture This! Pictionary With the Pros, and 1:1 With Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson, to name a few. Not only are Sony Pictures Animation and DesignerCon celebrating their accomplishments, they are bridging the gap between physical collectibles and entertainment, offering artists and fans insight into the world that generates some of our favorite content.
Integrating the virtual and the physical for a 2022 blowout, the show not to be missed. With the added value of three perfectly integrated sponsors and more exclusive drops than fans have even imagined, DesignerCon continues to collect new devoted fans and impress their existing community.
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