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The printing process

What is a giclée?

Glad you asked. A giclée is a high-quality, digitally-produced fine art print. The term was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne at Nash Editions to distinguish archival-quality prints from the utilitarian proofs of standard inkjet printers.

The image is generated from high-resolution digital scans of the original and allows for the incredibly detailed prints seen in museums and galleries. A giclée provides better color accuracy than any other type of reproduction, and has all the tonalities and hues of the original work.

Paper as good as money

Our giclées are printed on cotton paper (otherwise known as ‘rag paper’). Cotton paper is stronger and more durable than wood pulp paper, and resists fading, discoloration or deterioration, so it’s used for important documents and archival-quality artwork. Cotton paper is what they use to print money – which just goes to show what a good investment it is. (If it’s good enough for the National Treasury, it’s good enough for us.)

Our paper comes from Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH, which has been manufacturing paper since 1584. Their paper is made with pure spring water and high-grade cotton, and traditional recipes are still used to make paper for painters, illustrators, bookbinders, and of course, Curio & Co.

Pigments to last

Special artwork and special paper requires special ink. Our giclées use pigment inks, rather than the standard dye-based inks used in regular printers. Pigment inks provide better image stability and last longer and than any other method. Since the pigment doesn’t dissolve completely and soak into the paper the way that dye-based inks do, pigment inks are more water resistant and won’t bleed at the edges of an image. What’s more, because pigment molecules stack themselves on top of the paper, it’s harder for sunlight or chemicals to react with the pigment molecules – making the image highly resistant to fading.

For all of this, of course, pigment inks are more expensive than dye-based inks, but when protected from air and sunlight, these inks will last many, many years. And when something looks this good, you want to keep it around.

Oberpfaffendorfer - Neptune Nibbles - Illustrated mermaid vintage poster ad for fish sticks (circa 1910's) - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG)

Neptune Nibbles


The fish sticks sold by Oberpfaffendorfer in the early 1900s were very different from the...

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, Jul 29, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax Comics Coming Soon!

Curio & Co. announces a sneak peek at the Spaceman Jax comic for visitors to San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Image of Spaceman Jax - Through the Mantagon Minefield comic, courtesy of Curio and Co.

Comic-Con got a sneak peek of another jewel.

Comic-Con is always a lot of fun: big stars, great swag and aisles and aisles full of amazing collectibles that turn you into a kid again. But maybe one of the best things about Comic-Con is getting an early sneak peek at exciting things to come. So Curio & Co. was very excited to share a soon-to-be-released treasure from the vault with visitors to Comic-Con.

In October of this year, we’ll be officially releasing 1000 copies of the first issue of Spaceman Jax comics, Spaceman Jax – Through the Mantagon Minefield. But if you just can’t wait that long and you’re heading to Comic-Con, you can get your hands on them before anyone else.

These are the comics you remember reading as a kid. Spaceman Jax – that intrepid but dimwitted hero from the animated series Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures – saving the day and causing mayhem in an adventure adapted from the screen by Ringer Comics.

Reading new comics today just feels different. Maybe it’s the paper. In today’s comics the paper is glossy but cold; comics back then had paper that was softer. Sure, this might have caused the inks to bleed a bit or push the registration off a little, but there was something more accessible and friendly about those old Solver Age comics.

This one is 48 pages of galactic hijinks along with the original ads and the charming letters to Spaceman Jax section. I wonder where those kids are today?

You can pre-order the comic online, but you’ll still have to wait to get it. But once you do, you’ll want to sit down right then and there and read it right away!

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