Justin Ishmael’s Top 10 Posters of 2012

Go Ape! by Jason Edmiston

POTA is one of my favorite series of all time and I was super pumped to finally be able to do something with it. We had lots of ideas on how to distribute this poster. One of them was to do a mail order only thing where you would have to send check or money order in with proof of purchase stamps we’d send out when you bought the other 5 posters in the series. Jason Edmiston is one of the most talented (and also nicest) guys working. I love this poster to death and the original painting is even on my wall at home.

Bullhead by Jay Shaw

This was a total “How’d he do that?” moment for us when we got this in our inbox. We all just thought he found some picture and photoshopped it, but no. This is drawn. Just goes to show how talented Jay is.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Ken Taylor

Super classic poster from Ken. I never get tired of seeing Ken’s work. Way before we got the license I remember watching this movie with an old roommate and saying how amazing it would be to have a Nautilus/ Squid fight poster and it finally came true!

The Cabin in the Woods by Phantom City Creative

What a fun poster to work on this was. We got to see the movie early, but the only bad part was we couldn’t, with good conscience, do anything in the poster that would give anything away. Looking back, it was definitely a good thing to have all of the caveats around doing this poster as we had to get super creative on what to do with it. We got second place this year in The Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards. We’ll go for the gold in 2013.

The Iron Giant by Laurent Durieux

This poster is just beautiful. THE IRON GIANT is one of the movies that still make me cry and this poster evokes that same emotion from me.

Jodorowsky’s Dune by Kilian Eng

I cannot wait for this documentary to come out. We were so thrilled that this poster got such a great response. Killian Eng is one of my favorite artists right now and he does science fiction better than almost anybody.

Shaun of the Dead by Jock

Jock is just the best. His ideas are so good and the variant on this poster was definitely one of the best of the year. We got to see the original drawings for this poster when we were at Thought Bubble in Leeds and it was amazing. I can’t wait to see more work come in from him.

Halloween by Ken Taylor

Probably Ken’s best poster of the year. It nails the tone so perfectly. This was for a charity event at the New Beverly and even “The Shape” and John Carpenter were impressed by it!

Creature from the Black Lagoon by Francesco Francavilla

I can’t remember the first time I saw Francesco’s work. It was, I’m sure, his covers for Marvel. Maybe like BLACK PANTHER or something, but I started to hunt down and grab covers that he did. It was awesome to not only get him on a poster, but to have him at the booth at SDCC and for him to win the Eisner award for best cover artist that same night!

Psycho by Daniel Danger

I remember we did a process video with Daniel on COWBOYS AND ALIENS and we should make a point to do that every time. His work is so¬†beautiful¬†and the process is equally as exciting. I would’ve loved to see his hand swollen up after all of the cross hatching on this thing.

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