'This Is Not A Toy' opens in Toronto

 ‘This is Not a Toy’ opened in Toronto on 7 February. I went down to the Design Exchange to check out the exhibit with my hopes pretty low. The Kickstarter campaign for the exhibition had failed, reaching only $21,661 of the $75,000 needed despite the efforts of guest curator Pharell Williams to get folks to pledge. I took this as yet another example of the disinterest in Canada over the designer toy movement. Boy, was I wrong...


Interesting is better

"Real is one thing,
but interesting is better."
                                   - Stanley Kubrick

After decades of missing out and, consequently, of distorting the American Comic Book Convention into my own personal fantasy-collage filled with bits of Kevin Smith movies, flickr photos and Peanuts holiday specials, I finally attended my first ever comic conventions. First up was San Diego Comic Con, and weeks later the first, and only, Morrisoncon.


My favourite things


The goodness of Chueh

October Toys hosted their second annual ‘day with Toybreak’ recently. The 24hr live stream aimed to raise funds for the weekly toy-culture show. I don’t want to overshadow the many people that made the event a success, but I do want to highlight a specific artist who left a strong impression on me.