I've been a longtime fan of Wonderella Printed, publishers and purveyors of the uncanny and the whimsical. Clint Marsh, the dear-hearted wizard behind the Wonderella curtain, has been putting out pamphlets and books such as "Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop," "The Nature of Aether," and one of my personal favorites, "Red Rock, Black Sun" - and many more - for a glittering 21 years this summer. To celebrate, he has released the above beauteous poster by R. Black. Won't you celebrate along with him, and order one to grace your castle? It's a limited edition of 500, and at a mere $10 is a frugal way to add some luster into your life.
* 21 YEARS OF PRACTICAL ESOTERICA *
Wonderella Printed began publishing in July 1993 with the first issue of Real Life Magazine, a classic-style zine dedicated to the independent art and music scene in publisher Clint Marsh’s hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa. Since then, Wonderella’s offerings have grown progressively stranger and more attuned to Mr. Marsh’s unique view of the world, a genre of publishing he calls “practical esoterica.”
In honor of 21 years of producing books, pamphlets, and ephemera, Wonderella Printed is proud to present a specially commissioned poster by Bay Area graphic artist R. Black.
The Lady & The Moon
Wonderella first used its “Lady and Moon” logo in 2002. The first iteration of the image was copied from a 1606 alchemical textbook, Alchymia, by Andreas Libavius. In the image’s freestanding context as our logo, the white lilies and the female figure signify Clint’s astrological sign of The Virgin, and the moon represents illumination in the darkness, a goal of his work with Wonderella Printed. In 2009, artist Jeff Hoke updated the logo, and R. Black has given it a new spin for this poster.
About R. Black
The striking, unmistakable visual style of graphic artist R. Black has graced hundreds of concert posters, book and magazine covers, and the outer walls of Berkeley’s Ashby Stage. In 2008, Dark Horse Comics published Futura: L’Art de R. Black, a collection of his rock poster art. Black divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Eastern Sierras.
Wonderella Turns 21 is an offset 3-color poster measuring 11 x 17 inches. It has been printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.