October 2011 - Artist/Designer Allen Wen | AW177
Day 4 you say? What happened to day 3? Well I didn’t attend the con on Saturday, had to take my wife and daughter to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! which was quite fun! Sometimes you have to make that sacrifice to make those you love happy, but it was a really cool show!
I totally missed all the happenings on Saturday and most of the signings on Sunday at the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth, so can’t really report on that. I did see some new customs at the booth, one was from Ian Ziobrowski titled “Crook ED the Cop”; how awesome it was, it seemed almost lifelike! That’s taking custom work to a whole new level! Also saw OsirisOrion’s custom 16″ Qee, now it’s one thing to see pictures of it on the web, but it’s another to see these in person and notice all the small details and intricate paint work and lines. Very impressive work from both these two great artists!
Next I stopped by the Art Whino booth, didn’t really get a chance to check out all the great artwork they had there, and there were plenty! Some of the cool things I saw:
Saw this steel dumpster at the booth and thought it would be awesome to customize; metal and very large as well! But at $200 it was too expensive for me and I really didn’t want to lug it back home on the subway!
Next went by the Trampt booth and saw this awesome custom from Sergio Mancini (winner of this year’s Munnyworld)
Also met Keegan from Trampt who showed and told me all about his site, which includes a library of customs that you can update and put information into it, basically a wiki for designer/custom toys. I thought it was awesome and created an account as soon as I got home. Go check it out at trampt.com – thanks Keegan!
Saw Simone of tokidoki fame (as usual a ton of fans waiting to get ish signed by him)!
Now I saw this guy and there were people wanting to take pics with him, but for some reason, I can’t seem to figure out who he is; anyone out there have an answer for me??
Why didn’t anyone try to stop this guy??
I also met up w/ my little cousins who I haven’t seen in awhile, but by the time I got there, they were about to leave, but it was great to see them! Bought the smallest one a Square Enix green Master Chief figure!
At the closing of the con, I hung around the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth and chilled w/ Benny, Steph, Kris (Kid Ink), and Nemo (1/2 of the Bad Applez crew). Packing up some of my left over “Circuit Death” t-shirts, I decided to hook up Nemo and Steph with shirts. Nemo’s always been way cool w/ me, so glad he liked the shirt. Check him out looking ballin’!
Gotta say, Steph looks like a model in my shirt – can’t ask for better promotion!!!
Nemo sketched this dope artwork for me:
I think my shirt gave Nemo some extra ‘mack’ powers!
I wish I could have stayed to help them tear down the booth, but I had to get home to my daughter. For some reason, I could never really find anything to buy at these cons, I don’t have the space for vinyl toys and just got things that caught my eye. Here are my swag from this year’s con:
Got the tokidoki Captain America NYCC exclusive cap; thought it was funky w/ the little wings on the side! Not sure if I’m ballsy enough to walk down the street w/ it, but for now, I think it’s kinda cool!
Blank Unicornos; thought they’d be interested to customize one day:
Midtown Comics’ “Good Ol Steve” Captain America exclusive t-shirt:
Tyo Toy’s Chinatown Dream Truck; saw this at the Art Whino booth, and when I saw it online, I thought it was pretty cool. I got it at a great price (price went up online) and will use it to explore my graffiti side one day (yea I used to dabble in graf a while back). I love how it really looks like a Chinatown truck (I’m so used to seeing those things), and it weighs and feels heavy! Great details and qualities, I’m really happy with this purchase!!!
Well that about wraps it up for my recaps at NYCC 2011! I kinda played it low key this year and had a really awesome time and glad to meet and chat w/ so many great people! Shout outs to go Benny & Steph of Tenacious Toys, Kevin Winnik from Toy2R, Kris Dulfer, Mr Munk, OsirisOrion, Nemo, JC Rivera, Matt Anderson, Rsin Art, Keith Poon, Keegan from Trampt, John “Spanky” Stokes, Zam Art and anyone else I may have missed! Hope to do this again next year and do it even bigger!!!
Day 2 of NYCC for me was much more tiring than day 1. I pretty much walked most of the floor and took a few snaps of things I thought were interesting. For some reason, I can never seem to get too much into the video games and comic booths of that nature; also from some of the newer booths to appear this year, I was a bit disappointed in what I saw. Anyway let me explain more and in no particular order, here are some pics and random thought tibits of my day (click on the pics to enlarge)!
These were some of the things I thought were cool; this Grimlock poster from Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was pretty awesome. I love Grimlock and needed a pic of this!
From there, I arrived at the Cultyard and caught up to the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth where Matt Anderson and Rsin Art was doing their signing. Both guys are pretty awesome in person and it was really good to meet them face to face. Rsin is a monster of a fellow and from what he told me, he lacked sleep all day yet was ready to sign and sketch for the fans! Their 16″ Qees are very impressive in person, from what you see in pics online is one thing, but to get up close and see the details in person is another. Matt’s resin skull Qee that lights up was really detailed and their combo resin mini Qees were beautifully done (should have took a pic of it). They sold 3 of the 4 when I got there so congrats to those that bought one!
Of course I needed a shot of my little guys as well!
Also at the booth I met and chatted with JC Rivera, Mr Munk, Zam Art, Robert Ingellis (OsirisOrion), John “Spanky” Stokes, Keithing (ToyQube), Benny & Steph of Tenacious Toys and Kevin Winnik of Toy2R. I met and spoke with Dai Tran of Rawrs and saw his Bitsumo resin figure – really clean and really cool, I wanted one pretty badly but just didn’t have the money to drop on one! However, we worked out a t-shirt trade where he got one of my “Circuit Death” tees and I got one of his. We may do a collabo custom on a Bitsumo too soon, which I’m pretty stoked about!
Other things I saw:
Details on these figures are pretty lifelike and includes the slime spray cans used in the movie!
Voltron set with figures: now this is awesome! You can get the lions and their pilots and the lions are large! Combined together, this Voltron is about 2-3 feet tall! I think the black lion w/ Keith cost about $60 and the rest were $50 or $55; you can get Sven if you got all of them or something. If I had the space and money, this would be mine!
Passing by the Bandai booth, I love Gundams but just haven’t had time to build any, so wanted to pass but this caught my eye…
All the perfect grade Gundam Astrays, gold, red, blue and green! What an awesome display! I am always tempted to get the PG red astray, but hate having to spend so much time to build it. I still have the MG one and never can devote the time to build it!
Another booth had on display props used in the movies, forgot the name of the booth, but saw the Batman suit:
Some Lego or other building block Optimus Prime:
The Marvel booth where they have it set up for the Avengers:
And Captain America’s suit:
Tons and tons of cosplayers, saw this one that I really liked:
I really wanted to see either Yaya Han or Linda Le, aka Vampybitme, but it was so large and tons of people, either I walked right by them or totally missed seeing them! You know how you see their online pics, you want to see how they are in person. Plus Linda was in her Black Widow gear today so it was disappointing not to see her. Plus tomorrow she’s going as Psylocke and I’m totally going to miss that since I can’t make it to the con! Ah well.
Now some more disappointments:
Johnny Cupcakes makes their 1st appearance at NYCC and they only had a tiny booth w/ about 3 t-shirts, some of their new Big Guy figures, pins and other small assortments. I was hoping they would have a larger selection of t-shirts to choose from and their vinyl figure was not very appealing to me. I wanted to get a tee from them since I never had one and now I guess I never will.
My wife loves some Threadless Tees (http://www.threadless.com/) so I heard they had a booth and went to check them out. When I got there, I saw this:
They were not selling tees but you can sketch on some paper ideas and if they choose yours, it can become a tee. WTF? No tees to buy? Lame! Totally disappointed!
As for my thoughts on the Cultyard, I thought there were many booths that were just awesome this year. Art Whino had many live paintings and it was fun to see how they did their thing up close. Gotta give props to Tenacious Toys/Toy2R – now I know how I’m constantly blowing them up, but you have to see how they promoted the hell out of some of us ‘unknown’ artists; Benny and Kevin gave opportunities to those that are not as popular as others and gave them a spotlight for signings, sketches, custom toy displaying, etc. They also pushed out other items from the artists involved, for example, let me sell my “Circuit Death” tees at their booth. Sure they were working w/ Toy2R and pushing their products, but it’s a great toy platform to work on and Toy2R have been getting new artists out on their products for quite some time now. I hope to continue to work with them in the future.
Let me ask you – would you take a chance at an unknown artist, buy a 16″ Qee and give it to them w/ the hope it may sell to get your money back? It’s a big chance and one that Benny & Steph was willing to take and I will be forever grateful to them.
There were some of the usual booths at comic con that gave signings to the usual big names, which is great but I am glad to know that one booth looked out for the little guy.
Oh and I saw Andrew Bell from a friend and told me that he can create a picture out of a few scribblings you do on paper. So I challenged him by making a wu-tang logo and see what he can do to complete the picture. This is what he did:
So again, props to the artists I met and re-met today, also met some people who supported artists in any way they can and it was just a great experience. Tired and hungry, I left a bit before closing.
I hope to have another NYCC update on Sunday! Thanks for reading this! Oh and remember, save $5 off “Circuit Death” t-shirts w/ discount code ALLENBDAY! AW177 Store
What a day today was and it was all very exciting and so much fun! Here’s a recap of how my day went down for those that are interested!
I received an email from Benny from Tenacious Toys saying that I needed to get my Qee down to the con as soon as I can, since there was someone interested in buying my 16″ Qee around 4:30pm! I called Benny back and told him I was on my way down and should arrive around 6pm. He emailed the potential buyer and told him to come back around 6ish if he’s still interested in buying the Qee. I took the bus/train down and rushed over to the con and made it there around 6:15, but the guy didn’t show up yet. But it was really great to see Benny & Steph from Tenacious Toys again and nice to meet Kevin Winnik from Toy2R! Also props to Keithing from ToyQube, Mr. Munk, Nemo, and a whole bunch of other people!
There are a lot of great customs in the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth; I think that makes it stand out from the rest, they were promoting more of the artists and their art rather than to just sell production toys. I am really honored and appreciative of Tenacious Toys always supporting my work!
The potential buyer came back later and bought the 16″ Qee!
This is the fine French gentleman who graciously purchased my custom 16″ Qee on the first preview day of NYCC 2011! I am truly humbled that he liked my work that much to buy it right away! Thank you so much!
And on top of that, someone came and bought one of my limited edition “Circuit Death” t-shirts!
By the time this was all done, it was 7pm and the con was closed! I am happy that my custom 16″ Qee sold so quickly, but wished it couldn’t have been displayed longer for others to view, but it’s all good, as long as the buyer(s) enjoy my work, it makes me truly happy to continue to create art. Thank you to all for your support and I’ll make another update of the con tomorrow!
Benny of Tenacious Toys (http://www.tenacioustoys.com) was kind enough to give me a 16″ Toy2R Bear Qee to customize. This is my first time working on any platform larger than 8″, so this took a very long time and many many hours were put into it. I’m exhausted!!!
I wanted to combine into one toy the dragon vs. tiger theme, so I created the elements in radiant gold outlines and tried to keep it very simple. The Chinese characters say dragon vs. tiger and the ones by the leg says good luck. Also dragon vs. tiger can be represented by the yin and yang.
Benny of Tenacious Toys (http://www.tenacioustoys.com) was kind enough to give me 3 Toy2R mini Qees to customize. Taking the Toy2R Monkey Qee to work on, I created a new Chinese tiger on the front and the words Power/Strength on the back. It has a monotone paint scheme of black, white and grey, but with a touch of bright red in it. I also coated it in a matte varnish, when I usually do all my custom toys in a gloss varnish.
“Dragon vs. Tiger” forms when you combine the “Rise of the Dragon” and “Power of the Tiger” mini Qees together!
Both will be on display/sale at New York Comic Con at the Toy2R/Tenacious Toys booth #876!
Some more larger pics can be viewed at my Flickr site: AW177 Flickr