Tag Archives: Stickers

Halloween Ghoulish GPK Countdown: Day 7

We’re into the second week of the Countdown to Halloween and so far I’ve been having a blast checking out all the participating sites this year!  Not only that, but thanks to General Mills bringing back some long forgotten mascots, I’m on a constant sugar high due to the massive amount of monster cereal I’ve been ingesting on an almost daily basis.  I hope everyone’s season is going well.  So, coming in at number seven, today’s creature-themed Garbage Pail Kid is probably one of my very favorite cards, 79a&b from the second series, Sewer Sue and Michelle Muck!

7 - Sewer Sue

When I was originally collecting GPK, second series cards were pretty darn hard to come by.  I had a handful that I managed to get via a series of rack packs (clear plastic packs that contained two packs of 3rd series stickers and one 2nd series pack), and a couple that I scored trading with friends.  Of these, Sue and Michelle were my favorite hands down, and in my mind’s eye they came to symbolize and sum up the GPK.  Sure, most people probably think of Adam Bomb when they think of GPK, but for me it’s always been these classy gals.  I was so stoked a year or so ago when I managed to snag this Italian GPK Sgorbions card.  I’m not 100% positive, but I don’t believe these have “sister” cards.  On the monster scale, I equate these two chicks with the likes of Swamp or Man-Thing, or perhaps even the Tarman from Return of the Living Dead or poor, poor Emil the melting man from Robocop…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

Garbage Pail Kids Creepy Countdown: Day 6

So, continuing with the sub-theme of creatures with this Garbage Pail Kids Halloween countdown, I have another 1st series set of sticker cards to share today, 38a&b, Slimy Sam and Lizard Liz!

6 - Slimy Sam

First off, and this is something that you really only see in the first few sets of GPK, I love the subtle airbrushed color fade in the background of the card.  Again, this painting was done by the rad John Pound and his color choices are really fun.  I love how the green pops off of the soft pink and for once it seems like the name plate and logo colors also compliment the overall image with the blue tying into the highlights on the fly dinner and the yellow echoing the bib.  Are nerdery aside, what we’re here for is monsters, and this lizard creature fits that bill to a “T”.  Though not as ugly as the lizard Starchild dream sequences from V, Liz/Sam here does remind me of that must-see TV moment from the early 80s.

Also, on a side note, I had a very interesting GPK question posed to me by the wildly talented Carsten Bradley on my instagram account.  Carsten asked, “Why did they give cards two names?”  This is one of those aspects to the series that I am so used to seeing that I never really questioned it.  So, I don’t know the official answer (anyone want to enlighten me and Carsten?), but if I had to guess I’d probably say it was to increase the sheer amount of possible stickers so that kids would have to buy more packs.  That means more gum sold for Topps (you have to remember they were in the business of selling gum) so kids could complete a set, or at least find all the a&b cards they wanted.  I’d also like to believe that it was to bolster the gender neutrality of these sticker cards so that they appealed to both boys and girls (again larger audience, larger sales.)  Sticker collecting was mainly aimed at girls in the 80s, and though the gross out and parody humor of the GPK was mainly aimed at boys, it’s sort of the perfect product to aim at both.  So, where do the “twins” come into this?  Well, in a lot of the cards, the artwork was general enough that the characters could be boys or girls.  Like Liz and Sam up there.  This way girls and boys could find stickers with their names on them without the art having to be specifically male or female every time out.  That’s probably reaching a little though…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Franken Berry 200

Garbage Pail Kids Ghoulish Halloween Countdown: Day 5

Welcome to day five of the countdown.  Today features a Garbage Pail Kid sticker from series one printed way back in 1985.  Unfortunately, this is one of teh handful of series one cards that I don’t have both variations of, so I only have 25b, Scary Carrie to share…

5 - Scary Carrie

Again, like all of the series one stickers, this one was painted by the great John Pound and features a female riff on Frankenstein’s monster that doesn’t go to directly to referencing the Bride (which I think is pretty damn cool.)  I also love the secondary color scheme Pound chose to work with and wish someone in the layout and design department had thought to use a green name plate instead of pink.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal the Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

GPK Monster Madness: Day 4

It’s day four of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my next set of monster GPK stickers. I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, and today starts a series of creature/mutant/freaks.  For the first in this bit I decided to share my copies of these series 2 stickers printed back in 1985, stickers 71a&b, Odd Todd and Bent Ben!

4 - Bent Ben

This painting was done by my all-time favorite GPK artist, John Pound. One of the things that I love about these earlier GPK stickers is that the concepts were simple.  Later in the series, and on into the modern era so many of the stickers are a cluster of annoying and repetitive imagery (cracked heads, poop, vomit, etc.), which is fine and all, but there’s something to be said for a simple concept execute well.  The purpose of these stickers was to be a parody of Cabbage Patch Kids, and the idea of a hunchback adorable doll is hilarious in and of it’s own right.  He doesn’t need to be crapping his pants while simultaneously vomiting up five week’s worth of fish lunches.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Fruit Brute 200

GPK Monster Madness: Day 3

It’s day three of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my next set of creepy GPK stickers. I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, so the first few of the count are all spooky non-human cards. Earlier in the week I shared some gloomy headstones and a ghoulishly gooey tree.  Today we switch gears a tad with a GPK ancient evil temple from series 6 printed at the tail end of 1986, stickers 224a&b, Monte Zuma and Pagan Megan!

3 - Monte Zuma

This painting was done by my all-time favorite GPK artist, John Pound. I wonder how many Cabbage Patch Kids were sacrificed to appease this evil deity?  Obviously I love the headdress and necklace of skulls, but there are other fun details like the eyeball belly button (creepy!) and the scale of this character (as there are normal-sized worshiper/guards at the foot of the temple…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

Garbage Pail Kids Monster Madness: Day 2

It’s day two of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my second creepy GPK sticker.  I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, so the first few of the count are all spooky non-human cards.  Yesterday I shared some gloomy headstones, and today is another of my favorite cards from the later sets (series 7 from 1987 to be precise), stickers 273a&b, Haunted Forrest and Sappy Sarah!

2 - Haunted Forrest

This painting was also done by the super rad James Warhola.  If there in one thing that I would change about this card it’s the color scheme of the name plate and GPK logo.  The red, white and blue really detract from the overall creepiness of the card and it makes me wonder if those choices were thought out or were they assigned randomly?  This is also one of the times where the name plate obscures a gag in the art as you can see the dead bird (crow, owl?) at the right at the base of the tree…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Boo Berry 200

Garbage Pail Kids Monster Madness: Day 1

Okay, I’m gonna come right out and say it. I totally blew it during last year’s countdown to Halloween. I blew it worse than that time when Van Helsing failed to fling Dracula into Limbo. I totally intended to post animation cels every day and somewhere in the middle of the month life got the better of me and I put the countdown aside. This year I’m a bit more prepared and I fully intend to make it to the end. So what’s in store for my favorite month of the year in 2013? Well, for starters, I want to stick to a set of themed posts, so every day this month I’m going to share some of my favorite monster-centric Garbage Pail Kids sticker cards from the 80s era vintage sets. I culled 31 of the most ghoulish, gross, and, well, monstery stickers from my collection. In addition, I’m going to try and pepper the month with other Halloween articles, some reviews, and other fun ephemera from the archives of Branded in the 80s.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum.  So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities.  There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi.  Be sure to check them out as well.

Alright, so for Day one of the GPK Monster Madness I present sticker cards 334a&b, Ashley to Ashes and Dustin to Dust!

1 - Dustin to Dust

This pair of sibling headstones hail from series 8 and were printed back in 1987.  Painted by James Warhola, my second favorite GPK artist next to John Pound, the dreary and yet morbidly cheerful stones seem like a good way to kick off this Halloween countdown.  Though I have no intention of ever being buried, if I had chosen to go into the ground, you can be sure that this would be my first choice for a headstone design!

2013 Franken Berry 200

 

Cult Film club Stickers Now Available for Purchase!

So, the stickers I’ve been so excited about making for the Cult Film Club?  Well they’re now available for purchase!  Included in the CFC “No Tipping” Sticker Pack are 4 die-cut stickers, measuring between 2.4″x2.4″ and 3.4″x2.4″, featuring the CFC Logo, Official Membership Badge, our mascot the Phantom Ticket Taker, and the one, the only Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi)!

Stickers 1

The Cult Film Club is totally siding with Mr. Pink when it comes to the idea of “No Tipping”, at least receiving them that is. We’d love your support in helping to cover our costs, but instead of holding out our grubby hands for a tip or donation we’ve got these rad stickers to sell instead.  All profit goes directly into paying our podcast hosting and equipment fees.  I’d really like to sell through the 40 packs we have by the end of the month, and I’ll be honest, I’m going to need your help to do it.  Right now we’re almost half way to that goal, which is awesome, but we still have a little ways to go.

Plaster these on your car, Trapper Keeper, or your favorite pet!  In addition, if you leave a comment below letting me know you put in an order, I’ll include a Branded in the 80s Logo sticker for free!

Stickers

Thanks in advance for supporting this project, and especially to those who have already picked up a pack or two.  And thanks always for stopping by Branded and reading my silly thoughts!

Click to be whisked away to the Cult Film Club sticker store!

I made some F-ing stickers!

*Update* Like, Go Buy some and Junk!

So there’s been some behind the scenes stuff going on with Branded, moving hosts, fixing broken junk, you know a bunch of technical wizardry that is way beyond me (I’m super lucky to know a rad lady named Jaime who is like single-handedly saving the site), but posting has been kind of quiet lately.  Hopefully I’ll be changing that soon.  During this time though I haven’t been just sitting on my butt and starring at the toys and crap on the walls of Branded HQ.  I’ve also been working on a small project for the Cult Film Club that any longtime reader of Branded will probably know is sort of like a dream come true.

So I really like stickers, like a lot, and in the back of my head I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have some of my own designs and drawings turned into decals.  Well, Tommy of Top Hat Sasquatch and Boxsome recently tipped me off to a company called Stickerapp.com that specializes in short-run glossy die-cut stickers for pretty affordable prices.  So I went a little nuts and had a bunch of stickers printed…

Stickers

To say I’m excited about these is a bit of an understatement.  It’s a struggle to not apply these to every single bit of free wall space that I can find actually.  I’m not even usually all that crazy about my own drawings, but right now I’m sort of in love/lust with these stickers.  I can admit that.  But I have to control myself, because I have a plan for these.  Details to come soon for anyone who might be interested in picking some of these up and helping to support the Cult Film Club.  In the meantime, I’m going to try my best to NOT spread these out on the floor so that I can lay in them and make sticker angels…

more stickers

 

Collecting Deconstructed

I made an admission recently about how small my actual personal vintage 80s collection is, and I wanted to expand upon that a bit.  Though it mostly pertained to my collection of things that I actually had from when I was a kid to now, surviving personal pop culture relics, I think sometimes I might give off the wrong impression as to how large my actual vintage collection of stuff really is.  By that I mean it’s kind of small, at least in terms of what I think someone who runs an 80s nostalgia site might, and probably usually owns.  Sure, I’ll be the first to admit that I have a ridiculously large collection of animation cels, specifically monsters, spooks and creeps from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, and I still have a pretty big collection of sticker cards (Topps, Fleer, Donruss, etc), stuff that I’ve featured in the Peel Here column over the years, but outside of that so much of the stuff I’ve amassed over the last couple decades spent pining after my youth has been more modern tchotchkes.  Take my collection of G.I. Joe 2th anniversary figures.  I have around 50 of those adoring the walls of Branded HQ alongside some vintage style Star Wars figures (emphasis on “style”.)  I have a bunch of mini movie posters printed at the local Kinko’s self-serve copier when the attendants weren’t looking, as well as a scary amount of 80s cartoons on DVD.  But a lot of this stuff is more representational of my nostalgia and not directly linked to it.

Again, there are other things that I have that are more personal, my framed 1977 Halloween Horrors LP, or my sister’s collection of 80s era LPs, but these things by no means make up the bulk of my collection.  So, why am I bringing this up?  Well, I’ve been thinking a lot of what collections and collecting means to me over the last year and I’ve come to the conclusion that the desire to be a completist, or to focus on only vintage items is, for me personally, a fruitless compulsion.  That’s not to say that I’m giving up on collecting, or that I’m only buying a bunch of modern junk, it’s more of a realization that so much of the joy is not in possessing these coveted items, it’s simply the actual desire to own them.  It’s the hunt, not the trophy.  The trophy, if not the specific, actual item I possessed as a kid, is merely a representation, no more real than a memory of that same item held as a child, or a picture scavenged off of Google image search (for me at least.)  So many of the things that I desire to have back, those specific relics from my childhood, are way beyond my ability to ever secure them.  They are gone.  In a landfill most likely. That’s why the Atari system my friend re-gifted to me recently is so sacred to me.

GPKs

Part of what drew me to this conclusion was another amazing acquisition I wrote about awhile back, the near complete set of vintage 1st series Garbage Pail Kids that I lucked into for free.  When sorting the cards that were given to me, and realizing that so many of them were 1st series my heart was a lump in my throat.  After I was done and I noticed that there were about 20 stickers missing, 2 of which were A&B sister cards (meaning there was one image missing from the set of John Pound paintings) I was sort of heart broken.  I’d been searching for an affordable set of 1st series GPKs all of my life and here was one given to me for free and it took me exactly 25 minutes to go from elated beyond belief to deflated and full of grief.  To my stupid credit, it only took me another half an hour to come to the realization that I was given two gifts that day.  One, the set of coveted sticker cards, and two, because it was an incomplete set, I was also re-gifted the hunt.  That desire to keep looking.  If that was totally stripped I fear that the urge to “collect” GPKs would diminish, and I’m not sure I’m ready to ever let go of that desire.

Boxsome pack

The other thing that really knocked home this idea of redefining what collecting means to me was when the absurdly cool Tommy Day of Top Hat Sasquatch decided to launch a new project recently called Boxsome.  In a nutshell, Boxsome is a site where you can purchase little packages of nostalgia in the form of 80s and 90s era trading card packs.  Each Nostalgia pack contains two wax packs of your choice from their inventory, and it comes shipped with a bunch of extra goodies including pogs, stickers, and little designer goodies that I believe will be rotating in and out.  At first blush one might think, what is the point?  Why would I want only two packs of Howard the Duck trading cards?  I can buy the whole set off of eBay for the same price!  But that’s just it, if I’m right, Boxsome isn’t about owning all the Howard the Duck cards (complete with a neatly folded wrapper and a set of the sticker card sub set.)  It’s about revisiting what it was like when you went to the store or gas station and you were only allowed to spend a dollar or two and you could only afford to pick up a few packs here and there.  How many kids ever completed their sets of Topps cards?  Sure, I know some of us did.  I mean I managed to complete the entire 700+ card run of the 1987 Topps Baseball card set.  But I also know that that experience is a lot rarer than we might think.  We might have a full run of a set or two, but most of us only had a handful of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, or Dark Crystal cards.  And you know what?  Maybe that’s all we really need.  Just a handful of vintage cards to remind us how neat these sets were, reminding us how it felt to collect them as a kid, and keeping the “hunt” alive by only buying a pack here and there.

boxsome logo

Money buys a lot of things.  Hell, it can buy you all of the things.  But it doesn’t make one a collector, and the act of buying all there is to buy, that feeling of the purchase, will never feel as good as just the simple desire to own that stuff.  That desire, the hunt, that’s what’s worth preserving.  If you’ll excuse me I’m going to go stare at my collection of 19 Dark Crystal cards I’ve amassed.  And I’m going to dream about one day owning the rest…

For those interested, Tommy was kind enough to offer Branded readers a special offer of 20% off your purchase until April 16th! Just go to Boxsome and use coupon code “BRANDED”. Tell him I sent ya!