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Vice Press X Titan Comics Exclusive The Prisoner Issue 1 Variant Cover

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We are excited to reveal we have partnered with Titan Comics to create a Diamond UK exclusive cover for The Prisoner Issue #1. This first-ever Vice Press exclusive cover for The Prisoner Issue #1 - designed by Star Wars movie concept artist, Chris Weston - is based on his original silk-screen poster created for Vice Press to mark the 50th Anniversary of The Prisoner hitting TV screens.

Titan’s new The Prisoner comic series, licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is set in the world of The Prisoner – based on the celebrated cult TV series – from writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and artist Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest).

Titan Comics’ new series transports readers back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number, and Weston’s exclusive Vice Presscover is available only through Diamond UK. 

To mark the occasion, we have also released the final few copies of this previously SOLD OUT print in our store!

Titan Comics’ all-new The Prisoner comics are available to order from the current February 2018 Diamond Previews catalogue.  Fans can find their local comic book store via www.comicshoplocator.com. Find out how to order your comic book via: https://titan-comics.com/faqs/how-to-order/

 

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The Prisoner by Chris Weston

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This week marks the 50 years since the first ever airing of The Prisoner on ITV here in the U.K. and to celebrate we are releasing these two limited edition screen prints by artist and super fan of The Prisoner, Chris Weston!

Both prints go on sale at www.Vice-Press.com at 6pm U.K. time today!

 

The Prisoner by Chris Weston
Limited Edition 7 Colour Screen Print
Printed by Lady Lazarus
Hand Numbered Edition of 125
50cm x 70cm
£40

Artist Chris Weston is a huge fan of The Prisoner and here is what he had to say on the project:

"I’ve made no secret about how "The Prisoner" is my favourite television show of all time. I first saw it when it was repeated on Channel 4 on Monday nights during 1983-4. All my friends watched it too, and we’d run to school on a Tuesday morning to meet up and discuss what we’d seen the night before. We’d excitedly offer our theories about what it all meant and where it was going. Quite frequently we’d all descend into laughter whilst discussing "The Prisoner" as it had a thick vein of absurdist black humour running through it; something my friends and I really responded to. We’d all try to make each-other laugh by pulling our best imitations of Patrick McGoohan’s facial expressions: the sly smile, the frown of frustration, the medicated bewilderment…

The teenage years are ideally the best time to watch "The Prisoner". As adolescents, we were held captive in an Eighties typically British Comprehensive school, where blazers were still part of the uniform. We adhered to baffling rules and values made by a generation forged in military service. It’s pretty easy to see why Number Six became a hero to us: his uncompromising resolve to rebel against the regimen forced upon him. In most episodes, McGoohan’s Number Six never quite managed to beat the system abusing him, or escape the confines of The Village… but he never gave up! He’d find a way to sour or subvert the victories his tormenters thought they had over him. 

Revisiting the show as part of my research for this print project, I was astonished at how well its production values have stood the test of time: "The Prisoner" looks great! Jack Shampan’s imaginative production designs, the costumes, the locations and the sets are all beautiful. It’s “mod” design aesthetic and psychedelic colours make the show seem quintessentially Sixties... and yet, somehow, it is simultaneously timeless. I think that’s how you define “classic”. It is photographed immaculately on 35mm celluloid by Brendan J. Stafford, and in comparison, the cinematography on your average Bond film from the Sixties looks decidedly ropey. Even in the Eighties, twenty years after its first broadcast, “The Prisoner" looked better than everything else on British television (which was mostly shot on nasty video-tape). 

I have always wanted to create my own artistic tribute to “The Prisoner”, and I have frequently been asked to produce unofficial prints for the show. For some reason I turned down these offers; in my gut I knew I should hold out until I received an official offer to produce a licensed print. It just didn’t feel respectful otherwise, considering the pleasure this show has given me throughout my life. Fortuitously, my friends at Vice Press offered me the chance to fulfil my lifelong ambition to create a loving artistic homage, timed to coincide with the show's fiftieth anniversary, and these new official silkscreen prints are the result. I could not have been more delighted and I poured heart and soul into the project. I wanted to create "The Prisoner" poster that my school-friends and I would have wanted for our bedroom walls, way back in the Eighties!” - Chris Weston, Artist

 

The Prisoner Variant by Chris Weston
Limited Edition 2 Colour Screen Print
Printed by Lady Lazarus
Hand Numbered Edition of 60
50cm x 70cm
£50

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Vice Press Presents: Zarjaz! An Art Tribute to 40 Years of 2000 AD

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Vice Press teams with 2000 AD and Thought Bubble Festival to celebrate 40 Years of the Galaxy’s Greatest comic with a Thrill-Powered gallery exhibition in Leeds featuring work by Earth’s mightiest artists and designers from comics and pop culture!

 

We are beyond excited to announce that throughout September, as part of the official Thought Bubble festival program, we will be holding a very special art exhibition at The Gallery at Munro House on Duke Street, Leeds, celebrating 40 years of 2000 AD.

There will be a truly staggering display of original tribute art and limited edition prints from the finest art droids to grace the pages of 2000 AD and the rare opportunity to witness some of contemporary comics’ biggest names deliver their own takes on classic 2000 AD characters. A must for posters and graphic art collectors as all of the unique work on display will be available to add to your collection.

 

David Aja

 

Ahead of the two-day Thought Bubble Comic Convention, on Friday 22nd September from 7pm onwards Vice Press and 2000 AD will be hosting a special Thought Bubble Exhibition Event at The Gallery at Munro House which will be attended by the cream of the participating artists and will include a bar as well as a few memorable surprises and highly exclusive releases.

 

Jake Lynch

 

If your circuits haven’t overloaded yet, the Nerve Centre will be making the Helltrek to Leeds deliver the 2000 AD Juve Cube’ - the official after-party of the opening of Vice Press Presents: Zarjaz! An Art Tribute to 40 Years of 2000 AD.

 

The 2000 AD Juve Cube is a riotous night of celebration featuring Live musicDJs and live art from super-star VIP droids featured in the accompanying exhibition. For 2000 AD fans, it’s the perfect way to kick off the UK’s finest comic and sequential arts festival!

 

 

Chris Weston

 

Vice Press Presents: Zarjaz! An Art Tribute to 40 Years of 2000 AD will be on display at The Gallery at Munro House on Duke Street, Leeds from September 1st to September 30th 2017 with the Thought Bubble Exhibition Event taking place on Friday the 22nd of September, 7pm until 10pm. For more information visit Vice-Press.com or join the special Facebook Event Group Here

 

Attendees to the Vice Press exhibition will receive discounted entry to the nearby Juve Cube, where the party runs from 8:30pm to late at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen in Leeds City Centre. The event is supported by the Leeds College of Art.

 

Thought Bubble runs from 18th to 24th September 2017, with a huge comic con on 23rd & 24th. For more information visit thoughtbubblefestival.com. 

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