Hi. I'm not not David, obviously, but I bought one of these portfolio sets and I can honesty say it's one best things I've ever purchased. I love it. It's absolutely amazing. It' beautiful. It's cool. It's crazy. It's in German. I have about 9 of the prints framed and hanging, and they are awesome. They're phenomenal conversation pieces. First off the art is kick ass. It collects prints of the page in the second volume "Dreams." Which I think was David's first painted story. I'm not sure but I'm sure someone on this board could verify that. It also has several cover and other prints. But virtually everytime people come over my apartment for the first time They can't help but notice the prints hanging up. And usually before they leave they walk around and take a look at each one of them. They just soak them in.
The second thing is practically 90% of the text is written in German. So after reading the Dreams comic several times over you'll pretty much know the whole story and most of the dialogue, well actually it's more narrative than dialogue. But anyway when some of your friends or guests are over and they're checking them out they inevitably say "What is this? 'I can't read this? 'Is this German?" This is where I slide up to the inquisitive young lass and smoothly say "Why yes. It is German." You then proceed to to give them the jist of the story and so on. And boy let me tell ya. They just eat it up. They love it. Well actually they usually just end up saying "You don't speak Germannnn!" and I say "No. I don't speak German but I do read comic books and as the endearingly forward Austin Powers so eloquently stated 'Shall we shag now or shag later."
Works everytime. Everytime. We then retreat to my love nook. And that my friend is precisely when my alarm clock sounds off snapping me back to reality and setting me back on the treadmill to resume my mundane existance. But as I get up and on my way to the shower I pass a framed Dreams print and for a split second. For just a moment I'm instantly transported back to that night, to one of many nights when I got to share the magic that is when someone takes an interest in Mack's work. And the bond you make when you find someone has similar intrests and can appreciate the same things as you. And you see in them what you felt when you saw Mack's art for the first time. Where you see that twinkle in their eye, as they soak it all in and say "That's so cool." or "Simply beautiful" or or "Absoultely breathtaking" or just "Wow...You hang comic book art on your wall? You're a bigger geek than I thought." No but seriously 98.3% of the people that come over are so intrigued by it. In fact I've given about 1/3 of my prints away because people end up flippinng through the rest of the portfolio and want one. Sorry Dave, at the time I was happy to spread the art of Mack but now that I think about it I think it might have cost you a couple portfolio sales. But then again, I just might have spawned a few new Kabuki fans.
Well to get back on track and to try and answer your question (dang tangents I'm always falling into), I believe the first run was limited to 990 portfolios. According to the signed card in mine I have #189 outta 990. But I thought I read a while back that they were going to reissue them because the first printing sold out. And I hope they did or soon will. Because like I said I gave a bunch away and I would love to have a complete set. I like to change them around every year or so and put some new ones up. I thought I recall reading somewhere that they would be around $50. Which if that's true that's a great price. I paid $100 for my set about 2 or 3 years ago. But it's been worth every penny. Again I'm sure someone else here might be able to verify that. Perhaps Mr. David Thornton our resident Mackologist. Then again perhaps not. I guess only time will tell.
But alas I've rambled on for way way wayyy too long. However, I really don't even need to admit that because I seriously doubt anyone would have the attention span or interest to read down this far in a post where the answers to your questions could have easily been summed up in 3 succinct sentences nevermind dozens of run-on ones. It's so long infact that I've forgotten most of your questions also I'm too tired to even bother to go back and proof read, grammar check and/or spell check my lil ol' post. So I apologize if it made no sense at all. Secondly I'd like to apologize if it did make sense. Thirdly I'd like to apologize for unnessarilly apologizing, I know it was totally uncalled for, I'm sorry it won't happen again. Lastly I saw Kung Fu Hustle tonight and it was friggin' awesome! Enough babble, Back to Life Back 2 ReAlity.