Justin Ishmael

Earlier this afternoon, Mondo, the art distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse empire and undoubted king purveyors of geek wall decorations, t-shirts, custom vinyl albums and other fine collector’s items, opened the doors to its brand new gallery space at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin. For the first time ever, Mondo will have space to present amazing art from the likes of Tyler Stout, Olly Moss, Phantom City Creative, Martin Ansin and so many more. It will also for the first time in a long time have a place to sell locally. In passing, I was told by members of the Mondo team at today’s press preview (where I spent more than a few dollars of my own money) that events are being planned, sales will happen and this new gallery won’t just be a look but don’t buy space. It’s about to become the center of the universe for geek art collectors. For a look at some of the posters — including my new favorite of all-time, the A Trip to the Moon poster by Phantom City Creative — head over to the Mondo opening gallery at Movies.com. From Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan to a number of David Cronenberg pieces, there’s a lot in there. But more on the actual art later. For now, we’d like to present a photo tour of the gallery. Just head on down after the jump and see Mondo’s new home.

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It’s rare that uttering the phrase, “we’re watching The Exorcist” would be laden with arrogance. Prior to the inception of Mondo News, the indescribably cool Alamo Drafthouse offshoot and purveyor of unbelievable movie posters and tee-shirts, few situations would have arisen for those words to have adopted their arrogant new subtext. But that was before Mondo’s Mystery Screenings turned everyone into detectives. The basic idea behind the Mondo Mystery Screening is that you buy a ticket for the screening of an undisclosed film; your admission also securing you an extremely limited-edition Mondo poster of said film. It’s a bit of a gamble because you are paying top dollar for a poster sight-unseen not knowing A.) whether you’ll like the poster or B.) whether you even like the film its celebrating. Mondo goes to impressive lengths to keep the showcased films and the corresponding posters hidden from the public until they’ve gathered at the Drafthouse. But this time around, Mondo Mystery Screening IX was taking place at an off-site location which, just days before the event, was revealed to be a church. Prior to that announcement, all we had to go on was that the screening was touted as the biggest event Mondo had ever conceived. Ravenously, we purchased our tickets and, upon hearing that the screening would be taking place at a church, found the words “we’re watching The Exorcist” escaping our lips with misplaced self-satisfaction. So certain were we that we had decrypted the Mondo cipher that we completely […]

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we pick a dark corner at The Highball in Austin, Texas to speak with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and Mondo creative director Justin Ishmael (and get a few exclusives in the process). Plus, Scott Weinberg from Movies.com and our very own Brian Salisbury square off in the Movie News Pop Quiz. No alcohol was hurt during the making of this podcast. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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