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Manoukian logging his latest discovery

Stan Manoukian saw his first monster at age thirteen. Out for an early morning fishing trip with his father, the fog loomed heavily above the water at the edge of the lake. With his rod in the water, the young Manoukian waited patiently for a tug on his line. But nothing came. And soon, he noticed everything around him had stopped. The sing-song of nearby birds, the rustling of leaves on the breeze; time, he said, seemed suspended.

The boy looked back in search of his father, who was still fussing with his fishing gear at the car. Stan turned his attention back to the dead calm of the water in front of him, and that’s when he saw it. A ripple, a big one, disturbing the glassiness of the water about 10 meters away, where the fog was heaviest. His eyes grew wide. He inched his toes closer to the water, but found he was already at the edge. The ripples approached. Stan could only watch. As they grew closer, the giant head of an unknown aquatic creature broke the surface of the water. Its skin was smooth, the gaze of its one eye arresting.

"Hughmee"

“Hughmee” 9.6″ x 7.6″ mixed media on lithograph paper

“It wasn’t dangerous looking at all,” Manoukian, now 43, recalls. “It was a mix between a fish and a human, with two big arms and tentacle fingers. We watched each other for probably only a few seconds, but the exchange felt interminable. My father came back from his car and nature returned to life; the creature disappeared in the blink of an eye and suddenly I had a big fish on my fishing rod! I guess it was a present from this creature as proof of our meeting.”

Since then, the Parisian artist sees monsters all the time, and everywhere. Even in the shower. “But you know, they don’t care about nudity,” he laughs, “nudity is liberty!”

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Pussy Petite

Colin Christian has just released another delectable dame for us to sexify our walls with, and this one goes by the name of Pussy Petite. Hand-cast in resin and painted with holographic paint similar to Colin’s Cosmic Godhead, she measures 6 inches in length and comes ready to hang. This feisty minx is an edition of only 25 pieces and comes signed and numbered by Colin. Yours for only $85 (US ship incl!) via Sas and Colin’s new BigCartel store.

And if you’re digging this new wave of uberly affordable Christian art, be sure to mark next August on your calendars: Colin will be showing alongside Phil Noto and Glenn Barr at Stranger Factory. We’re going to have to wipe the steam off the windows with this one! More info on that as we inch closer to the date.

Well happy early holidays to us! This past week we’ve seen a couple of sweet reveals of Kathie Olivas’s second Calliope Jackalope sofubi colorway from Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus. A soft cream and light blue mix, you’ll notice a couple of subtle changes to the little lady this round, with the addition of eye reflections and a rosiness to her nose and lips. ETA is early 2013; official specs and release details to come!

As I was saying about the whole “when-it-rains-it-pours” thing: FERG revealed this little nugget of goodness on his Instagram a couple of days ago, along with the hashtags #ryniak #testpull and #littlemisfortune.

That pretty much sums it up, amirite? So. Series 2 of A Little Misfortune is in the works. But now we’re left wondering: when? Will this be a chase? Does it have the GID eye like the 5″ SDCC version? Is Series 2 an artist series? Clearly the only way to know for sure is if FERG sends me a case to investigate. I’ll be, uh … quality control. Yes, that’s it …

retailer_clear_grey_sqube_box2One of the many reasons I love FERG is because he works in waves. When it rains, it absolutely pours: the Young Gohst sofubi are shipping, the Halloween Playg Docs are shipping, the Ice Sqube just dropped two weeks ago, Squadt Assembly is poised to blast Rotofugi in April, and if that wasn’t enough, there’s the Clear Grey Sqube dropping this week. A retailer release, Playge has already started sending out solicitations to your favourite toy stores, so pre-order opportunities will start popping up soon. Confirmed retailers are listed here.

As the name suggests, the Clear Grey Sqube is clear ABS vinyl and measures 4″ x 4″ x 4″. Official release details to come, but the last retailer Sqube was an edition of 500 pieces and sold for $35, if you’re lookin’ for a ballpark figure.

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Following the immense success of Medium War, his Squadt retrospective back in Jan. 2011, FERG returns to Rotofugi this April with SQUADT ASSEMBLY, a new exhibition that will allegedly redefine art and viewer interactivity. While FERG is remaining tight-lipped for now on what he has in store for us CAD freaks, there is still plenty of time for teasers and hopefully plenty more of this (sorry Kirby). ;)

SQUADT ASSEMBLY opens in April 2013 at Rotofugi in the lovely windy city of Chicago, IL. FERG will be in attendance. Keep it locked for more sneaks from the exhibit; we’re just warming up!

With Posthumous Menagerie a mere month away, we’re starting to see the delightfully creepy crawlers emerge from the Brandt Peters imaginarium. Curvy kitty ladies, cactus bone daddies … it’s all here, folks, and this is just the beginning! I’m curious to see these characters’s final forms: will they remain skulking about  BP’s sketchbook, or evolve into something more? A painting, a sculpt? Only time will tell!

Posthumous Menagerie opens Jan. 4th at Stranger Factory with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. For up-to-the-minute coverage, be sure to follow Brandt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr … he’s seemingly omnipresent these days. The more the better, I say!

Circus Annual is already upon us and before the festivities get into full swing tonight, we figure we’d toss a few more gumdrops ’cause these pics are too sweet to pass up. Right off the top, we have gorgeousness from Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas and DrilOne, with (from left): an Ooze Skull, custom Skelve, SD201 Red Star Drone and a custom Greeter Skelve that is guaranteed to spark an internet-wide riot.

And just in case those gorgeous Elizabeth handpaints from last week weren’t enough, Kathie will also have a 17″ Lizzie in the show. Yep. Anyone have a drool bucket? Hang it off my ears.

And this was the arrow through the heart for me: Brandt will have a small series of 6- and 8-inch wood pieces featuring a few of our favourite characters, new and old (wait till you see Slap-Happy!). But enough teasing: on to the preview! Many pieces still need to be added today and through the weekend, but there’s still a ton of goodness to ogle in the meantime. Allons-y!!

In addition to his swanky painted hand drums and a bunch of brand-new paintings, Derek Yaniger will also have eight sketchbook originals on exhibit as part of A One-Way Ticket to Flipsville, opening tomorrow in Stranger Factory’s Small Projects space. Each full-colour sketch ranges from 7″ to 9.75″ square and retails for around $100. A perfect way to scratch the art lovers off your list … or indulge yourself without the guilt!

A One-Way Ticket to Flipsville and Circus Annual open tomorrow (Dec. 7th!). Party kicks off at 6pm, come on by!

Amanda Louise Spayd is bringing the chill of winter to Circus Annual tomorrow with a batch of new custom plushes, each inspired by the season’s elements. From top, say hello to Blizzard, Drift and Sleet, three of six critters that will be on exhibit. Each is entirely hand sewn, sculpted and painted by Amanda, so every detail is unique, right down to the uber perdy forehead embellishment.

Looking to add one of these gnarly-toothed dudes to your collection? You’re certainly not alone: be sure to sign up for Stranger Factory’s newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox this weekend for the preview and purchasing instructions. Circus Annual opens tomorrow (Dec. 7th) with reception from 6 to 9pm. Show’s on until the end of the month!