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Chumpy’s Specials – Taxali Show


"Chumpy's Specials"
20 new works by Gary Taxali

OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 259-0085

Show runs from Nov 5 - Dec 2

Artist's Reception: 

Saturday, November 5th, 7 pm onwards.

If you wish to pre-order, you may click here to see the show.

In Plush We Trust


is a group art exhibition featuring plush creations by some of the most
talented plush artists from around the world. Curated by Shawnimal
Smith and Rotofugi, it brings 25 similar and not-so-similar plush
artists together to display the plush-based by-product of a set
material list and simple instructions. Each artist included in this
group exhibition was sent a package consisting of the same supplies
with which they can create whatever they want + one optional
artist-chosen material.

Who’s participating?
APAK, Jen Brody, Luisa Castellanos (Pocket Pals), Chompsters, Cupco,
DOMA, Fatty & Humper (Mr Pickles), FunFun, Laura Granlund, Krissy
Harris (Bigger Krissy), Boris Hoppek, Jamous, KOA, Joshua Longo
(Longo-Land), John Murphy (Stupid Creatures), Oddbabies, Peskimo, Maria
Samuelson (Blobbies), Jen Rarey, Skwak, Sok Mungke, Spasmodica,
Wonderfarms and myself (Shawnimal).

Friday, November 18, 2005
Rotofugi, 1953 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL USA - 312.491.9501
Music by Tobias (

More info is available on  the IPWT mini site:

Melto-Fu Has Arrived!


After years of negotiations the first collaboration between TO-FU OYAKO
creators Devilrobots, Inc. and Meltdown Comics & Collectibles
is ready to invade the specialty toy boutique world
for retail worldwide.

The figure is based on the Devilrobots design using Meltdown's 10th
anniversary Classic Meldown LOGO MAN, MEL. MEL was created back in 1996 for
Meltdown by Oscar nominated Cartoonist extraordinaire DAN CLOWES. Ghost World,
Art School Confidential.
MELTO-FU has been brought to life as a three dimensional 13 inch figurine
by the very mysterious Japanese sculptor Monster5.  Edition size is 300 Blue and 700 Green.  Suggested Retail Price $40.


Little Lulu and Tubby Vinyl Figures


With the popularity of Dark Horse's release of the complete library of classic Little Lulu comics, Dark Horse is releasing Little Lulu and her sidekick Tubby as 8" vinyl figures. From her first appearance in The Saturday Evening Post in the 1930s as a single panel gag strip, Little Lulu has gone on to become a beloved cultural icon all over the world. Tubby was alternately Little Lulu's closest companion and biggest nemesis--forever getting into mischief and hatching schemes. Tubby and his club, the Junior Paratroopers often found themselves matching wits with Lulu, with often disastrous results.


These figures are set to be released on November 2nd and will retail for $17.99 each.

To Space and Back


Oh sacrilege!  It's Astronaut Jesus in his yellow spacesuit.  Collectors have been waiting for adFunture to release their Jesus Astronaut ever since it premiered at last February's International Toy Fair

The figure has been designed by Argentinian design crew, DOMA.  This yellow colorway is the original color scheme - look for more to be released.  It is made of rotocast vinyl and is over 9 inches in height.  Limited edition of 500 pieces.

Neth Creatures – Now Available! I have been waiting for this since Comic Con.  Neth Creatures are now available!  If you missed them in San Diego (like I did), you'll now be able to purchase these ultra cool figures straight from the NC website store.  The website has launched and Series 1 has's a good day!


Mimobot Joins Cut and Paste Competition


Some of New York’s hottest graphic artists and designers will converge on the M1-5 bar at 52 Walker St. in Greenwich Village the evening of November 19th to participate in the first ever live graphic design battle—think digital design meets Iron Chef—the Cut and Paste Design Competition.  Some of those designers will be judging, and others will be putting their reputations on the line. 

Mimoco is amped to be part of the event and has upped the stakes: all semi-finalists will go home with a substantial prize package that will include the new 2GB Mimobot, the biggest ever made!

The new 2GB Mimobot designer-toy USB flash drives are also available for preorder now and will be shipping in early November. Mimoco says, “now our little data-bots are hungrier than ever!

The Cut and Paste Design Competition Event Details:

What:             Live design contest: see New York’s hottest graphic artists in action

When:            Saturday, November 19th: doors at 9 pm, competition at 10, party 12-4 am

Where:           M1-5: 52 Walker St, between Broadway and Church

Who               The judges are:

                      Tristan Eaton, of KidRobot Dunny and founder of Thunderdog Studios
                      Kendrick Reid, Vice President of On-Air Design at Comedy Central
                      Doug Jaeger, Creative Director of thehappycorp global
                      Jeff Staple, founder of Staple Design

Nov 5th – Will you be at Wootini?


Cannonball Press 2005 World Tour is on its way to Carrboro, NC and Wootini.  Wootini presents "In the Throes of Kookamunga" on Saturday, November 5th, from 7pm until 12am (or until Mike and  Heather kick everyone out) at their gallery in the Carr Mill Mall.  Punk and Country music, Cheerwine, and perhaps some other beverages will be on hand; Cannonball Press will be present and in full-force at Wootini's opening.

The Cannonball Press team of Michael Mazorra and Michael Houston others have assembled an amazing body of work from artists from all over the U.S., including pieces from Chapel Hill's own Bill Fick!  Massive 8ft x 4ft banners, Giant Monster Banners, and low priced prints will all be available
for sale.  Go to or call 919.933.6061 for more details.

Wootini has also posted a number of items from the Guys and Ghosts gallery show up on their website.  If you are into Meredith Dittmar's My Guys polymer clay dioramas...they have tons of them!  They also have paintings and figures from Mark Bodnar and Trevor Zammit - responsible for Sheet Ghosts.  Check here for the currently available items.

Gimix Toys DOs & DON’Ts


Gimix Toys have just released a set of 4 vinyl figures based
on VICE MAGAZINE's "DOs & DON'Ts".  Each figure is approximately 7 inches tall and comes in a window box that is decorated like a New York City bodega. The figures are made of rotocast vinyl.  There are currently 2
"DO" figures and 2 "DON'T" figures that make up the 4 figure set.

Look for these to sell around $15 per figure. The characters have been designed by Vice Magazine's Gavin McInnes & Patrick McEown and each figures has a funny story on the back.


INTERVIEW: Artist/Drummer – Aaron Burtch

You've probably seen Aaron Burtch's work and not even known it.  Be it on a concert poster, an album cover, a painting or a t-shirt...Aaron's work has no boundaries.  And not only does he create amazing artwork, but he's also the drummer for one of my favorite bands - Grandaddy. To learn more about this up and coming on!


One thing I noticed in your artwork is the theme of nature (animals or landscape).  Do you fashion yourself as an environmentalist?

Totally. What can i say? I love animals, dirt, trees, sunshine, deserts, mountains...I love the smells, the sounds, the feel of it all...Being out there is what really makes me feel content and happy. Nothing else strikes that chord with me. There's no movie or painting or music that even comes close.

The area where I live is heavily agricultural but is undergoing this unprecidented urban growth cycle. There's so much money being made by developers, contractors, real estate people and lenders that it's become really unpopular to be considered an environmentalist. Even on the agricultural side the farmers are pissed off about the regulations that are set up to protect local species and habitat. I feel some sympathy for those guys, since i know how hard it is to be a small farmer these days. Most of them are just getting by and it's really a crime for the government to not help subsidize safer, more environmentally conscious farming.  The way the government helps these people is by constantly relaxing those protective laws to allow for more pollution and development which does help the small farmer's immediate financial situation, but obviously it does far more harm than good. We are going to be paying for this irresponsibility for a long, long time I think.


Are there any specific artists you believe have influenced your work?

Since I grew up here in the Central Valley, and art isn't much of a consideration to most folks. It wasn't emphasised in school and I didn't have much of a head start in art knowledge. Shit, I guess i never really caught up either. I didn't go to art school and whatever it is that i've learned has been by just doing stuff. But some people who have really moved me in one way or the other are Tom Freidman, Al Hanson, Souther Salazar, Saelee Oh, Alexander Cheves, Andy Goldsworthy and the Group of Seven. I really love the Royal Art Lodge too, but i think probably the biggest direct influences have been skateboard graphics and print ads. With deck graphics, there are so many good ones and I think it's really incredible how so much care is put into it. Yet, if they are used like they are supposed to be used, the graphic is gone within minutes. They are made to be destroyed and i really like that.
The turnaround time for skate graphics is so short. All those boards that you see in a skate shop have a shelf life of about 3 months and then a new version takes its place.  The good companies just turn out rad image after rad image, year after year and month after month. I'm really impressed by that.

You also play drums in a band called Grandaddy.  I love the new EP – Excerpts From the Diary of Todd Zilla. (Readers…go out and buy it!)  What has that experience helped bring to your artwork?

I always liked to draw, and I started painting right when the band started, in about 1992 or so.  I developed most of whatever style i have by doing flyers for local shows and other band stuff. I'm not a confident artist and I guess I'd be happy enough to just make stuff without considering what anybody else would think about it. But making art that I know lots of people will see has been a huge factor in how my stuff turns out as well. I don't know if that's for better or for worse though.


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