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Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023: A Haven for Toy Collectors and Artists

Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023

Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023See our livestream of DesignerCon 2023 here

Ben Goretsky bleeds for artists. Ever since he got hooked on Qee Bears in 2001, he’s dedicated his life to building a community around the world of creators, whether it be toymakers, apparel vendors, illustrators, or anyone else making cool stuff. Art, quite simply, is in his DNA.

That’s the main reason why Ben started DesignerCon, the conference dedicated to bringing artists of all shapes and sizes together to share their craft and their passion. The three day event (December 15th – 17th at the Anaheim Convention Center), provides enthusiasts and collectors with unmatched access to over 700 vendors and DIY panels and workshops. It’s the public platform for established and up-and-coming creators to showcase their work, and attendees will discover a wide range of collectibles, including both mass-produced and meticulously crafted pieces.

But, most importantly, it’s a place of community where people can meet each other and share what could be the next Big Idea of 2024. If you’re looking for a place to find inspiration, this is the place to be. 

“That to me is the most important metric of success,” Ben said at DesignerCon 2022. “Artists talking to artists and everyone feeling supported. People coming back year after year saying it was the best show ever, in full force, stronger than ever.”

Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023

Let’s make no mistake, Ben Goretsky is stoked with DesignerCon’s success, which has seen exponential growth since it started in 2006. But as one of the world’s biggest toy collectors himself, it’s the true caring of artists that sets this event apart. When you walk from booth to booth, you are literally surrounded by a celebration of the creative spirit.

This year is especially meaningful, because DesignerCon 2023 will hold special tribute to respected graphic artist Frank Kozik, who passed away earlier this year. Frank has inspired a whole new generation of creators, and his prolific output helped revitalize not only the music poster market, but he was also a founder of the modern art print scene. He was well known for his generosity, and general caring of the art community as a whole.

Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023

To bring a little design love to the whole affair, the badges are designed by London Police – the duo of Chaz Barrisson and Bob Gibson who have shot to fame with their bold street art, which now hangs in numerous museums around the world.

And finally, actor Corey Feldman will headline DesignerCon 2023 in Celebration of Hollywood’s 100th birthday. To celebrate this anniversary, Goretsky has arranged for 100 artists to replicate the famous Hollywood sign, which will be on display at the event.

To Ben, DesignerCon 2023 is more than just a convention; it’ a celebration of creativity, community, and the ever-evolving world of design. Goretsky’s vision and dedication have made DesignerCon a ‘must attend’ event, and is truly the place to be if you’re an artist or collector yourself.

“Art speaks to people,” said Ben in an interview with Juxtapoz, “When you find a print or a toy or a piece of apparel with a design that you love, that makes you feel happy and gets you excited, who doesn’t want that feeling? That’s what DesignerCon is all about.”

Ben Goretsky and DesignerCon 2023 - 2022

What is DesignerCon?

DesignerCon takes place every year, serving as a hub for artistic expression in the realms of art and design. This vibrant event brings together a diverse collection of collectible toys, designer apparel, and a variety of artistic genres, including urban, underground, and pop art. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, California, this convention offers a wide array of products and captivating activities to engage its attendees.

Renowned for its distinctive blend of independent and mainstream creations, this event is a hub for art, toys, figures, and plush items. It provides a platform for established and up-and-coming creators to showcase their work, often personally tending to their booths. Visitors will discover a wide range of collectibles, including both mass-produced and meticulously crafted pieces.

In addition to physical products, DesignerCon has also embraced digital collectibles, offering a gateway to explore the exciting web3 universe and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The event is well-known for its welcoming atmosphere, providing a relaxed environment that sets it apart from other conventions and enhances the experience for both vendors and visitors.

DesignerCon is more than just a marketplace; it’s a hub for exclusive launches and special events. Each year, a fusion of corporations, brands, and creators come together to unveil a plethora of new and exclusive merchandise. From physical and digital collectibles to exclusive badges and vinyl figurines, there’s something for everyone. VIP attendees also enjoy exclusive perks, including early access to new products and unique items

Read More About the Event Here

Special Note: CreatorThings will be Live Streaming from DCon on Saturday, 12/16!

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