Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rich Kelly's "A Piece of the Action" Star Trek Prints

UPDATE (10/27): Rich Kelly's remaining copies will be sold through his Big Cartel store tomorrow (10/28) at 10AM EST, but that's not all! Rich will slip some drawings into three randomly chosen tubes containing his Star Trek posters. More details can be found through his Tumblr.

Wow. It's been over a month since I last wrote about a Mondo release. That's kind of nuts when you think about the fact that they release one or more posters every week. Thankfully my lack of Mondo love is to be be remedied by tonight's review of the badass "A Piece of the Action" Star Trek print by Rich Kelly.

"A Piece of the Action" Star Trek Print
Rich Kelly
18" x 24"
$40 - Limited to 260

"A Piece of the Action" Star Trek Print (Variant)
Rich Kelly
18" x 24"
$60 - Limited to 65

I think I can safely say Rich Kelly is one of my favorite artists. He has a very unique and playful aesthetic; it's practically impossible to look at one of his prints without smiling. Kelly's slightly abstract take on Captain Kirk and Spock, complete with long, almost cartoonish legs, decidedly large heads, and some fairly imposing Tommy guns has old school cool written all over it. For those who've never seen "A Piece of the Action," you'll undoubtedly recognize Spock and Kirk, but you may not know the two bosses at the lower corners, Bela Oxmyx on the right and Jojo Krako on the left. This is one of those classic Star Trek episodes, and in all honesty, I think it's better than "The Trouble with Tribbles," if for no other reason than the hilariously complex card game Fizzbin. Seriously, can you imagine a society modeled after old-timey American gangsterdom? It's just too good. Rich even managed to fit Oxmyx's weapon showcase into the background. A perfect poster for a perfect episode.

Rich Kelly's "A Piece of the Action" prints will be available tomorrow (10/14) at a random time through Mondo. The regular version will cost $40 and will be limited to 260, while the alternate colorway variant will be $60 and is limited to 65. As is always the case, be sure to follow @Mondonews for the exact drop details. And if you have any interest in this poster and haven't seen the episode, or even if you have, head over to Netflix, where they have the entire series available for streaming (I think Amazon Prime does too). For more Rich Kelly related information head over to, his store and follow him at @TheRichKelly. Best of luck everyone and beware the shralk (that's a Fizzbin reference).

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