There’s just something exciting about seeing a giant robot kick ass. Growing up in the ’80s, cartoons like Transformers and Voltron were fan favorites because of that very idea. Long before that, Godzilla and the Toho crew fought plenty of giant mechs, and the formula has been exploited in anime, live action television and some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. In projects like Evangelion, Power Rangers, and Pacific Rim, big robots kicking ass is a long-standing tradition.
The Acid Free Gallery in Philadelphia, PA is putting that fact to good use at the upcoming Wizard World ComiCon Philadelphia taking place May 30th through June 2nd. They’ve employed four of the top posters artists working today: Laurent Durieux, Tom Whalen, Kevin Tong and Jesse Philips to make exclusive, robot themed, posters for the event. There’s Voltron, Starscream, Soundwave and the Dinobots. Check them out below. Read More »
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Kevin Tong‘s Sights Unseen art exhibit is like when Carrie goes nuts on Homeland and puts up a huge bulletin board of work. It’s overwhelming and blinding, but totally genius. Tong, one of the most well-respected and talented screenprint artists working today, has created an exhibit not just for movie fans. It’s for everyone.
Comprised of over 200 drawings from the entire course of Tong’s career, the exhibit hits like a ton of bricks. It’s difficult to believe he’s assembled this much work in one space. As you begin to explore the nooks and crannies of the gallery, you’ll find beautiful movie pieces, music pieces and more general art pieces that Tong created on the way to larger, more commercial work. It’s one of those exhibits fans will have to explore again and again because they’ll find something new and exciting every single time through.
Tong has done movie posters for Mondo, Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, worked for bands like Phish, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and many more. But all of it started with these drawings and seeing them as a whole is not only to see the arc of an artist’s career, it spotlights an evolving style and ideas that are radically out of the box.
Sights Unseen is currently on display at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA through April 3. Below, we’ve captured just a few of the movie and pop culture related pieces. Read More »
Also, Tugg is bringing the cult classic Battle Royale to theaters along with a brand new print from artists Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Kevin Tong.
Battle Royale, long available in the United States only as an import DVD, has been added to Tugg’s library for fans to create their own screenings at their local theater nationwide. Additionally, for those screenings that happen, Tugg promoters will be given a quantity of Mondo’s Battle Royale posters for themselves and to be given away to attendees at the events (while supplies last). Request a screening now here – http://www.tugg.com/titles/battle-royale.
Mondo is hosting the first Tugg screening of Battle Royale as part of the opening weekend festivities at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston on February 16. The ticket price of $85 includes the cost of one variant poster (edition of 225). The regular edition will be sold via MondoTees.com at a future date and will be the version used for the limited quantity of posters at subsequent Tugg screenings. See both the regular and variant posters after the jump.
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Over the weekend, Mondo opened their fourth gallery show in Austin, Texas and it was without a doubt their biggest yet. The theme was Universal Monsters and it featured not only brand new work by the legendary Drew Struzan, but all new screenprints and art from the likes of Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Scott Campbell, Mike Mitchell, JC Richard and others.
We posted a few of the earlier images at this link but, after the jump, check out our favorites from the rest including stunning posters for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and many more. Read More »
Unfortunately, John Hammond’s vision of what Jurassic Park could’ve been never came to pass. Life found a way and all his precious, living, previously extinct attractions ran amuck and created enough chaos for three movies, with a fourth on the way.
That might have been the case on Isla Nublar, but outside the movies, artists are free to change the fate of the park however they want. So, for example, when Kevin Tong was tasked to make a Jurassic Park poster for Mondo, he surmised what Jurassic Park would be if all went according to plan. The answer? It’s one of the happiest places on Earth where families go to enjoy a fantastic, fun-fulled vacation full of memories and dinosaurs. Kind of like Disneyland.
Mondo’s latest Jurassic Park poster is a limited edition screenprinted advertisement for the Jurassic Park of John Hammond’s dreams. Check out the full images as well as some close ups after the jump. Read More »
So far, posters in the Breaking Bad Art Project have dramatized some of the show’s tensest moments, immortalized some of the best characters and highlighted many of the famous locations. Today’s poster does something totally different as it teaches you all about the safety rules of, and structures in a meth lab. Kevin Tong‘s piece, Superlab, is a 12 x 36 inch screen print that’s so packed full of show references and smarts, it has to be seen to be believed.
After the jump, read about how you can pick up one of these and see it in all its high-res glory. Read More »
On Wednesday, you knew it was going to be big. Game of Thrones and two different posters for The Dark Knight Rises were just the tip of the iceberg. The Mondo Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was a must visit during the convention, featuring hundreds of eager fans rabidly anticipating the next of several random surprise releases. Lines caused major problems with security and with the schedules of Con attendees desperate to get one of these posters but, mostly, people left happy. Some of the highlights included a Lord of the Rings trilogy set by J.C. Richard, Princess Mononoke by Olly Moss, Lego Lord of the Rings by Kevin Tong, several Adventure Time pieces and even a surprise visit by Guillermo Del Toro to autograph Mimic by Jay Shaw.
After the jump, check out all the posters we haven’t already posted about in one easy to view gallery. Read More »
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Movies aren’t the only properties getting the limited edition poster treatment at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Literature is getting its due as well. Mondo is releasing a special three print “mini-series” of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones, though the focus is really on the HBO show. Then, talented artist Kevin Tong will be releasing stunning new prints based on the H.G. Wells works The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Check them all out and find out how and where to get them after the jump. Read More »