Chris Ryniak is pulling off the molds it seems for a few more Nuggleworts to be born. First seen as customs for OhNo!Doom’s Septenary sculptural show back in July, look for these guys to scurry into your hearts this December at Stranger Factory’s Circus Annual: a Circus Posterus group exhibit. More details and pics soon.
This week I run the gambit from cool animals to really odd. So lets get this week’s Weekend Weird Web Finds started.
Above we have the weekly cool look at another awesome animal of nature. This time it is the bright Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth. These guys have a wingspan of up to 3 inches, but if it landed on me I would think it was going for my spleen.
Now we move to my love of Star Wars with a Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon. The Sith are going to great lengths to keep an eye on everyone it seems.
I don’t know if this is awesome or odd, but dinosaur high heels is definitely new to me!
Saturday morning was an early start to Le marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves. This french flea market is a great place to find things, and Teodoru was a true expert in haggling down prices. Everyone seemed to find something from old comics, to vintage toys, to turn-of-the-century photographs. I found an antique crocodile head to add to my collection of nature morte. With bags filled, we were off to the catacombs.
In the late 1700s, the city of Paris started transferring the bones from its cemeteries here. The visit was slightly disappointing as a good part of the underground route was closed off to the public. I had thought this was due to an earlier act of vandalism I had heard about, but not the case. The night before our visit, several walls of bones had collapsed. This could very well explain my strange dreams of mudslides the day before! After what seemed like a never-ending flight of stairs, we were back to the service and off to the Latin quarter for lunch with a group of french CP fans, and a visit to a BD gallery. BD’s are the french version of comics.
Sometimes you have a mail day so good it brings you to tears. Standing behind the counter, weeping and worshipping a new god, while customers stare at me confused. These mail days are few and far between. But yesterday was one of those days.
If you are in the know in the Kaiju scene, you know that one man towers over most with his top hat and trademark evil grin: Paul Kaiju. He is a beast, pure and simple. His works are this amazing blend of sick and elegant. The Pollen Kaiser is a huge example of how great Paul’s work truly is. The Pollen Kaiser stands 10″ tall and around 12″ with the staff. This particular version was the recent Toy Art Gallery factory paint release and is a great lure to getting people to look back at some past Pollen releases. Seriously , the handpaints from SDCC this year still haunt my dreams. That and I would sell my mother into slavery for a Mockbat … any takers?
Until next time, live that 24/7 Toy Life!
Let’s get ready to rumbllllllle! Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have two killer custom pieces in their corner for the Beast Brothers’s Lucha Libre! group exhibition opening next month at Rotofugi. The dynamic duo decided to mix it up this round, submitting two solo works: a Lucha Greeter from KO and a Mega Lucha Mask from BP, which is quite the opportunity — custom Mega Skelve masks don’t show up to a card all that often. So get yer tickets and place yer bets: the Chi-Town showdown takes place Oct. 5th!
When I heard the CP crew was visiting Europe, I knew I had to visit their show. Paris isn’t too far away from Amsterdam compared to the US, so there I was, standing on Gare du Nord. The first thing I did was buy a Paris Visite card which enabled me to use the metro, RER and bus as many times as I wanted to. There are a lot of metrolines in Paris, but with a route map, it’s quite easy to get around town.
On my first day I visited the Sacré-Cœur, a church located in the neighborhood Montmartre. There were a lot of nice stores in the streets surrounding the church, so I spent my time wandering around. Afterwards, I took the metro to Louvre-Rivoli. It took me a little while to find it, but eventually I saw the Artoyz logo pop up. I spent some time checking out the store and started to chat with one of the Artoyz owners. He told me the CP crew had headed out for a lunch, but they could return any time. I only had to wait for a little while when I saw a group of people entering the store. I recognized the artists as they went downstairs to the exhibition room and then Daniel (sethsabbat) noticed me. After a brief gab, I waited in the store, but was then invited to come downstairs (which was awesome!). I met all the artists who were busy unpacking and installing all the pieces. The art looked beautiful and fortunately, everything made it in one piece. When it was all unpacked and put in place, we went to Daniel’s house; he collected some amazing old books and other wonderful items that could be used as risers at the show. We spent Wednesday night talking and we went to a nice restaurant nearby where we ate pizza with the whole group. I really enjoyed listening to what everyone had to say. Very interesting and kind people.
The first of October is just a few days away and that means the unofficial start of Halloween season. Kathie Olivas’s original 11″ x 14″ oil on wood painting “Blackcat” is all about treats and not tricks. The only black cat you want crossing your path in my opinion. This feline is already set with a party hat on and available in the Stranger Factory store for $950.
Shhh … be vewwy, vewwy, quiet … You see that over there? That’s Tricky! A satyr so rare that many deemed the breed long extinct, or just a fable told by those floating in the dregs. But there he is, in broad daylight and natural habitat — the last of his kind, I reckon. Tricky’s a prankster type, so step carefully; I bet he’s rigging the place with tripwire before heading out Albuquerque.
A custom-cut and hand painted wooden figure by Gary Ham, Tricky stands 14 inches, much to the credit of two candy stripe horns atop his head. Catch him and his maker next week as part of Dead Wood, opening Oct. 5th at Stranger Factory.
Jason Limon has been working on this guy for a while now, and finally we see the finished product of Skull Plug. Limited to only 30 hand-painted 11″ resin casts these will not last long. Two will be available in his shop Oct.1, and then one at Stranger Factory’s Bewitching II. Jason, will have six at his booth at DesignerCon, and the rest will be out shortly after. Who doesn’t love skulls?
We previously told you about Holly Stanway aka A Little Stranger show “Cavey’s American Cousins” here and here. Now we get a fresh teaser of what Chris Ryniak’s contribution will be. This plush show is going to be stuffed with goodness. (Yes I said stuffed).
The party happens
Nov. 10th, 2012 @ 8PM
The Cat and Fiddle Pub
6530 West Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028