|"What the kids crave, sugar & vomiting" -Mark Newgarden|
The Barfo family display box. Conceived by Mark Newgarden ,
designed by Drew Friedman, box painted by Patrick Pigott.
Barfo was a collaborative effort of Topps' new product development department, the original notion hatched by veteran candy man Abe Morgenstern, who arrived at Topps one morning in Brooklyn with a Thanksgiving turkey baster demanding to know: "How can we turn this into a candy container?" Mark Newgarden suggested a vomiting head, and The rest is history. As journalist Patrick Rosenkranz chronicled in "The Bubble Gum Wars": "The concept that couldn't be ignored, The Barfo Family quickly became a legend in their own time."
|Close up of the lovely prototype.|
|Sketches by art spiegelman|
|My initial sketches of "Dad" & "Mom" Barfo|
|"Jr." & "Sis" Barfo|
|"Spot" & "Baby" Barfo|
|My pencil design for the Barfo display box. "Sis" & "Baby" sadly didn't make the final cut (click to enlarge)|
|The finished display box art painted by Patrick Piggot (click to enlarge)|
|"REALLY DELICIOUS!" Side view of the display box (click to enlarge)|
|"SQUEEZE TO EAT" Close up of "Jr." Barfo|
|This was a recent display at the Fantagraphics gallery in Seatlle containing some of the products I've designed over the years, including my pride and joy, Barfo.|
Thanks to Mark Newgarden for supplying some of the images and Alan Nahagian.