13 years ago, DesignerCon (aka DCon, presented by 3DRetro) debuted at the Pasadena Convention Center and quickly became the West Coast’s premier convention for fans, collectors and creators of cutting-edge collectible art and vinyl toys. Now, DCon is moving to the Anaheim Convention Center, tripling in size to 350,000 square feet of vendor exhibition and programming space.
NOVEMBER 16-18, 2018
Last year, over 37,000 fans and families attended the show to buy world-class, cutting-edge art and related merchandise from popular world-class contemporary artists and brands. This year, the number of vendors and artists is doubling to over 800, and attendance is expected to exceed 50,000.
Click on a section picture yourself at the biggest DCON ever:
Curated by VRScout Editor-at-Large, Forbes Contributor, and Spatial Reality curator Jesse Damiani and Think Tank Gallery, the Tech Zone is where art and technology get cozy and conspire to blow your mind. From virtual reality installations to augmented reality apps to 3D sculpts of digital work – and all types of fun in between – this space will showcase the work being created at the furthest edge of digital expression.
The work here showcases the shift from the Information Age to the Experience Age – that consumers of art and media are increasingly hungry for immersion and interactivity. These technologies are still young, which is what makes the high-quality of work emerging from them so exciting. In the past decade, artists, game-makers, and storytellers around the world have begun to embrace the unique possibilities of spatial media, and DCon will be a testament to this rapidly emerging paradigm.
To shine light on all this amazing art, we'll host a VRScout-curated panel series throughout the convention, with insight from independent artists, executives at leading companies, journalists, and other oddballs who've found their way into this emerging realm.
See some of our favorite artists and friends that we're inviting to show off to guests below:
For those moments where you get way too involved in VR, you need the Infinadeck – an omnidirectional treadmill that immerses you in the full physical reality of movement in a virtual environment.
Speaking of music, Chorus is the future of what a shared, narrative music experience can be. Join up to 5 of your friends and undertake an epic journey together – all set to the Justice song of the same name.
Sometimes, you have to feel it with your own hands to believe it. That’s where haptic gloves come in handy – and HaptX produces the most sensitive gloves on the market. If you’ve never imagined holding a miniature fox in your hand, well…now you don’t even have to imagine.
DCON's Social Reach
TOTAL COMBINED ARTIST SOCIAL REACH:
12.1MIL AND COUNTING
DCON Newsletter = 30,000+ Followers (Vendors & Ticket Buyers)
HIJINX ARTS NEWSLETTER = 10,000+ FOLLOWERS (ART SCENE)
HIJINX MEDIA NEWSLETTER = 4,000+ FOLLOWERS (MEDIA)
THINK TANK GALLERY NEWSLETTER = 14,000+ FOLLOWERS (ART EVENT GOERS)
TOTAL COMBINED NEWSLETTER REACH:
DCon 2018 is already stacked with some exciting collaborations, novel experiences, and milestones for international brands/artists making their way to the United States for the first time ever. We've listed a few of them below, and the list is growing every day. Keep an eye here as we add in the most thrilling opportunities for our crowds to have a great time... including yours.
Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Art Experience
DCon and Universal Pictures have teamed up to create a very special art show experience to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie. Artists from around the world will contribute their original pieces to the show. Some of the most popular poster artists around will also feature limited prints only available during DCon. Plus, pick up the exclusive, Jurassic Park vinyl art toys made especially for this event!
Chevy Metal After Party
The Saturday night after party is one you won't want to miss with feature band Chevy Metal blowing the roof off the Anaheim Convention Arena. Join us and 5000 of the DCon VIPs as we party it up with this amazing cover band and watch for special "guests" to come on stage and cut loose with the band.
Secret Walls After Party
DesignerCon and Secret Walls have teamed up once again to bring "the battle of the artists" to the Saturday night after party. MC'd by Greg Mishka, the battle will feature two teams of artists who only have 60 minutes to impress the crowd with their art using only black markers. The crowd of DCon VIPs will be the decision makers of what team gets to crown themselves champions!
Johnny Cupcakes Limited Edition Tee Drop
Clothing designer Johnny Cupcakes once again teams up with DesignerCon to make exclusive, limited edition tees for the show. Every year the JC designs draw in collectors from around the world to pick up these exclusive tees. Don't forget about the one design which can only be purchased at the after party!
Medicom Joins DCon
World famous Medicom Toys has teamed up with DesignerCon to be its exclusive show in the United States, bringing the most exciting Japanese artists and collectibles to the show. If you love Be@rbricks or any of the other amazing products that Medicom produces then you won't want to miss the exclusives, made only for DCon by the company.
Lauren Tsai's Debut at DCon
Making her art debut in the US for the first time, artist and model Lauren Tsai will showcase her latest artwork. Lauren made her debut to fans in Japan with Terrace House and has quickly created a following for her art. Most recently Lauren has worked with such companies as Marvel to showcase her artistic talents. Attendees of the show will be able to purchase exclusive originals and prints made by Lauren for the show.
NYCHOS mural collaboration.
+ MORE EXPERIENCES & PARTNERSHIPS TO BE ANNOUNCED
DesignerCon brings the best and brightest stars of the designer toy and fine art worlds together under one roof, from individual artists with a burgeoning fanbase to major brands and companies whose products are collected all over the world.
Continuing the tradition of ComicCon's Artist Alley, DesignerCon thrives on connecting creators to their fans.
Some of the confirmed talent for 2018 includes:
DCON is bringing a crowd.
And so is Anaheim.
The Anaheim Convention Center first became a meetings and conventions destination in 1967, and the original construction consisted of the domed Arena, which stands on Katella Avenue, an Exhibit Hall and Meeting Space. Since those early days, the Anaheim Convention Center has completed a total of 6 expansions plus several cosmetic renovations to update the Convention Center. Five of the major expansions provided additional exhibit hall and meeting room space. While the 5th expansion, completed in January 2000 resulted in a complete transformation of the Anaheim Convention Center and surrounding campus, the most recent expansion, completed in January 2013, was the Grand Plaza, a 100,000 square feet of exterior space offering meeting planners the opportunity for large outdoor gatherings including alfresco dining, concerts, receptions, exhibitions, meetings and more.
It's right next to Disneyland and nearby multiple airports with shuttles directly to its front doors (including LAX). It's one of the West Coast's most accessible locations for an international audience of the magnitude DCon brings.
DesignerCon lives in the creative capitol of the world, and is the most genuine and widest slice of it that you can find. While other conventions might boast larger numbers and heavier corporate attention, DCon connects to its artists – and therefore their fans – in a way that is more real than any other. When you partner with DCon, you buy into a vital creative community and speak directly to an audience of influencers tuned into the vanguard of illustrator, animator, and collector culture.
And since this event takes place at the brink of the holiday season, our impact and consumer spend opportunity is off the charts.
Our only rule? You must appeal to creatives, and create something inspiring for them.
Our team has built some wild art installations for its brand partners over the years. Be the next to captivate audiences in a memorable way.
We have perhaps the greatest coverband of all time performing at our afterparty. Host it with us, as this year's Rock n Roll theme invites best cover band in the world.
One of DesignerCon's most exciting and open-ended areas is the “Tech Zone.” Think VR & AR, 3D printing/sculpting, software demos, charging stations, etc. Put your product in guests' hands.
For the first time, DCon is seeking an Aisle Sponsor. Tens of thousands of guests are looking for their favorite booths as they walk the floor, and your art pieces in the sky can lead the way.
We have a few different Lounges around the convention floor, including VIP areas, recharging and relaxation stations, panelist and talent green rooms, and more. Give our guests a break.
The Anaheim Convention Center has one of Southern Californias most iconic entryways. They're letting us deck it out with artwork, and we'd love for you to help us show off to the whole city.
Each year, DCon takes out 4 billboards in highly visible locations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. For our biggest event yet, we want to invite a couple big names up there with us.
The renowned Birdman made a killer recap video for us from 2017's footage. We haven't released it yet, and when we announce DCon 2018 with the footage, we expect a huge response.
Join us in the madness, and perhaps on our radio and TV commercials, too (Cartoon Network, etc). Full video is at the top of the page!
Our stage welcomes some of DesignerCon's most exciting talent to share lessons to the realest illustration, animation, and sculpting fans in the world. Help us deck it out.
We seek a variety of creative partners for many corners of DesignerCon — including on-site activations and promotional packages. We also work to build out customized opportunities to suit each partner we work with. In addition, if you know off the bat how you're looking to be involved, we offer more traditional and straightforward brand partnerships.
OTHER ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
• Ads on Tickets (print and online)
•Badge Sponsorship (logos on lanyard badges given to each guest)
• Map Sponsorship (online & printed map inclusion with logos; logo on wayfinding signs on walls + floor)
• Beverage Sponsorships
• Snack Sponsorships
•Ads in Booklets & Other Programs
DESIGNER CON 2018 TEAM
3DRetro was founded in 2003 by Ben Goretsky and his passion for collectible toys. 3DRetro supplies the best and hardest to find collectible figures from around the world. 3DRetro also produces collectible vinyl figures with artists from around the world including such names as Gary Baseman, Touma, Nathan Ota, Jeremy Fish, COOP, Brandi Milne and so many more. In 2013 3DRetro opened its retail location in Glendale, CA making it a hot spot for collectors. The store hosts multiple release parties throughout the year and features signings with artists from around the world.
Hijinx Arts is a Los Angeles based PR & Management firm that specializes in promoting artists, galleries and special events. The team offers a wide array of scalable, fully-integrated public relations and marketing services to work hand in hand with their clients.
Think Tank Gallery is an alternative arts space and immersive production company founded in Downtown Los Angeles in 2010. They build themed experiences around the country, and hide content in every corner. From building a coffee house in a warehouse with patio performances, to running a skate park in a gallery streaming video feeds through the ramps, to running a month of events in a giant cake wonderland with Cirque du Soleil, Think Tank Gallery nails the branding without upsetting the vibe. They create meaningful – not mindless – entertainment.