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Pop culture blogger shows his love for Stephen King, Batman and more

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, where each week we feature one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from Larry Fire, editor of The Fire Wire pop culture blog. Larry shares some nice pics of his Batman stuff (including an awesome Rafael Grampa commission), his Stephen King collection, MONDO posters and more.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on Robot 6, you can find complete details at the end of this post.

And now let’s hear from Larry …

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Mike Mitchell displays Marvel love with 52 character portraits

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You don’t have to have powers to be a superhero, but you do have to stand out in a crowd, a quality popular commercial artist Mike Mitchell has captured in his profile portraits of 52 Marvel heroes and villains. Through May 17, Austin’s Mondo Gallery is showcasing Mitchell’s portraits in a exhibition called Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo. But even if you you can’t make it to Texas, you can still view the work, as he’s posted all 52 on his website.

“I picked my personal favorites, while also considering which characters would make decent portraits,” Mitchell told CBR earlier this month. “I can’t explain why, but I love the original Luke Cage design [revealed with the CBR interview]. There’s something very cool and timeless about him. Even though we live in an era where that version is out of style, I highly prefer it to the current, shaved head, yellow shirt and sunglasses Luke Cage.”

Here is a selection of some of the pieces, but go to Mitchell’s website for all of them.

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Mondo unveils ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ prints

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Coinciding with the opening of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mondo has unveiled a new limited-edition print by Rich Kelly that will go on sale today. Naturally, the poster casts the spotlight on the film’s two title characters, but it also makes room for Black Widow and Falcon.

You may recognize Kelly’s work from previous Mondo prints like Django Unchained and Son of Frankenstein, or his posters for Breaking Bad and Kings of Summer.

As usual, these Mondo prints are very limited — 435 copies of the $45 regular edition and 225 of the $75 variant — so they’ll disappear quickly You have to follow MondoNews on Twitter to find out what time today they go on sale.

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Mondo debuts ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’ posters

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is easily my favorite Batman film of all time. The only Batman: The Animated Series theatrical release was an incredible achievement in animation for the era, and stands above most other full-length Batman features. The movie marks its 20th anniversary on Christmas, and the famed Alamo Drafthouse is planning a 35mm screening on Jan. 7 to celebrate, with some very special Mondo posters to be sold during the event.

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Paolo Rivera’s latest Mondo print pays tribute to EC Comics

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Remember Paolo Rivera’s EC Comics-pastiching variant covers for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy? Well, maybe someone at Mondo did as well when they commissioned him to draw this amazing tribute to the style of Wally Wood. The print is being released to mark the end of Mondo’s “Tales from the Crypt” gallery show at their home in Austin, Texas (Comic Book Resources debuted pieces by Francesco Francavilla and Mark Todd last month).

There will be a simultaneous release with a print of Jason Edmiston’s painting of Johnny Craig’s notorious cover to Crime SuspenStories #22, used as damning evidence during the 1954 Senate subcommittee hearing on juvenile delinquency. These posters will be made available at a random time today, and as such, keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter feed to see when.

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Mondo show to pay tribute to EC Comics, ‘Tales From the Crypt’

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Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, is celebrating EC Comics and Tales From the Crypt for Halloween with a gallery show featuring work by more than 30 artists honoring the television anthology and the horror titles on which it was based.

“I care about EC Comics very much. Even though I wasn’t around when it was originally published, the HBO Tales From the Crypt was an amazing intro into a demented world of darkly comedic horror stories and vivid artwork,” Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael said in a press release. “EC Comics’ editor Bill Gaines is one of my heroes and it’s so incredibly exciting to combine his creations with 30-something artists that are also fans of that era.”

The show, which will run from Oct. 25 through Nov. 23 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, will original art and screen prints by the likes of Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Francesco Francavilla, Jeff Lemire, Chris Mooneyham, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg and Eric Skillman. You can see more names on the postcard below.

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Mondo visits Duckburg with new ‘DuckTales’ posters

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In anticipation of the release of DuckTales: Remastered video game, Mondo is returning to Duckburg with six limited-edition posters featuring everyone’s favorite characters from Disney’s beloved 1987-90 animated series.

The prints will be available on Wednesday, and as usual you have to follow Mondo on Twitter to find out on-sale times.

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Mondo’s ‘Man of Steel’ prints roll out this week

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To mark the premiere of Man of Steel on Friday, Mondo will offer two limited-edition prints (both with variant editions) created by Ken Taylor and Martin Ansin. Taylor’s print and its variant will go on sale at random times on Thursday, so you’ll have to follow the boutique on Twitter to find out when you can get it. The “metal variant” of Ansin’s print will go on sale Friday at a random time.

The regular edition of Ansin’s print, however, will be sold via a timed sale, which is only the second time Mondo has offered this (the first was for last year’s The Dark Knight Rises print from Olly Moss). The poster will be on sale for three days. They will start the sale at 12:01 a.m. Central on Friday, and will be open until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, with no purchasing limits. The number printed will be determined by how many are sold in that amount of time. After that, the edition will be closed, printed and never reprinted again.

Check them out below.

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Mondo’s ‘Iron Man 3′ posters roll out Friday

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To mark the U.S. premiere of Iron Man 3 on Friday, Mondo will offers three limited-edition posters created by Phantom City Creative and Martin Ansin. As usual, they’ll go on sale at random times, so you’ll have to follow the boutique on Twitter.

The Toronto-based Phantom City Creative previously produced a Captain America poster for Marvel’s The Avengers. Their Iron Man 3 print, which appears to feature all of Tony Stark’s armors, can be purchased for $45.

A veteran of Mondo’s film-poster offerings, Martin Ansin last year created a Thor print for The Avengers. His Iron Man 3 poster comes in two flavors: a 450-copy gold version ($50), and a 200-copy silver version ($75).

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Warwick Johnson Cadwell on his ‘Game of Thrones’ Mondo art

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It’s week two of the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and ROBOT 6 favorite Warwick Johnson Cadwell is being featured in Mondo’s Game of Thrones gallery show (Arrested Motion has some great images from the show on its blog). This is the latest prestigious gig in WJC’s long march to stardom,  following his appointment last year as the new Tank Girl artist.  We caught up with Warwick, who provided us with a series of drawings taking us through his process as he worked up his commission from the design house.

Warwick began by drawing both his favorite characters from the multi-award winning HBO fantasy drama: “I did  Samwell first: it was sketched out, then lightboxed with a variety of brush pens (fancy, knackered, cheap and drying out).”

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Francesco Francavilla becomes latest comic artist recruited by Mondo

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We’re all fans of the Texan design maestros Mondo here at Robot 6 (as you can tell by clicking here), and they’re fans of comic art — discerning ones, as their choice in collaborators clearly shows. The latest comic artist to produce a print for them is Francesco Francavilla (Captain America and Bucky, The Black Beetle), whose Friday the 13th print will be released today at a random time and available from their shop. Best of luck getting one.

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Bryan Lee O’Malley vs. Battle Royale

Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and artist Kevin Tong have created a movie poster for the cult film Battle Royale in conjunction with Mondo and Tugg Inc.

Mondo is the T-shirt/limited edition print arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, which creates really awesome but also really hard-to-get prints for various films. (check some of their past ones out right here). Tugg Inc., meanwhile, is “a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own events.” Which sounds pretty cool, if you’ve got the time and energy to pursue it. They’ve recently added Battle Royale to their library, meaning you can create an event in your town and get your hands on some of these posters to give away at it. Or if you’re in Houston, there’s one scheduled for Feb. 16.

Check out the poster and the variant edition below, along with the complete press release.

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Paolo Rivera creates LOTR-themed ‘Precious Cargo’ print for Mondo

Paolo Rivera has become the latest comic artist to produce a poster for design house supreme Mondo: It’s a great composition, centering on a key scene from The Lord of the Rings, in a 10-color (!) screen print. Like all of Mondo’s designs, it will be strictly limited on a first come, first served basis, so follow them on Twitter to find out when it becomes available.

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Tomer Hanuka’s The Man With The Iron Fists poster for Mondo

Tomer Hanuka designed a Mondo poster for RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, and the limited-run (just 175 printed) sold out in double-quick time. It’s awesome, but we’ve missed it. Perhaps it will pop up soon on eBay. Reading between the lines of some of the recent posts at Hanuka’s Facebook page, there might be other releases in different colorways if we’re lucky.

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Jock creates limited-edition Mondo poster for Dredd 3D

Entertainment Weekly has debuted Mondo’s Dredd 3D poster created by Jock for Fantastic Fest, which begins Thursday in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2005, the annual event is the largest genre film festival in the United States, and this year plays host to a screen of director Pete Travis’ Judge Dredd adaptation, attended by stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, and screenwriter Alex Garland.

Initially at least, poster be available only at the festival; however, any left over will be sold online. Jock has been working a lot lately with Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse, producing limited-edition posters for The Dark Knight Rises and The Raid: Redemption.

Dredd 3D opens Friday nationwide.

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