I’m fairly new to the poster game but wanted to share the little help that I can offer. While the posters we find in Target and Wal-Mart are fun, sometimes we want something a little more. Maybe something a little unique. Here are three different online options if you want to step up your print and poster game!
This is probably the name you’re most familiar with. And they’re the hardest place to actually get a screen print. They offer limited runs (sometimes, 300, 400) and offer variant options as well. A variant print is just like a variant comic book cover. In most cases with a print, it might just be a different color scheme, or something that’s printed on metal or even wood. The variant is more limited and often a little more expensive. When they’re prepping for a new online sale, you’ll see them tweet out information and if you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get a heads up. They’ll tell you the day, but in most cases they go on sale at a random time. Then it’s a fight to the death to actually purchase one. It’s like SDCC badges but on a smaller scale. They normally do posters related to pop culture, past, present, and future. When “Avengers” came out, they teamed up with Marvel and offered numerous posters for the movie!
Normally if you see something that catches your eye here, it’s not too hard to purchase. They normally have a gallery event and then that weekend will put the prints/posters/art on sale via their website. Of course the more popular items will sell out quickly. You’ll find art of all sizes as well. You’ll find typical poster sized art, and then the next option might be something that’s an 8×10 or even smaller! There’s bound to be something that works for your collection. A few of the exhibitions they’ve done have included AMC’s The Walking Dead, Quotes, Lines, & Lyrics, Horror Classics, and Mighty Minis. As far as prices go they range from $25 to a couple hundred. There’s something for every budget honestly. This is where I purchased my “Jurassic Park” poster that I blogged about earlier in the week!
Similar to Hero Complex Gallery, they too offer on location shopping followed by a release online for the rest of us. Right now they have an art show happening called “Is This Thing On? #4 an art show inspired by funny people” which is taking place at their L.A. location. They have a NYC location as well. As far as past shows, they include Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary, Joss Whedon, Squares 4 Squares, Assemble, and Multiplayer. You can find an entire list here. Again, in most cases you won’t have an issue buying something you like but if it’s a popular subject (Avengers, Batman, Ect.) it’ll sell out quickly. You know the saying, if you snooze you loose!
Like I said at the start of this post, I am not an expert on any of this! I’m sure there are plenty of other options out there where you can purchase amazing artwork. Sometimes even the artists themselves will offer art via their own shops and websites. Another thing I want to mention is that sometimes the places above will offer timed sales. This is a great option, especially when it comes to Mondo. Their prints sell out in seconds sometimes, so a timed sale (48 hours as an example) is a great chance for someone who’s normally shut out to pick up a print. The JP poster I bought was a timed sale! Just remember if you’re interested in a timed sale, to NOT forget about it! There’s nothing worse than going “Oh, I get paid tomorrow!” and then completely forgetting to make your purchase.
I don’t want this post to get too long but I hope it helped! If you have any questions just drop them in the comments!