Wednesday, Jul 08, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
Cartoons may have been thought of as entertainment for little kids, but selling animation art is all grown up.
Animation art today is big business, with original production art from major studios such as Disney or Warner Brothers fetching high prices at auctions from fine art sellers like Christie’s or Sotheby’s. In fact, buying animation is a pretty good investment, as the pieces continue to go up in value.
That wasn’t always the case, however. Finding the art today can sometimes be pretty difficult as some pieces were thrown away once the production was finished. You read that right: the pieces were simply put in the trash. You hear stories about entire comic book or baseball card collections trashed by mothers when kids were away at summer camp, but what’s so surprising about the case of animation art is that it was done by the creators themselves.
Studios didn’t have the space or the need to keep art once production was finished. Artists were allowed to keep whatever they might want, but the studio asked that everything else just be tossed out. So unless there was an image that the artist particularly liked, out it went.
That doesn’t mean that there is nothing of this history left, however. Many pieces were saved – pulled out of dumpsters – by curious children who lived or played near the studios. Eager for a picture of their favorite characters, they dove in and salvaged many a piece of animation history – just for fun.
And thank goodness they did! Without those little dumpster divers, much of the work of smaller studios – like UPA or pud film – might have been lost altogether. Fortunately for Spaceman Jax fans, production designer Philip La Carta saved a lot of his work done for shows like Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures and Brigadier Buffalo. Which means that there’s plenty of amazing pieces to keep collectors happy for many years to come.
Friday, Jul 03, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
Going to Comic-Con this year? Stop by and say hello!
Comic-Con International is the highlight of the pop culture year – it’s Christmas and the Super Bowl and the Oscars all rolled into one. And we can’t wait.
First of all, it’s the most important entertainment trade show in the US. So if you’re in the business of entertainment – like comics, films, publishing, toys, etc. – you’ll find all the movers and shakers there. But it’s also the biggest playground for fans of the same industries. The tickets are supposedly sold in different categories for children and adults, but once they walk through the doors, everyone’s a kid again. So naturally, there’s a lot of work to do when we’re there, but it’s always so much fun.
This year we’ll be at a new location, so mark your maps. We’ll be at Booth #1217 – right next to our good friends at Sunday Press.
And for us, that’s really the best part of exhibiting at Comic-Con. We’ve made so many great friends over the years from all around the world, and we know that every year for five days in July we’ll get to spend a little bit of time seeing what projects they’ve been working on and catching up. What a treat.
So please stop by and see us this year. We’ll be waiting for you at Booth #1217 with a smile, and an exciting new project to show you.
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
What does the future hold for you? Turns out, we know!
We’ve looked into The Great Beyond and we’ve seen a piece of entertainment memorabilia in your future. And Curio & Co. is pleased to bring you this latest treasure – a reproduction of the Musterberg Deck tarot cards used for years at Pennyland amusement park.
The Musterberg Deck of tarot cards was created sometime in the early 1700s just as tarot cards began to transition from a simple card game into a divination deck for fortune telling. The design was unique for being the only deck to include a 79th card: The Siren serves as the highest of the Major Arcana or trump cards. By the turn of the century, the deck was redone for Pennyland where it was the exclusive deck of the popular Pennyland prognosticators in the Fortune Teller Tent.
We’ve recreated all of the wear and tear and idiosyncrasies of the original cards, and we’ve even included the Pennyland Guide to Cartomancy given to park employees to interpret the meanings of the cards for amusement park guests. What’s more, the cards come with instructions on how to play the original card game. We’ve had a lot of fun in the office doing readings for each other and playing rounds of this fast-paced game in the break room – and we’re sure you will too.
The cards will be available to the public for the first time at this year’s Comic-Con. We’ll have a limited number of cards available for the sneak peek, so don’t wait for the end of the show to stop by the booth. If you miss ‘em you’ll have to wait for the general release in September once they’ve been exhibited as part of our exhibition at Atelier Olschinsky.
To get them during the sneak peek, you can order them online, and when it comes time to select your shipping methods, choose ‘Comic-Con2015’ as the shipping method and you’re all set. There will be no shipping charges, of course, since you’ll be picking them up at the booth. Just bring your order number to Booth 1217 at Comic-Con, and we’ll have the cards for you – it’s just that easy!
Not going to Comic-Con? Don’t fret. Order now and select your shipping option, and as soon as the pre-orders begin shipping on September 1st we’ll get it out to you. Once they arrive, deal out a spread and see what the future has in store for you!