Amanda Louise Spayd

Monsters & Misfits III

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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.

Monsters & Misfits Monday: No sleep

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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.

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Amanda Louise Spayd’s Resin Dust Bunnies

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1cfbb038fa4311e29ad222000a1f97a2_7By the looks of Amanda Louise Spayd’s Instagram feed, it looks like she is creating a low budget horror movie or making some of the finest chocolate confections this side of Switzerland. In fact, these drippy, wide-eye, chocolate looking creations are the first ever resin Dust Bunnies slated for release at Monsters & Misfits III

Amanda is still working on finalizing a name for them, but we know she will think up something clever. The two toothed bunnies stand 8 inches tall and are solid resin. Amanda is hard at work casting and painting them all by hand. Most for MMIII will be festooned with hats, ruffles, etc. that we all have come to love with Amanda’s creations. Did we mention that all the ones she is doing right now have glass eyes too?

So far, Amanda has no plans for a massive run of these since they are exhausting to create all by herself – as you can tell, she’s even using her fridge to cool down her sculpting clay! The goal is for 4-8 to be done for MMIII in Japan with a few saved up for later. Honestly, we can’t wait to see what the finished painted product looks like because the development pics are already outstanding (and look like glazed doughnuts and chocolate bunnies).

5bc8c28af63b11e2b2e322000a1f9a5c_7See it looks like a chocolate bunny!!!

Click the jump to see more of what goes into creating these resin Dust Bunnies

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Back from SDCC

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sdcc18It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times… it was SDCC. Actually, it was just crazy, packed, exhausting times! All the Circus Posterus artists and staff at the convention had an amazing time. Thank you to Cardboard Spaceship for having us all out because it was a blast!!

On that not, we bring you just a few pictures from the San Diego Comic con because we were really busy.

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Amanda Louise Spayd’s Dust Bunnies at SDCC!

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Waiting to crawl out from under your bed and into the superhero spotlight, Amanda Louise Spayd’s Dust Bunnies are coming to the San Diego Comic Con

Amanda is planning on bringing four one-of-a-kind Dust Bunnies to the convention, along with the Bumbles we told you about earlier. Now we see what Amanda was up to with those keys and keyholes, but what have these Dust Bunnies been up to with those dirty paws?


Amanda and the rest of the Circus Posterus misfits will be taking over Cardboard Spaceship’s booth #5346 on Saturday, July 20th. If you missed it, here is where you can find the artist schedules and release info.

Wanna see the other two Dust Bunnies? Click more!

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Circus Posterus Schedule at SDCC

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San Diego ComiCon 2013


BOOTH # 5346
Circus Posterus is proud to announce our appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. CP will be taking over the Cardboard Spaceship Toys booth (#5346) on Saturday, July 20th. Artists Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd and Brandt Peters will be conducting 2 hour signing and sketching sessions on that day during the following scheduled times:


Amanda Louise Spayd –  Saturday, July 20th    12 PM “noon” (SIGNING AND SKETCH SESSION)

Amanda will be bringing the first 10 pieces of a limited run entitled “Bumble“, as well as four one of a kind 10″ Dust Bunnies. She will also have several original drawings across multiple price points, and an assortment of merchandise for sale.

Brandt Peters –Saturday, July 20th     2 PM (SIGNING AND SKETCH SESSION)

Brandt will be in person representing both himself and Kathie Olivas (not in attendance). For the convention weekend, Brandt will be bringing an assortment of customs – from MINI GREETER SKELVES and MINI BOO SKELVE figures, to his recently released Mortimer figure…

There will also be an assortment of Kathie Olivas customs from MIDI SKELVES to her brand new “large format” ASH figure from the upcoming Wandering Misfits mini-series – Brandt and Kathie’s collaboration with Cardboard Spaceship: Wandering Misfits. In addition to all of the above, a super-special exclusive SDCC release of blank mini figures from the upcoming Wandering Misfits mini-series will also be made available for the public. A mix of assorted merchandise from Brandt and Kathie will be available at the booth as well.

Chris Ryniak –Saturday, July 20th     4 PM (SIGNING AND SKETCH SESSION)

Chris will have an assortment of customs based on his classic Crumbeater and Bubblegut figures as well as assorted sketches and drawings.

NOTE: All Circus Posterus’ artist customs and work will be made available for purchase from 12 noon to close every day (Thursday – Sunday) during Comic-Con after Wednesday’s “Preview Night”.  Circus Posterus member and co-founder Kathie Olivas will not be attending this year, but will have custom hand painted figures and other goodies available for purchase at the CS booth throughout the whole event (all of her customs will be signed in advance).




More Bumble news for SDCC

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160397bce40111e2829f22000ae9027d_7Amanda Louise Spayd is diligently working her fingers down to tiny, but adorable, nubs getting things in order for San Diego Comic Con 2013! As we reported before, the first edition from the her newly named Dust Bunnies line is a plush bee of epic cuteness named Bumble. Amanda is putting the final stuffing inside and stitches around the seams on only 10 of these little stingers for the CP takeover of Cardboard Spaceship’s booth #5346 on Saturday, July 20th. Yep, you read correctly, 10 of these bee-autiful darlings are coming to San Diego(priced at $125), but have no fear, the rest of the hive will be in her online store later after she recovers from SDCC.

We will be releasing the details on exactly when lucky attendees can get a Bumble at SDCC shortly, so just keep watching the blog, and we will be showing you some more treats in store for the con from Amanda and other CP artists.



Monsters & Misfits III

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You have waited over a year, now get ready, because Monsters & Misfits III is coming back this September to Takayama, Japan!

We’ll have more news coming soon, but we have a few new artists joining in the fun, and we can’t wait to show you what our artists have been cooking up for you!

Circus Posterus at the San Diego Comic Con

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A year ago I flew into San Diego for my annual adventure in lines, more lines, and  fun, and now the San Diego Comic Con is upon us once again!

This year, Circus Posterus makes an extraordinary return to SDCC, with many thanks to the fine folks of Cardboard Spaceship, who are letting us takeover their booth (#5346) on Saturday, July 20th. On hand will be the amazing work of  Chris Ryniak, Brandt Peters, Amanda Louise Spayd, and Kathie Olivas.

In the weeks to come, we will have specifics on what the crew will have for all the fans but for now, we can tell you that there will be loads of customs, originals, new releases, a contest of sorts, and maybe even an exclusive or two. Don’t start lining up yet because we are working out all the specific times for shenanigans, but we will be sure to let you all know ASAP when we have it finalized.

Keep checking back to the blog for more info!