The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards Announced

The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards Announced

The 2017 Ceremony Will Take Place In Partnership With The Five Points Festival

Hosted by Academy Award® Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock

 

New York City, N.Y. (April 26, 2017)—Clutter Magazine is pleased to bring The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company to Webster Hall (125 E 11th Street) on Friday, May 19. The world’s premier accolade for designer toy artists and the industry around them, The DTAs kick off the inaugural Five Points Festival, a toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter, taking over Pier 36 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 20 & 21. Hosting the DTAs this year is Academy Award-nominated writer, director, producer and obsessive toy collector Morgan Spurlock.

 

DTA nominees span North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, with winners determined both through a panel of industry judges as well as in select categories by the voting public. Fans looking to cast a ballot can help select the winner in six public categories: Artist of the YearCustom of the YearToy of the YearBest BlogBest Toy Store, and Best Online Toy Store. Votes for these categories can be cast online athttps://www.designertoyawards.com/categoriesthrough May 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST.

 

Created by Clutter founders Miranda O’Brien and Josh Kimberg, The Designer Toy Awards have consistently recognized emerging, leading, and influential names in the art toy movement, with past award winners including Amanda Louise Spayd, Andrew Bell, Chris Ryniak, Frank Kozik, Gary Ham, Jason Freeny, J*Ryu, Huck Gee, KAWS, Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Todd McFarlane, Bigfoot One, and Ron English. This year sees a new evolution for the awards, taking place for the first time at the historic Webster Hall, and welcoming the acclaimed Morgan Spurlock as host. Known for Super Size MeThe Greatest Movie Ever SoldComic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s HopeMansomeThe Eagle Huntress, and Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, Spurlock is also an avid fan and collector, and he brings with him tremendous respect and knowledge for the designer toy space.

 

“I’m honored to emcee this year’s Designer Toy Awards,” said Spurlock. “I’ve spent my career putting a spotlight on various cultures and subcultures around the world, with the art toy community one of the most textured and fascinating – and one I have supreme pleasure in being part of.”

 

O’Brien said of the show’s growth, “The Designer Toy Awards were established to shine a spotlight on the amazing creators, producers, and fans who work tirelessly to realize amazing pieces of collectable art. We’re proud to help, at least once a year, give our whole community a chance to come together and celebrate each others’ accomplishments. This year we couldn’t be more excited to have Morgan Spurlock host at Webster Hall, and all with the help of our wonderfully supportive sponsor – Lagunitas!”

 

Fans looking to mingle with designer toy industry luminaries will have access to the award ceremony with the purchase of a Five Points Festival VIP Weekend Ticket for $125. In addition to attending one of the best parties in the East Village, VIP Weekend Ticket holders will be able to experience the Five Points Festival’s dynamic lineup of counterculture artists from around the world, gourmet food trucks, and craft beer. Fans will be able to engage and catch up with past DTA winners and further toy and comic artisans at Five Points Festival including Amanda Louise Spayd, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Chris Ryniak, Cliff Chiang, Gary Ham, Huck Gee, Jamal Igle, Jason Freeny, Khary Randolph, Mags Visaggio, Ron English, Tara McPherson, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Simone Legno.

​Assassins, Special Powers and Middle America:  This Is No World

The premiere issue of No World is a big YES!
The story of No World begins with an elderly man sitting next to a mother and child at a mall.  He, and many other is the mall, gets a text and the story switches to breaking news of a mass murder in the mall.  In the middle of nowhere, Hank and Miya are workers at a coffee shop following the story and speculating why and how it happened when a stranger on a motorcycle stops in for tea.  She tells Miya she wants her for her special powers.  Hank threatens the stranger to leave when gunfire erupts.  Who is this stranger and what does she know?

This was a great starting issue for a new title.  It got the story started immediately and there was plenty of action to hold the reader’s attention.  This is the first time I’ve read Scott Lobdell’s work and I am already impressed.  There is the perfect balance of action, suspense, drama and mystery to last for six issues.  The comic is well-drawn and I am a fan of the style used by Jordan Gunderson.  The colors, courtesy of JUANCHOo fit the artwork perfectly and do a great job of reflecting the mood of not only the scene, but the story.  Jordan Gunderson and Peter Steigerwald designed a cover for each character and they are awesome works of art.  I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and learn more about them.
I am happy I discovered No World and Aspen Comics.  It was a fun read and was sort of reminiscent of X-Men with special powers, swordplay and gunfights.  I look forward to reading more of No World and other Aspen comics titles in the future.  No World  #1 is on comic book shelves now so don’t forget to visit your local comic shop to pick up a copy!

Written by Scott Lobdell

Art by Jordan Gunderson

Colors by JUANCHOo

Cover Art by Jordan Gunderson and Peter Steigerwald

29 pages

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

Christine Clarke’s Fashion Collection for Older Girls Adds the Hobo Sak™

KEENE, NH   April 2017   Douglas Company, the originator of the cool hand bag, has recently debuted their newest bag style that falls under the Christine Clarke Fashion Collection for Older Girls umbrella. They are calling it the Hobo Sak™, and there are six styles in the initial collection.  

 

Christine Clarke has really upped her bag game with this latest style for older girls. The Hobo Sak™ is 12” wide by 15” tall and has a cool laid back feel to it. These slouchy, bucket style bags are created from brilliant fabric choices providing personality plus.  Each fully-lined bag has a thick corded drawstring closure with a super fun, fluffy, giant pom-pom embellishment. The bag can be slung over the shoulder with the single adjustable shoulder strap or carried by the two convenient handles on the bag’s sides. SRP: $30 each

 

The BoHo Hobo Sak™ is super hip in bright citrus hues of purple, pink, turquoise, yellow orange and blue.

 

The Pink Whale Hobo Sak™ is covered in white waves where pink whales float spouting kelly green on a navy background.

 

The Dream Feathers Hobo Sak™ is gorgeous in soft pastel shades of pink, coral, mint green, gold and gray on a milk chocolate background. Each feather has a pop of pattern as well adding a touch of whimsy to the look.

 

The Glitz Garden Hobo Sak™ is a sassy floral pattern in soft shades of orange, pink, green, turquoise and gold on a white background.

 

The Navy BoHo Hobo Sak™ boasts beautiful circular medallions in hues of gold, turquoise, orange, slate blue, and hot pink on a beige background.

 

The Arabian Elephant Hobo Sak™ is rich in color boasting deep shades of gold, olive, orange, brown, pink and mint green on an ivory backdrop. The stunning elephant itself wears a brilliant tapestry blanket.

 

Designed with the “older girl” in mind, Douglas’ new Hobo Saks™ recently hit store shelves.  DOUGLAS’ products are sold at specialty gift and toy stores in the USA and Canada.

 

About DOUGLAS Company

DOUGLAS Company has been a leader in the plush industry for more than 60 years. The family-owned and operated business has distribution throughout Canada, Europe and, Asia.

 

DOUGLAS classic animals have gestures and expressions that clearly distinguish them. Their faces evoke a sense of connection and endearment. Unusual breeds and hard-to-find species are easy to find in the extensive DOUGLAS Line.

 

The in-house, USA design team is the heart of DOUGLAS success. They create designs and steward them from conception to final production. In recent years, the power of the creative department has led into the fashion/accessory arena. They have a unique talent for walking the edge to offer truly unique, trendy, and irresistible creations. There is a unique way with style, color, and complimentary fabrics that make theChristine Clarke Collection of Sassy Kidz Fashion for younger girls and cool stylish Fashion Collections for Older Girls speak for themselves!

 

DOUGLAS BABY has been growing over the years. This collection brings the company “full circle” to its beginnings in 1956 as an Infant Toy Producer. DOUGLAS now has a collection of the softest, most endearing designs in both cuddle toys and activity toys for Baby.

 

All DOUGLAS employees have passion for what they do and take the mission seriously to promote imaginative play and emotional connection for children of all ages. From classic, realistic designs and trendy, whimsical plush to baby and fashion collections, DOUGLAS spins a web of wonderful products for the discerning market of today. For more information visit: www.DOUGLAStoys.com

 

DOUGLAS Company would like to invite you to “Like” us on Facebook.http://www.facebook.com/DOUGLAStoys

 

And, follow DOUGLAS on Twitter:http://twitter.com/DOUGLAStoys

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE ALL-NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES “TITANS,” FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS AKIVA GOLDSMAN, GEOFF JOHNS, GREG BERLANTI AND SARAH SCHECHTER, TO DEBUT IN 2018

 

“YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS,” THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD SEASON OF WARNER BROS. ANIMATION’S “YOUNG JUSTICE,” ALSO TO BOW NEXT YEAR

 

Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service

 

(April 25, 2017 – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series “Titans,” which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the highly anticipated third season of the popular “Young Justice” series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

 

Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.

 

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

 

“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Underground”), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, “Young Justice” reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

 

Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!,” “Justice League Action”) is executive producer of “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti (“Batman: Under the Red Hood,” “Superman Doomsday”) and Greg Weisman (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gargoyles”) are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (“Young Justice,” “Justice League Dark,” “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”) serves as the series’ art director.

 

For updates on these exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visitwww.DCFanUpdates.com.

Join the free app train: Thames & Kosmos Ubongo

As of late, big names in board games have been adapting the digital ways of milennials and coming out with apps to complement their traditional physical game. From Monopoly to Ubongo, these strategy games are leading the mobile gaming industry with tons of downloads.

And what’s better? 

Now, some of them are available for free! For a limited time only (April 28-30), the Ubongo game app, created by award-winning board game and educational toy manufacturer Thames & Kosmos, will be available for free download on both iTunes and Google Play app stores. With more than 2.5 million games sold worldwide, Ubongo is a fast-paced, addictive and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game where players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get, and the player with the most valuable gem treasure after nine rounds of puzzle solving wins the game! The companion app features more than 400 engaging puzzles to solve as well.


C2E2 2017-CM Punk and AJ Mendez Brooks (AJ Lee) panels 

CM Punk and AJ Brooks were at C2E2 and they both had their own panels. CM Punk talked about writibg for Marvel’s Drax The Destroyer and his future projects and AJ talked about her book “Crazy Is My Superpower” and answers fan questions.

 

 

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The Toy Association Rebranding


‘A WAVE OF CHANGE’ – The Toy Association Responds to Evolving Member Needs with New Strategy, New Name, & Major Rebrand, Driving Change Across the Organization

Largest National Toy Association Expands Core Member Services and Launches New Ventures

April 24, 2017 | New York, NY – The Toy Association – the largest trade association of its kind in the world – today unveiled a new mission statement, new name, and major rebrand driven by an innovative strategic plan. Formerly called the Toy Industry Association, The Toy Association supports a diverse membership whose global reach is revolutionizing the face of toys and play. The organization’s member-focused programs, products, trade shows, and consumer events promote international business growth for all members. Its new tagline, “Inspiring Generations of Play,” underscores the Association’s 100+ years of service and the many developmental benefits of play in a child’s life.  

The Toy Association ended 2016 with 1,098 member companies that design, produce, license, and deliver toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. The trade group has a long history of propelling the health and growth of the U.S. toy industry, which has an annual economic impact of $80.25 billion in the United States.

“The Toy Association’s members are the ‘North Star’ of our new strategic direction, assuring that everything we do is about them and their business success,” says Steve Pasierb, president & chief executive of The Toy Association. “Refining our strategic blueprint demanded a refreshed mission, which led to a change in name, an emphasis on branding, a new approach to digital communications, and new office headquarters to serve staff and members alike. We challenged ourselves to question every aspect of our reason for being, and found ways to be more agile, more relevant, and more successful at bringing our members best-in-class services and support.”

Mission Refresh Reflects Member-Focus

As part of its new mission statement to be “a unifying force for members’ creativity, responsibility, and global success, advocating for their needs and championing the benefits of play,” The Toy Association has elevated its presence on the world stage, effectively and powerfully advocating on behalf of its members’ businesses in North America and in markets spanning every continent.

The Association has also expanded its core services and embarked on new ventures, including Play Fair, a large-scale kid and family business-to-consumer event; ShopToys365.com, a first-of-its-kind business-to-business digital marketplace for toy retailers and suppliers; and The Genius of Play, a consumer-focused initiative which encourages families to make time for play by educating them about play’s critical role in healthy childhood development.

The group’s world-renowned trade shows showcase the brightest innovations in toys and play along with stunning technological advancements. Its North American International Toy Fair continues to shatter records with sold out space and attendees from more than 100 countries, while Fall Toy Preview remains committed to serving the long-lead planning needs of mass and high-volume specialty retailers. With its actionable research, The Toy Association is helping companies tackle business challenges – from rapidly changing global economic and population trends and intellectual property protection, to new chemical regulations and an empowered consumer base of millennial parents with nontraditional shopping habits. The Association’s advocacy work provides insight and support on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting members in global markets, and it maintains education outreach to American consumers and media on all aspects of toy and play safety.  

David Hargreaves, chairman of The Toy Association’s board of directors and strategic advisor at Hasbro, Inc., emphasized the need for change: “This is not your father’s Toy Association, because this is not your father’s toy industry nor marketplace. The global toy and play landscape has transformed dramatically over the last few years. Our team is effectively overhauling every aspect of the Association with an eye to the future to make certain we continue to provide members with best-in-class resources, business insight, and support to help them grow and thrive.”

Strength Through Global Collaboration

As a worldwide leader, the Association collaborates closely with international toy associations, foreign governments, and national standards bodies to advance toy safety and align global standards. The organization sustains the Canadian Toy Association; acts as secretariat for both the International Council of Toy Industries and the International Toy Industry CEO Roundtable; and chairs the committee that reviews and revises America’s ASTM F963 toy safety standard – one of the most respected and strictest toy safety standards in the world.

Digital and Workspace Innovation

The Toy Association will soon relaunch its digital presence with a new mobile-first website. It opens for business today in its brand-new Manhattan headquarters designed by renowned architects HLW International to reflect the energy, creativity, and excitement of the toy and play community.  The Association’s advocacy office in Washington, DC relocated last month to a new office space that reflects the organization’s innovative approach to business.

About The Toy Association     www.toyassociation.org / www.thegeniusofplay.org  / www.playsafe.org
Founded in 1916, The Toy Association™, Inc. is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. The Toy Association leads the health and growth of the U.S. toy industry, which has an annual U.S. economic impact of $80.25 billion, and its 950+ members drive the annual $26 billion U.S. domestic toy market. The Toy Association serves as the industry’s voice on the developmental benefits of play, and promotes play’s positive impact on childhood development to consumers and media. The organization has a long history of leadership in toy safety, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government, consumers, and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play.

As a global leader, The Toy Association produces the world-renowned North American International Toy Fair and Fall Toy Preview; advocates on behalf of members around the world; sustains the Canadian Toy Association; acts as secretariat for the International Council of Toy Industries and International Toy Industry CEO Roundtable; and chairs the committee that reviews and revises America’s widely emulated ASTM F963 toy safety standard.

JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY’S FIGHTING AMERICAN SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION WITH TITAN COMICS!

A legendary team-up with Titan Comics sees the Fighting American return – an event 50 years in the making!
Titan Comics are thrilled to announce the return of a true comic icon, FIGHTING AMERICAN ¬ – Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s legendary all-American hero is back kicking butt and taking names in this all-new epic in 2017!
First published in May 1954 and originally written and drawn by two of the greatest names in the history of comics, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Fighting American was the embodiment of the homegrown, god-fearing, patriotic, apple pie-eating American superhero. 
Where Simon and Kirby’s other patriotic hero, Captain America, socked it to the Nazis in World War II, Fighting American brought square-jawed justice to “the Commies” and villains such as Double Header, Hotsky Trotsky, and Round Robin! 
Throughout their long partnership, Simon and Kirby helped revolutionize the comics industry from ground-breaking adventure comics to pioneering romance titles, westerns, crime comics and of course superheroes – a genre they helped to shape and define for generations to come. 
With Fighting American, they brought a tongue-in-cheek irreverence to the world of two-fisted action and its mix of outlandish, satirical humor went on to establish Fighting American as a true American hero.
Hard times require hard heroes and in Titan Comics’ all-new series, written by Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Starship Troopers) with artwork by Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd), the comic picks up immediately after Simon and Kirby’s legendary 1954 series…
Keep watch for more announcements on Titan Comics’ Fighting American soon!