Last weekend in New York City, from May 20th to 21st, the first Five Points Festival was held on the Lower East Side, focusing on designer toys and comics. The ethos of the show was publicly stated as indie, edgy, and looking for intersections in creative work, and that was reflected in the designer toy work presented. Artist Alley was a large component of the show, taking up over a third, and close to half, of the show floor space.
Since the show is presented by Clutter Magazine, and Clutter is a company who make and vend toys, and also presented by Midtown Comics, both toys and comics were well represented. You could make out a certain indie edge in the comic creators who were present. Artists and writers present tended to have had work published less in the mainstream and more via self-publishing or smaller-to-midsize publishers. There was also crossover with creators who made things by hand, whether prints, bags, sculptures, or other curios, and that was refreshing to see.
Here’s a brief tour of the art and artists of The Five Points Festival, though this represents only a fraction of the creator tables at the show:
Photo credit to Hannah Means-Shannon and Comicon.com.