Little known fact: Mondo rejects just as many, if not more, posters than they actually release. Some are posters that didn’t get approved by a star or studio. Others are different versions of a poster that actually was released. And sometimes Mondo and a company can’t settle on a design and it never sees the light of day.
At MondoCon this past weekend, Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, the creative team behind Mondo, presented a panel called Mondo Talk about this very subject. However, what started as a way for fans to see the behind the scenes creation of a poster turned into, as Ishmael put it, “The depressing, what you could have had panel.”
They revealed a non-stop cavalcade of posters, concepts, licenses and more they tried to realize, but which failed for one reason for another. We’re talking Tyler Stout‘s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Krzysztof Domaradzki‘s officially licensed The Godfather, Spring Breakers, and various different iterations of Man of Steel. Below, check out a bunch of posters Mondo posters that never happened. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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Saturday marks the next step in the evolution of Mondo: the opening of their very own gallery. And while we can’t yet reveal what’s in store for that (check back Sunday for the reveal and more later in the week), Mondo’s three headed team of Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam were (kind of) willing to give updates on what they have planned for 2012 outside the gallery.
Will there be more Mondo Mystery Movies? What’s in store for San Diego Comic-Con? When might we see more Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and DC posters? Is there an Avengers poster in the works? How many Pixar posters are left? Answers to all these questions and more after the jump. Read More »
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Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas is mere hours away and we’ve got a look at some of the awesome poster art from Mondo that will be on sale at the event. There are posters for Let Me In and Rubber both by /Film favorite Olly Moss, Roger Corman (co-winner of this year’s Fantastic Fest Lifetime Achievement Award) by Zach Hobbs, Red, White & Blue by Sawdust, Nevermore by Alan Hynes, and X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes by Rob Jones.
Hit the jump to check them all out. Read More »