Gross Card Con is expanding. The same people behind the recent GCC even in Las Vegas announced they are bringing the fun to the Bay Area ToyXpo. The show is set to take place Aug. 24-26 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Once again, the event will take place inside the larger toy and comic convention. The show first announced GCC would be appearing a couple of weeks ago, but only today began releasing details on the show. While not a large as the Las Vegas GCC, there is still a very strong lineup of artists scheduled to attend. Right now there are 9 current and former GPK artists set to attend. The show will feature former original series artist Tom Bunk. Also, current artists Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Layron DeJarnette, Joe McWilliams, Michael Barnard, and Chad Scheres are all set to be there in addition to former artist and art director Jeff Zapata. No other GCC events have been announced yet for the show.
The show also has a Super VIP option for GCC collectors they are offering. The cost of $1000, which is up from the Las Vegas cost. The package includes 3 nights at the host hotel (TBD), early admission to all three days of the show, 4 event exclusive renderings, 1 custom GPK Pop, B&W sketch, and the Saturday VIP dinner. Tickets for the show are available at the show’s website.
Start saving your money now, this is your one year warning. Almost two weeks after the completion of the 2018 show, work is already underway to make next year’s show even bigger. Organizers for the Vegas Toy Con announced today on their Facebook page plans for the 2019 show.
After receiving complaints from show goes and vendors about Circus Circus, the location of the show will be changing for 2019. The show will now take place at the Westgate Hotel. The hotel is located just off the Vegas strip next door to the Convention Center. The new location allows for 70,000 square foot of continuous show space. Show rates for rooms will be $89 per night. The show announced all rooms booked using the show code will also get a free toy each of the 4 nights. Super VIPs will also have a special area with breakfast and snacks served daily.
Most importantly to GPK collectors, was a comment made after the Facebook post regarding the return of Gross Card Con. Additionally, GPKNews confirmed with Vegas Toy Con Executive Producer Andy Goodman that GCC will indeed be returning at the show. Expect announcements and promotions for GCC in the coming months.
The show is scheduled to take place from March 1-3, 2019. Tickets for the event and vendor space will go live 4/10/18 at 10:00 AM pacific time. Start planning you’re Vegas vacation now!
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: 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!
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!
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.