Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Stranger Factory will host a special Open House this Friday, December 12th for holiday cheer and shopping while continuing to showcase the Winter Salon exhibit. Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters will also be on-hand to sign copies of their newest books!

Brandt Peters is a guest artist with an 8-page story in DC Comics Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1. Fans can bring their copy for Peters to sign, and there will be a very limited amount available through Stranger Factory to purchase. Peters will also be selling original sketches from the story, as well as exhibiting and selling the original hand-drawn pages.

HarleyKathie Olivas will also have on hand her fresh off the press 98 full color page art book Safe from Tomorrow. This pure eye candy art book features new works from Olivas’ current solo exhibition at AFA NYC + selected works from the past 6 years.
safefromtravels_bookNot to mention, Stranger Factory is packed from wall to wall with original artwork, toys, prints, and holiday gifts for everyone. Come on down to our open house that runs til 8pm 12-12-14!

Master class

Time to plan our next vacation for this epic workshop coming in 2015!

An Extraordinary Invitation…

Master Classes
Kathie Olivas | Brandt Peters
Nika Dunne | Martin Meunier

Workshops in a medieval castle, Summer 2015
“An Animated World”
Week I: July 25th – August 1st or  Week II: August 1st – 8th
Brandt Peters | Kathie Olivas | Martin Meunier | Nika Dunne

Professional and amateur students alike will learn how to harness their imaginations through instruction and collaboration. Character design and story telling skills will be taught and used to create a stop-motion film. Finally, a seminar with a mentor who will guide students to acquire the savvy to successfully market and produce their own film project.

Students will follow a three-course curriculum over one week at Chateau Belcastel, located one hour south of Paris in one of Frances official “Most Beautiful Villages”

The Courses:

The Fine Art of Character Design, taught by Peters and Olivas

The Art of Stop Motion Animation, taught by Meunier

Producing Animation, taught by Dunne.

Peters and Olivas will train and navigate students through the visual story-telling world of idea and character generation. Students will design characters in both 2D and 3D. In their next class with Martin Meunier, they will breathe life into their ideas and forms through the practice of stop motion animation. In this hands on studio class, students will take their designs and make a final ready-to-shoot puppet.

In the final class of the day, Dunne will navigate students through the business side of animation and production. The class will be cumulative, and engage with material learned in the first two classes. Pitching, script structure, marketing, and setting and keeping budgets will be covered and will help set up film/animation projects for success.

Students will attend all three classes daily over the course of one week. This complete experience will give you the necessary foundation to begin the journey as film-makers focused in stop-motion animation.


WHEN: Session I: July 25th – August 1st | Session II: August 1st – August 8th

WHERE: Chateau Belcastel, a one hour flight south of Paris in France

WHAT: Master classes with four renowned artists to learn creative filmmaking and production skills in an historic monument coupled with a holiday in with a rich cultural and culinary experience. for professional and amateur students, and a holiday in a medieval castle which is both an historical landmark and a sprawling art gallery.

INCLUDED: One week of Master classes with accommodations in a semi-private fully furnished house to share in Belcastel, just below the castle where classes will be held. Transportation to and from the airport or train station in Rodez. (20 minutes away.)  A champagne reception with the artists, a private VIP tour of the castle, a fine brunch and dinner in the castle. Students will enjoy a visit to a neighboring village for trips to the market and have dinner at a local farm-to-table restaurant. Friday nights all are invited to attend a village feast by the river .

Students may prepare meals in their own kitchen or dine at the brasserie or Michelin starred restaurant in the village. Airfare and some meals and project materials are the only additional costs.

To see the complete itinerary and pricing, please visit the site here.

How is that for epic?


Stranger Factory is thrilled to present a new exhibit in January from returning artist Phil Noto!

Phil Noto’s “Galaxia 76” finds Noto’s signature style in top form, as the artist brings beautiful new characters to life, inspired by the over-the-top stylings of 1970s exploitation cinema. Few artists are able to capture the subtleties of human expressions like Noto, and it’s impossible to look at his works without being drawn in immediately. The beautiful understatement of human expression is Noto’s playground, and combining his mastery of the human face with this vivid and bold era of cinema makes for a exhibit of truly breathtaking work from this comic industry veteran.

Please contact our Press Manager with any additional requests for artist information or show images.

The exhibit runs January 9th – February 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, January 9th from 6 – 9 PM. The artist will be in attendance.

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

HQ1Ever since the news got out that Brandt Peters was invited to be part of the artistic elite for DC comic’s Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, we have all been waiting and shaking back and forth in anticipation like Arkham Asylum inhabitants! Well, the big day is almost here and Brandt is giving us an even bigger present!

DC comic’s Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 releases this Wednesday, December 10th at your favorite comic retailers, but if you are in the ABQ area, there is a special treat going down at Stranger Factory on December 12th! Stranger Factory is holding a special open house this Friday!  Brandt will be offering original pages from the comic for sale as well as development sketches from the story. He will also have a small amount of the issue available for purchase! You can also bring your copies for him to sign.

That is some holiday cheer right there!!!
Grab your issue of Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 and head down to Stranger Factory this Friday!



Literally hot of the presses, Kathie Olivas’ new art book “Safe from Tomorrow” is now available!
To coincide with her opening at AFA NYC, Kathie’s new Circus Posterus published art book is 98 full color pages of Kathie’s brilliant work.
The book come sin two editions with of the standard book and a sponsor pack.
The normal edition can be found here and consists of:
98 Full Color Pages

      Features new works from Olivas’ upcoming solo exhibition at AFA NYC + selected works from the past 6 years
      Published by Circus Posterus Publishing
      Comes signed by the artist
      Edition: 1000
      Size: 9″ x 12″

While the Sponsor Pack contains far more and can be found here:


        98 full color pages
      Soft cover
      Features new works from Olivas’ upcoming solo exhibition at AFA NYC + selected works from the past 6 years
      Published by Circus Posterus Publishing
      Comes signed and sketched by the artist
      Sponsor pack also includes: 13″ x 19″ exclusive print (Alice Between the Moon and Stars) Ed. 100
      Includes 3 postcards
      Edition: 100 Sponsor Packs

Grab you a copy now in the Circus Posterus store!

We love seeing the various customs from our many artist friends of the Wandering Misfits and Jay Hollopeters’ vibrant painting style has always been one of our faves. This year, he’s bringing a mischievous Angel and Devil pair to the Winter Salon, complete with adorable little wings(the angel) and tempting ice cream cones(the devil, obviously).

Come check them out at the Winter Salon opening at Stranger Factory – this Thursday, December 4th!


Little Angel Little Devil

Lana’s perfect little laser cut and painstakingly assembled bird skulls have been a favourite around these parts for a while, so we were delighted to see these new versions, festooned with delicate embroidery.

These one of a kind skulls are gorgeous, and we cannot wait to show them to you in person!

Titled “Bone China,” there will be three of these available at Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon exhibition, opening this Thursday, December 4th, with online sale requests open the following Monday.

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We’re pretty excited to take part in Albuquerque’s Shop and Stroll event this THURSDAY! Our store will be open late from 6-9pm to have the opening of Winter Salon and John Paul Gutierrez’s show, Creatures of Growth.

PLEASE NOTE: Our opening this month takes place on Thursday, and not our usual Friday – we may have mixed some messaging up while announcing our opening date, but Stranger Factory will also be open late on Friday, for any of our wonderful customers who may want to get a head start on their holiday shopping!