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The sea creatures are stirring, and the waves are rolling in for Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd’sSafe Harbor“.  We have been catch and releasing all kinds of progress images for the show on social media, but look no further now – because we have them packaged like sardines in one blog post for you.

You can see all manner of sea beasts from mermaids and sharks to crabs and dudes we can’t even describe properly in their most early stages. Go ahead and start drooling on some of these.


The Safe Harbor opening reception is Friday, April 10th 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.***

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Safe Harbor

Chris Ryniak & Amanda Louise Spayd

From the edge of the boardwalk to the bottom of the sea,
adventure awaits!

Ohio artists Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd are back with another collaborative exhibit, “Safe Harbor”. Moving away from their usual land-locked world, the artists breathe new life into the creatures who make their homes both above and below the boardwalk.

The artists have collaborated on some of their most ambitious new works yet, both stepping out of their comfort zone to tackle an entirely new breed of their well-loved creations. They’ve envisioned a world revolving around a dilapidated old wharf, worn by time and salt, inhabited by creatures both new and familiar.

This fresh and unexplored world has led both artists to craft bold, new creations; some of Spayd’s original Dust Bunnies have grown fins, adorning themselves with shells, crab claws, and fishhooks, while “Safe Harbor” will also reveal plenty of fresh, sea-dwelling additions to Ryniak’s usual roster of meticulously sculpted characters.

This is the fourth large-scale collaboration by Chris and Amanda, and as they continue to share ideas and inspire each other, their creations have found themselves cohabiting the rotting planks and watery depths of their own crumbling coastal paradise.

Join us at Stranger Factory as we drop anchor and spend some time with this fantastic new family of creatures from two of our most popular artists.

The opening reception is Friday, April 10th 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.***

The opening reception is Friday, April 10th from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Both artists will be in attendance.

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106


Time to announce the winners in our
“Dubious Monsters Around You” contest!!!

1st Place: constanceflux

2nd Place: _Richone_

3rd Place: arttoylife

Congrats to the winners and a big THANK YOU to all that entered.
More contests VERY soon!!!
If you are a winner, please direct message us!


And get ready for Dubious Beasts: Life Cycles opening this Friday at Stranger Factory!


Presenting the “Dubious Monsters Around You” contest, in conjunction with the Dubious Beasts art show, opening in March at Stranger Factory.

Our intrepid artists and researchers, Shing Yin and Leslie Levings, study monsters that hide out in our world, often in plain sight. Now, we’re looking for some brave citizen scientists to join us in our quest.

Take a picture of a monster face hiding in the wild. Perhaps it is part of a parking meter, on the side of a building, or the front grill of a car. Attaching googly eyes to fruit, or making a monster face of your own is also totally acceptable.

Post the image on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or our Sideshow at ( with the hashtag#DubiousMonstersAroundYou to enter!

Contest ends March 1 when Shing and Leslie pick a winner!


1st Prize:

A Sluggish Dorbal
Center for Otherworld Science #1-3
A Center for Otherworld Science tote bag.
And a bunch of prints and pins and zines!

2nd and 3rd prize winners will also receive some variation of the above!

The Prizes


Stranger Factory – March Exhibit

Dubious Beasts: Life Cycles

Stranger Factory is excited to welcome the the third installation of the “Dubious Beasts” collaborative series of shows by Leslie Levings and Shing Yin Khor. In this show, the artists explore a universe of off kilter whimsy and inquire into the development processes of their curious creatures.

Leslie Levings is a sculptor renowned for her charming and personable Beastlies series. Her dubious creatures are elegant and lost in thought, cuddled into a nook of a tree, or perched over a quiet lake.

Shing Yin Khor is a sculptor and painter. Her dubious creatures are anxious and not particularly intelligent, a slightly alarmed look on their face as they appear in a range of sculptures and watercolour paintings detailing their observed behavior.

Paired with an obsession with natural history museums, trophy heads, and cabinets of curiosities, Levings and Khor bring to Stranger Factory a delightful menagerie of colourful, beady eyed critters – bending over clutches of eggs, and encased in cocoons, awaiting their final metamorphosis.

The exhibit runs March 6th through April 4th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Both artists will be in attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first show at Stranger Factory’s new location!

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

We’ve been eagerly following Brandt’s progress on his new show at AFA this month, and finding ourselves compelled by the work he’s been producing working in for this show. We exploited our insider access to chat with him a bit about his work and Vixen, and find out more about his upcoming year.

Circus Posterus : The life sized drawings you’re doing to Vixen are wonderful – what made you decide to work in this scale for this show?

Brandt Peters: I actually have been thinking about large scale works for while, and even tried a couple for Trigger II. It was all about finding the right exhibition gallery that could fit these works in their space (due to their size) and the ideal window of time for it to work. AFA Gallery was very interested after seeing my Trigger II work pin-ups, and we started talking and planning from there. Most of the work is around 6 feet tall!


What era in time are you exploring and drawing inspiration from for Vixen? What draws you to it?

BP: Visually, I was imagining walking into a very large space, and being surrounded by giant drawings of my pin-up type character designs. As I explored deeper, I imagined these characters as almost rival gangs to each other. So, as you walked around the room, you would be surrounded and pulled directly into their worlds, drama and attitudes, so it would venturing more towards a visceral and narrative experience. VIXEN also allows all of my worlds in my universe to culminate… for instance, we have one of The Brides in this show, and that character group is how Stingy Jack’s universe shows up to play in the exhibition. The Brides will also be an important component in our up and coming stop-motion short, Calliope. The Trouble-Boys! World shows up in their counterparts: The Trouble-Girls! (No. 10, No. 23, The Drifter, etc.). Terrorgirls! even show up with additional members never revealed to fans. These characters all come together under the VIXEN exhibition as rival gangs, but it’s also a juxtaposition of my multiple toy universes.

My style of art tends to have a vintage or nostalgic feel, but that more than anything is probably due to my fascination with golden and silver era animators and animation design. Organically, that has just become my voice over decades. VIXEN also explores some of my favorite eras in time to define some of its characters. Many pin-ups will be very familiar from off-shoots of toy projects with my friend and colleague FERG: Trouble-Girls! and Terrorgirls!. In these series, the Trouble-girls! are “hit-girls,” as in “hit-men”, but their numbering system is based on my favorite eras in history. For instance , Trouble-Girl No. 23 is loosely based on fashion and culture from the ’20s and ’30s = 23. Trouble Girl No. 10 represents the turn of the century, etc. You will also find other concepts like the Terrorgirls! which are loosely based on ’70-’80s gore/slasher/exploitation horror films I grew up watching as a kid. You will also see imagery based on our toy series: Big Sal and much more.

I think my attraction and need to connect ‘the past’ into my work, is a natural continuation of my love and need for personality and expression as a romantic and rich visual language.



You are a busy and hardworking man – in the past year alone, you’ve been illustrating comics, designing toys, running an art gallery and retail store – how do you keep it all organized and together? 

BP: It’s very hard at times… I come from the “strike when the iron’s hot” and “be prepared for your turn in advance” school of thought… so when the universe hands you moments of opportunity, you take them. Even if you don’t have the time, or it’s not ideal, or it inconveniences you. I really don’t have weekends, and I work a lot of the time. I am also lucky and have gotten to work on projects that I love because I grabbed the opportunity when it arrived, while usually others were complaining or giving up. I also have an amazing support team that has my back and has been there to help keep me organized and on task. And of course, my wife, colleague and partner Kathie is a tremendous force in keeping me aligned and focused.

What work can we expect to discover in Vixen? Will you mostly be drawing and painting, or will we get to see some of your sculptural works as well?

BP: There are 17 pieces in total, with most of the work is in a 24” x 72” format. The work is all on linen. The style is actually more of a “painting style”, but with inks and acrylics over my drawings. I have a surprise up my sleeve for a sculptural component, but if it happens, it will be happening at the last second. I would rather keep it a secret, just in case!


How would you introduce yourself to people unfamiliar with your work?

BP: What is I love about my body of work, is that I have been able to develop so many different lines within my brand: toys, pin-ups, paintings, character design, creature design, sofubi, etc. Any number of these formats allows a collector and fan to jump in and start from anywhere, really.

Probably the first place I would start to find my work would be my online store: who carries a lot of my work, or better still – come to old Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM to STRANGER FACTORY where I carry my original designs and fine art, as well as a constant inventory of my toys and product.

It sounds like 2015 is going to be an incredible year for you – want to give us a peek into what is on the horizon for Brandt Peters?

BP: I will let everyone else figure it out, but I will leave you with the following words: CALLIOPE, stop motion, Cardboard Spaceship, mini figures, more vinyl toys, bigger gallery and bigger toy store, Circus Posterus, Kidrobot, international art shows, published books, more toys, more sofubi, collaborations with amazing artists, apparel, travel, New York, California, SDCC, DesignerCon, 3D Retro, major fine art exhibitions, lectures, giant sculptures, FERG, Shinbone Creative, Stingy Jack, The Brides, The Night King, jointed pin-up dolls, a horror film festival, joining forces with major toy company…that’s all I know for now, but as always, there’s always more.

The Peepshow is hard at work making sure every tassel is perfectly placed, but we do have a few previews of what lovely ladies you will see at the epic Brandt Peters curated event.

Opening February 6th, and featuring the amazing artistic talents of Ryan Heshka, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Jim Mahfood, Brian Ewing, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Aunia Kahn, Tokyo Jesus and Brandt Peters, we are sure you won’t leave unsatisfied.

Now for a little preview.

aunia kahn

Tokyo Jesus
Mini Peep
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
LOOK OF BEAUTY art with matte hi resThe exhibit runs Feburary 6th through March 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, February 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Some artists will be in attendance.


After some not so subtle hints, we can finally fully report on the next figure in the brilliant Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus sofubi line, Clementine by Kathie Olivas.

The test pulls are in from Japan, and this little lady is outstanding! Designed by Kathie and sculpted by Yohei of Mirock Toy, Clementine is an ready for mischief around the world in all her pigtail glory. Clementine is a first in our sofubi line because she is articulated at the arms, head, and waist, but ALSO comes with a removable rabbit puppet.

Kathie is busy finalizing the final color versions, but we think this lady will be showing up very soon.

More info soon, but for now, the turnarounds.


VIXEN is Brandt Peters’ contemporary re-interpretation of the classic pin-up art. Super heroes, alien school girls, crime bosses, and girl gangs: these characters embody a new female attitude.Peters’ larger than life femme fatales bravely strut the line between light and dark, and transcend any antiquated notions behind the interpretation of the female form.

The collection of new work was created as life-scale, with most pieces hovering between five and six feet tall.

February 11th – March 15th

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, February 12th, 6PM – 8PM

Book Signing
Saturday, February 14th, 4PM – 6PM

54 Greene Street New York, NY 10013

Dan the man

Daniel Talone presents his latest creations at Origines where you meet, discover and visit a place out of time.

Brought to you by in collaboration with the Maison Fontaine Paris for the 2015 edition of Déco Off

The Maison Fontaine, is considered a private museum. Not normally open to the public and houses a couple pieces the the french refer to in translation as ‘national heirlooms’ to treasures while the society has existed for more then 3 centuries. Déco Off is a yearly event where some of the old time establishment fabric houses open their showrooms to the public, and introduce new lines and often collaborations with artists. This expo will be showing several artists including people who work with stone or wood… predominately furniture based. Daniel is the only artist present actually exposing ‘sculptures’ During the course of the weekend there will be several ‘talks’ given by different people describing their medium/product, and some talking about color… hence conversations.

This amazing event will take place the 22 – 26 January from 11:30 – 6:30.  Daniel will be present after 5 on week days and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the Paris area, please stop by and say hello to one of our favorite artists and discover this mythical place, as well as some very talented creators presenting their ” savoir faire français.”