GET YOUR UPDATE ON!

This is going to be a start of a hopeful ongoing series of blogs where I sort of update everyone newsletter style, without having you sign up for one. Plus, those things are annoying anyway! There’s a lot going on this week so let’s dive right into it!



Last week’s legends line release should have been more descriptive. A lot of you ordered BOTH Deadies and BOTH posters, completely overlooking the bundles. Just so everyone is aware (those who buy them separately, Merch Line, SHOULD have fixed it and notified you) There are bundles for both that save you a drastic amount of money. Please look over the store before you jump the gun!

Speaking of Deadies, The preorder for batch 2 is over on Friday, which means after Friday, the pre order sale will be taken down and you will NOT be able to nab these bad boys, UNTIL stock has arrived! I should also note that Macho Man, will be discontinued. So this will be the ONLY way to grab the 2 of them together. As stated before, I will be ordering a few extra of each to accommodate those who couldn’t preorder or over selling. DO NOT WAIT ON THESE. The first round sold out in less than 3 hours!

Even though MARCH NOW! is over, the sale is still kicking. SO much stuff is sold out. The sale was a mega success. The overall goal was to completely close out the Merch Now store front and focus completely on one with Merch Line. There are still some lingering sizes, so act now. I have no idea WHEN these will be up over at the Merch Line store. As I will be focusing on gradually adding old designs, while still putting out new product. So if there’s something you need to have, get it now. It is at an all time low price wise. This is also your last chance to grab NUMEROUS final print items.

Speaking on final print. There is a handful of DEAD HEADS marked down to final print as well. There is only 1 of each of these final print items. Get them now, FOR ONLY $10! There are also a few tees / hoodies marked down for final print on the Merch Line side as well. This will be your last chance to get, NUKER, DEADPOOL (TEE), KILLJAW, THRASHER, SPOOKER HOODIE, WARZONE HOODIE. Supplies are limited!

I am eying a few conventions creeping up soon, so I might take that as a chance to bring in some of the older items I touched on previously. I know of 1 off hand, and I think I am going to gradually bring them in 3 at a time. So what I plan on doing is showing the sheet below (decided to not bring back a few on this list, hence the dots), and have people vote in the upcoming weeks which 2 should come back, or be printed first. Kind of an awesome way to really make EZ about the fans!



It seems like this update is to more or less inform everyone of things RUNNING LOW or GOING AWAY. The Baxter Box / Swarm Secret shirt is RUNNING SUPER LOW! There’s only 16 boxes left! So that means if you want the box with the stickers and the slime, you have a super low chance of snagging one. You can get your hands on one either through getting the Baxter Box Bundle, or the SWARM Secret shirt. ONLY 16 LEFT! How many?! THAT’S RIGHT, 16! Once those 16 are gone, the secret design will open up and everyone will see it in it’s glory! ANDDDD THE POSTER/PRINT EDITION AS WELL!

Not sure if anyone who decides to read this knows that, other than Electric Zombie and Gravetakers, I design for tons of bands and brands and companies. I updated my portfolio last week with lots of new goodies, you can scope that out here. http://www.get86d.com

That’s it for this update. To stay up to date with my artwork and brands, by following me on instagram and twitter, handle: kyleisez

SHOWCASE of the Immortals

It’s one of my FAVORITE times of the year. WRESTLEMANIA time! Although I’m not as hyped and excited as I usually am, it’s the overall feeling behind it. It’s like Halloween or Christmas. The costumes could suck. The cookies might come out burnt. It’s the EXCITEMENT that really makes it. It’s the results that really sends it over the top. So this year I wanted to do something awesome and over the top for the Legends Never Die release. Last year’s was pretty awesome. Adam Bomb, Bret Hart, LOD, Hogan Baseball, Parody Baseball, Dog shirts, Brutus, and Undertaker, Rumble poster, and of course the box.



What usually happens with my releases, is, while I am finishing one line, I am already planning the next series and / or line. With the Rumbler poster last year, I already knew who I wanted to do this series / year’s release. There’s a COUPLE I didn’t get to, as I wanted to stick to a solid 5 shirts. I teased them in last year’s poster. Some people were crying and bitching, “THAT’S NOT WHO WAS ON THE 91/92 POSTER, WAHHHH” Well, that’s because I was teasing THIS YEARS release.



I wanted to incorporate some horror references this time. My PERSONAL favorite, is the Bossman shirt. I wanted to blend in a bunch of elements of MANIAC COP. Hands, Night Stick, Jacket. I had one person IMMEDIATELY get it when I teased it on instagram. Made me proud. Sometimes, I wonder if people get my references, or if people just go ZOMBIE BOSSMAN! Of course there’s the obvious Mankind/Leatherface combo. But, there are some characters that don’t need any references or any zombification. Originally, I wanted Demolition to sort of resemble THE PLAGUE from Hobo with a Shotgun. But, they are so fucking crazy looking, that I just opted to give them weapons that meshed with their names. Papa Shango, this dude doesn’t need a DAMN thing done to him. Dude was one of the BEST characters in the 90’s. It’s a shame he didn’t last long. His promos were great, and his look was amazing. Jake the Snake? No explanation necessary.



SO THE DEATH MATCHHHH BOXXXX! **REVERB announcer voice** I have to admit. Last year’s box to me, was a little better. It isn’t that this year’s sucks. Last year, I wanted it to look like something LJN or Hasbro would have used for packaging. PLUS the cut out championship belt? Too good. This year’s I wanted to do a play off it being the 2nd one. What better way to emphasize that, then to focus on a tag team. I had become obsessed with my vintage LOD shirt, from WWF, that I sort of replicated that. It’s so awesome that they used to dumb down colors in the 80’s, then it turned to neon! (not complaining). The shirt was red and had white and red ink. It’s an incredible shirt. I actually redrew the spike box on the shirt that the logo was in on the tee, and used that color scheme on the Mankind shirt. That said. I really wanted to focus on the team, the blood red, the steel, the metal and really emphasize the DEATH of the DEATH MATCH BOX. This is one good looking box, but next year, I am going to push it to the next level.



Last year, I only worked on the box and a the IMMORTAL Hogan baseball. This year I did the box, and the posters. These posters, to me, might not have been the HARDEST project, but, to me, I think it’s one of my best. I feel like I really NAILED the look and aesthetic of the 90’s. The thing I am patting myself the most on the back for, is making the DIESEL logo say DIE EZ. I was struggling big time on how to incorporate the brand name into someone who has a 1 word name. I kept staring and staring, and BOOM got it! I love this poster so much. Tire Tracks, Diamond Plating, so good. I don’t think I need to say a thing about RAZOR, just amazing. After I finished these prints, I immediately wanted to make pocket folders of these designs. It looked like something I would have had in my trapper keeper in 3rd grade. MAYBE ONE DAY!



The bigggg product and bar setter, is the wrestling DEADIES. I have a fellow horror lover who makes these awesome horror pillows, and asked him if he could pull something like this off. Turns out, he was already making one for himself. It was destiny! So I worked with Matt Skiff on making these bad boys come to life. Matt did a perfect job nailing the look, the purposefully bad back in the day vibe. These things are perfect and too good. While these things arent EXACTLY like the old school ones, as they we’re made up of a BUNCH of pieces. These ones are made of 2 pieces, as they are hand made. HAND MADE?! Each one is sewn and stuffed by hand and actually look massively JACKED and muscular, unlike the ones in the 90’s. This is by far my proudest, most outside of the box item I have ever done. SUPER HAPPY with the turn out and response. In fact, as I type this, the first edition has SOLD OUT! HOLY CRAP! They are still available for a preorder, although, it will take approximately 5 weeks to get these in your hands and RUMBLE!



Most of these items are super super limited and won’t be coming back. The only items I am keeping (for now) is the Demolition shirt and the Bossman tee. The rest of the shirts and prints, when they are gone, they are OUTTA HERE! As stated. The “DEADIES” will still be around until they start to taper off. But please keep in mind THEY ARE HAND MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME!

Although the card pretty much sucks this year, I hope everyone has an awesome WRESTLEMANIA WEEKEND! Be sure to follow me on twitter and join in on the discussion/bitching this Sunday! Also be sure to follow me on other networks and give me your thoughts on the newest LEGENDS RELEASE! BROTHER!

MEGA CAAA—- AH fuck this shit

A few weekends ago, I made the trek to Orlando, for MEGACON, apparently, it is the 3rd biggest comic con in the country. I don’t buy it. But that’s besides the point. With it being only an hour and a half away, I thought it was worth the journey to see if it would be worth taking Electric Zombie next year. And let’s be honest, I wouldn’t and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get new toys!



Now first let me say, getting here was a FUCKING NIGHTMARE. Getting to the exit was fine and dandy, but turning onto the exit. WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY. My friend and I literally sat in the car, inching our way up for literally 3 hours. No exaggerations. We got to this shopping center, which was a mile and a half away, and just said screw it and walked the rest of the way. There was supposedly a bunch of conventions happening at the same convention center, and EVERYONE was trying to get there. Needless to say, by the time we arrived, I was over it.



There was so many people. A ridiculous amount. The weird thing is, is for vendors, it sold out super quick. But to me, there wasn’t much of anything. The amount of people to the amount of stuff to look at ratio was super super low. There was so much anime, and minecraft, and over priced comic garbage. The other weird thing, was this event had some pretty big celebrities and the lines and the designated area for these people DID NOT seem very long at all. When I go to these events. I go for 2 reasons. To find old graded first appearance comics, and old rare toys I have never seen before or wasn’t able to get my hands on as a kid. Out of the ENTIRE convention there were 4 TOPS that had any sort of vintage toys. I found one that had a super rare Secret Wars Hobgoblin, the only one that I needed to complete my collection, mint condition and on the card/package, and I was so bummed and over it, that I just left, THAT’S HOW OVER IT I WAS! But I didn’t leave without visiting the best booth of the convention. This booth had TONS of retro and vintage toys. A lot of it was super overpriced. I wanted to get the couple Monster In My Pocket Howlers he had, but there were 28 bucks each, and the packages were destroyed. But I did manage to find a Darkwing Duck Gas Gun and a Captain Planet Toxic Sludge Dump Disaster Set new in the box. Nabbed them both for $90.



I had to make sure that while I was there, to pay a visit to my buddy and design friend, Clark Orr. He does stuff for Gallery 1988, Johnny Cupcakes, Benny Gold, and even Electric Zombie. He had some of his well known prints and some new ones for sale, as well as some really cool pennants. But the best thing he had (and the coolest THING at the convention) was this sticker vending machine with his branding on it. At first, I was like, “Oh, what a cool way to display your stickers”. That was until I saw someone put in quarters and out popped a cardboard sleeve WITH A FUCKING STICKER IN IT. THE MACHINE WORKED! It seriously blew my mind, that all conversations stopped and I basically just overly excitedly gave Clark props, for at least 5 minutes straight. This dude gets it. He’s a clever son of a bitch and is super talented and in that moment, he blew my mind and made me want to hang up my design /marketing boots. Clark, you sir, are a genius.



By the time I wrapped up with Clark, I was ready to leave. The one thing I hate the most about cons, is the god damned penguin waddle everyone does to get booth to place and isle to isle. Not to mention, those sons of bitches who just STOP in the middle of an isle and text or wait for people in their group. I just want to Stone Cold Stun each and every one of them! But before I left, I made ONE more stop at booth and picked up some too good to be true, wish list gems of mine. Now, the thing is, and with reason, (DC SUCKS) you can never find GRADED DC comics ANYWHERE. EVER. So I always have to suck it up and get the crappy bagged and boarded copies (I know I’m a snob). I was able to grab the first appearance of Mr.Freeze (Although it technically ISN’T as he first appeared as Mr.Zero, but they changed his name, so this IS the first Mr.Freeze) and then the first appearance of the 2nd modern version of Clay Face. Both of these bad boys were $12! Insta-buy and an insta-check off of the first appearance list I have. I never noticed it before. But the Clayface comic, it looks like Batman is giving him a big ol’ huge like he just found his soul mate. Weird….

So, the big question…. Will EZ be at Mega Con next year? I have no idea. The clusterfuck of it all, COMPLETELY turned me off. I am semi local, and once I move into the new house, I will be even closer. But if it took me 3 hours to get to the convention as a spectator, FROM THE EXIT, not from start to finish, then there is ZERO fucking way I would do the show. On the way out, I did notice a Hotel, a spitball away from the convention center. Although, I’d rather NOT take that option, as I would rather drive an hour home to sleep in my OWN bed, it might be the only teeth grinding option, if I chose to do the show next year. Hopefully they can get their shit together, or at least someone to direct traffic. Sheesh

TMNT ARRIVAL!



It’s been so so long. I have waited what feels like an eternity for a real official glimpse of anything regarding this TMNT remake. I don’t care what anyone says, being almost 31, I am excited. BEYOND excited. This is the golden ticket for me. I don’t care if it’s a hunk of shit. I am excited more than anything, to see this movie.



Now, Let’s talk about the BS and cries everyone has with this movie. SHREDDER IS WHITE, THE TURTLES LOOK LIKE SHREK, MEGAN FOX, WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH. Look, let’s face it, they change EVERYTHING, when it comes to ANYTHING. I agree with it. It keeps the story fresh and exciting, or else it’s like seeing the same movie, AGAIN, with different actors and better FX. They do it with every movie. In Raimi’s Spider-Man, the shooters were a mutation. In the TMNT cartoon, they changed practically everything. Even in Secret of the Ooze, would have it fucking killed you to call Professor Perry, Baxter Stockman? I MEAN C’MON! Bebop and Rocksteady were replaced with Tokka and Rahzar. I mean they fucking change everything, and now people are bitching. I am more pissed about those Secret of the Ooze, mistakes, than I am with anything with this new movie.



I back this movie, because they have 30 years worth of changes, incarnations and back stories, comics, cartoons, everything. To try and make work. It’s just the way it is, and will always be. CHANGES. You can either bitch about it, or just sit back and watch it. Because no matter what ANYONE says, these changes and movies will happen.



First, let’s discuss Megan Fox casting. For starters, she’s a million times more attractive than that freckle invested, boobless, Judith Hoag, or even Paige Turco. There’s so many gross ass cartoons out there of April getting banged by shredder or a turtle. She’s a sex symbol, and whether you like it or not, Megan Fox is one. She’s not there for acting, she’s there for dudes to drool over. She might not be everyone’s slice of pie (pizza of course) but it’s better than MOST choices that could have been available. She’s known, dude’s think she’s hot. So shut up.



The look of the turtles. I personally LOVE IT. It reminds me a lot of the Jim Lee turtles, and I have to say, Jim Lee is probably my favorite comic book artist. So I may be a little bit biased. The thing about their “Outfits” that people are bitching about. I dig it. It gives them more personality than just a colored bandana. I mean, I didn’t hear anyone bitch about the original movies them not having colored elbow and knee pads like the cartoon. This day and age, people like to bitch.



The other thing is, the CGI. It’s wayyyyy more impressive when you can capture the wood texture of the bamboo on Leo’s chest armor. Or the beads around Mikey’s wrist. Or the Motherboard / CPU fans on the back of Donnie (I tried to get a shot, but there was too much movement). This is way way way more impressive. Sure the new toys will probably look like hot garbage. But I want to sit in the theatre, and in my home, staring at this shit in awe. People bitching about lips and all that crap. Now they can show emotion, instead of that stupid puppet head that blinks and has eyeholes for the person wearing it under the bandana (at the time ruled, but it’s what 24 years later?)A puppet head in 2014 would NOT cut it. Oh Yea, did I mention the personality these guys have now because of this change?



Shredder being white. Yea, this part sucks, but I’m sure there will be a reason. I don’t recall there being such a fuss when they made Nick Fury, basically every character Samuel L. Jackson has ever played but with an eye patch.



I don’t care if his name is Eric Sachs, Dick Trickle, at the end of the day, his name is SHREDDER, and let’s be real, if this shit hadn’t come out when it did, the name SHREDDER would have sounded even more lame than ERIC SACHS.



To sort of end the whole CHANGES thing. Look at The Walking Dead, as a good example. It loosely follows the comics, but you still get the same overall look and feel of the comics. They created new characters and changed some up. At the end of the day, people watch because they want to see zombies get fucked up by characters they love. TMNT is no different. They want to see Michaelangelo say dude and eat pizza. Raph get hot headed, and Donnie being the uber nerd he is, and Leo being, the guy that pretty much no one cares about because he’s a bossy pants goodie two-shoes. We’re going to get those things and that should be what the primary focus of this whole thing should be. Not about the turtles wearing shoes, and Shredder not being asian.



I’ve seen a lot of bitching about product placement. It’s fucking 2014, get the fuck over it. It can’t get any worse than Superman and Zod fighting in a god damn IHOP in front of a 7-11. Plus, I am super fucking excited to buy whatever commerical tie in they have with Pizza Hut, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! (I’ve gotten a glimpse of a box, and wish I had one right now)



I watched the trailer a few times and noticed a few things each time. Not MUCH, but, a couple things. When someone pulls back the tarp and reveals a mock ooze set up, when their arms go down, it looks like a black man (not trying to be racist), which points to Baxter



Another Channel change for April. In this movie, it’s Channel 4



We get our first glimpse of Karai



Dimension X / Krang, HAVE to be involved. The Canister contains alien hieroglyphics on the rim of the canister. Shredder’s costume, also looks sort of overly ALIEN.



I am fully aware that this movie could and most likely WILL suck. As in the past 5 years, I haven’t been blown away by much. I have super high hopes for this movie, and I will be there at the earliest showing and hoping to snag, 1 (if not all) pairs of those glorious bandana 3D glasses. I think people need to step back and remember. It’s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How fucking stupid does that sound? Not as bad as everyone nit picking what they should look like. It could have been a lot worse… Like part 3 worse.

JUNK’D!



As most of you know. I am a skinny fat kid. HUGE SKINNY FAT KID. If it’s not work, or company, or toy stuff I’m posting online. It’s food. I usually see and find out about new stuff coming out earlier than most. But, this time, someone else did the discovering / mind blowing. Fright Rags friend, Kristy Jett posted these bad boys on instragram. COSMIC CUPCAKES. For starters, I fucking love me some cupcakes. Second, in high school cosmic brownies was my treat of choice. It just doesn’t get any better than cosmic brownies with a can of YooHoo. Not those mega ones, just the regular sized ones. For some reason, ANYTHING but the original cosmic brownie is gross. The easter ones, the christmas tree ones, super sized. ALL NASTY. So when I saw these, my face melted and 16 year old Kyle needed these things. I went on a hunt first to my local Publix. No go. So I went to Super Wal-mart, and SUCCESS! The bright colors of the candy piece sprinkles were calling to me and drawing me in ala Magento. Walking around, I was also on the hunt for another new fatty snack, Ben and Jerry’s new CORE line. Ben and Jerry’s is awesome as is, but now you mix in a solid core of sugary magnificence, and you’ve taken this thing to a whole other level. I made the mistake of seeing these things a few weeks back and passing on them in fear of them melting in the car, HUGE mistake. Have not been able to find them since. If you’ve sampled and devoured these guys, please let me know how they are. Check out the new flavors and prepare to make a mad dash for the store, much like I did, here. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores

Feeling slightly defeated about not finding 1 of the 2 items on the list of targeted sweets, I saw on an end cap, SPRINKLED DONUT CAPTAIN CRUNCH. I didn’t even think twice. I quickly snagged the box and B-Lined for the self check out. (I don’t want to talk to ANYONE at Wal-Mart, EVER). On that same isle, was peanut butter, and that’s where I saw Cookie Dough Peanut Butter. I hardly had any free hands, I may have only had 2 items in them, but I had them clenched so tight, you weren’t going to take them away from me. I put it in my arms like a new born baby. Now, I haven’t been able to try this peanut butter yet. But when I do, that cookie goodness mix with peanut butter, with a little bit of Nutella on Oatmeal bread, are going to have to buy me dinner and take me to the movie after the things that sammie is going to do to my mouth. MY GOODNESS!

Let’s talk about the other 2 things I did try. Let’s talk about the Cosmic Cupcakes. These things were good, not great, but good. I still prefer the original brownie, but this thing is the runner up, understudy for my Little Debbie snackage choice. It’s a basically a hostess cupcake, but instead of the swirl frosting, it’s covered in chocolate chip sprinkle pieces. This doesn’t taste like a Cosmic Brownie, but it looks like one. While I wouldn’t run out and tell everyone about these and how they HAVE to get them, if someone asked what I thought, I’d tell them they were pretty good. I won’t rush out to buy them like I did when I first heard about them, nor will I buy them again. But hey, if someone wants to send me a box for free, I’d gladly take it.



So, it’s donut time. When I opened this box, the smell alone got me excited. Pour it into the bowl and see the pop of color. Even more excited. We’re talking a full on 8 of 10 in excitement here. Then the swash of milk and the sprinkles getting brighter and the colors running to the milk. It’s a 10, and it’s go time! Now the disappoint hits. This tastes NOTHING like a donut, or anything at all. It’s almost like, this is Captain Crunch’s way of fixing it’s reputation of being that deadly cereal that never gets soggy and always cuts the roof of your mouth. So they made it ring shaped. Their marketing team must have been like, “I don’t know if this is good enough, what else can we do, how can we fool everyone to thinking this is new and that we’ve changed? We need to get them to trust us and love us again. LETS ADD SPRINKLES AND CALL IT DONUTS.” This just tastes like regular ass Captain Crunch that looks cool. I was so bummed that a part of me wanted to push the bowl away from me and off the counter. It was that bad. The rest of the box is in the garbage. A few years back, they came out with Cupcake Fruity Pebbles and they were AMAZING. I was expecting something close if not better and man was it disappointing.



Know of any new junk food goodies that just came out or something you think I just have to try? Send them my way! Until next time!

THE BIGGEST SALE….IS BACK!

I feel like I write the same blog about MARCH NOW every year. I also feel like every year I leave out some details about how it works, but seeing how this isn’t my first MARCH NOW rodeo, I think I got this. Before I get into HOW you score these deals and HOW it works. I want to start by emphasizing how important this sale is on so many levels.

First, there’s a good amount of old stuff between both brands that in all honesty, just needs to get the hell outta here. Second, I must emphasize, how much that it isn’t this personal screw Merch Now, type of situation. It’s a control issue with myself. I am super super super picky with how things are ran and printed and dealt with. With me no longer in New York and back in Florida, I switched back to Merch Line, which is who I was with when EZ first started. I can now be once again hands on with printing, and making sure that everything is going accordingly, instead of freaking out and hoping things are going ok. So to help all parties out on the scenario, I am clearing out as much as I can so I can make the transition over to Merch Line completely. That being said, THIS IS THE TIME TO GET WHAT YOU WANT! My primary focus is in all reality getting new product out. My money and overall goal is going to be for that stuff. So I have ZERO idea when I will be putting the product from the Merch Now site, over to the new store. It could be months, a year. There might honestly not be a Grave Takers line this year, for this very same reason. This whole thing is going to take some time. It would be a huge mistake to keep rolling with previous goods. Gotta keep trekking forward and put in the classics when I can. This isn’t a scheme to get you guys to buy something, and then restock it in a few weeks to get some quick cash. Things are already running low. Like less than 20 pieces spread out per every size low. If you are an EXTRA SMALL, this is the time to buy as well, as I am not going to be printing that size after this.

The next reason is personal, and something allllll people have to do (well for the most part) PAY TAXES. All the money I have saved for taxes, is going towards my new house. All money from this sale is going to pay for taxes. BOOOO. Sometimes I miss having a normal job!



Curious to know what designs are being kept around for the long haul and carried over to Merch Line? (eventually) I made a nifty little collage graphic which you can check out below. If it’s not on this list, you better grab it while you still can!



Please take the time to look over this image if you are planning to take part of this sale. It will save a lottttt of headache. If you live outside of the US, you can still take part of the sale, you just won’t get the shipping rate. you must go to merchnow.com and select what you want from the main front page. Electric zombie, gravetakers, any band listed combine, mix and match, you choose! this will not work if you go to theelectriczombie/gravetakers.com it must be merchnow.com! You must have only clearance items in your cart. if you put even 1 thing in your cart that is not on clearance, the $1.99 shipping offer will not appear! Load up with as much as you want. You can order 1 item, 100 items, 500 items, and the shipping rate will be $1.99 for customers in the united states. If you live elsewhere, this offer will not work! This offer is only valid on the merchnow store fronts, not the merchline store front

I went ahead and put a massive sale on the Merch Line side as well. The only stuff not for sale is the new OCP products and the new Deadheads, as well as the Model 101 print (Terminator) as they literally just came out. Some of this stuff will not be coming back once it’s sold through. Deadpool Tee, Spooker Hoodie, Thrasher, Nuker, Warzone Hood and Tee, Killjaw, and all the Deadheads, EXCEPT the Sammy Candy Corn, and Tuff Stuff Ecto Bubblegum. Although the flat rate shipping isn’t available for this store, Merch Line’s shipping rates are MORE than fair, matched with a great price, you really can’t beat that.

Hopefully this sale is a success, and you all don’t sit around and wait to get something. Even though it’s a month long sale, I can’t stress enough how much this stuff is priced to move and will most likely sell out. I will be keeping EVERYONE posted via social networks of what is close to selling out or when something sells out. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via twitter or Facebook. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ON THIS! Thanks again for the ongoing support. Let’s have some fun with this!

Your Fiend,
Kyle

DEAD STUFF



About 2 months ago I was asked to be a part of an awesome art show put on by Bottleneck Gallery, called “It Came From 1984”. Obviously, it was based off movies that came out that year. There were TONS and TONS of awesome movies that came out during that year, TONS. When I was sent the list, I saw a bunch of movies that stood out like a sore thumb. Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Toxic Avenger, Friday the 13th Part 4. With my brands, these were sort of expected for me to do. But, I wanted to do something unexpected and sort of give out a “wait…what?” response. That being said, I did Terminator. A huge part of me choosing this movie, was the fact I was doing my Robocop 2 poster. I shopped out for a metallic based paper/cardstock. After finding one, I looked over the list again, and I said, “Why not do something similar? BOOM TERMINATOR”. So Terminator it was. Terminator was a movie that stuck out with me and MANY others. Some of the best effects and puppetry. I saw the original Robocop before Terminator, and I was super excited to see the stop motion type treatment they used on ED-209 on the 101 movements (technically vice versa) and just freaked out. I wanted to go super neon and bright with this poster. It’s a pretty simple poster. Not tons of texture. I wanted to focus on the emotion, the faces, and memorable scenes. I also incorporated some graffiti shots I took from when I lived in New York. The whole LA, street punk vibe was what I was going for while maintaining a futuristic touch. I kept a few copies of for myself to sell to you EZ fanatics.



Now, theres one thing that makes this a little bit special and more rare, is there was an error with the printer. The cuts were off and they printed a small run of fixed posters, which actually turned out to be my artist copies. I went to the printer to sign the gallery copies, and while I was there, they did ran my artist copies. After looking at the gallery copies I saw that the blue was off a tad from what I imagined and designed. It looked more blue, which is cool as it came off as a nod to the 3D color scheme. My copies have the correct aqua color, so that makes this a pretty rare and different poster.



So, Deadheads. This is going to be the VERY last variant of these designs. EVER. Deadheads are quite costly to make, that being said, I want to focus more on the NEW instead of making new variations of the old. I will be blowing out all the other Deadheads as well. ALL OF THEM, gone! I am going to keep around the Tuff Stuff Ecto Bubble Gum and Sammy Candy Corn (Killector aka Crypt Keeper, will be gone for good). I don’t know when they’ll be restocked, but if and when they are, those will be the only 2.

This edition was thought out back in December. Due to time restraints, they never got made. My next release date was Valentines Day, but the Robocop stuff was coming out 2 days before, and I just didn’t want to to blend in and fall to the back. I knew I was going to release my Terminator Poster Artist Copies 3 weeks after the show, so I thought, BINGO, perfect time. These variants appear to be splattered and swirled with blood. Sort of reminding me of Blood Spatter and Blood Slides, made famous by Dexter. There are only 10 of each of these guys, super rare.

There will be new Deadhead characters in the future. I’m not sure how long or when, the timing has to be perfect. If you’re a fan, this is the perfect time to pick series one (Sam, Marshmallow Man, Crypt Keeper) As stated, when they’re gone, THESE SUCKERS ARE GONE!

Go Ninja Go Ninja GO!

So last week, Strange Kids Club, an awesome pop culture blog / new site, tweeted a commercial that blew my mind. I’m talking about the Vanilla Ice, Kraft Mac and Cheese commercial. Not Familiar with it? Check it out here http://youtu.be/_-lT1oOU7b4

This commercial is awesome. It features Mr. Ice signing and dancing along to his Ninja Rap theme, from Secret of the Ooze. I did the same exact thing when I was a kid, so it’s super awesome to see this. The reason why I love this commercial so much, is the kid, who is a fan of the new series, has no fucking idea what the fuck Ninja Rap is. But the mom does. That’s the thing that’s so cool about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. What I loved as a kid, my kids will love, your kids will love. It’s this on going legacy and to me, that’s pretty special.



The very next day, I went on a mission and scored a bunch of boxes. Now, don’t label me as a loser, it was buy one get one. I bought 3 boxes for myself and gave one away in a contest just today. I was able to snatch these at Target, but they only had the Raphael box, which is fine, I’m not looking to collect these anyway. Speaking of which, I find myself collecting the cereal boxes, jelly and other food items they came out with when I was little. I’m starting to wonder if I should be doing so now for my son. Just what I need, more stuff!

I want to start writing more blogs about stuff that isn’t just EZ related. It can be about stupid things that inspire me or that I find that’s cool. If people read them, they read them. It’s still fun for me. So this would be my second post (Robocop review being the first). Let’s start out with some stats. A single box cost $1.24. From start to finish it takes about 20 minutes to complete. While you wait, there’s a puzzle on the back, which, yes, this is for kids, so don’t be surprised if you finish it in about 45 seconds. The look of the pasta is leaps and bounds better than the ones that came out when I was little. What makes these ones cooler is the shape of the turtle shell and the fact that they legibly hold their own weapons. The ones back in the day didn’t have that, but they had the first letter of their name as a formation of their body. Which is witty and clever, but it’s just not visually appealing. This series features Splinter, but I craving me some Shredder. I mean, we’re talking about a CHEESE product here, it’s aching for it!



After it cooks, the shape sorta holds. But who cares, it’s an awesome idea. I mayyyy have cheated a little bit with the end product shot and overall taste of this thing. Let’s face it, powdered mac and cheese fucking sucks. Although, when I was in middle school, I would eat this stuff right out of the pot for dinner because I left alone so often, so maybe that’s why I hate it now. That being said, I added a handful of shredded cheddar to spruce it up. It was pretty damn delicious, especially since I spent $1.24 on it. It’s perfectly portioned for 1 person, so if you plan on sharing, tell your pal to kick rocks.

I hope this is a sign of many more food related products to come. Like in the 80’s and 90’s, there was jello, juice, cookies, snacks, pizza, and much more. I know there’s fruit snacks now, but the kid in me has his fingers crossed tightly for a new cereal and let’s not forget, Crunchabungas. With the movie and the 30th anniversary on the horizon this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw TMNT everything. Now if you’ll excuse me, my lunch is getting cold.

Your Fiend,
Kyle

Robocop or Roboflop?

So, I’ve been working my butt off and juggling being a brand owner, a designer, and a daddy, that having free time or any sort of alone time is very very scarce. Luckily, I had family come into town for my nephew’s 1st birthday. I haven’t seen my brother in over 2 years. He’s a teenager now, so I feel like I can relate to him a little bit more. Plus, he is starting to take a liking to comic books and all the cool stuff that I am into. So, I took him to see Robocop, which I was dying to see. Let me first start off saying, before I go into depth with my review. My dad let me watch some pretty fucked up shit with him when I was a kid. Evil Dead, Class of Nukem High, and yes, Robocop. Robocop was my movie of movies when I was a kid. There’s a ton of glorious films that came out in the 80’s. To me, Robocop WAS the movie. It’s influenced me in so many ways, just a huge inspiration. It’s one of those things where, it’s such a stupid idea, that when you make it a reality, it’s actually…Kinda…Awesome? That’s pretty much been my way of thinking my entire life. No matter how stupid someone thinks or says an idea is, if you back it and put your heart into it, someone, will believe and see that vision and see it for it’s awesomeness.



So, let’s talk about the remake/reboot. Now, I knew that this movie was going to be different. I wasn’t going in there thinking I was going to get that same feeling as I did when I was 4 years old. It’s different times, different rules, and things are a little safe and pc nowadays. People worry too much about what people think. So this movie, to me was safe. I’ll go ahead and drop the SPOILER alert now, because I have no idea where this is going to go in terms of a blog. I tend to rant and just have no sense of uniform when it comes to blog writing. We can get the spoiler alarm out of the way now.



This movie had ZERO purpose. None, nadda, zip. I commend them going the more emotional and trying to take the serious route. But man, Robocop isn’t about EMOTION. It’s about action, kick ass one liners and just all out chaos. I didn’t see any of that. I am going to make a list of what I hated and what I loved to accompany this rant, so I won’t go into a THIS SHIT sucked direction. It starts off with suicide bombers wanting to be seen on TV reeking hell. It went ABSOLUTELY no where. Let’s keep going with the “conflicts” of the movie and how quickly they are absorbed and forgotten about. I actually LOVED Jackie Earle Haley’s character in the movie. For a short ass dude, he plays cocky super well. The back and forth between Murphy was fantastic. But there was no real fuck yes, he got his, when the 2 had their battles. It’s more like a, oh, that was it? Same with the RED bracelet he had made for himself and Keaton’s character. It was seriously like 20 seconds. HAHAH YOU CAN’T GET ME I HAVE THIS. Only to have it not matter SECONDS later. In the original the 4th directive kept Dick Jones alive. This was a terrible way to sort of play off the original and it went NOWHERE. Speaking of Keaton, what a horrible fucking job he did. Lip Biting was the ONLY emotion he showed. **Lip Bite** I TELL YOU WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO, WE’RE GONNA PUT A MAN IN A MACHINE. BABABABABA BORINGGGG. His one shot to be a crazy son of a bitch putting a gun to his family, was so dull that it’s disgusting. I think he should have rewatched Desperate Measures a few times before preparing for this role. WHERE WAS THAT KEATON? Let’s talk about ED-209. Looked awesome. But, another 45 second battle. Don’t get me wrong, Robo got his ass handed to him that he had to blow off his own arm (one of the best parts of this movie). I’m so annoyed with the amount of , sorry, lack there of actual conflict there was in this movie. They were so focused about him being human, and making him a machine, and focusing on the conflicts that Gary Oldman faced. Those parts, were the best parts. They rushed the rest. This movie is on it’s way to making it’s money back. It will, especially with DVD/Blu Ray sales.



With that, let’s talk about what was good about the movie and what sucked about the movie. Since I’m on a roll with shit sucking, let’s keep that going.

- Lack of conflict / Purpose
- No prime directives
- No one liners (despite what the trailer shows, it’s not in there)
- Not a huge gripe, but I remember seeing how his vision was going to be red, it wasn’t, so why was there a red line?
- Michael Keaton’s acting
- Some part’s of the metal costume looking like plastic
- His boots
- They could have easily fit in some commercials like the original with Sam Jackson’s TV show
- How EASY everything was
- If Robocop could access all the cameras in the city and he was programable, why couldn’t a normal person, like… a security guard. I mean why were those camera’s there in the first place if no one was watching or paying attention?
- The fact that Murphy was literally Holder from The Killing
- No robot reverb done to his voice at all, despite what the trailer emphasized on

Here’s what I liked….

- Original Theme being used
- The inner workings of Robocop
- Gary Oldman… Seriously…Made the movie
- Robo’s operating system, finding criminals, finger printing, emotion reading, etc etc
- When Murphy is pissed, it’s awesome
- Good FX
- Mentioning of OCP at the end
- Him reverting back to the old look at the end, we knew this was going to happen and was genius that they had EVERYONE pissed off with the whole black suit debate
- Abbie Cornish’s ability to cry and be believable
- He doesn’t eat baby food
- His skin isn’t stretched over a cyborg head
- Kinnaman’s performance for the most part, was good. Him as Murphy sucked, him as Robocop RULED

I think was also made this movie way more bearable that I saw this in D-BOX. Not sure if you readers know what that is, but it’s literally like an amusement park ride. The seat moves back and forth, front and back, shakes, and makes the whole experience awesome. I wouldn’t suggest this for EVERY movie. In fact, I was anti D-BOX for years now. But, like I said, I took my brother and I wanted him to have fun and was super happy that we saw it this way. If I do D-BOX again, Amazing Spider-man 2 is on that list.

All and all I didn’t hate the newer Robocop, but I didn’t love it either. I plan on giving it one more chance when it comes to Redbox and maybe that will change my mind. Or maybe it will have a bunch of new features on the Blu Ray. I do hope for a sequel and get a director who WANTS to make an awesome / witty action flick. I don’t mind a mindless action flick. But this was too mindless, and way too rushed. Figures that right when I finish the blog, I want to see it again. So maybe it wasn’t so bad.

Your Fiend,
Kyle

NEW EVERYTHING!

So I missed doing a blog post about the first wave of the new winter items, due to my son being born, literally the day it came out. Ahh! So I’m just going to knock both of the blog posts out in 1 shot. BANG!

First, let’s talk about the simple site redesign. I won’t be doing look book shots anymore, so having this nutty site was sort of pointless. Not only that, but to me, the site basically lives through social media. No one really goes to the homepage for anything other than to click the store link, or, finding the social network links. So I dumbed it down. I wanted to give it that really crappy bitmap, floppy disc kind of look to it. The site IS going to change again in the summer. Back to one of my favorite versions of the site. It will have the same links, and the bar at the top (I’m sure the bar at the top will change a tad) I also plan on going SUPER in depth with the about section. Crazy in depth, with intel and photos and everything. It’s going to be awesome. I do plan on giving the archive a face lift as well, but I wasn’t sure if I should wait until the new site design. Decisions, decisions.

Let’s talk about the first batch of new products. Wave 1 consists of 5 shirts, a baseball tee, 3 hoodies, and a poster. There’s no real “consistency” with the new line. I just knew I wanted to do something a little different. Different in terms of variety. I did 2 pieces, did 3 original pieces, and then 2 parody shirts. To be honest, the KillJaw shirt wasn’t even in the cards. I did the design for Sticker of the Month Club and was going to just sell it off to a band. I don’t do illustrations often and was pretty happy with the end result. It’s also a throw back “reanimated” version of another piece I did back in 2009. The skull with the mow hawk. This is the rehashing. I don’t plan on keeping this design. So after the first run, it’s GONE.

The second design I did was the deadpool design. It’s ACTUALLY supposed to be a combination of 3 pieces rolled into 1. It has script like text for the brand name like the “classic” design. It’s drippy like the “brock” design and it has a round EZ icon, that is supposed to sort of represent the bomb from the “ACME” design. I wasn’t planning on putting this on a tee shirt. I knew I wanted to use that awesome truffle baseball shirt.

The Warzone hoodie was an idea I had for quite some time. I knew it wouldn’t fit in with the summer lines, or anything reanimated. It certainly doesn’t fit into the rest of the years plans, so I decided to act on it now. I wanted something tough, iconic, with a hint of a horror comic book seal mixed with an obey design. I just love the fact that the world is a bomb broken open and dripping blood!

Let’s get to the spoofs. I wanted to do a Monster Squad product to sort of flow with Halloween. But, I had other plans as well. As I said in a pervious blog, last year was sort of a disaster and I didn’t realize it until it was too late. I basically put out old shit, or new versions of old shit. THE ENTIRE YEAR. So, it didn’t make sense to do it on Halloween. The hoodie is supposed to be sort of a club jacket for everyone who’s in the Monster Squad. The arm print features Rudy’s hand clenching a stake. (I might actually make patches of this down the road) The front is a take on the overseas VHS box art for the movie all decked out in claw marks



The back features a shield that showcases the main enemies for the group. The skull in the center is a nod to the skull on the front of the car on the poster. (look closely). I wanted to offer some new colors besides black with the hoodies. So I decided to try out an initial run on truffle to go with the baseball. I may resort to black for the reprint. Haven’t completely decided.

The next hoodie is a hint to whats to come in the summer (you’ve got a long time to wait on that, about 4 months). I wanted to do a batch of “club/crew/gang” hoodies for the winter months. Just something I’ve been dying to put out. I was tossing around the idea of calling them The Ghost Gang, but figured since they were called the GHOSTBUSTERS, that it would be a little too unoriginal. I opted to call them the Boo Crew. Which sounded funny and it rhymes! The Real Ghostbusters, was not only my favorite cartoon when I was 3-4, but it had some of the BEST toys ever. Still rocking the ghost zapper! When I was a kid, I loved the intro to the show. The No ghost taking to the streets, and then the alley of the ghosts. That’s where the inspiration came to me for this piece. Now, I am sure you are all saying, “The Terror Dogs were in the movie not the show!” WRONG, I don’t remember if they were in the show or not, but they were in the 2nd version of the intro for the show (I guess technically 3rd, if you count the pilot intro), when it was SLIMER and The Real Ghostbusters. I didn’t want to recreate the end with the alley of ghosts completely. Instead, I went with the ghosts from the toy line. But still keep the same look and Stay Puft looming over. The manhole cover sneaks in the NO sign from the Ghostbuster logo, as well as provide a tip of the hat from the second movie with ecto plazm creeping out of it. My favorite part of this hoodie / tshirt front is the sewer cover being pushed back. This actually has NOTHING to do with Ghostbusters AT ALL! It’s actually a play off of Monster in my Pocket packaging, which featured claws ripping back the card back and a set of eyes glaring at you. I wanted to feature the NO sign with the manhole cover again, while also paying homage to another one of my favorite toy lines.



The poster version of this design wasn’t actually supposed to happen at all. I was originally going to do a paper cut out toy of the KillJaw design, where the mouth hinged and chomped. But, it was sort of expensive for a design I was reluctant to print in the first place. So I spent 1/4 of the money and decided to run with the poster. I got bored one afternoon and decided to color it. It was a lot of fun and was basically like a digital coloring book. Mannnn did I love coloring books!

If you haven’t gouged out your eyeballs yet due to how long this thing is (I really should have done the line 1 blog last week or something, ugh) let’s talk about , wave 2 of the winter line. Everyone knows, today is the day, THE ROBOCOP remake comes out. Robocop is hands down the movie that stands out the most in the 80s. I was OBSESSED with Robocop. looking back, I can’t even believe my parents let me watch it. But thanks parents! You did something right! Sorta! I wanted to do something a little different with the whole Robocop thing. When I was 7, the sequel was a really big deal to me. I actually didn’t see it until it came to VHS, but still. HUGE DEAL! At the time, it seems like a great movie. It kindaaaa sucks now, but there’s so many awesome scenes, that a part of me still loves that movie. I mean, Robocop on a bike doing a show down with Cain, BEFORE the famous T-800 / T-1000 showdown in T2 almost a year earlier!?! That’s some ground breaking shit, not to mention, this movie had a black lite graffiti gang LONGGGGG before Batman Returns. This movie was ahead of the game on so many levels. My favorite line from the movie is, “Isn’t it a school night?” at the arcade, only to get slammed with popcorn. Holy shit this movie is great. Kid with a briefcase gun. Their attempt to make it more emotional by having that interaction with his wife. I actually HATED that it was a storm off and cry and that was the end of it. I wanted more of it. The WWE fan in me, wanted that stupid love story. Imagine if they fucking KILLED her in this movie. Murphy going ballistic, MAKE IT A PART 4! But enough of my shouldawouldacoulda’s let’s talk about the new stuff.



The second half features 3 new shirt designs. Ok, 2 new, and bringing back a goodie. I knew for a fact that I was going to do a Robocop 2 poster, I also knew that I wanted to do a Robo POV shirt with his targeting system with Cain (which is an awesome shirt btw, PROGRAMED WITH A NEW DIRECTIVE!) I also wanted to bring back my buddy ed-209, for such a special occasion. I originally wanted to do a version for the EZ 6 year that was going to be him stepping on a birthday cake with balloons and a party hat on (still might!) but, I just couldn’t pass up on such an opportunity. After looking at both the designs side by side next to the poster, I noticed it was lacking a little bit of Weller Love. We’re currently at a 3rd OC-pizza product, (which you can get now as a final print for $10) and I thought, alright, we’ve seen that he takes his pizza seriously, now what happens when someone takes his pizza….SERIOUSLY?! ahhhhhh! Complete fucking meltdown. I wanted to show how completely NUTS he would go. This is probably one of my favorite all time Electric Zombie shirts. My buddy Matt did such an awesome job (as he did with the Cain shirt) with this one, ESPECIALLY with it being so last minute, seriously, like DAYS before deadline. I was super happy with my text addition to this piece. I also, decided to offer it as a nice thick matte poster print. I’m just going to say it, OC-Pizza 4, I love you. Like, love love you, got any plans tonight?



I did the Edward shirt, wow, 3 years ago? Holy shit…. Besides the poster, (we’ll get to it) I wanted to keep the momentum going with this and make a special sticker / pin pack. Now before I get into that, I just want to say that it’s pretty awesome that this all originally started out as just the Cain shirt, and the poster, that’s it. I had ZERO intentions of it being this full blown release. Just 2 items and that’s it. But once you get the idea machine going, it’s hard to stop. So the Sticker pack is pretty sweet. There’s 6 buttons, one of which is a brushed metal OCP pin. There’s a couple NES / 8bit themed stickers and much more surprises. I also put in a sealed Robocop 2 wax pack inside. Superrrr limited to 50.



So the poster I’ve been talking about. This thing is FANTASTIC. One of my best posters in my opinion. I’ve always been a fan of the high tech futuristic vibe. I don’t get to do it very often, so I love when I get the chance, even if it was a self inflicted opportunity. The only bummer about this, was it was originally supposed to be on brushed metal, but the day I ordered it, it was out of stock. So, it’s on this silver shimmer metallic paper. It still looks amazing, just not over the top. There’s this neat little thing I’ve been doing with my posters, that started with the BUDS, is I have been putting the barcodes from the VHS releases of the movie in the design. You will also see it in an upcoming Terminator print. But, it’s in this one! I am super excited to keep going with putting out posters. There’s a few I have planned for the rest of the year, so keep your eyes pealed! This Robocop print, is super limited to 50, signed and numbered. I may put it out as a digital, 24x36 in a different color way sometime this year. But if you wanted a limited metallic paper screen print, you better get your hands on it, CREEP!

On top of all of that, I put up my artist copies from Gallery 1988’s crazy 4 Cult: Villains, show. Which is also Robocop inspired. It comes with a sticker of the design, as well as the brushed metal OCP button. There’s going to be another teenie tiny release on the 28th, and another little something in store a few days later. Thanks again for your support and patience. Be sure to follow me on social networks, as I give away a new product EVERY week, FREE SHIT FRIDAY! Until next time!