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We hit you with a right hook yesterday concerning a few of our Designer Con releases and exclusives, and now we are going for a roundhouse kick with even more!

Circus Posterus Booth #700

Here we go!
10729214_1515901261982721_1509254617_nKathie Olivas/Brandt Peters
Heathern Snake Skelve
Edition of 10

Hathen Micro editionKathie Olivas/Brandt Peters
Heathern Snake Skelve
Edition of 10

Shing DCONShing Yin Khor
Leaf Green Sluggish Dorbal
Edition of 25

Crayon Muckey #7
Early Debut Release
Sales start Saturday Nov. 8 at 3pm for this release

More exclusives and releases soon!
Designer Con
November 8 and 9
Pasadena Convention Center 
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101


Get ready because we are packing our booth for Designer Con with so much awesome, your head will spin for at least a few hours. We are holding down fort at booth #700 and when the doors open on Nov. 8 & 9 come on down to see us for a line raffle ticket.

Now it is time to cut to the info on our first round of exclusives and releases.
C-DconKathie Olivas
Bitter Mantis Calliope
Edition of 60

HS-DCONBrandt Peters
Bitter Mantis Heathen
Edition of 60

Mini bubblegutChris Ryniak
Aqua Lime Mini Bubblegut  
Edition of 12 (only 6 at DCON with the rest at Winter Salon)

FuzzlethumpChris Ryniak
Green Grape Fuzzlethump
Edition of 10

BurblebumChris Ryniak
Harlequin Burblebum
Edition of 12

More exclusives and releases soon!
Designer Con
November 8 and 9
Pasadena Convention Center 
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101


Another newcomer to this year’s Designer Con is bronze sculpture artist Stephan Webb!

You have seen his amazing work at Stranger Factory openings and his jewelry on many of our patrons, but now we get to bring him with us to California with us! If you are unfamiliar with Stephan, here’s a summary of his amazing biology inspired art –

Some of my artwork takes a surrealistic view of biological processes and how they interact with our fabricated human environments. Evolution is an ongoing process and I try to show this in my art work. I tell a story of organisms that have evolved in cohesion with man’s machines or discarded relics. For example, coral reefs may use sunken air planes as a foundation to start a new colony. How far can this interaction go? Can organisms entirely integrate man-made objects into their complex systems? I merge biology with industry and shapes that most people are familiar with to try and convey this concept.

My latest artwork explores the inner workings of the human psyche, the forces that are imposed on an individual and the things that affect the behavioral characteristics of that individual. I do this by displaying various figurative and expressionistic forms, as well as geometric elements, that produce a surreal composition of the human figure or mind. Often these themes are combined in intricate sculptures that feature biological entities and structures juxtaposed with harsh geometric shapes. I try to establish a soft merger of the two in order to propose a more harmonious relationship between the biological and the industrial to create a feeling of cohesion, a singing “machine.” I represent thought process as a theoretical mechanism, using gears, levers, pulleys and other industrial elements to represent the dynamics of changing thought. However, even though thought is consistently entropic, the machinery used to create thought rarely changes for an individual. This work also deals with the concept of inner thought and how, as individuals, we “mask” our thoughts by taking on different persona’s or characters. Even though we think we are in charge of our characters, there is still an underlying unconsciousness that manipulates who we are.

In addition, we recently got to see an amazing video of Stephan’s process and work. Check it out!

Stephan Webb – Sculpture Artist from Perspectives by Kim Jew on Vimeo.

Stephan will have many originals on hand at Designer Con, along with some brilliant jewelry.
Here is a small preview of what he is bringing to the convention.
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Designer Con
November 8 and 9
Pasadena Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A & B
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101


For the first time in…well, forever, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas will be conducting a portfolio review at DesignerCon with the intention of finding new artists for upcoming Stranger Factory gallery shows.

The portfolio review will take place on Sunday, from 1-2pm.

We’ll have more details soon, but if you’re an up and coming artist and interested in exhibiting at Stranger Factory – put it on your calendar!



10430444_598379226951913_7003437191177870836_nIf you didn’t see our big Designer Con 2014 announcement, we dropped some major news on this year’s convention. We are beyond elated that Stan Manoukian is coming over from France to grace us all with his presence and skills at the Circus Posterus booth. We really just want to call him Stan the Man!

If you are not familiar with Stan, we are here to help!

Paris, France based Stan Manoukian is an internationally recognized artist/illustrator, seasoned comic book artist, development and story designer for film and commercials, toy designer, has been creating monsters and building fans for years in both Europe and the US.

Vintage Science Fiction, classic monsters and dark-romantic writers such as Lovecraft, Verne, Wells Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley filled his childhood mind and influenced him from the very beginning. Stan spent every minute drawing and experimenting with contrasting themes: strange creatures, alien biology, and Cthulhu’s children.

Very early on, (in 2006) he started “A monster a day” drawing exercise to develop his own creature world and Universe, which has become monumental in scale and documentation. Impassioned by old books, dictionaries, old engraved plates and paintings (discovered through his father passion) Manoukian is inspired to present his creatures within the manners and styling of old encyclopedias – indexing, classifying and properly documenting them for future generations. Similar in nature to a crypto zoologist… Stan is discovering his new universe, carefully representing them in their natural environment, complete with habitat, co-existing species, predators and how they interact with one another.

For more on Stan, you can visit his site here, and see what we currently have available by him here.
Now, come to Designer Con to meet Stan this November.



One of the Circus Posterus’ family’s favourite toys of the past couple years has been the adorable and slightly creepy bear from InstinctoyMuckey. We are excited to let you know that we have partnered with Instinctoy for the convention, and we’ll be offering an exclusive early debut sale of the next Muckey colourway, the Crayon Muckey!
We’re absolutely enthralled with this Muckey version. As Instinctoy told us –
“We wanted this color way to be filled with joy, happiness ,and fun. That’s why this Muckey likes to draw things with crayons so much, he looks like a rainbow drew by crayon himself!
You can see his teeth just are like crayons, very cute colors. Usually we can’t use a strong color on his gums because it can be see through from the outside of his face. But this time, the neon yellow is match with the tomato red gums so well! This makes Crayon Muckey so bright and full of energy. The standard white flocking on his belly is now cream, which looks even better and high quality.”
The Crayon Muckey features a delightfully variegated glow-in-the-dark pattern and multicoloured teeth, and will be debuting this November at the Circus Posterus table at DesignerCon. Sales for Instinctoy’s Crayon Muckey will begin at 3:00pm Saturday, and at door opening on Sunday.
See you there!
DCON Muckey
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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


Brandan Styles 


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.
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