Drew Struzan

Drew Struzan Back to the Future Poster

Even as a new wave of movie poster artists (most notably not hired by Photoshop-happy studios) emerges, there is still one name that towers over all of them. That name is Drew. The man who was so poor growing up that he “drew on toilet paper with pencils” is now widely heralded as the greatest movie poster illustrator of all time, and now Drew Struzan is getting an unrepentantly celebratory documentary made about his work. Drew: The Man Behind The Poster looks like pure joy — a feature-length love fest for an artist that most certainly deserves it. As such, director Erik Sharkey and his team have organized one hell of a party steering committee. Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, and many more all turn out to praise the man responsible for making you want to see a movie before you know anything else about it. It’s been a long time coming, but after a premiere at Comic-Con and a few laps around the festival circuit, it looks like it’s finally ready to see theaters near us. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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As we mentioned early last week with our debut of Francesco Francavilla’s Invisible Man print, the folks at Mondo opened up their latest gallery show this weekend, unleashing their rogues gallery of artists upon the world of the Universal Classic Monsters. The show was headlined by a number of original pieces from artists like Drew Struzan, Kevin Tong, Mike Mitchell, Francavilla and Laurent Durieux, among others. All in celebration of the classics - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. As you’ll see in the massive gallery we’ve assembled below, it was a colorful display of truly special art, all based on a universal love for Universal’s vintage mainstays. In addition to selling the 13 prints and some 49 original pieces, The Mondo Gallery also brought some stars out for the big debut. As fans poured into the gallery space, they were met with an opportunity to shake hands with legendary artist Drew Struzan and directors Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez, who were on-hand to share in the monsterous love that led hundreds to wait in line outside the gallery for hours on-end. But enough talk — there is a lot of art to look at, so you might as well get to it. Here in our epic gallery of shots are scenes from the event as well as a look at all of the artwork.

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Drew Struzan Back to the Future Poster

“It’s not just an ad; it’s the first notes of the piece. It’s the beginning of the story.” That’s Michael J. Fox speaking about Drew Struzan‘s work and giving movie marketers everywhere a much-needed lesson. It’s not about slapping some poorly Photoshopped celebrity faces against a white space with a bad font; it’s about creating an indelible image that instantly makes someone want to see the movie. It’s imagery selling imagery. Now, the legendary artist is now the subject of a documentary from director Erik Sharkey, and that documentary has a trailer. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster features interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Fox, Frank Darabont, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tom Jane, and a bunch of other artists (including Stuzan himself). It’s a celebration of a master.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly news column that will not be ignoring Comic-Con, because the world does not ignore Comic-Con. It will also try to remain unbiased and report the news, not seethe with jealousy over all the cool things that some of you will be seeing in its absence. We begin tonight with a nice little tease of what’s transpiring inside the San Diego Convention Center. Those traveling down for the big show — including our own Robert Fure, Kate Erbland, Brian Salisbury and a special correspondent who snuck onto our contributors page under the cover of darkness — will meet some big-ass Game of Thrones banners (found courtesy of @DustinMSandoval).

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s like a nightly version of American Top 40, but with movies and no Casey Kasem. Actually, it’s nothing like American Top 40. It’s just about movies. We begin tonight with a piece of Drew Struzan’s The Thing poster for Mondo, all part of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 series. Even though it’s reminiscent of the original poster for the film, it’s still quite cool. Movies.com also has a pretty solid interview with the postering legend, which you should read. And now, the news…

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Mondo

Tomorrow will see the grand opening of Mondo’s new gallery space in Austin, Texas. Mondo, the art boutique offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, has been creating t-shirts, posters, and other movie-related items for several years now. In light of the new gallery opening, it seems as good a time as any to take a look back over their illustrious career. Many current poster hounds may not realize that the Mondo legacy goes back as far as it does, but old school fans will remember the phone booth-sized storefront Mondo enjoyed at the original Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado. No bigger than a postage stamp, the Mondo room was packed to the gills with t-shirts and posters. Mondo recently put up an online archive of all of their prints dating back to 1998, which frankly made this article much easier to put together. But it also serves as a window into their fantastic past, showcasing many prints you probably missed and will now furiously try to track down. Speaking of tracking down prints, here’s the top 13 on our radar.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but it will if it doesn’t get exactly what it wants. All it wants, however, is to bring you the news every weeknight and to consume a few cheeseburgers here and there. Nothing much, just links and beef and cheddar. Mmm… cheddar. “Sure, we said that we weren’t going to do any more parody trailers. But we didn’t say anything about parody posters!” Oh Disney, you scoundrels. We begin tonight with a shot of WereRowlf, a character from The Muppet Saga, a parody play from Disney’s The Muppets that came in a package of three posters. If it wasn’t so silly, it would be completely stupid. But it’s the Muppets, so I can’t help but giggle.

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What is Movie News After Dark? Usually it’s a nightly column that does the news. But tonight it’s about art, writing that will make you think, talking horses and Kirsten Dunst. If you can’t handle that, well then you get slapped. We begin this evening with the art of Drew Struzan in the form of this Rambo drawing featured on AICN by Eric Vespe. It’s part of a preview of the new Struzan art book that I will be buying as soon as possible, as it released today.

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Like any great film festival, Fantastic Fest draws attendees for a number of reasons. Some come for the discovery of genre films from around the world, others come for that famous Alamo Drafthouse experience, but some — probably more than you’d think — also come for the art. The advantage of Fantastic Fest comes with the inclusion of Mondo, Alamo’s boutique poster and t-shirt sales machine. Purveyors of prints that geeks the world over would give life and limb to see hung on their collective walls, Mondo has always been a bastion of what is cool in the world of nerd wall-dressings. And for Fantastic Fest 2011, they are taking things to the next level. Names like Olly Moss, Drew Struzan, Jock and Ken Taylor have contributed art to a line-up that will make you drool. Then, unless you’re here in Austin this week, it’s going to make you angry. Because you can only buy them on-site at Mondo. That said, lets take a look at this year’s line-up.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s interstellar, acrobatic, monochromatic, hyperbolic, hypothetical and at some point during the evening, yours to take and ravage before you drift off into a wistful dreamland. It is also an excellent source of movie news, entertaining links, witty banter and Vitamin B. All others be wary, this column be scary, and it will not rest until it convinces you to watch Breaking Bad. But that’s not all…. Walt Disney Pictures has released some new concept art from their 2012 summer tentpole, John Carter. You can see one particular piece in tonight’s lead image above. The art comes in conjunction with a bunch of set visit reports from a number of sites who were invited out to spend time with director Andrew Stanton and crew. The guys at Screen Rant have an awesome recap of all the most interesting bits, saving you the pain of having to read through 35 boring set visit reports (most of which say the same thing) just to find the 3-5 money quotes.

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Officially Cool - Indiana Jones Week

No offense to Drew Struzan, the guy is a legend and his work speaks for itself. But as one photoshopper points out, by breaking down his style and using some photoshop magic…anyone can put together their own Struzanized movie poster.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Our friends over at CHUD caught a glimpse of a new Hellboy II: The Golden Army poster by famed artist Drew Struzan. Quick inspection of Struzan’s page over at IMPAwards.com shows us that Struzan has been the artist behind some of the best movie posters in the modern era.

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Drew Struzan delivers another iconic look at the world’s favorite adventurer.

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Drew Struzan and Guillermo Del Toro

Although you may not know his name, you know his work: the indelible images of Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park and Harry Potter.

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