The Five Points Festival is something I only began to hear about a couple months ago via social media, but as the buzz grew, it seemed like a really different and unique combination of features for pop culture fans. It’s taking place this weekend in New York, May 20-21st.
Essentially, it’s a a show focused on “toys, comics, and counter-culture” that is curated by Clutter Magazine and hosted by Midtown Comics in New York. Also described as a “designer toy and comic convention”, the show is held on the Lower Wast Side, and runs for two days.
Some of the focus of the show is on comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, indie comics, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, and last but not least, a lot of great food trucks and breweries represented.
The show will also be hosting the 2017 Designer Toy Awards on Friday, May 19th.
The showrunners describe Five Points as “the antidote to the average con” and encourage an atmosphere of “tastemakers, misfits, and rebels”.
Some of the comics guests include New York creators and those from further afield, including Amy Chu, Amy Reeder, Andrew MacLean, Ben Templesmith, Brian Lee O’Mally, Matthew Rosenberg, Peter David, Ronald Wimberly, Scott Snyder, Tini Howard and many more.
About 150 exhibitors are also currently listed for the show floor. You can get a feel for that via this map:
There’s also a lot of buzz about the food and drink aspects of the show, since a number of food trucks will gather at Pier 36 (299 South St), curated by the Live Fast Group. There will also be a neighboring beer garden by Lagunitas Brewing Company which will feature a selection of brews from local favorites and have an exclusive debut of a new India Pale Ale brewed by Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. For more information about these features, you can visit www.FivePointsFest.com/food-
The Five Points Festival has an experimental, inclusive aspect regarding pop culture that will certainly bring comics and collectibles into collision with New York culture. You can find out more about it and get tickets right here.
Weekend passes are priced at $40.00, Saturday passes at $30.00 and Sunday passes at $25.00.