Doktor A recently shared this picture on Facebook of him putting the finishing touches on a piece for Monsters & Misfits II — a sculpture he pegs as the most difficult piece he’s ever crafted. We’ve had a couple teasers of his piece over the past few weeks (here and here), but I think we’re gonna need to see more photos to appreciate the full scope of this beauty. Stay tuned …
Chris Ryniak continues with the Monsters & Misfits teasers with snaps of some choice pieces here. Loving the group shot and the smiley fella down below; I wonder what treats he had to dangle in front of the camera to get them to sit still … ;)
Monsters & Misfits II is a Circus Posterus group exhibition featuring new works from Chris Ryniak, Doktor A., Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters and Amanda Louise Spayd. Hosted by Tomenosuke-syoten and the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the exhibition is on display April 13th through April 26th.
Comic book artist and long-time CP friend and collaborator Rob Schwager returns as catalog designer for Monsters & Misfits II, which will be available for purchase soon. Rob is also the talent behind Tiny Bird Press — a one-man print shop that specializes in affordable, hand-screened art. With that said, he might have a little somethin’ to do with these … also coming soon!
Mr. Shinji Nakako over at Tomenosuke-syoten received a most wondrous box of sculptural beauty from Brandt and Kathie a few days ago. Looks like everything arrived safely, which is a relief (though not a surprise: KO = Uline Queen). Feel free to scroll, stare, lick the screen, etc. I’ll wait.
… OK, the next important thing is the highly anticipated preview info, direct from the Tomenosuke blog:
Local collectors attending the exhibition on April 13th get first crack. Afterwards, all remaining pieces will be available online at midnight on April 14th, Japan time. North Americans, this will be the Saturday morning for you — queue up that time zone calculator! More info will be released as we near the date!
The landslide of Monsters & Misfits teasers continue, with this batch coming from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. I’m digging the four-legged Masao cat, the Pink Bird and Lucky Lolli, but Brandt’s custom orange Kuma totally steals this round. The cartoon-style gloves, bronze Stingy Jack staff and painted eyes bring such character to the sculpt and the overall engineering behind it is fantastic.
Ha, this is cool — almost like a Lucky Skull set in jello. We’ve seen Brandt and Kathie experiment with embedding objects in the past (remember the Freyja? How bout this guy?), and I’m hoping the idea comes around more frequently. It’s impressive how snugly the Lucky Skull fits and the congealed look of the resin around the skull adds a cool haziness.
Since the Living Between Worlds show at G1988 two years ago, I’ve ached to see more of these wild branch mutations. Finally the ‘gloves’ on Elizabeth make sense — they’re more twig-like than anything, and damn, with branches like that she must stand at least 12 to 14 inches. Beautiful piece (and seems Pink Bird agrees!).
The newest addition to the Skelve family is the Mini Honey Skelve, who made his debut last week as part of Japan pre-release sale with Tomenosuke-syoten. Needless to say, these — along with all of the other editions — sold out in less than a minute and left fans on this side of the globe wondering when they’d get their hands on these golden grails. Well, good news: CP’s having a Japan fundraising sale as soon as the rest of the stock shows up. Here’s the lowdown straight from KO:
The minis: Once we get this show shipped out we’ll be painting the next round of mini masks for these guys–12 will be chase versions similar to the dark one in the picture (above right)…
We will start selling our Japan Fundraiser items as soon as they all arrive—hopefully next week!
Without ruining too much of the surprise we will be offering a limited number of the following:
5 print set (8×10″ screen prints) featuring Amanda, CMR, Dok A, BP, KO
Honey minis (ed. 100)
CMR tshirt (to be revealed)
Mini resin set (tba)
+ a few surprises…
Folks, it’s time again to spend our allowances. More info as soon as it’s released!
Real big. And with quite a few of his pieces, actually. Unfortunately, Chris’ camera skills still need a bit of work and his hand got in the frame. Or maybe the critter wouldn’t hold still (I can only imagine the ruckus in his studio when he brings home a box of doughnuts). I guess a full reveal will have to wait … but I’m digging the candy stripes!
Monsters & Misfits opens April 13th!
Ten inch legs. One and a half inch diameter eyes. Thirty inches tall. And in-freaking-sane. Amanda Louise Spayd appears to be the next queen of Lizzie customs. She made waves with her first Lizzie and Junior for Dragon*Con two years ago and we’ve all been waiting with baited breath for her to revisit the platform. Suffice to say, ‘I Brought Dessert’ is a knockout and the Kusakabe Folk Museum has yet another breathtaking piece on its way to them for Monsters & Misfits II. Less than a month till opening night!
After documenting much of the M&MII progress via their Instagram account, Kathie surprised fans on Flickr with two beautiful shots of custom Elizabeth and Stingy Jack sculpts that are getting ready for their long trek to Japan. The vintage-style wash against the rich colors is striking. I also thought it clever that the duo used a similar palette on all of Brandt’s Stingy Jacks: the heads on these figures are interchangeable and it plays to that well.