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This website is owned and run by Acme Archives Limited.  We are located in Burbank, California.  Our business hours are 9:30am-5:30pm PST Monday through Friday.  If you wish to contact us, you can call us at (818) 252-1500, email us through our Contact Form (recommended for a quicker response) or directly at info@acmearchivesdirect.com.

Correspondence can be addressed to us at:

Acme Archives Limited
7575 San Fernando Road
Burbank, CA  91505

Please note that we are not open to the public and do not have pick up available. Acme is closed on 11/22 & 11/23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking for our specialty releases including silk screen prints and exclusives?  Check out our Dark Ink site for more artwork!

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We do not accept returns of original production artwork, this includes animation cels and drawings.  If artwork arrives damaged, please contact us within 5 days of receipt and we will work with you to get a suitable replacement.  Please note that original artwork has been used in production and may have small scratches on cels or slight creases in drawings.  This is normal wear and tear.

We do accept returns on limited editions.  We try our best to accurately represent the printed images, but due to monitor differences, there may be some differences in the colors displayed on our website and in the final print received. We must be contacted within 10 days from the date you received your order.  Once we have approved the return, the customer is responsible for the cost of shipping the artwork back as well as a 15% restocking fee.  We will not issue a credit or exchange until the returned artwork has arrived in house.  If a piece arrives damaged or has a problem please contact us within 10 days of receipt.  We will issue a return label and assist the customer in the return and replacement of the artwork. Please do not send a return without first receiving authorization from us. We do not accept returns on items that are custom orders.  Paypal refunds may take 4-5 days to process through Paypal.  Credit card refunds usually take 1-2 days to process through Authorize.net.  Once a return has begun processing, if 5 days go by without a response from the customer, the return will be canceled.  Returns must be processed in a timely manner. Please note that the refunds are only issued to the original payment method used on the order. We try our best to accurately represent the printed images, but due to monitor differences, there may be some differences in the colors displayed on our website and in the final print received. 

Please note that if a framed item is damaged that is a larger piece or has been shipped internationally, we may issue a refund for the frame cost instead of having the piece shipped back to us and the frame replaced.

If cancelling an order before shipping that has an option selected like gallery wrap, stretching or frame selected, please cancel the order within 24-48 hours of placement as these options are done custom to the order.

Please email us using the contact form or call us at (818) 252-1500 for further information.


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While we do ship internationally, please contact us directly for orders to be shipped to Japan.

We ship via Fedex and USPS (United States Postal Service) both internationally and domestically. Listed below are the methods available as well as estimated shipment times.  The majority of our shipments originate from our warehouse located in Burbank, California. These shipment estimates are from the time the order is shipped and are not relative to the order processing time. Please note that Fedex does not ship to PO Boxes unless there is a street address listed in addition to the PO Box.

  • USPS Priority Mail (Domestic) 1-3 business days
  • USPS Parcel Post (Domestic) 2-9 business days
  • USPS Express Mail International 3-5 business days*
  • USPS Priority Mail International 6-10 business days*
  • Fedex Ground (Domestic) 1-5 business days (3-7 days to Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Fedex Express Saver (Domestic) 3 business days (not available for Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Fedex Two Day (Domestic) 2 business days
  • Fedex International Economy 2-5 business days (not currently available)
  • Fedex International Priority 1-3 business days (not currently available)
  • $9.75 shipping option is via USPS Priority Mail or Fedex Ground (only available on Acme Direct to US customers)***

The $9.75 shipping option (USPS or Fedex Ground) does not require a signature if the value of the order is under $300.  We are not responsible for missing packages once we have received proof of delivery if a no signature option is chosen (flat fee or USPS). If you need to have a signature required for delivery, please choose a Fedex option such as Fedex Ground or Home Delivery.  

If an order is over $300, a signature is generally required.  Oversized pieces with a shipment option of USPS chosen may be changed to Fedex to ensure safer delivery.  Please note that international customers may be subject to additional customs charges or clearance fees.  Acme is not responsible for these additional fees.  Orders are marked with the full value for customs and will not be sent at lessor values or as samples.  Tracking information for USPS may not be in real time and orders may be received before USPS has updated their website that they have received the package.  There is nothing that Acme can do about this fact and we recommend selecting Fedex for up to date tracking information and timely shipping.  USPS orders for countries outside the US ship to that country's postal service for delivery which can cause further delivery delays. If a USPS order is destined for the UK, additional tracking information can be found by tracking on the ParcelForce.com website once the package leaves the country.

Please note that orders returned as unclaimed will not have their shipping charges refunded.  If an order is requested to be reshipped after being returned, additional shipping charges will be added. We recommend using the tracking number provided in the shipment confirmation email to track your package - this is the best way to stay informed of any delivery issues.

If you would like to combine shipping on multiple orders, please email us so we can change your order to a different process (please note that we may not be able to accommodate all requests, especially on framed and gallery wrapped items).  If you note that you want combined shipments during the order process, we may not be able to accomodate you as our shipping labels are automated. If you have placed an order with multiple items and an item is out of stock, the order will generally be held until all items are in stock.  We do not ship items as they becomes available unless requested.

Please note that most orders go out within 3-4 days.**  USPS orders may add an extra 24 hours to the process time. There may be some exceptions if a piece is out of stock.  If this happens, you will receive an email with an estimated ship date.  Framed pieces are not normally kept in stock.  Framing can add an additional 10-14 business days to the ship date. Please contact us via the Contact Form on our site with special requests or to check stock on an item.  Signed artwork may take longer to ship (up to 3 weeks) depending on artist availability.

To find out shipping costs for artwork, you can add the product to the shopping cart and begin the checkout procedure.  Once you fill out your customer information you will be taken to a page with shipping options and costs. If you decide at this point that you do not want to continue the checkout process then just close out the window or click on another link (like HOME) to go back to our main site.

*this ship time is approximate, customs processing may add additional shipping time (from 3 days to a month depending on location being shipped to- we cannot do anything to expedite customs)
**orders placed during holiday times or Comic-Con may take longer to ship out

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If you would like to submit your artwork to us, please email artsubmissions[at]acmearchives.com (do not use our contact form for submissions).  When emailing us let us know where we can see your artwork, either online or select one image to send to us as an example of your work.  Please do not submit artists that you think would be good for our program, those artists will need to approach us directly.

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We currently accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.  We now also accept Paypal.

We do not offer layaway options.

Please note that when paying with Paypal or with a credit card, payment is taken at the time of purchase.  If you have shipping questions or need to combine a shipment, please email us before placing the order. If a different email account is used to pay with Paypal then is used on the order, we will email to confirm the payment is valid before shipping.  If you are an international customer having checkout issues when paying with a credit card, we recommend using Paypal as an alternate checkout option.  Paypal also processes credit cards and does not require an account or registration.

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All ordering, price quotes, stock status and shipping quotes are provided online.  We do encourage using the convenience of our website to place orders.  You are welcome to call us with an order at (818) 252-1500 and we can place the order for you through our website.  While we do accept email inquiries on our products, due to security issues, we can not accept retail orders through email.  We do not have layaway options or accept partial payments.

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We do have a mailing list. You can sign up for our mailing list by going to the Mailing List link on our top bar.

If you are on our mailing list and no longer want to receive our mailings, please click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email or fill out our contact form asking to be removed from our list.

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You will be kept informed of your order via email.  Your tracking number will be emailed to you once the items is shipped.  You can also log on to your account to view order status. on our website by clicking on the My Account link at the top of the page.

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Current order process time is three to four business days for in stock items (prior to shipping).

If you absolutely need same day shipping, please contact us before placing the order.  If you have a specific date your order must be delivered by please contact us to check stock and processing time before placing the order. Once the order has been shipped, your estimated time of arrival will be determined by your selected shipping method for delivery.  A framed item will take 8-14 business* days to process due to the fact that we do not keep framed items in stock.  Stretching or Gallery Wrap will also add 5-14 business days to your process time. Editions that are signed by the artist may take longer to ship.  Orders placed over the weekend are not processed until Monday.

New releases may take several extra days to ship depending on demand and availability.

**Please note during the holiday season, our bi-annual sales and Comic-Con, orders may take longer than normal to process **

*business days means that weekends and holidays are excluded, please keep that in mind when calculating your process time

We are closed on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas day and New Years Eve. Orders will not be processed on these days.

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Normally when placing an order successfully, you will receive an order confirmation page on the final step of your order.  You will then receive an email confirmation.  If you do not receive either, please log in to My Account to view your Order History/Status to verify that the order was placed.

Please note that Paypal and credit card payment are taken at the time the order is placed.  If you have requested additional options like framing, stretching or gallery wrapping, it will take 10-14 business days for your order to ship.  If an item is signed by the artist, additional processing time may be involved.

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No. At this time we do not offer Gift Certificates.

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We offer two options for our canvas artwork. (all our canvases have a border for wrapping, the image itself is not wrapped)

Stretched is a canvas stretched and stapled on the back to a thin wooden frame (also known as a stretcher bar). A stretched canvas is ready for framing.

Gallery Wrap is a canvas stretched and secured to a thick wooden frame stapled on the back with a hanging wire. A gallery wrapped canvas is suitable for hanging on the wall.




 Gallery Wrap image samples
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A giclee is a high-resolution reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclee are printed with archival quality inks onto a variety of substrates such as canvas and fine art paper. The French term "Giclée" literally meaning "spray of ink," is used to describe these prints. Four precision nozzles spray up to a million microscopic droplets per second onto fine art paper. The giclee printing process provides excellent color accuracy and highly detailed prints. The majority of our giclee prints are printed on high end Epson printers. Each print is hand-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Edition sizes may range from 25-1000.

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This type of artwork was not used in the production of the animated show, but depicts a scene or the characters in a memorable pose. These edition have a hand-painted cel layer (or layers) and are laid upon a giclee or lithographic background. Edition sizes generally range from 100-500 pieces and are hand-numbered with certificates of authenticity.

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The Pix-Cel is a trademarked product developed by Acme and Epson utilizing proprietary technology to give a fully rendered continuous tone 3-D image directly from digital production files onto clear acetate and positioned on a giclee background also from a digital production file. Each pix-cel is hand-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Edition sizes may range from 25-500.

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Serigraphing is a silk screen process. To produce a serigraph cel, a hand-cut master screen is prepared for each color in the scene. The serigrapher applies each distinct color separately one screen at a time in an exact process. Sericels are generally laid on a lithographic background. Edition sizes may range from 1000 to 5000 pieces and may or may no be numbered. Each limited edition comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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Most of our cel setups come with reproduced backgrounds, but select setups are released with the original background which makes them an exact representation of what was shot on camera in order to animate the scene. Simpsons backgrounds are unique in the fact that the original backgrounds are painted on cels with cel paint. The majority of original backgrounds are painted on watercolour paper using cel or watercolor paint. Cels that are sold with original backgrounds are called Collectors Portfolio pieces or Key Master Setups.

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Original production cels are one of a kind pieces of original production art that was actually used in the making of the animated show.  A series of cels are photographed in sequential order creating the illusion of movement.  While some cels from a sequence may look similar, each cel is unique.  Cels are hand-painted by overseas studios on clear acetate that are either 12-field size (10.5 x 12.5 inches) or 16-field size (16.5 x 13.5 inches). 

The majority of animated shows and movies are now digital which means that the only production element available are drawings.  Some shows were originally done on cel, but have moved to the digital process like The Simpsons which went digital beginning with Season 14.  Other shows like Family Guy and Futurama have been digital from the beginning and have never had cels available from the show unless it was a specially created one of one or limited edition.

The term cel is derived from the word "celluloid" an early form of the material used in the animation industry until the mid-1940's.  More recent cels are painted on clear acetate.  Cel is commonly misspelled as "cell."

Please note that since the cels have been used in the production of the show, there may be some scratches or slight paint imperfections.  Depending on how many cels are part of the setup, there may be a slight "fogginess" due to the layers.

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Prior to creating cels or scanning artwork into a computer, the production process begins with a drawing. Rough drawings or layouts are created by key animators to establish pose and action while clean up drawings are done by clean up artists to produce finished line art that is ready to be painted either manually or digitally. Please note that since the drawings have been used in the production of the show, there may be some discoloration or creases in the paper. There may also be erasure marks from production.

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Once an order has been submitted, we recommend calling us at (818) 252-1500 for any changes within 24 hours of submission.  You are also welcome to contact us via the Contact form or email us directly at info@acmearchives.com, but we can not guarantee that an email will be received in time to make any changes requested.

Please note that cancellations of stretched, gallery wrap or framed items may be subject to a cancellation fee if we are not notified of the cancellations within 48 hours of order placement.  SpecPlates are also subject to a cancellation fee if we are not notified of the cancellation within 48 hours.

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