MondoCon schedule

Movie heaven comes to Austin, Texas during the third week of September. Not only is that when Fantastic Fest is happening (much more on that in the coming days) but the fine folks at Mondo are simultaneously hosting their first convention, MondoCon. But no, this isn’t going to be just a place to buy posters. As discussed a few months back, MondoCon will be a gathering for everything a movie fan or collector could desire.

Mondo has just released the full programming line-up, as well as a few small glimpses at the goodies. Among the highlights? A mini-gallery exhibition of work based on The Iron Giant, including that film’s score available on vinyl. The lost score to 2001: A Space Odyssey will be on sale along with a panel discussion. A never-made 1983 U.S. Godzilla film will be revealed through storyboards and concept images. Plus a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live score, the world premiere of a documentary on the 2000AD comic brand and much more.

And that’s just part of it. Will there be posters? You bet. Lots of surprise posters along with the first Alex Ross Mondo poster. Will there be guests? Tons, including newly annoucned names like Bryan Lee O’Malley, JC Richard and William Stout.

The event takes place September 20-21 in Austin and tickets are still on sale. Below, read the full programming press release. Read More »

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Who doesn’t love a good infographic? The ability to absorb knowledge, and look at something cool, fit together beautifully. Normally though, when we post stuff like that, it has to do with superhero movies or continuity errors. A new exhibit has almost no links to pop culture, but it’s by two of our favorite artists so we hope you’ll be as interested we are.

The exhibit is called InfoRama and features brand new screen printed infographics by Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. Both artists are well-known for their work at Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more but this show is at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. It’ll feature 13 brand new pieces based on a variety of technological, scientific and naturalistic topics. Below, we’ve got more info on how the show came to be, some hints of what to expect, and four pieces, including two exclusives, from Whalen and Tong. Read More »

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Plain and simple, Dave Perillo‘s art makes us smile. It evokes feelings of childhood wonder with its bright colors, unique layouts and geometric styles. Filter some of pop culture’s most famous properties through that style and you’re left with pieces that represent both fandom and fun.

Perillo has been part of innumerable shows and released dozens of prints through Mondo, Gallery 1988, Acme Archives and many more. But, for the first time, Perillo now has a solo show at Gallery 1988. It’s called Squares 4 Squares and opens Friday August 22 at Gallery 1988 East, 7021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. The show takes properties from the world of movies (Back to the Future, Star Wars), TV (Doctor Who, Scooby Doo) and video games (Super Mario Bros.) and compresses them down into squares that can be arranged however you like, or combined into one to tell an almost comic-like story.

Below, we’re proud to exclusively debut a few of the full run of almost 50 prints that’ll be in the show. Check them out below. Read More »

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Some of our greatest art has to do with crime. People who commit it, people who fight it, people who study it, these are stories that very easily provide gripping emotion. Innumerable classic movies, music, television and more are based on crime and a new gallery exhibit celebrates it all.

The Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles presents an exhibit called I Am The Law/A Life of Crime opening Friday August 15. Dozens of artists from all over the world have dramatized their favorite movies and television shows where someone either breaks the laws or enforces them. That opens up a pretty wide spectrum, from Sherlock, The Wire, The Blues Brothers, Luther and Hannibal on TV to RoboCop, Lethal Weapon, The Killer, The Godfather, Se7en and Die Hard at the movies. They all are represented plus many more. Below, see just a tiny selection of art from I Am The Law/A Life of Crime. Read More »

Joey Spiotto Storytime

There’s just something wonderful about seeing your favorite pop culture properties reimagined as something unimaginable. Artist Joey Spiotto does that really well. In previous years, he’s become well-known for turning pop culture properties like Firefly, The Avengers and Lost into eye-catching album covers. Now he’s taking that tone and turning it into a full gallery exhibit by adapting properties like Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Clockwork Orange and others into children’s books reminiscent of Random House’s popular “Little Golden Books” series.

The exhibit is called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show and it opens August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles, CA. It consists of 50 properties from movies, TV, music and video games put through Spiotto’s unique children’s filter. Below, we’ve got a bunch of examples from the Joey Spiotto Gallery 1988 show. Read More »

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With the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters August 8, Paramount is pulling out all the stops to get fans excited for the film at Comic-Con. Plus, we have the opportunity to exclusively tell you about one of the coolest events which ends with free Ninja Turtles pizza presented by Pizza Hut.

On Thursday July 24, fans at Comic-Con can send a tweet with the hashtag #PizzaHutTMNT and be selected to get a free slice of pizza in a collectible box designed by frequent Gallery 1988 artist Scott Derby. They can also jump up and ride a 16 foot long tank called the “Pizza Thrower.”

Read the full instructions, and find out a few more of the cool Ninja Turtles activities, below. Read More »

Simpsons Hollywood Bowl

When you’ve done 500 plus episodes over multiple decades, the backlog of content is staggering. In the case of The Simpsons, that doesn’t only mean hilarious jokes, animation cells and Emmy awards. It means music too. While most people associate the show’s music only with Danny Elfman‘s iconic theme, every week has lots of other music and that music is finally getting spotlighted.

The Simpsons Take the Bowl is live musical performance taking place for three nights this September at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Hank Azaria will host an evening of music, cameos and never before seen footage. Read more about the Simpsons Hollywood Bowl performance below. Read More »

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While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.

In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.

Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »

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