Mitch’s Top 10 Posters of 2011

When Justin asked Rob and I to put together a list of our top ten posters from 2011, I knew it’d be difficult to choose. Working with these images day in and day out, you become attached to them all. That said, Justin beat us both at arm wrestling, so here are my favorites!

Kill Bill by Tyler Stout

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair has always been a cinematic “white whale”, so when Tarantino screened it in LA, we knew Tyler Stout HAD to do the poster for the event. Definitely my favorite of 2011, it looks even better in a frame.

Dracula by Aaron Horkey & Vania Zouravliov

Aaron Horkey and Vania Zouravliov are the perfect team. It’s hard to say much about this poster without sounding like too much of an illustration nerd, so I’ll just say that I absolutely love it. Who could’ve predicted this one?

My Neighbor Totoro by Olly Moss

To me, this poster perfectly illustrates how far Olly Moss’ work has come over the past couple of years. While he used to focus on minimal graphic design, his approach has expanded to include lush landscapes that beautifully portray just about any film. Super good.

Maniac by Ken Taylor

If the three of us that run the creative side of Mondo had to decide on a poster that was our collective favorite for the year, it’d probably be Ken Taylor’s Maniac. I don’t know how he did it, but Ken somehow nailed the sad terror that is Joe Spinell as Frank Zito. Best Joe Spinell drawing ever.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Chris Ware

It has always been a personal dream of mine to commission a Chris Ware poster, so when the opportunity arose to release his Uncle Boonmee one-sheet as a screenprint, I almost jumped out of my skin. Some of the deepest, weirdest work he’s ever done, we feel lucky to have been a part of it.

Jurassic Park by Aaron Horkey

If you know me at all, you likely know that Aaron Horkey is probably my favorite artist in the entire world. The mystery movie event was awesome, Phil Tippett was there (as was Aaron), and I’m glad to have this poster to commemorate the show.

House by the Cemetery by Jeff Proctor

How does Jeff Proctor not get more love? This thing looks like Chris Ware did a poster for one of my favorite Fulci films…why is it not hanging on your wall?

Frankenstein by Drew Struzan

You can’t really make a list of favorite Mondo posters from 2011 without including Drew Struzan’s Frankenstein. This is a dream come true for all of us.

The Burning by Phantom City Creative

Phantom City Creative has really gotten a lot better in the last year. This one is pretty much their pinnacle so far. They’re definitely creating some authentic-looking period movie posters.

Steamboat Willie by Tom Whalen

Nobody does better cartoon screenprints than Tom Whalen, and this one is his best. Some folks probably think we do too many cartoon posters, but it’s hard to deny how awesome they are.

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