Showing posts with label Spumco Packaging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spumco Packaging. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Make Someone Deliriously Happy This Christmas!

Jimmy, George and Sody wish you a merry Christmas


Idiot - Jimmy the Idiot Boy Shirt

Liquor - George Liquor T-shirt<span class=Yay For Cartoon Geeks - Sody Pop Shirt" title="Yay For Cartoon Geeks - Sody Pop Shirt" border="0" height="300" hspace="0" vspace="0" width="248">What's This Crap? T-shirt


These toys were made in the far future and transported back to our secret warehouse in Texas, where real Americans reside.

These are big and squeezable and will bring love to your whole household.

Know a lonely guy? This is the perfect toy to attract girls.

Jimmy of the Future comes complete with suckable anti gravity rubber nipple moon boots. Who else is gonna give you that?


King-elect of America Vinyl FigureYour loved ones will want to celebrate the order by having the new ruler of the free world under the tree.


Each and every one of these Hillary dolls have been personally flocked by communist atheists who want you to have the most wonderful Christmas ever.


If you know someone who doesn't believe in turning the other cheek at Christmas, then this guy is for him! Her?

Everything will be all right now.

Buy them here!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

John K. Package Design

One of my crazy beliefs is that character merchandise should be as fun as cartoons themselves.
Kevin Kolde hired Spumco to design packages for paint projects in the mid 90s and we took what Palmer Paints were already selling with generic names and titles and rethought their products.

What was once "poster Paint" became "TV Cartoon Paint". If you were a kid, which would you rather have?

Not only do we try to make the packages look fun, we write jokes all over them too. My philosophy is to be nice to kids (and kid-like adults!). Richard Pursel and Elinor Blake and I wrote lotsa fun stuff on the packages and each one featured a message from a Hollywood cartoonist to the kids.
We made a whole bunch more paint sets. You probably don't want to see the rest though.

Spumco made toys too and so I worked with cool designers to do the packaging. The Jimmy Of The Future box was designed by the brilliant Dave Sheldon-who designed many of the retro fake-commercials in the original Ren and Stimpy cartoons.
I designed The George Liquor Talking Man box and worked with Craig Kelly who was our graphic designer.
Craig and I designed these cell painting kits, and we used to stay up all night long having laughing fits on the floor coming up with the gags that we put all over the boxes.
Craig and I almost died laughing at 4 in the morning as we tried to figure out how kids could wear a mask of a 3/4 angle of Cartoon legend Joe Barbera. Finally I said, let's clone his left ear and attach it on the right side of his head!" Then Craig said but then the eyes won't be in the middle..." He solved that quickly by adding the tab between Joe's face and his ear.

Joe loved this box when I presented it to him. He said "John, this is craaaaaazy!!" and grabbed me and dragged me into his office and showed me his shower room and his secret treasure- a poster signed to him by Michael Jackson that he kept hidden in the closet and would only show to open-minded soul mates like me.

We even wrote funny instruction booklets for the cel painting kits and they made Linda Jones really mad.

Here is the box for the Lost Episodes of Ren and Stimpy coming soon from Paramount. The famous innovator, Annmarie Ashkar designed it.
Go ahead and strain your eyes to see if you can read all the crap all over the box.

We also are working on the "Ultimate Set" which is more graphic in the design. Wanna see it?

OK, maybe I'll write more stories about these boxes later, but I have to go meet Eddie Fitzgerald for pizza and theories.
He's the guy who made the funniest short cartoon for TV in the last 10 years, I think. Starring the "Worm". TALES of WORM PARANOIA

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Treats from Brian

Brian Romero stayed up all night designing these boxes. He's on his way to the Con now and I'm sure most of you are, so maybe you won't even see these.

Barack is done, but I don't know if I wanna give it all away just yet.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

John K. Toys - George and Jimmy

I'm a big toy collector. I have a ton of toys of cartoon characters I loved as a kid-especially the Hanna Barbera characters like The Flintstones.


I always dreamed of having toys of my own characters. When Ren and Stimpy hit it big, merchandisers swarmed on Nickelodeon begging for licences of my cute cartoon characters. They then proceeded to make the ugliest Goddamn toys I ever saw. I was shocked!


In fact most cartoon toys now are hideous, so anyway a few years ago Kevin Kolde and I decided to make our own toys so that they wouldn't look repulsive.

Here's a bunch of them for you to "oogle" as Eddie says.
I'm curious, are any of you toy collectors out there? How much do toys like this go for these days? They are about 16" tall and very huggable.Ask Shera how much George satisfies her every important need!
Jack Black and I were walking around Hollywood one day and he was carrying a Jimmy doll and girls kept running up to him, and after getting over the shock of seeing their favorite star in person then jumped all over the doll wanting to know all about him.

If you saw these buggers in comic stores, would you snap 'em up?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Jack and Kyle Toys-buy them soon!

I'm back making toys for you again and I hired my old pal Chris to be in charge of the sculpting.

Look what Chris Peterson and his lovely assistant Derek did for all you Tenacious D fans!

Remember who gives you the most detailed butts when you purchase your next cartoony-type toy!

So I'm gonna get Chris to sculpt the toys for my characters and maybe Katie's girls too. Are you gonna buy 'em?

Which characters should we do first?