At 4:30am Saturday morning, I walked into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn hotel in Austin, Texas and sat down behind a line of 150 other people. By 10am, triple that amount would be in line. Why the crowd? We were waiting to buy the latest posters from Mondo.
This past weekend was the second annual MondoCon, a two-day art convention in Austin, Texas run by the Alamo Drafthouse-owned company that releases a good portion of the amazing, limited edition art you see online. Spread over two conventions spaces, dozens of artists sold posters, art, sketches, toys, vinyls and more. There were also revealing panels, super awesome screenings, live podcasts... basically it was collector nirvana with a mostly laid-back vibe.
Beyond that, what’s unique about MondoCon is that much of the exclusive merchandise they have for sale is a mystery until the doors open. Some of the stuff is revealed before but many times, the best pieces aren’t. You just line up on the promise that Mondo has cool shit. And this year, they had very cool shit. Here are just some of our favorite pieces.
This is Tyler Stout’s poster for The Goonies which, like the next two posters, were pre-sold blind as part of a screening ticket. However, unlike the next two, the artist wasn’t revealed for this one beforehand. Just the title of the movie. You paid $100 on the promise of a cool Goonies poster and they delivered.
Here’s Batman by Ken Taylor, which was given out after a 35mm screening of Batman. All of the silver you see is metallic, making it all but impossible to replicate this poster as a JPEG. Plus, that’s Michael Keaton’s official likeness beneath the cowl.
Halloween by Jason Edmiston was also given out at a screening. All three of the above posters are the alternate editions, which means public versions should go on line at a later date.
At the Mondo Store, one of the most popular booths for obvious reasons, there were a ton of really awesome new pieces, many of which were revealed before hand, some of which were not.
This is called Inclusion, a Jurassic Park-inspired piece by Aaron Horkey. Above you see variant, but there was also a regular version. Both sold out extremely quickly.
The Rocketeer by Martin Ansin was available in both a regular and variant.
Jonathan Burton’s Dracula was also released in two different versions.
Then, when you hit the floor, individual artists had lots of new and beautiful work.
Case in point, this collaboration between Aaron Horkey and Mike Mitchell, two of the most popular artists in the hobby. This is a blend of a long-running series Mitchell does called “Fat Birds” with Horkey’s crazy notion of putting armor on nature.
Mitchell also had a bunch of these 1:1 “Bastards,” where he takes two of his Marvel portraits, tears them apart, and reassembles them with awesome results, like this.
Across the street, artists like Jock were happy to do a sketch for a fan if they have the time....Or sell insane original art like this.
Buy three smaller Jaws pieces, and you had the ability to get this life size print also by Jason Edmiston.
Kevin Tong represented a little science with these infographic posters for Voyager 1.
Oliver Barrett’s posters for Alien and Aliens sold out almost instantly.
Daniel Danger had copies of his long sold out Crimson Peak poster.
And Jason Liwag’s masks were perfect if you don’t have a lot of space on your wall.
Really, that’s just a small, small percentage of the truly awesome stuff that was either on display or for sale at MondoCon. I can’t wait to go back next year, as long as I can get some more sleep.
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