MEL BROOKS BY WAY OF THE CASTRO THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO
If you’re anything like us here at Limited Paper, then you agree that there simply aren’t enough screenprints based on the work of Mel Brooks (what I wouldn’t give for a Martin Ansin Young Frankenstein, or a Tyler Stout Blazing Saddles: the mind reels). Luckily, it appears that the folks at the Castro Theater in San Francisco feel the same way. Last night, Limited Paper received an email from someone associated with the theater, and here’s what they had to say:
For the (back-to-back screenings of Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles taking place this Friday at the Castro Theater), we’ve gotten Brandon Schaefer to create two new stunning images, both of which will be available in person at the Castro, as well as online. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Brandon’s work, he’s one of those “favorite designer’s, favorite designers” type of artists…(the Castro) is one of my favorite theatres in the country, built in the early 1900s and still owned by the original family who built it! There will be a live organist playing showtunes before the oversized curtains part, it’s a stunning original movie palace and I couldn’t be more proud of our ongoing poster series with them.
And what do those posters look like, anyway? Well, let’s take a look:
- Blazing Saddles by Brandon Schaefer
- $40 limited edition of 120
- SpaceBalls by Brandon Schaefer
- $40 limited edition of 120
Well, folks, if you’re interested in Mel Brooks screenprints, this seems like a pretty damn good opportunity to pick up a pair at a really reasonable price (and such small edition sizes, too!). If you’re hoping to pick these up, keep your eyes peeled over at this link for whenever they drop online, or—if you’re in San Fran– head on over to the Castro Theater tomorrow afternoon to pick up the pair in person!
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Alamo Drafthouse empire is expanding: just yesterday, we got word that a new Drafthouse would be opening in San Francisco, and before that we’d heard that Dallas, New York City, and a slew of other cities were getting their very own branch of Tim League’s theater chain (which, for our money, is the all-time-greatest place to see a movie, ever). What does this mean for all the Limited Paper enthusiasts out there? Well, more opportunity for Mondo to come to your hometown to show a movie and sell an exclusive print. Yes, the bigger the Drafthouse gets, the more likely it is that you’ll get to attend the same sort of Mondo events that those of us living in Austin have been so lucky to experience over the past few years.
Case in point? This Saturday’s screening of The Goonies in Kansas City, MO. Here’s what Mondo’s creative director, Justin Ishmael, has to say about the screening:
Six years ago, I moved of Kansas City to Austin, TX for the sole purpose of watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. One thing led to another and I got a job there, eventually turning into my current position with Mondo. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that we’d be able to show The Goonies…in Kansas City…at an Alamo…with a poster. Shows how much things can change in six years! I am so excited to come back, check out the theater for the first time, and to meet all of you dudes!
Now, this Saturday’s screening of The Goonies is long-since sold out, but that doesn’t mean you should give up hope just yet: if the circulating rumors are true, some of Mondo’s Goonies prints will find their way online, which means that everyone who doesn’t live in Kansas City will have an equal chance to snatch one up, hopefully sometime in the near future. As for who the artist may be and what the poster may look like, all we’ve been told thus far is that the artist is a newcomer to the Mondo stable, that the print itself features “gold metallic inks”, and that it’s “awesome”. Who could it be? Stay tuned, folks: as soon as the poster’s revealed this weekend, we’ll be bringing you an announcement!
RANDOM ODDS AND ENDS: NEW AKIRA STUFF, KEN TAYLOR DOES NICK CAVE, STAR WARS PRINTS YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW AND MORE!
We’ve got a whole bunch of odds and ends to get through this morning, folks, so hold on tight: it’s about to get bullet-pointed. Below, we’ve got links and news regarding a new Akira poster (in multiple sizes!), an older Ken Taylor piece that has somehow still not sold out, information on where you can get some cool new Star Wars-related posters, and more:
*** If you’ve not already seen this amazing Akira print from Alexander Iaccarino (AKA “The Kid Who Draws”), well, you’re probably just as flabbergasted right now as I was the first time I saw this piece. Available in two different sizes via Iaccarino’s website, this is one of the most impressive Akira-related pieces of artwork I’ve ever come across. Check it out:
- Akira by Alexander Iaccarino
- 11x17” ($25) edition of 100
- 24x36” ($56) edition of 100
*** Typically, we cover movie-poster-related artwork here at Limited Paper, but the piece below—a screenprinted gig poster for Nick Cave’s now-disbanded Grinderman—comes to us from one of our all-time favorite artists here at Limited Paper, Ken Taylor. I had this piece listed as one of my ISO’s on ExpressoBeans.com, and a friendly EB’er messaged me to let me know that (against all odds) some of these posters are still available for purchase over at Beyond the Pale. I checked it out, and—sure enough—they’re still up. Follow the link, or just check out Taylor’s awesomeness below:
- Grinderman (Melbourne) by Ken Taylor
- $49 (AUD) edition of 375, signed and numbered
*** Special thanks to the helpful Limited Paper reader who pointed us in the direction of this page over at a website called Dark Ink Art, where the following kick-ass Star Wars-themed screenprints are currently available for purchase. Here, check ‘em out:
- Battle of Yavin by Mark Daniels
- $60 limited edition (comes with signed card by artist)
- Lord of The Sith by Steve Thomas
- $50 limited edition of 150
- The Princess by Joshua Budich
- $60 limited edition of 150
THING WORTH GETTING EXCITED ABOUT OF THE WEEK: CORKY’S POSTER WEIGHTS
People often email us here at Limited Paper HQ asking what we use to hold our posters down whenever we’re flattening ‘em: “Do you use can of soup?” or “Should I just nail them down to my garage floor?” or “Should I superglue my posters to the radiator? It’s got kinda a flat surface so that should be good right?” Well, urm, no, folks. If you want to flatten out your posters correctly, you’re going to want to use something that’s been specifically designed for that purpose.
I’ve heard horror stories about people mangling $500 posters by flattening them out with beer bottles (which have those little ridges on the bottom, which will—in turn—press themselves into the surface of your sweet, sweet limited paper once they’ve been sitting there for a while) or candles (which can tip over, spilling hot wax—or, if they’re not lit—wax shards onto the surface of your print), and both of those kinda things are to be avoided. Instead, I’d like to point you in the direction of Corky’s Poster Weights, who makes custom poster weights that you can use to flatten your posters…without fear of them being damaged.
Above, you’ll see a set of Star Wars themed poster weights that Corky put together for some lucky buyer, and below, you’ll see the set of poster weights I’m currently using to flatten out a recent acquisition (and a very expensive poster, indeed: that’s a Martin Ansin Metropolis). A set of 4 weights will cost you just $20, and that’s a damn fine deal for the peace of mind you’ll get while flattening out your latest ridiculously-expensive purchase. If I’d use Corky’s Poster Weights to flatten out a $1500+ poster, well, you know they’re reliable. Head on over to Corky’s store at the link above and place your order today: I promise you won’t be disappointed.
That about does it for this installment of Limited Paper, folks! We’re still playing catch up on all the awesome coverage we gathered during Comic-Con 2012, so stay tuned for that parade of exclusive interviews we mentioned before (Olly Moss, Justin Ishmael, the Mondo guys, Daniel Danger, Kevin Tong, Jock, and more are still on the way), as well as new news regarding some very exciting forthcoming drops from Mark Englert, Mondo, and many more! As always, if you’ve got something you’d like to share (or have shared) here at Limited Paper, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at LimitedPaper@gmail.com: everyone else is encouraged to prattle on in the comments section below!
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