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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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Superman has always been about “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Except for that time he was reimagined as a child of the Soviet Union. Alas, either way he seems to always be a man of the people. He fights for the right of every human on Earth to live a healthy life full of potential. He has and always will be an enduring icon of freedom. It makes sense, then, that the folks at Mondo have decided to release a movie poster for Man of Steel that will be available to every man woman and child who wants one. Because even in the limited quantity tyranny of movie art collection, even Superman can be a symbol of hope.

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For years — literally since before it was cool and you could call the shop at the S. Lamar Alamo Drafthouse and check to see if they had a particular poster in stock — we’ve been covering the work of the folks at Mondo. We’re cinematic art hipsters like that. And over the years we’ve seen them do some really great things, including series-upon-series of actually licensed posters for Star Wars and Star Trek alongside hundreds of other properties. The diversity of the work is a testament to how hard these folks work behind the scenes to secure the rights to even do the art in the first place. Unlike the Wild West of Etsy, if you want to become a popular art boutique selling posters to fanboys, you need to get your legal documents in order. That’s what makes some of the work they do so impressive. Anyone could doodle a poster and print out a few copies, but securing the rights and curating art from some of the world’s finest working artists is something special. One of the key licenses that Mondo has worked with over the past few years is that of Marvel Studios. In conjunction with a number of great Disney properties and of course, those killer Star Wars prints, their recent success has been built pretty steadily in the past half-decade over their ability to secure the biggest names in characters — Captain America, Thor and even this week’s guest of honor, Iron Man. Speaking of the latter, this […]

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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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Mondo Nina

September brings us many spoils here in Austin, Texas. A reprieve from 100-degree heat (it’s 94, which feels quite nice) and the promise of the biggest, most delicious genre film festival in all of these United States. And while Fantastic Fest is raging at the Alamo Drafthouse, their partners in crime at Mondo will be doing something equally as exciting: opening a new gallery show. From the first Mondo Gallery show to the time they saluted Adventure Time, each one of these events has been special in its own way. This time around, Justin Ishmael and the Mondo team have put together a show with art from Robert Brandenburg and Craig Drake, two artists who have delivered a number of stunning prints. We are profoundly excited to be debuting one such piece today on FSR. From artist Craig Drake, we’d like you to meet “Nina.”

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Earlier in the week, it was teased by Devin Faraci at Badass Digest that Mondo would soon make a “game-changing” announcement. And as Comic-Con rocked on for its first few days, Mondo made plenty of announcements. But all of them were the standard fair: really amazing, exclusive run posters to be sold at their SDCC booth. What’s “game-changing” about that? Today they let loose the big gun: a licensed poster for The Dark Knight Rises by Olly Moss, arguably their most popular artist, whose artwork sees unbelievable aftermarket prices. His recent Doctor Who print has been going for upwards of $1000 on eBay. There’s something special about his next release, though. If you’re not caught in a time warp, you can definitely get one. And here’s how…

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Mondo LOTR

“Does anyone have any questions about Flipper?” Front and center, Mondo chief Justin Ishmael isn’t fooling anyone. Next to him is Elijah Wood, the star of the 1996 Alan Shapiro-directed Paul Hogan vehicle Flipper. But we know this can’t be Flipper. Not for the highly anticipated tenth Mondo Mystery Movie, a series that has spanned across shows in Austin and Los Angeles, each better than the last and each packaged with an amazing work of art that attendees have the exclusive opportunity to purchase. Even though Justin and Elijah insist that we’re all about to watch Flipper, this crowd of true believers — a crowd that, when asked who was in attendance for the last Mystery Movie, saw about 80% of hands raised — was having absolutely none of it. “So you guys are just going to shit on this event?” said Ishmael in a faux tiff. “Okay then, lets roll the movie.” And so began our screening of Flipper.

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Austin Cinematic Limits

Ever since I moved to Austin 14 years ago, the summer has meant one thing to me (well, besides several months of brutal triple digit temperatures): Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series. More recently, Cinema East has developed into a staple for my Sunday evenings during the summer months. While I anxiously anticipate announcements from the Paramount and Cinema East regarding their 2012 summer programming, the Alamo Drafthouse is the first out of the gate with a couple of announcements that have pushed my calendar well beyond its cinematic limits for the next few months. First off, Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo announced their partnership with Martin Scorsese’s film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. Created in 1990 by Scorsese, The Film Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with the leading archives and studios, the foundation raises awareness of the urgent need for preservation and has saved over 560 films.

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Last month we celebrated Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon with a dedicated crew, and this month we’re teaming with Mondo and Constellation to present a special 4/20 online screening of the Coen Brothers‘ The Big Lebowski. If you’re not on board, clearly you’re not a golfer. Please join us on April 20th at 10pm EST/7pm PST and bring your White Russian because we’ll have drinking games, trivia, viewer polls, an interactive chat and the chance to win a $45 Mondo Tees gift card. Get your ticket here while they last. I’ll be hosting, and if you’re lucky, you might just get to see my interpretive dance.

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In May 2011, the Alamo Drafthouse hosted “Day of the Apes,” an epic 8-hour marathon of all five Planet of the Apes films on 35mm. Above all other things, this should be celebrated as one fine event. Every single Apes film in glorious 35mm? What could possibly improve such a situation? How about a brilliant set of posters from some of Mondo’s sinister cabal of artists, the likes of Ken Taylor, Martin Ansin, Phantom City Creative and Jason Edmiston. In an unprecedented exclusive that spans across four of the web’s most popular film blogs (and also Film School Rejects), the poster set, created to commemorate the event, is finally unveiled to the public with each film tackled by a different artist.

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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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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s hard to say, really. All we know for sure is that NASA is trying to cover it up. Chances are that you’ve seen tonight’s lead photo before — it’s one of many spy shots from the set of Man of Steel featuring Henry Cavill’s new look as Superman. But lets talk about this for a moment. What do we think about this? Is it the fanboy kryptonite as Hero Complex might suggest? I’m not convinced that anything is good or bad for the Superman franchise anymore. Perhaps staying dormant would have been a good idea. But then again, I’m the guy who liked Superman Returns. If Zack Snyder is going for different, he’s certainly found it.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to links. These links will take you places. Mostly to great articles with topics rooted in the entertainment industry. Sometimes to shenanigans. You just never know. Especially if you don’t read before clicking. Comic-Con begins this week, and as you might expect, our team will be there to bring you all the play-by-play. If you’re around the San Diego Convention Center this coming weekend, keep an eye out for the Rejects. Also, you should read this 25 easy rules of Comic-Con etiquette over at io9. We will adhere to at least 10 of these. We promise.

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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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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that wishes it could recreate the world using Legos. It would begin with the cast of Community and Rachel Weisz. It would then have them play one of the most epic games of paintball ever! Sal Mineo can come, too. Rachel Weisz may be doing more than taking a trip to Oz with James Franco and Sam Raimi. Word on the street is that she may also land a leading role alongside Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. In other news, I enjoy leading off my nightly columns with pictures of Rachel Weisz.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It too slays vampires and zombies. Not in a top hat, mind you, but it slays them nonetheless. It also believes strongly that it will be assassinated (by /Film’s Page 2) while attending a revival of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. “There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.” That’s what Seth Grahame-Smith had to say A in an interview with The New York Times. It’s part of NYT giving the world its first look at Benjamin Walker as Abe Lincoln, the ax-wielding, vampire slaying 16th President of the United States. It’s a neat article that gives away a lot of details about the project, but nothing that you wouldn’t get having read the book.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It is (d) all of the above. “La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances.” That’s the opening of the synopsis to Pixar’s La Luna, the short that will play the Annecy International Animation Festival next month in France. It’s our adorable headlining image. (Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

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With directors like Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, and Duncan Jones already part of their amazing Director’s Series of posters, Mondo Tees welcomes Wes Craven to the party. Mondo will debut two prints inspired by the Wes Craven films, Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street.There are surely more to follow, so expect prints inspired by Swamp Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Last House on the Left. The artist chosen to interpret these two iconic horror flicks is none other than the spectacular Alex Pardee. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Pardee, do yourself a favor. His takes on Star Wars and Watchmen both grace my walls. His art borders on some weird clash of violent and beautiful. Apparently, I am not the only one excited for these two releases. This is what Craven had to say himself: “It’s an honor and great fun to be chosen by Mondo to participate in their Director’s Series. I think the posters brim with wild imagination and sly humor. Thank you so much – I’m pleased my films have earned a place in your gallery!” The two prints release tomorrow April 14th, at a random time. Go over to MondoTees website or make sure to check out their twitter feed if you don’t want to miss these. Blink and these might pass you up, both are runs of 140. Check out both posters below:

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If you are a movie fan, read this website regularly or have ever heard of Mondo Tees…then you know about their amazing poster series. If not, well go on eBay and take out a mortgage on your house to grab some of the older gems from the past. Mondo Tees is always trying to deliver amazing new prints from amazing new artists, and their newest addition is no different. Sometime later today, Friday March 25th, Mondo will be releasing two versions of a new print inspired by the Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch. These were created by Ken Taylor, who is one of my favorite Mondo artists. Not only are both of these awesome, but they come with some great news as well. Not too long ago, Mondo released their Director’s Series with a few Guillermo Del Toro prints. I think it’s obvious with this post, but you can expect the newest Director’s Series to be inspired by the films of Zack Snyder. New prints will come from films like DAWN OF THE DEAD, 300, LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS and WATCHMEN. The details on these other prints haven’t been released yet, but knowing Mondo…you can expect some amazing artists to tackle prints for these visually arresting films. Check out Ken Taylor’s work below:

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You’re going to have to move quick if you want to add today’s delicious gift item to the collections of your beloved ones. You may even need to use a bit of The Force, as anything sold by the guys at Mondo Tees usually sells out faster than the Millenium Falcon can make the Kessel Run. Which reminds me: isn’t a parsec a measurement of distance, not time? If so, then how is it possible for the Falcon to make an 18-parsec run in 12-parsecs. You owe me answers, George Lucas! Enough jabber, Mondo is putting on sale perhaps the coolest trio of Star Wars posters in recorded history, designed by Olly Moss. Drool on them after the jump…

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