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New FRANKENSTEIN prints from the Wrightson Archives!

Celebrate October with a couple brand-new releases from the Wrightson archives!

Two NEW Wrightson Frankenstein prints dropping MONDAY!

Happy Spook-tober to everyone out there in Wrightson-World!

To celebrate the best month of the year, (AND to celebrate the birth-month of the master himself) Nakatomi is back with a new release in our ongoing Frankenstein artist edition series, AND a very special Wood edition of the classic “Wedding Night” illustration!

20×30 Wood Veneer print of “Wedding Night” with an edition of only 31 copies!

This edition of “Wedding Night” is screen-printed by hand onto wood veneer stock. This specialty paper has a thin layer of actual wood laminated onto a sheet of paper, giving it the look and feel of natural wood grain, while still being able to be rolled into a poster tube.

Hand-numbered in a limited edition of only 31 copies worldwide.

“Wedding Night” is undoubtedly Wrightson’s finest pen-and-ink illustration, and this is the very first time it has been offered on wood!

The power and fury of Frankenstein’s monster!

“Wedding Night” wood panel is limited to a tiny edition of just 31 copies worldwide. Prints will retail for $150 each. Limit 2 per household. Prints are in hand and ready for immediate shipment.
Note- because of the natural surface of the material- some variations will occur.

“Laboratory” Wrightson Frankenstein artist edition print!

“Laboratory” an unused image from Bernie’s classic Frankenstein adaptation!

The next release in our ongoing Bernie Wrightson ‘Artist Edition’ series of prints is also dropping this Monday at 2pm! Prints will be available HERE in the Nakatomi store.

“Laboratory” is an unused illustration from Bernie’s adaptation of Shelley’s Frankenstein. Originally drawn in preparation for the book, but was ultimately left out of the publication. This stunning image is now available as an artist edition for the very first time.

An unparalleled look at the hand of a master at the height of his craft…

Reproduced from a scan of the original art board, provided by film director, Frank Darabont, this is the closest anyone can come to owning the original piece.

This fine art giclée is printed at 12 x 18 inches- the original art board was drawn at 11 x 16″. We’ve given the extra bleed on the sides of the piece to make this suitable for standard framing.

A look at the hand embossing and numbering from a previous release in this series

Hand-numbered and embossed in the bottom corner with Bernie’s distinctive “W”, this edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide. Printed on archival acid free 100% cotton rag natural watercolor paper with archival inks, produced in-house at the Nakatomi Print Labs. Prints retail at $50 each. Please limit 2 per household.

Both prints will be available in the Bernie Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store HERE on Monday 10/24 at 2pm Central.

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“BARBARIAN” by BERNIE WRIGHTSON artist edition- available NOW!

Available now in the Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store!https://store.nakatomiinc.com/berniewrightsonsfrankenstein.aspx

Hello to everyone out there in Wrightson World and the Nakatomi Nation!

“Barbarian” Artist Edition print by Bernie Wrightson!

Our long-running series of Artist Edition prints continues with this classic painting from the master himself!

“Barbarian,originally painted by Bernie way back in 1976, is now finally available as a fine-art giclée! Reproduced from a scan of the original painting, this highly detailed print highlights Bernie’s brush work and bright paints, not seen in it’s original printing.

“Barbarian” 11×14 Artist Edition of 100, hand-numbered and embossed fine art print!

Print measures 11″ x 14″, and is hand-numbered in an edition of only 100 copies worldwide. Embossed in the lower right hand corner with the Wrightson “W”. Printed with archival Ultra-Chrome ink on acid-free heavy weight natural watercolor paper. Produced in-house at the Nakatomi Print Labs. $50 each, limit 2 per household.

Prints are available HERE now in the Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store.

As usual, the artist’s share of the sales of this print goes directly to Liz Wrightson.

Thank you all!

-Alex Fugazi

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“Wickedness in the Heavenly Places” lost Wrightson painting- in print for the first time!

“Wickedness in the Heavenly Places” New Wrightson Artist Edition Print!

Hello Wrightson World!

We have a special treat for you all today- a true rarity- a completely unseen Wrightson painting that has NEVER been in print before!

“Wickedness in the Heavenly Places” 12×22″ or 24×46″ print- available Wednesday 6/15 at 2pm Central

Originally painted by Bernie back in 1998 as concept art for a film that never went into production, this piece has been hidden away in a private collection for the last several years. We here at Nakatomi are very grateful for the owner coming forward to share it with us so we could add it to our Wrightson archives, and present it as a high-quality reproduction, made from scans of the original art board.

Prints will be available at 2pm on Wednesday, 6/16 at 2pm Central

“Wickedness in the Heavenly Places” is presented in two editions– one at the size of the original painting, 12 x 22″, or in an oversized edition of 24″ x 44″, allowing you to see all the insane detail in this amazing work of art.

Prints will be available at 2pm Central on Wednesday, June 16th, in the Bernie Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store- HERE.

The detail of this piece must be seen in person! Beautiful mixed media work from the hand of a master.

Regular edition of 300 copies retails for $60 each, Oversized edition of 50 retails for $200 each. Each print will be hand-numbered, and the large size also Embossed. Printed on heavyweight acid-free natural watercolor paper, with archival ink.
Prints will ship within 1-2 weeks of the on sale date.

Pick up the prints HERE at the drop time on Wednesday!

Special thanks to Todd N. Kennedy for providing us with the scan, and artist Rick Law for letting us know the history of this piece!

As usual, the artist’s share of the sales of this print goes directly to Liz Wrightson.

Thank you all!

-Alex Fugazi

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“Recourse to Death” Frankenstein Artist Edition Print

“Recourse To Death”- Artist Edition- now available!

Hello, Wrightson World!

The next release in our ongoing Bernie Wrightson ‘Artist Edition’ series of prints is available NOW!
Prints are available HERE in the Nakatomi store.

“Recourse to Death” is from Wrightson’s masterwork- his illustrated adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Nakatomi is proud to release this artist edition print to the public for the very first time.

Reproduced from a scan of the original art board, provided by film director, Frank Darabont, this is the closest anyone can come to owning the original piece.

This fine art giclée is printed at 12 x 18 inches- the original art board was drawn at 11 x 16″. We’ve given the extra bleed on the sides of the piece to make this suitable for standard framing.

See the Exacting Detail of a Master at Work in this faithful reproduction of the original art board.

Hand-numbered and embossed in the bottom corner with Bernie’s distinctive “W”, this edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide. Printed on archival acid free 100% cotton rag natural white paper, with archival inks, produced in-house at the Nakatomi Print Labs. Prints will ship within two to three weeks of the release date- domestic orders should begin arriving by the end of May.

Hand-numbered and Embossed with the Wrightson “W” in a limited edition of 300 copies worldwide.

Prints are available in the Bernie Wrightson section of the Nakatomi store HERE!

Prints retail at $50 each.

“The Grave” Tees are in hand and shipping! Limited Qty still available!

“The Grave Shirts” are in hand and shipping!

If you ordered “The Grave” Bernie Wrightson T-shirt last month, they are now in hand and shipping! Look for your order soon! And if you missed out on our pre-sale, we have a LIMITED amount of tees still on hand and ready for immediate shipment! This tee will not be reprinted- get yours before they’re gone!
Tees are $22 each. Currently available in sizes SM-3XL.

SPOOKY TEES READY TO CONSUME YOU!

Note– as usual, the artist’s share of the proceeds from this sale will go to Liz Wrightson.

Thank you-

-alex fugazi

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Wrightson Puzzle Series

On Tuesday February 2nd at 2pm Central, we will push ‘GO’ on our brand new Kickstarter- the very first Bernie Wrightson Puzzle series!

Make sure you go to the Pre-launch page HERE so you can be among the FIRST to get access to our Limited Early Bird Rewards!

Take a gander at some of the goods below!

“I Shall Be With You On Your Wedding Night” 1000 piece puzzle! Only on Kickstarter!

This project is to produce the first set in what we are planning to be an ongoing Bernie Wrightson Puzzle Series, with new releases a couple times a year!

“You’re New Here, Aren’t You?” 1000 piece puzzle! Only on Kickstarter!

Each of these 1000 piece puzzles will be printed from high-resolution scans onto super-thick deluxe puzzle board stock, with a gloss coating so your puzzle will last for years through many builds! Each comes in a custom resealable collector’s box with a magnetic closure!

All will be revealed tomorrow at 2pm Central, so get your Kickstarter account and your mouse-clicky fingers ready- we’ve got some great rewards for everyone who jumps on and pledges early, like package deals that include Exclusive T-shirts and enamel pins!

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A Message from Liz Wrightson

It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support. His obituary is below:

After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away.

Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.

His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing who were publishing black-and-white horror-comics magazines. There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form “The Studio,” a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and coloring books.

Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf,” the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, “The Stand,” and art for the hardcover editions of “From a Buick 8” and “Dark Tower V.” Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name.

Characters he worked on included Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and he provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said , the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing) all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles, and several print/poster/sketchbooks series produced by Nakatomi.

As a conceptual artist, Bernie worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s Stephen King film The Mist.

Bernie lived in Austin, Texas with his wife Liz and two corgis – Mortimer and Maximillian. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John and Jeffrey, one stepson, Thomas Adamson, and countless friends and fans. A celebration of his life is planned for later this year.

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Dear Fans

Dear Fans and Friends,

I apologize for our silence for the past few months. Last November Bernie began falling again, and having obvious problems with perception. He had to undergo yet another brain surgery to relieve bleeding, and then spend several weeks undergoing in-patient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it appears that he has lasting damage: he has extremely limited function on his left side, and is unable to walk or reliably use his left hand, among other limitations.

We have had to come to the sad conclusion that he is now effectively retired: he will produce no new art, and he is unable to attend conventions. Should this situation change I will happily announce it here.

He can still sign his name (in fact he was signing Kickstarter prints in the hospital!), and is otherwise pretty healthy and has good cognition. We expect to continue releasing signed prints, and offering occasional pieces of art for sale from the collection that remains. We both thank all of you for your continuing support and good wishes!

All our best,
Liz and Bernie Wrightson

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Big Finish to a Crazy Year!

This Spring, Bernie finished his chemotherapy, and embarked on one of his most ambitious convention schedules ever! It was wonderful to see him regaining his strength, and getting out to meet his fans.

While he still hasn’t been able to return to drawing, we do hold out hope.  Sadly, with the return of his tumor and subsequent second surgery, we had to cut his appearance schedule for 2016 short. We hope he’ll be back on the road next year!

In the meantime, a project that has been long in the works has just gone “live:” Bernie’s first Kickstarter! You can find out all about it below:

Cycle of the Werewolf Kickstarter

Thank, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN MONTH!!