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!
New York Comic Con 2013 was a fantastic blur of sights, sounds and non-stop action, we had a blast! A few of our favorite sights we'd like to share, above: the Nobody Knows I'm Menstruating tee by Oof Industries; these two gents came to Comic Con looking for fun, but found their lost thyroid and gallbladder, respectively; Phil Barbato's adorable baby eating our hearts out; Hunter S. Thompson and lawyer on the move with our liver; the toy panel happened again, this time with the marvelous Tara McPherson, wonderful Steff Bomb, Kidrobot's Galen McKamy and Kidrobot alum Nitin Bhargava, and this awesome 12-year-old Jacob who makes his own vinyl toys (special thanks Lisa Lyons of Toy Tokyo for moderating and to Happy Worker for organizing!); and amazing costumes everywhere, my personal fave was Wonder Wobear. As a woman, the toughest part about NYCC is getting yourself to the bathroom. As you can see from our bladder photo above, the line for the women's toilet is looooong, and the men's room line is nonexistent, so it didn't take long for us ladies at the I Heart Guts booth to bum rush the men's room so we could get back to our booth in a timely fashion. Thanks, fellas, for welcoming us into the inner sanctum of manliness! We left the seats up for ya.