The Creatives

  • Luke Chueh

    Born in Philadelphia, but tragically raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obipso, where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration).

    In 2003, Luke started pursuing a career as a studio artist, quickly working his way up the ranks of the "Pop Surrealist / Low Brow" art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

  • Patrick Lam

    Patrick didn’t set out to be a toymaker. His career began in film, chasing the dream of directing a feature while plying his trade. In 2002, he leased the perfect location in the heart of historic Chinatown LA to start preproduction for the movie that never was. His financing fell through and the landlord wanted him out because he was wasting prime retail. So out of desperation to save the project, Patrick proclaimed that he was opening a toy store. And having no idea what to sell, he searched the web and found "designer vinyl", a subculture of art toys from Asia with a budding international following. And so MunkyKing, SoCal’s first designer toy store, was born.

    What started as a front for a film became a hub of the low-brow art scene. The quaint shop hosted epic shows and events, fueling Chinatown's renaissance as an arts district. MK expanded to a 2nd shop/gallery and turned Melrose into a collector’s mecca, fostering community and inspiring competition. And they produce toys with the artists they showcase, creating award-winning pieces that cement their legacy in designer toy lore.

    The desire to direct never died, but Patrick is no longer that young filmmaker with only one goal in life. Now he has a community of artists, an established brand, and 14 years of working with others to build a successful business. So MunkyKing is now producing animated projects with artists to bring their art to an even wider audience. And to his humbling surprise, Patrick's career has come full circle, making him a firm believer of going down paths not planned.

  • Stu Gamble

    During his time on planet Earth, Stu Gamble has created, developed, written and directed many projects in the film and TV industry. He has worked with many international clients such as Lego, Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and MTV creating high quality work that has entertained a lot of people. Probably.

    He was Cartoon Network’s very first commission for the UK. He wrote the creative brief that helped secure the latest show from Lego (Nexo Knights) becoming series director, and episode director of the first season. He has also directed a 4D Stereoscopic theme park ride for Lego Land.

    Stu is the founder of Freakish Kid, a production company based in the Hungary and United Kingdom that has provided high-end animation work for film and TV. Stu was one of the few artists asked for his creative take on the new Micky Mouse shorts for Disney TVA. He wrote, produced and directed the hit show Mansour which has over 100 million views on YouTube. In 2016 Stu and his creative partners formed Tiny Giants, a creative agency and IP development company whose ethos is to take tiny ideas and make them giant. Stu signed with The Gotham Group which is an amazing coincidence because he's also Batman.


When will Grief Encounters release?

March 2018

Will it suck?

Not if we can help it.

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