Mitch Putnam’s Top 10 Posters of 2012

In no particular order…

Q The Winged Serpent by Jay Shaw

This poster sums up exactly what I love about Jay Shaw’s work. He knows film inside and out, so he was able to perfectly capture Q’s vibe without using any obvious imagery. He’s had a huge year and shows no signs of slowing down.

Fantastic Planet by Aaron Horkey

I remember actually yelling out at my computer when this came in. It was something like, “shiiiiiiiit”. So good.

The Wolf Man by Laurent Durieux

We’ve been so happy with everything Laurent Durieux has done for us in 2012. Here, I really applaud his choice to focus on the character of Larry Talbot. We never know what his next poster will look like, which keeps this job exciting.

Finn by Olly Moss

First, if you haven’t seen Adventure Time yet, start watching now. This poster is yet another case of “why didn’t I think of that?”, which Olly has pretty much mastered at this point.

Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer by Ken Taylor

Rob, Justin, and I all consider MIchael Rooker to be a living legend, and he’s probably never been drawn more accurately. I just ordered a frame for my copy, which Mo got signed for me at Texas Frightmare Weekend.

The Cabin in the Woods by Phantom City Creative

Thinking back, The Cabin in the Woods was one of the better films I saw in 2012, plus this is probably my second-favorite Phantom City poster ever (you can’t beat The Burning). Considering the limitations imposed to avoid spoilers, it explains everything perfectly.

13 Assassins by Vania Zouravliov

Vania is so talented that I’m intimidated to even be working with him. He is one of the best illustrators of this generation, period. He loves samurai films, so 13 Assassins was a project he became quite passionate about. This is one of my favorite samurai posters of any era.

Beetlejuice by We Buy Your Kids

It was a total honor to have a gallery full of weirdo film posters by the Australian duo We Buy Your Kids last month. Beetlejuice was among the first images we received, and it still remains my favorite thing they’ve done for us. Their work is incredibly refreshing. Beautiful.

The Avengers by Tyler Stout

At this point, Tyler Stout has pretty much mastered the screenprinted movie poster. The skill involved here is immeasurable (it may look simple, but people try to mimic his style regularly, almost always failing). He’s been here since the beginning, and this poster really shows how much he’s progressed.

Melancholia by Tomer Hanuka

While I really loved the rejected, ‘completely nude’ version Tomer first submitted (not a joke), this Melancholia poster is still one of my favorites of 2012, even with the added dress. It can be daunting to take on a poster for such a beautiful-looking film, but Tomer’s lush illustration style payed perfect homage.

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