Friday May 22 is one of those great days to be a pop culture art collector. In Los Angeles, Gallery 1988 has Joshua Budich’s Fictional Food as well as Hero Complex’s Craig Drake Solo Show II. Then in Austin, the Mondo Gallery is opening Pulp Menagerie, a solo exhibit by one of our favorite artists, Tom Whalen. We’ve already run a few images from the ultra-varied show but we can now reveal what’s sure to be one of the show’s most popular posters. Whalen did a slick, super cool poster for Back to the Future. Check out the full reveal below. Read More »
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Mondo has already done two awesome Back to the Future poster trilogies and now it seems they’re on their way to a trilogy of them. There was Phantom City Creative, Laurent Durieux and now Matt Taylor is adding a Back to the Future Part II poster onto his beautiful poster for part 1. It goes on sale Thursday April 2. See the full image of the latest Mondo Back to the Future poster below. Read More »
Mondo has just announced they’re doing a series of posters based on the films of Terrence Malick. It’ll take place over the course of the year but it’s starting in the same place Malick did, the 1973 film Badlands. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek starred in the story of a young girl who takes taken on a killing spree by her boyfriend. Artist Tomer Hanuka did the poster and it goes on sale March 19. Below, see the full image of the Mondo Badlands poster. Read More »
Screenprinted movie posters continued to explode in 2014. I drool over so many posters every year, it’s very difficult to pick favorites. With movies, at least you know what you like and you don’t like. Why something works and why something doesn’t. Physical art is more subjective. Some art just hits people one way and others another. Such it is with pop culture posters. Maybe I love one subject more than another and that makes the art seem better. Maybe the art is absolutely incredible but, if I don’t connect with the subject, it’s harder to appreciate. Long story short, ranking them in any definitive ways seems futile.
That said, we figured it would be fun to at least call out a few of coolest screenprinted movie posters of 2014. Fifteen personal favorites that stand out, for one reason or another, to me. Posters are are beautiful, unique and make me remember their subject in a new, vivid way. Check out my favorite screenprinted movie posters of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
The ugly sweater is an art form, a fashion niché now reserved for Eighties sitcoms and kitschy holiday parties. Usually, you find them at Goodwill or other similar stores and the busier or uglier it is, the better. But on rare occasions, you can find them where they’re actually cool. Or at least ironic and Mondo just made two such sweaters. They’ve created ugly knit sweaters for two movies set in the snow: The Coen Brothers’ Fargo and Joe Dante’s Gremlins. Check out the Gremlins and Fargo sweaters below. Read More »
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A few weeks back, Mondo tweeted something very, very exciting for poster enthusiasts around the world. The tweet simply said:
Well, today we can exclusively announce all the details about the event…except the title of the movie, of course. Mondo Mystery Movie XI will take place December 14 at the Crest Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets go on sale Monday November 11 at a random time and range from $85 to a whopping $500!
Below, read a quote from Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael offering a hint at what the film could be and find out why you’d possibly want to spend $500 on a poster. Read More »
Is Mondo starting a Marvel Comics poster series? How did the 1989 Batman logo change marketing? Which Bridesmaids star has a cameo in Thor: The Dark World? Could the Birds of Prey appear on Arrow? Is Alice Cooper going to play a Spider-Man villain? Was there a clue to The Winter Soldier in Captain America: The First Avenger? Why can’t you see a Punisher fan film online anymore? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
For the most part, movie posters suck. At the studio level, images with disembodied heads, horribly photoshopped character collections or a man and a woman, back to back, with aw-shucks grins on their face have pretty much become the norm. Gone are the days of Drew Struzan or Saul Bass where a real artist used their talents to give a striking visual portrait of what a movie is about on a massive scale. Movie studios today think, “Put the star’s face on the poster and people will come.”
Then there’s Mondo. An offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, and best known for selling highly collectible, limited-edition movie posters, the company recently relocated to a brand new gallery gallery space in Austin, Texas. There Mitch Putnam, Justin Ishmael and Rob Jones (above) will continue curate and sell more posters. The company has gained an almost elitist reputation because supply and demand dictates the company is regularly is forced to alienate thousands of fans who are rabid for their work but unable to purchase it. And whether they like it or not, that hype is creating a groundswell for something new in the world of movie posters.
Mondo began as a T-shirt company, became primarily a poster company and, in recent months, has now expanded into VHS and vinyl. Just this month they officially entered the legitimate art scene by opening their own gallery. That gallery and a new documentary film on the subject of poster art, called Just Like Being There, simultaneously hit SXSW and gave just a hint at the next step in movie posters: the return of the art. Read More »
2011 has been something of a banner year for Mondo. It brought the first work from legendary artists Drew Struzan and Shepard Fairey, the advent and expansion of the Mondo Mystery Movie, inclusion into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, licenses for DC Comics, Studio Ghibli, Pixar, Jurassic Park and much more. Now, they’ve decided to end this incredible year the same way it began – with Dracula.
Martin Ansin continues the Universal Monsters series Friday with his interpretation of the 1931 film Dracula, a film which was previously designed by Vania Zouravliov and Aaron Horkey way back in January but didn’t have the vampire himself on the poster. But that’s not all. In addition to a variant, there’s an even more limited piece that’s done on wood, shaped like a coffin. It’s insane. Oh, and a new Tom Whalen Disney piece called Two-Gun Mickey will also be released for counter programming. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »