You probably don’t need to be told that Mondo—the collectible-art-producing arm of Tim League’s Alamo Drafthouse empire—is the reigning champ of kickass, screenprinted movie posters. Oh, sure: many may have attempted to challenge the Mondo crew at their own game, but the Austin-based company’s ever-expanding stable of brilliant artists, their consistent quality, and the geek-friendly collection of licenses in the Mondo arsenal have ensured cemented their status. But even for a company known for casually leapfrogging each new high-watermark it establishes, 2012 has been a notable year.
I sat down with Mondo’s three head honchos—creative directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam, and (and Grammy-winner!) Rob Jones—to find out what Mondo’s learned in 2012, what we should expect from next month’s Universal Monsters gallery show, and what may lie beyond (prepare for non-committal responses!). It’s all after the jump in an exclusive video interview, folks: meet me there.
Mondo’s got a new Star Wars poster set for tomorrow, December 28th, and it might be their most delightfully strange so far. Created by Rob Jones, “King’s Lead Hat” re-imagines Darth Vader’s classic visage as an Empire facility. Jones has a cool explanation for why he chose to go with this design as his contribution to the series, and you can read what he had to say after the jump.
Also after the jump you can check out the poster. The screenprint is 24”x36” with metallic inks. The edition is limited to 255 and each poster is signed and numbered by the artist. The poster goes on sale tomorrow at a random time. Be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
If everything I’ve heard about Fantastic Fest is even half-true, then people attending this year’s festival are going to have a blast. There’s a killer line-up which includes Let Me In, Red, Stone, and tributes to Roger Corman and Bill Pullman. The festival has also announced that Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League will debate/box Michelle Rodriguez over whether or not Avatar deserved to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s worth noting that Rodriguez’ breakthrough role was as a female boxer in the 2000 film Girlfight.
Additionally, there are going to be some incredible posters created specifically for Fantastic Fest and Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art botique. Hit the jump to check out the incredible posters for Let Me In, Roger Corman, Red White & Blue, Nevermore, Rubber, and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes . Fantastic Fest starts tomorrow and runs to September 30th.