Monday, April 22, 2019

Mr. Natural's 719th Meditation Signed & Numbered Serigraph Print



Wildwood Serigraphs and RCrumb.com announces the release of Crumb's new serigraph edition: Mr. Natural's 719th Meditation

Crumb and I initially talked about the idea of using his three page Mr. Natural's 719th Meditation strip (1970) stacked vertically, with a Buddhist thanga border, but we couldn't find any suitable reference material that would support the idea. So then we looked at different ways to arrange the panels. It was Crumb's idea to stack them 6 x 6. Once we rearranged the panels, Crumb then created a color guide, something that took him some time. Meanwhile, I cleaned up the black line artwork he gave me (took me almost a month). Finally, while color separating, I followed Crumb's color guide faithfully–he did a fantastic job with the color. 

So we're proud to announce the release of the new Crumb 16 color serigraph edition. The edition is 100 prints. The white paper is archival BFK Rives paper which is 22" x 26". The image size is almost "16 x 18". Each print is numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. Each print also comes with its own certificate of authenticity, which was written and drawn by Crumb. Release date is Wednesday, April 24th. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 
-Alexander Wood, Publisher

$375

Friday, November 30, 2018

The release of Crumb’s Work On It Etching Edition in TWO versions



On the inside cover of Crumb’s comic book Mystic Funnies #1 (1997) is a strip called “Mr. Natural & Flakey Foont Thinkin’ About Death n’ Stuff”. In the early-2000’s, Jesse and I, with Crumb’s approval and help, condensed the first two panels of the strip into one to create the Work On it t-shirt for the website, which was then owned by Jesse. It’s still selling well because it’s so funny. In fact, it’s one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Maybe because we all wrestle with the concept and fear of our own death (with poor results) that this becomes so amusing for us to witness someone else spinning their wheels. It’s funny, poignant and effectively uses both of Crumb’s best known characters–Flakey sweating and fretting while Mr. Natural stays cool.


But I also wanted to offer Crumb’s original version which he drew using two panels. I took a small survey from an assortment of Crumb readers as to which version they preferred–it was basically two to one in favor of the single panel version. So I’m offering both versions with two limited signed etching editions: the single panel etching edition which is 40 prints, and the double panel etching edition which is only 20 prints.

Single Panel Etching: 
Paper Size is 10” x 12”; Image Size is 5” x 5”

Double Panel Etching: 
Paper Size is 12” x 10”; Image Size is 8” x 5”

Both editions are numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. Neither of the editions have any customized sigs (except one signed R. “I’m Still Workin’ On It” Crumb which is not for sale). Both editions are for sale for $420 per print. 
Release date: Friday, November 30th, 2018.

Single Panel $420 Each 

Double Panel $420 Each 



Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 Summer Sale Sold Out R Crumb Prints

Each summer I sell prints from my personal print collection, or prints acquired in trades. All of these prints are from editions that are now sold out. They're in mint condition and have been stored in a flat file where they have never been exposed to light. I highly recommend using UV protected glass if you're going to buy and frame any of these prints.

-- Alexander Wood, Printer


Mystic Funnies Serigraph Print
Printed in 1998, there were 24 colors used in this edition. Stored flat, mint condition. White paper is 22" x 30".  Image size is 17.5" x 25". This was signed by Crumb before he started dating his prints, so it's just signed R. Crumb and not dated. It's numbered 194 of 200. With certificate signed by Jesse and Alex. 
SOLD


San Francisco Comics #3 Serigraph Print
There are 110 prints in this edition, printed in 2009. It's a 16 color edition printed on white acid-free paper (Rives BFK) that's 20" x 28". The image size is 13.5" x 19.5". The certificate is written by Robert. The print is numbered, dated and signed by R. "'Scuse Me" Crumb. This is print #60 of 110. Mint condition. 
$750


Heroes of the Blues Serigraph Print
This 150 print serigraph edition sold out within a year it was published (2010). The cream paper size is 22" x 30", image size is 16.5" x 25". This is print number #66/150, and is signed by Crumb as R. "Triple Virgo Crumb (Wow, That's Heavy)" Crumb. There were 17 colors used to create this edition. Comes with its cert written by Crumb. Mint condition.
SOLD


BB King Serigraph Print
This 245 print edition was signed by both BB King and Robert Crumb. The certificate is signed by Floyd Lieberman (who was BB's manager in 2002) and Alex. There were 31 colors (29 screens) used to print this edition. The cream paper is 25" x 22". The image size is 17" x 14".  This is print number 226/245. Mint Condition– stored flat and never seen the light of day. 
SOLD


Twas Ever Thus Serigraph Print
This 16 color serigraph (14 screens) was printed in 2008. There are 150 prints in the edition. The cream paper is 22" x 28". The image size is 15" x 18.5". The cert was written by Crumb. The print is numbered (143/150), dated and signed nicely by Crumb. Mint condition.
$800


Fritz the Cat Serigraph Print
24 colors using 20 screens were used to print this edition in 2001. There are 200 prints in the edition. The white Rives BFK paper is 22" x 30". The image is 18" x 22.5". The certificate, which is signed by Jesse (in his jazzed-up, crazy mode) and Alex, was written by Robert. The print is in mint condition. Numbered, signed and dated by Robert, this is print number 159/200.
$850


Head Comix Serigraph Print
This edition was printed in 2001. The edition never had a certificate created for it. There is a very light indicia printed at the bottom of the cream paper, which is 22" x 30". The image size is 14" x 18.5". There were 18 colors used to print the edition. Numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. This is print number #56/200.
Stored flat; never has seen the light of day.
$750


Mr. Natural #2 Serigraph Print
This 110 print edition sold was printed and released in 2005. The cream paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 15" x 22". There were 19 colors used to print this edition with 16 screens. There was never a certificate issued with this edition, so there's no cert. There is an indicia printed at the bottom of each print giving all the information of the edition. Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb in capital letters. This is print #83/110. Mint condition.
SOLD


Zap #0 Serigraph Print
There were 110 prints printed for this edition on white 22' x 30" paper. The image is 15" x 21". 14 colors using 11 screens were used to create this edition in 2007. The certificate is written by Crumb. This is print #106/110. Dated, numbered and signed by RC. Mint condition.
SOLD


Arcade #2 Serigraph Print
This 120 print edition was printed and signed in 2005. It took a while to sell out but it remains a high point in our collection of editions. There were 23 colors and 21 screens used to create this edition. The registration and spit-fountains (a total of five blends were used in the edition!) work perfectly. I was also able to hold the best detail with 230 mesh/dpi dither output of the films I used–the perfect combination. I think, as a printer, this is one of the best editions I've printed. The image size is 13" x 18.5". The cream paper size is 20" x 26". Comes with its cert, written by Crumb and signed by both Jesse and Alex. Mint condition, has never seen the light of day. This is print #112/120.  
$750


Short History of America Poster
This poster edition, printed on 90 pound ivory acid free paper, was printed in 2003. It sold out in a couple of years. The entire edition is unsigned. Each print is stamped with its number in the lower left-hand corner. This is print #999/1000. The paper is 22" x 29", the image size is 17" x 24.5". 
I think it originally sold for $90. It sold out more than 10 years ago.
SOLD


Tommy the Toilet Giclee   
First printed and released as a giclee edition in 2008, it took six years for this 200 print edition to sell out. I still have two prints left from the edition: #1 and #199/200. I'm selling #199 now. The acid-free paper is 18" x 24". The image size is 13" x 19". The number is stamped (early giclee prints were stamped with numbers, this was later replaced by numbering by hand with pencil) in the lower left-hand corner of the print. None of the prints in this edition–except the artist proofs–are signed. 
SOLD


Keep on Truckin'  Serigraph Print
This 12 color edition was printed and released in January of 2017. It sold out in a couple of weeks, if I remember properly. There are 95 prints in the edition. This is print number 50/95 and it's signed R. "Butter & Egg Man" Crumb. The white paper size is 25.5" x 19". The image size is 19" x 12". In mint condition. Comes with its certificate of authenticity written by Crumb. 
SOLD


Cheap Thrills  Serigraph Print
This 250 serigraph print edition was printed in 1997. It's numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. The cert was written by Crumb and signed by Jesse and Alex. 24 colors using 24 screens were used to produce this large and excellent edition. Paper is 27" x 28" and the image size is 21" x 21". Stored flat, mint condition and it's never seen the light of day. 
SOLD


Harmonica Blues Serigraph Print
This is print number 178 from an edition of 200. Printed in 2000, it was very difficult to print with all the blends in the sky. I don't know if I would attempt this kind of print at this point in my life–only when I was young and foolish. 26 colors were used in this edition. The white acid-free paper is 26" x 26.5". The image size is 21" x 21". The cert is signed by Jesse and Alex. A small paragraph for the cert was written by Crumb...begrudgingly. Mint condition, stored flat–never has seen the light of day.
$950



Mr. Natural Conjures The Devil Girl  Serigraph Print
This 210 piece edition was printed and published in 2003. This is print number 193/210. The cream paper is 22" x 30" and the image is 15.5" x 20". 25 colors were needed to create this edition. The cert is signed by both Jesse and Alex. Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb. The print is in mint condition , stored flat and has never seen the light of day.
$850
The Adventures of R. Crumb Himself  Serigraph Print
This is the second edition I printed and published with Crumb, way back in '95. This is actually the most difficult print for me to find, as I haven't any extras of this edition. There were no certs made for this edition. We wouldn't do that until the next year when we published Robert Johnson. I think this is about a 26 color edition. The paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 17" x 25". In mint condition, never been framed or matted. This is print number 188/190.
$950

Despair Serigraph Print
This edition was released in 2006. It's the only edition I printed using a color process-printing method, producing many different colors resulting from over-laying the basic process colors. The paper is 22" x 30". The image is 15" x 21". This is print number 89/100. The cert was well-written by Crumb. Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb as well. Stored flat and has never seen the light of day. Mint condition.
$750




Beloved Music Makers of Days Gone By Portfolio
This is a portfolio of three different individually numbered and signed prints. There are 200 portfolios in the edition, released in 1999. This portfolio is numbered #179/200. Each portfolio is bound by a portfolio jacket and also enclosed is a certificate of authenticity.  The certificate is signed by Alex Wood and Jesse Crumb. The portfolio cover is 13" x 16". The three prints inside (Jack Teagarden-jazz; Memphis Minnie & Kansas City Joe-blues; The North Carolina Ramblers-country) are each signed, dated and numbered by Crumb. So you get three signed Crumb prints for the price of one! The portfolio and its prints are in mint condition. 
SOLD


Dale Steinberger Serigraph Print
There are 200 prints in this edition, and this is print number 172/200.  The edition was released in 2004. The cream Rives BFK paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 14" x 19". The certificate, written by Crumb, is signed by both Jesse Crumb (with his crazy, large-sized Sharpie pen) and Alex Wood. Mint condition, stored flat, never has seen the light of day (except when it was photographed). 
$600
Footsy Serigraph Print
The very first edition I printed and published with Crumb in 1994. I used almost 30 colors and 4 blends to convince Crumb we could create a really fantastic edition. There are 200 prints in the edition, and this is print number 196/200. There was no certificate created with this edition. And it was also before Crumb dated his serigraphs by his signature, so it has only the print number and his signature. He also signed this in hard pencil in France, far away from me so I couldn't suggest he use a softer, darker pencil. So his signature is too faint for my taste, but it's there if you look closely. A rare and difficult print to find for me. Whatever its limitations may be, I was always very happy with the way this edition turned out. The cream paper is 22: x 30". The image size is 18" x 25". Mint condition.
$900
BB King Etching
Released in 2011 as a 35 print etching edition, it also had 6 artist proofs and 2 printer proofs. I'm selling one of my printer proofs, number 1/ 2. The paper is 14" x 17". The image is almost 8" x 10". This is one of the largest etchings we've done. Numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. Great illustration. Crumb's not even interested in BB King, but he did it for us (Jesse and me). I'm still thankful to him for this great illustration.
$950
Le Monde Selon Crumb Etching
This poster was originally created for a comic show in Angouleme, France in 1991. We released it as a forty piece etching edition in 2016. This is print number 31 of 40. The paper size is 12" x 14". The image size is 7" x 9". "Kick their ass Take their gas"!
$850
Mr. Sixties Etching
Released in 2015, this is a reworking of the Fantagraphics Complete Crumb Volume 4 cover. There are 40 prints in the edition. The paper is 13" x 13". The image size is a little more than 8" x 7". This is print #7/40. Numbered, titled, signed and dated by Crumb. 
$850
Bare Yer Soul
This is the only etching we've created from Crumb's sketch book. Published in 2016, this etching edition is an edition of 40 prints. This is print 14 of 40, with a nice signature. Paper is 11" x 9". Image size is 7" x 4". "Sweat some blood!!" "G'Wan, do it!"
$700
On the Crest of a Wave
Released in 2014, this was taken from a Fantagraphics The Complete Crumb Volume 6. Crumb touched it up a bit and added a person of color to encompass more of the social revolution taking place at the time-all smashed against the wall of reality. Edition of 50 with 3 printer proofs and 6 artist proofs. I'm selling my printer proof 1/3. It has a custom sig of R. "Ol' Starchy" Crumb. The paper measures 14" x 13". The image is 9" x 7".
$800
Whiteman Meets Bigfoot
Redrawn from the last panel of Crumb's epic Whiteman Meets Bigfoot, this etching edition was released in 2011. There are 50 pieces in this edition. This is print number 44 of 50. Paper size is 13" x 14". Image size is 8" x 7". Numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. Mint condition.
SOLD

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Whiteman Meets Bigfoot Original Artwork



In 2011, I proposed to Crumb we use his last panel of the Whiteman Meets Bigfoot strip as the next etching edition. He liked the idea, but when he looked at the original strip, he wanted to "touch up" the artwork to make it better. He ended up starting all over, and made an entirely new rendition for the etching edition. I paid him a couple of thousand to do the "touch up" work, and surprisingly, he very generously gave me the original artwork in order to get the film made for the etching plate (instead of sending a good copy of the artwork). The edition was released in January of 2012.

I sold the artwork earlier this year for $12,000, but the buyer, for personal reasons, must now liquidate most of his material possessions and asked me to resell the artwork for him. I agreed to place it on the Newsletter this summer. Please contact me directly if you're interested in purchasing this original artwork for $12,000. My email address is: alexanderwood@sbcglobal.net

Friday, July 6, 2018

R. Crumb's Mr. Natural On A Bicycle Limited Edition Etching


The Release of R. Crumb's Mr. Natural on a Bicycle Etching Edition

This drawing was originally created as an advertisement for the Winters Bike Shop in Winters, California circa 1989, two years before Crumb moved to France. It’s one of the more happy and carefree pictures of Mr. Natural, riding his special bike, custom designed by Crumb himself. 

The pig in the basket is an interesting character. Crumb first introduced that character in his strip The R. Crumb $uck$e$$ Story (The People’s Comics, 1972). He brought him back for I Remember the Sixties (Weirdo #4, 1981) and My Troubles With Women, Part 2 (Hup #1, 1987). When I asked Crumb what the character was about, Crumb said, “I don’t know what that pig is about. I don’t understand it myself. [laughs] I can’t explain him. I don’t know what it means. I never consciously defined what the pig was in my own mind. It just seemed funny to me when I drew it. That stuff just comes out of my subconscious. I don’t stop to analyze what it means.” A couple of years ago, Crumb named the pig Prufrock Piggy. There you go–you learn something everyday. 

There are 40 etchings in this edition, with an additional 5 artist proofs and 3 printer proofs. Each print is numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. There are no custom signatures in this edition. The white Hahnemuhle paper is 11” x 14”. The embossed area is 6”x 8”. The image is 5” x 7”. Each print comes with our guarantee for your complete satisfaction. 

$380

Release date:  June 7th, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Signed Giclée Artist Proofs For Sale

Wildwood Serigraphs started publishing giclée editions with Crumb in 2007. Each year we add a new edition in an effort to have more affordable Crumb images in a high quality archival format available. With each edition, Crumb is given either 30 or 40 artist proofs per edition, depending on the edition size. He just has given me four numbered, signed and dated artist proofs of each of the following editions to sell:

  • Adventures of R. Crumb Himself
  • Cradle to Grave
  • Fritz the Cat
  • Mystic Funnies #1
  • Robert Johnson
  • San Francisco Comics
  • Zap #1


Each artist proof is numbered, signed and dated by Crumb and sells for $540 each. Other signed artist proofs from giclée editions like Heroes of the Blues, Mr. Natural #2, Twas Ever Thus, Arcade #2 and Short History of America will be available next year. 


Adventures of R.Crumb Himself
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 17" x 24". Image is 13" x 20". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.
$540 each


Cradle to Grave
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 17" x 24". Image is 12.5" x 19". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$540 each


Fritz the Cat
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 18" x 24". Image is 14.5" x 18.5". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$540 each


Mystic Funnies
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 18" x 24". Image is 13" x 19". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$540 each


Robert Johnson
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 8/30 to 12/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 18" x 24". Image is 14" x 19". This is Crumb's favorite version. He selected each and every color for this edition, and he's very happy with it. Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$580 each


San Francisco Comics
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 17" x 24". Image is 12" x 7". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$540 each


Zap #1
Giclée edition of 300 with 30 signed artist proofs. I have only four of Crumb's artist proofs from 6/30 to 10/30.  Somerset Velvet white archival paper is 17" x 24". Image is 13" x 17.5". Signed, numbered and dated by Crumb in 2018.

$540 each

Friday, April 27, 2018

Price Correction: Short History of America Giclee Typo

We made a mistake by posting the Short History of America 15 Panel giclee price as $430 on the Newsletter you received yesterday, which is incorrect. This is an unsigned giclee edition, so the price per print is actually $90, not $430.


$90

As long as we're sending out a new Newsletter to rectify our mistake yesterday, I would like to bring attention to some small details in the Short History of America edition that you might not notice:

In panel 4 (1880's), there's a path that follows the fence line. In panel 5 (1890's), that path has been widened to a road, so the fence had to be removed and a portion of the side yard as well to make room for the road.

In panel 10 (1940's), Crumb has suggested the old outline of the "El Ropo" cigar poster coming through the fading "Myer's Drug Store" sign on the brick wall. I have colored it accordingly, but you might need magnification to appreciate Crumb's attention to detail. 

Also in panel 10, they implemented a new rain water sewage system as the grates show.

In panel 11 (1950's), they have replaced the 1940's railroad crossing light they had installed only about a decade earlier. America was wealthy around this time.

Those are just some of the details that I enjoy. There are many, many other details waiting to be enjoyed by another viewer.

Because the response has been stronger than I anticipated, I won't be able to fulfill all the orders until early next week. Thank you!

Alex