Thursday, March 6, 2014


Just checking in to update everyone on my recent activities.
I've been keeping busy and trying to avoid the frigid winter weather as much as possible.
I'm currently working on a set of sketch cards for the Topps Wacky Packages Chrome trading card set that is scheduled to hit the stores June 2014. I'm doing 200 cards for this series and I'm a little over halfway through. This series has been more difficult than previous ones I worked on for a couple of reasons. Fist of all the blank cards are much smaller because they will be embedded into the chrome borders of the finished cards after they are mailed back to Topps so I have been using much smaller pens to attain the detail I typically put into them. Also the cards contain products and characters from only the first three series (1973) so there is only a limited number of subjects to choose from. Up until now I haven't had to do duplicate any characters so I have to find creative ways to make each sketch card one of a kind and unique. I spend about 30-45 minutes on each one and try to get at least 10 done a day.

Once these are finished I have 200 sketch cards waiting to be illustrated for Wacky Packages Old School 5 series which is due to come out in August 2014.

I already sent 266 completed sketch cards to Topps for the Wacky Packages 2014 series 1. It appears that set has been postponed to a November 2014 release so I won't be sharing any images of them on the Funtime Blog for a bit.

In Garbage Pail Kids news: I will be a guest at the Rod Library Mini Comicon at the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday March 9th. The four-story library on campus will be hosting the Comicon and there are tons of presentations, artists, vendors, tournaments, competitions, and contests.
At my tables I plan on doing free sketch cards, displaying a complete timeline of GPK collectables, dicussing the history of GPK, and selling artwork.

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I will also be doing an appearance at Free Comic Book Day at the local comic and gaming shop The Core on Saturday May 3rd. This will be the third time I've done a Garbage Pail Kids sketch event there. The Core is the kind of Comic shop that every science fiction, horror, and fantasy nerd loves. It's got about anything you can think of including a large selection of Garbage Pail Kids items for sale.

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Here is a video showing previous sketch card events I participated in at the Core.

The best part about these events is the kids (the adult GPK fans are great also), they love talking about the Garbage Pail Kids and it's fun for me seeing everybody getting a kick out of the humor and discussing their favorite cards.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Each time an artist works on a series of sketch cards, Topps also sends them 10 extra blank cards which are referred to as "Return Cards". The artist can illustrate these cards and sell them off on Ebay or to collectors.
Usually these are real nice cards with higher quality art.

Here are photos of the 10 return cards I did for the Garbage Pail Kids 2013 BNS3 series:

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I sold all of them but one which is still listed for sale on Ebay:

For the 2014 series of Garbage Pail Kids stickers I received 11 return cards (1 extra garbage can shaped card). I decided to have some fun and do some unique twists on these ones.

My first idea was to do "Scratch and Sniff" versions.
Back in college I did some gallery shows where I sold "Scratch and Sniff" paintings. I always loved "Scratch and Sniff" stickers as a kid but always wished the smell would stay on the sticker longer instead of getting rubbed off after scratching it. So I searched for information about how the smell is put on the stickers and what methods are used. The smell is actually encapsulated in the coating and is released as the tiny capsules are broken. You can create the effect by cooking gelatin and adding the scent and an adhesive. I messed around with different ingredients and came up with an excellent formula.
People who bought my college paintings over ten years ago have told me that they can still walk by them in their house and scratch them and get a good smell!

I've got a couple of cards ready to go. I've got a Junkfood John with a chocolate ice cream cone that smells like chocolate. I also did a test version on cardstock with a strawberry cone (which smells like strawberry). I just finished up an Anna Banana card with a test version that smells like banana (that one has already been sent to Topps for approval). I also plan on doing a Bazooka Joe that smells like bubble gum as soon as I can find a store that has the scent.

Here are some sneak peeks at those cards:

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After I'm done with the smelly ones I'm planning on doing some other twists including Glow-in-the-dark, Blacklight, and Stereoscopic 3D.

I already started a practice card for a 3D Gpk. There is a 3D Garbage Pail Kid called Blurry Blair which is a fantastic card but if you put on 3D glasses (which I did as a kid) it actually isn't in 3D.
So I just redrew the character in actual 3D to see if it would work and it came out great except it was a little to much 3D and the eyes and feet stuck out too much so I'll have to tone it down for the final card (this is why I do a test card). I plan on selling it with a pair of 3D glasses.

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So I'll keep updating the funtime blog with my progress. I hope the GPK fans don't mind me having a little fun with these!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


For the Garbage Pail Kids 2014 Series 1 I drew 250 sketch cards (200 regular shaped sketch cards, and 50 garbage can shaped sketch cards). Like the Brand New Series 3 sketch cards I did in 2013, I did different characters for each one and did not repeat any of the ones I did before with two exceptions (I repeated Bloody Mary from the first set in the card where Nasty Nick is attempting to drink the blood squirting from her finger, and Nasty Nick appears again as the Tom Bunk card back version).

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Here are scans of the sketch card backs:

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Here are the scans of all 250 sketch cards. This time I added color to some of them. All of the sketch cards were drawn in ink and colored pencil.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Since the Garbage Pail Kids BNS3 trading card set is released now, I thought I'd share some of my accepted/rejected submissions. I was told by other Topps artists that sharing rejected submissions is sometimes a bad idea because there has been cases where they are put in a "maybe" file and may be pulled out down the road for future series. But, what the heck.

I'll start out with the one gag that got accepted.
I came up with a gag where a GPK girl is attempting to put her ear up to a seashell to "hear
 the ocean" and a crab comes out and stretches or rips her ear off (I was told if I had to explain the gag in that much detail to make it clear it probably isn't a good gag. It should be obvious enough to explain itself).
That makes total sense but I'm just being lengthy here to explain my idea process.

I came up with some sketches and even tried a painting which was a total failure.

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GPK artist Joe Simko painted the final art for the card and did an amazing job.

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the second gag was for a GPK boy who was slurping up ants through a straw. Later I changed the idea to him sucking them out of an ant farm. I also tried a final painting of this one but it still sucked. I asked two of the original GPK artist for what paper, paints, and brushes they used for the early GPKs and bought the same stuff but it didn't make up for my crappy painting skills. I also found out I stink at airbrushing backgrounds.

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The third gag idea I submitted was for a GPK kid shaking his dandruff like snow onto a dancing gingerbread man and tin soldier. Topps liked this one a lot but thought it might be better if the boy was shaking it onto a gpk girl with a disgusted expression on her face. I didn't really know how this would work for a couple of reasons.

A. It would be a tough perspective getting this squished into one image.
B. there hasn't really been any GPKs in the past with more than one character as the focus.

I came up with a couple of rough scenarios but in the end it didn't make it in. I did come up with a gross addition with the girl catching a "snowflake" on her tongue!

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There have been so many times in the past where I totally missed the boat with a gag or an idea. The first one I can remember is my idea to create a Garbage Pail Kids coffee table book. Whenever I took my card binders to college or work everyone would want to gather around and reminisce about their favorite cards and memories so I thought, "Wouldn't it be neat to have a book of the card images?"
I posted my idea of what it would look like on this blog and then years later Abrams books came out with a book just like my idea.
When I first was in contact with Topps I told them I had created a new set of awards/license/certificates that was like the early GPKs except updated with more current pop culture for kids. Things like a Ghost Hunters License, or a Bed Wetters Award (I assume kids still piss the bed). They told me it was already coming back in the next series.
I had a Hello Kitty, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Wizard gag rejected because I was told they were already painted up for the next series.

I submitted this sorcerer's apprentice gag before BNS2 was released but it was rejected because as I found out when the series came out, they had a wizard done already.

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He's using his "booger magic" to make plungers and toilet brushes dance around.

I also had two gags that went down the toilet at once. One of them was based on "The Shadow Knows" strips from Mad Magazine. It was a cute little GPK kid playing with his toy in a dark room and "Mr. Hand" shining a flashlight on him and his shadow cast on the wall behind him was this grotesque creature with claws and tentacles.
The other gag was of a terrified mime who was trying to get away from a spider by climbing up an invisible rope.
I was telling GPK artist Brent Engstrom about my new gag ideas one evening and he told me he had already done a mime gag for BNS3. Not only that, but it also had a shadow gag included.

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A couple more gags I submitted:

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Topps like the Trevor map gag but it did not get accepted for one reason or another

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I like the really gross cards the best so I came up with this GPK kid eating boogers and old chewing gum off the underside of a desk. Rejected.

As soon as I find out if the selection is done for BNS4 I will share my rejects from that series submissions also.