This weekend, the limited edition pop culture art craze hits its zenith with MondoCon. It’s the first, and hopefully not last convention put on by the Austin, Texas based company best known for highly collectible posters, LPs, VHS tapes and now toys. We’ve already let you in on a bunch of what’s going down at the event, which takes place September 20 & 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX, and now we can exclusively reveal some more of the good stuff – POSTERS!
All of Mondo’s posters are screen printed. As a special treat for the fans at the Con, the Industry Print Shop will be on the floor of MondoCon. They’ll be live screenprinting t-shirts on demand by artists Daniel Danger, Mike Mignola, Rob Jones, Francesco Francavilla and Geof Darrow, plus they’ll be doing posters. Four posters in fact.
Live on the floor of MondoCon, the Industry Print Shop will be live screenprinting prints by Daniel Danger, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Mike Mignola and Rob Jones/Ken Taylor. Attendees can pre-order the MondoCon posters Tuesday, September 16. Below, see the full images of all four MondoCon posters and read more information. Read More »
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Kids have the dumbest priorities. When I was young, I wanted to ride a BMX bike and skateboard. I’m not exactly sure why but I think it had to do with seeing two ’80s movies that, these days, seem pretty lost to time: Rad and Thrashin’. Each film was made as a reaction to the rising craze of extreme sports that still continues to this day, but neither was particularly successful or memorable. In fact, Thrashin’ is only notable today for being one of the first starring roles for Thanos himself, Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin. I’ve rewatched each film fairly recently and must say, my nostalgia for them wipes away almost all of their considerable flaws. They’ll forever remain in my heart as defining films of my childhood.
Decades later, I’m always excited to find people who share that passion for these films. I’m even more excited when those people are evocative and talented artists with their own upcoming gallery show. Which is all preamble to say we have a very personal, very awesome debut to make for the latest We Buy Your Kids exhibit at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The artist team of Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney has done posters for a laundry list of films, including several that have never had Mondo prints. One of those is Thrashin’, which you can see below along with the exclusive debut of the We Buy Your Kids Mondo Gallery poster. Read More »
One of the complaints many people have about the pop culture poster scene is that the same handful of movies keep getting posters. It’s a valid argument. Massively popular films like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski and Kill Bill do have infinitely more posters than their smaller counterparts. The reasons, though, should be obvious. One, these are very popular films with huge fan bases. The more prints that are released, the more fans who can get them. Second, if you don’t love one artist’s interpretation, maybe another will really strike you.
Two films undoubtedly on that list are Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Mondo alone has done about a half dozen posters for Sam Raimi’s trilogy and there are three new ones on sale tomorrow. However, like I said above, these are unique and beautiful takes on the films by artists Randy Ortiz, Richey Beckett and Tom Whalen. Each is radically different from every other take out there and will please fans new and old alike. Look at the new Mondo Evil Dead posters below. Read More »
We would’ve loved to see everything Mondo had in store for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 last week when it was still available, but that’s not how Mondo works. Besides that one piece we showed, almost none of what the company had planned was revealed until they wanted it to be. That meant fans stood in line at the convention for hours, totally unaware what they were waiting in line for. That’s the power of Mondo but now that it’s all over, the world can finally see everything that was sold (and mostly sold out) at Comic Con.
This year, Mondo focused most of their releases on this week’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Each member of the team got their own individual poster, culminating in the reveal of a full poster by Tyler Stout (his first such release in many months). Luckily, that’ll surely be on sale online later this week and some of the below posters could make it online too. After the jump, see them all, including Ghost in the Shell, Batman 66, The Last of Us and more. Read More »
Over the next few months, Mondo is going Batty. Wednesday at San Diego Comic-Con they’ll release multiple Batman themed posters as well as LPs from Batman: The Animated Series. One of those posters, a portrait of the Joker by Jason Edmiston, is exclusively revealed below.
But that’s not all. In October, the Mondo Gallery will have a full Batman 75 art exhibit. Get more info on both below. Read More »
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The next few days are going to be filled with more “Cool Stuff” posts than usual because of the awesome items hitting the floor at San Diego Comic-Con. You’ve probably already seen this Jurassic World poster, Marvel’s cool hoodies and more, but we’ve yet to hear much from Mondo. That’s going to change. At the convention they’re finally revealing something that has been teased for a few months. The company is getting into toys.
Starting later this year, Mondo will begin releasing officially licensed toys based on popular properties. They’re kicking it off with an official license for The Iron Giant (a property that has been something that has been illusive to collectors for years) as well as some new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff as well as Alfred Hitchcock. Read more and see images of the Mondo Iron Giant toys below. Read More »
While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.
In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.
Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »
Mondo loves to do posters for niche, interesting movies as well as some of the biggest movies of all time. Thursday’s releases fall in that second category. Popular and distinctive artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong now join the ranks of Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin, Olly Moss, Todd Slater, Tim Doyle and Jay Shaw with their own, unique representations of RoboCop for Mondo. Paul Verhoven’s 1987 classic has seen all kinds of different posters but these latest two, on sale Thursday, are definitely two of the coolest. Below, check out all the information on them. Read More »
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 »