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There are many things wrong with mega-conventions, and the team behind MondoCon is going to try and fix them. At many conventions the food sucks, it’s too crowded, and the lines are too long. These are problems Mondo knows about, and seeks to improve upon for the company’s first con. The stuff they won’t be able to fix — in fact, what Mondo might make worse — are the many geek Sophie’s Choices fans constantly have to make.

MondoCon, the first Mondo-centric pop culture convention, takes place September 20-21 in Austin, Texas. (That’s during the opening weekend of Fantastic Fest.) Tickets go on sale Wednesday June 4. An initial press release giving some general idea about the convention came online Monday but it raised many more questions than it answered. I got on the phone with Mondo’s Creative Director Justin Ishmael to get more answers. We talked about questions such as, how Mondo will handle the lines, what kind of events will be at the con, which artists are attending, and exactly how big the event will be.

Ishmael was able to answer some of those questions, as well as others. The prevailing feeling I got speaking to him is that, much like Comic-Con, MondoCon is going to have so much excellent stuff happening simultaneously that fans will have to make some really tough decisions on what they want to do over the course of the two days. Read more about MondoCon below. Read More »

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The first details from the first Mondo comic convention have now been revealed. Dubbed MondoCon, the show will take place September 20-21 in Austin Texas. So far, that’s really all we knew. Today we know much more. Mondo has revealed the first round of guests who’ll attend the convention, including Mike Mignola, Bernie Wrightson, Phantom City Creative, Jock, Jay Shaw, Jason Edmiston, Francesco Francavilla and many others.

The’ve also revealed the event won’t only be for posters. It’ll offer “new artwork and products as well as panels and special screenings” in the areas of film, music, and toys, as well as art. Tickets go on sale Thursday June 4 and cost $70 for both days or $35 for one day.

Below, check out the press release with all the info. Read More »

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Though two recent remakes have tarnished the original’s reputation a tad, the 1981 Clash of the Titans remains a cult classic. Featuring Ray Harryhausen’s final visual effects, the film follows a hero named Perseus on an epic quest pitting him against Gods and monsters. It’s total Eighties cheese, but that lends itself perfectly to artist interpretation. Which is where Mondo comes in, as the outfit has chosen the film for two posters to kick off its 2014 offerings. They also just announced a mysterious event called Mondo Con that’ll take place in Austin, TX September 20-21, smack dab in the middle of Fantastic Fest.

See the posters and read more below. Read More »

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