Artist Interview: Mike Jupp

Mike Jupp is a British artist who creates fantastic humorous “busy” cartoon puzzles for Gibsons. His images are full of meticulous detail and crazy characters.  See all Mike Jupp puzzles on Puzzle Warehouse here. My reviews of Mike Jupp puzzles here. Hi, Mike! It’s a privilege to have you as a guest on our puzzle blog. I personally am a huge fan of your cartoon puzzles. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions. JJ: First, please introduce yourself and tell usRead more

Review: “I Love London” by Mike Jupp, Gibsons — 9.5/10

Gibsons is a high-quality puzzle brand from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, a standard grid cut, and a waxy matte finish. Their Mike Jupp series of “I Love…” puzzles are some of the best cartoon puzzles on the market. The art work is of exceptional quality and has a wealth of fine detail. “I Love London” is a comic look at the great city of London with a range of crazy characters. You’ll have a lot of fun assembling this puzzle and getting a closer look at the sight gags and mini stories within the scene. Assembly is easy-to-moderate with no one area being especially difficult. You may find yourself referencing the box lid a lot! Recommended for anyone who likes cartoon puzzles and humor, or for those with a soft spot for London.Read more

Review: “I Love Gardening” by Mike Jupp, Gibsons – 9.5/10

Gibsons is a high-quality puzzle brand from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. Their Mike Jupp series of “I Love…” puzzles is enormously popular in the UK and for good reason. These busy cartoon puzzles are filled with fine detail, bright colors, and humorous sight gags. It’s fun to discover all the characters and animals as you piece this puzzle together. The grid cut, seamless finish, and excellent image reproduction all mark this as a AAA brand with an excellent tactile feel. Due to the standard piece cut, some pieces may appear to go where they don’t belong, which makes this brand more challenging to work than some. If you like cartoon puzzles, you’ll definitely want to check out the Mike Jupp puzzles in this series. “I Love Gardening” is ideal for those who have a green thumb or just like a moderately difficult and detailed puzzle.Read more

Review: Mike Jupp’s “I Love Spring”, 1000 pieces

  Company:  Gibson (UK)      Release Date: Sept 2011      Artist: Mike Jupp    Series:  “I Love” series Verdict:  9/10 stars I have all of Mike Jupp’s “I Love” puzzles.  I adore the humor and detail in these puzzles, and the clarity of Mike Jupp’s art.  It’s never muddy or slap-dash painterly the way some puzzle art is. No, everything in a Mike Jupp puzzle is perfectly drawn, colored, and finished. “I Love Spring” is one of the best inRead more

Mike Jupp’s “I Love…” Series

This is one of the highest quality cartoon series around thanks to the good quality of the Gibson brand and, more importantly, Mike Jupp’s oustanding illustrations.  Here’s the series.  These puzzles have been released over the years, but they are all still in print. I LOVE THE COUNTRY       (click for larger view) __________________________________________________________________________ I LOVE LONDON  __________________________________________________________________________ I LOVE GREAT BRITAIN (2008) __________________________________________________________________________ I LOVE CHRISTMAS See our review of this puzzle here __________________________________________________________________________ I LOVE THERead more

POTM Review: “Kodak: Dream Cottage Retreat”, Lafayette Puzzle Company – 8.25/10

Publisher: Lafayette Puzzle Company (US), published 2017 Title:  “Kodak: Dream Cottage Retreat” by Cra-Z-Art, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.625″ OUR RATING: 8.25/10 Puzzle of the Month: October 2017 This is the Puzzle Warehouse “PUZZLE OF THE MONTH” for October 2017. So if you are in the POTM club (click here to check it out), you will be getting this selection with no effort required on your part. For those who want to order the puzzle, there is a linkRead more

New Puzzles – Feb 2017

I’m back from hiatus and there’s a lot to catch up on. I hope everyone had a happy and productive January!  I’m going to be starting something new with my “New Puzzles” post, picking my top 3 new puzzles of the month. For your Edification – A Tip on Saving Shipping Costs: I used to never order a single puzzle because the shipping cost for just one can be nearly as much as the puzzle itself! Yet I’m not always readyRead more

Jigsaw Junkie’s Best Puzzles of 2016 + Giveaway

The end of the year is here–only two more weeks of 2016. It’s the perfect time to reminisce about the year that was. We reviewed a lot of puzzles here at Jigsaw Junkies. Which ones were the best? CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: We’ll give one lucky winner any puzzle on this post that we have in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, winner’s choice. Must be able to be shipped to a North American mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can tell us what yourRead more

New Puzzles – Nov/Dec 2016

It’s time again to talk about new puzzles! There are not a ton of new releases in November/December since the holiday puzzles normally come out earlier than that, but there are a few. PLUS, we have the first peek at the 2017 Ravensburger UK line. Awesome. NEW IN STOCK Here’s what’s new in stock at Puzzle Warehouse. Below are my picks, but you can see all the new puzzles for the past 30 days here. PIATNIK “Cruise Ship” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces  This new RuyerRead more

Review: “Translyvania”, D-Toys – 8.75/10

“Transylvania” from D-Toys is a fun and easy cartoon puzzle to assemble. The different areas of blue sky, red roofs, cream castle, tan road, and green grass make this puzzle go together very quickly. The artwork is a lot of fun with dozens of characters, each with a unique costume and pose. Human tourists snap photos and watch the antics at the Transylvanian tourist attraction–loaded with rather silly vampires hanging around, cooking food, or putting on a show. The D-Toys quality on this puzzle is good with sturdy pieces, six different piece shapes (in a grid cut), and a nice flat finish. If you like cartoon puzzles, the D-Toys “Cartoon Classics” line is worth a try. Recommended.Read more

Feature: All About Gibsons

This week at Jigsaw Junkies, we’re celebrating the addition of Gibsons puzzles to the Puzzle Warehouse inventory. This is the first time Puzzle Warehouse (based in St. Louis, Missouri) has carried Gibsons (a UK puzzle company), and offered American shoppers a quick and less expensive way to get these wonderful puzzles. Earlier this week, I reviewed Gibsons’ “The Fishing Shed” (1000 pieces) and one of their 4×500 sets, “A Trip to the Shops”. For this feature post, I’ll be exploringRead more