Donald Trump: So Hot at New York Comic Con Right Now
New York Comic Con is currently taking over Manhattan, which means the city’s streets and subways are packed with more mutants (and more stranger things) than usual. But one of the biggest surprises is on the Javits Center floor, where one of New York’s most famous IRL over-animated figures is making frequent, if unexpected, cameos: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The Donald wasn’t there in person, of course, but his presence could be felt while walking amongst the show’s booths, where a handful of creators had Trump-related wares up for grabs. One of the fastest-selling collectibles of con was “Darth Trump,” a Star Wars-spoofing figure that comes complete with a “Sith Steak” and a wall-building “Galactic Brick.” Timebandits and Special Ed Toys teamed up to make the figures, which were produced in a limited edition of just 25, and priced at $85 a pop. According to Dov Kelemer of DKE Toys, which sold the figure at the convention, every “Darth Trump” was gone within 35 minutes—meaning not even Trump himself can get one.
This is “Darth Trump,” a limited-edition figure created by Timebandits and Special Ed Toys.
“I was definitely surprised that it sold out so quickly, but not surprised that they sold out in general,” says Special Ed’s Manny Rivas. “As awful as I may think some of the puns and references we used in the creation of the card art and figure might be, I believe that there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way we do about this self-proclaimed politician.”
Also for sale at Comic Con: “Trump Rally,” a $30 print by illustrator Stephen Byrne that depicts the candidate surrounded by such allies as the Joker, Doctor Doom, Darth Vader, and Hannibal Lecter. Byrne says his “exasperation at the whole Trump saga” inspired him to create the piece—but at Comic Con, not every attendee got the joke. “Because of the nature of the convention, people are walking past a lot, and only half-looking at everything,” Byrne says. “[Some] people seeing it out of the corner of their eye thought it was Trump propaganda, and moved along. I put a sticker on it saying ‘Satire!,’ which has invited people to look closer.”
“Trump Rally,” by Stephen Byrne.
Finally, comics publisher IDW celebrated the release of satirical superstar Tom Tomorrow’s latest book, Crazy is the New Normal, by handing out masks of a shouty-faced Trump, drawn by Tomorrow himself. “The hair is the hardest [to get right],” Tomorrow says. “I’ve developed this very stylized version, in which I’m attempting to convey the strange reality of it. It doesn’t all go in one direction; there’s this weird multi-layered crisscross thing going on. The easiest thing is those weird spray-tan goggle marks around his eyes, where the normal color of his skin shows through.” The masks also feature feature accurately narrow eye-slits, forcing the user to adopt the candidate’s trademark squint. But if you were hoping to hand one of these out to your kiddos for Halloween, you’re out of luck: “This mask is not for children, but only for adults,” reads a warning on the back. Sad!
The publisher’s Trump mask at New York Comic Con
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