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MondoCon 2014 Photo Recap

It’s been a week since MondoCon 2014 and we are still internalizing such an amazing weekend. It was incredible to have over 50 exhibitors make their way to Austin to showcase art, vinyl, VHS, toys, etc., speak on panels, sketch and just hang out.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended, chatted with artists, drank Mondo Beer, survived Texas heat and forgave us for any first-year blunders. Last week we emailed out a survey for those interested in providing thoughts about the weekend. We’d love to hear from you!

Below you can find some photos from the weekend.

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Jason Edmiston

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Mondo Booth

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 Oni Press

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 Mike Mitchell

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 The Art of Toy-Making Panel with Justin Ishmael, Brock Otterbacher, Dan Willett & Mike Mitchell

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Mondo Beer by Dogfish Head

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Brian Satterwhite discusses Alex North’s lost 2001: A Space Odyssey score.

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JuiceLand 

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Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Industry Print Shop live screen-printing t-shirts and posters all weekend.

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Gary Pullin

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Designing Movies panel with Geof Darrow, William Stout, Bernie Wrightston, Alex Pardee & Jock

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Frank serving up MondoCon specials.

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Francesco Francavilla

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Ben Scrivens from Fright Rags

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Daniel Danger

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Anne Benjamin & Billy Baumann 

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Shaun of the Dead record throwing booth

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Bernie Wrightston

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Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy panel

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Gorgon Video

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Basil Gogos

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JJ Harrison

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Scott C

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

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Kevin Tong

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William Stout walks us through Godilla 1983 storyboard slides.

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Godzilla 1983

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Tom Haubrick & Ken Garduno

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Jock with his Shaun of the Dead soundtrack artwork.

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Peached Tortilla

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Frank Gibson & Becky Dreistadt

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Spencer Hickman from Death Waltz

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Charity Francis killing it at the Mondo Booth.

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Jay Shaw

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Justin, Rob & Mitch discuss posters that never were during the Mondo Talk panel.

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Phantom City Creative

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Umberto & Antoni Maiovvi close out the weekend with their Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-score.

LOOPER 2XLP OST

As premiered on Noisey, we are super excited to unveil the full details & artwork for the soundtrack to Looper. This amazing packages – designed by Jay Shaw, will see initial release at Mondo Con, with online release on 9/23.

We felt this release deserved a little more exploration, so included in this post are some photos, and a little bit of story behind the project of both from the designer himself.

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Looper
Composed and Produced by Nathan Johnson
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, accompanied by a limited bonus 7″ inch record featuring never before released material by Kid Koala
Cut at 45RPM for best possible sound quality
Housed in a hand-embellished Canvas bag
Featuring Liner Notes by Nathan Johnson
Package design by Jay Shaw
$60 / $70 with 7-Inch Record

Nathan Johnson’s incredible score for Rian Johnson’s time-travel masterpiece is coming to Vinyl for the first time. Composed using found sounds of the film’s production city of New Orleans, Nathan crafted a suspenseful, innovative soundtrack to the dystopian landscapes of a future where Time Travel and murder are controlled by organized crime.

In a stunning packaging concept by Jay Shaw, this 2XLP album comes in a embossed, gold foil gatefold jacket, housed in a custom, hand-embellished Canvas bag. With the help of local effects shop Hawgfly Productions, Mondo lovingly crafted a truly one-of-a-kind package befitting this modern sci-fi classic. Read what Jay had to say about this release:

When Rob Jones asked if I had any ideas for the cover of the “Looper” soundtrack I was honestly stumped. Mondo had recently released Martin Ansin’s wonderful poster for the film so I couldn’t get that image out of my head. Rob and I went back and forth with a half dozen duality gimmicks but none of them quite fit the tone of the film. As we sent ideas to Nathan Johnson (the film’s composer) it became increasingly clear that he had a real affection for his creation wanted this release to be special. I knew we were getting nowhere with our current approach so I took a step back from the project and worked on other things. When I’m stuck conceptually that tends to help redirect my process a bit. After a few brainstorming sessions with my wife and other smarter people than me the idea of recreating something directly from the film was born. Once I tossed out some stinkers (a working clock running in reverse for example) the gold currency bars seemed perfect. We could create a custom fabric sleeve and have a blunderbuss hole blown through it to reveal the gold bars underneath. Great idea but how is this going to work? How expensive would something like that cost to make? What if we pitched this to Nathan only to have it fall apart during production? As I put together a rough mock-up of the concept my concerns started to subside. This is the same company that took a bunch of “Monsters” metal posters out to a shooting range and blasted them with shotguns. The same company that spent countless hours turning some of Drew Struzan’s best poster art into screen prints. The same company that staged a live zombie invasion and played “Dawn of the Dead” inside an abandoned shopping mall. They’d go for it. If the idea was good, they’d go for it. And go for it they did. When Rob and Justin saw what I had in mind they were instantly on board. When we showed it to Nathan he replied “I LOVE IT!”. Clearly we’d figured out a solution.

Now came the fun part, designing the thing. We spent weeks working through the aesthetic language of the film to get the details right. The markings on the bars, the material for the clothing, everything. I worked up a custom type treatment based on the engraved currency demarcations. As the pieces came together everyone became more and more excited to see the finished project. Nathan was so enthusiastic he started asking if there was anything extra he could supply. When the composer asks if he can provide additional material to a soundtrack release you pounce on the opportunity. We got him to create a special locked groove “loop” and even put together a 7” single containing his piano solo version of the main theme and Kid Koala’s “Slinky Dance” from the club scene. I’ve worked on a good number of soundtrack releases and I’ve never seen so much direct contribution from a composer. Outside of his musical career Nathan is part of a graphic design shop with his brothers so he’s got a background in art. It made sense that he wanted hands on involvement with this project. His contributions and feedback are one of the big reasons the final product came out as cool as it did.

Once the design was complete the moment we all secretly dreaded had arrived. Making the physical product. It’s a lot of fun to come up with crazy ideas and pretend they’re logistically feasible but when it comes time to get production vendors to realize your vision in a tangible way you inevitably run into problems. And boy did we run into problems. As simple as the concept seems, blasting a realistic artillery hole in a burlap sack, the manufacture of something like that on a volume scale is anything but. Sure we could punch a shape out of the material and screen print a little black around the edges but the results were cheap and unconvincing. The only way to make this look like a film prop was to do it by hand. If we were only going to release a dozen copies of this thing that would’ve been fine but this was a proper soundtrack pressing so we needed to come up with a solution that would work for every record. After shipping production samples back and forth and trying to figure out a way for the factory to make these look right Mondo came up with the perfect solution. Have the factory create the basic sleeve with the hole punched and a flat black screen printed burn ring but then hand finish every bag right in Austin. Mondo has a great relationship with a special effects shop down there (I believe the same folks who did all of the zombie makeup for their Dawn of the Dead screening) so they were able to use film industry practical effects tools to get the details exact. My involvement in this part of the process was limited to looking at production samples and saying things like “Holy shit guys this looks amazing!” and “Do you think these will be finished before we’re actually living in “Looper” future?”. Somehow the miracle workers at Mondo were able to finish the project and it’s finally ready to be released!

This soundtrack is one of my favorite projects of my career. The amount of dedication and collaboration between Mondo, myself and Nathan Johnson has been remarkable. Everyone contributed so much to this release. It’s something I’ll always be incredibly proud of.”

A bundle, featuring a bonus 7-Inch record will be available for purchase in limited quantities as a companion piece for true collectors: featuring the track ‘Slinky Dance’ by Kid Koala, released in full for the first time ever, along with a B-Side piano version of the ‘Theme From Looper’ performed by Ryan Lott, and composed by Nathan Johnson.

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The soundtrack to Looper will premiere at Mondo Con in Austin, TX (September 20th & 21st) and an online release the following Tuesday September 23rd.

MONDO TEST PRESSINGS

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As we teased in our last post, we have one more Vinyl release to announce:

Ever since our first Vinyl release in September of 2011, customers have asked “What does Mondo do with their Test Pressings?” Well, we’ve been saving over them last three years to do something special, and on the eve of the third anniversary of our label we are excited to finally share them with the die-hard Vinyl collectors out there.

At MondoCon, we will release our last three years of Test Pressings, randomly assorted, housed in a special gatefold jacket designed by Tyler Stout (the spine is marked MOND-000, for those who are completists)

We have about 200 to go around, and they run the list from everything from The Beyond (MOND-002) through our most recent release Shaun Of The Dead (MOND-043). AND if that wasn’t enough we even tossed in test pressings for some titles that have yet to be released. The fun part is, they are completely blind-packed so you won’t know what you got until you get it onto your turntable. There are a lot of fun surprises in the mix. It was fun putting these together.

Because there are only 200 to go around, this item will be limited one per person at the Convention.

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Shaun Of The Dead OST LP

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We just announced one more Vinyl release for MondoCon: The premiere release of the Original Score to Shaun Of The Dead – the first release of Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead’s complete score in ANY format.

We couldn’t be more excited to have this available at MondoCon this coming weekend. The artwork on this LP is by Jock. You might recognize the cover image from his screen-printed poster, but he went back and created some more brand new art for the interior gatefold and it’s amazing. We can’t wait for you to see it. Read about the album below:

While aware that they were working on a comedy, Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead had the idea of making a score that was deadly serious and to let the comedy do its own thing. “We wanted to ‘play a straight bat,’ as the English say, and treat the film as though it was a sincere and genuinely terrifying scenario.” says Mudford. In doing so, they crafted a score that fits in perfectly alongside the great horror scores that inspired it.

Dan and Pete’s band ‘The Sons Of Silence,’ was previously featured in Edgar Wright’s television show Spaced and became part of the behind-the-scenes soundtrack during the writing and casting portions of the film. “Indeed, many of the doomier, dubbier tracks of from ‘The Sons of Silence’ would blend in perfectly with my playlist, made up of John Carpenter scores, Goblin rock outs and library tracks from Dawn of The Dead. So even before Dan and Pete were definitely scoring the movie, they were already scoring the movie,” says Wright. 

Also, part of the fun for this 180 Gram LP release, with purchase of the record at MondoCon, you will be able to participate in a Carnival style record-throwing booth where you can test your post-apocalyptic zombie defense skills to determine which version of the record you receive. Hit enough targets and you can earn the super limited “Do You Want Anything From The Shop…” version of the record.

For those unable to attend MondoCon, the record will be for sale online October 7, 2014.

Keep checking back here at the Blog later this week for photo detail of each record, including more information on all MondoCon Vinyl releases (LOOPER, MUSIC FOR 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, IRON GIANT and one more fun Vinyl item yet to be announced.)

Listen to preview tracks on Sound Cloud:

SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Regular Version
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead
Artwork by Jock.
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, and randomly inserted Winchester Ale Colored Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead.
$25

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 “Do You Want Anything From The Shop…?” Version
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead
Artwork by Jock.
Pressed on 180 Gram Strawberry Swirl Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead. Limited to 1,000 Copies.
$25

MondoCon Panels & Screenings: Schedule and Ticket Information

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Tomorrow we will be releasing tickets for MondoCon panels and screenings. If you are interested in attending a panel/screening during MondoCon, you will need to secure a ticket online.

Tickets will go live on EventBrite TOMORROW at 12pm CST. MondoCon ticket-holders will receive a link via email to secure tickets. You must have a MondoCon wristband for the day of the panel/screening in order to attend it.

SATURDAY (9/20)

Panels (Free)
11:00 – 11:50AM    The Art of Toy-Making (TICKETS)
12:10 – 1:00PM      2001: A Lost Score (TICKETS)
1:20 – 3:00PM        Designing Movies (TICKETS)
4:00 – 6:00PM        FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD (TICKETS)

Screening
9:30 – 12:00AM      Total Recall (TICKETS)

SUNDAY (9/21) 

Panels (Free)
12:00 – 1:00           Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy (TICKETS)
1:20 – 2:10PM       Godzilla 1983 (TICKETS)
2:30 – 3:45PM        Mondo Talk: Art Direct a Poster Live! (TICKETS)
4:00 – 6:00PM       Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (TICKETS)

Screening
7:30 – 9:30PM       The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Live Original Score (TICKETS)

You can find information on all panels and screenings below!

SATURDAY (PANELS)

The Art of Toy-Making – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelists: Mike Mitchell, Brock Otterbacher, Dan Willett

Go behind the scenes on the world of collectible toys! The panelists will dive deep into Mondo’s brand new toy line with photos and design images from the making of the first lineup of collectibles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Iron Giant and Alfred Hitchcock. Artist Mike Mitchell will also talk about turning his Lil’ Mikey illustration into a 3D figure. The future of Mondo’s toy collectibles will be discussed with the announcement of a new vinyl figure from a beloved comic book property.

2001: A Lost Score – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelist: Brian Satterwhite

Mondo is releasing the lost score for 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl for the first time ever!

Stanley Kubrick’s seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its classical musical cues as much as for its vivid imagery. What few people know is that those cues that are forever associated with the film were a last minute revision on the part of Kubrick. An original score exists, composed for the film by the late composer Alex North (A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus) that was abandoned during post-production. North did not know his score was discarded until he saw the film’s premiere screening.

Composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the lost score meticulously reintegrated back to the film to show what could have been.

Working with North’s estate, Mondo will release “Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey” in a deluxe package, complete with liner notes by Jon Burlingame. The vinyl will be available for sale at the Mondo booth.

Designing Movies – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelists: Geof Darrow, Jock, Mike Mignola, Alex Pardee, William Stout and Bernie Wrightson

It could be as small as a weapon or as big as an entire world, but each part of a film is designed by an artist. Who does that? How are the creatures, ships and landscapes of our shared dreams created? MondoCon sits down with six artists who have given form to some of the most iconic imagery in film. They will share stories and art, including pieces that have never been released publicly from the design phase on films like Raiders of the Lost ArkGhostbustersThe MatrixBlade 2Dredd 3DReturn of the Living Dead and more.

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FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000ADWorld Premiere (Free Screening) – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

A long overdue documentary that tells the story of 2000AD, the unsung cult hero of the comics industry. This film will celebrate and pay respect to the comic and explore its importance and influence on contemporary pop culture. Through in-depth interviews with the creators, writers, artists and fans of the last 35 years, we will tell the story of how this irrepressible, independent weekly comic has survived to have such a widespread cultural impact, not only on the international comics industry but also in film, art and literature.

MondoCon will have the world premiere screening of this documentary on Saturday, September 20. The screening will be free to badge holders with the Mondo poster for the event sold separately following the film. The trailer for FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD can be found here.

SATURDAY (SCREENING)

Total Recall – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
$60

Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall is an absolute Sci-Fi classic with striking visuals, full throttle action and one of our favorite Schwarzenegger performances. Join us as we celebrate the film with a beautiful 35mm screening and a limited edition poster for the film by JC Richard. Posters are included in the ticket price and only available to attendees!

SUNDAY (PANELS)

Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelist: Geof Darrow

Renowned comic book creator (Hard Boilded, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot) and conceptual film artist (The Matrix trilogy) Geof Darrow will discuss Shaolin Cowboy, including presenting 8 minutes of never-before-seen finished animation from an unproduced adaptation of the beloved cult comic. In 2009 Variety reported that the Wachowski siblings and Circle of Confusion were producing an animated feature of Shaolin Cowboy, but no one has ever seen this footage publicly… until now. Darrow will discuss his history with the project and his experience working on the animation in Japan. This is a unique opportunity for the world to get a first look at a potential anime classic that almost was.

Shaolin Cowboy follows an unnamed former Shaolin monk who wanders the land with a talking mule named Lord Evelyn Dunkirk Winniferd Esq. the Third. Having been “asked” to leave the Shaolin temple, he has since had a bounty placed on his head, which many are eager to collect. Given the Shaolin Cowboy’s prowess in martial arts, however, this proves to be very difficult.

“I met Geof Darrow a year ago in San Antonio. During our talk, he mentioned that he once lived in Japan and was working on an anime. My brain broke at the thought of a Geof Darrow anime based on Shaolin Cowboy followed immediately by heartbreak when he said that funding was pulled and the project was canceled. I’ve always wondered what it would be like. What would a Geof Darrow drawing be like if animated? What would the Shaolin Cowboy look like in action? Good news. All of these questions will be answered at MondoCon,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.

Godzilla 1983 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelist: William Stout

Long before Gareth Edwards and even Roland Emmerich took on the iconic monster, Godzilla was set to make landfall on American soil, but it wasn’t his time. Writer Fred Dekker, FX artist Rick Baker and conceptual artist William Stout were just some of the big names involved in an early attempt at a US-produced feature film in the 1980s that few were even aware existed until now.

Artist William Stout will take the audience through the entire feature film with over one hundred storyboards and conceptual art designs that he created along with Dave Stevens (creator of The Rocketeer) and Doug Widley (creator of Johnny Quest)

Mondo Talk: Art Direct a Poster Live! – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Panelists: Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam, Rob Jones

Mondo Creative Directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam and Rob Jones will discuss the creative process behind Mondo’s work, showing how the team works with artists to arrive at final images. The panel will include a presentation of alternate poster concepts from previously released prints and reveal new poster designs. The audience will also have the unique opportunity to “art direct” a project live during the panel, adding their feedback and voting on their favorite concept. Mondo will then produce the fan-created project.

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS (Free Screening) – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were two movie-obsessed cousins from Israel who became Hollywood’s ultimate gate-crashers. Following their own skewed version of the Great American Dream, they bought an already low-rent brand – Cannon Films – and ratcheted up its production to become so synonymous with schlock that the very sight of its iconic logo made audiences boo throughout the 1980s. And yet who could have foreseen how close they came to nearly taking over Hollywood and the UK film industry? Also screening at this year’s Fantastic Fest.

SUNDAY (SCREENING)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Live Original Score – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
$45

The most terrifying film of all time will be presented as you have never seen or heard it before. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be shown remastered in 4K with an original score performed live at MondoCon on Sunday, September 21. Composers Anton Maoif and Umberto created a completely new score for the film over the course of the last year after conceiving of the idea with Death Waltz records at Beyond Fest last October. This is the first time it will be heard anywhere. The film will also play with the live score at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on September 27.

Death Waltz records has produced the score and will make it available exclusively at the two shows in Austin and LA. Only 800 copies will be created. The exclusive Death Waltz vinyl will be included in the cost of admission to this screening. You can listen to three tracks from new score on Sound Cloud.

 

 

A CAT IN THE BRAIN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Cat In The Brain (Un Gatto Nel Cervello)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi

Artwork by We Buy Your Kids
Featuring liner notes by Fabio Frizzi
Available for the first time ever on Vinyl
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl and randomly inserted Brain Colored vinyl
$25

For those who don’t know, A Cat in the Brain (Un Gatto Nel Cervello) is horror master Lucio Fulci’s take on the Director in turmoil sub-genre made popular by Frederico Fellini’s 8 1/2. Composed by frequent collaborator Fabio Frizzi (The Beyond), the soundtrack is everything you want out of an Italian horror score: bizarre, haunting and fun.

Fabio Frizzi’s work is a huge part of the reason we got into the soundtrack business in the first place. We are proud to release this soundtrack for the first time ever on vinyl.

The soundtrack premiered at We Buy Your Kids’ exhibition at the Mondo Gallery ‘Harsh Majical’ and will be released online tomorrow, September 3rd.

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Note: The very limited Brain Colored variant version will be randomly distributed across orders. Purchasing this vinyl does not guarantee a variant copy.

You can listen to a few tracks off the soundtrack below!

 

 

Austin Beerworks & Koozies available at HARSH MAJICAL this Friday!

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In celebration of our new local beer sponsor, Austin Beerworks, we asked Sonny and Biddy of We Buy Your Kids to illustrate a koozie design for their upcoming gallery show, HARSH MAJICAL. The Australian duo was happy to help…and also let us know that koozies are called “stubby holders” down under.

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The two-sided koozie design includes a reworked version of the WBYK’s logo, and mirrors the offbeat, colorful style present throughout the posters and original art featured in the show. The first fifteen people in line at the opening will receive a free koozie, and the remaining koozies will be sold throughout the duration of the show!

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We’re big fans of Austin Beerworks’ beer and design style and are thrilled to now offer a selection at our gallery shows. We will have the Fire Eagle American IPA, Black Thunder German-Style Schwarz, Pearl-Snap German-Style Pils and Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale available at this Friday’s opening reception.

HARSH MAJICAL’s opening reception will be this Friday (8/29) at 7pm at the Mondo Gallery located at 4115 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78751.

 

MondoCon 2014: Panels, Screenings, Exclusives and More!

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We’re thrilled to announce the programming lineup of panels and screening events for MondoCon, set to coincide with the first weekend of Fantastic Fest on September 20 & 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX. We want to create a convention unlike any other, bringing together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more. Also, check out the MondoCon logo designed by Mike Saputo!

Panels and screenings will take place in the theater and the exhibition hall will host booths for individual artists and companies featuring artwork and products for sale. The exhibition hall will also offer a unique chance for fans to interact with creators in an intimate environment.

A full service bar and Austin’s finest food trucks will be available at the convention, ensuring that attendees will have access to delicious food and beverages.

MondoCon attendees will also be able to take advantage of live screen-printing for t-shirts and exclusive posters throughout the weekend, courtesy of Industry Print Shop. It will be a rare look into the process of screen-printing and the individual stages of poster production.

Below you can find information on panels, screenings, artists & exhibitors and MondoCon exclusives!

PANELS

Designing Movies
Panelists: Geof Darrow, Jock, Mike Mignola, Alex Pardee, William Stout and Bernie Wrightson

It could be as small as a weapon or as big as an entire world, but each part of a film is designed by an artist. Who does that? How are the creatures, ships and landscapes of our shared dreams created? MondoCon sits down with six artists who have given form to some of the most iconic imagery in film. They will share stories and art, including pieces that have never been released publicly from the design phase on films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, The Matrix, Blade 2, Dredd 3D, Return of the Living Dead and more.

The Art of Toy-making
Panelists: Mike Mitchell, Brock Otterbacher, Dan Willett

Go behind the scenes on the world of collectible toys! The panelists will dive deep into Mondo’s brand new toy line with photos and design images from the making of the first lineup of collectibles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Iron Giant and Alfred Hitchcock. Artist Mike Mitchell will also talk about turning his Lil’ Mikey illustration into a 3D figure. The future of Mondo’s toy collectibles will be discussed with the announcement of a new vinyl figure from a beloved comic book property.

Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy
Panelist: Geof Darrow

Renowned comic book creator (Hard Boilded, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot) and conceptual film artist (The Matrix trilogy) Geof Darrow will discuss Shaolin Cowboy, including presenting 8 minutes of never-before-seen finished animation from an unproduced adaptation of the beloved cult comic. In 2009 Variety reported that the Wachowski siblings and Circle of Confusion were producing an animated feature of Shaolin Cowboy, but no one has ever seen this footage publicly… until now. Darrow will discuss his history with the project and his experience working on the animation in Japan. This is a unique opportunity for the world to get a first look at a potential anime classic that almost was.

Shaolin Cowboy follows an unnamed former Shaolin monk who wanders the land with a talking mule named Lord Evelyn Dunkirk Winniferd Esq. the Third. Having been “asked” to leave the Shaolin temple, he has since had a bounty placed on his head, which many are eager to collect. Given the Shaolin Cowboy’s prowess in martial arts, however, this proves to be very difficult.

“I met Geof Darrow a year ago in San Antonio. During our talk, he mentioned that he once lived in Japan and was working on an anime. My brain broke at the thought of a Geof Darrow anime based on Shaolin Cowboy followed immediately by heartbreak when he said that funding was pulled and the project was canceled. I’ve always wondered what it would be like. What would a Geof Darrow drawing be like if animated? What would the Shaolin Cowboy look like in action? Good news. All of these questions will be answered at MondoCon,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.

2001: A Lost Score
Panelist: Brian Satterwhite

Mondo is releasing the lost score for 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl for the first time ever!

Stanley Kubrick’s seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its classical musical cues as much as for its vivid imagery. What few people know is that those cues that are forever associated with the film were a last minute revision on the part of Kubrick. An original score exists, composed for the film by the late composer Alex North (A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus) that was abandoned during post-production. North did not know his score was discarded until he saw the film’s premiere screening.

Composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the lost score meticulously reintegrated back to the film to show what could have been.

Working with North’s estate, Mondo will release “Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey” in a deluxe package, complete with liner notes by Jon Burlingame. The vinyl will be available for sale at the Mondo booth. 

Godzilla 1983
Panelist: William Stout

Long before Gareth Edwards and even Roland Emmerich took on the iconic monster, Godzilla was set to make landfall on American soil, but it wasn’t his time. Writer Fred Dekker, FX artist Rick Baker and conceptual artist William Stout were just some of the big names involved in an early attempt at a US-produced feature film in the 1980s that few were even aware existed until now.

Artist William Stout will take the audience through the entire feature film with over one hundred storyboards and conceptual art designs that he created along with Dave Stevens (creator of The Rocketeer) and Doug Widley (creator of Johnny Quest)

Mondo Talk: Art Direct a Poster Live!
Panelists: Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam, Rob Jones

Mondo Creative Directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam and Rob Jones will discuss the creative process behind Mondo’s work, showing how the team works with artists to arrive at final images. The panel will include a presentation of alternate poster concepts from previously released prints and reveal new poster designs. The audience will also have the unique opportunity to “art direct” a project live during the panel, adding their feedback and voting on their favorite concept. Mondo will then produce the fan-created project.

SCREENINGS

Tickets for the evening screenings will be made available to badge holders ONLY via Eventbrite before the convention. Stay tuned to the MondoCon website and @MondoConAustin for screening times, ticket release dates and additional screening announcements.

FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD (World Premiere Screening)

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A long overdue documentary that tells the story of 2000AD, the unsung cult hero of the comics industry. This film will celebrate and pay respect to the comic and explore its importance and influence on contemporary pop culture. Through in-depth interviews with the creators, writers, artists and fans of the last 35 years, we will tell the story of how this irrepressible, independent weekly comic has survived to have such a widespread cultural impact, not only on the international comics industry but also in film, art and literature.

MondoCon will have the world premiere screening of this documentary on Saturday, September 20. The screening will be free to badge holders with the Mondo poster for the event sold separately following the film. The trailer for FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD can be found here.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Live Original Score

The most terrifying film of all time will be presented as you have never seen or heard it before. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be shown remastered in 4K with an original score performed live at MondoCon on Sunday, September 21. Composers Anton Maoif and Umberto created a completely new score for the film over the course of the last year after conceiving of the idea with Death Waltz records at Beyond Fest last October. This is the first time it will be heard anywhere. The film will also play with the live score at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on September 27.

Death Waltz records has produced the score and will make it available exclusively at the two shows in Austin and LA. Only 800 copies will be created. The exclusive Death Waltz vinyl will be included in the cost of admission. View a trailer for this very special event here and listen to three tracks from new score on Sound Cloud.
Sci-Fi classics Ghost in the Shell and Total Recall (1990) will also have screening events on Saturday, September 20 at MondoCon with brand new Mondo prints included in the cost of admission.

MONDOCON EXCLUSIVES

We’ll be operating a pop up shop in the parking lot of The Marchesa Hall & Theatre with tons of surprises throughout the convention.

The Iron Giant Mini-Gallery

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Iron Giant Mondo will present a mini-gallery with multiple artists taking on the beloved animated classic. To give a tease of what’s to come, Mondo is thrilled to unveil the first print of the event from famed comics artist Alex Ross, working with Mondo for the very first time.

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The Iron Giant
by Alex Ross
Edition of 325
15″ x 27″

Additionally, we will be releasing the The Iron Giant soundtrack on vinyl for the very first time with two incredible package designs from artists Jason Edmiston and Jay Shaw.

The Iron Giant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Michael Kamen
2XLP, Remastered for Vinyl by James Plotkin
Cut at 45RPM for best possible sound quality

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Version A – Featuring brand new, hand painted Artwork by Jason Edmiston
Pressed on 180 Gram Black & randomly inserted Steel Grey Vinyl

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Version B – Artwork, and package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram vinyl, housed in a metal embossed slip case
Limited to 1,000 copies

Boom! Comics & Tyler Stout

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Tyler Stout lent his stunning artwork for an alternate cover of Boom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China #01. The print originally was made available as the official poster for Butt-Numb-A-Thon 9 at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2007 long before Stout was a household name.

ARTISTS, PANELISTS & EXHIBITORS

An expanded lineup of artists, panelists & exhibitors in attendance is below, joining previously announced legends like Basil Gogos, Geof Darrow and Mike Mignola. Bios and information on all special guests can be found at the MondoCon site here.

Oliver Barrett
Richey Beckett
Andy Belanger
Anne Benjamin
Burlesque of North America
Scott C
Chronicle Collecitbles
Becky Cloonan
Daniel Danger
Geof Darrow
Death Waltz Recording Co.
Laurent Durieux
Jason Edmiston
Mark Englert
Brian Ewing
Ferg
Francesco Francavilla
Fright-Rags
Ken Garduno
Basil Gogos
Gordon Video
JJ Harrison
Tom Haubrick
Jock
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Val Mayerik
Middle of Beyond
Mike Mignola
Mike Mitchell
One Way Static
Oni Press
Alex Pardee and Zero Friends
Phantom City Creative
Phone Booth Gallery
Gary Pullin
Retroband
JC Richard
Arik Roper
Tim Sale
Secret Headquarters
Jay Shaw
Skinner
Todd Slater
William Stout
Tiny Kitten Teeth
Kevin Tong
Unbox Industries
Bernie Wrightson
Waxwork Records
We Buy Your Kids

Tickets for MondoCon are on sale now at Mondo-Con.com. Single day tickets are $35 and full weekend tickets are $70. A full weekend ticket to MondoCon will be included with all VIP badges for Fantastic Fest. Both Saturday & Sunday are packed with unique panels, screenings and events!

Grab your tickets before they sell out and we’ll see you in a month!

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Recap

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We had such a fun time at San Diego Comic-Con this year. As always, it was that perfect balance of excitement and chaos that keeps everyone coming back for more. It was great to meet new fans, catch up with old friends, and get out with a few purchases of our own.

We were so pumped to give you guys a sneak peek at our upcoming toy releases and have special guests come by for poster signings. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth – we hope you had as much fun as we did.

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, we will be selling a few remaining prints, as well as the Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch records, that premiered at SDCC online. Stay tuned to our newsletter for all release information! You can check out a full list of our releases here.

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The Joker by Jason Edmiston

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Awesome photo from our friend Jeremy Tominberg

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Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch vinyl records

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Guillermo del Toro & Jock signing the Pan’s Labyrinth print  

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Jay Shaw

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Rocket Raccoon (Variant) by Kevin Tong & Tree Hugger by Mike Mitchell

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Kevin Tong stopped by to sign his Rocket Raccoon print

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Mike Mitchell signing Tree Hugger

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First look at our Alfred Hitchcock 1/6th scale figure

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We debuted some new pins at the booth

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Star-Lord by Francesco Francavilla

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Variant) by Tyler Stout

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