For the past month, we’ve been running a new column here at Collider.com called Limited Paper , and—thus far—it’s been a smashing success: we’ve received shout-outs from a number of artists, galleries, and dealers within the poster community, we’ve showcased a ton of awesome prints, and we’ve seen our readership continue to grow with each passing installment. But occasionally, our esteemed readership has pointed out that—for as awesome as the screenprints presented in Limited Paper are—they’re usually sold out by the time we show ‘em to you. Depending on how badly you want those prints, that could be a problem. Luckily, we’ve got a solution: Unlimited Paper. Meet me after the jump for links to some super-cool screenprints that you can buy…right now.
The concept behind Limited Paper—coverage regarding limited-edition screenprints and the poster-collecting community—is simple; it’s also proved to be a popular concept, and all of us here at Collider HQ have been really jazzed to discover that so many of you are as excited about these fancy-shmancy pieces of paper as we are. The poster-collecting community’s growing by the day, and (with so many kick-ass, limited edition screenprints popping up each week) it’s easy to see why.
The thing about limited-edition collectibles is that they have a habit of selling out quickly. Take, for instance, the Drew Struzan screenprints for The Thing that Mondo dropped online last week. Despite the unusually-high (but worth-every-penny) $250 price point, the Thing prints Mondo released online sold out in a matter of seconds…leading to a whole bunch of collectors (many of them Limited Paper readers) being forced to comb the secondary market in order to get their Struzan fix. This isn’t unusual—Mondo prints sell out every week—but the almost-immediate sell-out of the Struzan Thing screenprints perfectly illustrates just how popular these super-rare pieces of paper have become.
Obviously, this is all part of the collecting game: sometimes you’re able to score the prints you need, sometimes you can’t (I’ll never forget missing out during Mondo’s online drop for Martin Ansin’s Thor…nor will I forget the $400 I spent rage-purchasing a variant on eBay moments later). But after conferring with some of the other members of the Collider team—and especially after coming across some awesome open-edition prints currently being sold online—we figured that Limited Paper could use a bouncing baby brother, something that’d be more focused on screenprints that anyone can buy. Specifically? Open edition prints.
We’re calling Limited Paper’s new sibling Unlimited Paper (we’re not that creative), and that’s precisely what we’re here to talk about today: open edition screenprints based on movies that you can own right this very minute, with zero concern whatsoever as to whether or not they’ve already “sold out”. Let’s get started.
WAIT, WHAT IS AN “OPEN EDITION” PRINT? WHAT’S A “PRE-SALE”?
Before we go on, let’s define “open edition” for those that might not be familiar: whereas most screenprints sold by Mondo, Gallery1988, and the like are limited edition—there are only, say, 300 of them, and once those’re sold out there’s nothing left to buy—an “open edition” screenprint is one that’s printed as-needed: if the print’s edition is open-ended, it can be purchased for as long as a retailer is offering it. Sometimes, “open edition” prints will be offered in different sizes. Sometimes not. All depends on the whims of the retailer behind that print.
In some cases, retailers will offer pre-sales on a print, and print however many prints that sell while the pre-sale’s taking place (see also: Rhys Cooper’s ongoing Game of Thrones banner series, which we’ve focused on here before). In other cases (such as the Drive/Insidious Kickstarter campaign we’re going to address in a moment), prints will be pre-sold to fund the manufacturing/printing of said prints. All that make sense? Good. Let’s look at some of these kinda prints right now.
The first few Unlimited Paper pieces we’re going to look at today come to us from Society6.com, a website that…well, let’s let Society6 speak for itself. Here’s what they have to say about their site on their “About” page:
The artwork on Society6 is created by thousands of artists from around the world. When you buy a product from Society6, we produce it using only the highest quality materials, and ship it to you on behalf of the artist.
Simple enough, right? Over at Society6, there are a ton of open-edition prints awaiting your purchase, but a few of them in particular caught our eye here at Limited Paper HQ. Let’s start with this series of prints from an artist going by the name “Hobbs”.
Each one of these is an open-edition print from a series built around the wands—and the characters that wield them—in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter series, and via Society6.com you can get them in a variety of sizes (and for a variety of prices). Each of the prints printed below can be purchased as:
- Mini (5”x10”) edition, $15.20
- Small (9”x19”) edition, $18.60
- Medium (12”x23”) edition, $30.80
- Large (14”x28”) edition, $45.00
- Extra Large (19”x40”) edition, $60.60
Here’s what they look like:
Pretty snazzy prints, no? You get to pick the size, you get to pick whichever one you want. Want an entire set of 14×28”? You can pick ‘em up right now for $180.00 plus shipping. Want four mini-prints to hang in your pantry? That’s gonna run you a cool $61 (or so) plus shipping (but why the hell are you hanging wand prints in your pantry?). You get the idea.
Oh! And if you’re more of a superhero-lover than a Harry Potter fan, the same artist has the piece below available at the same site—in the following sizes—at this link:
- Mini (9×18”) edition, $12.48
- Small (14×13”) edition, $15.60
- Medium (19×17”) edition, $20.80
- Large (24×22”) edition, $26
- Extra Large (31×28”), $41.60
You can swing by Society6.com right now and check out some of their other cool screenprints (they’ve got non-screenprint stuff available, too, but this being an Unlimited Paper column….well, we’ll leave that stuff for you to discover). It appears that the site adds new stuff all the time, too, so be sure to check in frequently: who knows what you might find over there?
Now, let’s move on to something—at the same site, mind you– that we don’t see nearly as often as I’d like: a video game-related screenprint. This one comes to us from an artist by the name of Ian Wilding, and immortalizes one of the greatest video game franchises ever created: Portal (for those not in the know, Portal is a clever, hilarious, gorgeously-rendered puzzle game released by Valve Software, and anyone who’s never played Portal 2 has a very sad life, indeed). The print below is available in the following sizes/prices (click here to buy):
- Mini (8×10”) edition, $17
- Small (13×17”) edition, $20
- Medium (17×22”) edition, $26
- Large (22×28”) edition, $31
- Extra Large (28×36”) edition, $47
Now that, my friends, is something I’d be proud to hang on my wall. And if I weren’t desperately attempting to save every last dollar I can get my hands on in anticipation of the poster-orgy that’s about to be unleashed at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, I’d order the biggest version of this that Wilding’s offering: that’s a damn fine print, indeed. Looks a bit like a Moss, no?
UNLIMITED PAPER: KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR DRIVE, INSIDIOUS PRINTS
Over at Kickstarter.com, a startup company going by the name DzXtinKt—led by a gentleman by the name of Turrel David—has put together a campaign to get a trio of posters printed: two based on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, one based on James Wan’s Insidious (note: both of these movies were awesome, and I will fight you if you say otherwise). DzXtinKt is using Kickstarter to find the production and printing of these prints, and they are….man, they are really cool.
Before we show ‘em off, though—and tell you how you can get your hands on your very own copies—let’s let Turrel David describe the idea behind the campaign, the prints themselves, etc. Here he is now, via the link above:
All of us at DzXtinKt have become SO fed up with Hollywood’s current reputation of bad movie posters. Too many of the current movie posters suck!…The tarnished reputation of film poster art is plagued by eternal “suckage.” Advertising agencies and “the suits” have long replaced actual movie poster artists with “marketing experts.” DzXtinKt intends to change that! It is time to bring good art back to good films! If you agree, please support us. Join our journey and you will receive many updates along the way. Our first project is a series of 3 movie posters for the amazing neo noir film DRIVE and for Leigh Whannell and James Wan’s horror masterpiece INSIDIOUS.
DzXtinKt needs your help and support. We need to pay for production/printing costs, licensing fees, packaging supplies and mailing expenses. Your donations will help us meet all of these costs and release our movie posters.
Licensing is a MAJOR expense that will cost several thousands of dollars. If we do not reach our goal, DzXtinKt Originals will receive $0 which means that our chances of licensing both artworks will greatly decrease and my company and I will struggle tremendously to make these posters available for purchase!
In other words, normal Kickstarter rules apply: if the project meets its ~$27,000 goal, the prints are going to be produced, distributed, and everyone who contributed money to the campaign is going to walk away a happy camper…but if that goal isn’t reached, no one pays a dime (with Kickstarter campaigns, your funds won’t be drawn from your account until the goal is reached). Right now, the DzXtinKt campaign is hovering under the $7,000 mark, so there’s quite a ways to go before this thing is in the clear.
Good news is, there’s still 28 days to meet the goal, so if you’ve already donated…have no fear. I mean, hell, just look at the posters below: if you’re a poster collector and you don’t want at least one of these on your walls, you may already be insane:
The Drive poster at the top is the regular edition, and—assuming the goals of the campaign are met—will be released in an edition of 300 to anyone who made a minimum $60 donation to the campaign. The next one—the $60 variant edition—comes from a much smaller edition (50 prints, to be precise) that’s already sold out singularly. The Insidious print will come from a run of 300 and will also be released to those who make a $60 donation to DzXtinKt’s campaign. All of that said, there are also options for those that want a regular and a variant edition of the Drive print, or those who want all three prints, and so on: just head on over to the Kickstarter page to pour through the options yourself.
Note: We’ll be keeping everyone up to date on the progress of DzXtinKt’s Drive/Insidious Kickstarter campaign in future editions of Limited Paper rather than Unlimited Paper. If you’ve already donated, make sure you spread the word about these prints far and wide—if they don’t hit that goal, all of us are going to end up going home empty-handed.
That about does it for this, the first-ever installment of Unlimited Paper. Going forward, if you come across an open-edition/pre-sale print that you’d like to see featured here (or, hell, if you’re the artist producing an open-edition print run), feel free to drop us a line at LimitedPaper@yahoo.com. And be sure to stay tuned for some major stuff from Limited Paper in the week ahead, folks: we’re going to have exclusive reports from Mondo Mystery Movie X, the big-ass poster-swap happening in Austin the day before MMMX, and much, much more!
As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below if you’ve got anything to add to this…and don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you’ve got art, prints, or rumors you’d like to see featured in our next installment!