Kevin Tong

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Long have I been fascinated by the first thought of my day. Think about it: what was the first thing that crossed your mind when you woke up this morning? It’s eerie that today’s first thought from yours truly, upon looking up at the poster-covered wall in my bedroom, was, “I haven’t bought any new art in a while.” Which is perhaps a good thing, according to my wallet. According to my insatiable need for pop culture art all over my walls, it’s completely unacceptable. Luckily, mere hours later artist Kevin Tong and the folks at Mondo announced that they would be releasing an art poster for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Problem solved. The poster is gorgeous, as seen below. And better yet, the announcement comes with a video showing Tong’s process of building the orientation-free print. Says the artist, “to emulate the dizzying effect of the movie, I deliberately designed this poster to have no true orientation i.e. there’s no right side up or down, it can be presented either way.” Click on through the jump to see both the video and the poster, which goes on sale this coming Tuesday, November 5.

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Mondo at Comic-Con

Having chased them a number of times, I’ve gotten over the allure of Comic-Con exclusives. Most of it is toy fodder that takes up closet and shelf space, never to be opened, touched, sold or used in any productive way. But there is one thing — a more recent development for Comic-Con thanks to the rise of high quality movie-related art — the prints that Mondo releases during the convention. Of those who stopped by the Mondo booth this past weekend and picked up something awesome, I am a bit jealous. With that in mind, I’m convinced that I need for all of you to share in my pain. To see the absolutely stunning selection of Mondo art from Comic-Con and realize that most, if not all of it is completely sold out and well out of reach. With a few notable exceptions, this is all about enjoying the art.

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Just Like Being There

Inside Just Like Being There, a fairly straightforward documentary about the world of rock show “gig posters” and the artist community behind them, is a big idea. Intended or not, the film presents us with the notion that in today’s pop culture landscape we do a lot of consuming of media. From mp3 downloads to streaming films to podcasts and the like, we spend so much of our time consuming everything we can get our hands on. Lost, in so many instances, are the opportunities to experience things. So in those increasingly rare instances — that time you saw The Black Keys play in a basement in Akron, Ohio, the time Tokyo Police Club played that tiny club in Buffalo, NY — it’s wonderful to have connective tissue to that experience. Such is the brilliance of a good gig poster. One look and you’re transported back to that experience. And the emotion you feel for that experience is no different than the emotion expended to make said poster. Therein lies the brilliance of what is exposed within Scout Shannon’s directorial debut: it’s not about the art, so much as it is about how the art makes us feel.

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Mondo

As we just mentioned in our Photo Tour of the New Mondo Gallery, the folks at Mondo opened their gallery today to a great deal of fanfare. Lines of soaking wet devotees stretched down Guadalupe St., press packed in early to mingle and in some cases (yours truly) spend all of their hard-earned allowance, and despite the terrible weather, an incredible time was had by all. And now that we’ve presented you with a photo tour, it’s time to give you a close-up look at some of the art presented for the opening. There’s a little Tyler Stout, some Phantom City Creative, some Aaron Horkey and plenty more to satiate your hearts desire for great cinematic art. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

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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 melts in your mouth, not in your hand. It also delivers a taste that doesn’t linger. Because we know you need to sleep soon, and we don’t want to disrupt such an important ritual. Lets be honest with ourselves for a moment. Even though we know that it will be a kindred spirit of Zack Snyder’s 300, we still can’t escape from the fact that Tarsem Singh’s The Immortals looks pretty badass. The evidence of this is all over the place, most notably in a new gallery of Immortals images over at Screen Rant. Tonight’s lead image features Theseus, the hero, vs. a Minotaur. I’ll watch that.

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