We’re now just past the halfway point on Mondo’s stellar run of Star Wars-inspired posters. For those who don’t know, Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique and they’ve recruited some terrific artists to do some fantastic work in this series. Today, we are super-excited to bring you an exclusive first look at the newest poster in the series, “Attack Position” by artist Rich Kelly. Kelly also recently did very cool posters for Beetlejuice and Metropolis. This is also the first poster in the series to feature everyone’s favorite wookie, Chewbacca. It’s a badass-looking poster and I’m sure it will sell out at the same “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” rate as the others.
“Attack Position” is 24×36, limited to an edition of 400, will cost $50, and will go on sale tomorrow, November 12th, at Mondo’s official site at a random time. Make sure to follow @MondoNews for the announcement. Hit the jump to check out the new poster as well as the other four I think are the best ones so far.
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Here’s what Kelly had to say about the poster:
“When I was approached with this project, a considerable amount of artistic liberty was encouraged. After re-watching the original trilogy and observing how Chewbacca interacted with the rest of the characters, I realized that on more than one occasion he was basically used for comic relief with Han. Even during some of the battle scenes he seems to be fumbling around a bit. As a kid, I definitely remember thinking of him as a major force to be reckoned with. Therefore, I decided I wanted to depict “Chewie” as one bad dude; kicking ass and taking names. Endor came to mind as an appropriate environment, with Chewbacca gliding down a fallen tree, about to attack a couple of unsuspecting storm troopers.”
And here are my other four favorites (in no particular order) with comments from the artists:
Dawn of Tatooine by Shan Jiang
“Imagining what those people on Tatooine see in every day life is something I wanted to create for this Star Wars poster. One of the Sandtroopers is patrolling on the night shift and decides to stay up on a high rock with his dewback. Maybe he is waiting to see the sunrise or just wants to be alone for a little while. It s a little peace before things eventually go wrong.” – Shan Jiang
Luke’s Destiny by Frank Stockton
“I chose to illustrate what is, to me, the most poignant moment of all the films. Luke, who was broken down, battered, and disfigured by Vader, was offered the chance to save himself by compromising his ideals and betraying his friends. With seemingly no chance of survival, he makes the decision to leap into the dangerous and uncertain unknown. This is the moment of him making that choice.” – Frank Stockton
Palace by Tom Whalen
“The scenes in Jabba’s palace perfectly encapsulate the dense, alien-rich texture of “Star Wars” that completely hooked me as a kid and continue to inspire my work today. I remember sitting in the theater as a 9 year-old and being completely blown away by the sheer variety of spectacles in the palace; the jade-skinned slave girl, the tiny scavenger turned fan-boy, the worm-like translator, one of our heroes hung as a trophy and, of course the bloated slug crime lord and his twisted, maniacal pet. I see my poster as a sort of family portrait of this collection of miscreants taken shortly before they met their demise.” – Tom Whalen
Father: Encounter on Dagobah by Tomer Hanuka
“The central idea going into this image was depicting planet Dagobah itself as a portrait of Luke’s subconscious in it’s most interesting and unformed phase. In a nightmarish sequence, Luke runs into the mist where he thinks he saw Vader. Luke finds him and a lightsaber duel ends with Vader’s decapitation . The mask cracks open on the severed head, exposing the frozen face of a dead Luke Skywalker. The suggestion here is that somewhere within Luke’s psyche there is a potential for ultimate evil. Luke’s greatest challenge isn’t the Galactic Empire and it’s endless, faceless troopers, but the magnetism of the dark side; the seductive idea of choosing his own potential for power over everything else.” – Tomer Hanuka