Monsters & Misfits Mondays: Dok A brings out the Skeletons

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NecromancerSo Doktor A looks to have brought the skeletons out of the closet for Monsters & Misfits III.  Keeping with the night parade feel of the show, it looks as if Bruce (Dok A) has one of his robots engineering a parade float in the form of a skeleton known as Necromancer.! This looks like a hard task for the little fella, but Dok’s robots will trudge on with their steam and cogs! We won’t know the full details for a couple of weeks, but we wanted to show you what we could.

Monsters & Misfits III is going to be epic!


Is Andrew Bell Riding Nerdy for Monsters & Misfits III?

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Things are starting to get weird but even more spectacular with all the work in progress shots we see from the artists for Monsters & Misfits III!
Ridin Nerdy2Speaking of, Andrew Bell is either riding nerdy or riding dirty with this new leggy creation that has a small driver on top. Maybe he is doing a little bit of both! Andrew will hopefully show us the rest of this monstrous guy so we can see just what exactly is going on. We do know that his sad tofu approves, but he is just always sad so don’t let his expression fool you!
sad tofu

Chris Ryniak’s giant monsters!

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Chris Ryniak’s monsters have been growing up, and despite the image below, we’re definitely talking about the resin kind, not the human sort. If you follow Chris’ Instagram feed, you would have seen him wrestling with large foam armatures, and it’s been so exciting to see them finally come to life!

As Chris says – “Two monsters that I made.” although presumably, one is a collaboration. Chris is a man of many talents, but we are pretty sure those talents stop short of parthenogenesis.

Chris’ critters have gotten more and more expressive in the past couple years, bordering on the uncannily lifelike(if your life is kinda weird). This delightful green lump is clearly happy to be spending some time out in the garden, before he is unceremoniously packed up in a cargo crate to Japan.

Many of Chris’ fan favourite figures, such as the Crumbeater, Nugglewort and Bubblegut will return for Monsters and Misfits III, although it looks like they may take on some surprising and unanticipated forms. And – new to the Ryniak pack is a squinty, toothy, grinning lump, representing in the second row, and perched on top of a couple of Nuggleworts. We will bring you more details on that little dude shortly!


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.

Not a candy apple

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Ragnar for Monsters & Misfits III

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Ragnar1Another strong addition to this year’s Monsters & Misfits show in Takayama, Japan is the almighty Ragnar! Like all the others, Ragnar is hard at work and burning the midnight oil to make this museum show as epic as the two predecessors. With the opening less than six weeks away, we thought it was time to show you some of what Ragnar has in the works from sketch to early sculpts.
remember these are works in progress
We will have more soon because Monsters & Misfits III is less than six weeks away and we have loads of eye candy to serve up to you!



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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Monsters & Misfits Mondays: Nocturna Skelve

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midiTo help with the Monday blues, we are starting Monsters & Misfits Mondays (we will actually be talking about the show most days but it sounds good)!

This week, we bring you very exciting news because Monsters & Misfits III will bring the first edition Midi Skelve, called Nocturna! We haven’t seen too many Midi Skelves out and about yet, but for those that do not recall, these stand a good 14 inches tall. As seen above, the finishing touches are going on the Nocturna Skelve, and the blue shades are stellar along with the awesome buttflap.

Nocturna will be a low edition of only 12 at $450 each with half debuting at Monsters & Misfits III.



Destined for Japan

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For those of you keeping track, we have been slowly pulling back the curtain on what you can anticipate for Monsters & Misfits III coming up this September. The artist roster is outstanding, and we are ridiculously excited to show you what all of them have in the works! With that in mind, how about some glimpses into Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas’ studio to see what they have in store for Monsters and Misfits III?

4leggedmasaoA 4-legged Masao skelve that is winking their way to Japan with additional accouterments.
BPMMiiiAn Elizabeth going through a dramatic makeover. Still in the very early stages, but right now it is astounding!

For more from our wonderful group of artists, follow the #mmiii tag on Instagram!