Hello from Tokyo and the first-ever Tokyo Comic Con! I’m posting this on Friday AM Japan time and looking forward to preview night later tonight. We got in Thursday afternoon Japan time and got a chance to roam the convention hall at Makuhari Messe. Here’s a brief behind the scenes look at the layout and setup action.
The show mixes a strong focus on Hollywood movies both current and past--Tomenosuke’s Shinji Nakako has put together several exhibits focusing on special FX and movie magic—with art, toys, and gaming. On the art toy side, Tomenosuke has a large presence with several guests including Shon, Banana Virus, Tokyo Jesus and more. Their booth is flanked on both sides by Toy Qube and Unbox who will be showing several never-before-seen figures, some of which are still in transit (fingers crossed!). Other indie toy booths include Blackbook Toy, Siccaluna and the Game of Hope collective featuring RealxHead, Punk Drunkers, Goccodo, Skull Toys, and Uamou.
We’re also looking forward to kaNO’s live painting featuring Wonder Woman front and center. He projected the design on setup night and laid down the outline. He’ll be painting live throughout the show in front of the exhibition. The completed mural will then be moved onto the convention floor for all to enjoy.
Enjoy the setup pics. We’ll be back with plenty more focused coverage…soon. Off to breakfast now.