wall-e variant

Tomorrow, Cyclops Print Works will be releasing variant prints of their second and third collaborations with Mondo. Tom Whalen‘s WALL-E and JC Richard‘s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow both saw regular edition screenprint releases at last weekend’s MondoCon. And now is the time for those of you who were not in Austin to get your hands on variant versions of these cool prints. Hit the jump to see them and learn where and when you can buy them!

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Rick and Morty - Dave Perillo Print

If you’re a fan of animated comedy for adults, then Bottleneck Gallery NYC has a couple new prints going on sale today that you might want to check out, and they’re from two of our favorite artists.

Tom Whalen has created an awesome new print in honor of the 20th anniversary of South Park and Dave Perillo has crafted a vibrant print for Adult Swim’s stellar Rick and Morty. Both of the prints debuted exclusively at New York Comic-Con, but now they’re going on sale for everyone else, so check them out below. Read More »

mondo live

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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mondocon 2016 in review

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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unreleased mondo posters

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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Crazy 4 Cult X

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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Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Wheelchair Costume

Living with an ailment than keeps you confined to a wheelchair most of the time when you venture out of the house is undoubtedly difficult. But luckily, a nine year old boy named Jeremy with spina bifida has some spectacular parents who make him feel like the coolest kid on the block when heading out into the neighborhood on Halloween.

You might remember a story in Star Wars Bits last year where a father turned his son’s wheelchair into a snowspeeder from The Empire Strikes Back. The flaps even moved, and the laser canons shot glowing NERF darts. That was Jeremy in that snowspeeder. Now his father has done something magical again by turning his son’s wheelchair into the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. Read More »

mondocon 2016 posters the graduate

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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rey closeup lightsaber battle force awakens reshoots

Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).

In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.

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Poster Posse Doctor Strange

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 »