As Comicon.com mentioned earlier this week, the Five Points Festival is coming up this weekend in New York, in fact, it really starts tonight with the Designer Toy Awards. The show is a “designer toy and comic convention”, happening on Pier 36 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s presented by Clutter Magazine and Midtown Comics and sponsored by Playcrafting.
The Festival has called out some of its highlights to bring fans into the experience and make for planning your activities at the show. Here’s a run-down of the different experiences you can take in at the Festival:
- Designer Toy Awards: The Five Points Festival is the new home for the Designer Toy Awards! The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards fueled by Lagunitas takes place at Webster Hall on Friday, May 19 to kick off the festival. The world’s premier accolade for designer toy artists and the industry around them, the Designer Toy Awards are this year hosted by Academy Award-nominated writer, director, and producer Morgan Spurlock. To apply for media credentials, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lev’s Hall of Fame: Israel “Lev” Levarek, owner of the iconic New York designer toy store Toy Tokyo, has been collecting rare toys for decades and Five Points is honored to feature highlights from his personal collection.
- Simone Legno – The Founder of Tokidoki: Designer toy and apparel brand Tokidoki was founded in 2005 by Italian artist Simone Legno and has grown into one of the most recognizable collectable and fashion brands in the world. Meet him both days at Five Points!
- Toys from Japan: The Five Points Festival welcomes creators and toys from around the world, including a strong contingent from Japan. Instinctoy and 1000toys will showcase detailed, intricate, and extremely limited collectables and names including Goccodo, Punk Drunkers, Sun Guts, and Skull Toys presenting the world of “sofubi” – richly-detailed Japanese soft vinyl figures.
- Kidrobot: Kidrobot is the company behind the “Dunny,” a blank toy famously customized by creators around the planet, and one the largest names in the designer toy world, offering both low cost toys made together with brands including DC Comics, The Simpsons, Adventure Time, and South Park as well as high end items selling for up to $25,000. Five Points will offer an exclusive Dunny created together with artist Gary Ham, and Kidrobot will present several additional upcoming and in-demand products at their booth.
- Ron English: One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English’s work can be seen in museums, galleries, films, and murals around the world.
- DC Collectibles Booth: DC Collectibles will be premiering their new line of artist-designed collectables “Artist Alley” at The Five Points Festival featuring characters such as Superman, Batman, Catwoman, and the Joker.
- Midtown Comics: The largest comic shop in the country will be at Five Points with a selection of some of the biggest creators in comics today. Stop by to meet names including Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, The Fix, Captain America, Ant-Man, and Marvel’s 2017 summer event, Secret Empire), Dan Slott (Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, She-Hulk, and Avengers: The Initiative), Mike Hawthorne (artist for Universal Studios, Illumination, Epic Games, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Ankama, and most notably for his work on Deadpool), Matthew Rosenberg (writer of comics such as Rocket Raccoon, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, We Can Never Go Home, and Kingpin), Greg Capullo (artist for the New York Times best-selling highly acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics and Image’s Reborn), and Scott Snyder (Greg Capullo’s long-time compatriot and writer of All-Star Batman, Detective Comics, American Vampire, and Wytches).
- Bryan Lee O’Malley: Creator of the iconic Scott Pilgrim comic series, he will make a rare appearance at the Five Points Festival. His other works include Lost at Sea and Seconds. Currently, he is writing Snotgirl – and Snotgirl’s artist, Leslie Hung, will also appear.
- Artist Alley: Over 150 artists from across the full world of comics come together in the Five Points Festival’s Artist Alley. Featuring mainstream titans, independent names, and rising stars, Five Points is the place to rub elbows with them all including Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Annie Wu (Black Canary), Brandon Montclare (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), Chrissie Zullo (Josie and the Pussycats), Sean Gordon Murphy (Tokyo Ghost), and Eisner nominees Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls) and Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim).
- Publishers: In addition to artists, Five Points welcomes several comic publishers presenting their latest to the audience at Five Points. Discover the latest from publishers including Valiant, Zenescope, and more.
- Jack Kirby Museum: Join the Jack Kirby Museum to help celebrate what would have been the 100th Birthday of Comics Legend Jack Kirby. Kirby (1917-1994) is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists in comics. He co-created iconic characters with Stan Lee such as Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, and hundreds of others stretching back to the earliest days of the medium. Kirby grew up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, just blocks from Pier 36, the home of the Five Points Festival, and it’s entirely fitting the Jack Kirby Museum kicks off their summer-long 100 Days of Kirby tribute at Five Points. Randolph Hoppe, Director of the Jack Kirby Museum, will showcase books, prints, and art that bring Jack Kirby’s creative journey to life.
So, roll on up to the Five Points Festival this weekend and celebrate the return of less blisteringly hot weather in New York. See you there?