October Philly Non-Sports Show to Feature Rare GPK Items

The next Philly Non-Sports Card Show is just over two months away. The 71st version of the country’s largest non-sports show is set to take place Oct. 19-20. Once again, the Toser’s have a lot of things planned for the show, with many interesting Garbage Pail Kids offerings. In addition, long time GPK artists Joe Simko and Brent Engstrom will be in attendance at the show. GPK collectors will also have the chance to purchase a number of rare items.

Joe Simko and Brent Engstrom will be collaborating on an exclusive Topps licensed card. The cards titled, Paint Job Joe(1a) and Brushwork Brent(1b) will be available at the show for $20. Collectors signing up for the Meet and Greet, Saturday night of the show, will have first crack at purchasing the cards. If you are interested in attending the Meet & Greet with Simko and Engstrom you should e-mail Roxanne Toser to reserve your spot. Only 100 copies of the cards will be available. The cost of the meet and greet is $22 and will be held 7:00 PM Saturday night at the Hilton Garden Inn after the show’s auction. By the way GPK collectors, the Saturday auction will feature a number of high end PSA graded GPK cards.

Collectors attending the show will have a chance to purchase a number of items from Jay Lynch’s personal collection/archives. After Jay’s passing his collection was donated to the Billy Ireland Museum in Columbus, OH. After organizing the collection, the museum wanted to sell off any duplicate items. Roxanne Toser was able to purchase many of these items. She will have many of these items, including a number of GPK and Wacky Packages items available at her booth during the show. About the items Roxanne told GPKNews, “We visited the Billy Ireland Museum in Columbus, OH where Jay Lynch’s collection was donated. It is 2-1/2 years since Jay passed and the museum personnel having been organizing the collection. The museum is fantastic and has so much material from many famous comic artists. Jay’s collection was quite unusual because besides the mammoth amount of correspondence and artwork, there was cards and card-related material. This doesn’t happen very often but the museum found it necessary to sell any duplicate material and gave me the opportunity to purchase it. The GPK and Wacky items are mostly from the 2000s but everything is in pristine condition. I am thrilled to be offering these items and feel collectors will be thrilled to purchase these items which were owned by Jay.”

Collectors who are after GPK merchandise from the 1980’s will also be in for a treat. While searching through a closet Roxanne hasn’t looked in for years, she came across a number of highly sought after merchandise items. Also at Roxanne’s booth will be, Pencil Billboards, Pencil Cases (one box available), Stick-On Pictures, Stick-Ons, Sunglasses, Stick-On Name Tags, Pop-Ups, Memo Books, Theme Books, Jewelry, Zipper Pulls, Hi Bounce Balls, Costumes, and Pencils! Some of these items, especially the pencils you don’t see come up for sale very often. Roxanne said the items will go on sale for the first time at the show and there will be a lot of each item available.

There will be more announced as the show gets closer. GPK collectors should start planning their trip now to the next Philly Non-Sports show. The show will take place at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA on Oct. 19-20, 2019.

GPK Collectors Enjoy Another Philly Non-Sports Show

Last weekend collectors from all over gathered for the biannual Philly Non-Sports card show. This was the second show in a row where Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages were in the spotlight. For GPK collectors the show didn’t disappoint. The highlight for many was the attendance of seven former and current GPK artists. The show also sports dozens of dealers selling all sorts of non-sports cards, allowing collectors to pickup a number of items for their collections. Anyone attending the Saturday night dinner also received two officially licensed Topps cards. The GPK card, #3 May Flowers, was painted by Layron DeJarnette, while the Wacky Packages card, #4, was painted by Chenduz. Collectors also received a special card from Tom Bunk at the dinner. Pictures of the dinner cards are below.

While GPKNews wasn’t in attendance, show promoter Roxanne Toser was kind enough to send in her review of the show. The Toser’s have been running the show for years now, and in addition have been one of the largest non-sports dealers in the country. At the dinner the Toser’s were given a special tribute. Aaron Booton, Jeff Zapata, Harris Toser and Marlin Toser all shared the many wonderful things Roxanne has done for the non-sports community. She was presented with a beautiful desk clock, inscribed with an Adam Bomb photo. Marlin was also presented with a large metal “Unsung Super Hero!” card. The sentiment she shares in the article is one I hear from everyone that attends the show. The show is a family atmosphere, where collectors of all types can meet artists, hand out with like minded friends, and add to their collections. Thanks to Roxanne for sending along the review!

The 70th Philly Non-Sports Card Show

by Roxanne Toser

I just can’t help but rave about the recent Philly Non-Sports Card Show held in Allentown, PA on May 4 and 5. This was the second of two shows with the theme of Wacky Packagesand Garbage Pail Kids. The first show was held in October of 2018 and featured artists Layron Dejarnette, Chad Scheres, Smokin’ Joe, Joe Simko, David Gross and Tom Bunk.

The featured artists at the May show were James Warhola, Tom Bunk, Chenduz, Jeff Zapata, Mark Pingatore, Fred Wheaton and Neil Camera. In addition, Neil’s daughter Halsey was set-up with her father and Lily Mercado, Jeff’s sister was set-up with him on Sunday.

On Friday night, we had dinner at the Airport Hilton Garden Inn (host hotel) with our helpers and the artists who were booked into the hotel. Two special helpers this time were our eldest son, Barry and his wife Jody. This was a very relaxing end to a long day which included getting the room at the Merchants Square Mall ready for the show. Most of us were up at an early hour.

Saturday was the first day of the show and we had the largest attendance in recent years. The line was very long waiting to get in. Everyone received a packet of promos and a ticket to win additional promos and prizes at the Cryptozoic booth. Cryptozoic is a California-based company and a great supporter of the show. The Faerie Metal Company attends regularly from Las Vegas and brightens up the room with their shiny small and large cards. Tom Lichman of Sidekick is another manufacturer who regularly supports us.

On Saturday evening, there was a dinner for 64 people. The dinner was sold-out, as was the dinner in October. At the October dinner, attendees were given two special promos drawn by Joe Simko and Fred Wheaton. The Halloween-themed promos were licensed by Topps. Another special dinner promo was done by Tom Bunk. This time, the Topps promos were drawn by Layron Dejarnette and Chenduz and had a spring theme. In addition. Tom Bunk supplied another dinner promo. Right before you entered the dinner room, you were greeted with a banner “Welcome to the Ratz Where Delicious Garbage is Served.” The buffet pasta bar dinner was, indeed,  delicious and included Blunder Bread (garlic bread), Goonman’s Looney Noodles (pasta bar/rotini), Raw Goo Sauce (alfredo sauce), Bigtumi Spaghetti Sauce (meat sauce) and Hostage Cakes (cupcakes). There were numerous prizes donated by Creepy Co., Topps, Joe Simko and Roxanne Toser Enterprises.

Every dinner table had a vase showing the four cards distributed at the two shows on the four sides. Inside the vase were flowers and the large head mounted on chop sticks of each of the artists, with the eighth table showing the head of George Wright who is an artist at every show and a long-time Wacky Packages buddy of mine. I made these center pieces and really enjoyed getting them ready. It was fun to tell the artists they would recognize where they were supposed to sit because we had asked for head shots but never told them why.

At the dinner Aaron, Jeff, Harris and Marlin all said wonderful things about me and my contributions to the hobby. I was presented with a beautiful desk clock, inscribed with an Adam Bomb photo. Marlin was presented with a large metal “Unsung Super Hero!” card (much deserved).

We surprised Aaron Booton by putting him on one of our special red-bordered Philly Cards given out at every show. Jeff Zapata has a short video on Facebook showing Aaron’s surprise when we gave it to him on Friday evening. Some other very special promos were Brent Engstrom’s 1b Roxanne Recon card (the October 1a version was titled Toser the Destructor and had a different colored background), Neil Camera’s April  Shower (Saturday promo) and May Allergy (Sunday promo) plus Del Monkey Fruit Cocktail (Sunday promo). All attendees also received a Horrible Kids promo from Mark Pingatore at both shows.

The Philly Non-Sports Card Show features many other card titles besides GPKand Wackysso even though these titles cannot always be the central theme, you will always find cards and related memorabilia at the shows. Hope to see many of you at future shows. The next one is only five months away on October 19 and 20!

Philly Non-Sports Show Readies Promo Cards

Show promoters are putting the final touches on next weekend’s Philly Non-Sports Card Show. The bi-annual show is the largest non-sports card show in the country. Just like last October’s show, the focus once again is on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. Not only will collectors have a stellar lineup of artists, but there are also a number of exclusive promos cards available at the show.

Collectors will be able to meet many of their favorite Topps artists at the show. Original Series GPK artists Tom Bunk and James Warhola headline a fantastic group of artists. Also attending Neal Camera, Fred Wheaton, Jeff Zapata, Mark Pingitore, and Vincenzo “Chenduz” d’Ippolito. Chenduz will be making his first appearance on the East Coast, traveling all the way from the Netherlands. Also, recently announced GPK sketch artist Lily Mercado will be making an appearance at her brother Jeff Zapata’s booth on Sunday at the show. This group has a few artist making their Philly debuts, so be sure to get out and meet your favorites!

Collectors coming through the doors will have different promos available to them on each day of the show. Collectors attending Saturday will receive a GPK inspired card from Neal Camera, 1a April Showers. Those attending on Sunday can get the 1b version of the Camera card, named May Allergy. Collectors on Sunday will also receive the Del Monkey Wacky inspired card also painted by Camera. All show attendees will also receive the 1b version of last show’s Toser the Destroyer card. The Brent Engstrom painted card is titled Roxanne Recon and features a slightly different background from the first version. Fans of Mark Pingitore’s Horrible Kids card will also receive a new promo card for the next Horrible Kids set.

Those attending the sold out Saturday night dinner will be in for some surprises as well. Show promoters haven’t revealed everything in store as of yet. However, guests attending the dinner will receive the next two official Topps promo cards, #3 & #4, in the Philly Non-Sport set. These two cards, one GPK and one Wacky, were painted by Layron DeJarnette and Chenduz and feature a spring theme this time. Dinner attendees will also receive a special card painted by Tom Bunk.

There will be other promo cards collectors can get their hands on as well. Cryptozoic will have a CZX outlander promo giveaway available at their booth for collectors breaking a box. George Wright will have a Galactic Groceries card for collectors. There will be a Fearsome Weirdos card from Robert Jimenez available. Collectors can also get their hands on a promo card from the Steven Universe set. Also the usual three Philly Non-Sport cards in their long running promos set will be given out as well. There is something for everyone.

Collectors in the area next weekend should take some time and check out the show. The show takes place at the Market Square Mall in Allentown, PA. Show tickets are available for $8 per day, or a two day pass for $14. The show will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday 5/4, and 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday 5/5. For more information on the show check out their website. Here are pictures of some of the cards available this weekend.

Philly Non-Sports Show to Focus Again on GPK/Wackys

Just like clockwork, the next Philly Non-Sports Card Show is coming up in just under six weeks. This will be the 70th show, and much like the 69th, the show will once again focus on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. The show takes place in the Merchants Square mall in Allentown, PA twice a year. The spring show is scheduled for the weekend of May 4-5, 2019. The show is the largest non-sports card show in the US and features dealers selling a wide variety of non-sport products.

Once again, there is a stellar lineup of current and former GPK artists scheduled to attend. The group is led by original series artist Tom Bunk, and also includes previous attendees Fred Wheaton, Jeff Zapata, and Mark Pingitore. Three newcomers to Philly will also attend including original series artist James Warhola, Neil Camera, and Vincenzo “Chenduz” d’Ippolito. Chenduz will be making his first east coast appearance all the way from the Netherlands. There is a lot of history and knowledge from OS and ANS days. All the artists will be on hand selling original art, prints, sketches, cards, and more. Show goers will also receive a promo card from Magic Marker Inc. (Pingitore). Prior to the show opening on Sunday there will be an artist chat. Be sure to register with the show prior to the chat. This is a great opportunity for collectors on the east coast to meet and support their favorite artists.

As with all Philly shows, there will of course be promo cards. The theme from the previous show will carry over to this show as well. All show attendees will receive a card from Brent Engstrom. The card is a different version of the Toser the Destroyer card from the previous show. This card will have a slightly different background, be numbered 1b, and named Roxanne Recon. Show goers attending Saturday and Sunday will receive a different card from Neil Camera each day as well. The usual Saturday night dinner will take place at the Ratz room inside the show hotel the Hilton Garden Inn. All guests attending the dinner will receive the next two official Topps promo cards, #3 & #4, in the Philly Non-Sport set. These two cards, one GPK and one Wacky, were painted by Layron DeJarnette and Chenduz and feature a spring theme this time. Dinner attendees will also receive a special card painted by Tom Bunk. The cost of the dinner is $19.95. Tickets are almost sold out for the show dinner, so act fast to reserve your seat! To reserve your spot contact Roxanne Toser at roxannetoser@gmail.com.

The Philly Non-Sports show is a show geared not only for collectors but for families as well. The first 20 kids into the show will receive a package including an assortment of stickers and cards to get their collection started. Show organizers are also planning a box break of GPK and/or Wacky’s. Participants purchasing a spot in the break will be randomly assigned a number to to pick special cards from the break. Show tickets are available for $8 per day, or a two day pass for $14. The show will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday 5/4, and 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday 5/5. East coast collectors this is your change to chat with artists and fellow collectors in person. For more information on the show check out their website.

Collectors Receive GPK Promo at Philly Non-Sport Dinner

Collectors attending tonight’s dinner at the Philly Non-Sports card show got an early Halloween Treat. All attendees received two officially licensed cards, one GPK and one Wacky Packages. The GPK card, Pumpkin Heddy, was painted by Joe Simko. The back is numbered 1 of 4. The back advertises collectors can complete their set at next year’s spring Philly Non-Sports show. The Wacky card was painted by Fred Wheaton. Collectors were also treated to a talk by artist Smokin Joe McWilliams during dinner. Thanks to Collector Dave O. for the images!

GPK Collectors to Descend on Philly Non-Sports Card Show

Do you like Garbage Pail kids and Wacky Packages? Will you be in the Philadelphia/Allentown area this weekend? Then you need to make time to stop by the largest and longest running Non-Sports Card show in the US. The biannual Philly Non-Sports Card show is ready for collectors from around the country to pay a visit. The show is focusing on GPKs and Wacky Packages over their next two events, starting with this weekend’s show. Those attending the show have a lot to look forward to.

The artist lineup is a strong one. Set to attend are Tom Bunk, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Layron DeJarnette, and Chad Scheres. The artists will have plenty of original GPK and Wacky art, prints, sketches, and merchandise available for sale. There will be a card talk prior to the show opening on Sunday morning. Those who have already reserved a space will have a chance to to ask questions of their favorite artists.

The traditional Saturday dinner is sold out. Collectors attending the dinner are in for a treat. GPK and Wacky artist Smokin Joe McWiliams will be the guest speaker during dinner. There will also be prizes given out at dinner from Creepy Co, Fright Rags, and Chad Scheres. Attendees will also get two exclusive Topps licensed promo cards. The Halloween themed cards are painted by Joe Simko (GPK) and Fred Wheaton (Wacky). The cards will be numbered #1 & #2, with #3 and #4 coming at next year’s spring show. While show organizers are keeping the art under wraps until Saturday’s dinner, they are showing another card that will be given exclusively to dinner attendees. Tom Bunk created the Wacky Garbage Kids parody card for the dinner.

The promo cards don’t stop there. All show attendees will also received a new Horrorible Kids promo card from Mark Pingitore, as well as the Toser the Destroyer card done by Brent Engstrom. There will also be plenty of other non-sports promo cards given out at the show. Show organizers are also planning a special drawing on Saturday for all kids under 12 years old. Kids will receive near completed sets, and will be encouraged to trade at the show to complete their sets.

There will be many other booths that specialize in selling non-sports cards. This show has a different vibe than the Gross Card Con shows, which are primarily a toy show. If you live within driving distance you need to find some time to attend the show with the whole family. The show is set to take place this weekend at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA. The show will be open on Sat. Oct. 20 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sun. Oct. 21 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show Reveals First Promo Cards

In just over three weeks collectors from around the country will gather for the latest non-sports card show in the US. Set to take place at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA the fall show will focus on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. The show announced just a couple of weeks back there will be a number of promo cards available at the show. Yesterday show promoters showed off two of those. Numbered 1a and created by GPK artist Brent Engstrom , the first promo card features show promoters, the Tosers, reimagined in a GPK style Ghostbusters parody. The second card is a promo card for series 4 of Mark Pingitore’s fantastic Horrorible Kids upcoming set. Collectors can receive both cards with their paid admission to the show, while supplies last. The show will take place the weekend of Oct 20-21.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show to Focus on GPK/Wackys

In just over six weeks Garbage Pail Kids collectors on the East Coast will have an opportunity to mingle with some of their favorite GPK artists. The biannual Philly Non-Sports Card Show will once again be ready for collectors on October 20 & 21. The Philly show is the oldest non-sports card show in the country. The upcoming show in October will be the 69th Philly show. The show, which is actually not in Philadelphia but instead in Allentown, PA, takes place at the Merchants Square Mall. With each Philly show there is a focus on a certain non-sports brand. Show organizers are going all out, with the next two Philly Non-Sports shows being GPK and Wacky Packages focused.

The artist line up for upcoming show has six top notch current and former GPK artists. Former original series artist Tom Bunk will lead a group which includes current artists; David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Layron DeJarnette, and Chad Scheres. The artists will all be on hand selling original art, prints, stickers, cards, and more. Show goers will receive a promo card created by Mark Pingitore. On Sunday, prior to the show opening, there will be a Card Talk panel discussion with all the artists. All the artists are happy to meet the fans. This is a great time to get some quality time with your favorite artist, and help support their art.

With the show focus being on GPK and Wacky Packages, there will be some promo cards available. First off, all attendees to the show will receive a promo card painted by Brent Engstrom. Second, everyone attending the Saturday night show dinner at the Airport Hilton Garden Inn will receive two Halloween themed cards, (one GPK, one Wacky), painted by Joe Simko and Fred Wheaton. The cards will be numbered #1 and #2 in a set. Tom Bunk will also paint a card for dinner attendees. The dinner will be limited to 64 attendees only, and will cost $17.95 per person. Topps has chipped in with a generous donation to help with the artists and to reduce the cost for collectors attending the Saturday night dinner. Smokin’ Joe McWilliams is set to be the guest speaker at the dinner. There will also be prizes from Creepy Co. and Fright Rags. Dinner tickets will sellout. To reserve your spot contact Roxanne Toser at roxannetoser@gmail.com.

As mentioned above, the focus on GPK/Wackys doesn’t stop with the October Philly show. The 70th Philly Non-Sports show will share the same focus. Show organizers already have a number of things planned for the show taking place on May 4 & 5, 2019. The artists scheduled to attend are Tom Bunk, Mark Pingatore, Fred Wheaton, Jeff Zapata, James Warhola, Neil Camera, and one more TBD. In order to help defray costs for the artists attending the show, they are looking for people to sponsor artists for $250. A couple more sponsorships are available. Sponsors will receive a full color sketch from the artist they sponsor. If interested in sponsoring an artist e-mail Roxanne Toser. The May 2019 show will also feature the next two promo cards in the show dinner set. The cards, #3 & #4, will feature a spring theme and be painted by Layron DeJarnette and Chenduz.

The Philly Non-Sports show features a much different vibe than a Gross Card Con show. With a more relaxed atmosphere, the show floor features nothing but tables selling various non-sport cards. This includes of course a number sellers with GPK merchandise. The show hotel is the Airport Hilton Garden Inn, and a special show rate of $97 is available. Show tickets are available for $8 per day, or a two day pass for $14. The show will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10/20, and 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday 10/21. East Coast collectors, don’t miss your chance to meet your favorite GPK artists.

Philly Non-Sport Card Talk Panel Transcripts

GPK collectors attending the spring Philly-Non Sport show recently had a chance to hang out with numbers GPK artists, and shop for the latest GPK merchandise. Part of the weekend’s festivities was a Card Talk. Five attending GPK artists gathers early Sunday morning before the show opened for a one-hour question and answer session with fans. Stephen Sodergren and Erica Fox were on hand for GPK News to cover the event. In this third and final article they transcribed the entire card talk. If you missed the first two articles on the show be sure to check out, Philly Non-Sport Dinner/Jay Lynch Tribute Transcript and GPK Collectors Enjoy Weekend at Philly Non-Sport Show. Thanks to Erica and Steve for the fantastic job reporting on the show!

Sunday April 23, 2017, Hilton Garden Inn
Garbage Pail Kids/Wacky Packages Panel

Harris Toser: Today we’re going to have a special Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages panel with these five celebrated artists up here. Continue reading Philly Non-Sport Card Talk Panel Transcripts

Philly Non-Sport Show Dinner/Jay Lynch Tribute Transcript

Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages collectors all gathered recently for the Philly Non-Sport card show. Held twice a year in Allentown, PA, this year’s spring show was themed GPK/Wacky Packages. Part of the festivities included a limited dinner Saturday night at the host hotel. During the evening was a tribute to artist Jay Lynch. Led by Jeff Zapata, many of the artists and attendees shared their memories and stories of their time with Jay. Attending the dinner were collectors Steve Sodergren and Erica Fox who were kind enough to transcribe the tribute for us. If you missed it, be sure to check out Steve and Erica’s great write-up on their experiences at the show.

April 22, 2017 Dinner

Jeff Zapata: Jay was someone I could really gravitate to right away. He was a person that you could talk about pop culture, you could talk about the old artists of TOPPS. And to us TOPPS had these ideas, these toys, these things. It was almost like an old car that was locked in the garage and we could just take off that tarp and turn on that engine and it would still sound the same. And when we came to this show, that car was always there. It always sounded the same. And you can’t have that car sounding the same without people who all believe in the same thing, who really love what they do, who really love what they collect.

Jay really appreciated that. He treated everyone as an equal. It didn’t matter who you were. It didn’t matter what type of artist you were. He felt as an equal with the person, and that was really a special thing – and also I think about this show -it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you come from, we’re all the same. We all love the same thing. And a lot of that could not happen if not [gestures to Tosers]. So thanks to Tosers, and especially Roxanne who organizes such things and takes a lot of patience, organization, and a lot of love. Jay recognized that love and I would like to give a hand to the Tosers at least [applause] who continue to bring new friendships like that. I probably would not have had the friendship I had with Jay if it wasn’t for shows like this.

One of the ways that Jay and I started becoming friends was non-sports – new product development was talking about stuff but eventually he had a divorce which happened to each of us – or each year talk about divorces, or our marriages, or our kids – how they’re growing up and everything, and Jay had a divorce and he needed friends and I know some of us here helped him out when he was doing that. Matt and Greg are a few over there, or New York city friends who helped, and Art – and because of that I got to know even more people – Art Spiegelman and other people intimately. But it was because of a belief, it wasn’t because we got to just meet each other – it was about cards, always was about cards. It was always about cards – about prosperity, not to give up and denounce, to prosper, not to starve, to achieve, not to plunder ideas. And Jay always was with that – to constantly keep doing stuff. And when I see everyone today, right now, looking at everyone, I still – I see him in a lot of you guys and he would be very proud that we’re having this moment to think about him, to think about the hobby, think about the Tosers, and I’m just very proud of everybody here today and I’m proud that we’re thinking about Jay. I just hope there are other Jay Lynches still here – and I know there are – but I hope we still always take a moment to remember him when we do something in the way that he would like to have it done- with honesty of who are – who you really are – not who you’re working for. I see it in all here today, so God bless you all and I hope to see you more throughout the years and remember times such as these, and future things.

And if anybody else would like to get up and talk about Jay and have things to say – I know Mike Jaspersen might have a really funny anecdote that I thought was great and any other friends, please join in as part of it. I would like to also mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Wacky Packages and everyone who supported it throughout the years especially when it was dead [laughter] [applause]. I thank you guys for acknowledging the work of Jay Lynch, Norm Saunders, Art Spiegelman, my good friend Len Brown, and others. And I hope you give each other a hand for coming here and taking long journeys – I know some of you come really far and I would like to [clapping] I would also like to thank Joe Simko, Layron DeJarnette for coming, a lot of the other artists who work for GPK and TOPPS, for coming and taking their time to celebrate this moment. Enjoy your dinner! [applause].

Mike Jaspersen: I was at TOPPS for a number of years and had a lot of phone conversations with Jay. Jay did a lot of sketch cards for the- especially the Old School Series 1. And you know, I said “Jay can you do 5,000 sketch cards?” “Sure!” “By Monday.” [laughter]. So, I mean, he actually did 5,000 sketch cards for Series 1. There wasn’t anything Jay couldn’t do. Um, so during these phone conversations you know I would have to call him and say you know “You gotta stick to the schedule Jay, gotta stick to the schedule” and he would go off on these tangents and just tell these stories. One that really interested me, or stuck with all these years, was uh, he said “Did you know I invented rap music?” [laughter]. I said, “What?!” He said, “Yeah, I invented rap music.” And I said, “Jay, uhhh…” and he said “Yeah, during the Vietnam war I was a conscientious objector and I wanted to serve my country but I didn’t want to go to war. So I went to the north side of Chicago and did community service.”

I said, “Really?” and he said, “Yes.” So I said, “Well what did you do?” He said, “I worked with underprivileged kids. So I’d have them in the room and I wanted to communicate with them but I didn’t know how to do it. So I started rapping, and they would rap back to me. So I invented rap.” I said, “That’s a great story.” He said, “Yeah, there’s a guy who’s doing a book – he did a book on the history of rap and devoted a whole chapter to me. I said, “Wow, I gotta get this book, Jay.” He said “Oh there’s only one thing….umm…. the author died before it was published [laughter].” So, I don’t know if it’s true or not true! But, that’s just the kind of stuff Jay would do. I didn’t know him as long as some other people- maybe only eight or nine years, 10 years maybe, but I really liked the guy and he was good to everybody and I’m gonna miss him [applause].

Jeff Zapata: Anyone else who has a story to share of Jay?

Roxanne Toser: I always knew Jay – [unintelligible] – when we were in Chicago with Jay’s friends. I guess we were there for a national baseball card convention. And so we had stopped in the hotel with Jay, and Carol, his ex-wife, who he would always blame Marlin for marrying her. They lived together for quite a while and Marlin would day, “Why don’t you two get married?” So, they finally got married and then he’d blame Marlin [laughter]. But anyway, we were in the lobby of the hotel and some people came in that knew Carol. They talked to her and they were very enthusiastic and finally they looked at Jay and they did not know him. They said “Um, and what do you do?” And Jay said, “I work for Non-Sport Update magazine.” That was his claim to fame. I said, “Jay, if that’s your claim to fame then that’s pretty pathetic” [laughter].

That was Jay. He was always very unassuming, and he did not say I’m a great artist from the underground days or anything like that. Just, you know, he worked for Non-Sport Update. So that’s one of the many, many memories I have of Jay.

Marlin Toser: Jay would call Roxanne up on the phone. I’d answer the phone and he’d say “I’m Jay” or “This is Jay.” So there was an artist around who did work for us on Non-Sport Update. His name was Grass Green – don’t ask me how he got the first name [laughter]. But Grass Green told me, “I’m going to Chicago, and I’m going to meet Jay Lynch! I’m so, so – I’m really so happy.” So he gets to Chicago and he meets Jay Lynch. “I’m Grass Green.” “I’m Jay.” You know, Jay was so unassuming that no matter what he did he never bragged about anything he ever did, you know? And sometimes I would talk to Jay and it would be Monday and I thought it was Tuesday or Wednesday because he would go in such detail I wouldn’t even know whether I asked him on Monday… I’m like, “Jay what are you talking about?” [laughter]. You know it was really delightful and I really miss him.

Jeff Zapata: Anyone else with any stories to share on Jay…?

Mark Shoemaker: I will Jeff. My two greatest memories of Jeff -er Jay – Jeff you’re good –

Jeff Zapata: I’m not dead yet! [laughter]

Mark Shoemaker: No [laughing]! My two greatest memories of Jay are- I had the honor of going to two Chicago shows back during the late 90s – the only two that I’ve ever attended out in the Midwest. Everything else has been in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and I’ve enjoyed all those as well. But I got the honor to go to Jay’s apartment in Chicago with a few of the guys mostly from California- like Scott Roberg and John Millard and Tom Tyson from Wisconsin, and a couple of others. And we were at Jay’s apartment one night and all the guys were looking at me like “Shoe, why are you falling asleep in such a great apartment tonight?” [laughter]. I said, “I’m just tired! It’s been a long trip.” But the man – I mean – as soon as he put pen to paper- he was incredible. He was the grandfather of all Wacky guys to us and we’ll miss him and we love him dearly.

The other memory was in ’05 at Greg’s gathering at his place and he did sketches for us all night and he took photos. Cheryl [Cheryl Sweppy, fellow collector seated next to him] and I were a part of the group and many others. There’s many photos that have been posted lately on the gatherings, like from ’02 and ’05 – and ’99 was a big one with Jeff Weiss for anybody that remembers that one. So, Jay we love you and miss you and thank you for all the memories [applause].

Jeff Zapata: Does anyone else…. I might just have one memory to share just personally- cause that was a general speech but does anyone else – please, speak up..

Smokin’ Joe: [gestures] I have – just – briefly. When I first started doing Wackys I wanted to get in touch with the classic artists and writers and get as much input. Hey, if I’m gonna pick up the mantle I want to know something, I want you to hand it to me. So I reach out and call Jay and talk to him and he gave me some advice and everything. And a couple of years later, out of the blue, he calls me, “Hey I’ve got some ideas on some stuff and I thought maybe you’d work on them with me.” So I go, “What are your ideas?” It was 2008. He goes, “I want to do these – for kids – alright, I want to do these stories. And it starts out – it tells a story and there’s a piece of artwork there and the story starts out in like, 10 point font and a couple of lines tell the story there. And then it moves down to like 6 point font and it gets smaller and smaller and smaller.” And he’s like, “People keep telling me nobody will be able to read it but the kids will be close [laughter] and the kids will be able to see it- [laughter] – it’s for the kids – and they’ll know it’s for them alright? Here’s one of the stories just so you have an idea.” He’s like, “Okay, back in the day, we’d slick our hair back all the time, grease it back, and some of the people would use egg white if they couldn’t buy the grease or whatever. So the story is this kid goes and uses egg white to grease his hair back and he jumps on his bike and he’s riding through the summer, through the town and everything, and it’s a hot day and all of a sudden the egg white starts cooking [laughter] on his head. Pretty soon he’s got like scrambled egg hair. That’s the story!” [laughter] “What do you think?” “Well, ok!” [laughter]. So there you go, phone call with Jay. [applause].

Jeff Zapata: Well, I think a lot of people had like a lot of famous phone calls with Jay. Jay was the type of person you could – he would call you at like three in the morning- and I’m hearing some stories now – and you might see some tears in my eyes only because it reminds me of my interaction with him and everything.

I had a really personal privilege to get to know him as a roommate, a drawing buddy, a convention partner type of thing. I was very proud of that – I was so privileged to be that- it was like I felt like I was in Back to the Future and he was Doc [laughter] and I was like there, “Doc! Where are we going next? What are we going to do?” And he’s like, “We’re going to Pennsylvania … [laughter] to meet the Tosers.” But it would be great. But I got to tell you that it’s almost like a Houdini thing – I want it to be that it’s like legend to see this person – cause I’m gonna tell you like I would – you’re living with a person in an apartment and I would draw some stuff – and I’m a pretty quick drawing type of person, whatever. And I would go out, walk the dog or whatever, and I would come back – and I’m telling you, this is legend – like, I would see something that looked like it took eight hours. And if it’s anything from any artists over here – legends are true – where, like if he was comfortable in a certain situation – and he was in a rhythm – not like convention rhythm- and you would come back and it’s like how did you do that? And sometimes I would just sit there to, you know, watch water boil and I would just see an ancient technology – just – a person that would just do things like a computer. And Art and I talked about this for hours recently, so that’s why I’m also saying it because it was something to see, to behold. It was a marvel. And I just want it stated that like we saw something, you know, that maybe we won’t ever see again. But someone who really knew how to took a rapidograph and take lines and really make them alive.

And not only that, but a person who knew how to make good friends in a secret way and intertwine people. Cause look at us – we’re all intertwined because of Jay, you know. So, Jay, I love you man [applause].

Roxanne Toser: Okay, that was very nice.

Jeff Zapata: ..now Don Rickles! [laughter]

Roxanne Toser: Now we’ll do prizes…..