Friday, December 8, 2017

Crumb's 1 & Done Artist Proofs Christmas Sale

Over the years, Robert gave specially signed posters and some of his artist proofs to his close friend Carol Vinson. Now, both Carol and Robert have asked me to sell those prints and posters for her. I sold the first batch of her prints several years ago. And now we offer the second half of Carol's collection.

Harmonica Blues Signed Giclee Artist Proof
There are 40 signed artist proofs in this giclee edition. Crumb signed 20 of them in 2007 and this is number 12/20. He has yet to sign the last 20 artist proofs. The white archival paper size is 23" x 24". The image size is 17.5" x 17.5". Not embossed, nor do the giclees have a cert of authenticity. 
$600



Les Primitifs Du Futur
This is a French poster signed by Crumb underneath the word "Futur." The relatively thin paper size is 16" x 23.5". It's crinkled in the corners and not in mint condition.
$250

Arcade #2
There are 14 Artist Proofs in this 2005 Serigraph Edition. This is artist proof #5 that Crumb numbered in roman numerals and signed. The cream paper is 20" x 26". The image size is 13" x 18.5". Comes with its cert signed by Jesse Crumb and Alex Wood. 
$750




Mr. Natural Does the Dishes
This 160 print edition was released in 2011. The white archival paper is 18" x 26". The image is 12" x 18". Comes with its own certificate. There are 16 artist proofs in this edition–this is artist proof #10/16, numbered in roman numerals by Crumb.
$650



Louie Bluie Movie Poster
This movie poster is signed by Crumb in pencil. He did not date it. The poster is 19" x 25".  It's not in mint condition and seems to have a light stain in the bottom right-hand corner nearby Crumb's signature. The bottom right-hand corner also has a slight tear.
$250




Twas Ever Thus
This 150 print edition was released in 2008. There are 15 artist proofs and this is proof number 1/15 signed and numbered by Crumb. Comes with its own cert also written by Crumb. Mint condition. 
$850



Zap #0
This 110 print edition was released in 2007, 40 years after the Zap #0 was first published. There are 11 artist proofs in the edition and this is proof #8/11. It was numbered in roman numerals and signed by Crumb. The Rives BFK cream paper is 22" x30". The image size is 15" x 21". Comes with a cert which was written by Crumb.
$750



Dale Steinberger
There are 200 prints in this edition with 17 artist proofs. This is artist proof number 17/17.  The edition was released in 2004. The cream Rives BFK paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 14" x 19". The certificate, written by Crumb, is signed by both Jesse Crumb and Alex Wood. Mint condition.
$500


Heroes of the Blues
There are 150 prints in this 2010 edition, with 15 artist proofs. The paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 16.5" x 25". This is artist proof #7/15. Crumb erased something right below the number, but it's almost impossible to detect. Comes with its cert, written by Crumb. It's also custom signed R. "Gidadda Here" Crumb. 
$800



Bob N Harv Comics
There are 170 prints in this edition with 17 artist proofs. This is artist proof # 2/17, numbered in roman numerals and signed by Crumb. The edition, which was released in 2007, is signed by both Harvey Pekar and and R.C. Unfortunately, Harvey died within three years of signing this edition. Both he and Crumb wrote the certificate of authenticity which accompanies this print. The cream paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 14.5" x 20". Mint condition.
$500


Beloved Music Makers of Days Gone By
This is a portfolio of three different individually numbered and signed prints. There are 200 portfolios in the edition, released in 1999. There are 15 artist proof portfolios, and this is portfolio # 1/15. Each portfolio is encompassed by a portfolio jacket and a certificate of authenticity.  This certificate, for some unknown reason, is signed by Alex Wood but not by Jesse Crumb. The portfolio cover is 13" x 16". The three prints inside (Jack Teagarden-jazz; Memphis Minnie & Kansas City Joe-blues; The North Carolina Ramblers-country) are each signed, dated and numbered by Crumb. Mint condition.
$700


Bare Yer Soul Etching
This 40 print etching edition was released in 2016. It's taken from one of Crumb's sketchbooks. The edition sold out last year. This is print number 19/40. The paper size is 11" x 9". The image size is 7" x 4". It's numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. There are no certs issued with etching editions. Mint condition.

$500

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monkey Wrench Gang Update: Inventory Issue Solved

Update:

After we sent out our newsletter yesterday morning which announced the release The Monkey Wrench Gang Edition, there was a technical problem with the company that handles our online shopping cart. After selling 12 Prints, the edition was listed as sold out. The problem has now been corrected and we are now able to process the orders.

Below is the the updated listing with a new link for ordering. 



Celebrating the 10th anniversary release of Edward Abbey's book The Monkey Wrench Gang, book publisher Ken Sanders released a new version of the book. The new version, released in 1985, was illustrated by Robert Crumb. In an effort to promote the book, Sanders paired Abbey and Crumb together for several book signing appearances. You can see a clip of this period on YouTube. The book proved to be Abbey's best known work and sold over a million copies. Abbey died in 1989 at the age of 62 from complications after a surgical procedure.

Crumb's original cover artwork was long gone, so the only way to reproduce the image was to scan the book cover, blow it up in Photoshop, and clean up each and every line–on both sides. I've been in this position before. It took me three weeks to restore the black line. I then color-separated it to match the book cover, with a few changes per Crumb's instruction.Wildwood Serigraphs is pleased to announce the release of our 31st Robert Crumb serigraph edition with The Monkey Wrench Gang. It's an 80 piece serigraph edition on white Rives BFK 280 gram archival paper. It took 22 colors to recreate the book cover. The paper, with two deckle edges, is 18.5" x 28". The image is 13.5" x 20". Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity written by Crumb. It also comes with our unconditional guarantee for your complete satisfaction or your money back. There are NO customized signatures in this edition. 
Release date: Monday, November 27th

$430 
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Additional Note:
I would like to bring attention to the fact that Crumb has mastered many different genres of illustration. He's mastered the art of cartooning, the art of calligraphy, the art of caricature, the art of of realistic portraiture, the art of editorial cartooning–all with the immediate recognition of his own style. With The Monkey Wrench Gang, Crumb gives us another graphic style he's mastered: the art of pulp fiction. The graphic rendition of a dramatic, climactic scene with sweeping, bright type that lures the customer to the magazine (or, in this case, book) like fish to bait. I don't know if there's another American artist before–or if there will ever be one after–Crumb who has mastered so many different genres of illustrating. And all of this is completely separate from his ability as a writer. It's truly a privilege to work with such an exceptional and unique American artist. 
-Alex Wood

The Monkey Wrench Gang Signed & Numbered Serigraph Print


Celebrating the 10th anniversary release of Edward Abbey's book The Monkey Wrench Gang, book publisher Ken Sanders released a new version of the book. The new version, released in 1985, was illustrated by Robert Crumb. In an effort to promote the book, Sanders paired Abbey and Crumb together for several book signing appearances. You can see a clip of this period on YouTube. The book proved to be Abbey's best known work and sold over a million copies. Abbey died in 1989 at the age of 62 from complications after a surgical procedure.

Crumb's original cover artwork was long gone, so the only way to reproduce the image was to scan the book cover, blow it up in Photoshop, and clean up each and every line–on both sides. I've been in this position before. It took me three weeks to restore the black line. I then color-separated it to match the book cover, with a few changes per Crumb's instruction.Wildwood Serigraphs is pleased to announce the release of our 31st Robert Crumb serigraph edition with The Monkey Wrench Gang. It's an 80 piece serigraph edition on white Rives BFK 280 gram archival paper. It took 22 colors to recreate the book cover. The paper, with two deckle edges, is 18.5" x 28". The image is 13.5" x 20". Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity written by Crumb. It also comes with our unconditional guarantee for your complete satisfaction or your money back. There are NO customized signatures in this edition. 
Release date: Monday, November 27th

$430 
BUY ME



Additional Note:
I would like to bring attention to the fact that Crumb has mastered many different genres of illustration. He's mastered the art of cartooning, the art of calligraphy, the art of caricature, the art of of realistic portraiture, the art of editorial cartooning–all with the immediate recognition of his own style. With The Monkey Wrench Gang, Crumb gives us another graphic style he's mastered: the art of pulp fiction. The graphic rendition of a dramatic, climactic scene with sweeping, bright type that lures the customer to the magazine (or, in this case, book) like fish to bait. I don't know if there's another American artist before–or if there will ever be one after–Crumb who has mastered so many different genres of illustrating. And all of this is completely separate from his ability as a writer. It's truly a privilege to work with such an exceptional and unique American artist. 
-Alex Wood

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blind Arvella Gray Limited Edition Etching

Each year I go through all of Crumb's work looking for images to print as etching editions. Once I get some prospective pieces together, I call him up and we discuss which images we should publish. But this year is the first year that Robert called me and told me he had an image he wanted us to publish as an etching edition. A friend of Robert's had given him a photograph of a blues musician playing on Maxwell Street (Chicago) in the mid-60's. It inspired Robert to do an ink drawing of the photograph. Crumb was so pleased with the way it turned out, he suggested it as the next etching edition.

So we're both very pleased to present the latest Crumb etching edition of 40 prints. It's of the blues busker Blind Arvella Gray. I don't think he was a well-known or famous blues player, although if you Google him some clips do appear. Rather, it's the image itself, and how well Crumb has captured a sunny day in America in the mid-60's.

There are 40 prints in the edition, with an additional 8 Artist's proofs and 3 printer proofs. The paper size is 12" x 13". The embossed area is 8.75" x 8.25". The image size is 8" x 7". None of the prints were customized with a special Crumb nick-name. Each print comes with our guarantee for your complete satisfaction. Release date is Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.

An interesting side note: the store in the background (Radio-TV-Records Mart) had a backroom where Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Jimmy Young all recorded their first demos in Chicago. This according to a web page dedicated to the memory of the store owner, Bernard Abrams.

SOLD OUT

Monday, July 17, 2017

R. CRUMB SUMMER PRINTS SALE

SUMMER PRINT SALE 

Each July I sell prints from my personal print collection, or prints acquired in trades. All of these prints are from editions that are now sold out. They're in mint condition and have been stored in a flat file where they have never been exposed to light. I highly recommend using UV protected glass if you're going to buy and frame any of these prints.
-- Alexander Wood, Printer


These prints can also be purchased at RCrumb.com
Click on the images to view them at a larger size.



Mystic Funnies Serigraph Print
Printed in 1998, there were 24 colors used in this edition. Stored flat, mint condition. White paper is 22" x 30".  Image size is 17.5" x 25". This was signed by Crumb before he started dating his prints, so it's just signed R. Crumb and not dated. It's number 151 of 200. With certificate signed by Jesse and Alex. 
$750



San Francisco Comics #3 Serigraph Print
There are 110 prints in this edition, printed in 2009. It's a 16 color edition printed on white acid-free paper (Rives BFK) that's 20" x 28". The image size is 13.5" x 19.5". The certificate is written by Robert. The print is numbered, dated and signed by R. "Mr. Smarty Pants" Crumb. This is print #14 of 110. Mint condition. 
$750



Heroes of the Blues Serigraph Print
This 150 print serigraph edition sold out within a year it was published (2010). The cream paper size is 22" x 30", image size is 16.5" x 25". This is print number #15, and is specially signed by Crumb as "Half-Blind" R. Crumb. There were 17 colors used to create this edition. Comes with its cert written by Crumb. Mint condition.
$750


BB King Serigraph Print
This 245 print edition was signed by both BB King and Robert Crumb. The certificate is signed by Floyd Lieberman (who was BB's manager in 2002) and Alex. There were 31 colors (29 screens) used to print this edition. The cream paper is 25" x 22". The image size is 17" x 14".  This is print number 155/245. Mint Condition– stored flat and never seen the light of day. 
$1000


Mr. Natural Does the Dishes Serigraph Print
This 16 color edition was printed in 2011. There are 160 prints in the edition, which sold quickly. The white acid-free paper is 18" x 26". The image size is 12" x 18". Crumb wrote the certificate twice (two different versions on the front and back of the cert!). This is print number 158/160 signed by Crumb as R. "I'll Kick Your Ass" Crumb.
$620



R. Crumb Third Eye Serigraph Print
This 16 color edition was printed in 2009. There are 110 prints in the edition. The cream paper is 15" x 12". The image is 12" x 9". The certificate is one of Crumb's most unusual, intriguing and funny. This is print #24/110. Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb as R. "The Noodle" Crumb.
$750


Twas Ever Thus Serigraph Print
This 16 color serigraph (14 screens) was printed in 2008. There are 150 prints in the edition. The cream paper is 22" x 28". The image size is 15" x 18.5". The cert was written by Crumb. The print is numbered (139/150), dated and signed nicely by Crumb. Mint condition.
$750



Fritz the Cat Serigraph Print
24 colors using 20 screens were used to print this edition in 2001. There are 200 prints in the edition. The white Rives BFK paper is 22" x 30". The image is 18" x 22.5". The certificate, which is signed by Jesse and Alex, was written by Robert. The print is in mint condition. Numbered, signed and dated by Robert, this is print number 143/200.
$750


Head Comix Serigraph Print
This edition was printed in 2001. The edition never had a certificate created for it. There is a very light indicia printed at the bottom of the cream paper, which is 22" x 30". The image size is 14" x 18.5". There were 18 colors used to print the edition. Numbered, signed and dated by Crumb.
Stored flat; never has seen the light of day.
$700



Mr. Natural #2 Serigraph Print
This 110 print edition sold was printed and released in 2005. The cream paper is 22" x 30". The image size is 15" x 22". There were 19 colors used to print this edition with 16 screens. There was never a certificate issued with this edition, so there's no cert. There is an indicia printed at the bottom of each print giving all the information of the edition. Numbered, dated and signed (as R "Mr. Hateful" Crumb). This is print #43/110. Mint condition.
$750



Zap #0 Serigraph Print
There were 110 prints printed for this edition on white 22' x 30" paper. The image is 15" x 21". 14 colors using 11 screens were used to create this edition in 2007. The certificate is written by Crumb. This is print #100/110. Dated, numbered and signed by RC. Mint condition.
$750




Arcade #2 Serigraph Print
This 120 print edition was printed and signed in 2005. It took a while to sell out but it remains a high point in our collection of editions. There were 23 colors and 21 screens used to create this edition. The registration and spit-fountains (a total of five blends were used in the edition!) work perfectly. I was also able to hold the best detail with 230 mesh/dpi dither output of the films I used–the perfect combination. I think, as a printer, this is one of the best editions I've printed. The image size is 13" x 18.5". The cream paper size is 20" x 26". Comes with its cert, written by Crumb, and in mint condition. This is print #108/120.  
$750

Self-Loathing Black and White Print
Here's an unusual print. Self-Loathing Comics was a 40 print color serigraph edition with three additional black & white only prints. These black and white prints were included in the edition but numbered with roman numerals. This print is numbered as II/III B.&W., signed and dated by R. "Silly Boy" Crumb. The edition was signed in 2015. The white paper is 12" x 16.5". The image size is 8" x 11.5". There is no certificate for this edition. Rather, there is an indicia printed at the bottom of each print, including these black and white prints. The edition sold out in 2016, but the black and white prints were never offered. I have all three and am selling #II/III now.
$500


Janis Joplin Etching
This 50 print etching edition was printed in 2008. This is print #46/50. The paper size is 12" x 14". The image size is 6" x 8". Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb. Mint.
$800




Louis Armstrong Etching
This 50 print edition was printed in 2012. The paper size 12" x 15.5". The image size is 6.5" x 9.25". Numbered, dated and signed R. "Kiss My Ass" Crumb. This is print # 44/50. Mint condition.
$900





Mr. Sixties Etching
This 40 print edition was released in 2015. It sold out quickly. I held on to this print because he signed it R. "Oh Wow" Crumb. This is print number #34/40. The paper size is 13" x 13". The image size is 8.5" x 7.5". The paper is slightly buckled around the edges as the entire edition dried that way. It will matt and frame completely flat. Mint condition.
$750



Whiteman Meets Bigfoot Etching
This 50 print edition was released in 2011. The paper size is 13" x 14". The image size is 8" x 7.5". The print is in mint condition. Numbered, dated and signed by Crumb. This is print #43/50. 
$800





On the Crest of a Wave Etching
Printed in 2014, this illustration was slightly modified by Crumb for the etching edition. There are 50 prints in the edition and this is print #20/50. It's signed R. "Goddamn Yer Eyes" Crumb. The paper size is 14" x 13". The image size is 9" x 7". Mint condition. 
$800


Jack Kerouac
Also released in 2014, this 50 print edition sold out within a year. Paper size is 11" x 12". The image size is 6.5" x 6.5". This print #47/50, nicely numbed and signed by Crumb. Mint condition.
$700




Short History of America
This poster edition, printed on 90 pound ivory acid free paper, was printed in 2003. It sold out in a couple of years. The entire edition is unsigned. Each print is stamped with its number in the lower left-hand corner. This is print #996/1000. The paper is 22" x 29", the image size is 17" x 24.5". 
I think it originally sold for $90. It sold out more than 10 years ago.
$200


Tommy the Toilet Giclee   
First printed and released as a giclee edition in 2008, it took six years for this 200 print edition to sell out. I still have three prints left from the edition: #1, #2 and #199/200. I'm selling #2 now. The acid-free paper is 18" x 24". The image size is 13" x 19". The number is stamped (early giclee prints were stamped with numbers, this was later replaced by numbering by hand with pencil) in the lower left-hand corner of the print. None of the prints in this edition–except the artist proofs–are signed. 
$200

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Robert Johnson 'Hell Hound On My Trail' Limited Edition Giclée

RCrumb.com is pleased to announce the release of R. Crumb’s portrait of Robert Johnson entitled Hell Hound On My Trail as a limited giclée unsigned edition. The release date is Tuesday, June 27th. The history of this image is a bit complicated and I’ll try and give as brief background to its evolution as I can. 

In the late 1980’s, Crumb created a portrait of Robert Johnson for the cover of the 78 Quarterly magazine (1990, Volume 4). In the mid-90’s, Jesse Crumb requested his father alter the portrait so it could be used as the next serigraph edition. When Robert complied, he sent his color guide along with the artwork to Wildwood Serigraphs, where both Jesse and I made changes to his original color scheme. We created 220 prints for the signed serigraph edition. But Crumb was not entirely happy with the color changes that were made.

In 2003, Robert Crumb and I were sued by Steve LeVere (Delta Haze Corporation) for infringements on the photograph of Robert Johnson, to which Delta Haze has the rights. Regardless of the fact that Crumb had a strong case for fair use, Robert chose not to litigate because the costs were essentially prohibitive. So Crumb and I settled with LeVere and an ensuing unsigned serigraph edition was created and sold as part of that settlement. But afterwards, Robert and I pledged never to have anything to do with the Robert Johnson image again–we didn’t want Steve LeVere to profit in any way from Robert’s artwork. 

In 2015, Steve LeVere passed away and left his portion of the Robert Johnson estate to his children. After hearing the news, Robert and I discussed the possibility of finally releasing the Robert Johnson edition as Crumb originally intended it to be. He revised his color rough and sent it to me. I carried out his instructions dutifully and now, finally, he’s pleased with his Robert Johnson Hell Hounds On My Trail edition. This giclée edition is printed with archival Epson Ultrachrome inks on Somerset archival paper. The paper is 18 x 24 inches. The image is 14 x 19 inches. The edition sells for $90, the extra ten dollars being collected for royalties due the Delta Haze Corporation. There are 300 prints in the edition, and each one comes with your complete satisfaction or your money back.  

-Alexander Wood

$90

Monday, May 8, 2017

3 More Anti-Trump T-Shirts

We’re releasing three more Anti-Trump t-shirts on the 100 % ultra soft Canvas t-shirts. The shirts are a fine gauge knit, light-weight and cool for the summer. Small through 2XL sizes.


TRUMPO THE CLOWN

Crumb created this design in honor of our president’s charming habit of speaking before he thinks, and even making things up on the spot. The resulting inconsistencies have more in common with a buffoon or a clown rather than a president. which inspired this shirt. It’s a 5 color screen print on a natural cream colored t-shirt.

Small • Medium • Large • X-Large   $20    

2XL   $23    



WOMEN WHO VOTE FOR TRUMP

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. ’Nuff said. Screen printed directly onto a cream color t-shirt, which is slightly lighter than the “natural cream” colored shirts used for the Trumpo design.

Small • Medium • Large • X-Large   $20    

2XL   $23     


CARING NATURALLY

For those of you who can’t bear to listen or watch the day to day fiasco of Trump’s administration, here’s a shirt for you. Mr. Natural persevering patiently, nurturing the “Caring Tree,” dedicated to progressive principles in his own quiet and loving way. We would like to add that Crumb did this illustration in 1983. He also did a comic strip lambasting Trump way back in 1989 (called Point the Finger, found in the comic book Hup #3, available on this site). He's always been ahead of his time. Screen printed in four color process on the natural cream Canvas t-shirt.

Small • Medium • Large • X-Large   $20    

2XL   $23     
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Keep On Truckin' Limited Edition Giclée

For those of you who were not able to purchase the Keep On Truckin' serigraph (it sold out in four days), we're releasing the 50th Anniversary unsigned giclée edition. The image size (21.5" x 12.5") is slightly larger than the serigraph version, and the colors are almost exactly the same. The 24" x 16" archival paper is 255 gram Somerset Velvet. The inks used are also archival–Epson's Ultrachrome ink. There are 300 prints in this edition, and each one comes with our unconditional guaranty for your complete satisfaction or your money back.

$80 Each
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Art & Beauty Magazine #3


Published in 2016, Crumb's latest is a full 44 page comic book of illustrations inspired by the beautiful female form. Crumb's writing is a satirical tribute to the old photography magazines of the '30's and '40's. These "art" magazines were filled with photos of scantily dressed or sometimes nude models to titillate the prurient nature of the buyer, while the copy was laden with heavy-handed artistic insights, written to appease the strict censorship of that era.

$4.95 Each

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

R Crumb Anti-Trump T-Shirts

Robert Crumb and RCrumb.com announce the release of three Anti-Trump t-shirts. These shirts are screen printed directly onto Canvas 100% combed cotton t-shirts, which are much smoother and more comfortable than open-ended cotton shirts. They are offered in sizes S, M, L, XL and 2XL. 

Oh God T-Shirt

November 9th (the morning after the election) was a difficult time for the majority of the country, of which 40% of the electorate didn't even vote. The 60% that did vote was split between Clinton and Trump. So that means that only 30% of the American electorate voted for a completely unfit, unqualified, fraudulent conman as our new president. The resulting frustration and depression is perfectly captured by this Crumb illustration. But what's helpful is knowing that you're not alone! This illustration is a subtle and even humorous take on a very dark chapter in American history. Wearing it will bring you together with the majority of this country who are just as horrified as you are. Screen printed in two colors on a 100% combed cotton olive green shirt.

Small • Medium • Large • X-Large    $20
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2XL      $23

TAX T-Shirt

In protest to Trump's refusal to release his tax returns and that he possibly didn't pay federal tax for many years, we're offering this image of Crumb (circa '67) screen-printed onto an athletic heather grey 100% combed cotton t-shirt.



Small • Medium • Large • X-Large    $20

2XL    $23     


Completely Insane T-Shirt

For the more philosophical of you who prefer to view this whole disastrous chain of events in a bigger picture, here's Mr. Natural very calmly summarizing where the American political situation is today. Printed on on a 100% combed cotton steel blue t-shirt in a small, unassuming but powerful size.  



Small • Medium • Large • X-Large   $20

2XL      $23



Keep On Truckin' Price Increase
I apologize for having raised the price of the Keep On Truckin' edition. I underestimated the demand for the print, and therefore underpriced it. It sold so quickly that I raised the price in an effort to slow sales in order to give more time to all our loyal customers who hadn't purchased their print yet. Many people were disappointed and even offended, but I had to do something and it seemed to work. Sales have slowed down and as of Tuesday evening, I have heard from almost all of our loyal customers. There are only about 12 prints left in the edition. I'm sorry for my mistake in underestimating the appeal of this image. Crumb and I both don't understand the mass appeal for this image, but it's still going strong! Thank you for your understanding. 
-Alex