MondoCon in Review: Celebrating Boutique Poster Design

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That movie, the one you love — there were at least 300 separate pair of hands making it a reality. That concert with your favorite band, it took months of planning and thousands of people to make it happen in your town. These numbers are not exact, but the idea is key. For each single thing that exists in the world, a wealth of blood, sweat, and skill brought it to life.

MondoCon is a celebration of that concept. The convention, curated by the Mondo gallery, the boutique poster arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, brings illustrators and designers from all over the globe to the Marchesa Theater in Austin, Texas to fill the halls with their unique part in the entertainment industry.

In only its second year, MondoCon mixes film screenings with panel discussions and exclusive poster releases. Fans who were able to attend the screening of Tim Burton’s 1989 ‘Batman‘ walked away with a limited edition poster from Australian illustrator Ken Taylor, and the fortunate who filled the theater for the 1985 Richard Donner classic ‘The Goonies‘ left with an exclusive poster by Tyler Stout.

 

'Batman' by Ken Taylor for MondoCon 2015

‘Batman’ by Ken Taylor for MondoCon 2015

 

'The Goonies' by Tyler Stout for MondoCon 2015

‘The Goonies’ by Tyler Stout for MondoCon 2015

 

MondoCon attracts a strong crowd of collectors of posters, vinyl records, toys, and other cinematic ephemera, an audience aware of the names of each artist on the marquee. Unlike Comic-Con and other major pop culture events, there are no hidden corridors for the talent to be ushered through. No secret rooms. At the Marchesa (and offsite hall at the Holiday Inn), the fans are able to meet the artists in the hotel lobby, in the bar. At the food trucks. We are not treated as throngs of pests but, perhaps, welcomed as friends.

What MondoCon, and Mondo as a business, has achieved should not be taken lightly – they offer honest engagement between artist and fan.

 

'Ktulu' by Richey Beckett

‘Ktulu’ by Richey Beckett

 

Richey Beckett hangs his 'Ktulu' print in his booth at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham

Richey Beckett hangs his ‘Ktulu’ print in his booth at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham 

 

Each artist that weekend had a story they brought with them. For example from the UK, among his many other prints illustrator Richey Beckett brought along the remaining copies of his recent poster ‘Ktulu’, an illustration he created for metal icons Metallica to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their second album ‘Ride the Lightning.’ With Beckett was his wife Fiona, who had recently decided to work alongside her husband, turning his freelance career into a family business. She was there to help in the booth — unpack and set up, tear down and ship the remaining pieces back to England.

For artists like Brian Ewing, Gary Pullin, and others — as soon as MondoCon came to a close they flew back home to restock their posters and head to New York the following weekend for New York Comic-Con. UK based illustrator Thomas Hodge (The Dude Designs) created the official MondoCon 2015 show poster and used his trip to the States as a book tour of sorts for his amazing collection ‘VHS Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s,’ heading from Austin to Los Angeles for series of book signings. There is no rest. Only work.

 

MondoCon 2015 Official Poster by Thomas Hodge | The Dude Designs

MondoCon 2015 Official Poster by Thomas Hodge | The Dude Designs

 

'Wall-e' pencils by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

‘Wall-e’ pencils by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

 

'Wall-E' by Jason Edmiston 17" x 7" acrylic on panel for MondoCon 2015

‘Wall-E’ by Jason Edmiston 17″ x 7″ acrylic on panel for MondoCon 2015

 

'Jaws' portraits in pencil by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

‘Jaws’ portraits in pencil by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

 

'Brody' by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

‘Brody’ by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

 

'Quint' by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

‘Quint’ by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

 

'Hooper' by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

‘Hooper’ by Jason Edmiston for MondoCon 2015

 

Pin released by Rob Jones at MondoCon 2015

Pin released by Rob Jones at MondoCon 2015

 

'Janus should wear theater masks' by Rob Jones for MondoCon 2015

‘Janus should wear theater masks’ by Rob Jones for MondoCon 2015

 

Rob Jones hangs his original drawings in his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Rob Jones hangs his original drawings in his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Outside of Mondo’s own exclusives, each artist brought new and rare work to the collectors who flocked to Austin. Canadian illustrator Jason Edmiston painted over a dozen new pieces, continuing his successful ‘Eyes Without a Face‘ concept from his March 2015 solo exhibition. Edmiston had these new paintings alongside prints and original drawings, offering fans insight into his process and the chance to own a part of it.

Art director, illustrator, and Mondo creative director Rob Jones created a new body of self-portraits in line with his 2014 show “Grief,” placing his personal trials and traumas on paper, prints, t-shirts, and 1″ pins.

East coast based illustrator JC Richard, known for his inspired landscapes and panoramic takes on film properties, had a limited number of his ‘Cinderella‘ exclusive 12″ x 36″ 18 color screenprints released through Disney, a new partnership for the freelance illustrator that will hopefully keep him busy in the Disney universe.

 

'Cinderella' by JC Richard released through Disney

‘Cinderella’ by JC Richard released through Disney

 

MondoCon 2015 marked the first major convention by recently assembled The Vacvvm, a collective of illustrators from around the world. Its roster of eight announced a new addition, with members Aaron Horkey (rural midwest), Brandon Holt (Minnesota), Jessica Seamans (Wisconsin), Joao Ruas (Brazil), Ken Taylor (Australia), Mike Sutfin (California), Nicolas Delort (France), and Vania Zouraviov (Russia) being joined by Canadian artist Randy Ortiz.

The Vacvvm released new prints by each member, creating some of the longest lines of the weekend.

 

Mitch Putnam, Creative Director for Mondo and The Vacvvm, sets up The Vacvvm booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Mitch Putnam, Creative Director for Mondo and The Vacvvm, sets up The Vacvvm booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Aaron Horkey signing and numbering his 'Inclusion' prints in The Vacvvm booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Aaron Horkey signing and numbering his ‘Inclusion’ prints in The Vacvvm booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Randy Ortiz's introductory print for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

Randy Ortiz’s introductory print for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Opfer Der Pest' by Jes Seamans for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Opfer Der Pest’ by Jes Seamans for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Inclusion' by Aaron Horkey for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Inclusion’ by Aaron Horkey for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Red Moon' by Ken Taylor for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Red Moon’ by Ken Taylor for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Gnomad' by Frans Boukas for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Gnomad’ by Frans Boukas for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Ghosts of Growth' by Mike Sutfin for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Ghosts of Growth’ by Mike Sutfin for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Machine Hat' by Joao Ruas for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Machine Hat’ by Joao Ruas for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Untitled' by Brandon Holt for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Untitled’ by Brandon Holt for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

'Will' by Vania Zouravliov for The Vacvvm's MondoCon 2015 release

‘Will’ by Vania Zouravliov for The Vacvvm’s MondoCon 2015 release

 

These are artists playing a small but vital role in the machine that is major popular culture properties. Gig posters, album artwork and t-shirt designs. Film posters, comic books, and DVD package design. They ship their artwork and fly themselves to Texas to set up a booth to share with the public, that body of collectors that understands their work and their mark. Their names.

These are the artists that continually put their hands in projects, making the art in the world a little better for it.

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Gary Pullin (R), Tom Hodge (C), and Todd Slater on set up day for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

Gary Pullin (R), Tom Hodge (C), and Todd Slater on set up day for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Fiona & Richey Beckett prepping the booth for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

Fiona & Richey Beckett prepping the booth for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell hanging his 'Bastard' prints for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell hanging his ‘Bastard’ prints for MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

JC Richard unpacking posters on set up day | photo by Holly Burnham

JC Richard unpacking posters on set up day | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Gary Pullin setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Gary Pullin setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jason Edmiston setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Jason Edmiston setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

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Brandon Holt (R), Mitch Putnam (C) and Aaron Horkey (R) prepping prints for The Vacvvm booth at MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Rob Jones hanging artwork at his booth at MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

Rob Jones hanging artwork at his booth at MondoCon | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jason Edmiston setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Jason Edmiston setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Kevin Tong works his booth at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham

Kevin Tong works his booth at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Todd Slater setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Todd Slater setting up his MondoCon booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Tom Hodge AKA The Dude Designs at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham

Tom Hodge AKA The Dude Designs at MondoCon 2015 | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sonny Day of We Buy Your Kids manning the booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Sonny Day of We Buy Your Kids manning the booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Ken Garduno at his MondoCon 2015 booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Ken Garduno at his MondoCon 2015 booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sam Wolfe Connelly painting a mural on stage at the Marchesa Theater | photo by Holly Burnham

Sam Wolfe Connelly painting a mural on stage at the Marchesa Theater | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Oliver Barrett working his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Oliver Barrett working his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Baltimore based photographer Holly Burnham joined the writer to chronicle the events at MondoCon. More of Burnham’s work can be seen at HollyBurnham.com

 

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