VIDEO: My brief swan around just a tiny corner of the cavernous Comic-Con convention at the Javitz Center.
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|Oink la Rouge by Goran Lelas|
Believe it or not, while some executives are having board (bored?) meetings about in C&C machined parts for combine harvesters and tapping their feet 'til knock off time, others are passing around models of a plastic Labbit (Chinglish/Japlish for rabbit) with a smoke drooping from its non-existent mouth. Or baby vampire dolls drinking blood from bottles (vamplets.com). Or strange animals made from what looks like a fluffy toilet seat cover. With impossibly giant noses. That kind of thing.
|Slander Snake by Joe Ledbetter|
I saved myself $45 on the entry fee thanks to Tenacious Toy's kind "Professional pass" but ended up blowing $130 on stuff I have no room for but couldn't resist. Like this pig by StrangeCo/MOMA/Goran Lelas for $5. And a small snake called Slander by a Joe Ledbetter that opens up to reveal the mouse he ate for lunch. And a t-shirt that read "Drama Free Zone, 50 meters ahead", sold to me by a man wearing a thong down the middle of his face he claimed was to protect Zombies from eating your brain. That kind of thing. Plus a cool dress from Animated Closet that I plan to scare my next client with.
|May The Thong Be With You: Zombies will not eat my brain!|
Speaking of recession, I'd like to issue a challenge to toy designers - how about designing a little good luck amulet for jobseekers? One to take to an interview tucked inside your handkerchief pocket, or perhaps brazenly on your zipper pull: "May The Force of Gainful Employment Be With You." I bet you would sell a bunch. Well, at least a few benefit check's worth.
|G-Ra akak Gayle Middleton of Vamplets.com|