IMG_1869Not that we'll get out of our booth much, but here's s smattering of what we wish we could do at the entertainment behemoth that is Comic Con International in San Diego next week: Star Wars Burlesque! Tuck your dirty dollars into Han Solo's belt in what should be the geekiest nerdlesque act ever. Comic Con Blood Drive: unless you have alien blood, you gotta donate to Comic Con's annual blood drive. Anatomical sculptor Jason Freeny and The Sucklord will have some awesome exclusives at the DKE Toys booth #5045, Frank Kozik will be signing some limited-edition Labbits at the Kidrobot booth #4945. Metallica will play a "secret" concert to a small lucky audience at some point during the weekend. There will be an "Adventure Time" scavenger hunt! Notable panels with looong lines: World War Z author Max Brooks, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon, and also a Breaking Bad panel! And of course, there are tons of parties we will not be invited to, but we don't care! Fun awaits! Don't forget to visit your guts at booth #4433, where you might be as lucky as I was last year and meet a bearded Princess Leia!  
hospital-anthology-iheartgutsWe have been lucky enough to team up with Hospital Anthology, a collection of artist books in Japan that asks artists to create works based on a medical theme. The anthology's creator, Dendaira Kotaro, was frequently ill and dreamed up a series of art and music while in and out of the hospital. We were humbled and grateful that she blended I Heart Guts characters into the work of such awesome indie Japanese artists and illustrators such as Daiyou-Uunome (with gallbladder), Iroro (with stomach), Hachimilion, Myna and more! Hospital 5 is a series of collectible cards -- on one side, there's a collaborative drawing, and on the other is information about one of your organs! Awesome and educational, you can check these out at Comic Con International in San Diego next month July 18-21 at booth is #4433, so please stop by!
This year marks our third as exhibitors at Comic Con International, and we are just as dorkily excited as ever to see all the caped and masked sights in San Diego (it took us three years to get into Comic Con. One lady told us we'd have to wait for somebody to die to get in -- hopefully no one actually died). Visit all your guts at I Heart Guts booth #932! For a sneak preview of some new and upcoming guts, visit DKE Booth #4728. Hope to see you there, come give your guts a big hug and say hi! From top left, Gumby with heart, Jawa with pancreas, Iron Man with intestine, Popeye with stomach (filled with spinach, of course), ladies with a uterus (you might have guessed, but I'm not the lady in red -- she walked around the hall leading a chained and shackled Chewbacca with that pig-guard guy from Return of the Jedi).
Ever wanted to learn how to make your own custom plush toys? Well don't miss our panel, coming to WonderCon next week! Independent toymakers will spill their guts on how they got their start in taking an idea and making it into something you can hold. Friday March 16th from 1:30-2:30 in room 203AB. Come and check out this fantastic panel featuring fab folks from DKE Toys, Mr. Toast, Munky King, Evil Ice Cream, Happy Worker, Hey Soupface and I Heart Guts. At the lovely Anaheim Convention Center.