Schedule for Upcoming Gross Card Con Takes Shape

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!

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Artsits to Offer a Variety of Art/Cards at Gross Card Con

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!

 

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2018 Series 1 GPK We Hate the 80’s Sketch Card Preview

Sketch artists for 2018 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s received their sketch blanks months ago. For the most part artists received them with their sketch blanks for 2017S2 Battle of the Bands. Some artists completed their sketches weeks ago, while others are still working hard to complete due to many other commitments. The deadline for artists completing sketches for We Hate the 80’s is quickly approaching in early December. Artists who have completed their work have started posting their sketches after getting approval from Topps. A record high 55 artists will complete sketches for the first set of 2018. 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. 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s will hit stores on 1/17/18.

Updated 12/20/17 (Showing sketch previews from 29 of 55 confirmed artists.) Continue reading 2018 Series 1 GPK We Hate the 80’s Sketch Card Preview

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2017 Garbage Pail Kids Classic Sketch Card Preview

While there has been no official announcement around the Garbage Pail Kids Classic online set, the work still continues. So far 32 artists have been confirmed to be working on sketches for the set. The deadline for artists to return sketches to Topps is 9/27. Some artists have already completed their sketches and are starting to show them off. Look for more artists to show sketches in the next couple of 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.

Updated 9/27/17 (Showing sketch previews from 14 of 32 confirmed artists.)
Continue reading 2017 Garbage Pail Kids Classic Sketch Card Preview

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2017 Series 2 GPK Battle of the Bands Sketch Card Preview

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.

Updated 10/12/17 (Showing sketch previews from 34 of 49 confirmed artists.) Continue reading 2017 Series 2 GPK Battle of the Bands Sketch Card Preview

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Gross Card Con Coming to Las Vegas Toy Con in 2018

The Las Vegas Toy Con has announced that within their next show will be Gross Card Con (GCC). This will be the second such convention focused on Garbage Pail Kids in Las Vegas. The first, GPK-Con, was held last Aug. as part of the Super Toy Con event. The event will take place at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas strip on Feb. 23-25, 2018.

Planning is currently underway for GPK related events and artists that will be attending. The show has not officially announced any details as of yet. An event similar to last time is expected with more artists, promo cards created by the artists attending the event, and much more. Be sure to check out the Las Vegas Toy Con website for more information, or GPKNews will being you additional details once available.

Check out our review of last years show here!

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2017S2 & 2018S1 GPK Sketch Card Lineups Take Shape

Updated 9/14 to add Derrin Pepe.

Updated 9/8 to change Jon Gregory and Simon Jacobsohn to 2018S1 only.

Updated 9/7 to add Josh Ginter, Bobby Blakey, Quinton Baker, and Pat Chaimuang.

Updated 8/11 to remove Dennis Gortakowski.

Updated 8/9 to add new artist Dave Gacey.

Updated 8/8 to add new artist Simon Jacobsohn.

Updated 8/7 to add new artist Mike Arnold.

Two months after announcing the next GPK set, 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands, Topps began sending out invites this week to perspective sketch card artists. In a bit of a surprise the invites were not just for 2017S2, but also for 2018S1. Artists accepting will be shipped sketch cards for both sets at once. This will give the artists more time to complete the sketches for the 2018S1 set. With just over 3 months between sets, Topps is trying to stay ahead with the GPK brand so 2018S1 isn’t rushed.

For 2017S1 GPK Adam-Geddon, released back in January, Topps had 38 sketch artists take part in the set. Of those 38 it appears only 28 are confirmed to return for 2017S2, while 31 are confirmed for 2018S1. The following artists from 2017S1 Adam-Geddon will return for both 2017S2 and 2018S1; Simone Arena, Michael Barnard, Neil Camera, Daniel Contois, Jasmine Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jason Crosby, “GPK” Dave Dabila (2018S1 Only), Vincenzo “Chenduz” D’Ippolito, Patrick Giles, Cecilia Granata, Jon Gregory (2018S1 Only), Kelly Greider, Jason Heil, Marisol Henriquez, Lowell Isaac, Robert Jimenez, Matthew Kirsch, “Smokin” Joe McWilliams, Chris Meeks (2018S1 Only), Lily Mercado, Rich Molinelli, JM Monserrat, Barry Nygma, Steve Potter, Cathy Razim, Chad Scheres, Anthony Skubis, Matt Steffens, Magnus Von Robotsoon, and Dan Burn Webster. Six artists who worked on the last series are not returning for various reasons. Mainstay GPK artists Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko will continue to paint numerous base cards from in the upcoming series, but will not be working on sketch cards. Longtime GPK sketch artists and fan favorites Dustin Graham, Dennis Gortakowski, Ryan Moffet, and Sean Norvet all decided for various reasons to no longer create sketch cards. Finally Denis St. John is undecided.

Topps isn’t stopping there. As with the last few sets, there are many artists making their GPK debuts. The following artists have confirmed accepting the invites; Bryan Abston, Mike Arnold, Ro Garcia Astorga, Quinton Baker (2018S1 Only), Bobby Blakey, Sean Bolger, John Brewer, Pat Chaimuang, Dave Gacey, Josh Ginter, Joseph Grotesque, Simon Jacobsohn (2018S1 Only), Kevin Lea, Paul Mangione, Mike McHugh, Rory McQueen, Ande Moores (2018S1 Only), Victor Moreno, Darrin Pepe, Brent Scotchmer, Floyd Sumner, Gregory Tilson, Matthew White, and Gavin Williams. While a couple of these artists will be making their Topps sketch debut, the majority have worked on other Topps properties in the past. In most cases these artists have also been GPK collectors for a long time. The total of new artists for 2017S2 is 21, while 24 artists will work on 2018S1. The largest group of new artists in some time brings a record 49 artists working on 2017S2, while 2018S1 will break that mark with 55 artists.

While the number of sketch artists is increasing, their workload is getting smaller. Artists will be shipped the same number of sketch blanks for both sets. While Loaded, Panoramic, and Dual Artist Panoramic sketch numbers appear consistent with previous sets, the amount of regular and die-cut sketches has dropped versus 2017S1 Adam-Geddon. This can mean a couple of things. Most likely, sketch cards will be tougher to come by in the next two sets. Of course this is also all based on production numbers. While Topps has pre-order info for 2017S2, they have not solicited yet for 2018S1. There is no way to know at this point how much product gets ordered. If the products are popular and prove to sell well, then sketches will be very hard to pull. This will be especially true with the Shaped sketches which are now only found in Collector boxes. Topps has cut back by up to 66% on the amount issued to artists. We saw this with Adam-Geddon. Despite production being lower, sketch odds were longer than previous sets. Bottom line is, it keeps getting harder and harder to pull a sketch card in packs.

One improvement this time around compared to Adam-Geddon is the deadlines the artists have to complete sketches. Artists will have nearly two months to complete 2017S2 sketches, with a deadline in mid-Sept. The 2018S1 sketches are not due until early Dec., giving artists ample time to work on sketches. Artists had just over a month to complete sketches for Adam-Geddon, so the slightly longer deadlines should help the artists. Besides the deadlines, not much else appears to have changed with sketch card rules. Artist Return sketches still must be completed prior to the set’s release. Approval via scan by the Art Director must happen before they can be mailed to customers on the release date. The “banned sketch” list continues to be the same. Artists are not allowed to sketch cards featuring Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, the Hundreds set, Riot Fest set, and all Disney properties including Star Wars and Marvel. Expect sketch previews to start showing up just prior to release after approval towards the end of Sept. 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands is set to hit stores on Oct. 18th, 2017.

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Sketch Artists Begin Work on 2017S2 & 2018S1 Sketches

GPK artists began receiving their blank sketch cards in the mail this past weekend for the next two sets. The 48 artists who have accepted invites for either both or one of the next sets can now begin the long nights of sketching.

The sketch blanks for 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands features the Live Mike character from OS 2 on the back of the regular and panoramic sized sketches. The backs of the sketches are light blue, while the front of the regular sized sketch has a yellow name plate. The usual red banner returns to the fronts.

While not much is known about 2018 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids, we have our first clue. The backs of the 2018S1 sketches feature the character Reuben Cube, card #277a, from OS 7. Rumors online have been the 2018S1 set will be 80’s themed. If that’s the case a character parodying a Rubik’s Cube certainly fits. The color on the backs is the same as the 2017S2 light blue. However one big change is to the banner. Instead of a white background with the red banner, it is a yellow background. The name plate on the regular sized sketch is pink for this series.

The rules around sketching look to have remained the same. Artists are not allowed to sketch cards featuring Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, the Hundreds set, Riot Fest set, and all Disney properties including Star Wars and Marvel. Sketch artists will have to get busy quickly as Dual Artist Panoramic are due back Aug. 1. Artists will have much more time to complete the other cards of both sets. 2017S2 GPK Battle of the bands is set to launch on 10/18/17, while 2018 S1 GPK will launch sometime in Jan. 2018.

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2018 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Set for January

The ink hasn’t dried on 2017 Series 2 GPK Battle of the Bands yet, but Topps is already fast at work on the first retail series of 2018. Nothing has been publicly announced by Topps yet, but with Battle of the Bands cards already complete the focus has shifted to getting a head start on the next set. Topps also begin soliciting artist sketch card invites today for not only 2017S2, but also 2018S1 sets. Not much else is known about the 2018S1 set. Topps seems to be following the same release schedule as the previous sets. Based on timelines for when sketches are due, it appears Topps is shooting for a mid-Jan 2018 release. This will make only 4 months between retail sets. However unlike last year when sketch card deadlines were extremely tight for 2017S1, artists will have much more time to complete the cards for 2018S1. We are still probably a couple of months away from seeing sell sheets for the 2018S1 set, as Topps usually gives a 6 month window on those. Stay tuned to GPKNews as more info comes out.

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10 Questions With…Garbage Pail Kids Artist Neil Camera

Garbage Pail Kids collectors have just started to get to know Neil Camera even though he’s been working on GPKs for years. Starting with Topps in 2002, Neil has mainly focused on the Wacky Packages brand, painting hundreds of Wacky’s over the years. What GPK collectors might not know is Neil has also had a hand in GPKs going back to the ANS sets. Neil has worked on insert cards, card backs, and been one of the primary sketch card artists for years. Finally in the 2016 Series 2 GPK Prime Slime set, Neil had his first main set base GPK card. He’s now a regular with cards in 2017 Series 1, online releases, and the soon to release 2017 Series 2 Battle of the Bands. Neil was kind enough to grant me this e-mail interview. We discuss his history with GPKs, his future GPK work, and the the fact that he might not be the best artist in his own house!

GPKNews – Thanks for taking the time to do the interview Neil! It was great meeting you and your daughter last year in Vegas at GPK-Con 1. GPK fans might not be as familiar with your work unless they are Wacky Packages collectors as well. How did you get your start with Topps and working on Wackys?

Neil Camera – The GPK Con was certainly a lot of fun, wasn’t it?! So, I started working for Topps in 2002. I had just finished a self-published set called “Pranky Products”, which were in a similar vein to Wacky Packages. Coincidentally, Topps was in the process of reviving Wacky Packages and on the recommendation of John Pound, I submitted some of my samples to Topps for consideration in the All New Series. Luckily, they liked what they saw!

GPKNews – Were you a Wacky Packages collector growing up? How about Garbage Pail Kids, what are your memories of those first GPK series in the mid-80’s?

NC – Oh yeah! Wacky Packages were the king of collectibles back in the 70’s! I had almost every sticker. I even took a bunch and ran them through my typewriter and added gags I thought would be funny. Not so funny now that I know what they’re worth! I was a bit older when GPK came out and not as avid a collector, although I found them pretty amusing! In fact, I remember buying an entire series 1-15 collection at a flea market. The funny part is that I could see the seller was having second thoughts and I later went back and told him to keep them. He obviously needed them more than me.

GPKNews – Your first involvement with Garbage Pail Kids wasn’t until ANS 7, when you worked on card backs. What led to the initial work on GPK with Topps?

NC – Jay Lynch. We had previously worked on a lot of Wacky Packages projects so the GPK thing was a good fit. My favorite was the GPK Activity cards. In one instance, we literally spent an entire weekend figuring out how to make one of the cards work correctly (the #10 Rainbow card). The other 9 were almost as crazy.

GPKNews – You continued to work on card backs, some insert sets, and even sketch cards through the next generation of GPK sets; Flashback, BNS, Yearly series. Finally, with 2016 Series 2 GPK Trashy TV we got your first base set card fronts. (The MASH one is one of my favorites from that set!) You did two for the Trashy TV set, and five I believe for the 2017 Series 1 GPK Adam-Geddon set. Do you enjoy painting GPKs? How is it similar or different from painting Wackys?

NC – I typically try to emulate the style of the original creators in my Topps work. It’s the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. So, in the case of Wacky Packages, Norm Saunders used very loose, but subtle brushstrokes (in gouache) and combined it with dramatic color and lighting, whereas with GPK, Pound’s style was equally dynamic but a bit more choreographed with a considerable amount of airbrush. Two very different styles, but both equally impressive and challenging.

GPKNews – You also have done numerous GPKs and Wackys for the on demand online exclusive sets. I know there are tight deadlines and turn around times for these cards. How has working on those been the past few months? How is it different working on those compared to the retail release cards?

NC – Aside from the crazy deadlines, there are certain aspects of the digital program that I really enjoy: Since we often only get one take on the finished art, I’ve learned to paint faster and looser. So, it keeps me on my toes and as long as I don’t stop and think about it too much, it usually works out well. Just don’t second guess the details.

GPKNews – You’ve also done GPK sketches going all the way back to the Flashback series. You have a lot of fans of your sketch card work. Your sketches, especially the returns, you do are gorgeous. Is this something you enjoy doing each release?

NC – Apart from the brand itself, I really enjoy the format. Having painted wall murals in my early career, I got tired of running up and down a ladder to check my work, and learned to appreciate the convenience of a small canvas! Nearly everything I paint these days is no larger than 8” x 10”.

GPKNews – Recently Topps announced the next retail GPK set, 2017 Series 2 GPK Battle of the Bands, do you know yet if you will be doing any card fronts for the next series? Are you still on board for sketches?

NC – Yes on both counts.

GPKNews – With WP 50th just being launched, what else is in store for the artwork of Neil Camera? Anything else you are working on?

NC – I’m always working on something. In fact, my biggest challenge these days is to learn to say “No” to a project and take some time off occasionally. Easier said than done, as most freelance artists can attest. With that said, there’s one project in particular that I’m especially eager about. It involves music and art, and should be released this Fall. But that’s all I can say about it now.

GPKNews – We had a chance to visit last year in Las Vegas at GPK-Con 1. From a collector’s perspective it was a great experience! I hear GPK-Con 2 is in the early planning stages for next Feb. What was the experience like for you? Do you attend a lot of cons around the country? Did you enjoy meeting the artists and GPK fans?

NC – Because of my work schedule, I actually attend very few shows, so going to Vegas and finally meeting some of the GPK fans was a real hoot! And of course, having so many of the GPK artists at one venue was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event, so I’d imagine the fans that attended were equally thrilled! Definitely keeping GPK-Con 2 on my radar.

GPKNews – Did you get a chance to see the 30 Years of Garbage documentary that Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko directed? If so, what are your thoughts? What are your thoughts about being a part of the long history of GPK?

NC – Great documentary! Fantastic content and very well crafted. Worthy of putting in a capsule and firing it into deep space for aliens to find someday and learn about our culture. Interestingly, I’ve had some discussions with Joe about the idea of doing a Wacky Packages 50th video, but I think we all realize, for better or worse, there isn’t nearly as much drama to that story!

GPKNews – You shared a great story with us when Jay Lynch passed a few weeks ago. He was so important to Topps especially in the early years. Do you have any other Jay Lynch stories you can share?

NC – Jay may qualify as the “World’s Most Interesting Man”, but most stories I have about him would take many pages to do proper justice, so I won’t try here. Someday, I hope to gather all of my recollections in a book and release it as a tribute.

GPKNews – You aren’t the only artist in the Camera family! Your daughter, Halsey, is a fine artist in her own right. We need Dual Artist Camera/Camera sketch cards in the next series! What are the chances we get to see the first 2nd generation GPK artist?

NC – Yeah, it’s getting pretty competitive in the Camera household! If she keeps it up, I may be out of a job! Seriously, she brings so much depth and character to her art, that I find myself constantly looking over her shoulder and learning from her. She’s already started an animation gig with a Silicon Valley software firm. I couldn’t be prouder.

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

NC – This may be your toughest question yet. I guess from an aesthetic standpoint, I’d have to say it’s tough to beat “Adam”, but I really enjoy titles like “Drippy Dan” and “Meltin’ Milton” and “Bony Tony” for their really simple gags and big punchlines.

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