Stan Manoukian

SM1What adorable doe-eyed creature do we have here? Apparently, it is a cute antlered critter from the likes of Circus Posterus artist Stan Manoukian for the Bewitching III group show! Continuing with Bewitching’s Halloweeney theme, Stan has made a splendid creature of the night for all the trick or treaters out there.

Big eyes, antlers, pouty expression, and tail, oh my! Who can resist giving this little dude some candy? But that isn’t all…
SM2Stan also went creepy with another awesome sculpt. It looks like this fella is having a parasite problem, but lucky for him, they are happy smiling parasites. He doesn’t look too alarmed, but it looks like Stan caught him off guard while taking this picture with his favorite pumpkin for Bewitching!

Before the show opens, we thought a final few glimpses or creatures from the night parade would be appropriate.

Leemace, by Stan Manoukian lives among moisturing wood in the forest and has a favored taste for squishie worms. If you see him during the parade, toss him some to eat on because he will be hungry.
SM2The blue Strops by Andrew Bell are getting restless. I wouldn’t want to cross these guys. They are pretty emotional.
abell_abell_strops-blue-MonstersMisfitsIII_26Doktor A has his Flagman ready to cheer on all the monsters and misfits of the parade as they go by, but what he doesn’t know is he is one of them too.
FlagmanWoodFloorMonsters & Misfits III opens tomorrow night!!!!!!


The gang is all sleeping now, but initial setup for Monsters & Misfits III has started! Big thank you to our own Mikee Riggs for texting us images of all the hard work, and we won’t keep you waiting any longer for them.

Move here, adjust there, and move again

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We also have the first video from the Tomenosuke blog documenting the show!

Freefrak1One of the additions to this year to highly anticipated Monsters & Misfits III is Paris based Circus Posterus member Stan Manoukian. Stan brings rich back story and sci-fi elements to the exhibit with his amazing creations. For this, one of Stan’s pieces known as Freekfrak is making the journey to Japan’s waters.

Freekfrak is a highly regarded master of thieves and collectors. He is always trying to steal your little objects or just move them around so it gets you mad. The thing is, Freekfrak is so good you’ll never get the chance to catch him in the act or even see him. Even with the development of Freekfrak, you can see him conniving the entire time on what he can get his tentacle-like appendages on.
Freefrak4Watch out guys because I fear what this guy might do when the lights go out when Monsters and Misfits III opens at the Kusakabe Folk Museum September 13th to 26th in Takayama, Japan.



GorkNew in the Circus Posterus web store are a monster load of new vinyl by Circus Posterus artist Stan Manoukian! Just arrived and freshly unboxed are two new colorways of Gork and three colorways of Kondo. We have color options for just about everyone!

Gork stomps in at 6″ of awesome (seen above), and comes in a white and a black variant for $65 here

The 8″ tall Kondo (above) comes in the “French” and “Red” colorway for $100 as well as a special Stranger Factory colorway seen below. All of your new Manoukian goodies can be found in the CP store! 

Monsters & Misfits III

A Circus Posterus Exhibit at Kusakabe Folk Museum

Circus Posterus is delighted to announce Monsters & Misfits III, an exhibit of new work presented in collaboration with Tomenosuke-Syoten. Monsters and Misfits III will be on display at the Kusakabe Folk Museum September 13th to 26th in Takayama, Japan.

Monsters and Misfits III will feature returning artists Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak and Doktor A, with Andrew Bell, Carisa Swenson, Ragnar and Stan Manoukian as new additions to the roster.

This museum-quality exhibit will bring you on a midnight parade through a strange and wonderful world of ghosts, spirits, monsters. This year’s group of Circus Posterus artists and friends present a hand-made circus of beady eyed critters, old dolls, odd children, and other oddities that promise to leave you awash in starry-eyed wonder.

Brandt Peters, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Doktor A and Andrew Bell will be attending the opening reception on September 13th.

Press images and additional artist information are available upon request from ourPress Manager.

The exhibit will run September 13th to 26th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan, with an opening reception on September 13th.

Kusakabe Folk Museum
1-52 Ojinmachi

Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-32-0072

Andrew Bell

About the Artists:

Brandt Peters is an internationally recognized artist, illustrator, character and toy designer. His work hearkens back to the earliest days of comics and animation, with a seeming simplicity that hides layers of intricate backstory. His unerring sense of composition, combined with a strong narrative thread that has consistently woven through all his work for the past decade, has made him a favorite of art and toy collectors the world over.

Kathie Olivas is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist from New Mexico. Through her current body of work she explores society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown. A dark blend of early American portraiture set in post apocalyptic times, Kathie’s paintings and custom toys are a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality.

Amanda Louise Spayd is a maker of the highest order. An accomplished artist, sculptor, musician, soap maker, and student of perfumery, Amanda spends a lot of time in the woods, watching birds, collecting feathers, dead insects, bones, and other artifacts. She can often be found poking through antique stores looking for beat-up treasures for inspiration, which she finds in historical fashion and textiles, the excess and ridiculousness of high-societies past, natural materials and their inevitable decay, the raw and instinctual behaviors of animals, and in artists such as Jan Svankmajer, Odd Nerdrum, Joseph Cornell, and Hieronymous Bosch, among others.

Chris Ryniak

Doktor A is one the most well-known steampunk character artists in the world, and his work has set the industry standard for mechanical gentleman. His characters have been produced by multiple companies including Arts Unknown, DYZ Plastic, and Kidrobot.Chris Ryniak was born as a baby in 1976 in the suburbs of Detroit. He spent his childhood basking in the warm glow of Saturday morning cartoons and flipping over rocks in search of insects, reptiles and ghosts. A graduate and former instructor of the Ringling School of Art and Design, he is now a painter and sculptor of all manner of critters. Chris’ work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His paintings have also been published in numerous books and periodicals in multiple countries. Chris resides in Ohio with his two children, and a collection of skulls that rivals many museums.

Andrew Bell’s work spans a wide spectrum of mediums from illustrations and paintings to toys and sculptures. Much of his work is brought together by a sense of humor that often belies a more serious and sombre message.   His work has been featured in solo and group gallery shows from LA to Paris and has been covered by publications such as The New York Times and Wired.

Doktor A

Carisa Swenson’s passion for creating curious creatures springs from many sources—a love of mythological tales and Ray Harryhausen’s creations when she was a child, an appreciative eye for Henson Workshop in her teens, to the weird and wonderful films of Jan Svankmajer and The Brothers Quay in her twenties. When Carisa studied with world-renowned doll artist Wendy Froud, the final die was cast: posable dolls would forever own her soul and trouble her nights, stirring her with a fervor that could only be quelled by stitching and sculpting her dreams into reality. Since 2006, Carisa’s work has been featured in several publications, including Spectrum 17 and 19, and exhibits her dolls throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Ragnar is an acclaimed artist and designer, inspired by all the things he loves; film noir, classic cartoons, mid century design and punk rock. After extended stays in Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and San Francisco he landed in Los Angeles to attend Art Center College Of Design. For the better part of a decade, creative projects have included working as character designer and art director for virtually every studio in town including- Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Sony, MTV and Warner Bros.

His punk rock ethos would eventually drive him back to the do-it-yourself world where he’s quickly garnered a large and growing following of fervent fans and collectors.

Stan Manoukian is an internationally recognized artist/illustrator, toy designer, seasoned comic book artist, development and story designer for film and commercials, who has been creating monsters and building fans for years in both Europe and the US. Impassioned by old books, dictionaries, old engraved plates and paintings, Manoukian is inspired to present his creatures within the manners and styling of old encyclopedias – indexing, classifying and properly documenting them for future generations.

All the artists for Monsters & Misfits III are getting little to no rest since the big event is only a month away, and burning the midnight oil is an understatement. Talking to Amanda Louise Spayd yesterday, she thinks “I will sleep in October.” I had to point out that likely won’t happen since we still have Designercon in November.

This brings us to this week’s edition of Monsters & Misfits Monday! We thought we would show you the work spaces of the artists, and show you just exactly what they are doing these long busy days and nights.

Not a candy apple

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Stan Manoukian is an incredible painter and illustrator, but his foray into vinyl toys has been just as stunning! We are happy to present an opportunity to pick up some of his toys as part of the Lost Worlds show – below are some of his Kondo colourways which will be available.



Of course, there will also be a special Stranger Factory colourway in our favourite vintage Halloweeney colours…we’ll show you that one real soon!

“Lost Worlds” opens this Friday, August 2 at Stranger Factory!

Stan Manoukian’s one of our favourite new artists here at Stranger Factory, and we’ll be bringing you a one-two punch of Manoukian’s wondrous monsters in the next few months. Not only will he be presenting his work at our Lost Worlds group show in August, releasing a Stranger Factory colourway of his Kondo figure, but his monsters will also be travelling to Japan for Monsters and Misfits III! So much Stan, so little time!

For now, take a peek at some of the watercolours in progress that Stan is whipping up for the Lost Worlds show. No matter whether you like them blobby or scaley or spikey or horned, Stan has a monster for you!

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We’ve got a wonderful Stan Manoukian monster flavored surprise for you coming up for our big kaiju show in August – a terrific Stranger Factory colourway of his Kondo figure.

We’ll show you a picture of the figure shortly once we barrel into press for the August show, but Stan whipped up some custom silkscreened header cards for the figure, and they are looking amaaaazing.

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