Brad McGinty

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I'm an illustrator, animator, and comic book dude. This is the Tumblr for my illustration work, my web comic, Battle Zoo, and my bubble gum company, GLORP.

Sneak peek at some new GLORP stuff.

Sneak peek at some new GLORP stuff.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
HEY! 11 new pages of my web comic Battle Zoo just dropped! New pages start here: BAMMO! Or start rereading from the beginning here: WHAMMO! Issue 2 starts next week! SPREAD THE WORD!

HEY! 11 new pages of my web comic Battle Zoo just dropped! New pages start here: BAMMO! Or start rereading from the beginning here: WHAMMO! Issue 2 starts next week! SPREAD THE WORD!

— 3 months ago with 6 notes

Hey Glorpophiles! Someone recently sent me a copy of Tim’s Fightin’ Air Force from April 1965 with a reprint of the “Glorps Will Getcha” story inside! This story was originally printed in an almost impossible to find issue of  “Front Line Fists” from 1954, so I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten my filthy mitts on ANY copy of this hard to find gem.

I’m not sure if it holds up to my expectations. If I had to guess, I’d say that the ending was probably changed to better incorporate the ad above for this reprint (the lettering on the last pages doesn’t quite match), but until someone finds and scans in a copy of the original issue of Front line Fists, I guess we’ll never know.

Sorry for the lousy scans, I’ll probably go back and clean them up when I find some free time.

If you enjoyed this comic, why not jump over to glorpgum.com and pick up a reproduction of the T-Shirt in the above ad!

-Brad

— 4 months ago with 18 notes

Bootleg toys are the best toys. Everyone knows that. I found a few of these action figures in the back of a local dollar store, and was pretty impressed by the beautiful train wreck that is… Stars Warsiors! I have no idea when these toys were made, but I was pretty inspired to flesh out the line, and thought a shirt might be the best way to do it.

Look at that! All your friends are right there on the shirt! Teenbacco, ET D2, Hom Selleck, and so many more! Just think of the confusion this shirt will cause at your local comic book show. That alone must be worth… $5, $10, maybe even $22.00, plus shipping? Just look at it:

What’s that, three colors on there?

Hmm… If I didn’t know better I would say that must be printed on a 100% Ringspun cotton “Midnight Navy” Next Level 3600 t-shirt with water based inks over a discharge underbase. Good thing too, because those are really nice, soft shirts!

It’s like all the shirts you’ve ever wanted on one shirt you REALLY want! And that’s not all. If you are one of the first 10 people to order the I’m going to throw in a FREE Door Ladder action figure! Not lucky enough to have gotten to the shop in time? Well, fret not, I have something even more special lined up for you! I was curious to find out if there were any more Stars Warsiors toys out there in the world, so I contacted my pal (and toy collector supreme) Brad Rader (aka Battle Babies) to see if he had ever seen one of these. Wouldn’t you know it, Brad had actually had a rare Space Farmer figure from the original line, and he sent me this great picture to share: GLORIOUS! But that’s just the starting point. Brad Rader went above and beyond the call of duty, and decided to help me recreate the third (and missing, as far as I know) Wise Puppet figure!

Brad Rader went to great lengths to recreate the texture and look of this long-lost gem. Once Brad had finished recreating the figurine, he turned it over to the extremely talented Man Or Monster? studios to make the molds and bring this 3.5 inch tall resin masterpiece to life. And what a great job they both did! Just look at it! Who wouldn’t want this staring at them while they work? Well, if you do, you have to act fast, because there are only 30 of these in existence! That’s right, 30! And once they are gone that’s it, so hurry over to Glorpgum.com and get one for only $25.00! BRAD OUT!

— 4 months ago with 12 notes

Spring has Sprung!

And that means GLORP gum is rolling out three brand new flavors and three brand new FREE t-shirts to go with them! Nothing says nice weather like chewing gum in a new shirt. But that’s not all! GLORP also has new hats, patches, and die cut sticker sets that will be sure to put the spring in your step even if the weather doesn’t!

— 6 months ago with 7 notes

Cyber Monday is for squares TECHNO TUESDAY is for you! FREE SHIPPING all day! enter the code technotuesday at check out

— 10 months ago with 7 notes

Three Vintage Soviet holiday cards now available at the GLORP Gum shop! You can red all about the history of these cards over at the blog.

— 10 months ago with 16 notes
Pre-orders for my Munny Mouse shirt end on Friday. Better get one before it’s too late! Order one right now at GLORP!

Pre-orders for my Munny Mouse shirt end on Friday. Better get one before it’s too late! Order one right now at GLORP!

— 10 months ago with 2 notes
Pre-orders for my Kaiju Santa shirt end on Friday. Better get one before it’s too late! Order one right now at GLORP!

Pre-orders for my Kaiju Santa shirt end on Friday. Better get one before it’s too late! Order one right now at GLORP!

— 10 months ago with 5 notes
A GLORP HISTORY! CHAPTER 2: The Soviet holiday card fiasco
A GLORP HISTORY! CHAPTER 2:
image A piece of Soviet made imitation GLORP in it’s original packaging.

Although World War II was a trying time for the United States and the rest of the world, it was a boom time for the GLORP Gum Company. As you may recall from previous missives, GLORP Gum was sent into the skies with our brave pilots to ward off airsickness. The great taste of GLORP Gum soon became the flavor of victory.

The period following World War II was a strange time for GLORP Gum. As soldiers returned home many found themselves longing for the chalky taste of their beloved airtime treat.


Unfortunately for our boys in blue, the US Military didn’t manufacture GLORP for market. Many soldiers tried, in vain, to create their own GLORP at home. These homemade concoctions became known as “bubble bath gum” (as it was usually made in bathtubs) or “bubble gum” for short. These gums varied widely in quality, but never had the famous “wakeup blast” that the soldiers had come to know and crave.

image A common rural setup for making homemade GLORP-like concoctions.

A Russian scientist named Rostislav Krivonogov caught wind of the “bubble bath gum” craze. He soon cracked the GLORP formula and found that the gum’s patented “war time punch” came from a popular Russian additive known as “kickcaine” (named for it’s well known kick). This “flavor enhancer” was easy to come by in the Soviet Union, and Russian made GLORP knock-offs quickly flooded the US market.

image Russian immigrant children often sold GLORP chewing pellets on the streets for extra cash.

Getting “US Johnnies” hooked on drug-laced wads of boiled horsemeat is considered by many historians to be the first Soviet ingredient in the “conflict soup” that would soon become known as the Cold War. This simmering pot would quickly lead the United States and the Soviet Union down a boiling nightmare river of rhetoric and propaganda.


In the United States this came to a fever pitch in 1954, the height of McCarthyism. The Crusade for Freedom spearheaded a fundraising effort promoting “Truth Dollars,” which raised money for Radio Free Europe, the Freedom Scroll, and Bolshevik Bill the Freedom Ferret.

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Bolshevik Bill the “Freedom Ferret” or “the red Commie weasel that changed his ways” was a grand marshal in many freedom parades across America.

The Soviets were striking back with an anti-Truth Dollars campaign, and were using spies like Iskhak Bazarov to spread infamy across the United States.


Iskhak Bazarov, the son of a wealthy potato thief and line patron, fled the Soviet Union just before World War II. His daring escape from a Soviet gulag, where he was imprisoned for bear thieving, was legendary among his countrymen.

The Soviet government finally discovered his whereabouts in 1954 when his picture was on the front page of the Wisconsin Whistler for winning first place in a bear boxing match under the alias John “the escaped Russian prisoner” Smith.

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Iskhak Bazarov after one of his many bear fighting victories.

Mr. Bazarov was given the choice of extradition to Siberia, or aiding the Soviet Union as a spy. He was assigned the task of forming an American company that would become a front for the distribution of Soviet propaganda and the highly addictive GLORP Gum substitutes. He soon founded the Glorp Greeting Card Company in Minneapolis, MN, named after the nausea preventative beloved by so many US soldiers.


Iskhak created three different holiday cards for the Glorp Greeting Card Company, each with a special message designed to brainwash unsuspecting patriots.


The first card was designed for the proletariat classes. Knowing that the demands of consumerists were growing with each passing Christmas, Iskhak came to the conclusion that people who worked long hours manufacturing objects they could not afford would be of a “fertile mindset where the seeds of Communist fervor could bloom like a red rose covered in terrible, terrible, thorns.”

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The second card was aimed at wealthier patrons who ignored the plight of hardworking men and women, even while reaping the benefits of their labor. The Soviets sought to shine a Kremchkz (Soviet truthing mirror) on the their greed and perfidy, and believed that the wealthy would be smooshed with guilt and shame if their true natures were exposed.

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The third card took a friendlier approach. This card drew direct correlations between American’s rosy view of Santa Claus (and his distribution of goods equally to all boys and girls) and very idea of Communism. Although this was a bit of an ideological stretch, the purpose was to brainwash Americans to positively associate Communism with their most beloved Capitalist mascot.

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Just in case the message on the front of the cards was not clear, the back of the card endorsed Communist rhetoric like one beating a Zkhcmrk (Soviet dead horse).

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Needless to say, these cards were a miserable failure. Once the US government caught wind of this anti-Truth Dollars campaign they immediately seized the fraudulent company’s assets and arrested Mr. Bazarov.
Iskhak promptly rolled over on his Commie overlords, spilling such valuable Soviet secrets such as a plan for a third Red Scare (Red Scare 2: Part 2), the whereabouts of US illegal resident networks, and the trade formula of a Communist soda pop called McThirstyism.

Although Glorp Greeting Card Company is no more, you can still find these cards for sale through the GLORP Gum Company website. You can buy each one separately or go "Capitalist crazy" and get all three together in one set. They are strictly sold as souvenirs and in no way promote the ideals depicted on the cards.


Did GLORP go down with the USSR?
Did GLORP ever become an actual company?
Who will acquire the patented GLORP formula in exchange for a potent moonshine recipe that was later used as a fuel prototype for a top-secret aircraft? Learn this, and more, in Chapter 3 of a GLORP History!

Coming soon!

— 11 months ago with 4 notes
Vintage Soviet holiday cards! →

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image A piece of Soviet made imitation GLORP in it’s original packaging.

Although World War II was a trying time for the United States and the rest of the world, it was a boom time for the GLORP Gum Company. As you may recall from previous missives, GLORP Gum was sent into the skies with…

— 11 months ago with 1 note
HALLOWEEN IS NEXT WEEK! Order a GLORP brand  Fright Bite shirt today and I’ll throw in some extra spooky freebies! Don’t be caught dead without one!

HALLOWEEN IS NEXT WEEK! Order a GLORP brand Fright Bite shirt today and I’ll throw in some extra spooky freebies! Don’t be caught dead without one!

— 11 months ago with 4 notes
Give the gift of SCARING this Halloween with some GLORPOIDS DESTROY trading cards! Only $5 with a free sketch card over at GLORPGUM.com!

Give the gift of SCARING this Halloween with some GLORPOIDS DESTROY trading cards! Only $5 with a free sketch card over at GLORPGUM.com!

— 11 months ago with 367 notes
Are you ready for HOWL-O-WEEN? Fright Bite shirts are going fast! Go grab one at GLORP GUM!

Are you ready for HOWL-O-WEEN? Fright Bite shirts are going fast! Go grab one at GLORP GUM!

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
It’s FRIGHT-day! Celebrate it right and head on over to GLORP Gum and pick up the new T-Shirt and Glorp in the dark button set!

It’s FRIGHT-day! Celebrate it right and head on over to GLORP Gum and pick up the new T-Shirt and Glorp in the dark button set!

— 1 year ago with 2 notes