DCON will feature “pin only” area and enamel pin panel

Anaheim-based design competition opens to the public tomorrow morning

At a convention once reserved exclusively for collectible vinyl toys, enamel pin makers have come to have a notable presence at DesignerCon.

At this year’s 13th running of the annual event, which kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim, attendees will even be able to shop an expansive “pin makers only” area, space #3028 on the floor, made up of 33 different pin makers.

The first ever DCON Enamel Market includes: Spooksieboo, Fanflaire, HeyMama, Jackii The Creative, Toxic Toast, Yada Yada Yada Co., Third World, Coolectric Creations, Flavor Brand, Maintaining Mediocrity, Lantern Pins, 1980Who, Pinsnstuff, Hamimo Small Things, The Notorious Pin, Geeky and Kinky, Special Ed Toys, Stephies Doodles, Pin Plugged, 77th Pinfantry, Steez McGee, Ela Mella, Shittty Stufff, Fkn Rad, Bummer Days, The Pindys, Leen Customs, KZ_Collected, Bioworkz, El Kapintan, Abnormal Clothing and Punch It Chewie Press.

The area has been curated by Enamel Market, a brand that began organizing a parking lot-based pin, patch and toy show in Glendale in August. Enamel Market’s 32-year-old organizer from Covina, California, said he began organizing the events on his own after disappointment in the lack of pin-focused events in Southern California.

So Enamel Market wanted to get more people to know about the events I do and grow it slowly and organically. There really is no better place to really show it off than DCON,” Cao said. “It’s all about the artists and independent toy makers so I pitched the idea to Ben (Goretsky), who runs DCON, and he graciously gave some space to me within the show to fill it with only pin makers. There are a ton of pin makers already at DCON so it’s a perfect place.”

Vendors with merchandise that includes pins, but isn’t necessarily limited to them, will be scattered across the event floor at DesignerCon. Many pin-makers will be debuting new pins or launching DCON exclusives throughout the event. (Stay tuned to the For Share of Flair Instagram feed for updates on some of these new releases.)

DesignerCon is a West Coast-based art and design expo for fans that smashes together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel and more with urban, underground and pop art. The event, running from Nov. 16 – 18, has outgrown its long-time home at the Pasadena Convention Center.

DCON has moved to the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., and will now spread across more than 350,000 square feet of vendor exhibition and programming space, tripling in size. This year will feature over 500 vendors, art and custom shows and live demonstrations.

Last year’s crowds numbered almost 35,000; this year’s attendance is projected to be between 45,000 and 50,000. DCON opened to VIP ticket holders today at 5 p.m. It will open to the general public tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. and run through Sunday evening.

Enamel Market is also hosting The Enamel Panel at noon Saturday on the Stage in Hall D of the convention center. George Caspar of Double G Toys is moderating, and the panel features the following artists: Adorkable Pins, BB-CRE.8, Good Good Pins, Move in Silence Co., Punch It Chewie Press and Special Ed Toys.

The panel came about when another panel dropped out,” Cao said. “So it’s a good opportunity for artists to talk about what it’s like making pins, from design to sales.”

DCON is always about the artist and what they make—and pin making is a form of art. So to be a part of it is perfect for us.”

This year’s DesignerCon also will accommodate many new appearances of household names, including a special “Jurassic Park”- themed art show, hosted by Universal Pictures, in honor of the film franchise’s 25th anniversary. Funko, known for its expansive offerings of officially licensed vinyl figurines, will offer a limited supply of its new FunkO’s cereal boxes. Each box includes a mini Funko POP of the character on the box to fit the cereal’s Saturday Morning theme. The list of characters includes: Freddy Funko, Marvin The Martian, Skeletor, Marvin The Martian, Rugrats, Hong Kong Phooey, The Amazing Carlos and a collaboration with the collectible vinyl toy maker Be@rbrick. 

The 1970s “dirt metal” cover band Chevy Metal, essentially an alter-ego of rock band The Foo Fighters, will headline the DCON official after-party, running 7 p.m.- 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the Convention Arena. The event requires an additional ticket to attend.


If You Go:

What: DesignerCon

When: Friday (VIP only 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-7 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

Where: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave. in Anaheim, California.
Cost: $20 for single-day Saturday and Sunday passes, $35 for weekend pass, $60 for VIP pass. After-Party Tickets are sold separately for $30 each. All tickets are available at designercon.com.

More Info: Visit designercon.com or call (818) 928-9295

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