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The first ever MondoCon is right around the corner on September 20th & 21st, and the line-up of artists and goodies that will be there is incredible. Now even more awesome stuff from Mondo has been unveiled. The collectible arthouse (which is now venturing into collectible toys) has also dabbled in special edition releases of film scores on vinyl like Jurassic Park, Gravity, Oblivion & Halloween. Now they've announced three additions to their vinyl selections with the score for Shaun of the Dead available for the first time ever in any format, the lost original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the score for Looper. Look!
We've featured the work of artist Eric Tan before, and he's frequently featured by Mondo and more. But he also gets commissioned to do a lot of official artwork for Disney. And now that Star Wars is under the House of Mouse, he was commissioned to create three pieces commemorating the original Star Wars trilogy. All three of the original episodes, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, all get their own cool print in Tan's signature style, and they look absolutely stunning. The only downside is they are extremely limited editions, and you'll have to spend a pretty penny to get all of them.
Our Destiny Lies Above Us. If you can believe it, we're only 53 days from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Meaning it's almost time...! To keep the nearly unbearable hype going, while not revealing anything big before release, there's a fantastic set of artwork for the film released from Blurppy as part of their Poster Posse series. This month they're highlight Interstellar meaning we get a bunch of new posters and digital art for the movie, created by great artists from all over. The first batch has arrived and it's quite wonderful, showcasing Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, and the space exploration theme with a rocket ship. Doaly even made a few stamps and mission patches, different from the one given out at Comic-Con.
We just recently featured some adorable childrens book inspired artwork that pays tribute to films like Pulp Fiction and Guardians of the Galaxy with artistic cues from the classic Golden Books. Now both those films get the kiddie artwork treatment again, this time from a Los Angeles artist called 100% Soft. The style is very unique, with almost baby-like characters, and this time he's used his trademark style in a new exhibition called Lil MacGuffins, using the plot device term to drive pieces that show characters and the item they're after in the film in question. They're adorable and awesome at the same time. See some below!
We're still waiting for the seemingly far off possibility of another sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was attached to the project back in 2012), but that doesn't mean we can't still pay tribute to the films that already exist. DKNG has done just that with a pair of new Mondo posters, one for each film, and you'd be hard pressed to find a cooler, prettier collection of pastel colors. Each chronicles plenty of the time and space traveling wackiness and would make the perfect addition to anyone's wall who calls themselves a big fan of Wyld Stallyns. Look!
Starting this Friday, September 5th fans of Forrest Gump will have just one week to see the Best Picture-winning film on IMAX for the first time to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary. And as a special treat for fans who go out of their way to see the film (find the nearest IMAX theater playing Forrest Gump right here), they will be rewarded with a beautiful, limited edition print (while supplies last). Unfortunately, the IMAX blog where this print was revealed doesn't give any details about who designed it, but if you're a big enough fan of this iconic film, then you'll probably want to try your best to get ahold of it. Look below!
Shortly after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters a few weeks ago, and hitting the box office so hard that they're already guaranteed a sequel coming in 2016, some rejected concept art for the new designs of the turtles surfaced showing that things could have been much worse. The new designs still ended up causing some grief amongst fans, but again, we'd like to show you how terrible some of the other designs were so we can be somewhat grateful for the final character design. Some new rejected concept art has surfaced from Anthony Francisco (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy) and their designs are just weird, making them look almost like traditional aliens with shells, ready to eat children on pizza. Look!
When will we see actual teaser posters for Star Wars: Episode VII? We're not sure, but hopefully soon. While we wait there's some fantastic fan-art going around that we felt was worth sharing. Even though these posters were posted in June of 2013, they're still worth taking a look at since we haven't seen them before anyway (thanks to SlashFilm's Star Wars Bits for the tip). A Ukrainian designer on DeviantArt has posted a series of three teaser posters for J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars, complete with old, incorrect release date. The imagery is still awesome and makes for great marketing material, even if it's not actually from the movie.
Step aside Comic-Con, it's time for MondoCon! Coinciding with the Alamo Drafthouse's annual film festival FantasticFest this year is MondoCon, a brand new convention created by Mondo, the guys behind all those gorgeous artistic posters (and vinyl) we've been throwing our money at for the past few years. This Con will bring "together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more." There are screenings, exclusive collectibles, panels with artists and lots to spend money on. Impressive line-up for their first year.
15 miles from paradise...one man will do anything to tell the world everything. One of the formative films in my early years exploring cinema was City of God, about the impoverished and corrupt reality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the film has gone on to much acclaim, a new poster organization has decided to make their first artwork for Fernando Meirelles' City of God, released in 2002. "A business years in the making, FAMP Art was founded to bridge the gap between pop culture art and art house cinema, focusing on films that don’t get much love in the art community but are praised in the world of cinema (and that we ourselves love)." Sounds like they're challenging Mondo and Gallery1988 and I like it, especially debuting with this.
During Comic-Con, the collectible arthouse Mondo unveiled some awesome posters for Guardians of the Galaxy, not to mention announcing their foray into collectible toys with figures for The Iron Giant and more. Now Mondo is back to their regularly scheduled programming (via Badass Digest) with great artwork for two of the most revered cult classic horror films. Evil Dead II is given a stylish poster by Randy Ortiz while Army of Darkness is given two different prints by Tom Whalen and Richey Beckett. Technically there's six posters since each has a variant to go along with it, but if you like Mondo, you know the drill.
Even before the film hit theaters and massively disappointed this writer (despite his excitement for the film), many people were complaining about the redesign of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the new film from director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay. Frankly, this was the least of my concerns with the mostly terrible final product, with the script and human characters being more horrifying than the varied designs of the heroes in a half-shell. But fans should be grateful that the turtles didn't look worse, because some concept art has shown up, and some of the potential designs are abysmal.
What is your favorite film? It's a common question discussed amongst cinephiles the world over, and one artist has taken it even further. German artist Jan-Hendrik Pelz has debuted a gallery at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this week titled "Favorites", featuring over 30 oil paintings of one frame of a film. Here's the concept - Pelz asked his favorite artists/filmmakers to name their favorite movie "together with a random number of maximum 5 digits as a time stamp. Stopping the movies later at the corresponding times created unpredictable freeze frames, which in the next step Pelz transferred into oil paintings." This mesmerizing gallery is the result of a year of work producing these paintings - see the various frames below.
If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction.