Last week a post on the Alamo Drafthouse blog revealed that the Mondo crew would be hosting a special screening at a Houston-area Drafthouse on February 16th. The setup was familiar to anyone who’s ever attended a Mondo Mystery Movie: buy a ticket, show up, find out what movie you’re there to see, watch said movie, and then collect a limited-edition screenprint based on that film on your way out the door. Based on this description, many believed that next weekend’s screening actually was the next Mondo Mystery Movie.
Turns out, it’s not! On Feb. 16th Mondo will screen Battle Royale in Houston, and every ticket sold includes a special poster created by the dynamic duo of Kevin Tong and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Wanna know everything else we know at the moment? Meet me after the jump, folks.
If you’ve been reading my coverage long enough here at Collider.com, you already know that no one throws a party quite like the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse. Drafthouse owner Tim League has a flair for the dramatic, the awesome, and the booze-soaked (often all at the same time), and it’s a trait shared by the folks at Mondo—the poster-producing juggernaut that makes up the other half of League’s Drafthouse empire. Point being: when it’s time to celebrate something at the Drafthouse, you can count on all of these guys to deliver something memorable.
And with next weekend’s opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston, TX (that’s a computer-generated model of it above), it sounds like that’s exactly what folks can expect if they purchase a ticket for the Mondo-hosted screening happening there that night. Here’s what their press release has to say. For starters, Mondo and the Drafthouse have joined forces with Tugg.com for this one:
Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”), a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own events, and Mondo, the collectible art division of the Alamo Drathouse, team up to bring the cult classic Battle Royale to theaters along with a brand new print from artists Bryan Lee O’Malley and Kevin Tong.
Battle Royale, long available in the United States only as an import DVD, has been added to Tugg’s library for fans to create their own screenings at their local theater nationwide. Additionally, for those screenings that happen, Tugg promoters will be given a quantity of Mondo’s Battle Royale posters for themselves and to be given away to attendees at the events (while supplies last). Request a screening now here –http://www.tugg.com/titles/battle-royale.
This is the first collaboration between Mondo and famed comics artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. Working with artist Kevin Tong, O’Malley presents a perfect marriage of design and subject for the Battle Royale print with his distinct visual style from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. To celebrate the film and this incredible print, Mondo is hosting the first Tugg screening of Battle Royale as part of the opening weekend festivities at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston, a brand new, state-of-the art theater. The screening will take place on February 16, and tickets must be purchased via Tugg right here.
The ticket price of $85 includes the cost of one variant poster (edition of 225). The regular edition will be sold via MondoTees.com at a future date and will be the version used for the limited quantity of posters at subsequent Tugg screenings.
And what, pray tell, do those Battle Royale posters look like? Glad you asked:
- Battle Royale by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Kevin Tong
- $85 ticket includes screening and Variant Edition poster (edition of 225)
Keep in mind that this is the variant edition: much like the variant editions of Tyler Stout’s Assault on Precinct 13 (dropped during Mondo’s run of Mystery Movies out in Los Angeles), the idea here is to hook attendees up with the variant edition while hooking the rest of the Mondo-loving public up with the reg. That one looks like this:
- Battle Royale by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Kevin Tong
- Regular Edition (to be sold online and in limited quantities at future screenings)
Bryan Lee O’Malley joining forces with Kevin Tong (that print is dead-on perfect, by the way; it’s so good, in fact, that it pretty much eliminates the need for any future Battle Royale prints). A new Alamo Drafthouse opening in Texas. A post-screening signing with the artists. Oh, and Battle Royale’s only one of the most successful cult films of all time. What does all of that add up to? An in-demand print that 225 people will be lucky to get their hands on. Good luck, my friends, and stay tuned for updates on this as they become available.
Stay tuned, folks: we’re still working on getting to the bottom of the “game-changer” happening in Los Angeles next weekend, but right now the “confirmed details” surrounding that event are…eh, a little lighter than we’d prefer. Soon as we know more, you’ll know about it. In the meantime: if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you! Email Limited Paper directly at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!