Every single day, we look at movie posters. Maybe in our bedrooms, at the theater or plastered on a billboard. More and more though, we see movie posters online, both in an official capacity from a studio, or in a more unofficial capacity, through art created by fans. Any while many of these fans go through the proper channels to create this art legally, many others do not. In fact, most others do not.

So where’s the line between making money off a property you don’t own or just paying tribute to it? That’s the main subject of Officially Limited, an in-production poster documentary directed by John Otterbacher. He’s been traveling the country not only documenting the current limited edition pop culture art explosion, but asking some of its most prominent names – Mondo, Spoke Art, Gallery 1988, and several artists – about the industry’s complicated issues such as intellectual property, copyright, licensing, fair use and more.

It’s a fascinating and controversial look at a cool subject and, after the jump, you can see the first trailer. Read More »

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For the third straight year, the films of Wes Anderson have been framed. Spoke Art, San Francisco’s pre-eminent pop art gallery, has just opened their third annual Bad Dads show featuring works of art inspired by the films of the fantastic filmmaker. It’s a show Anderson himself is aware of and a fan of. In our interview earlier this year on the occasion of Moonrise Kingdom, he said the following about the show:

I have seen some [of the art] on the Internet and seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me.

Moonrise Kingdom was exciting for lots of artists this year too as Anderson’s latest film was one of the most popular subjects chosen. But that doesn’t mean classics like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others weren’t well-represented.

After the jump, check out just a small sampling of the art now available from the show, which is open through November 24. Read More »

New York Comic-Con starts Thursday and while it hasn’t quite reached the insane heights of San Diego, it’s getting there. One company that’s certainly helping is Spoke Art, who’ll have a massive booth at the Con with no less than eight exclusive prints, previously sold out editions and much more.

The bulk of the exclusives will be the kick off of their third annual Bad Dads art show, featuring art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. We’ve featured both years (extensively) in the past and this year, with a new movie in theaters (Moonrise Kingdom), there’s even more excellent art by artists such as Max Dalton, Joshua Budich, Issac Bidwell and Dave Perillo (the exhibit will then continue in San Francisco later this month). Plus, Tim Doyle has released a new Simpsons themed piece in his Unreal Estate series and it’s the Worst. Print. Ever. Yes, you guessed the location. That show, too, will continue in the future.

After the jump, check out all the new Spoke Art pieces that’ll be at New York Comic Con booth #3223 beginning this week and more. Read More »

Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie, is one of those movies many of us loved as kids, but now tends to get lost in the shuffle. Connelly went on to win an Oscar, Bowie was already a musical legend and Henson had one or two other things going on as well. Not to mention, 1986 also saw the release of Aliens, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Transformers The Movie, Top Gun and more. Labyrinth has tons of competition for our nostalgic feelings. Still, the film remains an incredibly beautiful fantasy and it’s nice to see it finally getting some love in the pop art world.

After the jump, check out several differerent posters for Labyrinth by Paul Shipper, Criterion Collection regular Sam Smith and distinctive fan favorite Max Dalton. And we’ll throw in a Kill Bill poster too. Read More »

Action films in the Eighties were extremely distinctive. The featured big muscle-bound men accomplishing insurmountable tasks, decorated with squirting blood, massive guns and fists to the face. The names are legend: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris. The films are revered: The Terminator, Bloodsport, Commando, Cobra, Rocky III, RoboCop, Rambo, Aliens. And now Spoke Art has teamed up with artist Jon Smith to create an art exhibit that’s all about the craziest era in action film history.

It’s called Mucho Machismo: First Blood Part One and features works by Godmachine, James Flames, Tim Doyle, Methane Studios, Gabz, Alan Hynes and many others. The show opens in Oakland, CA Friday September 7 and will remain on display through September 28. Check out an exclusive gallery of images featuring all those films above and others after the jump. Read More »

Whether you’re afraid of heights or spilling your beverages, three posters for classic movies came out Friday. Spoke Art has two brand new prints for Sight and Sound’s greatest film of all time, Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo, created by Chuck Sperry and Sam Smith, which is screening in 70mm in San Francisco this weekend. The other is for The Coen BrothersThe Big Lebowski, curated by Poster Collective and drawn by Ghoulish Gary Pullin. Check them out below. Read More »

It hasn’t been the best week for Charles Foster Kane, as he lost the top spot on the Sight and Sound list of All-Time Best Films. But he’ll travel to San Francisco for screenings at the great Castro Theater. As a bonus, three artists have reinterpreted his film, the all-time great Citizen Kane, in poster form. It’s gonna be a great weekend at the movies.

Spoke Art is releasing Citizen Kane posters by Sam Smith, Chuck Sperry and Adam Juresko as well as The Big Sleep by Sperry and Gone with the Wind by Smith online today and at the theater this weekend. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

On a daily basis I look at my walls and ask myself why artist Max Dalton isn’t more popular. His work is exceptional, taking popular pop culture iconography and giving it a unique and exciting twist, yet he’s nowhere near as revered as one would expect. The answer to my question is probably “he hasn’t done a Mondo poster yet,” but Dalton is still pumping out gorgeous work for Spoke Art.

He’s done James Bond, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, The Royal Tenenbaums and his latest piece combines the killers from some of your favorite horror movies: The Evil Dead, It, The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Scream, Halloween, etc. Check out Horror Die Cut Collection after the jump. Read More »

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