GPK sketch artists have been spending countless sleepless nights working on sketch cards for both 2017S2 GPK Battle of the Bands and 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s. The deadline for artists completing sketches for Battle of the Bands is quickly approaching in early September. That hasn’t stopped some artists from not only completing their sketches, but also getting Topps approval. While I’ve only seen a couple of artists gain approval so far, more will be in the coming weeks. I will keep a running post below as artists share sketches. (Note that all sketches must be approved by Topps before being inserted into packs. Also, Topps will hold sketches back for replacements.) All photos courtesy of the artist, their Facebook page and/or website.
Riot Fest Chicago, the popular music festival started today and is set to run through this Sunday. As they announced earlier this week, Riot Fest Garbage Pail Kids licensed sets went on sale this morning when the show opened. The 10 card set features brand new artwork from Engstrom, Simko, and Gross. This set is a little different than most, as Riot Fest does this set under a license deal with Topps. Riot Fest and the bands must approve the artwork in advance and are in charge of distribution.
The set is a little larger than last year’s set, and with that comes a price increase. The sets are being sold for $29.99 each at the merchandise booth at the show. This is the only place you are able to buy the set directly. If you aren’t able to attend the show there is always eBay. There are already plenty of sets listed on eBay, and just like last year it will cost you quite a bit more. Merchants told customers there were 300 sets available on Friday for sale. Those easily sold in the first few hours of the show. Information on if more will be available Sat/Sun or the complete print run is not clear.
That’s not all Riot Fest has to offer. The artwork for card #1 in the set, Riot Beast, is also being offered as a t-shirt at the show. Thanks to GPK collector Edward TropicBlue for the info and picture of the shirt. This licensed shirt is available to concertgoers for $30 at the show.
After taking a couple of weeks off, Topps is back with another awards set Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2017 Prime Slime Awards online set. This 12 card set consists of 6 new cards available in a/b versions. The set parodies popular TV shows that are up for Emmy awards at this weekend’s show. Brent Engstrom did the art for all the cards in the set. The set is only sold as a 12 card set for $39.99. A 3 set bundle is also available for $109.99. Unlike the last couple of sets where each pair of cards was also sold separately. This also marks a higher price point that the previous music sets offered. Shipping is free in the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards will be available on topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist and pictures of the cards.
It appears the name of the mystery online GPK set Topps is working on will be called Garbage Pail Kids Classic. This at least according to the sketch card information sent to artists this week. The “Classic” name matches up with a similar set being worked on at the same time with the Wacky Packages brand, Old School 6. Here’s what we know about the set as of now.
What can we infer about the name, Garbage Pail Kids Classic? Will the set consist of classic characters, or new characters drawn in the old classic John Pound style? At the same time as this set, Topps is also working on Wacky Packages Old School 6. In fact sketch cards were sent at the same time for this project with the same deadline. The Wacky Packages Old School sets have historically been an ode to the hardcore collector. So the big question is will GPK Classic be a similar product for GPK collectors? While the size of the set is unknown, word is both Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko have completed the artwork already for the base cards.
Speaking of sketches, artists began receiving their sketch blanks this week. Each artist is set to complete 28 sketches for the set with a tight deadline of 9/27. Sketch blanks have the straight blue GPK banner with the yellow nameplate on the front. The backs feature Adam Bomb on a pink background. Very simple classic design, matches the set name. As of right now we have been able to confirm 25 artists working on sketches for the set. The artist list is a mix of veteran and new GPK sketch artists. There are 21 artists who have worked on other sets or are working already on the upcoming sets, they are; Simone Arena, Ro Garcia Astorga, Michael Barnard, Bobby Blakey, Neil Camera, Jasmine Contois, Jason Crosby, “Chenduz” Vincenzo D’Ippolito, Patrick Giles, Cecilia Granata, Kelly Greider, Kevin Lea, Rory McQueen, Lily Mercado, Rich Molinelli, JM Monserrat, Chad Scheres, Brent Scotchmer, Matt Steffens, and Magnus VonRobotsson. There are also 5 brand new artists making their GPK debut, they are; David Acevedo, Joey Fitchett, Shane Garvey, Daniel Goodroad, and Rickey Kipfer. With 25 artists X 28 sketches, right now that will be 700 sketches for the complete print run.
Release date is still a mystery. Wacky Packages Old School 6 is rumored to release in October. However, no information is available for a release of GPK Classic. With the release of the retail GPK set Battle of the Bands, October could shape up to be a very busy month for Garbage Pail Kids.
That’s right the very popular GPK set offered at last year’s Riot Fest Chicago show is back again for another year. Today on their blog the music festival announced a set for this year’s show. The 10 card set is based on various musical acts. The show takes place next weekend, Sept. 15-17 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL. The show didn’t reveal much about the set, other than people interested in purchasing it should show up early as quantities will once again be very limited and are expected to sell out fast. No pricing or print run information has been revealed. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
1) Riot Fest (“Riot Beast”) – Artist: Brent Engstrom
2) New Found Glory (“New Found Gory”) – Artist: David Gross
3) Against Me! (“Agnes T. Me!”) – Artist: Brent Engstrom
4) Tim Armstrong (“Tim Strong Arm”) – Artist: Joe Simko
5) The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (“Mighty Migh-Ty”) – Artist: David Gross
6) Rise Against (“Rise Aghast”) – Artist: David Gross
7) Fishbone (“Fisher Bone”) – Artist: David Gross
8) Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue (“Heads-Zapoppin”) – Artist: David Gross
9) “The Port-a-Parties” – Artist: Joe Simko
10) “Riot Feast” – Artist: Brent Engstrom
File this one under the way early rumor file. Garbage Pail Kids Sketch artists received invites today from Topps to work on sketches for an upcoming online release. Artists are signing up to work on 25 regular sized sketches with a due date of late Sept. Artists will also have 3 return cards available. Beyond that nothing else is known about the set other than its for an online release. Let the speculation begin! More info to come as Topps announces the product.
As we shared with you last week, Creepy Co. is set to offer a slew of new officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids merchandise. The company already offered a teaser recently by showing an Adam Bomb enamel pin that will be available. Here is everything else you can expect to be able to purchase later this week.
By offering pins for their own brand, as well as other brands, Creepy Co. has lots of experience in the enamel pin business. The first wave of GPK merchandise will include 5 pins featuring four OS 1 characters, and one OS 3 character. The pin checklist consists of; Nasty Nick, Dead Ted, Adam Bomb, Bony Joanie, and Grim Jim. All pins come attached on a card backing with the straight Garbage Pail Kids banner, Peel Here arrow, and Name Plate. Each enamel pin will be available for $11.99.
Next up will be the GPK Series 1 Button Pack by Creepy Co. The pack will feature six buttons attached to a card back with the Straight Garbage Pail Kids Banner and both the Topps and Creepy Co. logos. The buttons themselves only have character artwork along with the curved “GPK” banner that Topps has been using for licensed merchandise recently. The checklist features characters from OS 1, OS 3, and OS 4; Nasty Nick, Weird Wendy, Juicy Jessica, Frank N. Stein, Eerie Eric, and Bony Tony. The GPK Series 1 Button Pack will be available for $9.99.
Lastly, Creepy Co. will be offering a throw back to Imperial Toy’s 1986 release of Stick-Ons stickers. Garbage Pail Kids Puffy Stick-Ons will feature a pack of 12 retro stickers. A mix of OS 1, OS 3, OS 4, and OS 5 characters make up the checklist. In the pack will be; Bony Joanie, Nasty Nick, Dead Ted, Haunted Hollis, Max Axe, Grim Jim, Wrappin Ruth, Bony Tony, Jack O. Lantern, Ned Head, Eerie Eric, and Adam Bomb. Once again, the packaging features the Straight Garbage Pail Kids Banner and both the Topps and Creepy Co. logos. The stickers all feature the character Name Plate. The sticker pack will cost $6.99.
After seeing all this great merchandise, the question is what’s next? The company confirmed with GPKNews their license with Topps is long term. New GPK products are scheduled to come out quarterly. The company is also working on officially licensed retail products for later in 2018. Creepy Co. also confirmed to GPKNews that the first wave of GPK merchandise will be available on the Creepy Co. website store this Thursday, 9/7, at 7:00 PM Central time. The products will be in their warehouse and ready to ship that day, so get your credit cards ready!
For the first time in months, Topps decided to put out back to back sets. Both sets were themed based on various popular music artists. Just like the ratings for the MTV Video Awards show, GPK collectors were lukewarm to the online set. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids 2017 Emtpy-V Awards online set. Sales for this set were a small fraction of the previous week’s Best of the Fest set. All cards in the set finished in the 90’s for total sales. Once again Topps revealed sales for the complete sets sold at 92. Those sales show that 4 of the 6 cards were not purchased individually, as they also finished with 92. Turns out this is the biggest difference from the Best of the Fest set, as those cards all had solid individual sales. Here is how the final totals came out.
Creepy Co. teased GPK collectors just a couple of weeks ago that they obtained a GPK license and would soon be producing officially licensed products. In a blog post earlier this week, Creepy has begun to let collectors know exactly what they will be able to get their hands on. Three products are planned as part of their “first wave” GPK Launch. First off, Creepy will be launching 5 enamel lapel pins all on GPK card backers. Included in their blog post is the picture below of their Adam Bomb pin. Next is a 6 button set on a “Throwback Sun-Faded First Series pink” card backer. Finally, they will be reproducing a 12 puffy sticker set featuring classic characters. Of note the mention of “first wave” for GPK items, and the “first of many” mentions on the buttons leads me to believe there will be more releases to come down the line. No pricing information or availability date is available yet. The blog post mentions Creepy Co. will be revealing all the details next Thursday on their website.
How much do GPK collectors like their bands? A little more than the 4th of July, but less than their favorite comic characters. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Best of the Fest 2017 online set. The 18 card set featured 9 new cards available in a/b versions all based on the top music acts from summer concerts. In what probably shouldn’t be a surprise, it turns out GPK collectors like GWAR. The cards based on that band led the way in sales with 186 copies sold. The remaining cards all finished in the 140 range. In a break from tradition, Topps also appears to have revealed the number of complete sets sold with 116. Sales remain consistent for the online offers despite the large breaks between sets. Here are how the final numbers ended up.