Designer Con 2013: A Delightful Weekend Dedicated to Art, Design and Geekery!

Photo courtesy of Lee Joseph Publicity for the Los Angeles Beat

Photo courtesy of LJP and Designer Con

Where can you go to experience art combined with all things geek?:  Designer Con 2013.  Now in its eighth year founders Ayleen Gaspar and Ben Goretsky have extended the event from one to two days; Saturday November 9th 9 am- 6 pm and Sunday November 10th 9 am – 5 pm.  Both ardent toy and art collectors and toy company owners, Gaspar and Goretsky set out to create an event which would combine art with geek; a convention catering to toy designers, toy collectors, artists and art collectors, highlighting everything from signings with pop-surrealist artists such as Travis Louie and Kathie Olivas to a Star Wars inspired group art show.

This year’s presentation includes 10,000 square feet of art exhibits, exclusive toys, pop culture goodies, plush toys, prints, sculpture and art ranging from fine to urban; also featuring over 200 toy, art, and apparel vendors including Bad Juju, BAIT, Kidrobot, Circus Posterus, DKE Toys, Mighty Jaxx, Super7, Skullastic, 3DRetro, October Toys, STUDS, Munky King, Toy Art Gallery, The Loyal Subjects, Dragatomi, Trampt, Color Ink Book, Giant Robot, Mr. Toast, Paul Kaiju, and many more.

Highlighted art shows include the 99 Deaths Of Jar Jar group show presented by DKE Toys and the STUDS LEGO Art Show featuring dozens of original LEGOTM art creations curated by Brandon Griffith.


Photo courtesy of Lee Joseph Publicity

Photo courtesy of LJP and Designer Con

Events and live entertainment consist of:

-Suckathon! The Super Sucklord invades Designer Con 2013 with the third annual Suckathon broadcasting live and uncensored both days starting at 2 pm PST on, brought to you by DKE Toys and Toy Break.

-Live painting offered throughout the day at the Silent Stage booth.

-World’s Biggest “Blindbox Time” brought to you by Toy Break and Designer Con! Bring a blindbox toy from home or buy one at the show and join us as we attempt to break the largest recorded group blindbox opening record from last year!

-Panels with artists, designers, and independent toy manufacturers!

-Exclusive 2013 DCon Goodies will be available including limited edition art coins by Jon-Paul Kaiser, commemorative shirts featuring a new design by Patrick Ballesteros, and tote bags.

Attending artists include 40Threads, Angry Woebots, Dez Einswell, Frank Kozik, Jryu, Luke Chueh, Mathew Curran, Noah, OG Slick, Scribe, Sucklord, Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Shing Yin Khor, Chris Ryniak, DrilOne, Travis Louie, Amanda Louise Spayd, and more.

Designer Con 2013:

Nov. 9 (Saturday) : 9 am – 6 pm

Nov. 10 (Sunday) : 9 am – 5 pm

Admission: Via web: One day tickets – $5, Two day tickets – $10

At the door: $7.00 each day

Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

300 E. Green Street,

Pasadena, CA 91101

Paid parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center and several surrounding parking lots including Paseo Colorado directly across from the convention center.

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Jennifer K. Hugus

About Jennifer K. Hugus

Jennifer K. Hugus was born at a very young age. At an even earlier age, she just knew she would one day write for the LA Beat! Having grown up in Massachusetts, France, and Denmark, she is a noted fan of Asian Cuisine. She studied ballet at the Royal Danish Ballet Theatre and acting at U.S.C. in their prestigious BFA drama program. She also makes her own jewelry out of paints and canvas when she isn’t working on writing absurdist plays and comparatively mainstream screenplays. Jennifer would like to be a KID when she grows up!
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