Have you ever wanted to make your own plush toys? Learn secrets of plushmaking from some of the biggest geeks in the collectible toy world at New York Comic Con! I Heart Guts will be moderating a panel entitled: "Indie Toymaker Roundtable: Turning Characters Into Toys" featuring the director of merchandising from Kidrobot, the world's most fabulous collectible art toy maker and shop; Shawn Smith of Shawnimals, creator of over 400 characters including the Ninjatown series; the monster mind behind Longoland; Brooklyn's finest plush robot and severed-leg outfitter Life With Tigers; and plushmaker Phil Barbato. All will spill their guts on how they make their stuffed creatures and offer tips on how to make your own. A representative from Happy Worker, a company that makes custom toys, will be on hand to help you realize your dream if you dare. The panel is October 14th at the wretched hour of 8:45-9:45 PM Friday night , but if you come, we will reward you with giveaways, tips, tricks and maybe a trip to a Hell's Kitchen dive bar afterwards, who knows? A peek at why I am personally obsessed with these artists, hope to see you there!
Next week we're taking out guts to New York Comic Con, hooray! Can't wait to get back to New York and see the likes of Princess Leia Organa and all the geeky delights comic con has to offer. Please visit us at booth #3202, or stop by this awesome panel about the Secrets of Designer Toy Makers on Saturday, which I am organizing and moderating. Two of our panelists are finalists at the Designer Toy Awards, Shawn Smith's Zombie Ninja is up for Plush of the Year and Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks are up for Best Collection, so come see them speak at this panel, then join the Sucklord and other luminaries -- and, hopefully, applaud their big win -- at the 2nd Annual DTAs!