Fred Wheaton

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Latest Projects

  • Fred has drawn sketch cards for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids Flashback 2, available in hobby shops and at retailers like Target and Wal-Mart in February 2011.

  • Fred drew sketch cards for the limited edition Wacky Packages Old School 2, due in January 2011 from the Topps Online Store.

  • Wacky Packages Series 7 shipped from Topps in August 2010. Fred worked on concepts, final paintings, and sketch cards.

  • Fred drew over 200 sketch cards for Garbage Pail Kids Flashback, which was released in February 2010. See Barren Aaron's Garbage Pail Kids World for the scoop.

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    Trading Card Art

    Wacky Packages All-New Series 7

    Fred has designed parody trading cards and stickers for several Topps entertainment brands:

    Topps has published ten of his final paintings, and his concepts have been turned into finals by illustrators such as John Pound, David Gross, John Zeleznik, Brent Engstrom, Layron DeJarnette, Claude St. Aubin, Mark Sparacio, Fred Harper, and Hermann Meija. He has also drawn over 800 official sketch cards for Topps.



    Credits

    Wacky Packages All-New Series 4

    Fred began working with Topps on this series in February 2006. Fred's wife, Renee Davis, co-wrote many of the ideas that he turned into rough concept drawings. Eight of their concepts were included in the set, published July 2006.

    Da Vinci Cold rough
    #TitleConcept Writer/ArtistPainter
    15The Da Vinci Cold
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (painting)
    18Twigglers
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Claude St. Aubin
     (painting)
    24Hoggin' Dogz*
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (painting)
    26Frogresso
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (painting)
    28Elder's Glue
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    35Downer
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    David Gross
     (painting)
    42Maze-ola
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Mark Sparacio
     (painting)
    47Tacky Packages
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    David Gross
     (painting)
    B4St. Hives
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Mark Sparacio
     (painting)

    * The "Hoggin' Dogz" design was turned into a 3-dimensional vinyl toy in 2007.



    Wacky Packages All-New Series 5

    This series was published in March 2007, containing 11 of Fred's concepts.

    Sharkie rough
    #Title Concept Writer/ArtistPainter
    3 Cavemanwich
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    4 Crush!
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    16 Enlisterine*
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    17 Doublemental
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    20 Selsun Boo!
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    25Prestomb
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    37 Sharkie
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    47 Hivory
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
    (concept)
    John Pound
     (pencil art, color rough, painting)
    B1 Blob Evans
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    David Gross
     (painting)
    B4 Vise
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (color rough, painting)
    B5 Vulture Valley
     (printed card)
    Renee Davis/Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Brent Engstrom
     (painting)

    * Fred's "Enlisterine" sketch was pictured on the box vox blog on March 16, 2008



    Wacky Packages All-New Series 6

    Fred designed 15 titles in the 80-card base set, and painted 3 of them. Published September 2007.

    Lorna Doom character
    #TitleConcept Writer/ArtistPainter
    1Ajinx
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    3Oscar Mauler
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)
    11Miracle Weep
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Fred Wheaton
     (pencils, painting)
    12Yo Playa
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    35Grad
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)
    36Lorna Doom
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Fred Wheaton
     (pencils, painting)
    46Purelf
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    52Jelly Bully
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Fred Wheaton
     (pencils, painting)
    53Quiet Pupsi
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (painting)
    54Froot Oops
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    55Y'All
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Zeleznik
     (painting)
    56Dissed Miss
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)
    62Lubridirt
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)
    72Sloth Scrub
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)
    74Scorch Tape
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Richard Clark
     (painting)


    Wacky Packages Postcards Series 4

    Topps Wacky Packages Postcards series 4 logo

    Released October 2009 in both limited and unlimited editions. Each limited edition included a hand-drawn sketch card by one of the postcard artists and a set of 5 artist bio cards.

    In May 2010, the Topps Online Store debuted a Wacky Packages Postcard Collector's Kit which includes a binder and a set of souvenir stamps.

    #TitleConcept Writer/ArtistPainter
    5Molten Crisp Fred Wheaton Fred Wheaton


    Garbage Pail Kids All-New Series 6

    This set included four of Fred's designs. He painted one of them, "I-Clod Todd", which became his first published trading card painting. Series 6 was issued in February 2007.

    MP Trey card
    #TitleConcept Writer/ArtistPainter
    10aNested Ernesto
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
     (painting)
    10bEliot Nest
    11aSnakes in DwayneFred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Layron Dejarnette
     (painting)
    11bTapeworm Tanner
     (printed card)
    17aScott Pocket
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    John Pound
    17bCal Zoned
    38aI-Clod ToddFred Wheaton
     (concept, revision)
    Fred Wheaton
     (painting)
    38bMP Trey
     (printed card)


    Garbage Pail Kids All-New Series 7

    Fred designed 3 cards in this set, which was published in December 2007.

    Extra Christie
    #TitleConcept Writer/ArtistPainter
    14aCoral Carson
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (thumbnail)
    Brent Engstrom
     (digital art)
    14bCora Reef
     (printed card)
    36aCar Jack
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept, revision)
    Layron Dejarnette
     (digital art)
    36bScrap Heath
     (printed card)
    37aExtra Christie*
     (printed card)
    Fred Wheaton
     (concept)
    Fred Harper
     (painting in-progress,
    final painting)
    37bChick Ken*
     (printed card)


    Hollywood Zombies

    Published June 2007. Fred did design and gag work on 14 of the published Zombies:

    Hollywood Zombies rough
    # Title Painter
    14 MorguedonnaGary Locke
    16 Ghoulia RobertsRichard Clark
    17Teri HatchetRichard Williams
    18Cameron DemiseKei Acedera
    20Rachael RotMark Sparacio
    21Gashlee SimpsonHermann Meija
    24Janet WhacksonRichard Williams
    29Johnny DeathHermann Meija
    34Halle BuriedLayron DeJarnette
    42Robert DeFearoLayron DeJarnette
    45/B1/B2Britney SpearedMark Frederickson
    54Samuel Hell JacksonLayron DeJarnette
    67John Spewart & Stephen GhoulbertDrew Friedman
    68John RevoltaRichard Clark
    (unused)Groan and Maulissa Rivers?

    In 2010, the Hollywood Zombies art found new life as licensed wall graphics from LTL Prints. (The license expired in 2011.)


    Unused Roughs

    Fred submitted these ideas to Topps, but they (among many others) were not accepted.

    TitleNotes
    Wacky Packages: Carbuncle Ben'sRejected from series 4, at least in part because Topps believed that kids would not know the word "carbuncle." Uncle Ben's was parodied as "Uncle Bone's" in series 5.
    Wacky Packages: PeepsiA little too weird for series 4. Dave Gross's "Popsi" was used in series 5 to parody Pepsi, and Fred's later "Quiet Pupsi" design appeared in series 6.
    Wacky Packages: Germy Pale Kids"Germy" was in the running for a while, until Dave Gross's superior "Garbage Pail Geezers" was accepted for series 5.
    Wacky Packages: Homely Bunches of GoatsSeries 4 already contained a goat-themed cereal parody by the time this was proposed so it was, at least, redundant. Coincidentally another artist proposed the same title as a Honey Bunches of Oats parody.

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