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Parade_smTomorrow is October 1st and the unofficial start of Halloween season (unless it is all year around like most of us).

What better way to get in the spirit of Halloween and show your love of this best time of year with decor around the house! Kathie Olivas’Night Parade” shows off our favorite holiday with gusto! Come on, it has a glorious pumpkin in the center!

Available now in the Circus Posterus store here for $75.

  • Size: 13″ x 19″
  • Signed & numbered
  • Printed on fine art using Epson archival inks

 

The Toy Art 2.0 book is not the first coffee table book devoted to toy art on the market, but it is likely the most comprehensive – not just profiling artists and designers, but also collectors and gallery owners. At 4 pounds, it is also likely the heaviest. Most importantly, it is driven by people from within the toy community! The book is spearheaded by Okedoki, a Canadian artist known for toys such as Benny the Dreamer, with former toy blogger Jeremy Brautman(Jeremyriad) on editing and interview duties.

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Kathie and Brandt’s page spreads in the book!

Excitedly for us, the Circus Posterus collective is featured a lot in the book. Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak, and FERG are interviewed, alongside many of our friends. Jeremy is a good interviewer, and includes the usual introductions and surfacey questions, but also digs for details on toy productions, frustrations with the artistic process and common artists myths. Still, even though the seasoned toy community members can find lots of new ideas in the book, it remains accessible and a perfect introduction for newcomers to designer toy art.

Where this book excels though, is spotlighting the gears that make the toy industry run. I loved reading the interviews with Julie B. of Pretty in Plastic, the master sculptor behind some of the industry’s most well loved figures, as well as the essay by Kirby Kerr, although writing about his life as a toy collector and not the gallery director/co-owner for Rotofugi. In addition, several of our own Sideshow community are in the book as well – Stacyjean and Sara Harvey, two wonderful women that we look forward to seeing every year. It is also more than obvious, looking at collectors like Stacy and Sara(and by the way, there are pages and pages of full colour and absolutely drool worthy toy shelves that make it into the book), that collecting is its own art form and passion project.

An outtake from the book of Stacyjean's wonderful collection.

An outtake from the book of Stacyjean’s wonderful collection.

 I’ve always felt that most “art books” are great machines to promote artists, which is all well and good, but the true heart of every community has always been its people…every single one of them, not just the ones selling stuff. As Jeremy told me, “When I came on board the project, I read all 500 pages and started cutting it down to a reasonable amount of text. Along the way, I noticed that this wasn’t a book about the world of toy art ten years ago, but rather the Internet-enabled world of toy art: emphasis on community and collaboration.”

I’ve always been blown away at the toy art community’s willingness to embrace the outsiders, the newbies, and the slightly lost and wide eyed. We’re a community largely based around making art and design accessible, and I think it’s always been one of our best aspects. At the end of the day, our community is the most important thing to us at Circus Posterus, and I am excited that this book chose to highlight the diverse and fascinating community that has evolved around the toy scene in the past ten years.

Quotes from the book:

“We started as outsiders, and forming a group just made sense. Everyone contributes something.”—Kathie Olivas (about the Circus Posterus collective)

“I enjoy art in an accessible form made by people I admire, and I can create a world around me.”—Sara Harvey

“I hope by sharing images of pieces I’ve collected, I’m contributing back to the cycle.”—StacyJean

“It’s an awesome, punk rock response to what we liked as kids.” —Chris Ryniak (about toy art)

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You can learn more about the Toy Art Book, featuring Circus Posterus artists, at http://www.toyartbook.com and purchase it at http://www.toyartbook.storenvy.com.

You can also join our community at The Sideshow forums(one of us. one of us.). We like the stuff you like.

Before you get overwhelmed with the awesomeness of Monsters and Misfits III, coming to Takayama, Japan in September, pick up the 2012 Monsters and Misfits II Screen Print Set

This 5 piece set contains iconic characters by Doktor A, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters.This amazing set perfectly embodies the legacy of the 2012 Monsters and Misfits show, and is an outstanding 2D companion for many of the recent 3D sofubi releases of Stingy Jack, Stinky Ginger, Calliope, and more. This hand pulled, hand signed, and numbered prints screenprinted by Tiny Bird Press are an edition of 125 measuring 8″ x 10″ on French Speckletone paper.

5 prints are only $125, and can be found in the Circus Posterus Store here. 

Amanda Louise Spayd Screenprint for Monsters and Misfits II

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We are busting at the seams here in the Circus Posterus web store with affordable and awesome prints! Seriously, we have over 100 prints by a myriad of astounding artists such as Dril One, Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Glenn Barr, Chris Ryniak, and more. Besides having a wide range of price points, there are also brand new pieces along with some classics you may have missed out on.

Your shelves may be getting full, but your walls can always use some love. If you want to see all the bounty, head on over to the store here.

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Following the immense success of his Queen Crab and Retrovirus projects, comic giant Jimmy Palmiotti returns with another exciting Kickstarter series called Sex and Violence. The 64-page graphic novel is about crime, lust and redemption as it follows two distinct, yet similarly-themed stories written by Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton and Juan SantaCruz. As the title of the book suggests, it is intended for an adult audience.

Here’s the scoop, straight from Jimmy:

The first story, PORNLAND, OREGON, is written by Justin Gray [ All-Star Western, Retrovirus, Creator-Owned heroes] and drawn by Jimmy Broxton [The Unwritten, The Engine] .  When his runaway granddaughter is murdered, Rick embarks on a bloody trail of revenge through Portland’s internet porn community only to discover he may have inadvertently had a role in her death.

The other story, GIRL IN A STORM, is written by Jimmy Palmiotti [ Painkiller Jane, Queen Crab, Jonah Hex] and illustrated by Juan SantaCruz [ The Resistance, Fantastic Four, The Hulk] and is a story about a NYC female police officer that becomes fascinated with a lesbian couple that has moved across the courtyard from her apartment. What started out as a curiosity out of boredom has become a full-fledged obsession that starts her questioning her own life.

Backers who pledge $25 or more will receive the book with an exclusive, Amanda Conner cover variant, signed by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Your name will also be printed in the book. Other awards are also up for grabs, depending on the amount you can contribute.

For those who are unfamiliar with Jimmy’s work, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted before his upcoming ART OF NARRATIVE comic art exhibition this January at Stranger Factory! He will also be teaching a workshop on character creation and how to sell a project, so do our pal Jimmy a solid by backing Sex and Violence Vol. 1. Fundraising closes Dec. 13; click here for the trailer + more info!

 

Creative Spark, is a branding agency based in London and for the second time they are doing some really cool charity work. They have brought back “Little Print shop of Horrors” for a second go around to help benefit cancer charities. The re-imagination of film posters is a big scene now, and it is a good time to help do some good. If you would like to get some of these and help out, just look here. The only small problem is that they only deliver in the UK, so get a friend there to hook you up. I am loving the simplistic goodness of many of these.

All proceeds go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

For the first time, Esao Andrews will have a time-limited print. You know the deal, however many are sold in a 24 hour time span equals how many are made, and this means there could be a low number of only 35 or an edition as high as 2200. From the looks of “Joyride to the Nettle’s Summit”, it stands to be a huge hit. This 16″ x 20 ” signed edition with embossment on heavy matte 100% cotton rag paper will set you back $85, and who doesn’t love an image of the grim reaper. especially riding a bicycle?  The 24 hour sale goes down tomorrow, Oct. 10. at Noon Pacific time right here in Esao’s store.

He just made our jaws drop at Bewitching II at Stranger Factory, and now Seymour aka Peter Kelk is on his way to NYCC. Coming more equipped than Batman’s utility belt, Seymour is bringing 2D and 3D work along with himself to the big apple at the Strychnin Gallery Booth #1780. Up first is the “The Colonial Crusaders” limited to an edition of only 100 this play on the DC Comics superheroes is perfect  for the convention, and it is full of righteous mustaches. Then he has an exceptional one off, Colonial Crusader Batman sculpt. This will make all fan boys proud especially considering it comes in a completely awesome handmade case with an extra interchangeable head for the zombie lovers out there. Like the print, Batman’s mustache is pretty epic too. Stop by and say hello to Seymour when there.

NYCC runs Oct. 11-14 at Javits Center in New York City.