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The Garbage Pail Kids are 30 years old! Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more!

The Garbage Pail Kids are 30 years old! Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more! Read more
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About this project

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS NOT AUTHORIZED, SPONSORED OR OTHERWISE ENDORSED BY TOPPS.  THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENTARY FILM ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE COMMENTATORS IN IT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF TOPPS OR THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS BRAND.  THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS AND ALL ASSOCIATED CHARACTERS AND ARTWORK ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF THE TOPPS COMPANY, INC.

This documentary’s goal is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids Cards. We will interview the original creators of the surprisingly controversial and explosively popular 80’s card series. Grown-up kids will share nostalgic memories of what it was like to be a part of an international phenomena. Superfans will give us a peek at what a 30-year amassment of Garbage Pail Kids memorabilia looks like. We will proclaim Garbage Pail Kids as an art form and a solid mark of the 20th Century! See how these happily-diseased kids are still influencing pop culture today. 

The majority of your contribution will go towards travel expenses, crew, and camera equipment rental for creator/artist interviews. We have secured interview commitments from original Garbage Pail Kids Creators, including: Art Spiegelman, Len Brown, Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch and others. Please view the graph below for our expense hierarchy.

More Funds Raised = More Awesome Stuff!
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Our film crew interviewing Jeff Zapata, GPK Art Director (2003-2011) / GPK Artist
Our film crew interviewing Jeff Zapata, GPK Art Director (2003-2011) / GPK Artist
Artists (Chapman Productions) building sets for 30 Years of Garbage.
Artists (Chapman Productions) building sets for 30 Years of Garbage.
Camera Operator Libby Csulik filming an interview with Matt Oldweiler of geepeekay.com
Camera Operator Libby Csulik filming an interview with Matt Oldweiler of geepeekay.com
Current GPK Artists, Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko, on set
Current GPK Artists, Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko, on set

This section gives more detail about our reward levels. Concerning shipping, we will send all tangible gift rewards by our estimated delivery date: July 2014. The DVD gift, available at the Up Chuck level and above, will be sent separately after the film is completed. 

Thanks for your support!

Every supporter who contributes at this level will be listed on the Supporters Page of our official website. Plus, you receive regular email updates on the production progress!

You will receive a limited-edition, official 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE promo (P1) trading card! PLUS, you will be gifted a Cereal Killers Series 2 sticker pack created by Joe Simko! PLUS, we’ll email you our official digital download from Paper Foldables™ (paperfoldables.com)!

 Get 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE on DVD! PLUS, you will receive 2 movie promo cards by past or current GPK artists!

Get an additional 2 movie promo cards by past or current GPK artists- 4 total!

Be part of Garbage Pail Kids history! See your name in the END CREDITS of the film! As our SPECIAL THANKS, you will also receive 2 more movie promo cards by past or current GPK artists (6 total), plus a Sweet Rot (Book 1) signed by artist/author Joe Simko. At this level, we will send you a print-out of our official Paper FoldableTM from paperfoldables.com!  Lastly, enjoy a Cereal Killers 3-Pack of parody stickers!

Get your official 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE production crew t-shirt! PLUS, the complete 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE movie promo card set (including 7 GPK artists cards and 2 promo cards)! PLUS, a Cereal Killers Series 2 Hobby Box! PLUS, get an Osaka Popstar “Drum Kit” P2 card. Art by John Pound, created for GPK All New Series 7 as Bonus Card art!

Choose 1 of 4 Brent Engstrom (GPK Artist) t-shirt designs!

YOUR NAME IN PRINT! This gift is a place for your name on the 2nd promo card (P2) of the 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE promo card set! Your name will appear under the title of "Supporter Checklist"! 

PLUS, you will receive the official 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE poster(11"x17"), signed by artist Joe Simko!

PLUS, receive an Osaka Popstar Rock 'Em O'Sock 'Em Live! set!  This includes the official 11" x 17" promo poster, cd and P1 trading card! The poster is autographed by: John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) and special guests 'American Legends of Punk': Jerry Only (Misfits) and Dez Cadena (Black Flag)!

You'll receive the official signed DVD!

Created for P7 of the movie promo card set released for this documentary!

Receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit! Your name will appear in large font during the end credits of the film and your name will also be listed on IMDb!

PLUS, 2 tickets to the world premiere of 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE! Meet the cast and crew of the film and be one of the first to see the movie on the big screen! This special event will be held in the New York/Pennsylvania area (transportation and accommodations not provided).

PLUS, if we meet our stretch goals, you will receive 2 tickets to any other documentary event we hold. For example, if we reach our stretch goal to host a 30th anniversary GPK gallery art show, you will meet the artists and creators in person!

PLUS, you will receive the original painting of Tom JUNK by GPK Artist Tom Bunk. This was created for P3 of the movie promo card set released for 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE! 

This is the same gift package as Tommy Gun, only instead of an original Tom Bunk painting, you will receive the original painting of Mark Pinky-TORE by GPK Artist Mark Pingitore. This was created for P7 of the movie promo card set released for 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE!

This is the same gift package as Tommy Gun, only instead of an original Tom Bunk painting, you will receive this one-of-kind painting, unique only to you!

Variance from ANS7 GPK Card: John Pound digitally painted an alternate T-shirt and sneakers on to the character for this variant, and treated the hand painted Osaka Popstar logo to be more pronounced in contrast to the background lighting of the original card. 1 of 1 Giclee print on canvas will be autographed by: John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) and special guests 'American Legends of Punk': Jerry Only (Misfits) and Dez Cadena (Black Flag)! Autograph can be personalized on request.

This is the same gift package as Tommy Gun level, only instead of an original Tom Bunk painting, you will choose 1 of 5 original Garbage Pail Kids paintings with color rough and pencil sketch by GPK artist Joe Simko. First person to sign up for this package gets first choice of painting!

In addition to the gifts of the Bony Tony Package, you will receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit! Your name will appear in large font during the beginning credits of the film and your name will also be listed on IMDb!

PLUS, you will have exclusive V.I.P. access to the production. The creative team will keep you directly involved throughout the entire process. See exclusive extended interviews immediately after they are filmed, view rough cuts, and see a pre-screening of the final trailer. Check out early marketing materials, the finished film, and of course get an early 'screener' copy of the final DVD. This is the ultimate, exclusive, behind-the-scenes perk!

PLUS, 6 tickets to the world premiere of 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE! Meet the cast and crew of the film and be one of the first to see the movie on the big screen! This special event will be held in the New York/Pennsylvania area (local transportation provided).

PLUS, if we meet our stretch goals, you will receive 6 tickets to any other documentary event we hold. For example, if we reach our stretch goal to host a 30th anniversary GPK gallery art show, you will meet the artists and creators in person!

PLUS, you will receive the Garbage Pail Kids Books published by Abrams (2012) signed by ALL GPK creators, artists and 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE producers!

Risks and challenges

While film production is never a simple task and any number of obstacles may arise, we are determined to complete this project in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. Our backers can rest assured, the final product will be of the highest quality. Through pre-production planning, we have set firm deadlines and realistic schedules to complete the task. Our professional film crew is also collaborating with experienced set designers, art directors, producers, and more!

As of the launch date for this Kickstarter project, we have already interviewed three Garbage Pail Kids artists, countless fans, and documented two trading card expo events. As we begin to film additional interviews, we are prepared to travel great distances - literally and figuratively! We are more than happy to reschedule filming dates in order to include the interviews we feel are absolutely necessary. We understand that we will need to be flexible and intend to accommodate the interview subjects as much as possible. Such challenges may slightly delay production, however, the project will be completed in a timely manner to meet our anniversary release date.

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FAQ

  • Fans like you are very important to this project and we hope to interview as many of you as possible. We need to -s t r e t c h- our donation dollars, so we plan to select the most central locations (east coast, west coast, south and middle America) to organize interview events (coinciding with comic conventions). All backers will receive email notification in advance, as soon as we schedule an event. In the meantime, please email june@30yearsofgarbage.com with your address, email address, and what conventions you are planning to attend. We'll gather this information and make informed judgments on where we spend our travel fare. Thanks!

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    NASTY NICK PACKAGE - This is the same gift package as Tommy Gun Package, except you will not receive an original Tom Bunk painting... you will receive a 6" x 8" acrylic painting with airbrushed background of YOU by a current GPK artist! You will receive the original painting with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. This gift is one-of-kind, and unique only to you!

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    ROCK 'EM O'SOCK 'EM PACKAGE - This is the same gift package as Tommy Gun Package, without the original Tom Bunk painting. Instead, you will receive a giclee print on canvas of “Rock 'Em O'Sock 'Em” - art by John Pound with side notes and signature! 10.75" x 14" - Active art size - 9.3" x 12.6". This is a variant version of "Tom Tom/Drum Kit" created for GPK All New Series 7, and also used for an official Topps GPK Bonus Card, and cover art of the Osaka Popstar "Rock 'Em O-Sock 'Em Live!" release.

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    and pencil sketch by GPK artist Joe Simko. Please view the painting selections in the Rewards section. First person to sign up for this package gets first choice of painting!

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    ADAM BOMB PACKAGE - In addition to the gifts of the Bony Tony Package, you will receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit! Your name will appear in a large font during the beginning credits of the film and will also be listed on IMDb!
    You will also have exclusive V.I.P. access to the production. The creative team will keep you directly involved throughout the entire process. See exclusive extended interviews immediately after they are filmed, view rough cuts, and attend a pre-screening of the final trailer. Check out early marketing materials, the finished film, and of course get an early 'screener' copy of the final DVD. This is the ultimate, exclusive, behind-the-scenes perk!
    We will send you 6 tickets to the world premiere of 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE! Meet the cast and crew of the film and be one of the first to see the movie on the big screen! This special event will be held in the New York/Pennsylvania area (local transportation provided).
    PLUS, if we meet our stretch goals, you will receive 6 tickets to any other documentary event we hold. For example, if we meet our stretch goal to host a 30th anniversary GPK gallery art show, you will meet the artists and creators in person.
    THERE'S MORE! You will receive the Garbage Pail Kids Books published by Abrams (2012) signed by various GPK artists and 30 YEARS OF GARBAGE director and producers!

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