The first reaction when John Layman showed us this pic: Holy *!@#$. Our reaction hasn't changed much since. In case you missed it, just wanted to post the amazing news here that "Dr. Who"'s David Tennant is doing the voice of Mason Savoy in the upcoming "CHEW" cartoon. Amazing. Epic. We can't fricken wait! The Crew
Hey, Mignola fans! In case you didn't already rush out and buy it, don't forget that the "B.P.R.D. 1946-1949" hardcover graphic novel dropped this week. This series, as its title implies, takes place post-WWII and follows the story of Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, Hellboy's guardian and mentor. He and the bureau are investigating one of Hitler's many evil plots, Project Vampir Sturm, and the secret history of vampires. That's right, nazi vampires, young Hellboy and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. Who could ask for more? Mignola's work, as usual, is absolutely stunning, vibrantly colored and grotesque as hell. He did this series with the help of some very talented writers and artists. John Arcudi (writer, Rumble, BPRD), Joshua Dysart (writer, Harbinger, Imperium), Paul Azaceta (artist, Outcast, Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man), Gabriel Bá (artist, Umbrella Academy, Casanova), Fábio Moon (Casanova, Daytripper), Max Fiumara (artist, Abe Sapien, Amazing Spider-Man) and Dave Stewart (Eisner-winning colorist, Umbrella Academy, Hellboy, Abe Sapien). Check it out! Maybe you'll see one of the artifacts we've replicated in this book. Or, better yet, maybe you'll spot something we're working on! Give it a read and let us (and Mike!) know what you think! The Crew
The results are in from the first month of our new #SkeltonCrew photo contest. The verdict? Adorable, cool and badass. After a close vote amongst The Crew, a young man and his Chog named Chewie took the contest in May. (And, his dad tells us, he was educating fellow Sox fans in the stands at Fenway about what a Chog was. Love that!) We've included pics of the honorary mentions below because how could we not? In the meantime, keep 'em coming! Have you got pictures of you with a Chog in an interesting location, like the top of the Eiffel tower, or at the Coliseum? How about pictures of you incorporating our B.P.R.D. artifacts into a kick-ass cosplay? Or maybe you've got a picture or two of you using a Locke & Key replica to open the doors or gates to a historical location? We're looking for any pictures that tell a fun story about you and any one (or more!) of our products. All you have to do is share the photos on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr and use the hashtag #SkeltonCrew when you post to be in the running for a $50 Skelton Crew Studio gift certificate! Chog on, young sir, Chog on. The Crew
We're going into one of the busiest seasons of the year at the studio getting ready for Boston Comic Con and getting a bunch of releases out the door. We hope to bring exclusives to BCC from "CHEW," "Locke & Key" and from our new Templesmith line, along with a few prototype pieces, like, maybe, a soon-to-be-released plush of everyone's favorite badass rooster ... We're in Day Seven of our Kickstarter campaign for the Tony Chu mini-bust from "CHEW" and we can't say thank you enough for all the backing. We're just super grateful. The campaign is so close to making the bust a reality, and yesterday we also announced a stretch goal: miniature vinyl Chogs. Like one of our regular vinyls, but now with less Chog! In only the best way. More details to come on the exclusives. For now, pics of our next "Locke & Key" release, coming very, very soon and limited to 500. The Splody Key was featured in the back of the "Guide to Known Keys." It's the first time we've released a key before it's been a major player in a storyline but Joe tells us he has plans for it in an upcoming one-shot. Pre-orders for the key will be signed by the amazing L&K artist himself, Gabriel Rodriguez. In case you missed it, we launched a new monthly photo contest. Use #SkeltonCrew on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to show us how you're using our products or where you're taking them. For instance, for a heavy dose of adorable check out this "CHEW" fan at the ballpark. Every month, we'll pick one winner for a $50 Skelton Crew Studio gift certificate! Hope to see you all soon. The Crew
Just wanted to share the latest shot of our upcoming Tony Chu mini-bust from "CHEW" with Tony in his beet juice, beet label glory. More details about his release very soon. We've also confirmed plans to be at Jetpack Comics in New Hampshire on Free Comic Book Day on May 2 and at Boston Comic Con on July 31-Aug. 2. Love to see you there! The Crew
We're really psyched to share the first in our line of upcoming "Locke & Key" mini-busts, Bode Locke. The prototype seen here is sculpted by the very talented Troy McDevitt, designed by myself and "Locke & Key" artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Bode will have a very limited run. We're shooting for an April pre-order release. Israel
Last year we announced a new partnership with Th3rd World Studios and its amazing book, "The Stuff of Legend." Now we're psyched to give an early first look to a rough prototype of the first release in that line: The Colonel. It's sculpted by the talented Derek Hallett, the same sculptor behind our upcoming Tony Chu mini-bust from "CHEW." The Colonel will stand just over 2 inches tall, at full attention, in hand-polished pewter. We're shooting for a May/June release. A resin Jester mini-bust for that line is underway, more on it soon. Hands up if you'd also dig a Max plush? We'd love the feedback. Israel
New website, two new partnerships and some really great times, and that's on top of 12 new replicas – 2014 was pretty sweet. 2015 will be even better. We kicked off last Jan. 1 with the release of the studio’s Poyo mini-bust so we figured it would be fitting to give a sneak peak today of the next CHEW mini-bust, Tony Chu. We’re shooting for a late January/early February release with a limited edition run of 500. It’s designed by Rob Guillory and myself and sculpted by Derek Hallett, who did a killer job. We also wanted to give an early look at the prototype sketches for our new “Locke & Key” mini-bust line, designed by Gabriel Rodriguez and I. Hope to show Bode prototype pics very soon. From “The Stuff of Legend,” below is a first look at The Colonel by Charles P. Wilson III. He’ll be 2.25-inches tall, solid pewter and able to lead your other toys into battle. Look for him around March. From “Mouse Guard,” we also have an early shot of Gwendolyn’s Pike-Ax sculpted by John Thompson. It’s been in the works for a while and we’re really excited to see it come out in February/March. Below, there's also an early shot of the coin replica from Ben Templesmith's "The Squidder" and a shot of Mischrasse's pendant from our B.P.R.D. Artifact Archive collection, both soon to be released. Last thing: We’ve added gift certificates in case you’d like to give a little Crew goodness this year. If there’s something you really want and we haven’t made it yet from any of our lines, shout it out. Because, you never know. Wishing you and yours an awesome 2015. Israel
We're psyched to offer an early look at a prototype sculpt of the In Squid We Trust coin from Ben Templesmith's new book "The Squidder," published by IDW. That's also a subtle way of announcing that Skelton Crew Studio and Templesmith plan to collaborate on all sorts of cool replicas and props in a our new Templesmith Collection. The line will kick off with the release of the limited edition coin this winter and will also include plush and busts from Templesmith's critically acclaimed comic "Wormwood," also published by IDW. The coin, sculpted by the talented Jamie Macfarlane, is 4.25" wide, in bronze-plated pewter and heavy enough to knock out a squid. Check back in November for pre-order details.
LITCHFIELD, Maine — Th3rd World Studios and Skelton Crew Studio are excited to announce a new partnership that will see Skelton Crew producing replicas and mini-busts from the New York Times best-selling comic “The Stuff of Legend.” The book is written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith and drawn by Charles Paul Wilson III. “‘The Stuff of Legend’ frankly has it all,” said Skelton Crew Studio head Israel Skelton. “It’s a wonderfully written story with a cast of characters you quickly become attached to. And did I mention the art is AMAZING? I couldn’t be happier to bring these characters to the next dimension.” A six-inch Jester mini-bust is slated for the first release in the new line in early winter 2014. We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Skelton Crew for ‘The Stuff of Legend,’” said Th3rd World Studios co-publisher Michael DeVito. “The quality of their work and, more importantly, the level of respect that they show to the source material in bringing their replicas and collectibles to life shows a true dedication to their craft. Planned future releases include a pewter replica of The Colonel and a Boogeyman mini-bust. “The guys have been awesome to work with and I can’t wait to see what else we dream up,” Skelton said. Check Skelton Crew’s website, www.skeltoncrewstudio.com, for prototype shots and more release details in coming months. Israel and Charles will both be at BangPop comic con in Bangor, Maine next weekend. About Skelton Crew Studio LLC Skelton Crew Studio is already the exclusive home to props and replicas from “Locke & Key,” “CHEW,” “Mouse Guard” and “B.P.R.D.” Its most recent releases are a green vinyl Chog from “CHEW” and an SDCC-exclusive Alpha Key from “Locke & Key.” It’s been featured on G4's “Attack of the Show,” MTV.com SourceFedNERD and The Onion’s A.V. Club Pop Culture Gift Guide. About Th3rd World Studios Th3rd World Studios (www.th3rdworld.com) is a print and digital publishing house specializing in the development of high-quality original and adapted properties such as “The Intrepid Escapegoat,” “SuperFogeys,” “Legend of Bill,” “Holiday Wars,” the breakout, all-ages fantasy “Finding Gossamyr,” and the acclaimed, original, New York Times Bestselling series, “The Stuff of Legend,” which is currently in development as a feature film from Mandeville Films and Walt Disney Studios.