We’re only 24 hours or so into the 2012 SDCC, and already Mondo – the movie-poster producing arm of Tim League’s ever-expanding Alamo Drafthouse brand—has caused quite the stir: last night’s archive sale put a slew of Avengers posters into the hands of eager fans who’d been unable to catch them during their drop dates, and today the company unveiled three new posters—for The Dark Knight Rises, Princess Mononoke, and HBO’s Game of Thrones— that resulted in the kind of sprawling lines usually associated with theme park rides. Want to see Mondo’s latest, and hear about what it was like on the frontlines? Meet me after the jump, folks.
The 2012 Comic-Con is in full-swing here in sunny San Diego, and—from what I’ve heard—some really exciting stuff’s being trotted out in front of the audience currently packed into the notorious Hall H. But here at Limited Paper, we’re spending our afternoon keeping tabs on a small, unassuming booth tucked away in a far corner of the Convention Center’s exhibitor’s floor. That’d be booth #437, where Mondo’s been creating quite a scene since kicking off their second-ever Comic-Con with an archive sale last night.
For the most part, the archive sale featured prints that seemed picked to compliment the event itself: superhero stuff. Namely, Avengers prints from Mondo’s recent Marvel-based series: Martin Ansin’s Thor, Tyler Stout’s The Avengers group poster, Phantom City Creative’s Captain America, and—though not a part of the Avengers series, JC Richards’ Superman-themed Fortress of Solitude print. After snagging their prints, attendees (Limited Paper included) crawled the exhibitor’s floor, taking in the somewhat-chaotic spectacle of Comic-Con itself.
This morning, things got off to an unbelievably strong start with Olly Moss’ latest contribution to Mondo’s ongoing Studio Ghibli series, Princess Mononoke. The print—available in both a regular and variant edition—is easily one of the most gorgeous, stunning pieces released by Mondo this year, as you can see below. The moment it was announced as being on sale (which was literally minutes after the Con itself opened for the day), a huge wave of people swept towards the Mondo booth to fork over their poster-allowance…only to discover that Moss himself was camped out at the Mondo table, pencil in hand, signing each and every poster sold. As always, Moss was enormously friendly, happy to chat with every fan that stepped up to buy a print (note: I interview Moss later in the day, and you can look forward to some very interesting video footage from that chat early next week here at Collider.com).
Here’s those prints now:
- Princess Mononoke 20×36”
- $50 regular edition of 430
- $90 variant edition of 220
Whatta ya think? If Ansin’s Brazil, Ken Taylor’s 20,000Leagues Under The Sea, and Moss’ Mononoke got entered a “Most Holy-Shit-That’s-A-Gorgeous-Poster” pageant, who would take the crown? It’s a very, very tough call.
A few hours later, Mondo announced its second poster-drop of the day: The Dark Knight Rises, by Jock. Like Moss’ appearance at the Mononoke drop, Jock was on-hand to chat with fans and sign every print sold, all of which sold out roughly 90 minutes after going on sale. Interestingly, the screenprint version of the print isn’t the only version available at the Con: there’s also a variant edition with a slightly different appearance—a rogue’s gallery of villains from Chris Nolan’s Bat-films that crosses along the bottom of the print—but this version wasn’t available at the booth.
How could you get one of those alternate versions? The folks over at Badass Digest explain it thusly:
There’s an alternative version, an edition of 350, that features the villains from the whole trilogy. That will NOT be for sale – Warner Bros will be handing that out for fan appreciation. You can score this poster by attending the Dark Knight Rises Hometown Screening Giveaway Event here at Comic-Con. In anticipation of the July 20th release ofThe Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. Pictures is announcing a special giveaway event at San Diego Comic-Con. 250 of the poster seen below by Jock will be given away as part of the prizing at that special event. Follow @BatSignalSearch for more info.
- The Dark Knight Rises 36×24″
- $45 regular edition of 375
- FREE giveaway edition of 350
If Mondo had only released these two posters today, it would’ve been more than enough: both are enormously impressive in-person (and, hell, even in jpg format) and both are precisely the sort of big-name posters that fans were hoping to score during the Con. But they weren’t the only releases available at the Con today: Comic-Con day two also marked the beginning of Mondo’s collaboration with HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the two posters they released in support of the show (one sold at the Mondo booth, another handed out for free across the street from the convention center) were both crowd-pleasers.
First up was Daniel Danger’s Game of Thrones, which—technically—still hasn’t gone on sale yet. Somewhere between the Mononoke drop and the Dark Knight drop, a Tweet went out telling fans that the first 100 people to line up behind a nearby hotel (the Omni, located just across the street from the San Diego Convention Center) would be able to snag one of these prints early…and totally for free. As you can imagine, the word ‘round the campfire was that these prints disappeared almost instantly, but anyone who missed the giveaway shouldn’t be too bummed: the remaining prints (280 of them, to be exact) should be hitting the Mondo booth sometime between now and the end of this year’s Comic-Con.
Let’s take a look:
- Game of Thrones 17×32”
- $50 regular edition of 380 (100 of which were given away at the Con)
The second Game of Thrones print—another of the three revealed by Entertainment Weekly shortly before the Con kicked off—belonged to artist Vania Zouravliov, and might be the most…striking of the three GoT prints announced thus far. If you missed it earlier in the week, take another look below:
- Game of Thrones by Vania Zouravliov
- $50 edition of 330
See what I mean? “Striking” like a boy-king being bitch-slapped by Peter Dinklage.
That’s it for today’s releases at Comic-Con 2012, but be prepared for some seriously exciting stuff tomorrow: we’re going to be debuting something right here at Limited Paper that is sure to be of interest to Mondo fans everywhere (especially for those of you who have been collecting a particular Mondo series, hint-hint), and you’re not going to want to miss it. In addition to that, we’ll have information on some of the Con’s other major drops—including Mark Englert’s Alien-themed You Are My Lucky Star at the Gallery1988 booth (that’s it below, in case you didn’t catch it the first time), an interview with Englert, and more coverage on whatever other posters-of-note drop tomorrow afternoon. As always, you can drop Limited Paper a line at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, or—if you’re not into the whole electronic-mail thing—you can feel free to sound off in the comments section below.