A Mascot Maker's Musings:

Falling in Love with Mascots

  Sometimes creation just buzzes along at AvantGarb. We have enough of the right foam to build the mascot body, we have plenty of the right kind of helmets to put inside the mascot heads, we have plenty of fur, the right … Continue reading 

National Mascot Association

There are a lot of mascots running around, but there’s no central spot where mascot people can check in and come together… ….That is, until now! INTRODUCING THE NATIONAL MASCOT ASSOCIATION At AvantGarb, we are big fans of everything mascot. All … Continue reading 

JJ Jumper - NCAA Official mascot

Additional, Duplicate Mascots?

Why would you need 2 duplicatel mascots? Mascots lead VERY busy social lives. We made a bunch of identical mascots for the NCAA. J.J. Jumper is the official mascot for the NCAA. There are a lot of schools in the NCAA. J.J. needed … Continue reading 

Wally Wabash – Updated College Mascot

We got the call awhile ago from Wabash College. They wanted a new, updated, Wally Wabash mascot. Alumni of Wabash College sport the special Wabash College license plate – and that license plate has a wonderful drawing of Wally. AvantGarb … Continue reading 

A Soybean Mascot named Bennie the Bean

  Big Agriculture, Big Soybean Mascot There have been many generations of Bennie the Bean, the soybean mascot for the Indiana Soybean Alliance. This is the latest one. Soybeans are big agriculture in Indiana and Bennie the Bean is a … Continue reading 

Biz, Blessings & a Martini

AvantGarb has been a growing, productive business for a really long time. I started AvantGarb in my Berkeley, California garage when my youngest daughter was about 3 months old. From the start, AvantGarb has been profitable and the dollars have … Continue reading 

Mascotland on TV

We’re colorful, buoyant and a bit show-y off-y …and when a stylish, lively interviewer with a TV camera comes into the studio it brings it all up to a new level. It’s MascotLand on TV! Lauren Casey, from WRTV6 came by the other day. She … Continue reading 

Mascot in a Minute

We Thrive on Deadlines! When we are working on a tight deadline, the Mascot Mavens here at AvantGarb get pretty excited. We call the tight deadline mascots, “Mascots in a Minute”. The secret to making a deadline, is putting enough … Continue reading 

Mascot Safety – Vision and Ventilation

Breathing and Seeing It may seem obvious. Breathing and seeing are the most important parts of mascot design and creation. A mascot performer’s safety is supreme – most important – paramount! Yes, a mascot must look great and it’s really wonderful if a performer … Continue reading 

SirCC w/ Tattoo

Mascot Muscles

Pumped up mascots!   First Sir CC, the mascot for the Cleveland Cavaliers, got the really fabulous muscles. Then he got the really cool tattoo. Making Mascot Muscles is an art. It takes astounding pattern drafting skills, super-hero sewing skills, … Continue reading