YES! We are knee deep into October and the horror prints are dropping like the leaves in a sleepy New England town. Piles and piles of grotesque, alarming, gory, disturbing images are turning up and today we get to give you an exclusive look at a sensational new print by the phenomenal U.K. artist Chris Weston for the folks over at FAMP Art.
Based in New York, FAMP Art is a company that specializes in creating officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters of foreign films, pre-1980s classics and a few random goodies here and there of things we simply love.
A business years in the making, FAMP Art was founded to bridge the gap between pop culture art and art-house cinema, focusing on films that don’t get much love in the art world but are praised in the world of cinema (and that we ourselves are passionate about). Our goal is to fuse two different worlds through the glory of awesome and beautiful art prints.
We spoke to Chris Weston about the project, his background and Doctor Strange, here is what he had to say.
BLURPPY – Give us a little insight to your background.
I’m a British comic book veteran who has been working professionally for over a quarter of a century now. I am old. I started out working for 2000ad drawing Judge Dredd and Indigo Prime, but quickly got absorbed into the american comic book industry drawing books like Batman, Swamp Thing, Enemy Ace and The Fantastic Four.
I’m probably best known for two creator-owned series: “The Filth” and “Ministry of Space”. More recently I’ve made the jump over to the film industry, working closely with Albert Hughes on “The Book of Eli” and the aborted live-action version of “Akira”. We’ve just started work on a new movie project, but I’m not allowed to talk about that yet.
BLURPPY – AHHHHHH… so bummed that the live action Akira was aborted! That being said, we are NOW intrigued about the thing you CAN’T talk about. Guess we shall have to stay tuned. We really like “Trollhunter,” what drew you to this project?
CHRIS – I love Troll Hunter. I like horror films and dry humour and this film is the perfect combination of both those elements. I like it when absurd ideas are treated with a totally straight face. Otto Jesperson’s performance is great; I’d love to see him act in something else.
Flash Gordon private commission
BLURPPY – Otto needs another shot at something else. Where there any unseen challenges with this one compared to your past projects?
CHRIS – Drawing the foliage. So… much… foliage. I already have a hopelessly over- detailed style, so rendering all the leaves, twigs, bushes and branches is a recipe for long hours at the drawing board. I hope they paid off.
BLURPPY – TREES! The bane of many an artist! Yes, after seeing the prints, your hours of toiling at the drawing board absolutely paid off. Besides “Trollhunter”, what would be your dream project/ property to work on?
Fantastic Four by Chris Weston
CHRIS – I’d like to do some of the lesser known films and steer clear of all the same old movies that we’ve seen thousands of posters for. Everyone and their grandma seems to have drawn a Star Wars , Blade Runner or Alien poster…. I’d rather do something like “Zardoz” .
BLURPPY – Very left of center choice, much like Sean Connery’s outfit in this one. I’d LOVE to get his honest feedback about filming that movie. HE has to cringe when he sees that outfit right? We LOVE your Dan Dare Toy design, please tell us you have some others up your sleeves in 2015?
CHRIS – No, that was a one-off. But thanks for the kind words.
BLURPPY – Well even though you SAY it is one and done, we are still keeping our fingers crossed. We saw an insane Doctor Strange commission on your site with what looks like the very first EVIL UNICORN we’ve ever seen, who would YOU like to see play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel film?
Chris Weston private commission
CHRIS – No hesitation: Oded Fehr. There’s something very enigmatic or exotic about him that would perfectly suit The Sorcerer Supreme.
BLURPPY – Brilliant! He was really good in The Mummy and we hadn’t thought of him yet. He is now OUR #1 choice too! We love food and we are curious, what’s your favorite snack
CHRIS – McVities Digestive Biscuits. Though they have tweaked the formula recently and they aren’t as good as they used to be.
Hmmmm… we didn’t see THAT snack coming. (Let’s be honest, Junior Mints are where it’s at, everything else pales in comparison.) Here is what FAMP had to say about Chis’ AWESOME “Trollhunter” prints.
To honor the change of seasons and the horror element associated with the month of October, FAMP Art is thrilled to announce their new print release for André Øvredal’s awesome comedic, fantasy horror flick “Trollhunter” (aka Trolljegeren). To help bring this film to life in the screen printed poster world, FAMP Art teamed up with UK illustrator Chris Weston and together have delivered a work of art that truly encapsulates what a movie poster should be for this film.
Click the link below to see both versions of this fantastic print by Chris Weston for FAMP Art.
There will be two prints available for sale, both of which measure 24”x36”, on October 21st at a random time between 3pm and 8pm EST on the FAMP Art website. The regular (English) version will have a run of 145 prints and will cost $45, the variant (Norwegian) version will have a run of 70 prints and will cost $60. There will be a limit of one per person per household.
So, which one is your favorite? Regular or Variant? Be sure to follow these guys to stay up to date with all their new projects and releases. Major thank you to FAMP for the exclusive and to Chris for taking the time to speak with us.