Artist Brent Engstrom hit the parody trading card scene at Topps during the Garbage Pail Kids resurgence for the All-New Series sets. Although the revival started in 2003, Engstrom jumped on board for the ANS5 thru ANS7 GPK sets, from 2006 to 2007; making quick strides (aka brushstrokes) with the GPK Flashback subsets between the years of 2010 and 2011; and then technically improving (artistically speaking that is, per the GPK 'model sheet' bible) leaps and bounds for the Brand New Series GPK sets. Engstrom's GPK growth cannot be measured in angstroms, it's interatomically impossible. There seems to be no stopping Brent for the new 'Yearly' releases hitting the scene for 2014 with sets planned through 2016; Engstrom has taken the helm of the GPK franchise and will be contributing more than 50% for each release, clearly standing out as a top nostalgic Garbage Pail Kids artist of yesteryears that uber-GPK fans have clamoured for.

This page showcases various freelance assignments by Brent that are GPK inspired, often non-Topps related, and not always found in the above referenced sets.








STRANGE KID Comix Anthology #1 Cover






The GPK OS1 ADAM Bomb inspired character artwork encapsulates the iconic era of the 80's; a kaleidoscope explosion showcasing such images as the character Slimer (from the Ghostbusters), masked wrestlers, Critters, GPK, Jason Vorhees (from Friday the 13th), Freddy Krueger's gloved hand (from A Nightmare on Elm Street), Gremlins and Gizmo, He-Man, et cetera, and Strange Kid himself brandishing an Atari controller and sporting Converse shoes.



Original Artwork w/o Pink Surrounding

[Released April 25, 2011]


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Engstrom's caricature-like self-portrait can be found on the Strange Kid magazine cover itself; a Topps trading card inspired image from the Hollywood Zombies parody set released in 2007; the image can later be found on Engstrom's t-shirt apparel.









VOLTRON: Defender Of The Universe (Circa '84)







IMAGE RELEASED OCT 2013



Although this extremely humourous image can be located within the BNS3 GPK set, within the very expensive and difficult to collate bonus chases set for cards #21a Volt RON and #22b Fe LINUS, it can also be located on the Volt RON GPK poster handed out as an exclusive give-away at the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con in April 2013 celebrating Voltron's 30th anniversary. The poster measures 11x14 inches and was given permission and licensed by the Topps company; whom coincidently released a sheet of 24 Voltron tattoos back in 1985 (image below). The colour rough and final artwork are displayed above.

 


RELEASED SEPT 2014 via VOLTRON.COM


TOPPS CARDS RELEASED IN 1985








30 YEARS OF GARBAGE : THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS STORY






Various artists provided artwork for a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign in late 2013 to include as reward levels for the 30 Years of Garbage : The GPK Story documentary. The Kickstarter goal of $75,000 was not reached, with 346 backers funding $49,208 by January of 2014. The fund raising was more successful on Indiegogo in early 2015 however, with a much lower goal, being backed by 327 funders raising $41,081 for the project. The Brent Engstrom artwork on card was available in several reward levels for both campaigns, most noteworthy being the $75 Indiegogo JAY Decay level where you could pick up the Artist Card Set with all seven GPK artist caricatures including Joe SLIMko/Simko, Layron DeJarnWET/DeJarnette, Mark PINKY-TORE/Pingitore, David GROWTH/Gross, Jeff ZaBATHEAD/Zapata, Tom JUNK/Bunk and Brent THINGstrom/Engstrom.



The art on card was finally released and distributed as part of certain Indiegogo reward levels that came with the DVD in the the summer month of July, 2016 after the premier screening of the 30 Years of Garbage documentary in New York City over the Fourth of July weekend. The card was also avaialable at the first annual GPK Con in Las Vegas in August of 2016. A5 card front and card back pictured.








HELLBOY








An impressive parody in GPK-style of Hellboy (created by Mike Mignola) for the 20th anniversary tribute art show held on May 2, 2014 at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. The untitled artwork piece, I'll coin Hell BOYD, would fit incredibly well into any recent GPK release by Topps. The same image, eveidently not purchased by Topps for their bonus card releases, was later seen as a promo card as number 'P11' for the GPK artists card set that was given away exclusively at the GPK-Con (Super Toy Con) in Las Vegas in August of 2016. The promo cards could be collected in small groups at various events or collectively and sold at the GPK & Wacky Warehouse booth who had the card printed up for the convention.



P11 CARD FRONT AND BACK PICTURED








FRIGHT-RAGS : Horror T-Shirts





Not enough can be said about Engstrom's GPK hodgepodge tribute to horror; a screamfest shout out to all of the great horror flicks including Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Evil Dead II and Phantasm. The orginal pencil sketch and final artwork can be viewed above. The limited edition GPK shirts come in a variety of selections (seen below) and Halloween colours with the twin names Fright Rag FREDDY ("Fright Rag" = Fright Rags website and "Freddy" = Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street) or Cinemaniac MIKE ("Cinemaniac" = Cinematic + maniac fused and "Mike" = Michael Meyers from Halloween).



The black Fright Rag FREDDY shirt is limited to 500, the black/gray Fright Rag FREDDY baseball tee is limited to 200 and the orange Cinemaniac MIKE shirt is limited to 300 (as pictured above) for a total of 1000 shirts produced for this joint effort. Visit the Fright-Rags website to purchase any of the shirts pictured (link above).




The images in black could later be found as bonus cards B13a Frightening FREDDY and B13b Maniac MIKE located within the hobby boxes of the 2014 Series 2 GPK set released in October of 2014.








IDW's GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC
DECEMBER 2014 'PUKE-TACULAR' ISSUE











IDW Publishing (Idea and Design Works, LLC) announced during the 2014 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July that they would be partnering with the Topps Company to produce an anthology Garbage Pail Kids comic series to debut in December of that year; with the stories being relatively connected, but mainly stand-alone. The new GPK character Comic-Con RON was created Peter Bagge (best known for the comics Hate and Neat Stuff) as the symbolic GPKid comic book icon. Engstrom worked his magic and remastered the character for the exlusive bonus cards found within the 'Puke-tackular Deluxe "Peter Bagge'd" Edition'. Brent's Monkeyboy character can be seen behind the GPK's head in the bag of swag.

The Character Can be Found in the (2015S2) 30th Anniversary Set as Cards 2a Comic-Con RON and 2b Cosplay CARL within the Comic Book Cover Subset


(PETER BAGGE IMAGE & COVER)





The image can also be located on the Topps JUMBO card CC10a of the same name, available at the New York Comic Con (NYCC) in October 2014, and as the CC10b Bonus JONAS card, available as the JUMBO "B" version via the Topps Online store.









IDW's GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC
FEBRUARY 2015 'LOVE STINKS' ISSUE




French Kiss TRISH : Brent Engstrom's Final and Sketch Artwork Based Off of Peter Bagge's Cover Artwork
The Character Can be Found in the (2015S2) 30th Anniversary Set as Cards 4a French Kiss TRISH and 4b Booth BETH within the Comic Book Cover Subset


IDW's GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC
APRIL 2015 'FABLES, FANTASY AND FARTS' ISSUE


FELICIA Fantasy : Brent Engstrom's Final and Sketch Artwork Based Off of Shannon Wheeler's Cover Artwork
The Character Can be Found in the (2015S2) 30th Anniversary Set as Cards 6a FELICIA Fantasy and 6b Dream Gal VAL within the Comic Book Cover Subset


IDW's GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC
JUNE 2015 'GROSS ENCOUNTERS OF THE TURD KIND' ISSUE


Over KILLIAN : Brent Engstrom's Final, Pencil and Color Concept Artwork Based Off of Hilary Barta's Cover Artwork
The Character Can be Found in the (2016S1) Apple Pie In Your Face Set as Cards 1a of 4 Over KILLIAN and 1b of 4 Blasted BOB within the Comic Book Cover Subset



Brent Engstrom's Original Final Artwork with NO Smoke


IDW's GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC
AUGUST 2015 'GO HOLLYWOOD' ISSUE


Methane MAX : Brent Engstrom's Final, Pencil and Color Concept
Artwork Based Off of Sam Kieth's Cover Artwork
The Character Can be Found in the (2016S1) Apple Pie In Your Face Set as Cards 3a of 4 Methane MAX and 3b of 4 Road WARREN within the Comic Book Cover Subset









FRIGHT-RAGS : Horror T-Shirts








The final artwork images for the T-shirts pictured above and a selection of pencil and color rough artwork pictured below.
All four characters could later be found as A+B cards located in hobby boxes of the (2016S1) American As Applie Pie (In Your Face!) GPK set within the Horror Stickers subset as cards 1a of 4 Krampin' KEVIN and 1b of 4 KENNY Krampus, 2a of 4 Wretchin' REGAN and 2b of 4 Possessed PAULINE, 3a of 4 Howlin' HOWARD and 3b of 4 Transformin' TRAVIS and 4a of 4 Plungin' PENNY and 4b of 4 Bobbin' BOB.






A plethera of more folklore gore horror images on t-shirts; a screamfest shout out to iconic characters from various horror flicks and folklore including An American Werewolf In London-esque generic werewolf, Krampus, Regan MacNeil of The Exorcist and Pennywise the clown from Stephen King's IT. The limited edition GPK shirts come in a variety of characters on a specific colored T-shirt: Howlin' HOWARD (the Scott Howard character name from Teen Wolf, Wretchin' REGAN (the possessed Regan Theresa MacNeil character from The Exorcist), Krampin' KEVIN (the German 'Krampus' folklore character) and Plungin' PENNY (the Pennywise clown character from Stephen King's IT novel). Several images that Engstrom completed for the project remain unpublished.

 








The t-shirts are limited edition and once sold out are gone; unless voted back. Visit the Fright-Rags website to purchase any of the shirts pictured (link above).








SVENGOOLIE : Hosted Horror Movie Show







A GPK-style parody of the horror movie host Svengoolie, a telescoping of Svengali (a villainous hypnotist in the 1894 novel Trilby by George du Maurier) + ghoul (an evil spirit or phantom). The show was developed by Rich Koz from 1979 to present, and previously by, Jerry G. Bishop from 1970 -1973 which telecasts from Chicago, IL and airs low-budget horror and sci-fi movies. Engstrom painted the piece 'for the fun of it' and sent the image to Svengoolie's Facebook page and was told it would be shown on a future program. The untitled artwork piece, I'll coin SVEN Ghoulie, would fit incredibly well into any recent GPK release by the Topps Company.









RIOT FEST : Music Festival Cards





The 8-card 'Riot Fest' music festival set was available exclusively at the Riot Fest show in Chicago for the dates of September 16-18, 2017; Engstrom painted 3 of the 8 images.


RiotFest.org: "Somehow the wonderful people at Topps approved Riot Fest to have its very own Garbage Pail Kids Series just in time for the festival next week in Chicago (Sept. 16-18). And we couldn’t be more thrilled. When we caught word that this would be actually happening, we immediately called some of our Riot friends to see if they’d be into having their own Garbage Pail Card. And within hours, Riot Fest Series One Garbage Pail Kids was born. And it’s fucking awesome. These exclusive cards will ONLY be available in limited quantities at Riot Fest Chicago. And, by limited, we mean limited. So, if you want a pack—which contains the entire series—be sure to visit the Riot merch area on Friday because something’s telling us they won’t make it past the day."







Unlike most Topps GPK releases these images had to be okayed by the artists and management so the process took a bit more time. Concepts and final artwork were created and painted by GPK artists Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, David Gross and Mark Pingitore. Riot Fest submitted their own concepts for NOFX's 'Fat MIKE' (to be extra fat) and the 'Riot FESTUS' image, the Bitchin' Camaro car used to promote the festival that pays tribute to OS5 cards 205a Hot ROD and 205b BUD Buggy; which in turn is a GPK tribute to Ed Roth's Hot-Rod artwork.









All three of Engstrom's pencil concepts and final artwork for the 'Riot Fest 2016' Series One musical festival set for cards #1 Fat MIKE (NOFX), #5 Riot FESTUS (Riot Fest's Bitchin' Camaro) and #6 Awesome ANDREW (Andrew WK). Information for the complete set can be located within the 'Con & Fest Cards' page within the GPK~Land section.









'ART OF HALLOWEEN MASK' EXHIBIT : LOS ANGELES ART EXHIBIT






The final artwork for the 'Art of the Halloween Mask' exhibit and the Topps 'GPK Halloween' exclusive online American As Apple Pie subset.






The painting for the GPK Halloween exclusive online subset for cards 8a Masked MASON and 8b HAL O. Ween was completed by Engstrom for the "Art of the Halloween Mask" exhibit that took place in Los Angles from Oct 15th through Nov 15th of 2016; Brent's brother does work with latex masks and was the connection for the project -- the masks within the painting are based off of the Topstone 'Hallween Masks' catalog (pictured above). The original concept was created for the Prime Slime Trashy TV release for the Face-Off show on Syfy but not picked for the 'Reality TV' subset; it was later purchased by Topps to include with the Hallowe'en set.









'THE ROCKETEER: A GROUP ART TRIBUTE TO DAVE STEVENS' EXHIBIT : CREATURE FEATURES






Engstrom was asked to submit gpk-inspired tribute to 'The Rocketeer' exhibit, a group art tribute to Dave Stevens and hosted by Creature Features out of Burbank, California. The event took place on April 22nd and ran through May 7th. Details: "In 1982, Cliff Secord, aka The Rocketeer, made his first appearance in comic book form, signaling the birth of artist Dave Stevens' most iconic creation. Now, 35 years later, Stevens' beloved universe of high-flying daredevils, curvy damsels and canine cafés have endured as popular icons, peaking in 1990 with Walt Disney's live-action feature directed by Joe Johnston, while IDW has graced the comic landscape with its own series of further adventures. This spring, Creature Features pays tribute to this extraordinary artist, who sadly passed away in 2008, with this group art show saluting Stevens and his world of The Rocketeer. Curated by Special Effects Artist Dan Crawley and gallery owner Taylor White, this exhibit will showcase the works of over 50 artists working in the fields of film, TV, comics, fine art and more. The exhibit will also feature a collection of original Dave Stevens artwork, displayed during the opening reception, courtesy of Jennifer Stevens Bawcum of the Dave Stevens Estate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all art and merchandise will be donated to the Hairy Cell Leukemia Foundation."









RIOT FEST : Music Festival Cards




The 10-card 'Riot Fest' music festival set was available exclusively at the Riot Fest show in Chicago for the dates of September 15-17, 2017





RiotFest.org: "Riot Fest Garbage Pail Kids are back. The wonderful people at Topps let us lampoon some of our favorite past and present Riot Fest bands again for Riot Fest Garbage Pail Kids Series Two. If you’ll recall, that’s when we brought you Garbage Pail Kids of Fat Mike, The Lawrence Harmed, Ray Gun, Mad Milo, Riot Festus, Awesome Andrew, Taking Back Tidal Wave, and GWAR Noir. This year, we have ten more to add to your collection. These exclusive cards—which you can peep below—will ONLY be available in limited quantities at Riot Fest Chicago. And by limited, we mean limited. So, if you want a pack—which contains the entire series—be sure to visit the Riot Fest merch area on Friday because something’s telling us they won’t last long. "





Unlike most Topps GPK releases these images had to be okayed by the artists and management so the process took a bit more time. Concepts and final artwork were created and painted by GPK artists Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, David Gross and Mark Pingitore. Riot Fest requested a concept for their 'Riot Beast' mascot and a 'Riot Feast' theme via Topps from the artist. Engstrom created a beast with a forked tongue for the first concept where Riot Fest had a 'regular', aleit very long, added and strumming lines were added to both the tongue and tail areas for the second, updated concept. Riot Fest had a lollipop sucker held by the beast added which was then changed to a slice of pizza seen within both color concepts... after the final artwork was created, Riot Fest requested the lollipop once again, but Topps stated it was too late in production since the final artwork was already completed.









All three of Engstrom's final artwork pieces and various concept and color roughs for the 'Riot Fest 2016' Series Two musical festival set for cards #1 Riot BEAST (Riot Fest), #3 AGNES T. Me! (Against Me!) and #10 Riot FEAST (Riot Fest; concept by artist Joe Simko). Additional Information on the complete set can be located within the 'Con & Fest Cards' page within the GPK~Land section.