Mondo has completely changed the game for boutique movie art over the last few years. It started as just a little shop inside the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. Then the company started creating posters for special screenings at the theater. Those gave way to online sales. Those started selling out faster and faster. Meanwhile, Mondo was bringing tons of exclusive goods directly to the fans at Comic-Con, it opened its own art gallery in Austin, and it branched out from art to music, giving old (and new) movie scores a renewed life on vinyl.
And now all of that hard work has culminated in its very own convention. It's called MondoCon and will be held in Austin, Texas during the first weekend of Fantastic Fest (September 20-21). But this isn't just a big market for fans to buy posters. The Mondo folks are going above and beyond with the special events.
There's a screening of the new 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with a never-before-heard live score. And speaking of music and firsts, they'll also be releasing the rarely heard, unused score for 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl. There will be a celebration of The Iron Giant, plus a panel dedicated to the failed attempt by Fred Dekker, Rick Baker and William Stout to make a Godzilla movie in 1983 (whaaaaaaaaaaat, how did that not get made?!).
Seriously, there's some very cool, very unique stuff going on at MondoCon. If you're already coming to Fantastic Fest, you may want to consider peeling yourself away for this stuff. And if you're not coming, well, it's not too late to change your plans. It'll be worth it.
Panelists: Geof Darrow, Jock, Mike Mignola, Alex Pardee, William Stout and Bernie Wrightson
It could be as small as a weapon or as big as an entire world, but each part of a film is designed by an artist. Who does that? How are the creatures, ships and landscapes of our shared dreams created? MondoCon sits down with six artists who have given form to some of the most iconic imagery in film. They will share stories and art, including pieces that have never been released publicly from the design phase on films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, The Matrix, Blade 2, Dredd 3D, Return of the Living Dead and more.
The Art of Toy-making
Panelists: Mike Mitchell, Brock Otterbacher, Dan Willett
Go behind the scenes on the world of collectible toys! The panelists will dive deep into Mondo’s brand new toy line with photos and design images from the making of the first lineup of collectibles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Iron Giant and Alfred Hitchcock. Artist Mike Mitchell will also talk about turning his Lil’ Mikey illustration into a 3D figure. The future of Mondo’s toy collectibles will be discussed with the announcement of a new vinyl figure from a beloved comic book property.
Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy
Panelist: Geof Darrow
Renowned comic book creator (Hard Boilded, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot) and conceptual film artist (The Matrix trilogy) Geof Darrow will discuss Shaolin Cowboy, including presenting 8 minutes of never-before-seen finished animation from an unproduced adaptation of the beloved cult comic. In 2009 Variety reported that the Wachowski siblings and Circle of Confusion were producing an animated feature of Shaolin Cowboy, but no one has ever seen this footage publicly… until now. Darrow will discuss his history with the project and his experience working on the animation in Japan. This is a unique opportunity for the world to get a first look at a potential anime classic that almost was.
Shaolin Cowboy follows an unnamed former Shaolin monk who wanders the land with a talking mule named Lord Evelyn Dunkirk Winniferd Esq. the Third. Having been "asked" to leave the Shaolin temple, he has since had a bounty placed on his head, which many are eager to collect. Given the Shaolin Cowboy's prowess in martial arts, however, this proves to be very difficult.
“I met Geof Darrow a year ago in San Antonio. During our talk, he mentioned that he once lived in Japan and was working on an anime. My brain broke at the thought of a Geof Darrow anime based on Shaolin Cowboy followed immediately by heartbreak when he said that funding was pulled and the project was canceled. I’ve always wondered what it would be like. What would a Geof Darrow drawing be like if animated? What would the Shaolin Cowboy look like in action? Good news. All of these questions will be answered at MondoCon,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.
2001: A Lost Score
Panelist: Brian Satterwhite
Mondo is releasing the lost score for 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl for the first time ever!
Stanley Kubrick's seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its classical musical cues as much as for its vivid imagery. What few people know is that those cues that are forever associated with the film were a last minute revision on the part of Kubrick. An original score exists, composed for the film by the late composer Alex North (A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus) that was abandoned during post-production. North did not know his score was discarded until he saw the film's premiere screening.
Composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the lost score meticulously reintegrated back to the film to show what could have been.
Working with North's estate, Mondo will release “Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey” in a deluxe package, complete with liner notes by Jon Burlingame. The vinyl will be available for sale at the Mondo booth.
Panelist: William Stout
Long before Gareth Edwards and even Roland Emmerich took on the iconic monster, Godzilla was set to make landfall on American soil, but it wasn’t his time. Writer Fred Dekker, FX artist Rick Baker and conceptual artist William Stout were just some of the big names involved in an early attempt at a US-produced feature film in the 1980s that few were even aware existed until now.
Artist William Stout will take the audience through the entire feature film with over one hundred storyboards and conceptual art designs that he created along with Dave Stevens (creator of The Rocketeer) and Doug Widley (creator of Johnny Quest)
Mondo Talk: Art Direct a Poster Live!
Panelists: Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam, Rob Jones
Mondo Creative Directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam and Rob Jones will discuss the creative process behind Mondo's work, showing how the team works with artists to arrive at final images. The panel will include a presentation of alternate poster concepts from previously released prints and reveal new poster designs. The audience will also have the unique opportunity to “art direct” a project live during the panel, adding their feedback and voting on their favorite concept. Mondo will then produce the fan-created project.
Tickets for the evening screenings will be made available to badge holders ONLY via Eventbrite before the convention. Stay tuned to the MondoCon website and @MondoConAustin for screening times, ticket release dates and additional screening announcements.
FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD (World Premiere Screening)
A long overdue documentary that tells the story of 2000AD, the unsung cult hero of the comics industry. This film will celebrate and pay respect to the comic and explore its importance and influence on contemporary pop culture. Through in-depth interviews with the creators, writers, artists and fans of the last 35 years, we will tell the story of how this irrepressible, independent weekly comic has survived to have such a widespread cultural impact, not only on the international comics industry but also in film, art and literature.
MondoCon will have the world premiere screening of this documentary on Saturday, September 20. The screening will be free to badge holders with the Mondo poster for the event sold separately following the film. The trailer for FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD can be found here.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Live Original Score
The most terrifying film of all time will be presented as you have never seen or heard it before. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be shown remastered in 4K with an original score performed live at MondoCon on Sunday, September 21. Composers Anton Maoif and Umberto created a completely new score for the film over the course of the last year after conceiving of the idea with Death Waltz records at Beyond Fest last October. This is the first time it will be heard anywhere. The film will also play with the live score at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on September 27.
Death Waltz records has produced the score and will make it available exclusively at the two shows in Austin and LA. Only 800 copies will be created. The exclusive Death Waltz vinyl will be included in the cost of admission. View a trailer for this very special event here and listen to three tracks from new score on Sound Cloud.
Sci-Fi classics Ghost in the Shell and Total Recall (1990) will also have screening events on Saturday, September 20 at MondoCon with brand new Mondo prints included in the cost of admission.
Mondo will operate a pop up shop in the parking lot of The Marchesa Hall & Theatre with tons of surprises throughout the convention. A few of those are spoiled here. Download artwork via this link.
The Iron Giant Mini-Gallery
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Iron Giant Mondo will present a mini-gallery with multiple artists taking on the beloved animated classic. To give a tease of what’s to come, Mondo is thrilled to unveil the first print of the event from famed comics artist Alex Ross, working with Mondo for the very first time.
The Iron Giant
Artist: Alex Ross
15" x 27" Giclee
Additionally, Mondo announces the release of The Iron Giant soundtrack on vinyl for the very first time with two incredible package designs from artists Jason Edmiston and Jay Shaw.
The Iron Giant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Michael Kamen
2XLP, Remastered for Vinyl by James Plotkin
Cut at 45RPM for best possible sound quality
Version A - Featuring brand new, hand painted Artwork by Jason Edmiston
Pressed on 180 Gram Black & randomly inserted Steel Grey Vinyl
Version B - Artwork, and package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram vinyl, housed in a metal embossed slip case.
Limited to 1,000 copies
Boom! Comics & Tyler Stout
Tyler Stout lent his stunning artwork for an alternate cover of Boom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China #01. The print originally was made available as the official poster for Butt-Numb-A-Thon 9 at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2007 long before Stout was a household name.
ARTISTS, PANELISTS & EXHIBITORS
An expanded lineup of artists, panelists & exhibitors in attendance is below, joining previously announced legends like Basil Gogos, Geof Darrow and Mike Mignola. Bios and information on all special guests can be found at the MondoCon site here.
Burlesque of North America
Death Waltz Recording Co.
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Middle of Beyond
One Way Static
Alex Pardee and Zero Friends
Phantom City Creative
Phone Booth Gallery
Tiny Kitten Teeth
We Buy Your Kids
Mondo has expanded in recent years to include a world-renowned gallery, becoming passionate purveyors of art, vinyl, VHS and now toy collectibles. MondoCon will celebrate all of this and more, a chance for fans of film, art, collectibles & music to mix with their creators.
Tickets for MondoCon are on sale now at Mondo-Con.com. Single day tickets are $35 and full weekend tickets are $70. A full weekend ticket to MondoCon will be included with all VIP badges for Fantastic Fest. Both Saturday & Sunday are packed with unique panels, screenings and events!
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