Artists/Collectors Prepare for First GPK-Con

GPK_LOGO copyGarbage Pail Kids collectors and artists are prepping for the first ever GPK-Con, taking place next weekend at the Super Toy Con event in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. A few weeks ago GPKNews brought you an interview with Super Toy Con Executive Producer Andy Goodman that gave collectors a great look into what the show was about. Now that we are a week away let’s take a look at what many of the artists and vendors will have available during the show.

GPK-Con will host one of the largest gatherings of GPK artists in one place. All the artists are very approachable and will have a lot of their artwork available at their tables. Here’s what you can expect:

  • simkoJoe Simko is one of the current GPK artists and also the co-Director of the 30 Years of Garbage documentary. If you haven’t purchased the 30 Years DVD yet you will be able to pick it up at his booth along with the complete artist promo set that was created for the movie. Joe will be selling some of his final paintings used for GPK cards along with sketches, and taking commissions at the show for GPK Comic covers. He also will have some of his own products for sale like his Cereal Killers and Stupid Heroes cards, and his children’s book The Sweet Rot.
  • Mark Pingitore, another current GPK artist, will have a booth stocked with t-shirts, prints, original art, and stickers. He will also have blank sketch cards on hand taking commissions available in pencil, ink, or marker.
  • Fellow current GPK artist, Brent Engstrom will have some of his prints for sale at his booth. You also might be able (time permitting) to commission a sketch card at the show with Brent.
  • zapataGPK artist and co-Director of the 30 Years of Garbage documentary, Jeff Zapata, will also be selling the 30 Years DVD at his booth. For the first time ever Jeff will be selling a 5 card set of his own GPK inspired artwork at the show. He will also be selling his own GPK inspired original artwork. Jeff will also be doing free sketches for “any child just above 2 feet above the table”.
  • Another current GPK artist, David Gross, will have sketch cards, original paintings and roughs, and 5-6 prints for sale at this booth. He will also have a book of unpublished roughs at his booth he will be sketch on.
  • layronLayron DeJarnette, a GPK artist who has painted many finals over the years, will be selling exclusive SuperToyCon Posters, T-Shirts and Trading Cards. He will also have original GPK Art, Sketch Cards and Prints. You can also pick up his free artist GPK Business Trading Card.
  • cameraGPK artist Neil Camera will be selling signed prints of a Mars Attacks Comic cover as well as signed prints of a GPK Cover done by himself and Jon Gregory. Neil will also have one special promo card for sale for each day of the show that you can only buy that day. He will have sketch cards available from various Topps brands he’s worked on over the years. He will have promo cards available for Monster Series 11. Neil has painted a GPK themed die cast car that will be part of the auction at the show. He will also be taking sketch card and comic cover commissions at the show.
  • File Jul 28, 10 21 09 AMGPK sketch artist Jon Gregory will be on hand selling two prints (Adam Bomb and a GPK Comic Cover). He also will be selling some of his own portrait trading cards and a limited signed and numbered Rush portrait. Jon will also be taking sketch commissions to be completed on site during the show!
  • scheres2Chad Scheres another GPK sketch artist will be selling his own sketch cards along with sketch comic covers. He will also have two prints available, Eddie and Massacre, along with some risen figures and stickers for sale. Like Jon, Chad will be taking sketch commissions and completing those on site during the show!
  • GPK veteren artist Tom Bunk will also have a booth at the show.

Not only can you spend your savings at all those artist’s booths, but there will also be vendors at the show selling plenty of GPK.

  • Clint Coleman from GPK & Wacky Warehouse will have a booth with a large variety of items for sale; boxes, sets, and packs. Also some rarer items like; sketch cards, plates, binders, and Funko. They will have many items at discounted show rates. They will also have the the 15 card show exclusive GPK-Con artist promo set for sale at their booth.
  • Laura Ross, who many collectors know from the GPK Marketplace on Facebook, will also have a booth. She’s excited to meet all the GPK collectors and will have tons of GPK on hand for sale. In addition, she will be selling cards and toys from Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Ghostbusters, Wacky Packages, Super Hero, My Little Pony, and Shop Kins.

GPK-Con Executive Producer, Andy Goodman, has also released the GPK themed schedule for the event, along with pictures of some of the promos that will be available at the show.

GPK CON Activities Schedule Outside the Orleans Arena Show

General Orleans Arena Show Hours
Friday 8/5 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday 8/6 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday 8/7 10:00am to 5:00pm

Special GPK CON event schedule

  • Friday August 5th 2016 4:15pm – 5:00pm
    GPK CON ARTIST SEMINAR –4:15pm to 5:00pm Gold Room inside the Orleans Area – Presented by Garbage Pail Kids Underground – the 11 advertised guest artists will host a panel to talk about their work within GPK, what brought them into the industry, and where they see themselves and the collector community going into the future. The first 100 attendees will receive a free gift in the form of an exclusive 4 card promo set illustrated by Neil Camera.
  • Saturday August 6th 2016 9:00am – 10:00am
    GPK CON VIP TICKET HOLDER BREAKFAST –9:00am – 10:00am VIP Lounge Concourse Level – Presented by Aaron J Booton /– join all 11 artists for a private VIP breakfast. YOU MUST BE A VIP EXPERIENCE TICKET HOLDER or ONE OF THE ATTENDING 11 ADVERTISTED ARTISTS for access to this event. Ticket holders to this event will receive a free gift in the form of a master set of all 15 special event cards.
  • Saturday August 6th 2016 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Dress Code – is casual professional – no jeans no tee-shirts
  • Saturday August 6th 2016 8:00pm to 11:00pm
    GPK-CON Bowling Social – 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Orleans Hotel Bowling Lanes. Hosted by the Garbage Pail Kids Marketplace on Facebook. ANYONE can attend this event who holds any type of admission ticket into the show. Each attending individual will receive bowling shoes and 3 games for $20.00 in exact cash funds (sorry change will not be available so please come prepared) we have to collect the money in one lot and pay to play. Participating individual / family’s will find and pay Mr. Devin DiNonno between 8:00pm and 8:30pm to pay to play. You are not required to bowl to attend but for the first 100 people who do bowl you will receive Artist Cards P1-P6 as a free gift for participating in the bowling social from Mr. DiNonno when you make payment to participate.
  • Sunday August 7th 2016 8:00am to 9:30am
    GPK-CON Social Breakfast 8:00am to 9:30am Orleans Hotel Courtyard Café. ANYONE can attend this event who holds any type of admission ticket into the show. Organized by– each attending individual / family will be responsible for their own costs for breakfast. But for the first 100 people who do shake hands and say hi to Mr. GeePeeKay / Mr. Matt Oldweiler in the Courtyard Café during breakfast you will receive Artist Cards P 7-11 as a free gift for having breakfast with us. Please note it will be impossible to have everyone together for breakfast but the café knows this is happening and will try to accommodate the best they can.

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Topps Announces 2017 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Adam-Geddon

imageTopps today announced 2017 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Adam-Geddon. The series is setup much like both 2016 series were. Once again there will be a 220 card base set, this time focusing on on GPKs in end of the world scenarios such as flooding, meteors, zombie attacks, etc. Topps is making one huge change for this series. The cards per pack for both Hobby and Collector packs are changing. Both pack types will now come with 8 cards per pack. This is a change from previous sets that offered 10 card for Hobby packs and 6 cards per Collector pack.

The same parallels return once again with slight changes. According to the sell sheet Puke parallels will fall in Retail packs and Hobby packs this time. Bruised parallels will fall one per Collector pack. Spit parallels numbered to 99 and Bloody Nose parallels numbered to 75 will also be found in Collector packs. Also found only in Collector boxes will be the Best of 2017 US Presidential Election cards, featuring reused artwork from the recent online sets but with new names. Fool’s Gold parallels numbered to 50 will also return in all pack types.

In another move to apparently closely match Hobby and Retail boxes, regular sketch cards can be found in both Retail and Hobby packs this time. While Shaped Sketch , Double Artist Panoramic Sketch, and Patch cards will be found in Collector packs. It appears once again each Collector box is guaranteed one hit. Artist autographs and Printing Plates are also mentioned being included as a possible hits in Collector boxes.

You can view the sell sheet in PDF here, or see pictures below. There are also examples of the new cards for the set. 2017 Series 1 GPK Adam-Geddon will hit store shelves on Jan. 18, 2017.






Topps Launches GPK Democratic National Convention Online Set

artgpk-stic-16gpapdc-cs-setLast week was the Republican National Convention, now it’s the Democrats turn. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie Democratic National Convention set online in their store. Just like with the Republican set, the set features 5 new pieces of artwork offered in two card a/b sets for $9.99 each. The entire 10 card set can be purchased for $29.99. Once again, free shipped is being offered via the SmartPost option on their site. Also like the Republican set, this set will be available for 7 days on their site, with the sale ending 8/1 at 12:00 eastern time. Topps said they will reveal the print run on their blog after the sale. What’s next? Maybe the Vice President candidates will be making an appearance soon. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the new cards:

  • 1A: Dollar Billary
  • 1B: Cash Clinton
  • 2A: Lying Lynch
  • 2B: Corrupt Clinton
  • 3A: Bye Bye Barack
  • 3B: Obama Out
  • 4A: Bullied Bernie
  • 4B: Strong-Armed Sanders
  • 5A: Ecological Elizabeth
  • 5B: Warren Peace

Your GPK guide at San Diego Comic Con

The yearly San Diego Comic Con is this weekend. Thousands will flock to southern California hoping to grab all the free stuff and purchase all the rare toys they can. What’s available GPK related? There are a few booths to check out at this year’s show to find some GPK goodies.

As we reported a couple of weeks back, Topps is offering two new 10 card Jumbo GPK sets. Both the Presidential Candidates set and the Trashy TV Preview set can be purchased for $20 each at the Atomic Toy Box booth #3921.


The Abrams Books booth #1216 has a number of Topps related books for sale including the 2012 GPK book. The book features pictures from the first 5 OS series and includes a special 4 card set within the book.


The PSA cards grading booth #5617 is giving away this month SMR magazine. This month’s magazine features a great article in PSA graded OS 1 cards with quotes from many collectors.


There will also be many booths selling Funko toys, where you can find the new Trump/Clinton Funkos and the previous 12 figure series.

Wear Your Favorite GPK Candidate!

Thanks to collector Stephen Sodergren for being the first to point these out. It looks like you can now wear your favorite Garbage Pail Kid Presidential Candidate. Using artwork from the New Hampshire Presidential Candidates online set, both Donald Dumpty and Billary Hillary have been made into t-shirts. The shirts appears to be in only FYE stores right now, as multiple collectors are finding the shirts there in the past week. Go out and support or not support your favorite candidate!

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Topps Launches GPK Republican National Convention Online Set

artgpk-stic-16gpaprc-cs-setWith the Republican National Convention beginning today you knew Topps would be back to the presidential candidate cards. Sure enough today Topps launched the Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie Republican National Convention set. This online only set consists of 5 new characters available in both a/b two card sets for $9.99. Or you can purchase the entire 10 card set for $29.99. Free shipping is being offered with the SmartPost shipping selection. Like the other online sets this one will be available for 7 days, until 7/25 at 12:00 PM Eastern time. Also as with the previous sets Topps will announce the print run on their Blog after the sale ends. With the Democratic National Convention a week away will another set be coming soon? Here is the checklist and images for the set:

  • 1A: Donald Dictator
  • 1B: Tyrant Trump
  • 2A: Compliant Chris
  • 2B: Craving Christie
  • 3A: Tender Ted
  • 3B: Caring Cruz
  • 4A: Perturbed Paul
  • 4B: Reluctant Ryan
  • 5A: Clint Wood Chair
  • 5B: Empty Eastwood

30 Years of Garbage DVD Begins to Ship to Backers/Additional Screenings Added

The team behind the Garbage Pail Kids documentary, 30 Years of Garbage, as been very busy since its world premier on 7/1. Earlier this week they announced the film has started to get additional screenings. First up will be two showing in Cleveland. Here’s is their announcement via their Facebook page:

Additionally a Facebook today from the team shows that DVD and award shipments have begun for backers of the movie.

GPK Apple Pie Blisters from Fairfield/Excell Show Up in Stores

blister2GPK collector Ronnie Pasillas looks to be the first to come across a new Blister pack of Garbage Pail Kids American as Apple Pie packs in stores. Packaged by the Fairfield Company, a division of Excell Marketing. Inside each Blister is two retail packs of GPK AAAP. Ronnie found these at his local Rite Aid store for $4.99 each. A few weeks back collectors began to notice Excell had pulled AAAP packs from Target instead of letting them sit on the shelves as is usual. It would appear those packs are now showing up as part of these Blisters. Earlier this year Fairfield/Excell launched a very successful Trash Box consisting of previous released 2012-2014 packs of GPK. Thanks to Ronnie for the info!



2016 GPK Trashy TV Sketch Artist Lineup Takes Shape/Topps Changes Sketch Return Rules

Article updated 10/10/`6 to remove Chris Koning and add Yeldarb.

Article updated 8/21/16 to add Daniel Contois..

Article updated 8/2/16 to add Cathy Razim.

Article updated 7/7/16 to add Rich Molinelli.

Article updated on 6/26/16 to add Lowell Isaac, and remove Mark Pingitore.

image002Official Topps sketch artists began receiving their blank sketch cards this week for the Garbage Pail Kids 2016 Series 2 Prime Slime Trashy TV set. The photos posted by some of the artists on Facebook show OS 1 character Tee-Vee Stevie is used as the artwork for the back of the cards, sticking to the television theme for the set. Also of note is the green nameplate on the regular sized sketch cards.

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Confirmed returning for Topps are 18 sketch artists from the last series, 2016 Series 1 American As Apple Pie; Simone Arena, Michael Barnard, Neil Camera, “GPK” Dave Dabila, Vincenzo “Chenduz” D’Ippolito, Cecilia Granata, Jon Gregory, Robert Jimenez, Matthew Kirscht, Chris Meeks, Lily Mercado, JM Monserrat, Sean Norvet, Steve Potter, Chad Scheres, Denis St. John, Dan Burn Webster, and Jeff Zapata. There are four artists who were part of 2016 Apple Pie and will not be returning for this series. Veteran GPK artists Layton DeJarnette, Brent Engstrom, and Mark Pingitore will not be completing sketch cards, along with popular artist Dustin Graham who mentioned he should return in 2017. Engstrom and Pingitore will continue to paint finals for the set.

While 2016 Apple Pie hosted the largest artist sketch lineup to date, Topps is blowing that out of the water by adding at least 16 new sketch artists to the mix. The confirmed new artists so far are; Daniel Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jason Crosby, Patrick Giles, Dennis Gortakowski, Kelly Greider, Jason Heil, Marisol Henriquez, Lowell Isaac, Ryan Moffett, Rich Molinelli, Barry Nygma, Cathy Razim, Matt Steffens, Magnus Von Robotsson, and Yeldarb. Patrick Giles, Jason Crosby, and Daniel Contois have drawn for other Topps brands in the past, while Lowell Isaac, Rich Molinelli, and Cathy Razim are veteran artists. The remaining new artists are well known GPK fan artists who have been drawing GPK characters for years. The one mystery is Yeldarb, who while that is Bradley spelled backwards, no one can quite figure out who this artist is. This brings the known total of sketch artists to 34 for the new series.

In addition to increasing the artist lineup for the next series, Topps also made a controversial policy change for artists when it comes to their Return Sketch Cards. Return Sketches are sketch cards artists are allowed to keep and sell individually themselves. In previous GPK sets Return Sketches could be approved by Topps management via scan/email, and could be completed after the set’s release. New rules put in place by Topps now forces artists to complete all their Returns prior to the set being released, and they also now have to mail the returns in for approval from Topps. Topps will in turn mail back the cards once approved. Many artists were not happy with the changes because it not only forces them to rush on the return sketches that are generally more intricate than a normal sketch, and artists are worried about lost sketch cards in the handoff from them to Topps and back. Because of the changes, sketch artists have been actively offering commissions for their Return Sketches. Be sure to reach out to your favorite artist quickly if you want one of their Return Sketches for the upcoming set before they sell out.

Topps Announces Print Run for GPK 4th of July Set

artgpk-stic-16gpkps-cs-set_2Topps today announced the print tun for their online exclusive Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie 4th of July Founder Fathers set. The set was available for sale from 6/29 – 7/5 on Topps website and featured 4 pieces of new artwork drawn by Joe Simko and Brent Engstrom. For the first time in a while the sales numbers increased a bit from previous sets with the lowest cards selling 219 copies. Here is the print run information as announced on the Topps Blog.

Gory George/Wild Man Washington 221
Alexander the Great/Jilted Jackson 220
Jobless Jefferson/Terminated Thomas 219
Accurate Aaron/Bullseye Burr 219