Fly in Your Eye interview with Patrick Sparrow. 👁️
Today we are speaking to wacky Canadian artist Mr Patrick Sparrow, the creator of IG hit "Peeper Creeper" -
FLY- Hi Patrick thanks for taking the time out to speak to us!
PAT- Hey buddy! Thanks for wanting to talk to me at all. This is cool.
FLY- How old were you when you started drawing and can you remember what the first thing you ever drew was?
PAT- I think the first things I ever drew, or had a recollection of drawing was ninja turtles and marvel super hero stuff. That quickly gave way to drawing boobs and wieners though. It was appropriate for a grade school kid to be drawing boobs and wieners, but now I'm in my thirties... what have I done with my life?
FLY- What was your first original character?
PAT- My first original comic character was little mutant monster baby named Dirt Baby. He was a redneck deformed baby that survived an abortion and got flushed down the toilet to the sewer where he lives. It was a character that had dollar signs written all over it!
FLY- I may be wrong but I feel a strong Robert Crumb influence in your psychedelic work, would you site him as an inspiration? Which artists made you want to pick up a pencil in the first place?
PAT- Yeah I like a lot of Bob Crumb's stuff. He had a good idea that to really do the work in comics he had to sit down and break every taboo that he wasn't "allowed" to talk about, then from there he could really make something worth making. He's a great artist that said and drew a lot of controversial junk, but it was always with a tinge of humor at the least. He showed people things they didn't wanna see or made them talk about things they didn't wanna talk about which is good. It's good to examine and then re examine your morals or beliefs, and it's also good to shock people for a laugh too. He's an influence, but I like guys like Harvey Pekar better. When I saw the documentary "Comic book confidential" as a kid, guys like Pekar and Crumb were really cool and made me want to make stuff. I always liked super heroes and drew Marvel type stuff before that, but I knew I'd never work for companies like Marvel cuz I wasn't that good, and they had a pretty narrow view of what comics were. Those weirdo underground comics made me realize that anything is possible like comics. If you just look at Marvel and think that's all comics are, then you might as well think that all music is just supposed to be whatever elevator music you hear day to day. I'm rambling.
FLY- I've still got "Comic book Confidential" on VHS, brother! So what was your inspiration for the lovable stalker the Peeper Creeper? Is he based on someone real?
PAT- I really don't know where he came from. He just sort of showed up one day and I drew him. That's pretty typical of Peeper, he just shows up whether you want him to or not. He's a good guy, I see a lot of myself in him. He is someone real, not so much that he's inspired by someone real, I mean he's an actual thing that turns up. It's wild, he's like the wind.
FLY- The Peeper Creeper is a complete pervert - men, women, animals - nothing seems out of bounds yet he seems to genuinely care about peoples' welfare, was this contrast originally planned or was that organic?
PAT- You'd have to ask him about that. The way I see him, he's a far out guy that's out there on the edge a lot, the edge of acceptable and unacceptable for the most part, but he's still got morals and heart and even if he's doing something nefarious I feel like he thinks he's doing it for a greater good. Even if the greater good is just to amuse people that are watching him watch others? I'm not too sure.
FLY- Good answer! Your Peeper Creeper strips have been picked up by [adult swim] comics, how did they discover you and has this affected your overall popularity?
PAT- Oh yeah! Adult swim really helped boost the Peeper Creeper signal big time. My first personal interaction with Adult Swim happened a year or two ago now I think. They posted a illustration of just a man's head on their social media pages and asked fans to draw the rest. I was one of the fans who drew in the rest, and a lot of other AS fans liked the illustration and took to it. A bunch of people on social media started bombarding the Adult Swim accounts to give me a job. There were a couple thousand posts from fans about it, it was hilarious. The illustration I did was just posted in the comments section, it was too explicit for Adult Swim to actually share it and name me the contest winner but Adult Swim were nice enough to send me some free stuff anyways, then they let me know they were starting Adult Swim comics for their web platforms. They told me to apply and pitch my ideas for Adult Swim comics, I did and never heard anything back until someone there saw the Peeper Creeper stuff, that was the following year.
Adult Swim were real good to me, they did an order for Peeper Creeper comics and help expose me to a lot of people that never would have seen my junk. I've been talking back and forth with some different people at Adult Swim dot com to so some animated shorts for their web platforms, so we'll see if that comes together or falls apart or whatever.
FLY- You released a collected Creeper book with the 2nd arriving soon, there's stickers, badges and even an action figure, so what's next merchandise wise? I even hear someone suggested a life size sex doll! How did the Creeper action figure come about?
PAT- Yeah there's been some fun Peeper Creeper stuff out already. We just did some shirts and those did ok. A company approached me about doing a Peeper Halloween mask which is really cool and I'd love to do, but that was a while ago and I'm not sure if that will happen, the ball is in their court and I talk to them here and there. The toys came about because Jeff over at Dead Bird Toys liked the character and wanted to sculpt and produce a figure which was pretty amazing. I'm a big time toy collector so to have a toy made of one of my characters is a lot of fun for me. There's a second batch of the Peeper Creeper figures due out soon, there's the normal colorway as well as a green glow in the dark version.
FLY- Have you considered a Peeper Creeper animated show? We are sure he would fit in well on [adult swim] among the likes of Mr Pickles, Rick & Morty and Super Jail! So how about it?
PAT- I would love to do a Peeper Creeper animated show. I'm sure it would be a ton of work that I'd have no clue how to pull off but I'd be up for it. I've talked to the people at Adult Swim dot com about it and they're interested, but they are a COMPLETELY different entity from the television side of Adult Swim. If they pick it up it would just be internet animated shorts or bumpers, its baby step stuff right now. I'm working with some people I've found on some animated shorts independently right now and we'll see where it goes from there. Even if Adult Swim don't pick it up or do anything with the character, it'll be cool to at least have the animated shorts with the Creeper. I've always wanted to work/ dabble in animation in some capacity.
FLY- You have even started a fan club dedicated to our favourite sexual deviant, had you planned this for a while or was this due to fan demand? And what will members of this exclusive group expect to receive?
PAT- The fan club thing was just a weird joke. One of the Peeper Comics Adult Swim posted is one where this gross guy goes into a bathroom stall and there a number scratched on the wall, it says "for a good time call ###-####." Anyways, that number in the comic was actually a real burner cell phone I got. I set up the phone and there was a voicemail greeting that was the Peeper Creeper, people would see the comic and a few people would call and then they'd hear the Peeper message. That comic was posted on Adult Swim dot com's social media, so their 50,000 followers see it and I got a few calls and it was silly and it died off. Then a few weeks later the Adult Swim main Facebook page shared it, and they have MILLIONS of followers who saw it. So then the phone line started getting thousands of phone calls. The phone was lighting up day and night for a couple weeks.
When all those people started using the line and leaving messages, I thought it'd be funny to text them back or actually answer the calls. When I texted back or answered the calls I'd ask if the caller wanted to give me their home address so I could send them an honorary Peeper Creeper fan club membership, and to my surprise a lot of foolish people actually gave me their home addresses and personal info. Lots of people declined because they weren't sure how legit it was, the whole thing was very sketchy. Long story short though, that's how the fan club started and those were some of the first members. I also got a shit ton of voicemails from people screaming at me to hurry up and air new episodes of Rick and Morty. To be clear, I had a small contract and don't actually work for or represent Adult Swim, I don't think anyone at Adult swim even knows that I did this. I also got a ton of images texted to that number of amputee porn and people bathing their pet turtles.
FLY- Do you like horror movies? If so which are your favourites and what was your first?
PAT- Yeah I love horror movies. My favorites are movies like Return of the Living Dead, or An American Werewolf in London. I like horror movies that have that nice blend of weirdness and humor to go along with the gore and horror. I think the first horror movies I probably ever saw were the Jason and Freddy movies that would play on TV. I remember loving those and tracking down all the sequels at the video store as a kid.
FLY- What kind of music gets you going? What's your choice of tunes to crank up when you're sketching?
PAT- I like a lot of weird classic rock that has a psychedelic tinge like Blue Oyster Cult or King Crimson. Lately I've been listening to a lot of fuzzed out weird rock like Bob Log or Roky Erickson. BA Johnston is a favorite as well, he's hilarious, Weird Al is great. I listen to that type of stuff a lot, music that has a comedic or dark element to it.
FLY- I get the impression from your work you are a complete free thinker and totally opposed to hypocrisy, what would you state as the most hypocritical thing right now in mainstream society?
PAT- PFFT. Damn, I got no idea where to even go with that one. Religion, especially Catholicism is always full of hypocrites. I was raised in the church and in Catholic schools, seems like a lot of people just like their religious rules when it's convenient to their agenda and then quickly abandon them when they don't serve them personally or it's just inconvenient for them.
FLY- You are now the father of a beautiful little girl, has fatherhood changed your outlook or God forbid matured you at all?
PAT- It's kind of hard to say, being a father is still something that's very new to me so I don't know how I've changed in just the 4 months that she's been alive so far. Nothing else matters as much as she does now though, not my art or my marriage or my house, those things are all secondary to making sure she stays alive and hopefully grows up to not be a garbage person. All that is pretty weird. I definitely haven't matured more at this point. I feel like having a sense of immaturity sometimes can help with having kids, I think I'll be able to help deal with her on a couple different levels if I can both act like a responsible adult and a silly kid.
FLY- Lastly, any contemporary indie artists and creative types you'd like to recommend to us at Fly in Your Eye and that the world at large need to check out?
PAT- Yeah sure man! Everyone should follow Meatcanyon and check out his hilarious animated shorts, I love Russel Taysom as well. That guy always makes me laugh and bugs me out with his bonkers drawings.
FLY- Thanks again Patrick, Much Positivity & Buzzin' Blessings to you from myself and The Fly in Your Eye family. Will 👊🏿💀
Fly in Your Eye interviews good friend and favourite toy maker Lee Burbridge aka Bigman Toys. 👁️
FLY- Hi Lee thanks for taking the time out to speak to us! So you've been crafting rubber and plastic goodies for quite some time now, can you remember what the first toy you created was?
BMT- Hey Will :) I think it was a kitbash custom from a bunch of broken up Gundam kits for a deal when I was about 14. It was the first time I'd added clay to something to re-sculpt missing parts, etc.
FLY- Were you influenced by any particular toy lines and which did you collect as a nipper?
BMT- GI Joe was probably my longest running collection. I was lucky enough to be fairly well-off until the age of about 10, and we also lived near a market that seemed to have a lot of suspiciously cheap legit toys, so I had some of everything. MOTU, Thundercats, Transformers, Rock Lords, Air Raiders, Manta Force, Star Wars, MIMP, MUSCLE and Ninja Mites, Secret Army Supplies, Micronauts, Super Naturals, Boglins, Bionic 6, KO Gundam minis, and Zero Hour.
FLY- More recently you were able to give up "normal" 9-5 work and become a full time toy maker, that's amazing what was the catalyst to that?
BMT- It was about two years ago and basically everything changed at once. My partner of 10 years and I split, my cat died, and I was finishing up a contract with a well-paid day job, so it seemed like the ideal time to see what would happen if I went it alone.
FLY- In your early days you were a wrestler in Japan, that sounds like quite the experience! Can you tell us a bit about that? Also recently you took to Japan on a wresting tour selling mini figures of yourself, you must have quite the following over there, what are the Asian fans like and how was it returning to the far East?
BMT- I'm actually going back as soon as possible. I've got a job secured and visa process underway.
I've lived in Japan on-and-off for over 20 years now. I always found Tokyo thrilling and it never ever wears off. There's just so much going on, I don't think you could ever get bored. The Japanese wrestling thing specifically drew me in because it was accessible, fun, and always felt like a real sport. You don't get 13 year olds turning up to training that you have to teach the basics when you know they're never going to come a second time, and pay for the privilege. When I was at university there, a student pro-wrestling group put on a show at my uni, and I went and introduced myself and that was pretty much it. My best friend in Japan was the first wrestler I met back in 2014. Culturally, Japanese wrestling is very easy to follow. The politics is: everyone does their job. Obviously social skills help but I've never been able to kiss arse on demand. I'd rather get beaten up and sweep up a floor. So yeah, I trained 18 months, getting smacked about and doing chores and got my debut.
Japanese fans are generally a little older, and the ticket-buyers have often been around decades so they've seen the entire tapestry of the wrestling world change over the years, first hand. They're usually pretty intelligent and very fun. Another cool thing is the high percentage of ladeeeeyyz! I was getting paid to sit and have dinner with lady fans last year, on top of my match money. I was thinking about the current job market in England and really wondered what I was doing there.
I was having a crap old time last year when I got two lodgers in a row that were making my home (and studio) stink, and both had drug problems. My old promotion (triplesix.jp) offered to fly me over for that tour and understood I hadn't wrestled for at least 5 years. I was somehow pretty bloody good! Actually a bit better than when I last wrestled somehow. It was two weeks of bonding, eating like a king, having crazy matches with people that weren't pompous dickheads, working out and selling toys. The toys weren't of me (I'm not a name there) but of the guys that trained me. I made them as a thank you so they could get some flight money back but they told me to keep it for expenses. Classy and loyal. My mind was made up to go back then and there.
FLY- Many folks know you for your awesome mini figures, however of late you have emerged yourself in the world of motu/conan style action figures with your spin-off company 'Pagan Toys', there seems to be a strong sword and sorcery theme with these, would you say this was an influence and which is your favourite of the genre? Mine is Lucio Fulci`s 'Conquest' it's bat-shit crazy but ticks all the right boxes with me!
BMT- Pagan is the thing I wanted to do since the beginning. Like MOTU but a lot grittier, and super deluxe in terms of accessories, etc. My fave sword and sorcery movies are The Barbarians (I still keep regular contact with David Paul), and Excalibur. I wanted to throw in the 70s/80s tropes of more traditional fantasy like naked witches, magicians with pointy hats, etc., as well as heavy metal and VHS fantasy aesthetic. It's still the only 5.5 line to have real metal weapons. It's extremely niche and a bit too strong a flavour for some. I get it. I mean, this is the era of Harry Potter and Stranger Things, not Krull and Zombie Flesh eaters.
FLY- With the advent of 3D printers it seems these days if you can dream it you can create it, how have these remarkable devices opened up things for you creatively?
BMT- For me the main benefit is scaling, and being able to re-use parts. I can take a minifigure, smooth it down to a basic shape, sculpt a barbarian on it, and split it up into movable parts.
FLY- My very favourite of your toys would be 'Day of the Slug' which are such a fantastic nod to 90's blind bag favourites 'Mini Boglins'. We've heard that original 'Boglins' creator Tim Clarke is a fan and has a Slug on his shelf! Tell us more?
BMT- Ah well. I originally had a load of about 40 mini Boglins I had designed with new tribes. So there were the horror ones, the fantasy ones, 1950s sci fi ones, etc. I messaged Tim and asked him what he thought about bringing them back and he told me more or less that it was already happening. So I sent him a Jason slug for being a nice guy and giving me the time of day.
FLY- Your mini figures series 'BMT HARDCORE' were a collection of your most popular characters recreated in chunky rubber, will you be continuing this range if so which characters will be going Hardcore next?
BMT- Eventually, but toys are my third priority at the moment. I have already agreed on having a popular figure by another artist as one of the three next time, and again in wave three. I'm thinking about a Powaslayyve from Pagan, Chicken-leg, and the mystery guest guy.
FLY- Bad-Ass mutant Tree - 'Treegarr' is one of your oldest most beloved creations when did you come up with his concept and what inspired him?
BMT- The tree that comes on the top of the Fright Zone playset. I always considered it another character in the MOTU universe and copied the bark style and everything over a MOTU buck. Ben Spencer and Brandon Barker both chipped in advice on designing it actually.
FLY- I've seen some of your art work and think your style is awesome what artists do you rate and what comic books were regularly in your mitts growing up?
BMT- Thank you mate! If I had a desert island comic I'd use for copying/studying, it'd be Commando, still. I love the realistic inking and just excellent grasp of the basics. I've never seen a weak panel in any of them. Storyline wise, I think the Crossed saga is a complete masterpiece. It's like Walking Dead but without any of the contemporary issues addressed. Stripped down, nihilistic survival in a totally unfair world. I think if you're really paying attention, it's got some much more grown up lessons to teach than superhero comics could. Aside from that, I like it all. Crappy 90s sexploitation, Robert Crumb – tons of volumes of his stuff, The Hernandez Bros, Adam Warren, Akira Toriyama and Geoff Darrow had a big influence in my teens too.
FLY- Your M.U.S.C.L.E. Style 'Puppet Master' mini figures called 'Puppet Muscles' have been extremely popular, you are obviously a horror fan (good man) what are some of your early memories of the 'Puppet Master' franchise and being a Horror Hound?
BMT- I had full access to the local video shop for free thanks to my mum's friend. I saw Dolls and Puppet Master almost as soon as they came out. So I was about nine years old. Weirdly, I saw Gremlins a few years before and found it a bit too much. That blender scene really scarred me, but Puppet Master showed that if you treat the creatures with respect, there's a chance you can win them over. Other than that, Freddy is still my favorite of the big franchise horror characters, and I have been zombie obsessed since I taped Dawn of the Dead off TV when I was 11.
FLY- Talking of horror - I'm a huge fan of your 'Street Trash Inspired Toilet guy' mini figs, he's so lovingly detailed, I take it you are a fan of the notoriously grimy melt-movie classic, what is it about 'Street Trash' that turns your crank?
BMT- Thanks! It's just that level of quality that makes the crudeness work. I don't enjoy a lot of these zero effort schlock horrors that are cashing in on the “Hey, it's only low budget” attitude. Just like Flesh Gordon 2 and Gwar productions, there was a ton of effort, real wit, great timing, and impact that made it great. I was also obsessed with the acid vat guy from Robocop.
FLY- Can you tell us what exciting things are in the pipeline for 'Bigman Toys' and 'Pagan Toys'?
BMT- If Underworld Muscle has time, they'll be handling production of Pagan when I move to Japan. A friend of mine that sculpts for Mattel has designed and is producing heads for a new range of Pagan characters which is pretty exciting, and I still plan to get some mass production going on once I'm settled again. Would be great to bring some real heavy metal horror to the scene to compete with the big boys. I don't even care if I make money on that, either. I'll have a job and wrestling for income.
FLY- Lastly any contemporary indie toy makers and creative types you'd like to recommend to us at Fly in Your Eye and that the world at large need to check out?
BMT- Most of my mates have jumped up and made it to mass production but among those that are making brilliant original art; Therojotoy, ThatDamnJo, Jimmy Rommel, FreeKarateChops, Zectron, Pickmans Vinyls, Tom Terrible, RetroBand, Vilesore, EddieintheCity, Shingangu, and CreatureFactory54 are the most legit resin/rubber minifigure creators out there. Even when minis is all I was doing, I couldn't have kept up the pace. Saying that, for digital sculpt commissions, I'm still the most reliable hired hand you could get, and nail that classic MUSCLE look ;)
Outside of minis, Betterdays Toys and Ehimo Adventures are imo the best resin toy-makers I've ever seen. For non-mainstream muscular barbarians that are well made, no one made more or does it more legit than Underworld Muscle.
Also, just to say thanks for being one of the true individuals in this approximate “scene” we're part of. I never cared how many followers on Instagram people have or how many famous people they're associated with. I've met almost all my heroes and made friends with them already. You've always been around, expressing yourself without an ounce of political motivation and being a loyal friend, and I've got all the respect in the world for that.
Fly- That means a lot thank you Lee! You better stay in touch when you're in Japan, Brother! Much Positivity and Many Buzzing Blessings from myself and the Fly in Your Eye Family. Will 👊🏿💀
Fly in Your Eye interview with Suburban Garbage 👁️
Today we are talking to Chris, the man behind UK custom toy company Suburban Garbage -
FLY- Thanks for taking the time out to speak to us Chris, also thank you so much for creating Suburban Garbage it's so refreshing to find desirable mini figures in the UK! Yourself and Bigman Toys have helped make collecting in this country affordable again! It makes a change not getting stung with ridiculous customs charges, would you say its mainly fellow Brits that buy your wears or have you got a worldwide following?
SG- Hi Will! First off thanks so much for letting me be part of Fly in your eye, you have no idea how much I appreciate all the kind words! So when it comes to shipping and my customers I always only charge for shipping what it actually costs me at the post office, I very much agree that being stung on shipping really puts a downer on things. I would say about 10% of my customers are in the U.K, the rest obviously worldwide, mostly the U.S.A but I have shipped to China, Australia, New Zealand, quite a lot of Europe, Japan and Canada. Oh and if I recall correctly the Philippines and the Bahamas!
FLY- Suburban Garbage is a great name how did it come about and how long have you been producing toys under that name?
SG- I came up with Suburban Garbage after whittling it down from a few options I had thought up, but it’s actually a combination of 2 of my favorite 1980s memories. (Yes I was an 80s kid!) Suburban is a nod to Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs which is one of my all time favorite movies and the garbage is from the Garbage Pail Kids. I reckon I’ve been at it now for 2 years and it has been one hell of learning curve which doesn’t look like it’s straightening out any time soon!
FLY- Does it Surprise you how extremely popular 80s/90s style figures are right now?
SG- I wouldn’t say I’m surprised at the popularity, the 1980s is in vogue right now and everyone who grew up then is now an adult with incomes who want a piece of that decade in their lives, and why not! It was an incredible decade with the evolution of toys and games consoles, including all the great movies it gave us etc. I’ll still be making 80s style toys after the decade has fallen out of favor with the public as I just love it so much!
FLY- When did you create your first custom toy and what was it?
SG- My first toy was the Lord Crumb MaBa about 2 years ago, I can’t tell you how it felt to open that mold up after the first casting and see what I had I created! It kind of opened up this whole new world of possibilities and ideas, and of course, would anyone actually part with their hard earned bucks for something I created from scratch!?
FLY- Could you tell us a little about your toy making process from first design to finished bagged sculpts?
SG- So I guess my process starts from either being inspired by something, maybe a movie or something I see online etc or day dreaming about things at work (which isn’t great as I run my maintenance business!🤫) Then the idea evolves in my head until I finally sit down with a lump of clay. I don’t draw my ideas first which I know a lot of folk do I research online if I’m doing a known character or if it’s one of my own it’s straight to the sculpt. I see a lot fellow toy makers use 3D printers but I have always loved sculpting since I was in He-Man pajamas plus I’m not very computer illiterate but I am getting better as you can probably tell from my headers! Once I’m happy with sculpt I’ll bake it then set up for the two part mold, a lego house with clay bottom which the figure goes in ready for pouring of the silicone. Thinking about where air could get trapped and putting in vents in is obviously crucial too. Once cured it gets flipped, the clay removed and then the second half of silicone goes in. I learned very early on that degassing the silicone makes a huge difference before the pour. Then it’s a choice of resin, or maybe rubber if I’m going that route and into the pressure pot, again learned almost immediately that having one is essential to creating a finished product that you will be hoping to sell so has to be of the highest standard you possibly can. Then it’s the packaging, always really enjoyable for me, each figure goes through many design ideas before I finally settle on something. I started off drawing them until I finally taught myself how to do it on a computer, or sometimes I do combine both drawing and digital.
FLY- What toys did you collect as a nipper?
SG- As a kid I was very lucky, I had most of the popular toys of the time, Star Wars, Action Man, He-Man, GI-Joe. They are the ones I remember having the most of, but I also remember having a lot of Boglins, Matchbox cars, Starcom and Muscle Men. I always liked car boot sales as a place to pick up cheap toys (obviously no eBay back then!) I remember getting a lot Star Wars stuff from them.
FLY- Your Mini Figures based on early Peter Jackson Splat-stick classics Bad Taste & Braindead are fantastic any plans to tackle any more characters from Braindead say kung-fu Zombie priest Father McGruder or the Sumatran Rat-Monkey? How about 'Meet the Feebles'? I can picture a one Legged Rasta Frog figure!
SG- Yes I absolutely adore the early Peter Jackson stuff, Bad Taste is another all time favorite of mine. The Sumatran rat monkey has crossed my mind and is still on the cards, he would have to come in a little cage wouldn’t he!? I’d love to every character from Bad Taste in posable 3.75 inch action figures. I have started with a Lord Crumb and the others are all at different stages right now.
FLY- You've created some amazing cult Horror film inspired mini figures including Rawhead Rex and chud, how on earth do you manage such great life-like detail?
SG- 80s horror is without a doubt my favorite stuff to watch, I’m struggling to find movies I haven’t seen yet! You’re very kind to say about the detail, I guess it’s a love for the source material and just patience. If you love the character or are excited to see how an original idea will be accepted it’s just about having the time. Which can be difficult when you have a day job and a family!
FLY- Is there any Horror characters/franchises you haven't tackled yet but would love to turn into toys?
SG- I tend to stay away from the really popular franchises like Halloween, Friday the 13th etc I feel the stuff other guys are making or have already made are already so good that my attempt at anything wouldn’t really match up. I have a list of ideas I keep and add to when something sparks in my head, at the moment it includes Humanoids from the Deep, Crynoid, the Boogens and the Strangeness, amongst quite a few other movies and original ideas.
FLY- At what age did you discover Horror Movies, what was your first and which one stands out as your childhood favourite?
SG- I couldn’t tell you how old I was when I discovered horror, I was young tho, my uncle was the only one who had a video collection of it and he would let me watch them when I was round there. John Carpenters Halloween was my favorite as a kid, but it was ‘It’ the television movie that stuck with me the most for being scary, also The Entity freaked me out on the first watch, think I was about ten!
FLY- Your original Mini Figure line 'TURD` (Toxic Underground Rude Dudes) reminds me a lot of the style of characters from the infamous Garbage Pail Kids series did you collect them as a kid and did the whole 80's Gross toy craze have an inspiration on your work?
SG- Oh I was definitely part of the GPK craze, I still collect a bit now! As for the whole gross toy craze it certainly has a huge inspiration on my work, the whole toxic waste, mutant thing especially.
FLY- Your original character 'Graveyard Creeper' is awesome was he inspired at all by the crypt keeper from the legendary 'Tales from the Crypt' TV show?
SG- In all honesty the Crypt Keeper didn’t really have much to do with the Graveyard Creeper. Being a massive fan of zombie flicks and the whole idea of the dead walking I wanted create a character that would hang about in graveyards as I think they are very interesting places to look at if they are old and have gnarly trees etc. So a living corpse just seemed the right way to go!
FLY- As well as Mini Figures you also create star wars style action figures recently made popular again by companies such as Super7. Are these hard to create? I'd imagine they aren't cheap to produce!
SG- The learning curve on producing the 3.75 inch figures has been nothing short of epic, making them as one lump of resin is relatively easy compared to making them to be posable. It is a huge amount of work but when you love it it’s not really work. I feel sometimes that certain characters are be better represented as a posable figure rather than say a MaBa style fig. Plus it’s good for me to change things up and use different materials, also painting them is a stage I very much enjoy.
FLY- I love the retro style header cards and packaging each Suburban Garbage goodie comes with, do you create the awesome artwork yourself?
SG- Thanks so much! Yes I do all the artwork myself now, I did have a guest artist when I first started who did a couple for me, @danielcooktattoo did some awesome work for a Lord Crumb and Rawhead Rex release. I’m very much open to working with other people so doing a collaboration with another artist would be great.
FLY- You've created a keshi figure called Monkiman available in 6 vibrant colours, he's loosely based on the urban legend of Mande Burung who terrorised New Delhi, is there any other urban legends you'd like to recreate in figure form?
SG- Oh man you wouldn’t believe! The list for myths and legends I’d like to make at some point is pretty big. I love watching all the documentaries on stuff like that, I think a melon head from Ohio would make an awesome MaBa! I will certainly be delving into the world of cryptids again at some point.
FLY- What's next on the cards for the weird wonderful world of Suburban Garbage?
SG- So next up for SG is going to be my Burger Abominations, which I may change to Happy Meal Horrors before the release possibly. 2 inch resin burger boxes that hinge open to reveal something gross, based on the McDonald’s transforming food toy from the 80s so it can be displayed with the box open to show the freakiness inside. They will either come in a paper bag or a little happy meal box (or just a generic meal box if Ronald happens to find out!)
FLY- Lastly any contemporary indie toy makers and creative types you'd like to recommend to us at Fly in Your Eye and that the world at large really need to check out?
SG- There are so many talented people doing really cool things right now, I’ve always admired @tomterrible, that man can sculpt! @monstermailman is always changing his game and keeping things fresh with his outrageously cool mini VHS’s, and @vinichavstudio always has an incredible amount of detail in his work, there is so many more but I’m pretty sure you already know them!
FLY- Thank you so much for your time Chris - Much Positivity and Many Buzzing Blessings from myself and the Fly in your Eye family. Will👊🏿💀
SG- Thanks so much for this opportunity Will, it’s been a pleasure answering your questions! Regards to the rest of the Fly in your Eye family!
FLY- So Horror Hounds, Gore-Geeks and Mini Figure Freaks we'll keep you updated on all Suburban Garbage's latest offerings so remember to keep your Eyes on the Fly! 👁️