mondocon 2019 recap

In its fifth year, MondoCon is bigger than ever. In the convention’s program, co-founder and creative director Mitch Putnam mentioned this year’s con is “the first time it actually feels like we’ve hit our full potential.” Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. Movie, music, and comic book fans love Mondo for all of the rad collector items they make. Hell, I’m one of them. People line up for hours (and even camp out overnight) to get their hands on the latest releases, and this year was no different. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s two-day convention, which by far was their biggest and best event yet.

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Paddington

One of the most sought after items Mondo creates are limited edition screen printed movie posters. If you’ve ever tried to purchase one on their website only to miss the opportunity seconds after they drop, you know what I mean. Mondo hires an array of extremely talented artists across the globe to illustrate alternate movie posters that lead fans to camp out for, fly cross country for, and save up paychecks months in advance hoping to secure a print they’ve had their eye on.

One of the greatest aspects of the annual MondoCon (and there are many) is the live draw panel which allows fans to witness three artists collaborate on a poster in real time right before your eyes.

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Martin Ansin Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Print

This past weekend, pop culture art collectors descended upon Austin, Texas for the fifth edition of MondoCon, a convention dedicated solely to original artwork created for movies, television, video games and more. One of the most coveted new prints to come out of the convention was revealed at a special screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Thankfully, even though the special edition of the new print by Martin Ansin handed out at the screening is sold out and will cost you a significant upcharge in the secondhand market, there’s a timed edition available for order now. Read More »

mondocon 2019

MondoCon 2019 is going to take you back to the woods with the world premiere screening of Evil Dead in 4K with a reimagined score by original composer Joseph LoDuca. The Evil Dead – A Nightmare Reimagined 2XLP will also be available with a brand new slipcover. In addition to the Evil Dead material, attendees will be the first to score new Mondo offerings including Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP and posters for GhostbustersThe Last Jedi and more.

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mondocon 2017

Over the past four years, MondoCon has become one of my favorite places to spend money.

There. It’s out in the open. To go to MondoCon with an empty wallet is to have a bad time at MondoCon, the Austin-based celebration of pop culture art and collectibles organized by Mondo, the Austin-based celebrators of pop culture art and collectibles. It’s a convention made for movie fans with a little bit of disposable income and a fair amount of wall space. To attend and not spend money would be like going to the beach and not wading into the water.

But here’s the thing: I don’t feel bad about spending money at MondoCon. It’s hard to be in a room surrounded by some of the most talented artists in the world and not want to bring some of it home with you. And with the 2017 edition of the convention being the best one yet, I imagine I’ll be making my credit card wince here for the foreseeable future.

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mondo live

What happens when you take three popular artists with very different design aesthetics, put them on a stage in front of a live audience, and ask them to design a movie poster together based on a title thrown out by the crowd? Well, a MondoCon 2016 panel decided to find out.

Despite the unassuming title, the Mondo Live: Draw & Design panel was a highlight of an already excellent weekend, taking artists Jay Shaw, Olly Moss, and Jock and asking them to race against the clock to create something that wasn’t a total disaster. Succeed or fail, it was destined to be a memorable time.

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mondocon 2016 in review

One of the first things you notice at MondoCon is that there are people who take this collectible movie poster thing far more seriously than you do.

I’m there because the subject matter at hand appeals to my interests. I like pop culture art. After all, my walls are already lined with posters produced by the Austin-based Mondo and their ever-growing stable of artists. But at the end of the weekend, it’s still a lark, albeit a lark that sees me spending far too much money on art that will have to live in the closet until I’m able to conjure more wall space out of thin air. For me, the amateur collector, MondoCon is a fun way to spend two days. For others, the attendees carrying war-torn and heavy-duty poster tubes that look they were designed to survive a small explosion, it’s a religion. The best thing I can say about MondoCon 2016 is that both crowds seemed to be having a good time.

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unreleased mondo posters

Although the main draw at MondoCon remains the shops and booths run by talented artists from around the world, the convention offers more than just an endless series of excuses to spend money on pop culture art. MondoCon 2016 played host to a series of panels dedicated to exploring the world of pop culture collectibles and the Mondo Talk panel was, like in years past, the must-see event of the weekend.

The set-up is simple: Mondo’s creative team (Rob Jones, Eric Garza, Jay Shaw, and Mitch Putnam) all sit on stage and share posters that never came fruition, various abandoned concepts, rough sketches that showcase just how much a print can change from its initial inception, and previews of things to come. The results can be aggravating (just look at Olly Moss’ unused Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster!) but also exciting (Mondo is working on a Nickelodeon gallery show!). Let’s run through everything that went down.

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mondocon 2016 posters the graduate

We’re days away from MondoCon 2016, the annual celebration pop culture art organized by the good folks at Mondo, and previews from this year’s show have already been invading the internet. We’ve played our part, having debuted Kevin Tong’s new poster inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Ran last week and interviewed artist Todd Slater (and showed off his new The Secret of NIMH print) earlier today. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as other stunning posters have already made their way online in advance of the show. Let’s run through ’em.

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mondo the secret of nimh todd slater interview

If you’re a movie fan on the internet, you’re probably familiar with Mondo, the Austin-based purveyors of posters, clothing, and toys that have a habit of selling out in the blink of an eye. And this weekend brings us MondoCon 2016, the annual convention that puts dozens of the company’s regular artists in the same space for a pop culture celebration that is breathtaking and wallet-draining. Like last year, I’ll be in attendance to bring you all of the necessary news and share looks at the beautiful art that will be on display.

In advance of this year’s con, I was offered the chance to speak with artist Todd Slater, who will be in attendance this year and will have a few new posters, including a unique take on the Don Bluth animated classic, The Secret of NIMH, for sale at his booth.

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