Fizz Man Industries comes to you from Benjamin Howard. That’s me! My birthday is Christmas ’85, so you can use that to calculate my age at any time. How old’ll I be on November 15, 2022?
As you probably guessed, I love video games. Well, you’d be wrong. I don’t love video games as much as I love video game characters. This is why I use my hands to make these things. I do like some video games, and sometimes I scratch out some time to play them!
Most of these sculptures on this site are made out of a mixture of different polymer clays. I like Sculpey Firm and Super Sculpey. ALL of the sculptures on this site are painted with acrylics. Also, all of them were indeed made by me.
I’ve been sculpting pretty incessantly since I was about fourteen or fifteen, but I took a break for a year in 2009 to live in Chiba Prefecture in Japan with my girlfriend, Anne Ward. We came back, and since then I have been back at it, sculpting for MAGFest, filling commissions and leaving pieces on consignment at local Cleveland shops like James’ Games and Big Fun. I have begun sculpting for an upcoming exhibition of my work (original and video-game related) at PROXIMITY gallery later this year. In the meantime, I have several originals for sale at PROXIMITY—if you’re in the area, check ‘em out!
Anne’s the girlfriend I was talking about in the above paragraph. I do all the sculpting, but that’s about as far as it goes. If anyone knew me or was around for MAGFest 4, they may remember my table—and how lousy it looked! I had no presentation materials, and NOTHING for packing material. (I gave people their sculptures in plastic bags!) Since then, Anne has worked with packaging and presentation to get the selling-end of my craft about a hundred times more professional. Now my tables are formidable.
She’s always there with me at the con tables talking up my stuff and helping me sell, and she has also come up with some real bonanzas for drumming up extra revenue. All in all, while I could be doing this alone, I couldn’t do it half as well without Anne!