Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bernie Wrightson’s THE STAND Letterpress Prints Portfolio Release

Nakatomi is very pleased to announce our latest project with master illustrator Bernie Wrightson!

NOTE- these portfolio sets will go on sale FRIDAY 6/5 at 2pm Central time in the Bernie Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store HERE.

These ten beautiful black and white drawings were originally produced for Stephen King’s now-classic novel THE STAND back in the 1980’s, and they are being offered here for the first and ONLY time as a limited edition letterpress print set, inside a hand-made portfolio case.

The prints themselves are expertly printed by Red Press Printing in Austin, TX on heavyweight Arches 88 paper. Each frame-ready print measures 11 x 14 inches. The letterpress printing process produces rich, textured prints that showcase the quality of Wrightson’s line work, while also making each print in the edition a hand-made art object.

The hard-cover portfolio case books were custom hand-made by Cloverleaf Studio, also in Austin. Cloverleaf specializes in producing cases for valuable and rare editions- in many cases, centuries-old. The portfolios are crafted to perfectly hold the 10 prints, plus the signature plate- to prevent damage in shipping and for long-term storage of the prints. The prints are protected with glassine interleaving for further protection. Portfolios are covered in red book cloth on the outside and archival paperboard inside- as well as a hand-printed label set into the cover. Books measure just over 11.25 x 14.25 inches each

The Stand portfolio is offered in two matched-number editions- a regular edition of 40, and an artist edition of 15. Both editions features signature plates, signed by Wrightson.

All 10 prints in the artist edition will be signed by Wrightson and hand-numbered out of 15. Prints in the regular edition will be numbered out of 40.

These letterpress editions will not be available on Nakatomi again.

These portfolios are a beautiful and rare addition to any Stephen King / Bernie Wrightson collection- Nakatomi is extremely honored to bring these classic illustrations by a living legend to their audience.

Bernie is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. The surgery went well, and he will soon be starting chemo. He is expected to make a recovery, but he is no spring chicken. Every sale goes to help off-set his medical bills, which are not minor. Not only is cancer very expensive, but he has not been able to work as much during treatment, so it's a double-hit when he's already dealing with so much.

Regular edition of 40 will sell for $300, artist edition of 15 will sell for $500.

Sets will be for sale on Friday 6/5 at 2PM CENTRAL time in the Bernie Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store HERE.

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