Stranger Factory is now accepting artist submissions for participation in upcoming group shows and our 2016/ 2017 exhibition schedule. We feature contemporary character design and illustration, focusing on emerging and mid career artists with a dedicated vision to narrative work. Serious inquiries only; please email your website (please do not attach images) to


The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California (MOAH)
July 18, 2015 – September 6, 2015

Artist & VIP Reception: Friday, July 17, 2015, 7pm – 11pm

This is an awesome treat featuring Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, and a slew of amazing artists for thos eof you on the left coast!

The Art Of Toys exhibition will feature the most talked about creators and produced who have come to define this art movement over the past twenty years. This is the very first West Coast museum exhibition to address the history of the art toy. Concentrating on West Coast artists, stores, and manufacturers.

An exclusive, ticketed opening reception, with entertainment, bar, and hors d’oeuvres for VIPs and guest artists will take place on Friday night from 7-10pm

Over 80 artists are represented including Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Gary Baseman, Beast Brothers, BIGFOOT, Dave Bondi, Ryan (RYCA) Callanan, Brian Castleforte, Buff Monster, Luke Chueh, Bob Dob, FERG, Paul Frank, David Flores, Dan Goodsell, Gary Ham, Nathan Hamill, Dave Horvath (Uglydoll), Jay222, Eric Joyner, Kano, Frank Kozik, Kozyndan, Mike Leavitt, Joe Ledbetter, Simone Legno (TokiDoki), Aaron “Woes” Martin (Angry Woebots), Elizabeth McGrath, Tony Millionaire, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, Nathan Ota, Brandt Peters, Dave Pressler, Mark Ryden, Greg (CRAOLA) Simkins, Sket One, Skinner, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Scott Tolleson, Mark Dean Veca, Yoskay Yamamoto, and many more.

Paul Frank’s original sketch book and sewing machine where the FIRST Julius was created.

Prototypes for new works from Craola & Eric Joyner

A sculptors perspective with original molds and sketches from sculptors, Dave Bondi & Dave Pressler.

Dave Pressler’s massive robot sculpture, Revengebot will be on view.

A screening of “The Treasures of Long Gone John” followed by a panel discussion on the relationship between artist and collector. Panelists include: Director: Greg Gibbs, Producer: Greg Escalante, Artist: Dave Pressler & Artist: Liz McGrath

For Photo Ops: A standee installation by Kozyndan

Exclusive retail space with products from your favorite artists

Mural installations by artists Angry Woebots (Aaron “Woes” Martin), Hueman, (Allison Torneros), and Teddy Kelly

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Time to jump right in to more San Diego Comic Con goodness!
clClementine is coming to ‪#‎sdcc‬!
This amazing lass by Kathie Olivas and produced by Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke is limited to only 100 and will have a general release after the con. Lucky for you #sdcc goers, we are bringing a few to Cardboard Spaceship booth 5638!

CMRBooger Bandana Grubthum by Chris Ryniak will be available in very limited quantities starting this Friday, July 10!


Cardboard Specaeship does it again with an Amanda Louise Spayd ‪#‎sdcc‬exclusive!
Limited to only 100, this “tropical” version of Clover from the upcoming Thimblestump Hollow mini series!


More soon!


 August brings vivid vinyl mayhem to Stranger Factory with:

Candy Gore

Featuring new work from
Rich Montanari and Brandt Peters!

Candy Gore is the first two-person exhibition featuring new works from internationally recognized toy designers and fine artists, Rich Montanari, owner/operator of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, and Brandt Peters, co-owner of Stranger Factory.
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Rich Montanari runs and operates his own toy production studio, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore Toy Co. and serves as the lead sculptor, painter, and package designer. Having collected toys since childhood, and later customizing vinyl toys, it only made sense that Montanari would eventually create his own independent toy studio.

Brandt Peters co-runs and co-operates Stranger Factory as well as Circus Posterus, a toy production studio and fine art collective, with his partner and fellow toy designer, Kathie Olivas.

Candy Gore represents the fusion of the sweet and horrific, the alluring and grotesque. Peters and Montanari share a mutual appreciation for classic and contemporary horror, sci-fi and vintage circus themes with an affinity for the monster culture emulated in Japanese and American toys, as well as contemporary character design. Both artists create many of their figures through a traditional soft vinyl process known as “sofubi” which is slowly becoming a lost art. Sofubi vinyl is hand-casted by small, independent “mom and pop” factories in Japan, and while we call them “toys,” each piece is hand-painted by Montanari or Peters once delivered to the artists in the U.S., and transcends beyond the idea of a play thing to the celebrated art form of contemporary sculpture.

After two years in the works, Montanari and Peters will be officially releasing their new collaborative figures, “Sackhead” and “Ol’ Scratch” based off of their much sought after classic characters, “DX Dokruo Sludge Demon” (MVH) and “Stingy Jack” (Peters) for the Candy Gore exhibition. Both artists will be featuring an array of vividly hand-painted toys and custom designs of many of their time honored and much coveted figures, while Peters will also be exhibiting some 2D work (sketches and paintings) based on his classic characters, along with some new additions.

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Looks like Sackhead finally crawls out of the dark for the his debut release at San Diego Comic Con!

We have patiently been waiting for the Brandt Peters x Mutant Vinyl Hardcore collaboration for over a year now and it is finally happening! We still do not know the edition size or the specifics on sales, but we do know that it will go down at Cardboard Spaceship booth #5638 at SDCC.

Should we get in line already?

The news about San Diego Comic Con is coming in faster than the Flash these days, and our buddies over at Cardboard Spaceship booth #5638 have a deluge of amazing exclusives lined up.

We might as well cut to the chase since our attention spans are short, and as we type this 47.3 more SDCC news items just got announced!

Up first are two exclusive colorways Scribe‘s Scrimshaw Mattenoots! Scribe being a local fan favorite at the con and the much-loved Scrimshaw coming back will make this a whale of an exclusive. (I had to, I really did)

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Now one thing we can always count on at SDCC are the amazing shirt designs, and Lightsleepers brought their A game with these two.

Before Thanos can get his big hands on the gauntlet, our boys over at Steamer Lane tossed up the Infinity Shaka!

Who cares if it is North, South, East, or West because The Metal face will give you his very best!
No Doom here!
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The San Diego Comic Con takes over San Diego July 8-12, and you can find these exclusives at Cardboard Spaceship booth #5638.

Keep checking for more news, updates, and round 2 of exclusives!


Hold on to your bowties because Brandt Peters is making a triumphant return to the San Diego Comic Con with Kidrobot!

Kidrobot will feature a limited edition numbered and signed premium “Mr. Gloom” Dunny #5 screen print by Brandt available for purchase at the booth.  Prints will be produced in runs of less than 200 pieces and commemorate Kidrobot’s 2015 SDCC appearance. Each screen print will retail for $25. As a special San Diego Comic Con feature, the first 50 fans in line for each of their signings will receive a free screen print.

Now Mr. Gloom may seem very familiar because he is part of the highly anticipated upcoming Dunny series by Brandt and kidrobot entitled “The 13″ (available for preorder with a special gift from Brandt right here). This limited print is a perfect accoutrement to adorn your walls with the Dunny series.

Meet Brandt Peters and pick up the exclusive print during SDCC
Saturday, July 11th
from 1pm-3pm
Kidrobot Booth #5645.



Mourning Apparitions

With new work from Kathie Olivas,
Lana Crooks, and Michele Lynch

Stranger Factory is excited to announce our July exhibit, Mourning Apparitions. With new works from Kathie Olivas, Lana Crooks, and Michele Lynch, the exhibition will embody ghostly projections through expressions of longing, loss, and grief as well as the playful nature of the spirits that stay behind.
KOpressKathie Olivas, co-owner of Stranger Factory, is known worldwide for her mixed media band of misfit children. We can expect to see approximately 15 original 3-D sculpts and some paintings from Olivas for Mourning Apparitions. The Misery Children will be portraying an often unspoken side of mourning: the hallucinations and hauntings that may result from a grief that is inadequately expressed or a ghost that doesn’t yet know how to let go of the bereaved.
LCpressChicago-based, Lana Crooks, is best known for her soft specimen-style sculpture. For Crooks, Mourning Apparitions is an opportunity to honor the realm of ghostly apparitions which pair well with her iconic, vintage style. We can expect to see 15-20 textile sculpts, elegantly displayed in shadow boxes, miniature museum cases, and bell jars.

MpressFigurative pop-surrealist, Michele Lynch, will also be exploring the land of ghostly hauntings with her Steampunk Souls. We are anticipating approximately 15 original 3-D sculpted figures and we might even see a few paintings from Lynch for Mourning Apparitions.

The opening reception is Friday, July 3rd from 6 – 9 pm at Stranger Factory. Kathie Olivas and Lana crooks will be in attendance. The Mourning Apparitions exhibition will be on display until August 2nd.
Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106