Update 2/18: Removed Dustin Graham, added Neil Camera and Dave Dabila.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…sketches? Sketch artists for Topps will have a busy holiday season as they will see visions of GPKs dancing in their heads. Work has begun on the sketches for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight. Not only has Topps increased sketches artists for the set, but sketches per artist have also increased. Deadlines are always tight, and this release is no exception with sketches due back to Topps by 1/15/21. With the popularity through the roof for GPKs, Topps has increased the number of sketches each artist is being asked to do. Each artist is being asked to complete 65 regular, 20 die-cut, 5 loaded puzzle, 4 panoramic, and 4 Tryptych sketches. This is an increase across the board, except for Loaded puzzle sketches.
Topps is going with a pink and green color scheme for the sketches with this release. The sketch fronts once again feature green banners. The nameplate on the regular sketch is white. The backs are all pink with various OS characters. Regular sketches feature Junkfood John, Panoramic sketches have Fat Matt, while the Triptych has Slimy Sam and Babbling Brooke. In addition to the traditional garbage can die-cut, is a egg shaped die-cut for the food themed set.
The total number of sketch artists for this set will be higher than 2020S2 35th Anniversary. 52 artists completed sketches for the 35th set. Topps has decided to add a number of new artists to the lineup for the new set. So far 50 of the 52 artists from the 35th set have confirmed they are doing sketches for the Food Fight set. Set to return are; David Acevedo, Simone Arena, Rö García Astorga, Quinton Baker, Bobby Blakey, Emma Burges, John Brewer, Neil Camera, Nik Castaneda, Pat Chaimuang, Daniel Contois, Jasmine Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jeff Cox, Jason Crosby, Vincenzo D’Ippolito, Dave Dabila, Joey Fitchett, Dave Gacey, Shane Garvey, Patrick Giles, Kelly Greider, Jason Heil, Lowell Isaac, Robert Jimenez, Karl Jones, Rickey Kipfer, Mike McHugh, Rory McQueen, Chris Meeks, Lily Mercado, Rich Molinelli, Victor Moreno, Barry Nygma, Jay O’leary, Darrin Pepe, Todd Rayner, Cathy Razim, Chad Scheres, Brent Scotchmer, Bekki Jane Sharp, Anthony Skubis, Brandhen Snyder, Matt Steffens, Mike Stephens, Gregory Tilson, Greg Treize, Magnus Von Robotsson, Gavin Williams, and Clinton Yeager. Two artists, Simon Jacobsohn and John Monserrat have declined the invite for the set. Topps is adding a number of returning or new artists to the lineup for this set. Fan favorite artists Floyd Sumner and John Cebollero are all returning to GPK sketches after taking a break. Topps is also adding Andrew Artz, Robert Ball, Slippa Chervascus, Adam Dobrzeniecki, Erik Muller, Nik Muggli, Justin Olson, and Mark Parisi, who will be making their GPK sketch debut. This brings the current confirmed sketch artist total to 60 so far. This article will be updated as any additional artists come forward.
After just a couple of months off collectors will be back busting packs again soon 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 Food Fight is set to release on Feb. 24th, 2021.