Tom Whalen War of the Worlds

UPDATED with official specs and on sale information. 

A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »

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James White Celscapes

So much of today’s pop culture art is about the foreground. Actually, pretty much all of it is. That’s where the subject of the image usually resides and artists typically just service that. Which is why James White‘s solo show, Celscapes, is such a breath of fresh air. All the work has a subject, of course, but it’s more about the environment and setting than one particular central focus.

Celscapes opens Friday August 29 at the Bottleneck Gallery, at 60 Broadway in Brooklyn, NY with a reception from 7-10 p.m. It closes September 10. Below, check out a nice cross section of the James White Celscapes exhibit including pieces from Guardians of the Galaxy, The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, Predator, The Iron Giant, He-Man, Scooby-Doo and many others. Read More »

Bill Hader Skeleton Twins

A spin around the TV dial is almost guaranteed to turn up at least one appearance by Bill Hader. Whether it be his memorable stint on Saturday Night Live, smaller film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, leading roles in Greg Mottola comedies, adding voices to Edgar Wright movies, writing South Park episodes, or a commercial for his wonderful new drama The Skeleton Twins, Hader seems to be everywhere. And that’s a good thing. The guy is talented and funny, and a huge film fan.

In the book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers” by Mike Sacks, Hader contributed his own list of “200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See.” It pretty safe to say, though, you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate these gems. Some are obvious, some not, but it’s a fun list even just as a jumping off point for a debate.

Below, check out the list of Hader’s 200 Essential Comedies and even watch him talk about it. Read More »

Thrashin movie

Kids have the dumbest priorities. When I was young, I wanted to ride a BMX bike and skateboard. I’m not exactly sure why but I think it had to do with seeing two ’80s movies that, these days, seem pretty lost to time: Rad and Thrashin’. Each film was made as a reaction to the rising craze of extreme sports that still continues to this day, but neither was particularly successful or memorable. In fact, Thrashin’ is only notable today for being one of the first starring roles for Thanos himself, Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin. I’ve rewatched each film fairly recently and must say, my nostalgia for them wipes away almost all of their considerable flaws. They’ll forever remain in my heart as defining films of my childhood.

Decades later, I’m always excited to find people who share that passion for these films. I’m even more excited when those people are evocative and talented artists with their own upcoming gallery show. Which is all preamble to say we have a very personal, very awesome debut to make for the latest We Buy Your Kids exhibit at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The artist team of Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney has done posters for a laundry list of films, including several that have never had Mondo prints. One of those is Thrashin’, which you can see below along with the exclusive debut of the We Buy Your Kids Mondo Gallery poster. Read More »

guardians of the galaxy dancing groot toy

We asked for it, and now we got it. Well, sort of.

Marvel Studios has finally revealed its plans to release the Guardians of the Galaxy dancing Groot toy we’ve all been waiting for… except it isn’t really the Guardians of the Galaxy dancing Groot toy we’ve all been waiting for. Instead, it’s a Funko bobblehead. Check it out after the jump, but be warned that Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers lie ahead.

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Dan Norris City of God poster

Fernando Meirelles‘ City of God is one of those movies you can constantly turn people onto. When it was released in 2002, it opened to incredible acclaim but many people missed it simply because it’s a foreign language film. Now, if ever asked for a movie recommendation, City of God is at the top of the list.

That interesting cultural niche between critical acclaim, mainstream success and cult classic is why the brand new company, FAMP Art, chose the film to kick off its new endeavor. They’re a New York based screen print company who plan to specialize in smaller films that rarely get attention, both from the mainstream and in the art world. Their first print is by UK artist Dan Norris, who took the visceral visuals of City of God and condensed them down into a single, striking image. Below, check out our exclusive debut of the first FAMP Art City of God poster. Read More »

Tom Whalen - Mustang header

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 »

Scoobyai

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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