We here at My Comic Universe had a great time at this year’s LA Comic Con! As usual, there was a bit of everything. From comics and collectibles to epic celebrity appearances, amazing cosplayers, and incredible artwork. In this article, though, we will focus on a presence we have noticed becoming more and more popular at conventions: enamel pins!
Enamel pins are not a new trend by any means. However, in recent years the number of collectors, as well as the range of pin designs, seem to have skyrocketed to new highs. We used to see vendors with small sections dedicated to pins. Now we are seeing entire booths dedicated to these shiny little trinkets. With that said, let’s take a look at some of our favorite vendors from this year’s con!
We have known Victor and the guys at Viciouskill for a while now. Seeing them grow has been incredible! This was their fourth year partnering with LACC to put out their official convention pin and shirt designs. The guys are very welcoming at their booth and always willing to talk artwork or even just geek out with you.
Viciouskill is known for doing a wide range of pop culture characters in their signature “running man” pose. They produce these designs as pins, live tee shirt screen printing and as stickers in varied sizes.
This was our first time having the pleasure of meeting Tweety and the rest of the crew at Goozee Pins. They were extremely friendly and showed us just how much love they put into their pins! They had a wide variety of pins, including some exclusive to the convention itself.
Goozee Pins booth was absolutely loaded with so many awesome pin designs. I would be surprised to see any person leave it without at least one striking their nostalgia bone. Though they showcase a variety of fandoms, we noticed a large number of their designs feature of mashup of Pokemon characters crossed with other popular properties. One of our favorites of their lineup is a Venomized Gengar with a chance at a Carnage variant.
The team at BB-Cre.8 has been putting out some outstanding designs since day one and never slowed down. We have seen them at a handful of conventions prior to this year’s LACC and they seem to be steadily growing and expanding their concepts to appeal to our nostalgia.
BB-Cre.8 makes a lot of awesome designs that mash-up Star Wars with other popular characters or properties. Such as a Chewbacca themed Wu-Tang “W” or a Majora’s Mask pin with Darth Maul‘s face paint. My favorites of their pins though has to be their NES cartridge sliding pins. I do not think that any person who grew up in the NES era could pass by their booth without stopping to admire these epic pieces.
Little Shop of Pins
We absolutely loved this boutique pin booth! Little Shop of Pins was very busy each time we passed through. Jason and Amy were kind enough to let us take pictures of their pins amidst a seemingly never-ending group of customers in their booth.
Little Shop of Pins has a little something for everybody. From popular horror characters to their Mr. Rodgers LACC exclusive pin, Bigfoot from A Goofy Movie to Super Mario pins they have you covered. My favorites were this set of power-ups from Mario Kart!
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