Mondo’s CEO Justin Ishmael Talks Comic-Con, Drew Struzan’s DARK TOWER, Studio Ghibli, Tyler Stout, Jason Edmiston’s Upcoming Show, & Much More

     July 22, 2013


As most of you know, we here at Collider are huge fans of Mondo.  It seems like every time they put out a limited screenprint that blows everyone away, they turn around and do it again a short time later.  This probably explains their ever-growing fanbase, and why their posters sell out in minutes.  For more on Mondo, here’s our previous coverage.  You can also check out everything they’ve released on their website.  Be warned: some of their older posters are rare and expensive.

At Comic-Con, I sat down with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael for an extended video interview.  We talked about their Comic-Con plans, the next Mondo Mystery Movie (which is taking place at the end of this year in L.A.), Drew Struzan‘s Dark Tower poster, how Mondo had to design custom wooden coffins for shipping to prevent damage, Jason Edmiston‘s upcoming gallery show, their Studio Ghibli deal, their new license with the 20th Century Fox, future convention plans, how they’re going to release t-shirts featuring Tyler Stout‘s Ghibli art, and so much more.  If you’re a Mondo fan, I promise you’ll learn a lot watching the interview.  Hit the jump to check it out.

dark-tower-mondo-poster-drew-struzanJustin Ishmael Time Index:

  • :15 –  Mondo started planning SDCC in January
  • :50 – Signings had to be upstairs and no longer at the booth
  • 1:00 – Mondo was told they were not allowed back at SDCC
  • 2:50 – Yes, people actually attempted to buy the SDCC prints, who would not be there, despite all the warnings
  • 4:05 – Moss Regs will hopefully be on sale in the next few weeks
  • 4:30 – Ghibli deal was 4 posters and is done, now trying to get a new contract for more posters
  • 5:00 – I sort of get busted for knowing a few things early…
  • 5:38 – Justin talk Stouts Ghibli artwork
  • 6:35 – They will be doing shirts of Tyler’s Ghibli art
  • 8:28 – They are trying to get Stout Ghibli artwork done as a poster, but would be part of a longer term deal with Ghibli
  • 9:03 – If this album does well, there could be more Ghibli albums in the future, possibly feature specific
  • 10:50 – Justin talks about the 20th Century Fox Licenses, they have more then what was shown at SDCC
  • 11:38 – Justin talks a little about how studio deals work
  • 13:02 – Justin talks about the next Mondo Mystery Movie
  • 13:35 – The next one, they want to do in LA, and will be bigger then MMM 9
  • 15:40 – Justin talks about Dark Tower
  • 17:18 – Posters were still be shipped to them in during SDCC for sale at SDCC
  • 18:40 – The know now they can do 22 colors, which opens the door to doing paintings and work previously they weren’t sure they could do
  • 20:08 – Would love to do an Edmiston painting as a print
  • 20:30 – Justin talks Jason Edmiston’s upcoming gallery show
  • 22:55 – Justin talks upcoming gallery shows through the rest of the year
  • 23:50 – SDCC asked them to presell the prints
  • 25:15 – Would love in the future to have a block of booths for artists also
  • 26:00 – Justin talks about other Cons they would like to go to, or back to
  • 26:48 – Mondo will be going back to Thought Bubble in Leeds in November, this time with releases


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