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The folks at Mondo, the art boutique renowned for its limited-edition screen-printed movie posters, has been branching out, with VHS reissues, apparel, vinyl soundtracks and even a convention. However, they’re not stopping there: They’re moving into collectible toys, beginning with figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock, which will be previewed this week at Comic-Con International.
“I am so pumped to announce toys!” Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael said in a statement. “We’ve been working on this in secrecy for a year and now it’s time to let you guys know about it. We’ll be focusing on existing properties that we love as well as working with artists to bring their own creations to life. This is a new area for us, but I resist the term ‘expansion’ since the goal for Mondo has always been to be a place where artists and designers can work to have their visions realized, whether that’s through posters, gallery shows, vinyl, apparel or now toys.”
There have been a ton of Batman-related products and announcements in the wind-up to Comic-Con International — you’d think it was his 75th anniversary or something — but few are as cool as this one: Collectible art boutique Mondo is releasing Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, with sleeve art by five different artists. Side A is the main title and end credits, and Side B is the end credits, with alternate beginning and alternate ending.
Check out the sleeves below. The records will be available during Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, Preview Night, at the Mondo booth (#835).
The art gallery and online store Mondo has announced the inaugural MondoCon, a Sept. 20-21 event in Austin, Texas, designed to celebrate film, music, art and toys. It will coincide with the first weekend of Alamo Drafthouse’s annual Fantastic Fest.
The initial wave of guests includes such comics artists as Geof Darrow, Francesco Francavilla, Jock, Mike Mignola and Bernie Wrightson. To mark the occasion, Mondo has also announced a Bride of Frankenstein limited-edition print by Mignola, on sale Thursday at MondoTees.com.
“We specifically picked these first 15 to show a sampling of what to expect from MondoCon,” Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael explains on the event website. “Not only will we have people that we’ve worked with before, but we’ll also have guys that we’ve been HUGE fans of showing up, too. We want you in the same room as Mike Mignola who is also in the same room as Richey Beckett who has a booth next to Geof Darrow, etc. Picture walking down that aisle and stopping at like every booth. That’s at least the idea and if you do or not is obviously up to you, but if we were to walk into a convention and these guys were all there, it’d be a day long event for me going around bugging everyone. The thing is that we’re 100% fans of everyone in this room.”
MondoCon will feature new artwork and products, as well as panels and special screenings. Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, cost $35 for one day and $70 for the full weekend.
Mondo has unveiled a limited-edition Elektra screen print by Craig Drake, which will go on sale Thursday.
The 24-inch by 36-inch Elektra print is hand-numbered, and limited to just 275 copies. It will be available for purchase online Thursday for $50 at a time announced on the MondoNews Twitter feed. As with most Mondo prints, it will likely sell out quickly.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).”
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.