Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through PPG, custom artists were creating masterpieces to be featured on Custom Corner… or being forced to spend time with their extended families *shudder*. Let’s hope it’s not the latter.
Today’s edition of custom corner is a special one as we interview Karl Grobson of KG Custom Pops!. With Karl’s help, Pop Price Guide recently released a 30 piece limited run of Karl’s X-23 remake in her newest silver and black suit. We were pleasantly surprised to see they sold out in 43 minutes! We’ve received a lot of feedback (and fully appreciate all of your suggestions) and will do our best to accommodate as much improvement as possible with our future releases.
Enough of the gobbledygook though, let’s dive right into the turkey and stuffing and talk a little with Karl himself to see what makes him tick (as I get older I find myself increasingly willing to use old man phrases – gobbledygook is a word, look it up!)
Michaal @ PPG – Thanks for joining me Karl, how long have you been collecting Funko products?
Karl – I’ve been collecting Funko Pops! for about 3 years
Michaal @ PPG – Do you have a favorite line of Pops!?
Karl – I have roughly 1000 pops so hard to say a favorite but if I was forced too marvel. I’m an X-men and comic fan.
Michaal @ PPG – WOW! That’s a huge collection. It seems like I’m seeing more collections reaching that size the more popular Funko becomes. What got you into customizing?
Karl – I started customizing as a creative outlet. Plus I wanted pops of characters that didn’t exist yet, haha.
Michaal @ PPG – Knowing how many lines Funko currently has out there, it’s hard to believe there are still characters that haven’t been made, but pop culture is broad, there is a lot of room for Funko to expand still. How many pops have you customized?
Karl – I’ve done well over 50 customized Pops!.
Michaal @ PPG – Do you customize other products?
Karl – No, I currently only customize Pops!.
Michaal @ PPG – There are so many different outlets, you’re probably doing it right by sticking to one brand. What is your favorite custom thus far?
Karl – My favorite custom is Austin powers, it can be viewed on my Facebook and Website (links are located at the bottom of this interview).
Michaal @ PPG – Tell me a little about your process of creating a custom?
Karl – I try to buy bulk Pop! lots. I then boil the different Pops! in hot water and pull them apart. I’m then able to chose from a variety of different heads and bodies. I like to figure out the best parts to use for a character then digitally create them first.
Michaal @ PPG – You said you like to create your characters digitally first, what goes into that process? What program do you use?
Karl – I use Adobe Photoshop and try to design characters virtually first, then I have a guide line to create the actual pop.
Michaal @ PPG – The X-23 box looks great, did you make that too?
Karl – Yes I made the box.
Michaal @ PPG – What would you say is the hardest aspect of creating a piece?
Karl – The hardest aspect is molding and all the clay work.
Michaal @ PPG – Where do you draw inspiration from?
Karl – My inspiration comes mostly from the desire to own something that doesn’t exist yet. With X-23 we wanted to do something that wasn’t overly complicated but original. After thinking about it, I realized Funko hadn’t done a silver-black X-23 variant, and the recent custom change in the comic made this a very cool variant to create.
Michaal @ PPG – Do you have any advice for newcomers to the field of Pop! customization?
Karl – Well I would say to all the beginners… have fun and keep at it. Everyone’s first few customs aren’t very good. Also don’t use a DIY mold unless it makes sense for what you are doing. Try to find a Funko releases with heads and bodies that match closer to what your finish product should look like.
Michaal @ PPG – Karl, it was a pleasure speaking with. We are all very excited to see the finished products and view your future work as well!
Karls work can be found on https://www.Kgcustompops.weebly.com or his Facebook https://m.facebook.com/kgcustompops/
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And don’t forget… if you’re stuck at home on Thanksgiving with family that only comes around for the free food, it could be worse. You could be stuck in line right behind your local flipper, at a major retailer who has no limit on the amount of exclusive pieces one person can buy.
Until next time!
-Michaal @ PPG