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Five Points Festival 2018 for the Horror Fan

Written by James Ferguson

This year’s Five Points Festival was held at the Brooklyn Expo Center this past weekend. It showcased a variety of creators, mostly from the toy industry, although there were a few comic creators on hand too. As with last year’s convention, it was a pretty open affair in a nice space that allowed for ease of movement through the aisles without getting up close and personal with a few thousand other people.

The toys were as varied and unique as ever. No two displays were the same and these are far from the kinds of things you’d find at a local toy store (if those even exist anymore). We’re talking customized, limited edition figures that range from cute to horrifying.

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If you follow the Horror DNA Instagram, you might have seen some of the choice selections from Five Points. This included the massive Colossus Rex, announced before the show, and a slew of other creepy toys that would look great on any horror fan’s shelf. A personal favorite was the Mad Glad Boy from Popaganda, showing an otherwise normal looking smiley face on a classic looking cartoonish figure with its smile replaced with an unsettling skeleton. This small change was enough to send shivers down your spine.

Although the toys were pretty cool, the comic side left a lot to be desired. I was happy to catch up with folks like Ben Kahn and Matt Miner, but they represented about a third of the comic folks in attendance. Five Points Festival is curated by Clutter Magazine, which focuses more on toys, so I understand why there would be an emphasis there, however there were quite a few more comic creators last year, so it’s a jarring difference.

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Five Points Festival is only in its second year, so it’s still finding its bearings. I’d like to see more of a balance between toys and comics, but I recognize that this is a personal preference. It is a convention that embraces counterculture, where it’s OK to be weird. It definitely speaks to that, although in a very focused space, being the custom toys. There are other elements it could explore, so I’m interested to see how this show grows and develops in the coming years.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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