Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from Kill Audio and Evil Ink!

Everyone have a safe and happy start to 2009 tonight.  You'll be seeing more of us in the new year and hopefully we'll see more of you guys too:)  Happy birthday earth!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thank you London!

The Playlounge signing was a huge success.  Huge thanks again to all of you who waited in the cold to meet Claudio and get your figures signed, as well as to the wonderful Playlounge gang. We all had a great time and hope you did too!  Photos from the London signing can be found in the Photo section, courtesy of Miranda from Clutter Magazine.  Also, take a second to visit the Playlounge website and scoop up some treats!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Store of the Month December: Munky King.


"In 2003, Patrick and Chanda Lam opened the first designer toy store in Southern California, a quaint little shop in Chinatown Los Angeles. Munky King now has its flagship store on Melrose Avenue showcasing toys, original art, prints. plush, mini figures, art books, and apparel from the designer toy culture. The location has a gallery known for its art shows, artist signings, toy releases, and other special events. Munky King also produces its own line of designer toys with established artists such as Luke Chueh, Thomas Han, The Pizz, Amanda Visell, Nathan Jurevicius, Kii Arens, Dave Pressler, Joe Ledbetter, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Look out for many new and exciting projects to come."

In their own words:
"In his honor we built this temple, filling it with toys that embody his rebellious and creative spirit. Cast from the hearts and minds of independent artists from around the world, these "Designer Toys" or "Art Toys" are part of an ever-growing international phenomenon. In an age where mega-conglomerates churn out mass-produced hunks of cheap plastic, these limited production-run collectibles are revolutionizing the way people think about art and toys."

For those of you not in So-Cal, get the online Munky King experience at their site HERE where you can find tons of sweet vinyl, some incredible art and a couple bloody KA's if you don't have one yet. Happy Shopping!

Can't find a Kill Audio figure but want one?


Follow THIS LINK to order the B & W version from Merchnow.

If you are looking for the bloody variant, call up your local toy/comic shop and ask them to order one for you through DKE distribution.

Cheers!

(Fan pic courtesy of Will McDonough)

Kill Audio featured in TimeOut New York's "Music Gift Guide"


Check out the whole guide HERE or the Press section for more info!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kill Audio in Juxtapoz Magazine December issue!

From December 2008 Issue.




On stands now!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

London Playlounge signing time CHANGED.

This signing will now be from 2-4.  Thanks!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You asked for it London...

KILL AUDIO In-Store Signing!
Wednesday, December 3rd
(UPDATE:  THIS TIME IS TBD.)

Playlounge
19 Beak Street
London
www.playlounge.co.uk

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New video and pics of Munky King signing up at Vinyl Pulse!



Loads of new eye candy from the signing and a video of Claudio discussing the birth of the Kill Audio figure featured on Vinyl Pulse.  A huge thank you to Jack for making it out and shooting the event!

For full article and video, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Photos Galore!

Thank you to Los Angeles and Munky King for hosting the final stateside Neverender KA signing.  We had a great time and hope you all did as well.  To see photos of the event, go to the Photos page. 

 There are tons of great new Kill Audio pics from his travels with all of you from New York, Chicago and Hollywood, as well as a lot of exciting new reviews and write ups on KA in the Press.  Take a minute to have a look around.  And don't forget that the B & W Kill Audio Variant goes on sale TODAY--get yours by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Black and White Kill Audio Presale TOMORROW.

After months of waiting, we are excited to announce the black and white Kill Audio variant presale begins TOMORROW, Wednesday November 11th at Merchnow.


ORDER HERE!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Store of the Month (Nov): Rotofugi.




Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, established in July 2004, is located in Chicago's eclectic East Village neighborhood. Since opening, Rotofugi has grown to become one of the world's premier sellers of designer toys from artists all over the world. Rotofugi Toy Store features a diverse selection of vinyl figures, capsule toys, plush and more from both eastern and western designers. The adjoining Rotofugi Gallery features monthly art exhibits by a range of both local and nationally known artists.


Beginning in late 2007 Rotofugi partnered with Chicago based product development specialist Squibbles Ink to begin producing artist-designed figures by the talented designers located in their home town.

Rotofugi is owned and operated by husband and wife duo Kirby and Whitney Kerr. You can find the couple in and around the store on most days. They love to talk about toys.

If you aren't located in Chicago, Rotofugi also has an expansive website with loads of great toys, including a couple of Bloody variant Kill Audio figures for those of you who haven't been able to find one yet.                                           
                                          ROTOFUGI.COM



Wednesday, November 5, 2008

KA gets down in Chitown.

If you didn't make it out to the Chicago signing at Rotofugi, take a look at the new pics in the photo section to see what you missed!  Thank you so much to all who braved the cold and to Rotofugi for hosting another great time.  

Dear Los Angeles,

We'd really like to see you at 12:30 on Saturday at Munky King where Claudio will be signing Kill Audio figures and saying hello before the final Neverender LA show.  Head down to Melrose!

Love,
KA and Company

Kill Audio Pumpkin Carving!

Check out Cobalt and Calcium to see more KA pumpkin masterpieces.  Nice job guys:)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Got pics?

So you have your Kill Audio figure...maybe you have all three.  What now?  
Take some photos, that's what.   Submit your fan pics to killaudiovinyl@gmail.com and keep checking the photo page to see where KA has ended up!


[photo: Marc Golodberg www.marcgoldberg.com]

NY Kill Audio Signing.

To everyone who made it out to Toy Tokyo for the Kill Audio signing Saturday, a huge thank you from Claudio, Evil Ink and Toy Tokyo.  The event was awesome thanks to the best fans in the damn world and the amazing staff at Toy Tokyo.  We hope you like your new little man and got a chance to check out the coolest toy shop in NYC.  Click HERE for more images by Marc Goldberg.

[photo: Marc Golodberg:  Marcgoldberg.com]

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New KA Vinyl Signings!

Sat Oct 25th, NY
Toy Tokyo

12:30pm-2:30pm

121 2nd Ave 2F
212.673.5424

Thurs Oct 30th, Chicago
Rotofugi
4pm-6pm
1953 W Chicago Ave
(312) 491-9501

Sat. Nov 8th, LA
Munky King

12:30-2:30pm
7308 Melrose Ave. (x Poinsettia)
323.938.0091

Out of courtesy to the shops, these signings will be for Kill Audio figures.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Store of the Month: Toy Tokyo!


For those of you not in the vicinity of Manhattan to visit Toy Tokyo, we present you with an alternative:

"The Toy Tokyo website is the online representation of the Manhattan Toy Store with which it shares its name. In January 2004, we launched www.toytokyo.com so that the entire world could experience what those who frequent the NYC location can, bringing together toys and collectibles from every genre and every generation, from rare promotional toys from the 1950s to the latest limited run of Kubricks from Medicom, on one comprehensive website. Toy Tokyo is also working closely with many of the hottest toy artists in the designer scene. Along with the retail store, and the new Showroom NYC, www.toytokyo.com is dedicated to bringing you the latest updates on projects that Toy Tokyo is working on as well as information on all the artists that we are collaborating with."

Introducing Kill Audio's Store of the Month.

To coincide with the new site and format, we'll be featuring a shop every month where you can find Kill Audio, as well as new designer toys and goodies to add to your collection. Be sure to stop by if you see one in your area!

Monday, October 6, 2008

For All You New Yorkers.


Come say hello and browse the goodies at Toy Tokyo!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pardon our mess.

If you haven't noticed, you've needed a hard hat to peruse this site lately.  We are currently doing some heavy renovations to make your time spent with Kill Audio as awesome as possible.  We'll let you know as soon as it's safe around here, but until then, browse at your own risk and watch for falling HTML!  


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

One, Two, Three.

Count them. Three new Kill Audio pages up for your viewing pleasure. Find out Chi-co and KA's next move!

www.myspace.com/killaudiovinyl

www.kill-audio.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Toy of the Week 5


Even after acquiring lots of new pieces for the collection at SDCC 2008, the Toy of the Week goes to a vinyl we picked up at last year's New York Comic Con from Brandt Peters and Mindstyle--the hollow eyed, bomb toting Vintage Slap Happy. Limited to 100 pieces, the solid black on black color way is a stand out figure at 16".

Slap Happy is engaging and terrifying all at once. It is the figure you saw in your little head as a kid every time your parents made you wait, while the creepy clown made you a balloon animal. It's the dark reminder of evil at the heart of something fun-the exploration of a childhood staple manipulated by the the sinister thoughts of the adult mind. And the execution is damn good.

For more of the deliciousness visit HERE.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Chickens and Beavers and...Pillows? Oh My!

Two brand spankin' new Kill Audio pages posted today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why? Because We Love You.

Happy Tuesday guys! Don't forget to take a look at the new Kill Audio strips posted in the comics section. Chi-co (reluctantly) joins KA on his journey to find a purpose after the two meet outside an abandoned warehouse, by some garbage bins Chi-co has mistaken for ladies. Enjoy-

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Coming Down from Comic Con

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to thank everybody who made it out to the Evil Ink booth this year to check out Kill Audio and The Amory Wars and say hi. It was great to see some familiar faces and a bunch of new ones as well.

As for the long awaited Kill Audio dolls, for those of you who were unable to score a gold one at the con, do not fret! We should have the black and white and bloody variants in about 6-8 weeks, which will be available online as well as in a slew of local shops. Keep checking back for more info here. Again, we apologize for the fiasco and appreciate the overwhelming enthusiasm for the figure and the strip. It's been a lot of fun to do on our end.

Speaking of the strip, a new page was posted in the comic strip section this afternoon, with more to follow throughout the week. Hope you enjoy meeting Chi-co;)

Thanks again!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vinylpulse.com Info on Kill Audio

http://www.vinylpulse.com/2008/07/claudio-sanchez.htmlmore

Keep checking back for more info on Kill Audio at SDCC. Also, don't forget to scroll down in the comic section to see the newest KA strip released yesterday!

Friday, July 11, 2008

San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

Claudio Sanchez will be signing at the Image Comics autograph area (Booth 2729) during the following times:

Thursday, July 24th 3-4PM
Saturday, July 26th 2-3PM / 5-6PM
Sunday, July 27th 12-1PM

...more announcements soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Toy of the Week 4


Veering a bit off the beaten path of the rather dark and somewhat serious toys we have been posting, comes the bright pink King Ken IV from Amos Toys as 4th toy of the week from our collection.

This little darling, the 1st anniversary Clutter Magazine special edition King Ken was a gift, toted all the way from the UK and one that is (straight from the horse's mouth) "rare as rocking horse shit now." Designed by James Jarvis, the King Ken character was originally created as a special bonus character to the "In Crowd: House of Horror" collection, a series of mythical misunderstoods, doomed to walk the foothills in search of people to engage in theoretical and brilliant discussion. King Ken was an instant hit and thus became a staple all on his own.

With delightfully sharp finger and toenails, King Ken is a commanding piece, yet there's also something about a bubblegum pink gorilla that screams, "Play with me!" Whether a designer toy, an action figure or something from the quarter machine at a convenience store, it can be easy to forget that the most important aspect of a toy isn't anything but whether it beckons to be picked up and actually played with. Mr. Ken here certainly does. Amos and Clutter are examples of independent organizations trying to keep the art of creation as fun as possible: And we love that.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Toy of the Week 3




This week's toy is a double header of vinyl delight, brought to you by a man who goes by the name of KAWS.

With a start as a graffiti artist in Jersey City and NYC, KAWS made a name for himself by integrating his signature cross bone image into popular ad campaigns from Paris to Tokyo. His designer toys and art features the image that has become synonymous with the name KAWS, many times cross-breeding it with cultural icons like Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons. His work has been called "a disruption of, as well as a tribute to, all objects produced, bought, sold, exchanged, desired, and cherished."

The pieces that have made their way into our grubby little hands are KAWS Dissected (left, obviously) and Darth Vader Companion.

The Dissected figure was released in three colorways: grey-scale, flesh toned and the black/fluorescent featured here, which was limited to 500 pcs. There are a couple 5 foot tall pieces floating around out there someplace too, though finding one of those is like locating the Holy Grail. Dissected is just one of those toys that is awesome to look at with its 80's style colors and guts exposed.

Darth Vader Companion is a classic example of what KAWS does best; an amalgamation of his own brand with a hugely recognizable presence like Star Wars. It makes for a vinyl piece that serves as both a social commentary on consumerism—and a reminder of what a brilliant character Darth Vader is. Check out the nice crafting in his cape…you can almost see it fluttering in the wind as he walks. Check out more at www.kawsone.com.
[Some images via OriginalFake]

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Toy of the Week 2


The toy that sparked our interest this week is 74b from Kenn Munk. Kenn was asked to customize a 1966 Action Man, along with 40 other artists. He chose to do 6 versions of the figure--inspired by a childhood love of Star Wars and THX 1138--all in black and white. His only self-imposed restriction was to give the figures absolutely no back story. 74b was the first piece born in the series.

Kenn has said the figures are "part manufactured by me, part re-sampled existing bits of toys - inspired by the way graphic design/art direction works. You get these pieces, texts, messages, photos, logos and so on and your job is to make these many things one thing." He wanted to explore the idea of harnessing in rampant creativity to fit the needs and mental images of a group of people. The results are beautiful.

VinylCut ended up with 74b after seeing him featured in an issue of Clutter Magazine. The contrast of colors, clean lines and underlying homage to military styled robots sent us on a hunt to track Kenn down. After his show "Everything is Black and White" was finished, we acquired the piece. Though 74b is a conglomeration of new and old toy parts, the pieces come together seamlessly and give the figure the personality of a machinist samurai.

Sometimes a little restriction can be a good thing. 74b is a sleek, shiny reminder that it's not always a bad thing to have outside input or direction on something. Just a thought.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Toy of the Week


Hello hello!

As promised, we started to take some pictures of some of the best toys we've come across and thought they might convey why we fell in love with them in the first place.

This little beauty above is called Bertie, World War Robot (the Dirty Deeds edition.) We were one of 6 winners chosen in a blind lottery to purchase a piece at this year's New York Comic Con. What's so great about a toy that it would have to be raffled just for the chance to buy it, you might say? Well, allow us to explain.

Bertie is a robot based on the work of comic illustrator and artist Ashley Wood. The man does gorgeous work and this piece absolutely does it justice in 3-D form. The piece has 40 plus points of articulation, with 3 points in each finger alone. In the toy world, this means Bertie can hold just about anything, as you can see from his firm grasp on the decapitated head here. The rust on him is hand created, the consistent attention to details in coloring, packaging and nearly a dozen well-executed accessories-- is pretty incredible. Bertie is a great example of spending the time and energy to make things not just perfect, but really badass. The designers of this toy were hands on and involved in its creation from start to finish.

We think that's how things should be, whether it's a comic, a toy, an album...whatever. Creating something really cool is about the process. Hopefully, our love for the mediums we work in will shine through as much as Bertie.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Winner of the Lookalike Contest

Happy Friday boys and girls,

Starting to get some pics back from NYCC, including this one of Claudio and Kill Audio:



Considering we are big lovers of designer toys, it is pretty incredible to see him finally come to fruition. The man who helped take him from off the page and into our grubby little paws as a sculpture is Josh Sutton, whose patience amidst constant demands for "more oozing blood" and "bigger knives that we can stab him with" has been truly commendable.

In the next couple of days, we hope to put up some photos of our own favorites from the VinylCut toy collection...pieces that fueled the desire to get our feet wet in the world of art toys. Get ready for robots, super heros, a ninja or two and more smoking ice cream cones than anyone could ask for.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

LIttle Blurb on the Artist

Just realized we forgot to mention the artist involved with Kill Audio.

The talented Aussie, Sheldon Vella is the artist behind the comic. Sheldon is a champ at putting our sometimes, uh, "ambitious" ideas into the chaotic and warped world of Kill Audio. The characters, settings...it's all looking so awesome. Can't wait for you guys to see it.

We promise you won't be disappointed with the work he churns out.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New York Comic Con Update

Hey everyone,

Thank you to everybody who got a chance to stop by New York Comic Con this weekend to check out the newest addition to the Evil Ink family--The bouncing baby Kill Audio. For those of you who couldn't make it, here is a little update:

Kill Audio is a brand new story that will be featured here in comic strips, as well as various print locations, including a portion of the miniseries in the next issue of Popgun from Image Comics. Take the first 12 strips to get to know Kill Audio as he, well, gets to know himself.

We also debuted the second part of this new story, 7" vinyl figures of Kill Audio himself! It is the first piece from Evil Ink, in conjunction with our new toy company, VinylCut,. We are very proud of the little bastard;) As you can see from the pictures in our photo section, he comes in greyscale as well as a limited bloody variant, each with removable weapons so you can kill him yourself. He will be available starting in July 2008, with a secret limited variant debuting at San Diego Comic Con, but keep checking back to hear updates about retailers in your area who will have their hands on him as well.

So as you can see things have been busy so far this year. You can look forward to lots of news, info and rampant blogs about what's going on in these parts. Hopefully we will see a lot of you at San Diego Comic Con this year. Feel free to drop us a line on here and let us know what you think of Kill Audio or just about anything else you feel like gabbing about.

Until then,

EI
 

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