A little while ago we featured Ka-Pow! Posters collaboration with Timothy Pittides on his Batman villain inspired ‘Rogues’ Series. Ka-Pow! and Timothy are now ready with the second installation in the on-going mini series with “Dragon”, inspired by Killer Croc in one of his old school incarnations.
New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back with their next two releases!
A couple of weeks ago Grey Matter Art teased of not one but two posters for, in my opinion, Troma’s best movies by Timothy Pittides and Godmachine. Now, we can finally reveal these two wonderful posters which we are really pleased to say will be available globally, so us U.K folks can also bag one, too!
“Cannibal! the Musical” by Timothy Pittides
8 Colour, 24×18 Screen Print, Numbered
Regular Edition of 135
Printed by VG Kids on 100# French Paper
Timothy Pittides has taken on Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end.
We recently spoke to Timothy who was kind enough to spare some time to talk about the poster and the awesome vintage style which he adopted for the piece.
Grey Matter Art will shortly be releasing your excellent poster for Cannibal The Musical at this years Troma Dance in Brooklyn. How did you feel when they asked you to tackle Cannibal the Musical?
Mike of Grey Matter contacted me regarding this film before they released their first poster. It was quite a honor that they had me in mind the entire time. I was happy to do it. And to have it debut at Tromadance 2014 is the extra icing on the cake.
You know, I never saw the film until Grey Matter asked me to do the poster! I knew about it but never had the chance to view it. So I immediately ran into the living room and logged into Netflix and hoped it was available for streaming, which it was. I watched it and laughed my ass off. It was even better the second time around. I must have watched it four or five times before I even started the artwork. Brilliant film and it has become a favorite of mine.
The retro parody poster idea was not the first idea at all. When I sat down and began thumbnailing the poster, the original idea was a 12″ x 24″ window panel to give it that old time play feel. When I began to pencil it out, it became clear that 1. the composition was feeling too cluttered. and 2. that the film deserved something better and bigger size wise. I went back to the sketch book and did some research. Being that the film was a parody of “Oklahoma!”I began to look at advertising and posters for that film which would lend itself well to parody. I found a great poster and began to work off of it. I had some much fun doing this. Posters from that time period are so great and vibrant, just pleasing to the eye. I may have to do this retro style again. It was that much fun.
I would love to try and do Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado in this style. Nacho Libre too. As well as some 70’s and 80’s horror films.
It varies from print to print. It really comes down to tone and story. Certain films are character based, which of course means likeness but other films do not require that. I felt that way about The Exorcist. Sure, I could have done Linda, or the priests, but to me, that is not what the film is about. Which is why I went in the direction I went in. I am trying to stay away from basic likeness collages for future prints. I believe you need to tell a story in the work. Combining both characters and story in one print while finding my own groove is going to be a goal of mine in the future.
Grey Matter art are certainly doing some great work and picking cult properties that often aren’t touched by other companies making them very unique and exciting. What was your experience working with them and will we be seeing more from you at Grey Matter?
Mike and Jared over at Grey Matter are some of the best people in this community. They are fans first. They truly care about the art and the artists who produce it. It is refreshing. They supported me in every direction and decision I made and working with me was one of the best working environments I have been in. Yes, I am a member of their roster and will be doing some more work with them in the near future.
The Shining. I have such a wonderful idea for the film that requires no likeness rights at all. Just hope I can translate it to paper.
On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine has tackled arguably Troma’s most well known movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a television cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink, let’s hope that never transpires!
Both of these pieces will be available at Grey Matter Art table at the 15th annual TromaDance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st between 1pm and 2pm. As a special incentive, Grey Matter Art and Timothy Pittides will also be offering a giveaway for the original 12×12 pencils for Cannibal the Musical.
New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back to tease their next release!
Timothy Pittides will be tackling Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end. I am really excited to see the full reveal and can’t wait to speak with Timothy about this.
On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine will be tackling arguably Troma’s most well know movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a t.v cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink.
Both of these pieces will be available at the 15th annual Tromadance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June and revealed shortly before. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st.
2014 is going to be an expensive year. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters but also the 30th anniversary of possibly the greatest year for cult movies, 1984.
Gallery 1988 are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters with a year long celebration culminating at San Diego Comic Con International. You can read more about Sony’s plans HERE.
To wet our appetite, Gallery have rather tantalisingly launched Ghostbusters30th.com which comes with a cool new Gallery 1988 logo dedicated to Ghostbusters.
Over on the East Coast of the USA, Bottleneck Gallery are preparing their own 30th anniversary celebrations dedicated to the movies of 1984 with their show ‘It Came From 1984’ curated by Chogrin, which will open on February the 7th at Bottleneck’s NYC gallery, 60 Broadway, Brooklyn.
We are starting to see some brilliant pieces of art filter through for this show and we can’t wait to see more. Here is a brief glimpse of some new work we can expect to see!
Stephen P. Hughes – A Nightmare on Elm Street 12×18 Edition of 20
Kyle Crawford – The Terminator
Timothy Pittides – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 6 Colour Screenprint, Edition of 75
Scott Balmer – Ghostbusters
Ben Huber – Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom
Many poster companies and galleries offer a subscription service for new prints nowadays. It’s a great way for fans to ensure they get the prints that they want.
Ka-Paw have just announced their own mini-subscription plan for the Pittides’ ‘Rogues’ Series.
The subscription plan includes the already released ‘Poison’ and the next three prints in the series, scheduled to drop in March, June, and September of next year. By purchasing the subscription you will also receive matching numbers on all 4 prints, an important option for any collector.
Subscriptions cost $150 plus $40 shipping. That’s a total savings of $70*, that’s all four prints for the price of three, what a bargain!
Hurry though, there are only 50 of these available. To Subscribe head on over Ka-Pow! posters where you can also find out more information!
With the boom in interest of pop culture related art prints there has been a surge of new galleries and stores opening up recently. Two of which stand out from the crowd as delivering that niche’ factor are ‘Pwints’ and ‘Ka-Pow! Posters‘.
Ka-Pow! Posters was founded to create limited edition screen printed posters based exclusively on fan favourite comic book properties. Having already secured the talents of Timothy Pittides and Dean Trippe, they are dedicated to bringing you the best art from the best artists, while constantly looking for new talent that they can support get exposure while fostering their growth.
I’m a huge Batman fan and always on the look out for great new comic inspired prints. We asked founder Travis Tidmore his inspiration behind setting up ‘Ka-Pow! Posters’
I’ve been an admirer of the limited edition screen printed art genre for several years. Mostly I’ve just admired without buying, but I’ve picked up a few over the years. One thing I noticed was that the art stuck mainly to movies and music, with just the occasional comic book inspired print. As a comic book fan, I felt the medium was a natural genre to translate into screen prints, but no one was doing it on a consistent basis. So, I decided to fill that gap.
It’s great to see a focus on up and coming artists too.
In an artist I’m looking for someone who has a clear vision that ties their pieces together, and that does so in a style that’s all their own. We want to work with artists that are bringing something new or interesting to the table. For example, Timothy Pittides’ Poison’ is a piece that comic book lovers will enjoy, but it’s also so beautiful in its own right and such a departure from the normal comic book art, that any art collector could feel comfortable hanging it on their wall. Also, we are always looking for new and upcoming talent. One thing we hope to do is get exposure for new artists, and help them establish themselves in this field.
Artist Timothy Pittides has released two fantastic prints based on what I believe to be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 3rd best film, The Running Man. In case you were wondering, Terminator 2 is first and Predator 2nd.
Timothy has produced two screenprint versions sized 8″x 24″. The regular contains Metallic Silver ink, printed on 100lb French White in a hand signed and numbered edition of 50 at $35 as well as a variant containing bronze, gold and silver metallic inks in a hand signed and numbered edition of 25 at $45. You can buy them now from his webstore.
If you are feeling particularly flush, you also have the opportunity to purchase the awesome original pencil line drawing at $250.
Tim’s combination of hand drawn, pencil, pen and ink artwork with digital colouring really makes his pieces pop and creates a unique and distinct style. You should really check out some of his other work too, not least his “Return of the Schwartz” Spaceballs inspired print for Bottleneck Gallery which you can still buy for $40.00 USD on their site. But hurry, there are only a couple left.