As summer approaches I felt it appropriate to talk about one of my favorite pastimes, baseball. Baseball is definitely my biggest ongoing hobby throughout my life. From the time I started playing tee ball up until playing softball in my late twenties, baseball has been a constant for me throughout the years.
As a kid and still as an adult I love going to Reds games. Growing up a Ken Griffey Jr. fan I was definitely excited to see him come to the Reds organization. I have been fortunate enough to see live some of the most exciting games the Reds have played in – from walk off homeruns to playoff games to Opening Day.
There’s a different mood when it comes to baseball in the city of Cincinnati, and the fans can’t get enough of it. Opening Day here is more of a holiday or celebration than it is just the start of the baseball season. It is common for people to take off work, ditch class, or just call in sick to go down to partake in our Opening Day Parade. If you’ve never been you definitely need to check it out sometime soon.
It was April, 1994 when the news hit MTV: Kurt Cobain had been found dead in his Seattle home. A self inflicted gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death. A husband, father, songwriter and a hero to many had given in to his personal demons and left the world in a flash of smoke
and flame. He died alone. Millions of music fans–kids who’d looked up to him, musicians who’d been inspired by him–were devastated. It was the end of a very short, but very exciting and irreversible era of change in the industry.
In 1991 the radio waves were dominated by manufactured pop stars, heavy metal and hard rock guitar gods, controversial hip hop artists with something to say and Garth Brooks. Genres were all well defined, as far as mainstream music was concerned. It didn’t seem that anyone could break in unless they were fronting one of these well established party lines.
Then Nirvana released Nevermind and broke the dam for the weirdos, ushering in
the era of “alternative” and inadvertantly (and very reluctantly it would turn out) spawning a movement and a shift in musical dominance.
Nirvana had been together since the late eighties. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic had played together since high school and had gone through a couple of drummers. They’d even recorded one independent album, “Bleach” which initially was only heard by fans of underground “modern rock”. They took on Dave Grohl as their new drummer and their sound changed somewhat. He gave them a little more “oomph” and when Nevermind came out it hit like an atomic bomb.
Led by the first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nevermind was a gravelly, scratchy and sloppy counterpoint to the overproduced and hyper polished music that flourished around it. Kurt Cobain was not a guitar prodigy. The band did not look like pop OR rock stars. Dressed in ratty flannel shirts over band t’s and ripped jeans they looked like the kids you went to school with. They were approachable and relatable. They also crafted songs that were both catchy but also edgy. Lyrics with a little more depth than your typical hair metal or boy band song. The album took radio and MTV by storm and Nirvana became the biggest band in the world. They would open the door for other Seattle bands and became the face of “grunge” music. All the bands that the weird kids listened to suddenly became cool.
Fame did not sit well with Kurt Cobain, however. He was uncomfortable in the role as mouthpiece for a generation. He didn’t like that the kinds of people who’d picked on him in school were now Nirvana fans and singing his songs at concerts. He’d also developed a serious drug habit, partially as a way to deal with excruciating chronic stomach pains. Nirvana would go on to release an album of B sides, another full length LP, “In Utero” and an amazin MTV Unplugged set.
Despite the success in the music industry and the family he’d started, Kurt Cobain committed suicide sometime on the evening of April the 4th, 1994. Dropbox (2)
As the Licensing Director at Posterservice, Inc., it’s only appropriate that I share my favorite posters! In compiling this list, it becomes clear that I love the humor posters; to have a funny image on the wall as a reminder to laugh, or at least smile every day. In addition to a slew of humor posters, we have a large variety of other images waiting to adorn your walls, including music, inspirational, photography or art, to name a few.
by Jay Fleck. I love the clean design (I am a graphic designer, after all) and the crazy theme. An eye-patched, sword wielding giraffe is riding a shark as it jumps out of the water, on a mission. I’m not sure where they are going, but it must be important. This poster is a great piece to hang as a reminder to move ‘Onward’ with purpose in the adventure of life; and it’s just funny. This poster will definitely cheer you up if you are having a bad day.
My next favorite Posterservice poster is DJ. Also quite silly, a city-sized groundhog is DJing
among the skyscrapers of New York City. This one makes me smile every time, as he’s in the zone, minding his own business and completely ignoring the circling helicopter. I’m curious as to where such a giant rodent came from, and how he got such a large turntable and headphones to jam out and bring music to the city. The teal circle adds enough color to the grayscale image, emphasizing the furball in all his
We also have many humorous beer posters. Happy Hour makes me chuckle, with the oversized glasses. Don’t you wish your favorite bar had such large glassware? Sometimes there are hot days when a nice (big) glass of beer with a good friend makes everything better. Cariboozeis also funny, with a caribou boozing out, using his antlers as beer holders. He would be a great party mascot! And then of courseAlcoholic Beverages Encouraged is a law-defying poster encouraging people to drink. Nothing like graffiti on a sign to change the law.
This is only a sampling of my favorite posters, and it was hard to pick just a couple. We are always adding new posters to our line, and some of the images in the works are awesome. Check back often to our Coming Soon and Newest sections on www.posterservice.com; you might just find a new favorite poster to hang!
Marvel’s new meta action/comedy “Deadpool” just blew the records out of the water for its opening run over Valentine’s weekend and now everyone is anxiously awaiting the next big comic book adaptation. All eyes are focused on the DC battle/team up film “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
“Batman Vs. Superman” is the introduction to “The Justice League” which DC hopes will be a shared, continuous universe like Marvel’s popular cinematic universe. It would be the first DC movie to feature characters being played by the same actors over multiple individual films and then also teaming up in Justice League films (like Marvel’s Avengers). Several actors from the film “Man of Steel” reprise their roles for “BVS” including Henry Cavill as Superman. With the departure of Christian Bale as Batman (once the Christopher Nolan “Dark Knight” trilogy ended) Warner Bros. and DC needed a new caped crusader. They cast veteran actor/director Ben Affleck to put on the cowl and cape and duke it out with the first
son of Krypton. He will then go on to carry the role through the next forseeable films. Also being introduced in this film are Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (a highly anticipated appearance) and Jason Momoa as Auquaman.
The story is guarded but basically revolves around the idea that Bruce Wayne–the Batman–is worried, in his obsessive, single-minded way, that Superman being a Godlike being, could turn on and ultimately destroy humankind. He makes it his mission to destroy the man of steel before he has a chance to destroy us. The villain Lex Luthor eggs on the battle while plotting to unleash something even more devastating: Doomsday. Somehow Wonder Woman and apparently Aquaman show up and tie into all of it too thus forming the core of the Justice League.
Expectations are high and fans are buzzing and Posterservice is going to wade into the battle. Coming soon are two new posters that represent either side of the fight. Are you for the Savior of Metropolis or the Bat of Gotham? Why not both? Hedge your bets a little.
If you can’t wait or choose a side you can pick up our “Batman Vs. Superman” teaser poster.
Once you have your posters, you’ll want frames to hang them on the wall. At Frame USA we have a great selection of poster frames, as well as wood and metal frames. There are several that would be ideal for one of these BVS posters but it might be cool to go with our Metal I series of frames. Maybe a shiny red or blue frame for your Superman poster and a black one for your Batman, hung side by side.
So keep an eye out for our new posters and meanwhile, check out all of our great movie posters in sizes like 24×36 and 16×20. Then, sit back and wait for the battle between these two comic book titans. It will be exciting!
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Pink Floyd is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. And they would be right. Based in London, England in the 1960’s, Pink Floyd achieved international acclaim with the psychedelic style of music. They brought us countless albums including the first, “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) and “The Wall” (1979).
Pink Floyd is gaining ground with a new generation because of the song, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” and the iconic lyrics, “We don’t need no education; We don’t need no thought control”. Stemming from “The Wall” album, Roger Waters began writing a screenplay to go along with the album. Originally thought to be a live film, the movie “The Wall” turned into an animation and psychological horror musical film. Said to be about Roger Waters’ life, the film received positive reviews when it was released in 1982.
If you are a dedicated fan or newly stumbled across their music, these posters are classic reminders of the psychedelic music and influential rock band. So go ahead, what are you waiting for! Pick up a poster, lay back and watch the movie!
Long, complex songs with deep sub textual meanings buried in lyrics often inspired by sci-fi and fantasy, and played by virtuoso musicians? That is the formula for prog (progressive) rock. And who, you may ask, are the godfathers of the prog rock movement that blew up in the seventies and became a legit subgenre? Well, technically Led Zeppelin laid the groundwork but a band that worshipped them were the ones to really define it. That band was a little Canadian trio called Rush and they turned prog rock into radio gold and held it up for the world to see.
Rush put out their first, self titled album in 1974. On that album were founding members Geddy Lee (doing the vocals and bass), Alex Lifeson (rocking the guitar) and John Rutsey (on the drums). It wasn’t until their second album, however, that Rush discovered who they were meant to be. This was largely due to the departure of the perfectly adequate Rutsey and the addition of the phenomenal drum god, Neil Peart. Ask that friend of yours who is an encyclopedia of rock ‘n roll trivia who the best rock drummer of all time is; 9 times out of ten they’re going to answer Neil Peart.
When Peart joined Lee and Lifeson, both of whom were also tremendously gifted at their chosen instruments, something clicked into place. They released their second album, “Fly By Night” and already the tighter, more dynamic sound began to garner rave reviews and radio play. He wasn’t just a drummer with unbelievably fast hands that could be everywhere at once. He also was a talented lyricist with a penchant for existential themes and classic science fiction. This became clearer on their next album “Caress of Steel” which was made up of multi movement story-songs. They continued to build on those ideas in their platinum (in Canada) album 2112, and with it prog rock burst into the mainstream.
In 2015 they embarked on their 40th anniversary tour the R40 Live tour–and it also happens to be their last (unless a miracle happens and they change their minds). For fans who feel the sting of no more Rush shows, consider picking up the new Rush poster at Posterservice.com. It is a live shot featuring the band from their “Hemispheres” tour. The poster is 24×36 in landscape and would be the envy of all your prog rock loving nerd friends, framed and hanging on the wall.
And a Rush poster deserves no less than to be framed in a high quality poster frame. At Frameusa.com we have any kind of posterframe or picture frame you could want to display your rock and roll memorabilia. Our Budget Saver poster frame would make an excellent housing for the Rush “Hemispheres” poster. It’s a sturdy black frame with a 1 1/4″ width. And if you have any record album art, maybe the sleeve to Rush’s seminal 1980 album “Moving Pictures–we even have a wooden display frame that’s made specifically to display it. Our Frame-An-Album is a 12.5×12.5″ wood picture frame with a 3/4″ profile and a 1 3/8″ depth. It comes in black or natural so it works with a modern rock
studio cave or a rustic biker garage.
So kick back, throw on your favorite Rush album and gaze up at your newly framed Rush poster. You can keep them touring forever in your head.
Does that phrase cause chills of excitement for the adventure that’s about to happen? Then you were probably a kid in the 70’s or 80’s sitting cross-legged, eating cereal and because it was Saturday morning and you were watching the Superfriends.
Actually, it could have been Saturday morning or any afternoon during the week depending on what year it was. Hanna-Barbera’s Superfriends ran, in one form or another, under various titles from 1973-1986. New episodes aired on Saturdays but reruns were on all week long during “cartoon time” (the time after school, before the news came on–duh). The show featured DC characters from the Justice League of America comic books–Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Hawkman. It also featured some characters created specifically for the show, Zan and Jayna (the wonder twins) and their space monkey Gleek, as well as the well-intentioned but racially dubious Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief and El Dorado. They all came together to battle aliens, monsters, mad scientists and most importantly–The Legion of Doom. The Legion of Doom were the arch nemeses of the Superfriends made up of classic DC villains like Lex Luthor, the Scarecrow, the Riddler, Brainiac, etc. Their base was a cool flying dome shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet that rose out of a spooky swamp. No matter how powerful or bad the Legion was, however, the Superfriends always managed to prevail. Usually do to some deus ex Machina solution that came out of nowhere near the end of the episode. It was colorful, bright, silly and full of the best sound effects ever.
That’s why we here at Frame USA and Posterservice are very excited to be getting in a new 22×34 Superfriends poster featuring the heroes outside of the iconic Hall of Justice (which coincidentally was designed based off of the Union Terminal building which is here in Cincinnati). This will be a great addition to any of you nostalgia nerds, cartoon lovers or DC completist’s collections. Perfect to put in a picture frame and hang in your office with all of your other movie posters and framed art.
And what kind of picture frame or poster frame would complement your Superfriends Poster? On Frameusa.com we have just about any frame you could think of to house your poster. There are a couple in particular though that might suit it best.
If you’re thinking cheap picture frames (financially speaking) that are still sturdy and look good, your best option might be our Deluxe Poster Frames. They come in black, gold and silver, and for your Superfriends poster, I’d suggest silver to give it that sci-fi feel.
Maybe you want a more substantial frame to hang your poster in though, there are some good metal picture frames and wood picture frames that we offer that would show off your Superfriends art nicely.
Our Metal I series comes in a number of simple colors (red, white, blue, gold and silver) and has a shiny
finish. The red and blue especially would set off the poster seeing as how many of the characters costumes contain those colors.
For a great wood picture frame option, our Colori Medium comes in a number of bright, solid colors (red, blue, orange, yellow green) that, again, go with the childlike, cartoony feel of the poster. I would still probably go with a red frame or a blue frame although a yellow Colori frame would also make the Superfriends poster pop.
Whatever you decide, if you want to recapture a little of that innocence of your lost youth, or you’re introducing your kids (or even grandkids!) to the Superfriends, picking up a poster from Posterservice and putting it in a nice picture frame from Frame USA is a great way to do it. It will make you feel like a hero.
Halloween is approaching and that’s a time to start talking about spooky things. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves and…zombies. Which are of particular interest to us here at Posterservice and Frame USA because, not only are we fans of AMC’s hit horror/dramas “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” but because we also happen to carry posters from both shows. Posters that would look good in picture frames hung up, perhaps for a Halloween party or as a gift to your favorite horror fan.
Our newest poster in our Walking Dead collection is from the newer of the two shows, “Fear the Walking Dead,” which just ended its first season two weeks ago. “Fear the Walking Dead” takes place at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, when the outbreak first starts. It features an entirely new cast of characters who don’t start off with the benefit of knowing exactly what is going on. They have to navigate their way through acceptance of the situation and even just believing their own eyes when the hungry dead rise to feast on the living. Our new poster features the first walker we see in the series, “Gloria” after she’s just fed.
No need to be sad that “Fear the Walking Dead” is over till season 2, though, because picking up for it is the original, “The Walking Dead” which just started its sixth season. If you’re not familiar, it’s the story of a group of people banding together to survive after the zombie apocalypse has brought civilization to its knees. Based on the wildly popular comic series, created by Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, it deals with issues of holding on to your humanity in a world where you must be ready to do anything just to survive.
We have a number of great posters from the original “The Walking Dead,” featuring walkers, Daryl, Rick, Morgan, Glen and Maggie.
Once you’ve chosen the posters that really stoke your Walking Dead fever, you’ll want to
frame them (no bare paper edges for the baddest survival group in post-apocalyptic America!). All of the posterframes that can be found in our poster frame category would work well for these, particularly our Budget Saver and Simply Poly poster frames. However, maybe you want to go that extra mile for these posters and house them in something more permanent. We have some slim metal frames and wood picture frames that work really well as posterframes too. Our Metal I and Metal II series of frames are perfectly suited for this purpose. But if you don’t like a metal finish
then our Architect wood picture frames are probably the best bet for you. With a sturdy 3/4″ profile, and a wide selection of colors they show off your posters with class.
So hurry, Sunday will be here before you know it (week 3!). You want to make sure you have Daryl and his trusty crossbow watching over you in case any bloodthirsty, flesh-hungry walkers try to get in at you. So head on over to Posterservice.com to pick up a couple of posters and then just click the tab at the top to go to Frameusa.com and get frames for them. Then you’ll be zombie safe and ready to watch.
It’s no secret than in the last decade, nerd culture has undergone a revolution from scorned and ridiculed to a multimedia powerhouse. The force that drives Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and televisions most successful–both critically and financially–programming. Not only are all the movies and shows made for and by nerds but now we have a ton of content about them. But back in 2007 (doesn’t sound like a long time ago, does it?) we really didn’t have anything that cast nerds as the leading men and women. At least, not until September 24th–the date that Chuck Lorre’s new (at the time) sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” premiered. Then we were all treated to watch the social dynamic of a group of geeky scientists change as a pretty, popular girl was thrust into their midst.
If you’re not familiar with the show, it breaks down like this: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are two socially awkward physicists (as well as roommates) working at Caltech in Pasadena along with their friends Howard and Raj (an aerospace engineer and astrophysicist, respectively). They are all living their normal, nerdy lives when a pretty waitress/aspiring actress named Penny moves across the hall and Leonard falls for her. Hard. This disrupts their social norm (which is of particular concern to the obsessive-compulsive Sheldon) and hilarity ensues. In the first season a lot of the jokes and comedic through-line were based around the gulf between Penny’s world and the boys’. Her not understanding their references–them not understanding her social confidence and competence. This sort of became secondary, however, as time moved on and the characters developed and grew. The focus shifted to the relationships more than the gimmick and in it’s fourth season it became the highest rated comedy on TV.
Along with this popularity came merchandising. T-shirts emblazoned with Sheldon’s catchphrase, “Bazinga!”, began popping up all over the place, as well as posters. Which brings us to the Big Bang Posters that we carry at Posterservice.com. There are six Big Bang theory posters to choose from with different cast photos and art that you can frame and hang in your nerdtastic home theater where you watch the show in it’s constant syndicated reruns.
And of course, you wouldn’t want to have your new Big Bang Theory posters hanging naked on the wall–Sheldon Cooper would never allow that–so you’ll want to pick up poster frames for your posters. At Frameusa.com we have a wide selection of poster frames to choose from. Our Budget Saver frames in black are always an excellent choice to frame your tv and movie posters.
So get your Star Trek shirts on, heat up a warm beverage or some Thai food, hang your newly framed Big Bang Theory posters and kick back to enjoy some nerdy goodness for a few hours. It will do you good. If nothing else, you’ll learn some science factoids.
“Space–the final frontier…these are the voyages of the Starship–Enterprise…” This is the most iconic lines from all of television history. It is part of the introduction that preceded each episode of a little science-fiction program that debuted this week in 1966. That program, about a group of intrepid explorers hurtling through the furthest reaches of our galaxy on a scientific mission of discovery, would go on to spawn a media giant; a pop culture phenomenon that included songs, halloween costumes, parodies, fiction, fan fiction, a cartoon spinoff, FOUR spinoff series (that all debuted twenty years after the original was cancelled) and 12 movies (with more yet to come). I don’t think it needs said but just in case–I am, of course, talking about Star Trek.
A million blogs’ worth of content could be written about Star Trek and has been, so I’ll stick to the basics of the original series. In the 23rd century, Earth has managed to find peace and prosperity here at home and has made contact with several different extra-terrestrial life forms. Humankind has conquered interstellar travel and we now have a space fleet to protect us and are part of an intergalactic Federation of Planets. A science vessel, The Enterprise, is sent out to the very limits of space, “the final frontier”, to see what it can find and what civilizations it can make contact with and learn about. To, “boldly go where no man has gone before.” It framed a hopeful message: that, instead of a ruined oppressive dystopia, our society would flourish and racism and war would be put aside and we’d come together as a species to further our intellect and better the universe around us. It was made up of, what was in the 60’s, an ethnically diverse cast and promoted tolerance. It was colorful and the stories were compelling.
It was also just good sci-fi fun. Colorful costuming, exotic sets, great monsters, cool spaceships, a little bit of sex appeal (Uhuru’s mini-skirts and those green alien women Kirk was so fond of) made it something fresh amongst the courtroom dramas and westerns that dominated the airwaves. Also, William Shatner’s Captain James T. Kirk and (the late) Leonard Nimoy’s commander Spock had one of televisions all time most enjoyable bro-mances, Kirk being a brash, emotional man of action (and of the ladies) with Spock counterpointing as the Vulcan science officer whose species valued logic and subdued all emotion. They were like the Odd Couple in space and it was hilarious, touching and adorable.
The original series only lasted 3 seasons (a total 79 episodes) having its time-slot moved around by NBC, but the cultural impact secured an ongoing legacy for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of our future. It reached new heights of popularity in syndicated reruns, reaching a second audience of youngsters who hadn’t been around for its first run and in 1978 (probably boosted by the success of “Star Wars” the year before) “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” debuted as the first in a series of films that is still going strong. We won’t get into the good vs. bad films debate or the transition from Original cast to Next Gen cast to the J. J. Abrams reboot–we’ll just say that there’ve been a lot of popular, quality films in the series.
Star Trek has also generated a HUGE fandom and memorabilia is much sought after. If you’re a collector you want to take good care of those really valuable pieces. How should you store and display your mint condition Mr. Spock action figure (complete with phaser and tri-corder)? At Frame USA we have a number of shadow box frames that would be perfect for your collectibles. Our
Shadow Box Elite has just under an inch of useable depth and would fit an action figure perfectly with plenty of space to mount the accessories separately (unless you want to have Spock holding them, in which case there’s room for that too). Or maybe you need a large shadow box for the carefully laid out diorama you’ve created of a space battle between the Enterprise and a Klingon Bird of Prey. Our Shadow Box Showcase comes in sizes up to 24×36 or even 30×40 and has 2 1/8″ worth of useable depth.
It’s a beautiful wood shadow box that is available in 4 finishes (black, white, honey and cherry) to give your Starship battle maximum gravity (haha, see what I did there? Gravity…space…ok).
Even if your Star Trek stuff only consists of autographed photos you’ve taken with the cast–your treasured picture of yourself with Nimoy doing the Vulcan “live long and prosper” gesture–you want to keep those in nice picture frames that you can put on your wall. In keeping
with the modern feel of the series, our Black Narrow series is a sleek wood picture frame with a stylish bevel that would show off your framed photos in style.
If you don’t have any Star Trek goodies but are looking to start collecting, you could start with posters and poster frames. That’s an easy and affordable place to start. Posterservice has some fun Star Trek posters to choose
from. And once you have your posters picked out, you can bounce right back over to Frame USA to choose some posterframes to mount your new 24×36 posters in. Our Simply Poly poster frames in black or our Budget Saver poster frames would be ideal choices for framing your poster art.
So as you seek out new life, and new civilizations this week, set your phasers to stun, turn off your communicators and kick back to enjoy some hopeful, high-adventure space travels. And whatever you do, don’t get tangled up in a swordfight with Commander Sulu–he is good at that.