Topps is once again attending this week’s Global Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Their focus is completely on Garbage Pail Kids, trying to lure new companies to produce licensed GPK products. On this year’s booth are cover images for a new upcoming GPK comic. Garbage Pail Kids Origins is the brainchild of artist Jeff Zapata. Jeff was the art director over GPK during the ANS days. For years Jeff has shared artwork and story ideas online for origin stories from many popular Garbage Pail Kids. His dream is finally becoming reality in this new comic series from Dynamite comics. Jeff teased on his Facebook account that the comic would be released this November. No other information is available yet on the comic.
GetAGrip Skateboards is back with all the body fluids you can handle. They are set to launch their newest Garbage Pail Kids skateboard deck, Character Deck 4: Barf-A-Rama. The new deck features the artwork of Rory McQueen. Each deck will come with a triptych card featuring the same deck artwork, one random character grip tape, and an exclusive barf bag. The decks will be hand numbered and limited to 200 copies. The decks can be purchased starting tomorrow, 5/13/22, at 1:00 PM EST at GetAGrip’s website. Here is the information from the company on the new deck.
Featuring the disgustingly brilliant art of Rory McQueen, we are thrilled to bring you our fourth installment from the Character Deck Collection. Our grossest drop yet and before we get cancelled – yes it’s: Character Deck 4: BARF-A-RAMA!
Rory couldn’t squeeze any more filth and puke into this Officially Licensed GPK Deck release. To say we’re excited about this one would be the understatement of the year. This bundle features only the second ever Trippy Triptych. A printed tri-fold Collector Card (each one hand numbered and signed by the man himself).
* EVERY bundle includes official color Ltd/200 artist signed Trippy Triptych
* Bundle includes 1x Character Deck, 1x exclusive random design grip tape PLUS BARF-A-RAMA exclusive Barf bag
* Limited Edition of 200 decks
* Hand-numbered sticker of authenticity – number matches Triptych
* Shape: Popsicle 8.25”
* Deck Construction: Traditional, Canadian 7-ply Maple
* Random stain color on the top of the decks
* Comes with Exclusive Adam Bomb Printed Poly Bag
* Exclusive chase deck (Ltd/8) PLUS ONE GOLD CARD!
* ALL DECKS IN HAND AND SHIPPING THIS MONTH
Premium DNA, the company behind the recent GPK vs Madballs figures preorder, is teasing new Garbage Paul Kids figures for later this summer. The GPK Classic line will feature 6” figures that are a faithful recreation of the OS cards. The company answered a number of collector questions through Facebook recently revealing the details. The sculpts, paint, and accessories will look exactly like the card, recreated in 3D. The packaging will make collectors feel like they are opening a 3D version of am OS pack. Like their Madballs figures, they will have 26 points of articulation and come with swappable parts and accessories.
The company has 3 series planned with a total of 6 waves of figures for the Classic line. The first wave will consist of 4 characters. There will also be limited “b” named character packaging variants available for each character. The company is planning on revealing the characters, pictures, and pricing information closer to release. The figures are scheduled to debut at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in July. Collectors can still get in on the GPK vs. Madballs figure preorder, ending on 5/1/22.
Dynamite Comics today announced a new comic book series based on the Garbage Pail Kids vs. Madballs crossover. The series will tell the story how these two franchises battle it out. The comic will be written by veteran author Sholly Fisch, and illustrated by longtime GPK sketch artist Jason Crosby. There will be collectible variant covers created by Crosby, GPK artist Joe Simko, and Madballs artist James Gorman. Issue #1 is scheduled to launch July 2022. Collectors will want to preorder through their favorite comic book store. Here is the press release from Dynamite.
|The Madballs™ & Garbage Pail Kids Clash in
All-Out War Historic Multimedia Crossover!
April 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces a historic summer crossover of epic proportions, as two beloved brands smash together in all their gross-out glory in Madballs™ vs. Garbage Pail Kids!
The two legendary franchises have been captivating audiences young and old for over three decades, co-ruling a corner of counterculture with their pun-heavy names, subversive humor, and inventive art and design. Now, as part of an exciting merchandising blitz, Dynamite is proud to publish an ambitious comic book series showing just how these misfits might get along – or destroy everything around them!
The story is written by Sholly Fisch, experienced across a deep bibliography with franchises like Superman, Star Wars, Scooby-Doo, Mighty Mouse, and Looney Tunes. His award-nominated work has always balanced appealing to all ages and seamlessly adapting franchises with passionate fanbases. Though, he holds his tongue on spoiling which side might win in this battle.
“Let’s just say that, no matter which side you’re on, you’ll find stuff to make you laugh. And, if you’re not careful, you may get splattered with slime or toxic waste, too,” said writer Sholly Fisch.
Fisch is joined by artist, Jason Crosby, known for drawing the Garbage Pail Kids already for Topps’ latest trading card and sketch card sets. Now, he’s dove headfirst into research to equally hone his Madballs.
“I try to have my work full of energy, movement, and splattered goop, so honestly, drawing these two franchises is right up my alley,” said artist Jason Crosby. “My work isn’t subtle, and I hope it explodes off the page.”
In addition to Jason’s action and gross-packed artwork in the story, the comic series will feature collectible variant covers by him and others. A project like this would be incomplete without the contributions of legendary GPK artist, Joe Simko, who contributes both an epic main cover and a trading card inspired one. Alongside collaborator, James Groman, Simko also crafted a mind-bursting wraparound cover!
Garbage Pail Kids kicked off its reign of irreverence in 1985 when Topps launched the first of many trading card series featuring their trademark hilariously revolting characters – all with clever names to match. The grossest kids you know have since translated to animation and a continuing full slate of globally-licensed consumer products.
“The Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs share much of the same ‘twisted’ DNA; an irreverent 80’s sensibility, outrageous artwork and loyal fan bases that remain passionate to this day.” says Ira Friedman, who oversees GPK licensing at Topps. “It comes as no surprise that the anticipation and excitement for this comics crossover is off the charts.”
As GPKNews first shared last July, Tarot cards are getting the GPK treatment. Publisher Insight Editions, is now sharing the cover art and sample images of the cards with collectors. The set contains 78 cards, with 10 being brand new GPK characters. GPK artist Miran Kim did all the art for the set. Insight Edition is teaming with the GPK websites to offer a first look at some of the cards. GPKNews is sharing the Temperance card featuring Blob Betty.
You can check out two more cards at GPKWorld and GeePeeKay. The set retails for $24.99 and can be preordered now from Amazon. The Tarot deck and Guidebook is expected to be released on 8/9/22. Here is additional information about the set from the publisher.
Garbage Pail Kids: The Official Tarot Deck and Guidebook
By Minerva Siegel | Illustrated by Miran Kim
Bring the wild, wacky and weird world of the Garbage Pail Kids into your tarot practice with this masterfully illustrated deck inspired by the iconic trading cards!
Created by Topps nearly forty years ago, the Garbage Pail Kids have shocked, delighted, and entertained fans around the world through a trademark combination of gross-out humor, sharp wit, and amazing artwork. Now, tarot enthusiasts and card collectors alike can celebrate their Garbage Pail Kids fandom with this official GPK tarot deck. Sure to delight GPK fans, collectors, pop-culture enthusiasts, and tarot practitioners alike, Garbage Pail Kids: The Official Tarot Deck and Guidebook is the perfect addition to your home library!
STUNNING ARTWORK: Every card is hand-painted in spectacular detail by fan-favorite artist Miran Kim. While remaining true to the brand essence, Kim’s mystical and phantasmagorical artistic style offers GPK fans and tarot practitioners a powerfully reimagined Garbage Pail Kids Universe.
FAVORITE CHARACTERS SEEN LIKE NEVER BEFORE: GPK fans and tarot practitioners will laugh out loud while being mesmerized by classic characters depicted as tarot icons such as Adam Bomb as the Emporer, Spacey Stacy as The High Priestess, and Rob Slob as the Fool.
UNIQUE TAROT EXPERIENCE: This deluxe set of 78 cards, with inspired text by tarot expert Minerva Siegel, consists of both major and minor arcana for anyone beginning their tarot practice, as well as for experienced practitioners.
DETAILED GUIDEBOOK: Includes a 128-page, full-color guidebook with explanations of each card’s meaning and simple spreads for easy readings.
10 ALL-NEW EXCLUSIVE CHARACTERS: Features never-before-seen additions to the world of Garbage Pail Kids, including Twist of Fate Kate, Hopeful Henrietta, and Wishin’ Willie.
About the Author
Minerva Siegel is the author of Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self. She writes about tarot, witchcraft, and living with disabilities for print magazines and online publications. When not writing, she practices divination and drinks rose lattes in the Victorian house she shares with her husband and their rescue dogs. Instagram: @SpookyFatBabe.
About the Illustrator
Miran Kim is a painter, illustrator, and comic book artist whose numerous publishing clients include Marvel Comics, Absolut Vodka, Topps Company, Papercutz, IDW, and Éditions Glénat. In addition to commercial artwork, Miran’s personal paintings have been featured in group shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), the Museum of Cartoonist and Comic Book Art (NYC), Galerie Huberty Breyne (Paris), and more. www.mirankim.com
Time to add a new GPK puzzle to your collection. USAopoly is launching the Garbage Pail Kids Wreck the Halls jigsaw puzzle. This is the 5th GPK puzzle from the company. Like the others the puzzle comes in at 1000 pieces and measures 19” x 27” when finished. The puzzle details for $17.99 and can be preordered now on Amazon or Entertainment Earth. Amazon expects the puzzle to launch on 4/22/22.
Greenlight, via their social channels, shared images today of their Series 4 Garbage Pail Kids Diecast Cars. There are once again six cars to collect, with rare Green Machine versions available. Each car also comes with a corresponding GPK card. The cars are expected to be available in August 2022. Here is a list of cars and the pictures.
– Item #54070-A 1:64 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 – Hound Dog
– Item #54070-B 1:64 1975 Jeep DJ-5 – Warren Out
– Item #54070-C 1:64 1968 Chevrolet C-10 “Lifeguard on Duty” – Leather Heather
– Item #54070-D 1:64 2021 Ram 2500 – Tow Mitch
– Item #54070-E 1:64 Topo Fuel Altered – Rocketing Rocky
– Item #54070-F 1:64 1993 Jeep Cherokee – Tangled Tim
GPKNation is planning an all new character launch. Tomorrow, 3/5, at 3:00 PM EST, the company will launch an officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids patch of Reese Pieces. The patch is based off the character of the same name from OS 4. No price has been revealed yet, but collectors can purchase the pass from the GPKNation.com website. This won’t be the last collectors see of Reese, the company has plans on launching coins and pins based on the same character.
Monogram International sent over the official pictures for the Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Bag Clips. The clips can be found soon in FYE, Hot Tropic stores, and online. They also created a YouTube video to discuss the new product, be sure to check it out!
Collectors will soon be able to decorate their backpacks in style. Monogram Products is set to launch new officially licensed GPK bag clip figures. Thanks to GPK collector and sketch artist Justin Olson for the heads up on the new product. Garbage Pail Kids Figural Bag Clips Series 1 consists of 11 different figures offered in blind box format. The characters are made of foam with a plastic clip to attach to bags. The character lineup features Adam Bomb, Dead Ted, and 9 others. Each box contains 24 blind packs. Toywiz currently has preorders available for $5.99 per pack or boxes for $139.99. Toywiz lists these shipping in March/April, while Previews World shows May 25, 2022.
GetAGrip Skateboards has been busy teasing collectors all this week for their next release coming this Friday. In an interview on the new GPK Boys Podcast, GetAGrip artist Rory McQueen showed off examples of the newest skateboard deck. As collectors had already guessed, Dead Ted will be the character in the company’s latest Heritage Deck series. Rory also showed off three different parallel decks that will be randomly sent out to collectors. The company hasn’t released any other info yet. They generally don’t release pricing, print runs, or release time until the day of release. Collectors will want to stick to GetAGrip’s Facebook page for the latest information.
In the excellent GPK Boys interview, Rory also gives collectors a sneak peak at some of the Series 2 skateboard wheels. There is still no word when the wheels will launch from the company. Rory also mentions, Topps will be launching series 2 of Rory’s GPK Skateboard Sticker cards later this year. Be sure to check out the entire interview at their YouTube page.