RELEASE PERIOD : NOVEMBER 2017


The Star Warped Kids Series 1 set was released during the second half of 2017, during the autumn of November, premiering at the DesignerCon in Pasadena, CA on the 11th and 12th of that month. The entire intergalactic set was created by artist Mark Pingitore who sketched and painted all nine characters to create an eighteen, twin-card parody release poking fun at the Star Wars franchise. The first print run set, containing one asterisk (* © 2017 MARK PINGITORE PRTD. IN U.S.A.), was posted for sale on the Magic Marker Art website on November 14th with 100 sets being produced. The 'PEEL HERE' matte finish, vinyl stickers, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, contain a unique die-cut which is reminiscent of the earlier Garbage Pail Kids releases. Pingitore's various titles (Disasters of the Universe, Slop! Culture Kids, Horrorible Kids, G.I. Jokes, Mutagen Canister Kids, Trashformers, et cetera) and other products are wonderfully influenced by the 80's nostalgic toy and cartoon era.


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def'n: Warp - in science fiction. To jump via warp hyperdrive (propulsion system) from one galaxy to another.
def'n: Warp - An abnormality or perversion (corruption) in a person's character or personality.



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  1a C3P OWEN

~ Nomenclature = C-3PO.
~ Star log: C-3PO (aka See-Threepio) — A humanoid robot character designed as a protocol droid intended to assist in etiquette, customs and translation. 'PO' is rumored to mean 'Post Office'. Originally named simply 'C3'.
def'n: Protocal — The official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions.
def'n: Droid — in science fiction. A robot; a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions.
 
1b BRAD FEELING

~ Nomenclature = Bad feeling.
~ Star log: C-3PO (aka See-Threepio) — Usually, the droid's physical appearance is primarly depicted as polished gold plating, but it varies from film to film depending on the circumstances. He has a charming, oblivious nature.
def’n: Bad — (of a body part) Injured, diseased or painful. Unpleasant.
def’n: Feeling — An emotional state or reaction. Bad omen.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork pays tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS1 cards 6a ART Apart and 6b Busted BOB painted by artist John Pound; seen being used as a doorstop of sorts.

~ For the SWK card, the character can be seen depicted with all of his limbs dismembered. In the first Star Wars: A New Hope movie C-3PO loses his left arm to a Tusken Raider in the Jundland Wastes; the Jawa end up finding him (notice the Sandcrawler in the distance within the artwork) and reuniting him with R2-D2. During The Empire Strikes Back, Chewbacca also finds C-3PO's body parts after being shot and torn apart in Cloud City by a Stormtrooper and puts him back together.







  2a SLAYA LEIA

~ Nomenclature = Semi-rhyme; the name Leia with the word 'slayer'.
~ Star log: Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (aka Senator and General Leia Organa) — A princess of the planet Alderan, a member of the Imperial Senate and an agent of the Rebel Alliance. Later, she is revealed to be Vadar's daughter and the twin sister of Luke Skywalker.
def'n: Slayer — Someone who kills a person or an animal in a violent way. slang. Slaya.
 
2b CAPTURED CARRIE

~ Nomenclature — C; the specific name Carrie to go with the word 'capture+d'.
~ Star log: Carrie Fisher — The role of Princess Leia was portrayed by actress Carrie Fisher. The character Leia became a 1980s icon and a feminist herione.
def’n: Capture — To take into one's possession or control by sheer force; the action of being captured.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork provocatively pays tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS2 cards 76a BONNIE Bunny and 76b Pourin' LAUREN painted by artist John Pound; seen carrying a serving tray with a breastmilk cocktail.

~ For the SWK card, the character can be seen holding a serving tray of grapes and wine and grasping the chain connecting her sex-slave collar to the strangulated Jabba the Hutt; choked and throttled by the princess. The movie sequence was inspired by a scene from The Godfather where an obese character is garroted by an assasin. Princess Leia's cinnamon-buns hairstyle from Star Wars and her metal bikini bottoms from Return of the Jedi became cultural icons.







  3a MARK MINX

~ Nomenclature — M; the specific name Mark to go with the word 'minx'.
~ Star log: Mark Hamill — The role of Luke Skywalker was portrayed by the actor Mak Hamill; the main protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise.
def'n: Minx — Cheeky or mishievous.
def'n: Mink stole — A semiaquatic weasellike animal whose fur is used to create a stole; a shawl that's worn loosely over the shoulders as an ecclesiastical vestment.
 
3b LUKE WARM

~ Nomenclature = Lukewarm.
~ Star log: Luke Skywalker — A pinnacle figure in the Rebel Alliance fighting against the Galactic Empire. Later, he is revealed to be Vadar's son and the twin brother of Princess Leia.
def’n: Lukewarm — Unenthusiastic; lackadaisical. Moderately warm.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork warmly pays tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS4 cards 133a Furry MURRAY and 133b Foxy FRANCIS painted by artist John Pound; seen sporting a dead mink animal as a fur stole, adorned over the character's shoulders with dangling limbs.

~ For the SWK card, the character can be seen knocked unconcious and unceremoniously draped over his captor's massive, furry frame. During the 'Battle of Hoth', within the Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back movie, Luke is attacked by a wampa while scouting the Hoth ice wastes whilst riding his tauntaun. Luke can be seen sporting his Hoth battle gear that was eagerly equipped at Echo Base due to the extreme cold temperatures. The wampa has fresh tauntaun blood dripping down his frontside and staining his fur.







  4a CARBON NATE

~ Nomenclature = Carbonite.
~ Star log: Carbon-freezing (aka Carbon-shower) — A process of rapid freezing using carbon gas in order to encase goods for preservation and sometimes even hibernation.
def'n: Carbonite — A liquid substance made from carbon gas and can change into a solid through rapid freezing.
 
4b HALF OFF HAN

~ Nomenclature — C; the specific name Han to go with the words 'half off'.
~ Star log: Han Solo — A smuggler and pilot of the Millennium Falcon who became involved with the Rebel Alliance's struggle against the Galactic Empire. The smooth talker, smooth operator and smooth flyer becomes a love-and-hate interest of Princess Leia. The role is portrayed by actor Harrison Ford.
def’n: Half off — An item, or person, that is being sold at half the original price. Two equal parts, divided.
 
GPK STATS:

~ None. Reminiscent of OS16 cards 636a Slammed SLOAN and 636b KEITH Out.

~ For the SWK card, the character can be seen entombed within a carbonite block with a '50% OFF' sale pricetag attached to his left pinky. In the movie The Empire Strikes Back, the antagonist Darth Vader had intended to trap his son Luke in carbonite. Bounty hunter Boba Fett tricks Lando Calrissian into letting him use the carbon-freezing facility on the planet Bespin and tests the shower out on Han who's indebted to Jabba the Hutt; then transports him to Jabba's Palace where it's displayed as a trophy piece.







  5a YO DOUG

~ Nomenclature = Yoda.
~ Star log: Yoda (aka Jedi Grand Master) — A height-challenged, mysterious species with sensitive ears who used a small cane and served as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. The character was voiced by legendary puppeteer Frank Oz. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's song "Yoda" best describes the character; a parody of "Lola" by the Kinks.
def'n: Yo — informal. Used to attract someone's attention.
 
5b DIEGO BAH

~ Nomenclature = Dagobah.
~ Star log: Dagobah — A lush world of swamps and forests that served as a refuge planet for Jedi Master Yoda; a place where Luke receive his advanced training of the Force and later, the place of Yoda's deathbed.
def’n: Bah — An expression of contempt or disagreement. Bah! Humbug! Buh-bye.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork is a somber sayonara tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS2 cards 59a Clogged DUANE and 59b Bye Bye BOBBY painted by artist John Pound; seen swirling down a tub's drain hole and struggling against the suction.

~ For the SWK card, instead of a draining bathtub, the character can be seen submerged in muddy and murky swamp water, attempting to defy the Force of gravity. Due to the character's short stature, we as an audience member are treated to a kicking foot. Visions of piggy-back-packing with Luke are most certainly flashing before Master Yoda's eyes. The character trained Luke in The Empire Strikes Back movie and his essence drained in the Return of the Jedi movie.







  6a WOOK KEITH

~ Nomenclature = Wookiee.
~ Star log: Wookiee — An intelligent, bipedal species from the planet Kashyyyk within the Star Wars canon. The race is taller, stronger and much hairier than humans and most other humanoid species.
def'n: Wook — urban slang. A hippie without any ambition, motivation or personal drive (other than drugs).
 
6b CHEWY DEWEY

~ Nomenclature — Rhyme; the name Dewey with the nickname 'Chewie'.
~ Star log: Chewbacca (aka Chewie) — The loyal first mate of Han Solo and the co-pilot of the Millennium Flacon. The role is mainly portrayed by actor Peter Mayhew. A hirsute biped = A hairy man having two feet.
def’n: Chewy — A thought or object that needs to be chewed on for some time, mentally or physically, respectively.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork isn't a tribute to any specific Garbage Pail Kids image, but is reminiscent of 2015S1 bonus cards B6a Big BEN and B6b SAMMY Sasquatch painted by artist Brent Engstrom and Meanie Babies card #17 EDDIE The Yetti painted by artist John Pound; both seen strolling and trolling along.

~ For the SWK card, the gentle giant Wookiee is seen triapsing with a long gaited stride and long swinging arms in a lumbering manner. The artwork is a parody of any Bigfoot or Sasquatch image "seen" living in the mountains; a large, hairy creature resembling a Yetti; a large hairy humanoid creature living in the Himalayas; an abominable snowman, et cetera.







  7a YURI FATHER

~ Nomenclature = "[I am] your father." The Empire Strikes Back famous movie quote.
~ Star log: Darth Vader (aka Anakin Skywalker) — The pivotal antagonist in the original Star Wars movie trilogy whose actions drive the main plot; he serves the Galactic Empire and his Sith master, Emperor Palpatine.
def'n: Father — A man in relation to his natural child or (twin) children.
 
7b MEDITATE SEAN

~ Nomenclature = Meditatetion.
~ Star log: Meditation chamber — Vader's think tank was a life support pod that allowed the Sith Lord to survive for extended periods of time without his helmet and mask.
def’n: Meditate — To sit and concentrate deeply or focus one's mind (on the Force) for a long period of time.
 
GPK STATS:

~ The artwork is a brilliant combo-tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids images for unpublished OS2 Pickled PETE and Formaldehyde FRED painted by artist John Pound (later released as 2010 Flashback #65 and 2014 Chrome 2 #L1) and OS4 cards 160a Decapitated HEDY and 160b Formalde HEIDI also painted by Pound; both seen submerged in preservative solutions.

~ For the SWK card, the meditation chamber has been switched out for a healing vat that takes place in an oversized beaker. The Sith Lord is seen without his samurai-inspired helmet but still sporting part of his mask with the breathing apparatus. The character is also seen wearing his adult pull-ups in CPK-syle.







  8a ARTIE DETOO

~ Nomenclature = R2-D2.
~ Star log: R2-D2 (prounced Artoo-Detoo) — A small astromech droid that plays a major character within the Star Wars movies and acts as a sidekick droid with C-3PO to provide comic relief. The role was performed by actor Kenny Baker for the original Star Wars movie trilogy.
def'n: Number two — A second in command. slang. Used euphemistically to refer to feces; poo.
 
8b HOLO GRAEME

~ Nomenclature = Hologram.
~ Star log: Holographic message — A parody of Princess Leia's loop message: "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope... Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope..." that Luke discovers in A New Hope while cleaning sand out of the droid and removing the restraining bolt triggering the hologram message.
def’n: Hologram — A 3-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or similar source.
 
GPK STATS:

~ Although the artwork is not a tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids image for OS1 cards 13a Ashcan ANDY and 13b Spacey STACY painted by artist John Pound; they both pay tribute to the astromech droid.

~ For the SWK card, instead of the holographic message from Princess Leia coming out of the holographic projector (the circular object on his face that looks like a dimple) of the droid, R2-D2 is flashing a monochrome blue hologram of a big pile of fecal matter with some roughage in the shape of nuts that has passed through his mechanical guts. The droid unit is only showcasing two of his 'arms' and not his hidden third 'leg' and two eyes... a regular receptor and his primary 'black eye' radar receptor.







  9a B.O. JUAN

~ Nomenclature = Obi-Wan.
~ Star log: Obi-Wan Kenobi — In the original Star Wars trilogy he is a mentor to Luke Skywalker to whom he introduces the ways of the Jedi. He later meets his demise in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.
def'n: Body odor (b.o.) — The smell of the human body, especially when unpleasant; sweaty, smelly and gross.
 
9b BAKED BEN

~ Nomenclature — B; the specific name Ben to go with the word 'bake+d'. Sounds like 'baked bean'.
~ Star log: Ben (aka Ben Kenobi and Uncle Ben) — The cunning Jedi Master and Jedi Knight was one of the main protagonists and portrayed by actor Sir Alec Guiness for the Star Wars original trilogy.
def’n: Baked — To be cooked by the sun; overheated. Sunstroke; heatstroke through excessive sun exposure.
 
GPK STATS:

~ None, but may have been a great parody of OS4 cards 146a Baked JAKE and 146b Dry GUY.

~ For the SWK card, the character is seen opening up his hooded Jedi robes in order to cool off. On a mission within the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine, a desert planet in the Outer Rim Territories having two sister suns, before rescueing Luke Skywalker who was attacked by a group of Tusken Raiders. The so-called hermit has soiled through his many layers of clothing displayed dripping with sweat, armpit stains and heat radiating off of his upper body and head; the two unforgiving suns ruthlessly beating down on him.


 
DEFINITIONS TAKEN IN PART FROM THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY + WIKI











1. An ad was placed on social media on June 12, 2017 advertising the upcoming releases for Magic Marker Art for the Trashformers Series 1 set released in August, the Horrorible Kids Series 2 set released in October and the Star Warped Kids Series 1 set to be released in November of 2017 (in time for the new Last Jedi movie). All three humor sets poking fun at the Transformers, Horror movie genre and the Star Wars franchises, respectively.



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2. An early Preview mock-up card image was posted to social media on September 1, 2017 to give collectors an idea of what was to come for the upcoming Star Warped Kids 9-card set. Although the artwork and nomenclature remained the same, the die-cut was changed to incorporate the new logo or SWK header, the nameplate was switched-up for a different shape and the card number became 9a B.O. JUAN (Star Wars Obi-Wan), switched from 6a.



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3. Starting in mid to late October, the Magic Marker Art social media pages started to show partial glimpses of the impending parody release with a few Color Rough sneak peeks. On October 17, 2017 the first Star Warped Kids color rough was previewed portraying a parody of the Star Wars 'R2-D2' character and on October 23, 2017 a second color rough was previewed portraying a parody of the Star Wars 'Princess Leia' character.



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4. On October 20, 2017 the Magic Marker Art social media pages posted a sneak peek of the official Card Image for card 9a B.O. JUAN (Obi-Wan) that introduced to collectors the new logo, the new die-cut shape and the new nameplate for the release. The whole card has a sun-sational Star Wars and Garbage Pail Kids nostalgic feel to it.



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5. The promotional material in the form of an e-Sheet acted as an online ad for the Star Warped Kids Series 1 on social media on November 1, 2017 that portrayed the three previously previewed characters. The second preview ad is usually posted on the release date with the tagline 'NOW AVAILABLE', but not for this release. The 'opening crawl' and scrolling yellow text is a nod to the opening sequence of Star Wars movies that give you an idea of the plot and the metallic outline connecting the logo is a nod to retro Star Wars cards and packaging.



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6. The Magic Marker Art social media pages displayed an out-of-focus image of the card set and the circular sticker used for the Star Warped Kids packs on November 9, 2017 and an image of the packaged SWK packs showcasing a new character, 1a C3P OWEN, on November 14, 2017 which was used as the picture link for the sale of the set at $35 on the website; a decent price tag for the set when considering an independent release, vinyl material, die-cuts and a small profit.The circular sticker seen in the bottom left hand corner seals the protective wrap on the backside of the "pack".



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7. In anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, artist Mark Pingitore posted a color rough card mock-up for an Unpublished Star Warped Kids character on 12/14/2017 with a very complimentary red nameplate: "Here's one I need to finish at some point. Color rough for Crylo REN / TANNER Trum. Only a few hours until I see The Last Jedi!"



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8. Mark's appreciation for parody and Garbage Pail Kids can be seen on his Magic Marker Art's website in the form of his personal Mascot, a self-caricature modeled after OS2 cards 74a MARK Bark and 74b Kennel KENNY painted by John Pound. This would be the first 'Mark' name in the GPK canon; Pingitore's character is biting down on a No.2 pencil instead of a dog bone.



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9. The metallic Die-Cut outline connecting the logo or SWK header is a nod to retro Star Wars cards that packaging and gives whole card set a wonderful Star Wars and Garbage Pail Kids nostalgic feel to it.












CARD NO.
CHARACTER NAME
SERIES NO.
ARTIST
1a
C3P OWEN
1
MARK PINGITORE
1b
BRAD FEELING
1
MARK PINGITORE
2a
SLAYA LEIA
1
MARK PINGITORE
2b
CAPTURED CARRIE
1
MARK PINGITORE
3a
MARK MINX
1
MARK PINGITORE
3b
LUKE WARM
1
MARK PINGITORE
4a
CARBON NATE
1
MARK PINGITORE
4b
HALF OFF HAN
1
MARK PINGITORE
5a
YO DOUG
1
MARK PINGITORE
5b
DIEGO BAH
1
MARK PINGITORE
6a
WOOK KEITH
1
MARK PINGITORE
6b
CHEWY DEWEY
1
MARK PINGITORE
7a
YURI FATHER
1
MARK PINGITORE
7b
MEDITATE SEAN
1
MARK PINGITORE
8a
ARTIE DETOO
1
MARK PINGITORE
8b
HOLO GRAEME
1
MARK PINGITORE
9a
B.O. JUAN
1
MARK PINGITORE
9b
BAKED BEN
1
MARK PINGITORE
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CHARACTER NAME
SERIES NO.
ARTIST






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