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 »
Have you ever heard of this character Batman? I hear he’s pretty popular. They’ve made a few movies about him, a few TV shows, and apparently a few comic books. 2014 is the 75th anniversary of this incredibly obscure, niche character, which apparently is why the team at Mondo is doing a full gallery show of original art and posters based on him and his gallery of characters.
75 Years of Batman opens Friday October 24 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and the first batch of art has been revealed. There are some heavy hitters here: Kevin Tong, Tom Whalen, Craig Drake, Phantom City Creative, Alex Pardee, Scott C., Jason Edmiston and this is just the first wave. Check out the Mondo Batman posters below. Read More »
Philadelphia-based artist Tom Whalen just keeps getting bigger. But, for his latest show, everyone is getting smaller. Whalen is extremely well-known as one of the work horses for Mondo. If there’s a Disney property being turned into a poster, Whalen is usually doing it. But he’s also tackled such iconic films as RoboCop, Terminator 2, The Iron Giant and Army of Darkness this year alone. His bright, geometric style is recognizable and universal, leading to a steady rise in ppopularity
Even before that though, Whalen was working for Gallery 1988 and this week, they’re giving him a solo show. It’s called Bust’d and is comprised of 35 8×8 inch art prints showing the busts of character from all walks of pop culture. There are big, recognizable characters, fun supporting characters, characters from movies, video games, anime, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the size and cost makes them incredible easy to frame and affordable for everyone.
We’re excited to exclusively debut just a handful pieces that’ll be in the show, which opens Friday October 3 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles CA. Check them out below, along with more specifics. Read More »
UPDATED with official specs and on sale information.
A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? The ability to absorb knowledge, and look at something cool, fit together beautifully. Normally though, when we post stuff like that, it has to do with superhero movies or continuity errors. A new exhibit has almost no links to pop culture, but it’s by two of our favorite artists so we hope you’ll be as interested we are.
The exhibit is called InfoRama and features brand new screen printed infographics by Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. Both artists are well-known for their work at Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more but this show is at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. It’ll feature 13 brand new pieces based on a variety of technological, scientific and naturalistic topics. Below, we’ve got more info on how the show came to be, some hints of what to expect, and four pieces, including two exclusives, from Whalen and Tong. 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 »
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 »
Every once in a while, Mondo will surprise fans with the announcement that they’re bringing a whole bunch of new posters to a regional convention. In the past, Texas Frightmare Weekend has had that honor. This year, it’s happening again. Mondo is showing up at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, which runs May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth. The crew is bringing all new posters for Gremlins, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and Creepshow. Check them all out below, as well as a George Romero action figure. Read More »
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It’s a rare occasion to specifically call out a single day’s Teefury t-shirt, but it’s a rare occasion for one to be this awesome. Popular Mondo artist Tom Whalen is behind the Wednesday March 26 design and it’s called “Back to the Future Past.” The image blends the characters of the X-Men with Back to the Future, in a similar time travel way to the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
This t-shirt, which costs only $11, is only on sale until midnight tonight, Easter Standard Time at Teefury.com.
There’s no more unrelated group of films than Disney’s Frozen, David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. But all three hit Blu-ray this week and Mondo is tying them together in another way by announcing posters for all three at the same time. Below, check out Tom Whalen‘s Frozen, Matt Taylor‘s American Hustle, and The Hidden Fortress by Vania Zouravliov. Read More »