Bernie Wrightson’s “I Shall Be With You” silkscreen print
This Tuesday at around 2pm Central Time, Nakatomi will release the second print in our Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein series- “I Shall Be With You”. This stunning 24×36 hand-printed silk-screen is signed by Bernie in a hand-numbered edition of 200.
Part of the joy of this project for us has been getting to talk with Bernie and his wife Liz, about art, the industry we’re in, and the amazing experiences he’s had in the world of comics and film over the last 40+ years. It has been a supreme honor to introduce his work to the world of screen-printed art collectors- some who are discovering him for the first time, and others who have been fans for a long, long time.
We got to visit Bernie’s home studio here in Austin a few weeks back, and let me tell you- this pic is only a tiny part of the awesome contained therein. Every corner is packed with curious and strange artifacts. An artist’s studio is his castle- and to be allowed into this space was a rare gift. Best of all- no computer art apparatus to be found! Bernie is still doing it all by hand, like a champ!
These high-quality reproductions of his original pen and ink drawings from over 30 years ago would not be possible if it weren’t for his legion of fans who helped track down the original pieces that had been sold to collectors decades ago. A good chunk of these original pieces were in the collection of director Frank Darabont- not only just a fan of Bernie’s- Frank has employed Bernie’s staggering talents for his film, The Mist.
See a pic of the actual print below-
“I Shall Be With You” is the only ‘double page spread’ in the entirety of Bernie’s original Illustrated Frankenstein book- published back in 1983 from Marvel comics, and so to capture the detail of this piece- we went with the larger size.
Printed on heavyweight 130lb Cougar Natural paper- these prints are in hand and ready for immediate shipment.
The LAST PRINT in the series sold out very quickly, and then the secondary market on these prints got fairly silly, quickly. We’ve upped the edition size this time out, and upgraded to a larger server from our E-comm provider which should smooth out some of the check-out headaches, but inevitably, some people will get shut out- and for that, we apologize in advance.
Please be HERE ON THE NAKATOMI SITE to purchase this print on Tuesday 4/2 around 2pm CENTRAL TIME. We will announce via Twitter when the prints are officially live.