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Five Points Festival Covering Toys and Comics Launches this May

The Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic convention, lands on Pier 36 in Manhattans Lower East Side this May 20th and 21st, featuring a dynamic lineup of counterculture artists and artisans from around the world. The inaugural event is a celebration of comic artists and writers, toy designers and customizers (with an extensive Neo-Kaiju and Sofubi section), original street art, and gourmet food trucks and craft beer presented by Clutter Magazine and Midtown Comics and sponsored by Playcrafting.  

Enthusiasts familiar with art toys will have the chance to meet some of the worlds most iconic artists and brands like Huck Gee, Kidrobot, James Groman, Jason Freeny, Ron English of Popaganda, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx on the show floor, where they will be featured alongside artists from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, the U.K. and elsewhere, some showcasing in NYC for the first time, and all with unique, original pieces for sale. The festival’s ‘Artist Alley will be an intimate, curated showcase of some of the most notable comic and toy art from mainstream and independent creators across the worlds emerging pop art scene with participants including Annie Wu, Bryan Lee OMalley, Cliff Chiang, Khary Randolph, Magdalene Visaggio, and Sean Gordon Murphy. Anyone who has attended mainstream art shows or comic cons will find something completely unique at Five Points a gathering of visual innovators, rebels, creators and the misfits who are driving the future of commercial, counterculture art.

Tickets to Five Points also include access to a gathering of some of NYC’s most outstanding craft breweries and food trucks serving during all regular Festival hours. VIP Ticket holders will also have early access privileges each day of Five Points, as well as entry to the 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards presented by Lagunitas on Friday night, the worlds premier accolade for toy artists, and an all-around excellent party.

You can get tickets now. Advance Saturday tickets are going for $30, Sunday for $25, weekend pass for $40, and a VIP pass for $125.

Clutter Magazine & LeftField Media Launch New Take On Comic Con

Clutter Magazine and LeftField Media have announced details around the inaugural Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic art convention debuting May 20-21 in Lower Manhattan. A showcase for artists, designers, and brands focused on independent art, entertainment, and lifestyle, Five Points is presented by Midtown Comics, sponsored by Playcrafting, and built with major support from brands including Cotton Candy Machine, Kidrobot, the LISA Project, Popaganda, Super7, and Toy Tokyo. The Five Points Festival will play host to guests including Bryan Lee O’Malley, Elsa Charretier, Greg Capullo, Huck Gee, Ron English, Scott Wilkowski, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Tara McPherson.

Boutique event organizer LeftField Media is no stranger to Comic Cons – it was founded by Greg Topalian, the creator of New York Comic Con, and is home to a veteran team with experience building over 50 pop culture conventions around the planet – but Five Points isn’t like any of the wave of Comic Cons which have sprouted up recently. Replacing a model centered on celebrity appearances and autographs, the Five Points Festival puts its focus absolutely on artists and is a celebration of comic creators, designer toy makers, and the culture they create.

LeftField’s partner in Five Points is Clutter, a cornerstone of the US designer toy scene, responsible for the only English-language art toy magazine, gallery, and awards ceremony. Coming to Five Points with a wealth of relationships and an outsider’s eye, Clutter’s challenged much of the common expectations of a Comic Con and brought forward a roster of dynamic guests and very different experiences…

  • Five Points will take place in Pier 36 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Pier 36 is a modern, robust venue filled with natural light in one of NYC’s most artistic neighborhoods against the backdrop of the East River.
  • The Five Points Artist Alley will bring together over 100 comic creators crossing the indie, alternative, and mainstream worlds. A gathering point for unique writers and artists, Five Points’ Artist Alley guest list already counts Amy Reeder, Annie Wu, Ben Templesmith, Brandon Montclare, Christopher Hastings, Cliff Chiang, David Gallaher, Elsa Charretier, James Tynion IV, Ivan Brandon, Joe Harris, Khary Randolph, Leslie Hung, Magdalene Visaggio, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Sean Galloway, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Tini Howard, and the Midtown Comics booth will play host to additional high profile signings with megastar names including Bryan Lee O’Malley and Greg Capullo.
  • A home to the best of the designer toy world, Five Points will pull together more art toy makers and brands than any other event on the East Coast with names including Amanda Spayd, Boundless Brooklyn, Chris Ryniak, Expanded Universe with James Groman, Gary Ham, Huck Gee, Instinct Toy, Jason Freeny, Jeff Lamm, LuluBell, Martian Toys, Mighty Jaxx, Mishka, myplasticheart, The Outer Space Men, Ron English, Scott Wilkowski, Skull Toys with Punk Drunkers & Goccodo, Tara McPherson, Tenacious Toys, Tim Clarke, Rampage Toys, and Rotofugi.
  • Shining a spotlight on artists working with pixels and bits, Playcrafting will present a hands-on showcase where fans can play a survey of the independent video games sculpted right in NYC.
  • Creation of a permanent mural in Lower Manhattan, a larger-than-life installation in partnership with the LISA Project.
  • Five Points will host a large Craft Beer Garden headlined by a selection of NYC beers. In line with its focus on artistry, the Five Points Beer Garden will offer tastes of artistic beers brewed in and around New York City, and side-by-side with craft beer, Five Points will present a Food Truck Food Court featuring a curated selection of NYC’s most acclaimed artisan food trucks.
  • And Five Points will kick off with the 2017 edition of the Designer Toy Awards. The DTAs are the largest award ceremony in the art toy world and open to designers, comic creators, and fans.

Day and weekend tickets are available now on fivepointsfest.com and will be available at all Midtown Comics locations in late February. Additionally, a VIP ticket which includes extended weekend admission hours, entry to the Designer Toy Awards, and an exclusive limited edition Dunny made only for Five Points is available for a limited time on the Five Points website.

Further designer toy artists, comic creators, brands, and features will be announced over the coming weeks and months, as will details on show exclusives, parties, and special events.


NYCC 2015: Clutter Magazine x Kidrobot Pop-Up Shop

Clutter Magazine will be hosting the premiere destination to purchase Kidrobot items at this year’s New York Comic Con: a Kidrobot Pop-Up Shop.

Alongside all the blind boxes and stand-alone releases that you’ve come to love from Kidrobot, several items will be exclusively pre-released at the Clutter Magazine booth, including:

Ron English Bart & Homer Simpson Grin 3″ figures, Gremlins Phunny plush, J*RYU’s 20″ & 8″ It’s a F.A.D. Dunnys. Amanda Visell’s Ferals mini series, South Park AWESOM-O medium figure, and Scott Tolleson’s Imperial Lotus Dragon Dunny in a limited edition color way.

And that’s just the releases being disclosed at this time! 

The pop-up shop will also feature special giveaways and signings, including one with Ron English (signing date and time to be announced).

The Kidrobot pop-up shop can be found at Clutter Magazine’s NYCC Booth #603.

Amanda Visell's Ferals Mini Series Ron English Bart & Homer Grin 3 Figures

Kidrobot and Clutter Magazine Announce the Second Annual DTA Dunny Show

Kidrobot and Clutter Magazine are excited to announce the Second Annual DTA Dunny Show. The DTA Dunny show is a group custom show of 20” and 8” Dunnys by a variety of skilled artists. Sales from the show benefit the Designer Toy Awards, helping to finance the awards ceremony.

The show will make it’s return with a host of talented and esteemed artists including: Abell Octovan, Andrea Kang, Artmymind, Brent Nolasco, Charles Rodriguez, Chris Ryniak, Dolly Oblong, fplus, Amanda Louise Spayd, Gary Ham, Gianluca Traina, Ian Ziobrowski/Nugglife, Jenn & Tony Bot, kaNO, Mab Graves, Quiccs, RxSeven, Seymour, Sket One & Jamie Lee Cortez, and Yu Maeda.

There will be an opening reception on January 9th, from 6-9PM, and the exhibit will be on display until February 5th. The Clutter Gallery will have all pieces available for sale in their physical location and on their website. The Clutter Gallery sends out a newsletter to all users who are registered to the Gallery Preview List, which allows the recipients to view and purchase works before the exhibition opening. To register, please visit cluttermagazine.com.

DTA Dunny Show 2