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Beth Kuhnell

What I frame in my Home: Beth Kuhnell Posterservice Licensing

I think it’s a fair question to ask what an employee of a great frame and poster company would choose to hang on the walls of their own home, I mean we are the experts, right? (Fun fact: We are!) Of course, what attracted me to this company in the first place was my love for art, so of course I also enjoy decorating my own apartment. I would like to share what I’ve chosen to frame on my own walls, whether it came from Frame USA and Posterservice, (which have obviously been great enablers in terms of what I choose hang up), photos of my own, or even my own artwork.

It’s tough to choose the favorite thing I have up, but ultimately I would have to pick my wedding photos, (Okay, so maybe it’s not that tough) which I had framed at our retail store earlier this year. They came out amazing and I get compliments on these all the time.

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My Wedding Photos

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Above our fireplace (slash beer shrine) I have a copy of a Cincinnati skyline print that we gave away to customers and employees here at Frame USA to celebrate our retail store grand re-opening back in 2013. Besides being a stunning shot of my home city, this image is also pretty special to me personally, as I was the one

Over the Mantle
Over the Mantle

who communicated with the artist Keith Allen to get him on board from the project. Below the mantle you’ll also notice the license plate from my last car, which sadly was totaled last year (RIP Car), luckily I came out of that fine, but decided to keep a little memento, because why not?

Speaking of beer… here is the arrangement we have behind our couch in the living room. (Noticing a theme?). My husband and I really love the craft beer theme, and even homebrew our own beer.

Beer Posters
Beer Posters

I also don’t mind framing some of my own artwork, including one of my pieces from my senior thesis project

at UC – DAAP. This piece, “Fibers” is illustrated on stained wood!

Cyberpunk
Cyberpunk

Another drawing of mine is hanging in our computer room, and sports a wicked awesome wood picture frame courtesy of the Frame USA custom framing team.

This isn’t technically on a wall, but on the door to our bedroom. I cut this Legend of Zelda logo out of contact paper and placed it on the door. I really enjoy creating unique wall art like this.

Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda

The next one I guess you could call a combination of my own artwork, and a Frame USA/Posterservice project. I designed this ‘Shots!’ poster for the Posterservice line in 2014, since then it has taken off and can even be found in Spencer Gifts stores throughout the nation! So naturally I had to have a copy of my own.

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Shots

While that is not everything I have on my walls, those are for sure some of my favorites! (And some of them would not be there had I not started my career at this company.) I think the

Fibers
Fibers

best rule to follow when choosing what to put on your walls is, have FUN!

Star Wars: Episode 4

Today in History: STAR WARS Strikes Back (again and then again)

We all appreciate the impact “Star Wars” has had on pop culture. It can’t be overstated. Whle “Jaws” may have been the first major

Star Wars: Episode 4
Star Wars: Episode 4

“summer blockbuster” in 1975, “Star Wars” came along and nearly doubled it’s lifetime box office (and I’m just talking about the very first Star Wars movie, now referred to as “Episode 4″ in the franchise canon). It’s soaked into our identity and vernacular. Everybody knows what a lightsaber is–even kids who’ve never even seen one of the movies. If you go up to someone and say, “Long ago….” there’s a good chance they’ll come back with, “…in a galaxy far, far away.” It both influences other media and infiltrates it. There were a ton of no-name knockoff space operas in the years that followed, trying to cash in on the Star Wars fever. Of course, without the talent and passion behind them they were easily forgotten. And Star Wars is routinely mentioned in music (Weird Al has at least two or three songs about Star Wars), been the central theme of TV shows (remember when Leonard and Sheldon broke into Skywalker Ranch on “The Big Bang Theory”?)…it’s one of the most ubiquitous films of all tme. Maybe THE most.

The original theatrical run of Episode 4 was just not enough for people. VCR’s and movie rentals were still a few years ahead of the mainstream and people wanted to see this movie over, and over again. So on August 13th, 1982, two years after the seconf film (The Empire Strikes Back!) was released, Star Wars burst into theaters again, blasters blazing. It included the trailer for the third (and supposedly final) film, “Return of the Jedi.” During this run it grossed over $15 million. A five year old movie that everybody had already seen. People just couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker, stanring off into the burning Tatooine sunset. They needed to relive Han Solo asking, “Who’s scruffy looking?” And everyone needed more R2-D2 and C-3P0 in their lives (we still do).

That would be amazing enough except that Star Wars got ANOTHER WIDE THEATRICAL RELEASE! Almost twenty years after the original run George Lucas gave us the (fan-loathing and overly retconned)

The Empire Strikes Back!
The Empire Strikes Back!

Special Editions. These were digitally remastered, had a ton of extra scenes added, other scenes and musical cues tweaked, it made a ton of money, I don’t care for them at all. So let’s move on to the release of the VHS Special Edition Boxed Set. This happened, AGAIN on August 13th, the summer of 1997. This was where George Lucas and  the fans he’d given so much to broke up. The Special Editions were released with no plans to offer the original theatrical versions (the ones that he didn’t mess around with). Star Wars fans were (and still are) furious. They mostly did not like the additions and changes and didn’t understand why they couldn’t get cleaned up restorations of the originals (evenutally they were included, bare bones

Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi

and with no re-mastering as secondary discs with the special Edition DVD release). Star Wars fans are passionate, to say the least, and were crestfallen. There’s even an entire documentary about the rift between Lucas and his fans (The People VS. George Lucas).

With Disney having taken over the franchise and the first film under the new regime due out this Christmas, hopes are high that the movies will get back to their glory days. It’s doubtful though, that they’ll ever be able to recapture the magic of that first run, of that first film (or that second run for that matter). So while you’re thinking nostalgic thoughts about enjoying Star Wars with your dad as a kid, playing with your action figures and making the little guns go “pew pew!” why don’t you head on over to Posterservice.com and check out our selection of Star Wars posters. Maybe pick one (or all of them) up, frame them with posterframes from Frame USA and relive those Alderaan days and Tatooine nights (and get ready for the onslaught of new movies).

The Beatles-Abbey Road

Beatles Begin!

On this day, August 7th, 1957, a rock and roll band, The Quarrymen (missing one of their guitarists who was at scout  camp) played their first gig at a local Liverpool jazz

The Beatles
The Beatles

club called “The Cavern.” This moment in time may have come and gone without note, except that this band would someday change their name and also the world. Just a few short years after this show, the Quarrymen would become The Beatles, and because this first show at the cavern would be a milestone for them–it became a milestone for music, pop culture and everything else.

The story of how John Lennon and Paul McCartney formed their band as teenagers still in high school is well known, as are the bandmembers who came and went before the group found its true fame (Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best). What’s special about this story, though, is the way these kids took the stage and did what they wanted, despite the bad reputation that their beloved rock and roll had at that time. They were primarily known as a skiffle band (a british style of folksy The Beatles rhythm and blues–think the UK version of rockabilly) and this was a more accepted musical style than the more raucous American rock.

The Cavern was a tiny little jazz spot, really just a basement room, in Liverpool, catering to sailors, dockworkers and their girlfriends. When the Quarrymen went on to play, it was allowed that they’d be playing skiffle, but understood that this was not the place for hip-swinging rock and roll. And so the show went on just as expected till about halfway through their set. Then the spirit of rebellion grabbed a hold of John Lennon and he began shredding his way through Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and basically told this club–and the world–that they did as they pleased. Remember, these were just kids–George Harrison was 14–playing to a room of hard, working class men and women, early in their career as a band. Really this was one of their first professional gigs. It would have been easy to let the pressure keep

The Beatles--Timeline
The Beatles–Timeline

them in the box of acceptable music but their passion and confidence were too great to let them be held down. Of course, the story goes that the Cavern Club owner sent a note to the stage for them to quit it with the rock and roll and the show went back to harmless skiffle. In that one moment, though, they showed that fiery, defiant thing that would drive them to become the greatest rock band of all time.

So as you go through your Friday, play some Beatles tunes and celebrate the first club show that would lead to a revolution in art, music and ultimately pop culture as a whole. And while you’re doing that, maybe pop onto Posterservice.com and grab a couple of our Beatles posters to put up in your office and share a little bit of that defiance and creative joy.

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Picking Poster Frames: A Newbie’s Guide

Posters are a great way to punch up any room and inject it with some of our own style and identity. Movie poster, music poster, art prints, there’s all kinds of choices you can make. But once you have your posters unrolled and in your house, what’s the best way to display it? There are as many different kinds of poster frames and framing options as there are kinds of posters. What’s the best one to hang your brand new Led Zeppelin or Resevoir Dogs poster? At Frameusa.com we have some great solutions to your poster frame need.

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Basic Poster Frames

First, you need to know what kind of poster you’re hanging and how important it is to you. Is this just a simple 11×17 boy band poster for your niece’s birthday that she’ll outgrow in two years or so? Maybe you’re looking for a cheap picture frame, something that goes above and beyond just handing her a rolled poster to tape onto the wall, but that is inexpensive. We have three options that are meant for this situation. Our Corrugated Posterframe, Foamcore Posterframe and  Hardboard Posterframe.

These three frames are our basic poster frames. They have four mylar frame sides with mitered corners that “slide” or “snap” to the backing and styrene to hold the poster frame together. You put your poster on the backing, put the styrene on top of them and slide your sides on. It’s very easy and quick. You can choose from three different backings as well, which are the corrugated cardboard, foamcore and hardboard. The cardboard is the most inexpensive option but not as durable or long lasting as the foamcore or hardboard (the hardboard material is masonite). These frames come in a variety of colors and sizes.

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Deluxe Poster Frame

Maybe you’re not framing a poster for your niece though. Maybe you’re putting motivational posters in frames for your office. You need a large quantity of 24×36 posterframes to show off your inspirational images and they need to look nice but at a cheap picture frame price. For this kind of project I’d suggest our Deluxe poster frames. They come in 3 colors (Black, Gold and Silver) and all of our standard sizes. The frame rails are made from polystyrene with a slim, rounded profile so they have a sleek, professional look. The posters inside can be easily changed out and these frames will not hurt your budget.

 

Budget Saver
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Simply Poly

But you’re not giving gifts to a niece or hanging posters in your office. You’ve gotten yourself a vintage, limited edition Bob Marley poster. You still want a simple plastic poster frame but you want one that’s a little more physically substantial. For these pieces we recommend our Budget Saver or our Simply Poly.
These are both thicker moldings with a bit more heft and presence than the Deluxe or the basic Posterframes. The Budget Saver comes in black and cherry and has a gentle bevelled profile, whereas the Simply Poly comes in black and white and has a flat profile. These are ideal for your 24×36 movie posters and art prints. In fact the Simply Poly goes up to 27×41 for those hardcore movie fans out there who get the full size theater posters. Both of these are thick enough to use sawtooth hangers for hanging (unlike the Deluxe and basic Posterframes which have hanging tabs stamped into their backing).

So whatever kind of poster it is your framing–something somewhat transient that will soon be replaced or something you want on your living room wall for years–we have a poster frame to accomodate you at Frameusa.

Portrait of Hong Kong

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marc Allante

In today’s blog we’re going to spotlight an artist that we at Frame USA/Posterservice have had the pleasure of working with: Marc Allante. His print “Achilles” is one of our most popular posters and anytime we get new art from him we’re always pleased and excited.

Marc was born in Hong Kong and is currently based there where he is represented by the Avenue Des Arts gallery. He has lived in Sydney and London as well and it’s this blend of eastern and western cultures that informs his unique vision.

A self taught artist, Marc creates his images by combining traditional Chinese inks with European watercolor and pen techniques. He has a distinct style, often incorporating a paint drip and spatter look. His subject matter is varied with animals and architecture comprising much of his most striking work. In particular he has a way of capturing the energy and joy of birds in flight. He also incorporates silhouettes to create romantic imagery like his popular “Two Step.” 

He’s a versatile artist whose voice continues to change and develop in new and unexpected directions. Check him out at his website Marcallante.com to see his full portfolio and where he will be exhibiting. While you’re at it, follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@marcallanteart) .You can also come over to Posterservice.com and search “Marc Allante” or go to our Art Posters section to see the 24×36 posters we currently carry. If you are looking for art to put in picture framds that encompass beauty, color and joy, you’ve found it in Marc’s work.

Portrait of Hong Kong
Portrait of Hong Kong
Marc Allante's Two Step
Two Step
Achiles
Achilles
Marvel

Comic Books Conquer TV

It would be an understatement to say that comic book adaptations have overtaken television. One web article lists 42(!) announced series based on comics of all genres. Superheroes, horror, sci-fi and some plain old comedy (a series based on Archie Comics called “Riverdale” is being prepped by Warner Brothers Television). Due to the episodic nature of both mediums, these stories  seem to fare better (both critically and with viewers) than their big screen counterparts. In a television show, as in a comic, characters can develop and change over time, and story arcs can be more fully explored. In a movie, you have a limited amount of time with your audience to try and deliver a fully realized story. So maybe it’s not so surprising that these tv adaptations seem to connect better with their viewers.

 

The Walking dead
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One of the greatest comic book-to-small screen success stories is AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Based on the series by Robert Kirkman, TWD follows a group of survivors navigating their way through a zombie apocalypse (or more accurately, a post-zombie apocalypse world). It is gritty, violent and gory but depicts it’s characters’ attempts to hold on to their humanity in a world where being humane usually gets one killed. Now going into it’s sixth season, TWD continues to pull high ratings and generate buzz. It’s been so successful in fact, that AMC had launched a spin off series, “Fear the Walking Dead” to begin in August. “Fear the Walking Dead” will show the beginning of the plague that eventually decimates the world and show the collapse of civilization. “The Walking Dead” is not the only horror comics series to be adapted recently either. “Constantine” based on the “Hellblazer” comics from DC received critical praise at NBC, but wasn’t able to pull in the ratings it needed to make it to a second season. The CW gave us “IZombie” this year, based on the DC Vertigo book. Upcoming horror comics turned tv shows are “Lucifer” (the FOX network)based on a character from DC’s “Sandman” comics, and ” Preacher” based on the highly acclaimed DC Vertigo comic.

Daredevil
Daredevil

Of course, it’s the superhero comics we know best. They’re brightly colored and feature characters we can rally behind. This last year saw Marvel expand their Cinematic Universe (the films and shows that all tie in to one another) further into television with multiple titles. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned for a second season and “Agent Carter” premiered, both at ABC, both part of the Avengers franchise. And over at Netflix, the new “Daredevil” reboot was just released to mainly positive reviews (especially for Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin). All three shows connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and characters from all of them may now show up in other films and tv shows within it. The big surprise, however, is the success that DC has found on television. They haven’st done very well with certain properties on the big screen (aside from the Tim Burton and Chris Nolan “Batman” runs and Christopher Reeve era “Superman”). Over the past few years, however, they’ve managed to build some very well received shows with “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham.” All of which tweak their mythologies some but with a sense of fun that is sometimes missing from their movie adaptations. DC has also two adaptations coming up from the “Superman” universe; one is “Supergirl” premiering in November at CBS and “Krypton” which is in develpment at SyFy.

Jim Lee's Batman
Jim Lee’s Batman

The last few years have been called a “Golden Age” for television with so many scripted series pushing the boundaries of what storytelling can be, and what kinds of characters resonate with us. Comic books inject so much color (sometimes light, sometimes dark) into the medium that it’s easy to see why producers, writers, directors and actors fight to grab up these properties and try to bring them to three dimensional life.

So kick back, grab some popcorn and a drink, and strap in–your favorite characters are about to step off of the page and into your living room. And after your thrilling adventures are over, click into Posterservice.com and pick up one of (or all of, why not?) our many comic book, movie and tv posters to hang on your wall.

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin Posters

Gettin’ the Led out! Zeppelin posters are here!

Led Zeppelin. *sighs*

One of the greatest rock bands of all time. Arguably the most influential hard rock band of the seventies and undeniably still popular after four decades and change. They gave us  “Dazed and Confused,” “The Ocean,” “The Immigrant Song,” and a million other face melting anthems that resonate with headbangers young and old. Of course, they also gave us the most requested song in radio history–“Stairway to Heaven” which inspires people to sit in their car and wait it out till the end, even when they’ve reached their destination. Zeppelin is that good.

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Led Zeppelin Wembley Stadium Poster

Of course, being such a seminal and sought after group, they are naturally protective of their image and branding. They don’t allow their music to be used in other media lightly, nor do they license posters very often. It’s been several years since anyone was allowed to carry Led Zeppelin posters. So here at Poster Service we are very excited to have 5 NEWLY LICENSED LED ZEPPELIN POSTERS ON THE SITE! We have “Wembley Stadium”;  “Celebration Day”; “Swan Song”; “Mother Ship”; and “The Song Remains the Same”.

So go put on your favorite Zeppelin album (mine is Led Zeppelin IV) and while you’re blasting “The Ocean” or “Dancing Days,” head on over to Posterservice.com and pick yourself up a poster to match your mood!

Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same Poster
Zeppelin Mother Ship
Led Zeppelin Mother Ship poster
Zeppelin Swan Song
Led Zeppelin Swan Song poster
Zeppelin Celebration Day
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Poster
Movie

Thoughts on Remaking Classic Movies

We’re a poster company so of course we love movies we have a variety of posters of from classic movies for all generations. These movies were so iconic they have made a lasting impression on the world to the point where they are talked about to our children and our children’s children. There is no set of guidelines to determine whether a movie will last for years to come, it just sort of happens.

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Jaws – One Sheet
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In the past couple of years there has been a trend in the movie industry of remaking or expanding on classic movies years after the initial release. It seems like right now this trend is at its highest. The past couple of months there have been a few that have been making headlines. Jurassic World has shattered the box office, The Terminator Genysis came out July 1st and looks to be a thriller. Soon we will have a new Star Wars and Ghostbusters staring some pretty hilarious ladies. The main movie that sparked our interest in this trend was Terminator. We’re pretty big fans of the original movies so when we heard that another movie was coming out and that Arnold Schwarzenegger was to pick back his role up we were skeptical but intrigued.

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While we have yet to see the film so we can’t tell you how it is, it did get us thinking on whether recreating or expanding on classic movies is a good thing or if it is a bad thing. The verdict is still out but here are some pros and cons of the whole thing.

One of the biggest pros is it allows all the original viewers of these movies to relive their time with the classics, even if the recreation falls slightly short of their expectations. When Toy Story 3 came out the theater wasn’t filled with children it was filled with adults who grew up watching the previous movies, who grew up with Andy and his toys. When Jurassic World came out people remembered cowering in their seats at the carnivores chomping away and how awesome it would be if we all could have a pet dinosaur. That emotion that you feel during a movie is what hooks you and makes you enjoy the expansion or the remake. It brings you back to your childhood where times were simple.

The con is that the children of today’s world (who don’t have wise parents, aunts and uncles, or grandparents to enlighten them) won’t ever see the classics. Why choose the broken down pick up when you could have the shiny new Ferrari? Its their loved ones excitement for the classic that makes them jump on board and be pulled in.

The classics don’t have the technology that the newer movies have, although it may have been awesome when you first saw the movie (and probably still is in your eyes) but kids seeing these movies that have special effects not created on the computer but rather by crafty camera angels and green screens are only seeing cheesy movies that don’t grab their attention.

The one thing that the remakes and the expansions do provide is for a way for our kids,nieces, nephews, granddaughters and grandsons to connect with us by letting them see a form of something we love in a medium that they enjoy.

What do you think? Should classic movies be remade or expanded upon?

Tell us in the comments!
The Peanut Butter Program

July Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith’s Peanut Butter Program

Almost everyone knows the feeling of skipping a meal. At first you may not notice it but the second your stomach growls almost assault the person next to you, you become aware. For most, this feeling isn’t a regular feeling but rather a rather unfortunate side effect of being too busy. For some, however this feeling is one that they deal with on a daily basis.

Educators found a solution to this problem for today’s youth by providing reduced lunches to these students during the school year. They were aware that the meal they provided may be the only meal this child eats all day. These type of programs are a fantastic depiction of generosity and compassion that people have; but what happens when school is out for the summer?

The children go back to not eating, or eating very little having to share with siblings and parents until the school is back in session.

An organization thought this was unacceptable so they set out to create a program to fix it and Frame USA and Posterservice decided to help them out by choosing this program as our July Charity of the Month .

Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, created The Peanut Butter Program. The program was designed to provide children and their families with peanut butter for meals during the summer months.

This organization’s vision is to “help [their] clients break their cycle of dependency, and regain their status as productive participants in society.” The creation of The Peanut Butter Program is making them one step closer to making their vision a reality by feeding the city’s youth!

We are so passionate about this cause that we have planned an internal event that we’ve done once before with such fantastic results that we would do it again : Pie A Manager in the Face for Charity. Stay tuned next week for the full messy report, don’t worry there will be pictures!

 

The Walking dead

Walk-through The Walking Dead

We first mentioned The Walking Dead fandom in a post earlier this week, but Frame USA and especially Posterservice have been fans of the series since the beginning.

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This fandom first started out  from a comic book written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Tony Moore back in 2003. The comic book chronicles the travels of a character named Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse. 7 Years later, that very comic book was used as the beginning of one of the biggest television series to date called none other than, The Walking Dead. As many TV shows and movies that are based on books go, the show followed the comic books pretty closely for the first season. As the characters developed in the series the TV Show strayed away from the comic books to form its own story line. Around that same time Telltale Games developed a video game series loosely based on the comic book. These three forms of media were the beginning, but definitely not the end, of The Walking Dead Franchise.

 

The TV show is currently filming their sixth season. The TV channel behind the series, AMC, just released a behind the scenes look at that upcoming season. To get all the fans ready for it we wanted to share all of our walking dead posters that we have available.

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