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!
Come visit the guts on DC's Pennsylvania Avenue during the 54th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, this Saturday, April 12, from 10:30am - 6pm. Always tons of fun for us, this year's festival promises to be a beautiful day, with cherry blossoms at full peak on the tidal basin, and the usual array of Nihon-themed fun. Whether you like anime, manga and J-Pop or more traditional stuff like origami, kimonos and sake, you'll find good stuff everywhere. Tickets are $10, hope to see you there!
The I Heart Guts online store now has cheaper shipping options for domestic and international orders, hooray! Many of our customers wrote in to complain that shipping cost way too much, and we have added first class service for domestic packages under 13 oz and more affordable shipping choices for some of our international friends. So next time you order, you get to pick whether you want a low price or faster service (though we still don't do express or overnight, sorry!).