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After 13 Years, Designer Con Leaves Pasadena

Published on Friday, June 15, 2018 | 5:21 pm

Designer Con, the annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art, is moving this year to Anaheim after 13 years of being staged at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Designer Con 2018 is moving to the Anaheim Convention Center, at 800 W. Katella Avenue, on November 16 to 18.

Last year, over 37,000 people attended Designer Con in Pasadena to buy art and related merchandise from renowned artists and brands, including Paul Frank, KidRobot, Mighty Jaxx, and Pop Life. This year, over 800 other artists and vendors will be taking part, and attendance is expected to exceed 50,000.

Designer Con 2018 is produced by 3D Retro. During last year’s Designer Con, 3D Retro partnered with Crewest Studio, whose artist Mark Brickey hosted panel discussions, with DJ Z-Trip leading a killer party at the Con’s conclusion.

Designer Con 2017 also featured the work of creators from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, different parts of South America and the rest of the globe.

This year, Designer Con organizers say the event is already stacked with some exciting collaborations, novel experiences, and milestones for international brands/artists making their way to the U.S. for the first time ever.

For one, it will feature a special art show experience celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie, where artists from around the world will contribute their original pieces. Some of the most popular poster artists around will also feature limited prints, only available during Designer Con. Attendees can pick up exclusive, Jurassic Park vinyl art toys made especially for this event.

3D Retro this time is partnering with HiJinx Arts and Think Tank Gallery, both Los Angeles based companies that have been promoting art and building themed experiences across the country.

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