April 20th, 2012 by Ben Howard
Tomorrow’s almost here, and when it is, I’ll be rolling up to the Grand Opening of Lakewood’s newest vinyl toy shop
Sleepy Robot 13
Come on down after 11 AM on 4/21 to get first dibs on all the brilliant blind boxes, exclusives and limited runs! AND the best selection of Sleepy Robots in one place by Lisastarchild Pinkston (the owner of the shop). Not to mention a spot with some of my resin pieces for sale (Shy Guys and HAUNTS) and also a bunch of choice custom vinyls by Rick Sans.
While I’m there me and Rick are gonna work on a GIANT MUNNY together– there’s also going to be home-cooked refreshments, one thing of which is Anne’s famous dessert sushi, which is rice krispie snacks + swedish fish rolled up in Fruit by the Roll-Ups! Now I think about it, this is like 8 DAYS of fun things in all one day, so 1. show up and 2. BE READY
January 19th, 2012 by Ben Howard
Do you ever plan to eat a candy bar? I do. I think about it like a day ahead and go, “Twix’d be good right around now… Tomorrow.” Twix is especially a good choice because it knocks me out on the first one, then I have to put the second bit in a drawer. If I’m lucky I forget all about it until the next day when I find it and decide probably it’s still good. (Hint: most stores sell these bad boys for a buck and a half, but the GOOD stores do a 3 for 2 dollars thing? (Hint: just buy one, there’s no way you could eat 3 Twixes and then leave the other bit in a drawer before one goes probably bad))
On a related note– The word’s got to get out, I’ve released several items directly for sale on etsy and in the shop section, so check out those outlets for your Fizz Man Industries needs.
October 31st, 2011 by Ben Howard
I’ve been bad at posting lately because I’ve been slammed with getting ready for the big DesignerCon in Pasadena this weekend. I’m trying to get together as many figures as possible and the process is daunting! I’ve never been so daunted!
Here’s a shot of the table with most of the pieces I’ve turned out. I’m successfully getting resin casts of Haunts made, and now I’m under the thunder trying to get the little twerps painted.
While I’ve been working on these the Proximity Show has been up and torn down, with some tidy sales from that! Amid the fervor to get all these ghosts taken care of I managed to work up a Spyro the Dragon for someone who took a liking to my stuff at the gallery.
Tonight’s Halloween! All year I was ready to get messed up as Beetlejuice (particularly the version where he is dressed as Alec Baldwin in the graveyard) but I’ve been, as previously stated, daunted. Now the plan is to dress up as 1) a burrito for a free chipotle burrito 2) a can of paint for a free can of paint 3) a book for a free library book. Really I’m just going to dress up as the errands I have to do today.
August 9th, 2011 by Ben Howard
I got a project from Sergio Andujar II of SansOceana– we’re gonna try to make molds of this one, and the Catzilla that Rick Sans designed and I sculpted.
I’m gearing up to head to DesignerCon in November, which is held every year in Pasadena. I want to design a couple of Brontosuarezzes and “Haunts”- floating Pac Man-esque ghosts which teeter on horrible but are cute enough to be endearing, like I like to do. Between a show I have coming up of originals and MAGFest, it’s shapin’ up to be a crazy year for old Ben Howard! Look out! For him! Who is me!
Here’s the full gallery of this Creeper.
June 29th, 2011 by Ben Howard
There’s these toys that people make by themselves, and I want in! The first one I made isn’t one of my own designs– rather, it’s the brain-grand-child of Indie artist Rick Sans. He sent me some blueprints and I cobbled something together, which you can see on the right. I’m already channeling some rad ghosts and dinosaurs in my head, which’ll hopefully turn into a couple of successful figures down the line, and hopefully in time for the DesignCon in November! Be ready!