Topps Reveals Print Run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Aug. Week 1

It’s remarkable how consistent not only sales, but also the high and lower weeks have been with these weekly holiday sets. After ending yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Aug. Week 1. Sales for the week ended at 489 copies. Sales were down from the last week of July. This continues a trend of the sets selling well the last week of the month, but going lower to start the next month. Regardless sales overall remain consistent.

Trash Talkin’ With GPK Sketch Artist Lowell Isaac

Interview is republished, by permission, from Sybil Ferro and the Garbage Pail Kids Misfits Facebook group, © 2020.

In the second installment of Trash Talkin’, we caught up with illustrator extraordinaire Lowell Isaac and asked him 13 lucky questions and some bonus ones, so we all get to know him better.

Sybil Ferro – First question, nice and easy… what kind of deal did you strike with the devil to draw like you do? You don’t have to answer that…but seriously…what demon possessed you?

Lowell Isaac – The deal is that you have to be willing to be bad at everything else in life to be decent at drawing cartoons. I think it is the same amount of work that it takes to become a doctor or lawyer, but none of the benefits. Just the satisfaction of depicting a convincing pile of vomit.

SF – Did you collect Garbage Pail Kids when you were younger and what is your earliest memory of GPK?

LI – I think I had a few, to me they blend together with all the great gross irreverent creepy content we had at our disposal in the 80s. GPK, Mad Magazine, Madballs, and all manner of grotesque toys and comics. That was so natural to us, it’s in our DNA. Maybe as a reaction against corporate sell-out culture in the 80s there was this strong undercurrent of subversive, anti-social material that struck a nerve with young odd-balls like me. I don’t even question why I gravitate to that kind of imagery still– but I do feel like it’s missing from the scene a bit today. Instead of figuring out how to sell weird new ideas, everyone just wants to sell-out. Or maybe I’m just old and grumpy. But the truth is, my wife is the hardcore GPK nut, and she got me back into it. Without her it would never have crossed my mind to pursue this.

SF – I have to ask you about your influences. Who inspired you to get into illustration and who else working right now, rocks your socks, bakes your cake and ruffles your truffles?

LI – I was really lucky to grow up in an art family, going back to my grandfather– so there was a constant flow of art-books and museum trips– which means too many influences to name. Some that stand out would be R. Crumb, Ralph Steadman, Jack Davis, Kathe Kollwitz, but the list would go on and on. I always tend to look back at artists from the past more than now (although many of my old heroes are still around and kicking). There are some current European comics artists I love, like Jorge Gonzalez and Lorenzo Mattotti– reaching back again Alberto Breccia and Jordi Bernet knock my socks off. I think they do more interesting things with comics in Europe– even though the US invented the medium we haven’t moved too far past men in tights.

SF – GPK is riding a crest of a wave at the moment, any ideas why and what do you think is still missing?

LI – Selfishly, I would love to see Topps embrace more diverse styles and approaches, because then they might let me do some of the official cards. I’m not too good at changing my approach, it’s hard-wired at this point– but it seems to me that many fans get excited about that. We’ve got some sketch artists doing really innovative and interesting work– and I personally think they should all be doing official cards, and guiding the property in new directions. I think that would please the core fans, but also possibly attract some new ones. Plus that’s the kind of art I like; I want to see the hand of the individual artist in the work. Yes, Topps is a big company, and big companies are risk-averse, but isn’t it sort of at the heart of GPK to go against the establishment?

SF – Do you have a favourite GPK character to draw?

LI – To be completely honest, I can’t get tired of drawing Adam Bomb. He’s asked for a lot– but he’s so simple and perfect that you can do a lot with him. I could draw Adam Bombs all day.

SF – Where else outside of GPK can we find your art? What are you working on at the moment that has you excited?

LI – I always have a few projects going at a time. I’ve got some picture books and comics out there, but lately I’ve been doing more with animation. I got to work on an opening title sequence for an upcoming Troma film (“Kill, Dolly, Kill!”) about a transvestite serial killer– and now I’m working on a wacky animation project on my own that I’ll probably start showing people bits of soon.

SF – What would be your dream illustration job?

LI – Well, the good (and maybe bad) thing about being an artist is that you don’t have to wait for a dream job– if you want to make something you can just make it. You don’t need much money to do it, you don’t have to wait for someone to give you permission– which is great, but it also means that all the steam has to come from you. I have sketchbooks full of ideas that I want to make into books and short animated films and everything else– it’s just a matter of doing it! Once you do the work opportunities tend to materialize– that’s what happened with GPK. I just started drawing goofy stuff for my wife, a sketch artist saw it and connected me to Topps. Now I’m a part of this really cool community.

SF – Would you recommend drawing sketch cards to any of your students? Do you think it’s opened any doors for you?

LI – I think I would– but it would need to be one who could draw really quickly. I wouldn’t recommend anyone do sketch cards who would spend time laboring over them, because the money from Topps is an insult (I don’t even bother to send in my invoices half the time, to be honest!). However, for me, “GPK” means the fans more than Topps. The fans are so enthusiastic, supportive, appreciative, and they make it worthwhile both creatively and financially. The thrill of saying you’re employed by Topps wears off fast– and I will admit I don’t treat them with much reverence anymore. But I will always be loyal to the fans, they’re such great people to work with– I would call a few of them real friends. And yes– I’ve made some interesting connections with GPK fans that led to other work, for sure.

SF – With the world in the state it is, do you think we need GPK right now more than ever (to parody politicians and champion counter culture)?

LI – We do– and again I think we’re missing a vibrant anti-commercial counter-culture right now. I don’t know how much good it does though, to be honest; we’ve got big problems, and too many people who want to ignore them (and are ready to fight to the death to preserve their ignorance). I’m a lot more cynical about the power of parody than I used to be. But, it makes me feel better to draw the things that piss me off or freak me out– it’s cathartic to make, and I think cathartic to look at, if nothing else.

SF – If Topps asked you to work on a political set, would you/could you do it?

LI – In a heartbeat– as long as I had some say about what I was drawing.

SF – What’s the last thing you drew? And can you show us?

LI – Sure– it was a weird little animation experiment I did last night– I’ll attach it as a gif.

SF – Are there any other franchises you would love to work on, outside of GPK?

LI – It was fun to do my take on TMNT– and when they let me do Star Wars, which I’m a life-long fan of, I was compelled to make fun of Jar Jar on every card. They wouldn’t accept a single one– but I made myself laugh, which is ultimately the goal. I just couldn’t play it straight– Star Wars has been eaten up by this massive corporation and my heart isn’t in it anymore. The truth is, I’m pretty tired of franchises altogether. You know what was great about all these franchises from the 1970s and 80s that we all love so much? They were new ideas! People were throwing out whatever odd-ball gross-out thing they could come up with– and we loved it! Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Robocop, Toxic Avenger, Pee-Wee, Beetlejuice, etc. etc. — there was no formula, it was just crazy shit– and we ate it up. If we really want to keep that spirit alive, we need to come up with crazy NEW ideas! Or at least visit these old properties in completely new ways.

SF – If you were a GPK character who would you be?

LI – I drew myself as a GPK character– I’ll send that along. I’ve done quite a few actually– the first GPK I ever did was my wife. That’s what I originally thought people would want– new characters based on themselves, that would be a lot of fun on my end. A couple of folks have asked for that. If I had to say, I guess Nasty Nick– what’s better than a Dracula? They did one Lowell card– a hockey player named Lowell Goal. Yuck!

SF – Who’s your favourite artist outside of GPK right NOW?

LI – I’m going to choose an illustrator who I was a fan of, who became a teacher, and eventually a friend. C. F. Payne could easily have done GPK, he did a lot for Mad Magazine and other editorials, and I’ve learned a lot from him in every way. That includes some of his techniques but also his approach to art and to the creative life– he’s a great artist and educator.

SF – We started on Demons so let’s end there too…(bonus question!) who would win in a fight between Hot Scott and Cranky Frankie?

LI – I’ll say Hot Scott because I think he looks cooler.

Lowell Isaac
Illustrator, Lecturer

Interview was conducted by longtime GPK collectors Sybil Ferro, Will Marston, Slippa Chervascus, Roddy Francisco Fell, and Alicia Forrest in July 2020, and originally appeared on the Garbage Pail Kids Misfits Facebook group. Sybil can be contacted here.

Topps Launches Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Aug. Week 2

The summer of holidays continues. Today Topps launches Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays August Week 2. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. Each set also comes with one light green parallel card. Sets can be purchased for $19.99 each or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available on for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.

•6A Decays Crew
• 6B Flesh & Blood Judd
• 7A Left Turner
•7B Lefty Louie
• 8A Relaxed Max
• 8B Rest Phil
• 9A Bumbling BEA
•9B Buzzed Bonnie
•10A Adam Bomb
• 10B Thrifty Theo

Topps Launches Exclusive eBay Garbage Pail Kids Set

Seems like a natural fit. For the first time, eBay is working with Topps to launch an officially licensed exclusive card set. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids eBay set. The set features 10 cards, 5 new paintings with a/b versions. All the gags are parodies of all things eBay and trading cards. All artwork for the set was created by artist Joe Simko. The set is available for $19.99. Shipping is free. The set can only be purchased on eBay’s website via the Topps Vault page. The set will be available for 7 days. There is no word if Topps will reveal the print run from the sales. Here is a checklist along with pictures of the cards.

1A eBay Ray
 1B Winning Bud
 2A Leaky Lindsay
 2B Messy Tessi
 3A Nat Nerd
 3B Clark Can’t
 4A Outbid Betty
 4B Loser Lisa
 5A Sniper Sam
 5B Trigger Finger

Topps Partners with Blockchain Heroes for Exclusive Digital Atomic Adam Card

Did you try out any of the digital WAX x Topps Garbage Pail Cards? If so you may have a couple of gifts waiting for you in your account. Topps partnered with Blockchain Heroes to pass out exclusive versions of a new card, Atomic Adam. The card was created to help promote a new upcoming digital NFT launch called Blockchain Heroes. All WAX wallets that contain a GPK or BCH card were gifted two cards Wednesday night. Everyone received the “common” version of the card. Everyone also received one parallel version. The different versions available, and chances accounts had to receive them are; Uncommon (59.35%), Rare (25%), Epic (12%), Legendary (3%), Mythic (.5%), and Golden Fury (.15%).  Blockchain Heroes is a set based on popular blockchain figures, turned into superheroes. This version of Adam Bomb was drawn to match the superhero theme of the set. The back of the card features Atomic Adam’s back story. This marks the first time new Garbage Pail Kids artwork has debuted on the WAX Blockchain. Collectors wishing to check out what card they received must log into their Wax Cloud Wallet at the Atomic Assets website. BCH is based on the new Atomic Assets standard, therefore the Atomic Adam is only visible on sites that support Atomic Assets. Collectors can view their Atomic Adam and buy/sell versions of the card there. Be sure to check your account, you may have a valuable card waiting for you!

Abrams Announces Garbage Pail Kids Book 2 Thrills and Chills

As first reported by GPKWorld, Abrams books has announced the second release in the R.L. Stine Garbage Pail Kids book series. Titled Thrills and Chills, the book is scheduled to be released Mar. 23, 2021. Once again Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko are listed as illustrators on the book. There was no artwork shown, nor mention of any cards as of yet coming with the book. This will be the second book in a planned three book series with Goosebumps author R.L Stine. The first book, Welcome to Smellville is scheduled to be released Sept. 29, 2020. Here is the information given on Abrams website.

  • Imprint: Amulet Books
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2021
  • Price: $14.99
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-4363-4
  • EAN: 9781419743634
  • Page Count: 208
  • Illustrations: Black-and-white illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All
  • Additional formats:

Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine teams up with the pop-culture phenomenon Garbage Pail Kids for the second volume in this all-new illustrated middle-grade series sure to amuse, entertain, and repulse!

The Garbage Pail Kids are desperate to win the Smellville Pet Contest. But how can they compete against Good Boy, the perfect Chihuahua of the Perfect twins? Good Boy can stand on his head and do algebra problems blindfolded. But the whole thing goes out of control when our heroes meet five new kids who also call themselves the Garbage Pail Kids! Meet Windy Winston, Nat Nerd, Brett Sweat, Nasty Nancy, and Disgustin’ Justin. They all share the grand prize—a free all-day trip to Six Thrills Amusement Park. Will anyone have a good time? And will anyone survive?

Topps Reveals Print Run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays July Week 5

Topps ended July on a high note for sales of their weekly holiday sets. After ending yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays July Week 5. The set sold a total of 568 copies. This is over 100 more than any other week in July. It also continues a trend of the last week of the each month’s sales being higher, which is turning into an odd phenomenon. Can Topps continue the momentum until August?

Topps Launches Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays August Week 1

The fifth month of holidays sets has begun. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays August Week 1. This week’s set contains the usual 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. Artists Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera painted a card for the set. There is also a light green parallel that comes with each set. The set is available for $19.99 or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. There are also 10×14 posters of each card available for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be on sale for 7 days on Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist and pictures of the cards.

•1A Resting Eddie
• 1B Burnt Ernie
• 2A Hung-Up Howie
•2B Repelling Roper
• 3A Jack Strap
• 3B Brandhen Briefs
• 4A Fresh Breath Seth
• 4B Fresh Phil
• 5A Clowny CLARENCE
• 5B Funny SONNY

Gold Plated Garbage Pail Kids Coins to Launch Friday

After three hugely successful coin launches, collectors will get a chance to add a little gold to their collection. The first three coins from Adam Goldberg all sold out within minutes. This Friday, will offer all three of the officially Topps licensed coins in a 24 KT gold plated version. Coins will cost $99.99 each, with purchases limited to 1 of each coin. There will only be 35 of each coin available. Coins will go on sale this Friday, 8/7, at 1:00 EST. This is the last planned version of these coins. The company will begin offering a new series of coins and pins in the coming weeks.

Trash Talkin’ With GPK Sketch Artist Barry Nygma

Interview is republished, by permission, from Sybil Ferro and the Garbage Pail Kids Misfits Facebook group, © 2020.

In the first instalment of our soon to be regular feature – “Trash Talkin”, we caught up with Misfit favourite, Barry Nygma and asked him 13 lucky questions, so we all get to know him a little better!

Sybil Ferro – Did you collect Garbage Pail Kids when you were younger and what is your earliest memory of GPK?

Barry Nygma – I absolutely was obsessed with them… My Mom would take me shopping about once a week or so and I would always talk her into letting me buy a pack or two of trading cards. I started out with Baseball cards (in ’85, the Royals, my hometown team, won the World Series), but in addition, I also loved comics and cartoon images so Baseball Grossouts and Garbage Pail kids were right up my alley. After a while, it was mostly GPK and I would sit on the floor of the grocery store (GPK and non-sports cards wer bottom-shelf items) and try to use the Force (yes, I was also a Star Wars nerd) to figure out which pack or two to buy…

SF – Who’s your favourite character to draw?

BN – It changes from day to day… I always try to slide a few of my favorites into every set; Janet Planet, Heavin Steven, etc… But really I’m trying to draw more characters that I HAVEN’T drawn repeatedly. Or that get ignored in sketches. Working with quite a few more ANS Kids this round.

SF – Are there any scenes or characters from GPK that you won’t draw?

BN – I don’t care much for a lot of the more sexualized characters. And characters that are playing with poo. Adult GPK aren’t much fun. And after having recieved my only rejected card on a Trump piece, I’m avoiding a lot of political stuff, as well.

SF – Other than in its hay day, GPK has always been quite niche and on the fringes – what do you think that says about us Collectors?

BN – I think that most collectors are fringe people who’s tastes aren’t dictated by any particular cultural trends. It’s a weird hobby for adults to have and most of us still clutch onto that childish side for nostalgia… It takes us back to a wistful time when we we’re young, innocent, the whole future was ahead of us still and we didn’t have herpes yet.

SF – What are your GPK aspirations?

BN – I’d like to do a base card or two someday… But I’m pretty solid with where I am now with it. There’s politics involved with getting to the top in any field and I don’t know that I’m willing to contend with that side of the Art world.

SF – GPK is definitely riding the crest of a wave right now. Why do you think that is and how long do you think it will last?

BN – I think most people who remember them fondly from their childhood are now working and have the money to buy things from their childhood that make them happy… Or they didn’t have them as a kid and never stopped thinking about them.
I think it will last as long as there are crazy collectors willing to splash out the kind of money that things like tiny statues and superfractors demand… Having said that, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around what people are willing to pay for manufactured rarity.

SF – What’s the weirdest reaction you’ve had when you’ve told someone that you draw GPK for a job?

BN – Blank looks, mostly. Then I have to explain what a sketchcard is… Or what a Garbage Children is. Then it’s mostly polite smiles and nods.

SF – Have you missed the convention scene whilst we’ve been in lockdown?

BN – Yes and no… I was looking forward to GrossCon, but couldn’t risk it with my wife being high-risk. I love talking to other fans about what we do and the history of our hobby. Local Cons, not as much. There have been a few that were great and a few that were pretty meh. But for all the preparation and having prints/stickers/pre-sketched cards/comic covers/etc. is pretty time-consuming and takes away from time spent creating.

SF – Are there any other franchises you would love to work on, outside of GPK?

BN – Honestly, I’ve done the Big 3 that I really wanted to do. GPK is always nearest and dearest, but Mars Attacks and Wacky Packages were also on my list. And I did them both, and even got to draw some Ninja Turtles, as well!

SF – What GPK character are you most like? (If you were a GPK character who would you be?)

BN – Probably that Smokin’ Joe character from Late to School that’s covered in a rainbow of paint… I’m always finding ink smudges or acrylic paint smears on my arms and clothes.

SF – What is GPK missing?

BN – I still miss the old fashioned Bazooka Joe style comics on the back, along with the mail-away items. I also miss file folder backs… They both held my attention even more than the front of the cards. Clever writing, great gags, a new bit of art for beloved characters… It was all there.

SF – Who’s your favourite artist outside of GPK right NOW?

BN – Probably Ron English, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Ernie Bushmiller, or Banksy.

Though, not to be sneezed at is the work of many of our fine GPK Artists outside of GPK. John Pound and Jay Lynch’s work on various underground comix blew my mind when I first stumbled across them in my Uncle’s basement, and Tom Bunk’s MAD work is outstanding, as is Denis St. John’s and Lowell Isaac’s comics.

SF – Who would win in a fight between Ray Decay and Toothie Ruthie?

A Dentist.

Interview was conducted by longtime GPK collectors Sybil Ferro, Will Marston, Slippa Chervascus, Roddy Francisco Fell, and Alicia Forrest in July 2020, and originally appeared on the Garbage Pail Kids Misfits Facebook group. Sybil can be contacted here.