Limited Paper: Craig Drake Dropping a Dozen BLADE RUNNER, KILL BILL, and STAR TREK AP Prints Tomorrow

     December 16, 2012

The Mondo Gallery’s Brandenburg and Drake showcase will almost certainly be remembered as 2012’s biggest pleasant surprise:  it totally snuck up on us, delivering an uppercut of awesome that no one saw coming.  Two months later, at the most recent Mondo Gallery opening, people were still talking about how thoroughly they’d been caught off-guard by that show.   Since then, Craig Drake has gone from being one of the more obscure contributors on the Mondo payroll to one of its most respected.  Even fans that aren’t hip to Drake’s style (basically: “Pat Nagle by way of a Harry Knowles fever-dream”) seem to respect the fact that his work is unlike anything else currently being produced in Poster World.

And tomorrow, Drake is scheduled to drop a huge batch of APs via his online store, giving the newly-converted (and everyone who missed out the first time around) one last chance to snatch up some of the guy’s best work.  Wanna know what’s dropping and what it’s gonna cost ya?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

OK, so the intro was a little on the “sloppy blowjob” side of things, but what can I say?  When I’m proven wrong, that usually means I’m walking away impressed.  And in 2012, I was never more wrong about a show’s potential than I was about Mondo’s Brandenburg and Drake show.   And judging by some of the conversations I’ve had with the gentle Limited Paper readers of the world in the wake of that show’s opening, I wasn’t alone.

And, hey, if you’re one of the people I spoke with who expressed regret about not paying attention to that show when it opened, I’ve got good news—a flat-out Festivus Miracle, if we’re being honest—to share with you:  tomorrow afternoon, Craig Drake’s dropping a dozen different APs via his Big Cartel store.  Virtually every print Drake’s released through Mondo is represented in this drop, and while the edition sizes are really small…the prices are more than fair.  Let’s take a look:

  • Seven of Nine (Solo) by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 11, signed and numbered by the artist
  • Seven of Nine (Borg) by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 12, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Seven of Nine (Variant) by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 2 (!!!!), signed and numbered by the artist

  • Beatrix (Bloody Variant) by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 3 (!!!), signed and numbered by the artist

  • Beatrix by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 9, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Maria by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 8, signed and numbered by the artist

  • O-Ren Ishii by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 6, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Nina by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 6, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Pris by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 7, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Rachael by Craig Drake
  • 36×24”
  • $70 AP edition of 4 (!!!), signed and numbered by the artist

  • Deckard by Craig Drake
  • 24×36”
  • $70 AP edition of 6, signed and numbered by the artist

  • The Bride by Craig Drake
  • 20×30”
  • $70 AP edition of 6, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Beatrix by Craig Drake
  • 30×40” Original, Framed

  • Deckard by Craig Drake
  • 20×30” Original, Framed

Phew.  Quite the lineup, eh?  This isn’t quite everything that Drake’s released this year, but it does represent his entire Mondo output thus far.  Hell, if you were willing to drop some serious coin, I suppose it’s theoretically possible that you could PayPal your way to an entire Craig Drake Mondo catalogue once these drop at Drake’s online store tomorrow (if that’s your plan, drop me a line:  I’d like to take out a loan).

One other piece of advice before we wrap this bitch up:  if you’re gunning for one (or more) of these, pay very close attention to those edition sizes.  AP prints are almost always harder to obtain than their unsigned counterparts, but these AP’s have an even lower edition size than most AP runs.  So, if you’re going after, I dunno, the Beatrix (Bloody Variant), I’d strongly suggest clearing your schedule and getting serious about F5’ing Drake’s store for a few hours tomorrow.  Good luck to everyone that’s taking a crack at it:  I guarantee you’ll be happy you made the effort once you see…well, any of these in person.

And that’s it for now, folks!  We’ll be back with more Limited Paper goodness soon enough (pro-tip:  you should probably go ahead and prepare yourselves for some major drops over the next few weeks; we’ll be updating you on all the good stuff whenever we’re clear to do so).  In the meantime,  you know the drill:  if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you!  Email Limited Paper directly at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!  

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