Beginners guide to collecting Alternative Movie Poster art

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Postby darkninja1985 on Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:20 pm

Hi all, I'm new to this site and new to the world of Alternative Movie Posters.

As I've just got into it, I was wondering if there are any posts that offer a guide to collecting for beginners that offer vital info on the world of these prints. I was wondering what are the best things to look out for, what are the various print types, differences and versions of prints etc. As you can probably tell I have a lot of questions.

If someone could point me in the right direction or offer some advice that would be great.

I feel like this maybe a new addiction I have just got myself into... eeek
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Postby CS1987 on Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:03 pm

darkninja1985 wrote:Hi all, I'm new to this site and new to the world of Alternative Movie Posters.

As I've just got into it, I was wondering if there are any posts that offer a guide to collecting for beginners that offer vital info on the world of these prints. I was wondering what are the best things to look out for, what are the various print types, differences and versions of prints etc. As you can probably tell I have a lot of questions.

If someone could point me in the right direction or offer some advice that would be great.

I feel like this maybe a new addiction I have just got myself into... eeek



In a similar boat!
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Postby earlgreytoast on Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:05 pm

Rule #1: buy what you like. That's probably rule # 2, 3 and 5 too actually.
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Postby chimpun on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:56 am

Welcome and yes it will be addicting!
This site deals mostly about silk screened limited edition prints/posters. Since you are specifically talking about movie posters, I would start by following and joining the email lists for galleries, artists, and outlets that you like. That way, you'll be on top of new releases and other info. Some examples are Mondo, Bottleneck Gallery, Gallery 1988, Nakatomi Inc, and Dark Hall Mansion. This is just what comes to mind right now. As far as artists go, I would click through the website and see what's out there. Or look them up from their gallery offering if they have one. If you find an artist that you like, look them up and follow them on social media or through their websites for sales and such. Most of this stuff is limited edition, so mastering the drop (online sale of said limited poster) is a process unto itself and varies across stores/artists. Timed editions are great for beginning collectors.

Make sure you have something in which to store your prints. Mylar sleeve portfolios are nice and you get to have a neat art book until you frame up your goods. When I first started I had a science fair project folding board and a portfolio carrying case. put some kraft paper or glassine (I think that's what it's called) or something acid-free in between your prints. Don't leave them in the tubes. Keep in mind that many prints are 24x36 and possibly longer depending on the artist. I believe the science fair board is 24x36 so it would fit anything smaller, but I wouldn't put anything that's actually 24x36 in there. You could also get some giant pieces of foam core and put prints between that. Hope this is helpful in getting you started!
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Postby bdm105 on Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:04 pm

chimpun wrote:Welcome and yes it will be addicting!
This site deals mostly about silk screened limited edition prints/posters. Since you are specifically talking about movie posters, I would start by following and joining the email lists for galleries, artists, and outlets that you like. That way, you'll be on top of new releases and other info. Some examples are Mondo, Bottleneck Gallery, Gallery 1988, Nakatomi Inc, and Dark Hall Mansion. This is just what comes to mind right now. As far as artists go, I would click through the website and see what's out there. Or look them up from their gallery offering if they have one. If you find an artist that you like, look them up and follow them on social media or through their websites for sales and such. Most of this stuff is limited edition, so mastering the drop (online sale of said limited poster) is a process unto itself and varies across stores/artists. Timed editions are great for beginning collectors.

Make sure you have something in which to store your prints. Mylar sleeve portfolios are nice and you get to have a neat art book until you frame up your goods. When I first started I had a science fair project folding board and a portfolio carrying case. put some kraft paper or glassine (I think that's what it's called) or something acid-free in between your prints. Don't leave them in the tubes. Keep in mind that many prints are 24x36 and possibly longer depending on the artist. I believe the science fair board is 24x36 so it would fit anything smaller, but I wouldn't put anything that's actually 24x36 in there. You could also get some giant pieces of foam core and put prints between that. Hope this is helpful in getting you started!


Yeah I use 2 40''x40'' pieces of acid free foam core to store mine. Each print is put on acid free kraft paper and acid free tissue paper so they're not touching each other.


Also accept disappointment. It happens. If you miss out on a print wait a month or two before going tot he secondary market.

Lastly, this forum feeds the addiction.
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Postby IronBott on Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:41 pm

Don't forget that if you miss a drop and your bummed. There will always be another print
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Postby fallstaff on Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:19 pm

Black Dragon Press is producing great silkscreen posters for films such as Ran and Stalker as well as many other critically acclaimed films.

http://blackdragonpress.co.uk/index.php
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