In what they are calling a mini-release, today Creepy Co. will launch two new shirts to their line of Garbage Pail Kids merchandise. The shirts are scheduled to go on sale on Creepy’s website at 7:00 PM Central time, (5:00 PM Pacific/8:00 PM Eastern). Creepy Co. has continued to use their GPK license with Topps in new and different ways. Today’s launch marks a couple of firsts for the company with GPK merchandise.
The first shirt being offered is the Garbage Pail Kids 30th Anniversary Motif Shirt. This is a black t-shirt featuring Joe Simko’s artwork that appeared on Checklist card 1a/b in 30th anniversary set. This 100% cotton shirt also features a Creepy Co. logo tag on the sleeve. This marks the first t-shirt being offered by Creepy Co. Previously, Creepy didn’t hold the GPK license to produce t-shirts. It appears that Creepy Co. has taken over that portion of the GPK license as well now. The shirt is available is sizes S-XL ($26.99), 2XL ($27.99), and 3XL-4XL ($28.99).
The second shirt is also a first for Creep Co. The Garbage Pail Kids Pattern Print Shirt is a dye sublimated, front and back allover print, on spun polyester, unisex shirt. This is the first time Creepy has used this method on a shirt. The shirt features the characters Bony Tony, Dead Ted, Eerie Eric, Nasty Nick, Bony Joanie, and Adam Bomb. One word of warning from the company, “The pattern print shirt runs small: customers are advised to read the product description carefully. These are stretchy and comfy for sure, but depending on how you like your shirts to fit, you may want to order a size up.” The company also warns this shirt will be available in limited quantities. The shirt is available is S-4XL for $34.99.
Gross Card Con has wrapped up, and the event left collectors and artists both overjoyed with the results. The show took place within the larger Vegas Toy Con at the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas this past weekend. The second Garbage Pail Kids inspired show drew a record 16 current and former Topps GPK/Wacky artists. This was more then the first Vegas show, GPK-Con, held in the summer of 2016. Collectors and artists came from around the country, and even Europe to attend the event. Here are the highlights from the weekend.
The highlight of the show was the amount of artists who attended the con. Former original series artists Tom Bunk and James Warhola were both in attendance. This was the first Vegas Con for Warhola, and the second for Bunk. Both were selling original artwork and prints, as well as signing autographs for collectors. Warhola had on display one of his popular large GPK paintings he’s done. Current GPK artists, Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Layron DeJarnette, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, and Michael Barnard were all in attendance. They all brought various prints, original artwork, and even their own card products to the show to sell. David Gross debuted his second Rejected GPK Concepts book at the show, a popular item. Former Topps artists Jeff Zapata and Mark Pingitore were also on hand. Pingitore debuted his Nintendopes Series 1 set at the show. GPK sketch artists Chad Scheres, Jon Gregory, and Chenduz were also on hand selling their own products and even doing sketches at the show for collectors. Chenduz came to the show all the way from the Netherlands for his first GPK con in the US. Finally, Wacky Packages collectors also had plenty to choose from. Not only was Smoking Joe selling Wacky art, but artist Joe Grossberg was also on hand offering his Wacky inspired toys and art.
Once again GPK Super VIPs had many extras available to them at the show. While there was no exclusive artist dinner this time around, Super VIPs were treated to dinner Thursday night. They also were given a few goodies. They all were given a custom GPK Funko character. Each Super VIP received a different GPK Mystery Mini figure that had been enhanced. They also received a custom black & white sketch, and a copy of the show exclusive card set. Super VIPs and regular VIPs also could attend the show dinners on Friday and Saturday night. This was a chance for the VIPs to eat with and chat with the artists. While the weekend dinners were attended by all Toy Con VIPs, its interesting to note that 25%-30% of the attendees were GPK artists and collectors.
As a wonderful last second addition to the show, 8 artists held a Q&A session Saturday afternoon for GPK collectors. Warhola, Bunk, Zapata, Simko, Engstrom, Gross, DeJarnette, and McWilliams were all in attendance with Zapata leading the discussion. Approximately 75 GPK collectors were in hand as Bunk and Warhola both talked about their artistic influences growing up. They shared stories about their time at Topps, and the beginning of their involvement with GPKs. The entire panel answered questions on their art influences, digital vs. painting, and even a question regarding the grossness of GPKs. Engstrom even shared there is one final painting that has a real bug squashed into the painting!
For the first time a collector/artist social was held at the West bar in the casino. The social replaced the Bowling night/breakfast that was held at the first Con. Roughly 30 artists and collectors attended the late night event. This allowed collectors and artists alike to visit and share stories about their Vegas adventures!
The second Vegas GCC had a different vibe than the first show for a number of reasons. The layout of GCC was completely different this time around. This time all the artists were located in one room at the show. They were also right in the middle of the show, instead of off in a separate corner. This change was an overwhelming success in the eyes of the artists. Artists were close enough this year to visit with each other, something that was tough during the first show. Being in the middle of the show, as well as the flow of the room setup, seemed to make the GCC artists more accessible to the general attendees at the show. This brought more foot traffic past their booths compared to the first show. I spoke to multiple artists who were really pleased with how they did at the show. More than one artist told me they made more money the first day of this year’s show than the entire first show. The entire show seemed very successful for most of the artists.
The artists weren’t the only group satisfied with the show. Collectors had a great time at the 2016 GPK-Con. That was the first chance many of them got to meet not only the artists, but collectors they’ve been interacting with for years. This year’s GCC had a different feeling at the show. I heard the word, “family”, multiple times throughout the show from not only collectors but artists alike. Of course there were new artists and collectors in attendance. This time however, collectors were coming back together. Artists, many who had met for the first time face to face in 2016, were now also seeing familiar faces again. Throughout the weekend GPK collectors and artists had a blast trading, busting boxes, socializing with each other, and just hanging out enjoying the company of others who share the same interests. GCC was like 150 of your closest friends getting together for the weekend.
I spoke with Super Toy Con Executive Producer, Andy Goodman, to get his thoughts on the show. On weather Super Toy Con/Gross Card Con was a success Andy shared, “The show was a huge success, as was our mini GPK meet. Gross Card Con brought out more collectors and more artists then the last go round in 2016. It was great to see the artists and collectors on the same grounded level, talking, sharing feedback and just sitting down for a bit of social interaction. Hopefully, someday Topps will see the engagement this type of event brings to the community of their collectors and will support the gathering in some fashion.” I asked Andy if they had plans to continue to offer GCC in the future. “I am sure we have not seen the last of a gathering. Weather we move the show to a different venue in Las Vegas or state is yet to be determined, but we will continue to bring the collectors together as we can. Also, don’t forget to block out the first weekend of August on your calendar, as there will be a few artists attending the east coast Central Pennsylvania Collectors Con in Harrisburg, Pa. More info coming soon!”
Update: Creepy Co. confirmed this morning they will have two new GPK themed shirts available. The shirts will go on sale this Wednesday at 7:00 PM Central time. They revealed the first design today. The shirt features many popular GPK characters throughout.
Creepy Co. began teasing new GPK merchandise for next week via their Instagram account. Stay tuned for updated pricing and release dates.
Did collectors feel the love this past Valentine’s Day? Topps latest online holiday themed set went on sale last Wed. for one week. As has been the recent tradition, the set contained a mix of GPK and Wacky Packages. Newer artists completed the artwork this time, with Miran Kim doing all the GPKs, and Robert Jimenez doing the Wacky’s. Collectors showed they continue to like the holiday sets better than awards sets. Total sales for the set ended at 170. That total puts it slightly under the Thanksgiving set. Expect Topps to be back on the awards cards with a set based on the Oscars soon.
Update: In a late addition to the GCC schedule, there is now a Q&A seminar with the artists. According to the official schedule the talk will be from 4:00-5:00 at Convention HQ on the 2nd floor.
In a little over two weeks, Garbage Pail Collectors from around the country will converge on Las Vegas for Gross Card Con. Gross Card Con is part of the larger Vegas Toy Con being held at the Circus Circus Hotel from Feb. 23-25. This is the second gathering of GPK collectors in Vegas. In the summer of 2016, GPK-Con was held in Vegas, and at the time was the largest gathering ever of GPK artists and collectors. GCC is set to break that mark this year with even more guest artists. Scheduled to attend are 14 current and former artists. Highlighting the show will be the appearances by Original Series artists Tom Bunk and James Warhola. Both artists played integral parts in the first 15 series of GPKs. This will be Bunk’s second appearance, while a first for Warhola. Almost all the current final card artists will also be in attendance. Returning to Vegas are Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, David Gross, Layron DeJarnette, Joe McWilliams, and Chad Scheres, while Michael Barnard will be attending his first show. Former Topps artists Jeff Zapata and Mark Pingitore also are returning for their second show. Sketch artists Jon Gregory (2nd) and Vincenzo D’ippolito (1st) will also be in attendance. Finally Wacky Packages artist Joe Grossberg round out the lineup, making his first appearance.
What events will collectors have to look forward to while at the show? What type of ticket is best for you? Read on for a quick FAQ of the rundown on this year’s Gross Card Con.
What type of ticket do I need?
There are three types of tickets being offered for the event. For the most serious GPK collector there is a Super GPK VIP ticket. These tickets are now sold out, so if you missed them you are out of luck! The GPK VIP ticket cost $750, and these few lucky collectors get 4 nights hotel, tickets to the show, early admission, dinners Thurs., Fri., and Sat., a B&W sketch, and the GCC card set, and more! Second, there is a regular VIP ticket. For $150 these ticket holders get admission all 3 days, early admission, and dinners Fri. and Sat. Finally, there is a general admission 3 day or individual day tickets available. The 3 day pass retails for $25, while single day admission is available; Fri. ($10), Sat. ($15), Sun. ($15). A tip for collectors, try checking Groupon for discounts on basic VIP and general admission tickets, you might just get a nice discount!
What hours is the show open?
The show is open Fri. 4:00 PM – 9:00PM, Sat. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sun. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Holders of the GPK VIP or basic VIP tickets will be able to get in one hour early to the show each day.
What should I expect at the show?
Being a larger toy convention there will be plenty of booths setup selling toys. You will see lots of cosplayers, and even indy professional wresting shows! But you are there for GPK! All GPK artists will be in one area of the show. This allows collectors to have kind of a home base to visit with artists, see people they’ve only spoken with online, and maybe even do some trading! All 14 artists will be in the same area. In addition Clint Coleman and GPK & Wacky Warehouse will have a table set up again selling all things GPK.
Is there an artist Q&A session?
Unfortunately this time around there will not be a separate artist seminar. Due to space restraints, show promoters were not able to facilitate a Q&A session this year. However, all the artists are very approachable and really do love talking to collectors.
Yes there is a late addition to the schedule. The artists will be getting together on Saturday from 4:00-5:00 for a Q&A session. According to the schedule the seminar will be located at Convention HQ on the second floor.
I’m a VIP holder, I get dinner(s)?
Yes, one of the big perks of the big GPK VIP package is an exclusive dinner with the artists on Thursday night. Ticket holders be sure to check your package details for time and location of the dinner. All GPK VIP and basic VIP holders also receive a ticket to the show wide VIP only dinners on Fri. and Sat. nights at 6:00 PM. General admission ticket holds must separately purchase tickets for the Fri/Sat dinners if they want to attend.
What other GPK events are there?
Saturday night there will be an evening social event at the West Bar inside the Circus Circus casino at 11:00 PM. The event is open to all collectors. While there is a breakfast mentioned on the event flyer, that event has been cancelled. Show promoters decided based on feedback from the previous show to leave more time open to collectors to have the freedom to do their own meet ups.
Is there a show specific card set available?
This year’s set is bigger than last year’s. Collectors will have a few choices this year. All 14 artists have created a card for the event, and in the case of 6 artists a second card. These 20 images will be available for sale in a few different formats. A master show set will be available at the show for $40. Cards #1-12 are regular cards done by the artists attending the show, Bonus #1-2 are the cards created by Tom Bunk and James Warhola. Rounding out the set are card #P1-P6. These are prism cards, printed on a shiny card stock. These images are the second card some of the artists created. Don’t want the whole set? Or just want extras of some? Cards #1-12 will be available by themselves for $15. While cards #P1-P6, will also be available separately for $15. The only way to get the Bonus cards is to purchase the maser set. GPK VIP ticket holders are in luck as the master set is already included in their package. There will also be a limited edition set of those same 20 images available as a proof/blank back set for $40. There are only 100 copies of the limited edition set available for purchase. Artists will also be given a number of their own cards to sell at their table and autograph/doodle on for collectors. Sets will be available at the GPK & Wacky Warehouse booth during the show. Those of you unable to make the show, should contact GPK & Wacky Warehouse after the show to inquire about purchasing any leftovers. Check out some images of the card art that artists have shared already!
What will the artists have available?
Ahhh that’s another article…..coming later this week! Tune into GPKNews to check out some of the goods the artists will be showcasing at the show!
In what started over 4 years ago as an idea has now seen itself through the whole project. From the first Kickstarter, to Indiegogo, to the completion and debut of the film, to finally distribution, the folks behind 30 Years of Garbage have truly met the high standards of GPK collectors. Directors Joe Simko, Jeff Zapata, and June Gonzales set out to create a love letter to GPK collectors and have succeeded is just about every way. Here’s one last update on how the film is doing during distribution.
After being picked up by independent movie distributor Indican, the film debuted the weekend of 8/11/17, and continued in theaters until 11/16/17. The movie was offered in a very limited run, never appearing in more than two theaters in one week. According to Box Office Mojo the movie grossed a total of $26,804 during its release. During its opening weekend, 30 Years finished as the #76 movie based on gross earnings. How does the movie rank all time? Box Office Mojo has it as the 12,575 highest grossing movie, and the 1,027 highest grossing documentary of all time.
The Indican version of the movie has been available in a number of online streaming services for a few months now. Indican has also promised a DVD release of the movie a few times now, but with mixed results. While DVD sellers like Amazon, Target, and Indican itself have yet to offer the DVD for sale, it has popped up in a few places. eBay has had a number of copies for sale from a handful of sellers. Familyvideo.com also offered a limited number of copies via their website. In a small bit of good news for collectors, Directors Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata will have a small number of DVDs for sale at the upcoming Gross Card Con in Las Vegas. Hopefully, Indican will have a wider DVD release so everyone can get their hands on a copy.
The film has garnered a number of positive reviews from various online independent movie, and horror fan sites. Feedback has been almost universally positive from collectors as a whole. I asked Director Joe Simko to share his feelings on the entire journey now that he’s been through the whole process. He told GPKNews, “Honestly, Jeff, June and I could write a book on it. Of course we are so happy with the final product and how all the interviews we wanted to get, accepted our offer to participate in this great 1980s collective experience we call Garbage Pail Kids. We felt we were able to get a proper piece of this trading card history told through our film. It was a long journey, starting in late 2013 and releasing in summer of 2016. Well worth the time spent trash pickin’ away till it was done. We just hope people enjoy it as well.”
Joe, Jeff, and June should be proud they’ve created something collectors will fondly watch for years to come.
Do you feel the love in the air? Topps is getting into today’s Valentine’s fun with an online offering. Today Topps launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Valentines online set. The 9 card set features 3 new pieces of GPK artwork (a/b versions), and 3 Wacky Packages cards. All familiar characters are found on he GPK versions in the set. All three GPK cards were completed by artist Miran Kim. The set is available for $34.99 on Topps.com online store. Free shipping is available in the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set will be available for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist, and pictures of the cards available.
With just two weeks to go until Gross Card Con hits Las Vegas, collectors are anxious to find out just what will be available to them at the show. Artists have been finalizing their plans over the past few weeks. There is a large variety of things being offered from original GPK artwork, roughs, sketches, personal artwork, cards, and more! See below for items the various artists are planning to have available at the show!
Tom Bunk will be attending his second Las Vegas show. Tom will be bringing a number of original GPK artwork pieces for sale!! See pictures below for some of the pieces available at the show. Fantastic stuff available from Mr. Bunk!
Joe Simko will have a full assortment of products available. The highlight being the Indican version of the 30 Years of Garbage DVD. Indican hasn’t quite yet officially released the movie on DVD yet. There have been a few pop up on eBay, but its not widely available. The Directors will have a limited number of DVD available at their booth. The Director’s cut DVD, which was previous available to backers of their Indigogo campaign, will also be available at the show. Both versions of the DVD will be available for $25.
Joe will also have original GPK and Wacky Packages paintings, a variety of original sketch cards, Cereal Killers sticker cards, Stupid Heroes trading cards, and his Sweet Rot books. He will also be available for custom sketch work on blank sketch cards, printing plates, blank comic covers, or “blank human faces”. Joe will also be selling some great custom comic covers at the show.
Brent Engstrom will be at his second Vegas show. He will have a couple of prints for sale. He will also be signing autographs and doing sketches as time permits.
At the first GPK-Con David Gross sold his popular Rejected GPK concepts book. With GCC comes version 2 of the book! David will be selling both versions of the book at the show. If you purchase the book you also get a sketch done on the inside. Pre-orders of the book are available by contact him directly prior to the show. In addition to personal prints, David will be taking orders on sketches on both official and personal stock.
Mark Pingitore will be debuting his latest set at GCC, Nintendopes Series 1. The 18 card set will go on sale for the first time at the show. Mark will also be taking orders for sketches on his brand new sketch blanks, themed from some of his previous sets. Besides the new items, Mark will also have his previous sets, pins, sticker sheets and original art available for sale.
Jeff Zapata will be back for his second show in Vegas. Jeff will have new prints and original artwork at the show. Jeff will also be debuting two new t-shirts he designed. He will also have a limited number of 30 Years of Garbage DVDs available for sale.
Layron DeJarnette is also back for his second Vegas show. He will have original art, exclusive prints, and exclusive cards for sale. He will also be giving away free posters and cards with each purchase!
Jon Gregory will have many original portraits and artwork available. He will also be taking sketch commissions at the show. Free gift with each commission! You won’t want to miss the free gift!
Smokin Joe McWilliams will be at his second Vegas show, and he will have a lot of items available! Joe will have some original paintings for both GPK and Wacky Packages available. He will also be taking sketch commissions on both official GPK/Wacky blanks, and his personal stock. He will be promoting his new website MostersGoPOP.com. The website features original artwork from a number of artists. At the show he will have some stickers and mini prints of some of the artwork features on MonstersGoPOP. Finally Joe will be selling stickers and posters from a new line he created called, Giving Fingers. There will be something for everyone at Smokin’ Joe’s table!
Chad Scheres will have his Monster Art Card set at the show for sale. Each set will be $20 at the show. The set consists of 10 cards, and is limited to 50 made. With each set there is a chance at a sketch or original 8×10 monster drawing. He will also have a number of monster themed enamel pins and patches available for sale.
Attending his first Vegas show, Michael Barnard will have a set of 6 original cards he created from past GPK concepts. The set will cost $25 at the show. Michael will also have a set of four GPK inspired 8 X 10 prints available for $20. He will also have many other original prints available for $10 each at the show. You will be able to purchase both together for just $40.
Vincenzo D’Ippolito is also attend in first Vegas show. Making a special appearance from overseas, he will be taking commissions on sketches and comic covers. He will also have an original print available for sale.
Joe Grossberg will be attending his first Vegas show. GPK fans might not be as familiar with his work, as he has primarily worked on the Wacky Packages brand for a number of years. Joe is very innovative in creating his own Wacky inspired items, and he will have many available at the show. He will have 3 exclusives available at the show. A Wacky action figure, a mini toy set, and a mini comic will all make their debuts at the show. The toys are similar to a previous Wacky Holiday Treat toys he created back in 2015 and 2016. In fact Joe will be giving out his Wacky Holiday Treats postcard set with a purchase of $5 or more. Joe will also be promoting his Joe G ParoTee online store at the show. He will be premiering a new ParoTee design at the show, and will have ParoTee cards to give out with each t-shirt purchase from his store.
Clint Coleman will have his GPK & Wacky Warehouse setup at the show, offering all kinds of GPK items for sale. His table will also be the place to purchase the show exclusive card set.
The countdown is on! Better save those pennies for next week’s show!
As the awards season continues, so does the online GPK sets. The latest set was based on this year’s Grammy awards. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2018 Garbage Pail Kids The Shammy Awards online set. Topps missed offering the set prior to the awards show, and instead sold it the week after. While many collectors will come out for the holiday themed sets, there is a lukewarm response to the awards sets. The Shammys was much the same as the total print run for the set hit 120 copies. This is the lowest online print run in the last few months, since the final award set of 2017. Topps is sure to have more awards themed sets in the way. However with Valentine’s Day next week, will Topps show GPK collectors some love?