Monsters and Misfits

Reports from Monsters & Misfits III

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As the opening festivities for Monsters & Misfits III come to a conclusion, we are left open mouthed and gawking at the photos we are seeing. All the artists in attendance have graciously been texting us images and actively posting on their Instagram accounts about what went on that glorious day. We tracked down a small handful to give all the fans that couldn’t make it a look inside the opening ceremony of Monsters & Misfits III.

Here we go!

Monsters & Misfits III

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Monsters & Misfits Monday: Fledermaus, The Bat King

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IMG_6482Before Ash gets a hold of him, we are proud to show you a rare glimpse of Fledermaus, The Bat King. 

This is a special treat because Fledermaus only appears one time a year to the living during the night parade, and it just so happens that Monsters & Misfits III coincides with the much fabled parade.

Designed by Brant Peters, all 14 inches of  Fledermaus’ acrylic and resin will take flight soon, so get a good look while you can. Notice the stern look, stitched mask, and eyes oozing with darkness. Those ears can hear you lurking around. Ash, you have your work cut out for you.


Barnabus and Baxter!

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Can you hear the retching rumblings and eviscerating squeaks coming from Carisa Swenson’s Barnabus and Baxter“?
1236529_641030635908656_1139875755_nWe first mentioned the Siamese bilby known as Barnabus and Baxter a few weeks ago, and now we can finally show them off in all their double glory! Continuing in the curious creatures and aberrant animals mantra, Carisa has created this astounding 15.5 inch tall doll for the show in Takayama, Japan. Dressed in dark pants and a striped sweater akin to that of a few nightmares, Carisa’s sculpt is all expression and monstrous detail.

Keep an eye or two out for them when the night parade comes to Takayama, Japan starting September 13th.

Brandt Peters’ “The Coffin Maker” for Monsters & Misfits III

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Brandt Peters is up to his wonderful tricks and treats again for Monsters & Misfits III.
IMG_6463Using his unparallelled character design skills, Brandt has done it again with “The Coffin Maker“. Similar to the fan favorite Ink Slinger, this polka dotted cephalopod isn’t around to warm your hearts or give you a tattoo because he has a slightly different and macabre back story.

“This tentacled gentleman is the builder of coffins and is responsible for keeping their inhabitants on the inside.” – Brandt Peters

Take notice, his parade ride is a coffin, and he has the tools in hand to build any of us an eternal resting place fast and permanently. Standing 9″ tall and made of acrylic, epoxy resin, found objects, the Coffin Maker will be making many new friends when he heads to Japan for Monsters & Misfits III.

Blimpington takes flight!

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Blimplington1Now, here is a feast for your eyes from Doktor A. Not a bird or a plane but Blimpington!

It looks like it is hard to keep this robot grounded because his mate is having a time corralling him back. Who can blame him with Monsters & Misfits III just over a week away. Blimpington is already floating off for the parade!

Dok A takes his trademark style to another level with this piece. Situated on a cog, Blimpignton is two figures in one containing classic rustic colors and then a splash of new vibrant ones. See if you can hold Blimpington down when Monsters & Misfits III opens September 13 in Takayama, Japan.


Monsters & Misfits Monday: Tofu Bringer!!

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For this Monsters & Misfits Monday, we will keep it short and sweet because I want tofu now.
So for the show in Japan, Andrew Bell has created yet another amazing creature known as the
Tofu Bringer!


Stan Manoukian’s “Freekfrak” for Monsters & Misfits III

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Freefrak1One of the additions to this year to highly anticipated Monsters & Misfits III is Paris based Circus Posterus member Stan Manoukian. Stan brings rich back story and sci-fi elements to the exhibit with his amazing creations. For this, one of Stan’s pieces known as Freekfrak is making the journey to Japan’s waters.

Freekfrak is a highly regarded master of thieves and collectors. He is always trying to steal your little objects or just move them around so it gets you mad. The thing is, Freekfrak is so good you’ll never get the chance to catch him in the act or even see him. Even with the development of Freekfrak, you can see him conniving the entire time on what he can get his tentacle-like appendages on.
Freefrak4Watch out guys because I fear what this guy might do when the lights go out when Monsters and Misfits III opens at the Kusakabe Folk Museum September 13th to 26th in Takayama, Japan.



Pumpernickel round 2 for MMIII

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Last week, we brought you some of Amanda Louise Spayd’s in progress work on her delightful resin creations for Monsters & Misfits IIINow, we get to see a finished product!
Without further ado, meet one of the Pumpernickels!
PumperComing in blended shades of blues and greys, this Pumpernickel is all dressed up for its trip to Japan. Sporting a flag scarf similar to some of its cousins found in Migration, this little resin Dust Bunny can’t wait to meet all his fans in Takayama. We don’t know if it is the coffee, the long flight, or excitement but by the look in his eyes, Pumpernickel is both excited and scared. We understand, long flights freak us out too.

Amanda has outdone herself; all the Pumpernickels are hand cast, painted, and adorned by her. The weathering texture on the sculpt is spot on! Now, we just need to see the rest of the Pumpernickel colony in Japan!


This isn’t the Shai Hulud ride? MMIII

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Recently, we brought you this dandy of a “work in progress” image from Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas that led us all a twitter with excitement.
hard at work 2Speculation grew – a pumpkin greeter Skelve? Pumpkin lanterns? Now, we can put all the guesses  to rest because we have a finished design!

I thought I was riding Shai HuludKathie and Brandt  have created a truly magical piece for Monsters & Misfits IIIThat amazing pumpkin head threw us all a curve ball, because the proud noggin sits atop a lovely collared double-breasted coat worn by Kathie’s “Elizabeth”.

We all know proper parade participants must look dapper, so a very chimney like top hat is perched on our pumpkin friend’s head. But – what perfectly accentuates this gent is his choice of travel. To get him through the parade route, he is accompanied by a glorious segmented worm with numerous folds and a proud smile.  Hands down, this is awesome!

The gloves are off with the artists because Monsters & Misfits III is less than a month away!