Designer Con 2019 in Anaheim is a week away!

Designer Con has grown exponentially since it started in 2005, I’ve watched it grow from a 1 day event in Pasadena back in 2012 to a much larger 3 day event in Anaheim – which is also where it happens to be this year. I’ve been very interested in AR games lately, so the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse AR tunnel seems exciting. I’m not looking to collect Funko Pop, but Mark Hamill does have many great voice characters. And below that is some official press release info.

The digital version of this year’s program is here in this handy PDF: DCon_2019_DigitalProgram!



November 22-24, 2019
VIP Night | November 22, 5pm – 9pm
General Entry | November 23, 10am – 7pm
General Entry | November 24, 10am – 6pm

800 W. Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

The expanded programming offered at this year’s convention has transformed DCON into the largest toy fair in the United States.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse AR Tunnel, a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and Sutu

Grossing over $350 million worldwide and bringing home the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse made one of the biggest impacts on popular culture of any movie in the past year. For 2019, DesignerCon has partnered with Sony Pictures Animation and famed AR and comic book artist Sutu to showcase an augmented reality glitch art tunnel drawing attendees into the Spider-Verse themselves, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at original art and animation from the groundbreaking film in stunning AR.

Exclusive Bearbricks By MEDICOM, Benefitting the Andy Warhol Foundation

Returning for the second year in a row, MEDICOM will immerse attendees in a jaw-dropping array of merch hard to find outside of Japan. The company will be providing VIPs with an exclusive and limited-edition Bearbrick of the DesignerCon mascot. Artists Luke Chueh, Joe Ledbedder, Tristan Eaton, Kano, Scott Tolleson, and Steven Harrington are also teaming up with MEDICOM to release custom-designed Bearbricks exclusively available at the convention on a first come, first serve basis. Sales of the exclusive Bearbricks will benefit the Andy Warhol Foundation. 

Regan Russel | Hamilltoon

Hamilltoon: The Many Voices of Mark Hamill — A Fan Art Show

A themed art show this year will honor the Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill, with an art show curated by Carman Acosta aka Jane Dope, titled Hamilltoon: The Many Voices of Mark HamillMark Hamill is scheduled to appear to check-out the art and celebrate the release of the DesignerCon exclusive Mark Hamill Funko Pop ONLY available at DesignerCon.

Josh Keys | Thinkspace Projects

Beyond Eden: A New Showcase of Lowbrow, Pop Surrealist & Outsider Art

On the heels of Littletopia that drew crowds at the LA Art ShowBeyond Eden is spearheaded by Thinkspace Projects founder Andrew Hosner, as a way to connect DesignerCon attendees directly to the larger art world. Many artists who are prominent in the designer toy realm also have thriving fine art careers. Picking up where Greg Escalante’s Littletopia left off, Hosner’s Beyond Eden will be exhibiting many of the artists DCON attendees already know and love, plus the galleries who rep them, and other artists in their repertoire.

The inaugural archway welcoming attendees into the new section will be designed by Carlos Ramirez, formerly of The Date Farmers artist collective. Galleries that will be part of this year’s programming include: Thinkspace ProjectsLa Luz De JesusKP ProjectsDark Art EmporiumModern Eden Gallery, and the Tierra Del Sol Foundation.

Erika Sanada | Modern Eden Gallery
Masakatu Sashie | KP Projects
The Creed | Dark Art Emporium
Mac Blackout | La Luz de Jesus
Matthew Garrido | Tierra Del Sol Gallery
New Book Debut by Camille Rose Garcia 

Beloved pop surrealist artist Camille Rose Garcia will release her long-awaited book, The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay, at this year’s convention, along with book signings and limited edition prints. The vivid colors that animate her cute but macabre visuals have anointed her as one of the most distinct voices in the pop surrealist movement, alongside titans like Mark Ryden, iconic pop surrealist, and the surrealist painter Lenora Carrington. Following its debut, the book will be available on, at Barnes & Noble, and at

Secret Walls
Secret Walls is returning to DesignerCon with a new kind of art battle. Bigger than ever, the competition between teams will go on for the entire weekend, and for the first time ever, DCON attendees will be able to vote for their favorite mural.
New MVP Level Passes
With even more access and perks than the upgraded VIP passes, the new MVP Pass grants attendees two exclusive Mark Hamill DesignerCon Funko Pops, and an exclusive T-shirt, none of which you can get anywhere except at DesignerCon!
Learn more about MVP Passes at
Built as a tribute to pop art and the brilliant minds that create it, DesignerCon continues the tradition of commissioning original works to set the tone for each year’s convention. For 2019, artist Steve Harrington created the attendee badges, while Camille Rose Garcia designed the cover of the convention’s booklet. Additionally, billboard advertisements for the convention will be created by Steven HarringtonJim MahfoodMatt Gondek, and Scott Tolleson.

This year will feature a larger selection of cutting-edge streetwear brands like X-Large, and NTWRK will even be doing live broadcasts from the convention.

After growing for over a decade into the largest designer toy convention in the World, DesignerCon has become a destination for the creative minds behind your favorite pop culture mementos from prints, to pins, to toys, to original art. There is something here for everyone who loves pop culture!

Following its massive success from last year, DesignerCon wlll once again host a special Friday night opening giving VIP pass holders first and exclusive access to all the vendors before everyone else, as well as some of the most exclusive releases in the world. VIPs will be granted early admission at 9am on Saturday morning, one hour before opening to the general public at 10am. Saturday will conclude at 7pm, with general admission Sunday hours running from 10am to 6pm.

The 2019 DesignerCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 22 – 24, 2019. The convention center is located at 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

More will be announced as details are confirmed.

About DesignerCon
Founded in 2005 by Ben Goretsky, DesignerCon brings together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the designer toy / vinyl collectibles market and has grown to incorporate everything in the design world including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and both fine and urban art. The steady growth DesignerCon has enjoyed correlates with its popularity in today’s art nerd, geek culture; collectors and designer toy lovers alike wait through the night for new releases, pre-orders for new artist collaboration apparel are sold out within minutes, and artists use the convention as an opportunity to announce exclusive releases and collaborations.

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