Magic Marker Art's parody sets, created by artist Mark Pingitore, poking fun at the following properties and/or product brands: Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, the Horror Film genre, Marvel Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nintendo, Star Wars, Thundercats and Transformers.
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DISASTERS of the UNIVERSE : Series 1 : AUG 2016
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 1 : OCT 2016
DISASTERS of the UNIVERSE : Series 2 : JAN 2017
G.I.JOKES : Series 1 : FEB 2017
MUTANGEN CANISTER KIDS : Series 1 : APR 2017
DISASTERS of the UNIVERSE : Series 3 : JUN 2017
TRASHFORMERS : Series 1 : AUG 2017
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 2 : OCT 2017
STAR WARPED KIDS : Series 1 : NOV 2017
NINTENDOPES : Series 1 : FEB 2018
G.I.JOKES : Series 2 : APR 2018
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HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 1 & 2 Reprint : AUG 2018
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 3 : AUG 2018
THUNDERBRATS : Series 1 : NOV 2018
MARVELESS KIDS : Series 1 : MAY 2019
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 1 - 3 Reprint : AUG 2019
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 4 : AUG 2019
STAR WARPED KIDS : Series 1 Reprint : NOV 2019
STAR WARPED KIDS : Series 2 : NOV 2019
DISASTERS of the UNIVERSE : Series 1 - 4 + Foil : MAY 2020
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 5 + Foil : SEP 2020
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Foil Series 1 - 4 : DEC 2020
NINTENDOPES : Series 2, Series 1 Reprint + Foil : MAY 2021
HORRORIBLE KIDS : Series 6 + Foil : AUG 2021
G.I.JOKES : Series 3, Series 1 & 2 Reprint + Foil : TBA 2021
Pingitore's titles and products are wonderfully influenced by the 80's nostalgic toy and cartoon era. His 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 with a bone in the character's mouth. This would be the first 'Mark' nomenclature within the GPK canon; an earlier version had the canine-like character biting down on a No.2 pencil instead of a pink magic marker.
A set of 3 promo cards of the movie poster + a set of artist promo cards could be received by pledging $25 on Kickstarter or selecting the $75 perk on Indiegogo. The participating artists include: Tom Bunk, Layron Dejarnette, Brent Engstrom, Dave Gross, Mark Pingitore, Joe Simko, and Jeff Zapata. Collect parody cards: Tom JUNK, Layron DejarnWET, Brent THINGstrom, David GROWTH, Mark PINKY-tore, Joe SLIMko and Jeff ZeBATHEAD! Three additional promo cards, the movie poster and two directors (Zapata and Simko) was handed out by distributor Indican Pictures in 2017.
The They Live 1988 science fiction thriller film is a story of a wanderer who fights to free a subdued population from mind-controlling aliens by subliminal messages. The main character discovers a pair of sunglasses that enables the wearer to see how the world is being dominated by aliens. in the artwork the alien being is sporting a 'Hot Rod!' 80's fashion button which pays tribute to the main protagonist, Nada (= 'nothing'), played by actor Roddy Piper, born Roderick George Toombs, but best known as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the ex-professional villain wrestler with the nickname "Hot Rod" for displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage and personality traits. The artwork would later find itself within the Horrorible Kids Series 3 release in August 2018 as cards 32a and 32b with the same nomenclature. NOTE MORE INFO & IMAGES WITHIN THE HORRORIBLE KIDS 1-3 SECTION
The 1988 Beetlejuice film synopsis revolved around a recently deceased young couple who become ghosts and haunt their former home along with an obnoxious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced "Beetlejuice") from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants. The event artwork nomenclature 'BRI O. Exorcist' bio-exorcist is the freelance work thate Betelgeuse performs, he works with ghosts to scare the living from their homes. And, 'BRUCE Juice', a forename and word rhyme for the second half of Beetlejuice's name.
NOV 2015 MAR 2016 The first seven characters found in the Horrorible Kids Series 1
set were originally released as limited edition Art Prints under the Slop Culture Kids moniker; a wordplay on the term 'pop culture' modern popular culture conveyed through mass and social media and aimed particularly at younger people where 'slop' is defined as a waste material, and a mash-up of the three-worded brand name 'Garbage Pail Kids'. Around 10 characters found themselves on Threadless T-shirts that went for sale in February 2016.
The prints were posted to Mark's website in March of 2016 for $70. Some nomenclature slightly changed to the sticker card version and Jason Voorhees was given his infamous mask to wear. The characters became available on sticker for the first time, in sheet format, in the middle of 2016 also under the 'Slop Culture Kids' clothing line with a 'Horror Kids - Series 1' title; a precursor to Horrorible Kids title. 'Silenced LAMBERT' was originally created for Gallery 1988 for their Crazy 4 Cult : Say Hi To The Bad Guy collection titled 'Fava DEAN / ChiANDY'; different nomenclature than the later card release. NOTE: MORE INFO & IMAGES WITHIN THE HORRORIBLE KIDS 1-3 SECTION
Trademark details: the word mark 'Slop Culture Kids' was filed on February 11th,
2016, several months prior to the decal sticker release; note the 'Slop Culture Kids © Magic Marker Art' trademark line. The 'mark drawing' is defined as an illustration: a drawing with word(s)/letter(s)/number(s) in stylized form typeset. And, the 'description of mark' is defined as: the mark consists of the blue word "Slop!" melted text above the words "Culture Kids" in a straight orange to yellow pop art style, however, color is not claimed as a feature of the mark.
NOTE: MORE INFO & IMAGES WITHIN THE DISASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE SECTION
The synopsis for the 1986 Big Trouble in Little China film, starring Kurt Russell, involves truck driver Jack Burton getting caught up in crazy conflict San Francisco's Chinatown rescuing his best friend's fiancee from Lo Pan and breaking the ancient curse that keeps the antogonist a fleshless and immortal spirit. The event artwork nomenclature 'Dark DAVID' references Lo Pan's alias 'David Lo-Pan', or simply 'Dave'. And, 'LOU Pain / LOU Pan' a Low Pain (threshold) a parody of the evil scorcerer's surname 'Lo Pan', sometimes written and seen as 'Lo-Pan'.
Pingitore had the artwork available for sale on his website during November 2015 along with some Designer Con prints for his custom parody artwork of the Breaking Bad TV program 'Heis N. BERT / BLAKE In. White' (previouly named Heisen BERT) and a Back to the Future parody print titled 'Out A. Tim III / 1.21 Giga WYATT'; with similar nomenclature of an earlier commissioned piece titled 'Outa TIM / Messy MARTY'. NOTE: MORE INFORMATION WITHIN THE NINTENDOPES SECTION
A very close concept and pose could later be found within the Disasters of the Universe Series 1 set released in August 2016 as cards 9a Mer MANNY, with the same a-name, and 9b Gilled GIL, both body of works appearing in a similar seducing and seductive position.
Pingitore created a different concept for his Horrorible Kids Series 4 release for cards 49a MATT O. Morphosis and 49b House FRY. NOTE: MORE INFO & IMAGES WITHIN THE HORRORIBLE KIDS 4 SECTION
Movie actor Selma Hayek played the part of Santánico Pandemonium, the primary Queen Vampire of the "Titty Twister" strip club in the middle of desolate Mexico. The name is based on the Mexican Nunsploitation film of the same name. NOTE: ORE INFO & IMAGES WITHIN THE HORRORIBLE KIDS 1-3 SECTION
Punisher is a crime fighter starring in Marvel Comics whose first appearance was 'The Amazing Spider-Man' #129 in February 1974. The 'Furious Frank' name stems from the character's true alias 'Frank Castle', born 'Francis Castiglione', an Italian-American vigilante who punishes as part of his crime fighting and driven by revenge. NOTE: MORE INFORMATION WITHIN THE MARVELESS KIDS SECTION
The character nomenclature, 'Dread PHIL' meaning 'dreadful': involving great suffering, fear or unhappiness. An event that is extremely bad and/or serious. The 'Judge N. JERRY' name is short for the phrase 'judge, jury and executioner', meaning that the person is in charge of every decision made and that they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose, and by means they see fit.
The original line lauched in Japan in 1983 and called Kinkeshi ('keshi' meaning 'eraser'), a popular line of monochromatic collectible erasers. The U.S. version uses a harder rubber than Kinkeshi. The nomeclature created by Pingitore but not used on the cards 'KENNY Kuman' = Kinnikuman, the anime that the Kinkeshi figures are based on, and 'Muscular MANNY' = muscleman, the English title for Kinnikuman. In 2020, a prism sticker of the character was released as part of a 4-card promo pack, as an extra, and available at the ToyCon 'Gross Xperience' in Las Vegas from March 13 through 15 and online afterwards, while supplies lasted.
The T-shirt has a 'card number' 84a next to the Toy Snobs logo, a nostalgic 'EAT HERE' parody 'PEEL HERE' arrow, playing up the 'cops, coffee and donuts' stereotype, and a 'Toy Snobs x Mark Pingitore : 1984 Never Grow Up, Inc.' trademark line under the 'ROBERTO Cop' nameplate, all paying tribute to the Garbage Pail Kids card layout.
Topps requested that the showrunners to change the name and Gross Card Con was coined. A sketch and color rough for the infamous leg lamp also appeared on Pingitore's social media during December 2015 in time for Christmas titled 'Frag E. LAYLA / MARJORY Ward'. A second GCC image by Pingitore was released for card #9 using his previous artwork 'Tipsy TYRION / Half MANNY' created around March 2016, also printed with no nomenclature. The Rifled RALPHIE image would later be released as a Christmas card in 2018; Mark posted on Dec 18th of that year: "Do you want to receive a Magic Marker Art Christmas card? It's a major award! We are one week from Christmas, but it's not too late! A limited stock of "Rifled RALPHIE" 5 x 7 greeting cards are available to order RIGHT NOW! They are $4 each, and come signed inside. Also, the first 25 orders will come with a free Rifled Ralphie Gross Card Con trading card (blank white back)!"
... Full reveal to come once they're in hand! *original pin design and artwork by @magicmarkerart *card layout and design by @moctoys *concept and terribleness by yours truly. The regular pin back with a galaxy background has the curved logo Space Force Kids in blue, a nameplate with 'Death Star DONALD' nomenclature, a card number of '83ed' and a 'PEE HERE' parody of the nostaglic 'PEEL HERE' arrow. The variation pin has a banner-style logo in Russian and the 'Death Star DONALD' name both in red lettering. The character contains a red suit and cape and the Death Star is pictured in the background. $10ea.
The 'Lady Justice', or Justitia (Latin), statue or image is pictured with a blindfold, a scale balance, and a sword; often appearing next to Predentia who holds a mirrror and a snake. Marks BNS concept contained the nomenclature 'GALE Scale / Blind JUSTICE' (Justine?) where the character is holding an imbalanced scale of garbage and a used toilet plunger.
'8-BIT ZOMBIE' has released video game and popculture trading cards in the past inspired by Garbage Pail Kids. In October, 2020, a 'Thrash Pack' set became available on 8bitzombie.com for $10 and included four Thrashor stickers: 1 THRASH prism sticker (3.75"), 1 GRAVE hologram sticker (3.5"), and two GPK-inspired sticker cards (2.5" x 3.5"), numbering 0a THRASHOR and 0b SKATOR, which wer printed on vintage-style card stock.
LATE 2018 Pingitore created a second parody painting poking fun at 'Madballs', specifically the Horn Head character. On January 12th on his Instagram account, Mark mentioned: "Heres my second Vegas Gross Card Con card. This is for a toy themed set." The image would be released as card #7 at Westgate Las Vegas March 1st through the 3rd without any nomenclature as a regular card and also as a matte-finish card printed by GPK and Wacky Warehouse for the Toy Con event.
The Horn Head character was introduced by Amtoy in the Madball Series 1 release within their rubber ball range of toys during the mid-1980s. A violet-colored one-eyed ogre with a single horn on top of his head, pointy ears, and a disheveled black beard, along with a nose ring. The parody artwork shows the character with a body, checking out a 'PLAYTOY' magazine, a reference to 'PLAYBOY', where the character is so excited he's lost his head. This is a direct tribute to the OS9 GPK characters for cards 352a HERMAN Hormone and 352b Turned-On RON painted by artist Tom Bunk.
In 2020, a prism sticker of the character was released as part of a 4-card promo pack, as an extra, and available at the ToyCon 'Gross Xperience' in Las Vegas from March 13 through 15 and online afterwards, while supplies lasted.
The artwork card mock-up has a 'GO HERE' nostalgic 'PEEL HERE' arrow and 'gr2' card number for 'Giant Robot'. Mark mentioned the show a second time on Instagram and social media on August 22nd: "I did this painting for the Lets Eat! group art show opening this Saturday, August 24th at @giantrobot."
The final card image was posted to social media on November 11th stating: "@designercon is only a little over two weeks away! Ill be setting up again this year. This original art will be on display at the Hamilltoon art show booth and Ill also be giving away KILLIAN Joke promo cards with every purchase at my booth! Find me at Booth TG6. Hope to see some of you there!", and on December 13th stating: "Every order until I run out will come with a KILLIAN Joke promo card!"
Pingitore took to social media on January 13, 2020 to post the final card image stating: "Contra DICK / Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, ABE Gross Card Con (Gross Xperience) is only a couple months away, March 13th-15th in Las Vegas! Here's a look at the card I did for the show set. Just a taste of the fun being planned!" GPK & Wacky Warehouse had the cards printed for the parody event and a black-and-white matte card was also available in a premium pack. See the Nintendopes page for more information on the two versions.
The GPK historian character can be seen surrounded by his personal computer (OS1 Brainy JANEY tribute) , research material, and a nice cuppa tea. Pingitore also worked on some digital artwork for the mascot to be used for social media pages and potential website product to assist in running the site. Product included a 3x3 inch round vinyl sticker, a '20yrs' Slop! Culture Kids Ancient AARON promo card, and an enamel pin.