New Topps GPK Presidential Debate Set Coming Soon

Garbage Pail Kids Brand Manager Mark Von Ohlen posted to his twitter account today a preview of some new GPK artwork featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as King Kong and Godzilla going at each other in preparation for the first presidential debate. With the first debate coming tomorrow night, it appears there might be a new set popping up on the store tomorrow. If so, this will be the third straight week with an exclusive GPK set being offered. Come back tomorrow to GPK News, for info once the set releases.


2016 GPK Prime Slime Trashy TV Sketch Preview

Last Updated 9/23 with sketches from Chenduz, Arena, Meeks, Mangus, and Moffett.

While the 2016 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Trashy TV set is not set to release until 10/5, artists have begun to let slip some previews of sketches they have been drawing that will be inserted into packs. (Note: All sketches must be approved by Topps before they are inserted into packs. Also all sketches will not be inserted as Topps holds some back for damaged or missing hits.) Expect the a flurry of sketch previews about 4-6 weeks before the set’s release. I will continue to update this post as artists continue to show off sketches. All photos courtesy of the artist’s Facebook page and/or website.

Artist: Jeff Zapata

Artist: Lowell Isaac

Artist: Cecilia Granata

Artist: Jon Gregory

Artist: Chad Scheres

Artist: Patrick Giles

Artist: Jason Heil

Artist: Matt Steffens

Artist: Dennis Gortkaowski

Artist: Michael Barnard

Artist: Magnus Von Robotsson

Artist: Barry Nygma

Artist: Robert Jimenez

Artist: Rich Molinelli

Artist: Lily Mercado

Artist: Sean Norvet

Artist: Kelly Greider

Artist: Cathy Razim

Artist: Chris Meeks

Artist: Jason Crosby

Artist: Sobot Cortez

Artist: GPK Dave Dabila

Artist: Daniel Contois

Artist: Matthew Kirscht

Artist: Simone Arena

Artist: Neil Camera

Artist: Chenduz

Artist: Ryan Moffett

Artist: Dan Burn Webster


Topps Reveals Print Run for GPK Fall TV Preview Set

artgpk-stic-16gpapft-cs-setAfter the very successful Music themed set, Best of the Fest, sold much higher numbers, the print run for the latest online exclusive set came back down to previous levels. Topps released the print run information for Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie Prime Slime Fall TV Preview set today on their Topps Blog. The second preview set based on the upcoming Trashy TV set saw sales numbers dip back into the low 200’s. The card based off of The Evil Dead TV series proved to be the most popular among collectors, leading the way with 229 copies sold. Here is the complete print run:

  • 229 – Slashed Ash
  • 215 – Big Bang Theo
  • 213 – Adhering Angus
  • 213 – Revolting Roger
  • 213 – Transformed Thomas

Topps Launches GPK Prime Slime Awards Online Set

artgpk-16c2s-16gpap-pacs-setTopps today launched Garbage Pail Kids American as Apple Pie Prime Slime Awards set only available in the Topps Store. The set is based off of this past weekend’s prime time Emmy Awards show. This set gives Topps a perfect way to promote their next set based off of popular TV shows. However, despite carrying the Prime Slime name, the set still falls under the American As Apple Pie banner. The set features 10 new pieces of artwork featuring nominees from the Emmy awards show. Each character can be purchased as a 2 card a/b set for $9.99 or the entire 20 card set can be purchased for $49.99. Like with previous sets, free shipping is being offered when you choose the SmartPost option. The set is available for 7 days with the sale ending next Monday, 9/26, at 12:00 Eastern time. Topps said the print run will be revealed after the sale on their Topps Blog. Here is the checklist along with images of the cards.

1A: Bombastic Bryan
1B: Conceited Cranston
2A: Convicted Cuba
2B: Gotcha Gooding
3A: Cookie Monster
3B: Terrible Taraji
4A: John Revolta
4B: Tosses Travolta
5A: King Kevin
5B: Spade Spacey
6A: Kit’s Kingdom
6B: Haughty Harington
7A: Torn Tina
7B: Partitioned Poehler
8A: Ecstatic Ellie
8B: Cultish Kemper
9A: Lookalike Larry
9B: Doppelgänger David
10A: Absorbed AmyRead More


10 Questions With…Garbage Pail Kids Artist JungHwa Im

imautoFor most GPK collectors JungHwa Im is a mystery. Unlike a lot of current artists, JungHwa doesn’t have much of an internet presence. However, having painted over 100 GPK card fronts, JungHwa is a part of GPK history. She started painting card fronts with the BNS 1 series, and continues doing paintings on the current sets. She also made a bit of GPK history by becoming the first full time female GPK artist. I was able to conduct this e-mail interview with JungHwa this week. We talk about her art schooling, how you can contact her to purchase art, and her place in GPK history.

GPKNews – Thanks for the interview! You are a veteran GPK artist now, you started back with the BNS 1 release, I believe. What is your art background? Did you have any schooling in art? Self-taught?

JungHwa Im – Yeah, I started working on GPK from BNS 1, but I still don’t feel like I’m a veteran artist for GPK. There are many other artists who have been working on it for so long and who are really talented doing it. I will wait for a few more years to call myself a veteran artist, but thanks so much for your acknowledgement. Yes, I did go to an art school for my BFA and went to a grad school for my MFA, both in painting.

GPKNews – What memories, if any, do you have of Garbage Pail Kids growing up? Did you collect when you were a child, do you collect now?

JHI – You know, I grew up in South Korea and we didn’t have GPK there. But there was Cabbage Patch Kids, of course. So, it was only 11 years ago that I first saw GPK. I loved the oddness and boldness of it. Images like GPK were/are non-existent in Korea. There are a lot of cute characters, mainly from the influence of Japan, but I hope someday it will make its way to Korea. So my answer to you is no, I didn’t collect GPKs when I was growing up. I’d love to collect some original artwork when I pay off all my student loan debt!

GPKNews – How were you brought in the door at Topps and working on Garbage Pail Kids?

JHI – I went to Pratt Institute with Colin Walton. I heard that he was looking for some new artists for GPK. I studied the character style and finally showed a few of my sample paintings to him. It was scary!

GPKNews – You’ve also painted Wacky Packages cards for Topps. Have you done other work on trading card sets for Topps or any other company?

JHI – No, the only other Topps product I worked on are Wacky Packages. I haven’t worked for other trading card companies.

GPKNews – How many paintings did you do for the upcoming Trashy TV set?

JHI – I did 15 paintings for the Trashy TV set.

imrelicGPKNews – Do you know how many total GPK paintings you’ve completed for Topps?

JHI – I’ve lost count of how many total GPK paintings I’ve done since I started.

GPKNews – Many of the GPK artists in the past have done pack inserted sketch cards for the various GPK releases. I don’t believe you have done any. Have you ever considered doing pack inserted sketch cards?

JHI – I have thought about doing the sketch cards, but I’m not good at doing quick sketches. I know there’re a lot of artists who are good at it.

GPKNews – It seems almost everyone is on the Internet and social media these days. Many of the GPK artists have art websites or Facebook pages showing off and selling not only their GPK artwork, but other artwork and commissions. Do you have an Internet presence that shows your art?

JHI – I don’t have any English social media, just some Korean ones. I do get emails from collectors every now on then, and I appreciate them so much for their support and love of GPK! I like the small email exchanges with the collectors, because by having a conversation you become more personal to them and they are to you.

GPKNews – Do you take on any commission work for Garbage Pail Kids?

JHI – Yes, I do take on commission work.

GPKNews – Do you sell your final GPK paintings? If so what’s the best way for collectors to inquire on what may be available.

JHI – Yes, I do sell my final pieces. The best way to reach me is at

GPKNews – Are there any other projects you have in the pipeline besides Garbage Pail Kids?

JHI – Yes, I have some Wacky Packages on the way.

GPKNews – Have you seen the 30 Years of Garbage documentary that Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata directed? If so, what did you think of the movie?

JHI – Sorry, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but plan to.

GPKNews – GPKs have historically been a male dominated realm. While Mae Jeon, (a Topps in house artist), was the first female to paint GPKs, she only did a couple of OS cards. What are your thoughts about being the first and only full time female GPK artist? Do you see yourself as a pioneer?

JHI – Isn’t it funny that Mae Jeon was also a Korean? No, I don’t see myself as a pioneer. I haven’t really done much for GPK. There are many more artists who deserve that title. I do feel proud that I’m working on a such unique characters as GPK. Really, there aren’t anything like them anymore. I don’t know if it has anything to do me being female or male, but yes, hopefully there will be even more female artists working on the GPK in the future!

GPKNews – Finally, do you have a favorite Garbage Pail Kid? How about a favorite that you’ve drawn?

JHI – My favorite GPK is Boozin’ BRUCE. I just love the joke and the how it’s painted. There’s a nostalgia. My favorite painting I’d say is Juan Percent. That piece is personal to me because we are all affected by social injustice.



Topps Launches Prime Slime Fall TV Preview Online Set

artgpk-stic-16gpapft-cs-setFor the second time this summer Topps is offering a Prime Slime Trashy TV preview set online via their Topps Store. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie Prime Slime Fall TV Preview set. Like the previous set offered earlier this summer, the set is still listed under the Apple Pie banner. Celebrating shows like Big Bang Theory and MacGyver the set consists of 5 new pieces of artwork with a/b variations. Two card a/b sets can be purchased for $9.99 each, while the entire 10 card set can be purchased for $29.99. Once again free shipping is being offered via the SmartPost option. The cards are available for 7 days with the sale ending next Tuesday, 9/20, at 12:00 PM Eastern time. As usual Topps said the print run for the sets will be revealed on their Topps Blog. Here is the checklist and images for the new set:

  • 1A: Big Bang Theo
  • 1B: Subatomic Sheldon
  • 2A: Adhering Angus
  • 2B: Mucus MacGyver
  • 3A: Transformed Tomas
  • 3B: Mad Marcus
  • 4A: Revolting Roger
  • 4B: Messy Martin
  • 5A: Slashed Ash
  • 5B: Bookish Bruce

Topps Reveals Print Run for GPK Best of the Fest Set

ARTGPK-STIC-16GPAPBF-OA-SETWelcome to the Jungle! Topps released the print run information for the recent set, Garbage Pail Kids American as Apple Pie Best of the Fest. The set comprised of leading acts from summer music fests, proved to be a hit with collectors. For the first time in a while, Topps received a lot of press on this set. Many music industry websites, social media accounts, and radio stations made mention of the set when it was for sale. This led to the highest selling entertainment online set so far for Topps. The only online exclusive sets that sold more copies were the first three presidential candidate sets. The Axl Rose inspired Gn’R/ACDC cards proved most popular with collectors leading the ways with 495 copies sold. Many more individual cards sold this time around, as the lowest produced card based on the Roots sold 395 copies. Here is the complete print run info as posted on Topps Blog:

  • 495 – Overworked Axl
  • 491 – Bob Weird
  • 487 – Meaty Morrissey
  • 445 – Crying Cure
  • 424 – Radio Dead
  • 413 – Death Cab For Frontman
  • 408 – Fiery Flea
  • 401 – Decked Beck
  • 396 – Arcade Fired
  • 395 – Tree Roots

Topps and Riot Fest Team Up to Offer Exclusive GPK Set

GWAR-NOIRTopps just wrapped up selling an exclusive online set of cards celebrating summer music festivals. Now Topps is teaming up with the music festival Riot Fest to offer an exclusive Garbage Pail Kids set based off of bands attending the Chicago festival. Riot Fest announced on their website today that Riot Fest Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids would be offered only at the merchandise stand during the show taking place Sept. 16-18. The set features 8 cards, one of each band. The only information revealed by the festival is packs featuring the entire set will be available in limited quantities and they are expected to sell out. No mention of pricing or print run information. Here is the checklist along with images of the cards.

1) NOFX (“Fat Mike”)
2) The Lawrence Arms (“The Lawrence Harmed”)
3) Naked Raygun (“Ray Gun”)
4) Descendents (“Mad Milo”)
5) Riot Fest (“Riot Festus”)
6) Andrew WK (“Awesome Andrew”)
7) Taking Back Sunday (“Taking Back Tidal Wave”)
8) GWAR (“GWAR Noir”)


10 Questions With…Garbage Pail Kids Artist David Gross

File Aug 09, 12 11 32 AMBehind Tom Bunk, David Gross is the longest tenured current GPK artist. Doing Wacky Packs and Garbage Pail Kids, David has been an integral part of Topps products for many years. On Facebook he might be better known for the rejected concepts he constantly shows. Many of those rejected concepts found their way into a book he offered at the GPK-Con. David’s book was a highlight among collectors at the show. I sat down with David at the GPK-Con in Las Vegas for an interview. We talked about how he started working for Topps, his thoughts on the 30 Years of Garbage movie, and just why he would sneak into his sister’s room as a kid.

GPKNews – With the exception of Tom Bunk, I think you are the most senior current GPK artist, you started back with the ANS 4 series I believe? I’ve read you were a big Wacky Packs collector as a kid, what do you remember about GPK from back then?

David Gross – The first sight of GPK was my sister. She was a big collector, she was younger than me. She had boxes and boxes of them. In fact I have all of her cards now. I would sneak in her room, it was the only reason I would sneak in her room, and look at her cards. I would say these are cool cards. I wish they had made these during Wacky Packs times because I would have been a big collector of them. I was in just starting high school at the time. I now have all her cards because I raided the house before my parents moved and took all her cards. She’s still wondering where they are, don’t tell her.

GPKNews – What got your foot in the door to Topps and working on GPK, how were you brought in the fold?

DG – I knew Jay Lynch from doing some Wacky Packages of my own. I was just making up my own Wacky Packs in Photoshop, and I posted them on some site. Jay contacted me and we got to be friends a little bit. When he found out they were doing the new series he said, Dave you got to send some of these over but you can’t send the ones you did. I asked why, and he said because you did them in Photoshop, they are doing paintings. I was like alright cool. So I whipped out the paints and actually painted some. I was doing 5-foot by 5-foot paintings at the time, so doing something 5-inches by 7-inches was a little confusing to me at first. I’m so use to gigantic brushes. I had to find the smallest brushes I could find. I did three samples and sent them to Jeff Zapata. The same day I sent them, Jeff called me up and said we are going to use one of your pieces in the series as a bonus card, which was the Asteroids. Then, I immediately started doing the second series with them. I did 30 something pieces in the second series. This year I’ll be at 500 at some point.

GPKNews – Are you finished with the art for the next GPK set, Trashy TV? Is it full steam ahead on art for the first 2017 set, Adam-Geddon now?

DG – Yeah concepts have already been worked on. We are just starting the paintings. In fact when this is over I’ll be going home and start doing some of those.

GPKNews – You show your rejected concepts on your Facebook page, which is always a blast to look at. What % of concepts do you submit that actually get the green light?

DG – I’d say two thirds. I kind of have a good idea. Lots of times I’ll write them before I draw the thing, and say here’s the idea behind it do you like that or not. So I don’t have to waste the time with something they are flat out going to say no to. Lots of times he’ll say it sounds like a good idea but we have to see it first. You’ll get rejects when I do that, but it cuts it down a little bit.

GPKNews – How many paintings did you do for the upcoming Trashy TV set?

DG – I think I did 27, I believe.

GPKNews – Do you know how many total GPK paintings you are up to now?

DG – I don’t know the exact amount. I could probably figure it out, but I know its roughly 500 total Wacky and GPK after the 50th Anniversary Wacky set comes out.

GPKNews – You’ve mentioned to me this is the first show you’ve attended as an artist. What are your thoughts? Have you enjoyed meeting with fans of your work?

DG – I did San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con with Topps, but it was just going to their booth. I didn’t set up by myself. I set up there for a couple of hours and sketched for them. It’s cool every single person that’s come up I’ve contacted or talked to at some point through Facebook or eBay. Now I know everybody’s face. I’ve talked to these people many times and never knew what they looked like or had any meaningful conservations with them, other than talking about the artwork a little be briefly via Facebook. Now we are having some nice conversations. I’m meeting their kids, meeting their wives, so it’s cool.

File Aug 09, 12 12 07 AMGPKNews – At the show you are selling your reject book, your original art, roughs, and prints. Any other projects you have in the pipeline?

DG – Working on Wacky Packages 50th Anniversary set which will be for next year, but we are doing concepts for that. Then I assume there will be some more online sets. If there are any slow periods I’ll be painting some of my rejected ones and doing commissions. For the reject books I’ve got at least another hundred or so here. There are 30 something in the first book. I’ll just change the color of the book and do volume 2, volume 3… A lot of these are things I really wish had gotten in some of the sets.

GPKNews – You were interviewed for the 30 Years of Garbage doc. What did you think of the movie? What are your thoughts about being part of GPK history.

DG – I was blown away by the movie. I went to the premier with my family. They were blown away as well. We could not believe the quality of the movie. You would think it would be some low budget thing, but this is high quality, Academy Award documentary best feature material here. Great graphics, and the music was great. It was fantastic! We really loved the film. It was really cool to see yourself on the big screen.

GPKNews – Finally do you have an all time favorite Garbage Pail Kid? How about the favorite one that you have drawn?

DG – New Wave Dave of course, its my name. It really seems to be, over Adam Bomb, the biggest request I get seems to be that character. The characters I get the most requests for are Joe Blow, Adam Bomb, and New Wave Dave. New Wave Dave is my favorite for many reasons; I was into punk rock when I was young, wrote on a lot of walls… Of the ones I’ve drawn, the Willy Wonka one is up there. I like the Pac-Man one I recently I did. Also, the Marcel Duchamp one I did for the Artistic Influence, I really like that one a lot.


10 Questions With…GPK Sketch Card Artist Chad Scheres

File Aug 09, 12 09 44 AMChad Scheres loves his monsters. That’s evident when looking at his table full of custom made monster figures. In addition to being a sketch card artist on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages, Chad focuses on drawing and selling monster related cards and figures. I sat down with Chad at the GPK-Con in Las Vegas. We talked about how he got started with Topps, what he collected as a kid, and what’s in store in the future for his work.

GPKNews – You started doing pack inserted GPK sketches this year with the American as Apple Pie set. How did you get involved with Topps and doing GPK sketches? Have you done any work for other card sets?

Chad Scheres – There was a post on Facebook a few years ago that they were bringing back the Ugly Stickers. That’s what I was loved from being a kid. I draw monsters and ugly stuff, so I sent them some samples. I said I can do that, I draw ugly monsters, and forgot all about it. A few months later they sent me an e-mail and said they wanted me to do this Artists on Demand thing. I’m like great, I love Topps and always wanted to work for them. I did a couple months of Artists on Demand. Then they cancelled that and I started doing more samples for the Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packs. Then I did American as Apple Pie, and did the MLB Wacky Packs. I just finished up the Trashy TV sketch cards, and now there will be another series in January coming out. I’m still waiting to hear on the 50th anniversary of Wacky Packs, because I would really love to work on those.

GPKNews – Were you a GPK fan/collector before you started doing the sketches?

CS – I knew all about them and thought they were cool. By the time they came out in 1985 I was in high school, so I was off on other things. I’m more of a Wacky Packages guy because that’s what I collected as a kid. As far as Topps stuff goes, it was all Wacky Packages and Star Wars when I was a kid. I saw GPKs and thought they were cool. I had picked some up over the years, and picked some up when the new series came out in 2002 and 2003. I picked up a few of those, but I didn’t really start drawing them until after I got on with the Artists on Demand thing. I didn’t know what a sketch card was at that point. Once I started doing that, I started drawing really small because my stuff is on a bigger scale. Now that I’ve drawn so many of these things I’m getting better at it.

GPKNews – How is the work coming on the sketches for the next GPK set, Trashy TV? I saw some of the previews you posted on Facebook, they look great!

I’m done with the required cards. I still have to do my artists returns. I just got my duel artist cards back the day before I left here, so next week is going to be busy.

GPKNews – Do you know who your partner is on the Duel Artist sketches? Are there artists you would like to work with?

CS – I love working with all these guys. On Apple Pie I worked with Chris Meeks. His stuff is amazing, it blew me away. This time I’m paired up with a new artist Kelly Greider, really beautiful stuff. I got his stuff in the mail the other day, really beautiful. I’m proud to be hooked up with any of these guys.

GPKNews – Have you seen the 30 Years of Garbage documentary that Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko directed? What did you think?

CS – I’ve seen it twice. I watched it once, then had it on a second time while I was working and listen to it. It’s great, I loved it, very informative.

GPKNews – What are your thoughts about being part of that history now?

CS – I love being a part of it, it’s great. When I was a kid I would ride my bike to the store to buy Wacky and Star Wars cards. The Topps logo and the brand has always been a part of my life. So actually being able to work for them and getting a paycheck with that logo on it was really cool, it’s great.

GPKNews – How many of these comic/toy/art conventions do you do a year?

CS – Usually I’ll do 2 or 3 depending. I’m from Spokane, Washington so there’s always one there that I do every year. I’ve done Emerald City Seattle Comic Con. I didn’t do it this year but might to it next year. When I saw this pop up I definitely knew I had to be here for this one.

File Aug 09, 12 10 17 AMGPKNews – This is the first GPK-Con what are your thoughts of the show so far? How has the GPK fan turnout been for the show?

CS – Its great, there’s been a good turnout and the fans have been great. It’s nice to connect faces with names because I talk to people on Facebook all the time. It’s nice to meet them in person.

GPKNews – At the show you are selling some of your own sketch work and prints. Do you have any other projects in the pipeline either with your own work or for another company?

CS – Not really, I’m doing more sketch cards, prints, and sketch covers. I’ve got hundreds of sketch covers at home so if anyone wants one let me know. I love doing the sketch covers. I’m always sculpting something and casting something for a new resin figure. I’m just constantly working on something. I create something new every day.

GPKNews – Finally do you have an all time favorite Garbage Pail Kid?

CS – That’s really tough, the grosser the better. Usually any of the monster related ones. Nasty Nick of course because he’s a vampire. Any Werewolf or Frankenstein, any of the classic monster related ones are my favorites. Or if there is a lot of blood or snot in there. I like the gross stuff.