Chris Ryniak

CMR’s Year of the Dragon Snybora Drops Friday!

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Alright, so 2012 might mark the end of the world on the Mayan calendar, but I see no reason to stop huntin’ for the grails. And besides, it’s also the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese calendar (which sounds far more optimistic) so let’s focus on that!

Available this Friday, March 2nd, is the Year of the Dragon Snybora from Chris Ryniak and Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi. The black vinyl Lake Monster is embellished with stunning-yet-subtle gold, red and matte black accents and has a beautiful set of glossy black eyes. Lovingly hand-painted by Joe Somers (Squibbles) and Kirby Kerr (Rotofugi), no two are exactly alike. He stands a mighty 3.5 inches and will be scampering about the Rotofugi shop at 11am. $35 and he’s yours! More beauty shots below!

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The Critter Carousing Continues!

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Whoa, Chris Ryniak is on a tear right now. Surely the ping pong table is getting crowded and here’s hoping it doesn’t collapse from all that critter chub!

These are all works in progress for Monsters & Misfits II … above we have an update on the Dainty Nibbler-inspired sculpt, with a full reveals in the background of the Cantler Eater, a custom Lizzie and Bubblegut: the former looking like she’s melting while B’gut is looking to be of a soft-serve variety (I dunno, I’m having ice cream fever over here). Curious what becomes of that Boo Skelve

Next is a horde of custom Bubbleguts lounging around below. CMR performed an engineering miracle and discovered how to make one stand on two legs. And on this day, Bubblegut’s bubblegut was fully realized by everyone in the land. Holy moly, phear the massness!

Something’s Afoot with Chris Ryniak …

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Or rather: he haz a foot! Chris revealed these pudgy little digits a couple days ago via his Twitter account. They happen to belong to a one-off, sweet-toothed critter called the Cantler Eater, who’s part of the Monsters & Misfits II exhibition in Japan.

What is a Cantler you ask? Chris says: An antler made of candy :D

His daily sketch for today illustrates a similar concept (below). The creature that the foot belongs to will look a bit different, but the candy cravings are consistent among them. Cuteness everywhere!

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Padlock the Pantry!! The Nibbler is Coming!

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Watching a piece of art evolve from simple sketch or sculpture to something whole and ‘animate’ is one of my favourite things to behold. I’m a lover of processes and when it’s a show of this scale (we’re talkin’ Monsters & Misfits II) — with many artists working synchronously on the same project — there’s new gifts awaiting our eyes almost daily.

And this guy is somethin’ else. A variation of his ‘Dainty Nibbler’ sketch from last December (below), Chris Ryniak’s newest beastie is bound to be a show-stopper. Chris has already revealed that he’s quite the big boy at 19 inches tall, and he is indeed the first and last of his breed. …Give baby a kiss!!!

Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

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Chris Ryniak Joins Amanda Spayd in the Silkscreen Party

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A couple of days ago, Amanda Spayd shared with teh interwebs a teeny-tiny image of one of her critters holding what appears to be a lollipop. Remember that? Right. Good. Now what I love about the Ohio chapter of CP (or at least these two, *points at Chris* … *points at Mandi*), is that they’re sort of in cahoots, you see. They are co-conspirators of each other’s world domination plans (“critters UNITE!”), and they will undoubtedly succeed with the iron-fist charm of their big-eyed, roly-poly, snaggle-toothed dudes.

So what all this means is, if you see one, the other is often not far behind: one day after Amanda’s silkscreen tease, Mr. Ryniak revealed that he, too, is involved … *twirls mustache*.

Naturally, I can’t say much. But the chart does reveal something. Something quite interesting. And we’re going to do this advent calendar style, sans the cheap, waxy chocolate. ‘Til tomorrow, then!

Monsters & Misfits II – A First Look

This April marks the one-year anniversary of Monsters & Misfits, a three-person exhibition by Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters and Chris Ryniak that took place at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan. It was an exhibition that birthed some of the most challenging, influential, and beautiful works in the careers of these artists; an exhibition that they were unable to attend; an exhibition that helped raise $16,000 for disaster relief. Monsters & Misfits boosted the morale of the townspeople, helped rebuild a devastated city and reminded everyone of the healing power of art. It was prolific in all aspects.

And this year, we go bigger.

Circus Posterus returns to Japan this April for Monsters & Misfits II, a group show featuring new works from the original three artists, as well as Amanda Louise Spayd and Doktor A. Hosted for a second year by Tomenosuke-Syoten at the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the opening takes place on the eve of the Takayama Spring Festival, April 13th.

We kick things off with a progress shot from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. Delight yourselves in discussion! There’s plenty more to come.

Chris Ryniak’s ‘Baby Blewgle’ for ‘Year of the Dragon’ @ Dragatomi 2.11

Ah, man. Chris Ryniak’s pieces serve as a continual reminder that I will never be immune to cuteness. There’s just no way. Such a woeful pout on this guy, wowee … I wonder if something is seriously troubling him or if it’s the same look your dog gives you when he doesn’t get the last bite of your sandwich. The lowered ears and look of torment are dead on.


‘Baby Blewgle’ is a custom Stitch that Chris prettied up for Dragatomi’s Year of the Dragon exhibition, opening Feb. 11th. Good luck to everyone looking to adopt this little beast. Info on this show is still emerging, so keep checking back! More pics after the break.

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‘Snoweater’ from Chris Ryniak

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Can we say greatest Christmas present evar?!

A member of the CP forum was shocked to find this wee beastie from Chris Ryniak nibbling on the gifts beneath the tree. A commissioned Crumbeater custom (how’s that for consonance), the ice blue Snoweater is adorned with delicate, lace-like snowflakes that Ryniak worked into the piece. A truly unique and beautiful gift, for sure!