It is release parties like the one for the Bartholomew Punchyface plush that really make me love living in Los Angeles. The event took place over in the Little Osaka area at the Giant Robot gallery a.k.a. GR2. Both Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson, the artists responsible for the plush, were in attendance along with a bunch of other cool people.
They even had cake! Read on to see the rest of the awesomeness.
I was super-psyched for the release party, perhaps a bit overly so because I arrived way too early and the gallery was still setting up the inside bit. Fortunately, that gave me plenty of time to take a few photos of the Bartholomew Punchyface-themed window display. It had a large poster advertising the event hanging along with one for an exhibit called "Facial Recognition," which was also on display in the gallery. The pair of prints along several of the plushes advertised the night's goodies to passers-by.
The party was actually ready ahead of schedule and I got in about about 5 or 10 minutes early. I noticed on my way in that there were flyers for DesignerCon 2013. This year's logo may be my favorite one I have seen so far.
Right behind the counter, out in plain sight, sat a gaggle of Bartholomew Punchyface plushes, all sealed up in there bags and waiting to be purchased. I, of course, bought one as soon as I could. I was actually the second person to get one!
I practically ripped the bag open (I would have used my teeth, if need be) to free my plush as soon as I could. He was perfect! Just as I imagined he would be.
See? I told you there was cake! The picture doesn't really show the scale but this monster pastry is twice the size of a normal cake. It was chocolate flavor and smelled so freaking good. I really regret not having a piece. The lovely picture of Bartholomew Punchyface is even edible.
At the back of the gallery was the table where Luke and Scott were set up with prints, markers, and a few other fun things which I will discuss in a moment. Even before the bulk of the crowd arrived the pair were doodling on the prints. I was hilarious to watch. They are brilliant! Both were kind enough to sign my plush.
At the table with Scott and Luke were notes to tape to your back that either said "Gimme a Wedgie" or "Kick Me." There also a pile of pictures of Bartholomew Punchyface for party-goers to draw on showing how they would "bully" him. The top entry chosen by a panel of judges (Scott and Luke) would a special pair of prints. Every so often, Luke would explain to those just arriving how the contest works.
I wasn't the only one who asked Luke or Scott to sign something other than a print. One of the attendees had Luke sign and draw on one of his Target figures. The figure was also for sale at the gallery.
At some point during the first hour, the cake was served but in the most comical way possible. Luke and Scott cut the cake together, wedding-style. Luke even took a handful of cake to smash into Scott's face like the bride sometimes does to the groom (hence the messy edge on one side of the cut). Don't worry; he didn't follow through with it.
After the cutting of the cake, it was all about chatting with the artists and other fans. One of the things I especially liked about this party was how happy it felt. Everyone there, including myself, was laughing and having a blast. People walking on the street would peek there heads in to see what all the commotion was about and I noticed some even stuck around to take part in the festivities. I noticed one couple, who clearly had no idea who the artists where or what a Bartholomew Punchyface was, purchased a plush after seeing them being held by myself and other party-goers.
Even if you missed out on the release party, you can still nab yourself a Bartholomew Punchyface plush over at 3DRetro's online store for US$39.99. I highly recommend it.
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