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Circus Posterus returns to Designer Con for the fourth year in a row, and this time, we are going bigger, better, and more epic than ever!

This year’s annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art takes place over two amazing days in Pasadena, CA. All the amazing fun goes down on November 8-9, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

In the upcoming weeks, we will bring you all kinds of information regarding what you can expect from the Circus Posterus team which includes partnerships with some of our favorite toy companies. While we are busy finalizing releases, exclusives, and signings, we can at least tell you the artists we have coming in for this historic event:

Brandt Peters

Kathie Olivas

Stan Manoukian (flying in all the way from France!)

Chris Ryniak

Amanda Louise Spayd

Shing Yin Khor

Valency Genis

Tim Lee

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Brandan Styles 

Leecifer

Stephan Webb

We have a ton planned, so keep checking back for more info.

If you want to learn more on Designer Con, keep your eyes peeled here.

If you want to talk about Circus Posterus and DCON, join our forum here.
(trust us, it has advantages to be active)

 


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“CHIBI” POCKET SIDESHOW

Tomenosuke + CP will be releasing our first color-way of POCKET SIDESHOW,  our brand new “chibi” line of sofubi figures (Made in Japan). These 3” tall figures will debut at both this year’s BEWITCHING IV group Halloween exhibition at Stranger Factory (Circus Posterus: North American & Canadian Sales) and at Taipei Toy Festival & tomenosuke.com (Tomenosuke: International Sales).

 — 1st colorway = Edition: 100 of each characterPenelope (Kathie Olivas) / Otto (Brandt Peters) / Puddlesproot (Chris Ryniak) / Snowshoe (Amanda Louise Spayd) — Please keep in mind that the editions will be split equally between Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke.

— All figure heads swap out between each other in the Chibi Pocket Sideshow series!

Pocket Sideshow Chibis will ONLY be sold in packs (and not individually) at the BEWITCHING IV Exhibition at Stranger Factory, starting on October 10th. They will be sold in the following manner:

 — Full Sets (Painted + matching  solid color “blank” figure sets) – 8 figures in total: $150

— Full sets (Complete set of all 4 painted figures) – 4 figures in total: $95

— Individual sets (1 painted figure + its matching “blank” figure) – 2 figures in total: $40

NOTE:

***** Sets are sold… (1) one set per household. You cannot combine an individual set of 2 figures with bigger full sets.

 ***** If we have any chibi packs left after the Bewitching IV opening reception… a small amount will be made available online  the following Monday, October 13th, on www.circusposterus.com

 ***** Individual figures will not be sold at this event. Blanks will not be sold unless combined with a painted figure as stated above.

 ***** We will have a small amount of individual painted chibis on hand for DesignerCon in November. They will retail for $25 each.

 INTERNATIONAL COLLECTORS AND BUYERS: Please visit Tomenosuke.com and their blog for more information on when the Pocket Sideshow Chibis will be made available for International buyers online through their website and through their booth at Taipei Toy Festival.
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Following up their successful vinyl collaborations on Stingy Jack, Calliope Jackalope, and Stinky Ginger, Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke are proud to present the new sofubi toy series, Pocket Sideshow! The Pocket Sideshow is an homage to the tiny and adorable Japanese “chibi” art style, and will feature well loved Circus Posterus characters in miniature format.

Brandt Peters

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Kathie Olivas
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Chris Ryniak
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Amanda Louise Spayd
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The first series will feature four figures designed by Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak, and Amanda Louise Spayd, and sculpted by Yohei Kaneko. The figures will have interchangeable heads and will be approximately 3” tall.
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For more information on the making of the Pocket Sideshow, check out Tomenosuke’s blog here, written by our wonderful collaborator Shinji. Stay posted for more details, but I would bet on seeing these little darlings in the flesh at Bewitching next month!

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Unseen ForcesThe dust has settled, and everyone that traveled from afar are back home. Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd’s Unseen Forces was a huge success with fans traveling from as far away as Japan to attend the show. We couldn’t be happier for two of our favorite misfits. The show is almost a sell out, and there are currently only two pieces still available here.

If you couldn’t attend the show, we have you covered as we re-live the opening with pictures.
LotteryThe crowd gathered, and we had to do a lottery for line numbers.
smileAll the anxious fans made everyone smile with anticipation.
derpWe promise you, this is a smile!
helloThe excitement was palpable.
all wide eyedThe displays were overflowing with Chris and Amanda’s work.
IMG_8882Sometimes Chris was overflowing too!
snugSome of Amanda’s Dust Bunnies kept to themselves.
IMG_9449Others had a big art party.
Look at this crewThe crystals were abundant.
a trickSome even held secrets.
starting off rightThe show was a huge success, and Chris and Amanda made sure to extend their sphere of influence over the next generation of art collectors.
tallI wonder what these two have in store for us next?

Photos by Jason Spanier

 

ToothCultJrWarden2The opening of Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd’s “Unseen Forces” is right around the corner, and it looks like everyone is about to burst with anticipation.

We have been keeping you au courant with work in progress shots and a few full reveals, but the big day is almost here. We are trying to not spoil too much of the fun by showing everything over on the social media sites of Stranger Factory. We have to leave something for the opening! On that note, keep an eye on the Stranger Factory twitter for up to date posts of the set up and opening this weekend, but for now, gaze at a few reveals.

above:Junior Warden of the Tooth Cult

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Horned Grubthum

Lux3You will have to wait to see this almost 3ft beauty known as Lux Ex Tenebris.

Unseen Forces’ opening reception is Friday, September 5th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd will be in attendance.

 

 

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Something is looking very similar here!

If you have been paying attention to some of our social media sites, you may have noticed some similarities in the work of Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd for Unseen Forces.

It looks like the entire show is a collaboration in many aspects which will create an amazing cohesiveness of work. Both Chris and Amanda are working together and have similar representations in each of their work. We will show these horns as an example, and then leave it at that.
HornOk one more. Maybe we will see some clear horns with Chris too?
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Amanda has this amazing tendency to craft tiny objects that I would gladly wear myself. Unfortunately, I am tiny, but not quite that tiny, so the likes of Amanda’s glorious jewelry and capes will never adorn my stumpy little self. She sent these images recently, and they are absolutely squeeworthy.

Below are some of the lovely baubles that she’s created for her show with Chris Ryniak in September, Unseen Forces. As Amanda describes, there are two neckpieces that will be adorning Pumpernickles, cast faux-bronze pieces that will be used throughout the show, and most stunning of all, a quartz-crowned face that will be featured on one of her largest pieces!

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The opening reception for Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd’s Unseen Forces is Friday, September 5th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both artists will be in attendance.

 


Stranger Factory is excited to announce a new exhibit from collector favorites Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd. “Unseen Forces” finds the two artists bringing us a glimpse of their trademark characters in a world steeped in magic and sorcery and….cake. Imagine if the village idiot was also the village mystic, and you’ve got the right idea.

Chris Ryniak’s signature creatures, eyes wide open to take in all the wonder, put on magical hats and stumble towards the meaning of life and a recipe for extra-moist cupcakes. Big smiles and fat toes abound as Chris brings us an exhibit of new drawings and hand-painted resin figures, large and small, including the new Crystalwort and Stumpwort.

Amanda Louise Spayd’s Dust Bunnies stare wide-eyed into the abyss in an attempt to comprehend the universe, and come away just as blank and confused as they arrived. Adorned with stars and ruffles and tattered accoutrements, Amanda presents her bunnies as resin figures and elaborate plush sculptures.

In “Unseen Forces”, both artists allow their childlike creations to drape themselves in the mysterious trappings of the occult, like a child at play in their parents clothing. Stars and powerful symbols are worn like party hats and face paint as Worts and Bunnies come out to play at Stranger Factory!

The opening reception is Friday, September 5th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both artists will be in attendance.

***Due to high demand for these artists, items from the show will be available via raffle for attendees of the opening. Please contact Stranger Factory for more details.***

For the past few weeks, we have been giving you tons of teasers and progress images for the monumental Stranger Factory x Cotton Candy Machine show that opens on Friday, July 11! Two galleries with the same roster of artists is a pretty epic experiment, and we’re excited to be part of it!

Well, if you didn’t get a chance to see all our social media posts this week, here is a quick catch up for you. If you did see all of our fun development images, we have a surprise for you at the end of the slideshow!

hint: it is an image we haven’t shown yet. obviously. 

Kathie Olivas

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