I’ve been back from New York nearly three weeks now and I’m still trying to get things back in order! This year was even better than last. Kelly and I walked a similar amount to last year (about 80 miles over the week) and all the toy-related activities went so well! It was great to catch up with some old friends as well as make some great new ones.
My Star Wars themed A New Hope show opened at Yoyamart on Thursday the 11th, which co-incided with the opening of NYCC. There was a great turn-out, so many more people than I expected came along to check out my work, for which I was incredibly humbled and grateful. Lots of fans, bloggers and artists came along and it was great to see so many familiar faces.
The event went exceptionally well with a huge turn-out, great response and I even managed to sell a few. There’s still some left on the Yoyamart website if anybody’s interested?
Friday was the Kidrobot 10 year anniversary party at their New York store. The event started at 8 and I’d had a few refreshing drinks before I turned up. The store was packed with people and I finally got to meet a few heroes there as well! With a free bar and snack vans outside as well as an amazing atmosphere the party was a great success and needless to say Kidrobot took very good care of us! A little gang of us decided to nip off for a quick drink at a local bar, Carson introduced us to a Kansas city speciality: Picklebacks. One huge shot of bourbon, followed by a shot of pickle juice.
We didn’t make it back to the party, nor to Dok A’s show at My Plastic heart which I really regret!
On the Saturday, I had a signing at Tenacious Toys’ booth (thank again Benny!) which I shared with JRYU, one of the funniest, most charming and talented gentlemen around. The signing went so well, I was there way beyond my timeslot and got in the way of the wonderful Carson Catlin.
After pizza with Keegan and Miri from Trampt, we got freshened up and went along to Clutter Magazine’s Designer Toy Awards. The event was amazing, really professional, free food (big tick in my book.. obviously) and staggeringly generous measures of spirits! Alas, I didn’t win either of the categories I was nominated in, but the night was so grand that it was only a small disappointment.
I can’t wait until next year now!