I was surprised and happy to see that Criterion is now offering spectacular prints of select DVD art for sale. Some of them were created by talented comic book artists whose work I’ve enjoyed for 20 years such as Bill Sienkiewicz (Stray Toasters, Elektra and some of the best Batman stories you’re likely to read) and Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets). I’m not all that familiar with Darwyn Cooke’s wonderful work in comics, but his DVD designs for Criterion are also really impressive. Currently you can purchase fine art prints from the Criterion Shop where they’re selling for $100-125.00 and are limited to one hundred first editions.
This seems like the perfect time to mention that a couple of my favorite artists currently also have fabulous film-themed fine art prints for sale. . .
The brilliant comic book artist Paul Pope (The Ballad of Doctor Richardson, THB, Heavy Liquid and also some of the best Batman stories you’re ever likely to read) has created an incredible piece of work called Harmonica Man based on Sergio Leone’s epic western Once Upon a Time in the West. Harmonica Man is currently available as a limited edition print from Fourth Estate. Only 50 of these beauties were made and they currently sell for $200.
Pop art sensation SHAG (aka Josh Argyle) has just released a new limited edition print based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As most film aficionados know, Shakespeare’s play has been the basis for many great movies including Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and the musical West Side Story. I love how SHAG “reimagined” the Romeo and Juliet setting and gave it a mod touch. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift to buy your sweetheart – or favorite film blogger – this is it! Only 200 copies of the print are available and you can purchase them at the Shagmart for $175.
The following three artists don’t have fine art prints available of their work yet, but they should. Cartoonist Pete Emslie is a film fan and many of his eye-catching illustrations are based on his favorite movies and film stars. Here’s his latest piece based on Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but visit his blog to see more wonderful stuff.
I recently discovered that the talented cartoonist Scott Brothers had linked to my blog from his terrific site. While I was skimming through his blog archives I was thrilled to find some really cute pop art inspired illustrations there based on television characters and film stars, including this one of one my favorite actresses; the lovely Edwige Fenech.