Limited Paper: Bottleneck & Marko Manev’s SUPERHERO NOIR, Irrational Games BIOSHOCK Posters, and Hero Complex Teases OSCAR LEGENDS

     February 7, 2013


We’re expecting some bigger news to come down the pike later today (fingers crossed), but who knows if that’ll pan out as expected?  While we’re waiting to see how that shakes out, why don’t we take a quick peek at a few other stories that crossed Limited Paper’s desk over the past few days?  I’ve got news regarding a new series from artist Marko Manev called Superhero Noir (which Steve wrote about last week), a look at a collection of Bioshock Infinite posters (that we really wish were screenprinted), and a head’s up regarding the second helping of Hero Complex Gallery’s Weapon of Choice showcase.  It’s all waiting for you after the jump, folks.

Will today be the day that we hear about that “top-secret mystery event” that we discussed earlier this week?   Survey says… “I have no friggin’ idea”, so I suppose all we can do for now is sit around, wait, and take a look at some of the other things happening in Poster World now, soon, or in the near future.  Let’s start things off with a look at a new series from our friends at NYC’s Bottleneck Gallery.  Here’s the press release we received earlier in the week:

Earlier this week we announced a special collaboration with artist Marko Manev.  By placing our favorite superheroes in a gritty environment, his series, Superhero Noir, quickly became the talk of the internet.  Tomorrow, Friday February 8th at around 12pm eastern we will be releasing the first two prints from his series.  As always, in true Bottleneck fashion, $1 from every order in the entire Noir series will be donated to Marko’s chosen charity, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To check for more updates and previews for our next show, Get a Room, opening next week please head on over to

Yes, yes, but what do the posters look like?  Pretty snazzy.  Check out this pair, which are the prints mentioned in the quote above.  Both are going on-sale via the Bottleneck website  tomorrow at 12pm EST, and both look like they’re setting up what’ll end up being a striking series:

  • Watchmaker by Marko Manev


  • Sentinel of The Spaceways by Marko Manev


Next up:  in the past, I’ve talked at length about the depressingly small number of video game-themed prints that drop each year, and so far there’s been little reason to believe that 2013’s going to be any different (for the love of god, Mondo, let’s get a game-themed gallery show going:  Daddy needs all the Fallout prints).  Over the weekend, a friendly reader shot me an email with a subject line reading “BIOSHOCK INFINITE POSTERS!!!”, and inside was a link pointing me in the direction of Irrational Games’ online store.  Little did I know it, but I was about to get a strong dose of “good news/bad news”.

Good news is, there are, in fact, a number of Bioshock Infinite posters available at the Irrational Games website.  As a longtime fan of the work being done by Ken Levine and Irrational Games—not to mention as a dude who would gladly set an orphanage aflame if it meant getting to play Bioshock Infinite a few weeks early—I was excited to see the art direction of that forthcoming game transferred to poster form.  Here’s what a few of them look like:


Pretty badass, no?  So, what’s the bad news?  For the most part, the Bioshock Infinite posters available at Irrational’s site are lithographs (for the uninitiated:  those’re the glossy, somewhat flimsy type of posters you’d buy in a Wal-Mart;  they’re the furthest thing from, say, a screenprinted Tyler Stout poster).  There’s one screenprint available and another that isn’t designated as a giclee, litho, or screenprint…but the rest are lithographs…actually, many appear to be limited-edition/numbered lithographs.  Um…

Look, I want badass Bioshock Infinite posters just as much as the next guy whose fiancée can’t wait to redecorate.  But lithographed artwork will never appeal to the collector in me (yes, even if it’s “limited” and numbered).   I really hope someone at Irrational—perhaps someone wondering why more poster collectors aren’t jumping at the chance to buy their artwork—will see this and lobby whoever they have to in order to get these poster designs screenprinted (giclee prints would even make the sale for me).  Until then, I gotta pass…but who knows?  Maybe you feel differently, which is why I included the mention here even if I’m not planning to buy.


Aaand finally there’s this:  Hero Complex Gallery’s taking us on a second tour of duty for their Weapon of Choice showcase, a gallery show they’re calling Oscar Legends: Weapon of Choice 2.  That’s the flier above, and I’ve got a preview image of artist Nick Comparone’s Casablanca piece for you below (good call, Nick).  What do we know about the event itself?  Not much at the moment beyond what you see here, save for a few key details:  one, Craig Drake—one of our favorite artists here at Limited Paper HQ—will have a piece in the show;  and two, we’ll be receiving a full preview pack over the weekend, so we’ll have more photos and info to share with you guys next week.  Until then…consider this a head’s up.


Stay tuned for more about this show in the days ahead, folks, and get ready for a busy couple weeks here at Limited Paper HQ:  now that the dead zone of January’s over with, we’ve got a ton of stuff in store for you, so check in regularly here at for future updates.  In the meantime: if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you!  Email Limited Paper directly at, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!

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