Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
What happens when you take three popular artists with very different design aesthetics, put them on a stage in front of a live audience, and ask them to design a movie poster together based on a title thrown out by the crowd? Well, a MondoCon 2016 panel decided to find out.
Despite the unassuming title, the Mondo Live: Draw & Design panel was a highlight of an already excellent weekend, taking artists Jay Shaw, Olly Moss, and Jock and asking them to race against the clock to create something that wasn’t a total disaster. Succeed or fail, it was destined to be a memorable time.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
One of the first things you notice at MondoCon is that there are people who take this collectible movie poster thing far more seriously than you do.
I’m there because the subject matter at hand appeals to my interests. I like pop culture art. After all, my walls are already lined with posters produced by the Austin-based Mondo and their ever-growing stable of artists. But at the end of the weekend, it’s still a lark, albeit a lark that sees me spending far too much money on art that will have to live in the closet until I’m able to conjure more wall space out of thin air. For me, the amateur collector, MondoCon is a fun way to spend two days. For others, the attendees carrying war-torn and heavy-duty poster tubes that look they were designed to survive a small explosion, it’s a religion. The best thing I can say about MondoCon 2016 is that both crowds seemed to be having a good time.
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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Although the main draw at MondoCon remains the shops and booths run by talented artists from around the world, the convention offers more than just an endless series of excuses to spend money on pop culture art. MondoCon 2016 played host to a series of panels dedicated to exploring the world of pop culture collectibles and the Mondo Talk panel was, like in years past, the must-see event of the weekend.
The set-up is simple: Mondo’s creative team (Rob Jones, Eric Garza, Jay Shaw, and Mitch Putnam) all sit on stage and share posters that never came fruition, various abandoned concepts, rough sketches that showcase just how much a print can change from its initial inception, and previews of things to come. The results can be aggravating (just look at Olly Moss’ unused Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster!) but also exciting (Mondo is working on a Nickelodeon gallery show!). Let’s run through everything that went down.
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We’ve been covering the Crazy 4 Cult art exhibitions from Gallery 1988 for years now, and this year marks a milestone for them with their 10th show featuring some of the coolest and weirdest pop culture art inspired by some of your favorite movies and TV shows.
Crazy 4 Cult X has unveiled all the pieces from the show, and they’re on sale in their online shop right now. New pieces available for purchase pay tribute to Back to the Future, The Iron Giant, Beetlejuice, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, The Fifth Element, The Blues Brothers, The Big Lebowski and tons more.
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re days away from MondoCon 2016, the annual celebration pop culture art organized by the good folks at Mondo, and previews from this year’s show have already been invading the internet. We’ve played our part, having debuted Kevin Tong’s new poster inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Ran last week and interviewed artist Todd Slater (and showed off his new The Secret of NIMH print) earlier today. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as other stunning posters have already made their way online in advance of the show. Let’s run through ’em.
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Even though Doctor Strange won’t be hitting theaters in the United States until November 4th, the latest flick from Marvel Studios will have already opened in dozens of international territories the weekend. That means you’ll want to do your best to keep away from spoilers starting in just over a week.
In the meantime, a group of artists have contributed work to Poster Posse in honor of the mystical Marvel film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite contributions, most of them with some pretty trippy imagery to match what we’ve seen from the trailers so far. Read More »
In collaboration with Pottermore, artist Olly Moss is releasing seven officially licensed Harry Potter posters in a timed-edition. Last year Moss worked on a set of new Harry Potter books, giving the covers a new minimalistic look. This set of Olly Moss Harry Potter posters is being released in a timed-edition, , which means any Harry Potter fan that wants them (and has the cash) can own them. Find out more details, after the jump.
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We’ve been covering Kevin Tong‘s art for seven years now. You might remember his work on Gallery1988’s Lost show, or his amazing R2-D2 deconstructed poster for Mondo, his stunning Iron Giant print for MMM, his Breaking Bad infographic print which could be seen on the wall in Talking Bad, or more recently his work on Warcraft and Rocketeer. Hostly, there is just too much great artwork to mention. Our coverage of his pop culture work alone spans 4 pages worth of posts.
We’ve excited to exclusively premiere Kevin Tong’s latest poster print for Akira Kurosawa‘s RAN. See Kevin Tong’s RAN print, a variant, and learn where you can find this beauty, after the jump.
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New York Comic-Con has been finished for a few days now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend like you were there by picking up some of the artwork from Hero Complex Gallery that was unveiled at the convention.
Right now the collectible art gallery has a bunch of new pieces straight from NYCC featuring Ghostbusters, Lord of the Rings, The Professional, Misery, Harry Potter, RoboCop, How to Train Your Dragon, The Fifth Element, Pulp Fiction and more.
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To celebrate the release of Disney’s next animated feature film Moana, Cyclops Print Works is teaming up with Gallery Nucleus to present “An Art Tribute to the Disney Films of Ron Clements and John Musker” gallery show.
For those of you who don’t know, Moana filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker are responsible for some of the best Disney animated films of the 1980’s and 1990’s, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, in addition to The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film Princess and the Frog. The limited-time art show will open on November 19th, 2016 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, where the artwork will be on display until December 6th, 2016.
The show features some great artists like JC Richard, Tom Whalen, Mark Englert and more! Hit the jump to get a sneak preview of some of the excellent artwork which will be on display and available at the show.
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