I’m not a big poster buyer.
I have thousands of theatrical one-sheets and I guess hundreds of other various posters but what I mean is while I do buy what I like and have a lane that I do pursue (I collect a lot of Studio Ghibli and other anime theatrical posters, or like Wong Kar Wai films, and specific artists doing concert posters) it’s not something I have total obsessive knowledge about the way I could probably claim with comics or speculative fiction prose. Or sushi. You know, important stuff.
I know more than the above-average person or the general hobbyist but it’s not something, relative to other things, that I focus a tremendous amount of my attention on. I am much more of an original art buyer.
This poster combines two things I pay a lot of attention to. One it’s a work by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and I’m buying everything she does and two it’s a poster for Your Name. Your Name was a massively successful animated movie directed by Makoto Shinkai that was a pop culture event everywhere but in the U.S., and even here it made some strides, as younger people in my family saw and loved it. In fact my goddaughter loved it so much we flew to Japan to watch Shinkai’s follow-up Weathering With You.
I’m waiting for Rosemary Valero-O’Connell to start going Tillie Walden on us or like Zoe Thorogood and drops a string of OGNs but that’s way easier for me to just say than do but I know she got it in her, I have incredible faith in the cartoonist that made Don’t Go Without Me.