This year's MondoCon is shaping up to be quite the spectacle: the action's now spread across two venues (Austin's Marchesa Hall & Theater and the neighboring Holiday Inn Midtown Conference Center), which should alleviate some of the overcrowding that occurred during last year's Con; a slew of new exhibitors and artists have joined the party; a trio of specialty screenings (each accompanied by their own Mondo poster, naturally) will take place; and, of course, a ton of new artwork will debut.
Which, among other things, is what we're here to talk about today: Birth.Movies.Death. is proud to exclusively reveal Rockin' Jelly Bean's The Lost Empire. Gaze upon it now, but maybe not for too long if you're at work.
The Lost Empire by Rockin’ Jelly Bean
36" x 18”
Edition of 275
This is one of many, many new prints that'll be available at MondoCon this year. Wanna see another one? Well, how about Sam Wolfe Connelly's striking Black Swan print (previously revealed as artwork for an upcoming vinyl/soundtrack release, also via Mondo)?
Black Swan by Sam Wolfe Connelly
16” x 24"
Edition of 225
If you haven't been following along, here's a rundown of all the panels and events taking place at MondoCon this year:
PANELS & EVENTS
Mondo Creative Directors 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 concepts and a look at some of the biggest releases of the year.
The Art of Toys & Collectibles
A behind-the-scenes look at the Mondo collectibles line with Creative Director of Toys/Collectibles Brock Otterbacher & a number of special guests. This panel will give fans a look into the toy making process along with a few upcoming release teases!
Pop-Up Record Shop
Continuing in the tradition of this year's Audyssey pop-up record shop, Mondo & Death Waltz Recording Co. are pleased to present the premiere destination for soundtrack collectors to pick up the latest must have releases. We have returning favorites from last year as well as some amazing newcomers. Mondo & Death Waltz will be carrying selections of our favorite titles from our friends at Data Discs, Milan, One Way Static as well a huge selection of curated European titles imported specially for the event . Other labels in attendance manning their own tables and ready to interact with fans include Tiger Lab, Milan, Light In The Attic, Waxwork Records, Terrorvision Records, Lunaris Records, Ship To Shore Records and Strange Disc.
William Stout Career Retrospective
MondoCon welcomes back the legendary William Stout for a look into his incredible career, which includes design work on over 35 feature films – both Conan the Barbarian films, The Hitcher, Invaders From Mars, First Blood and Return of the Living Dead.
The Art of Jock
You may know Jock from the work he’s done with Mondo, but his career extends far beyond a 24”x36” poster. After getting his start in comics working at British magazine 2000 AD, he’s worked with DC / Vertigo on projects including The Losers, Scalped & Batman: The Black Mirror. He is currently illustrating the beautifully twisted & critically acclaimed new comic Wytches, written by Scott Snyder. Additionally, Jock has done concept work on a number of films including Children of Men, Dredd, Batman Begins and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most recently, he has been praised for his design work on the film Ex Machina, which includes his design for AI robot Ava. We’re absolutely thrilled to take a look back on Jock's career (thus far) and get some stories from the man himself, beer in hand.
Underscore: A Soundtrack Panel
Record Label Manager Spencer Hickman & Production Manager Mo Shafeek discuss the creative process behind Mondo & Death Waltz's soundtrack releases. The panel will also include insight into the production process of Vinyl manufacturing for independent labels. Featuring special guest panelists from various other soundtrack labels, distribution and authorities of the medium, as well as announcements and artwork reveals of forthcoming soundtrack releases.
Vacvvm Artist Panel
Members of the illustration collective THE VACVVM discuss the advantages of working with each other, the synergy of a collaborative artistic environment and share information about projects past and future.
Live mural painting by Sam Wolfe Connelly
Sam Wolfe Connelly will be creating a live mural throughout MondoCon to give a fascinating look into the artistic process!
Adventures In Design MondoCon in Lounge
Sit in as Mark Brickey, host of the podcast Adventures in Design, interviews MondoCon artists and guests live throughout both days of the convention.
Umberto 'Pieces' Live Score Event
Grindhouse in conjunction with Death Waltz Recording Company presents UMBERTO – Pieces Live Re-score. In 2012 Matt Hill (Umberto) was commissioned by the Glasgow Film Festival to re-score the 1982 splatter film PIECES and perform it live. The re-score was eventually released on vinyl and CD with the title The Night Has A Thousand Screams and has only ever been performed again at Beyond Fest in 2013…UNTIL NOW! To celebrate Grindhouse releasing PIECES on Blu-ray, we are stoked to bring Matt out to MondoCon to perform his re-score to PIECES for one final time. If you haven’t seen the film, you’re in for a treat. PIECES is one of the most outrageous and legendary of all the low budget 80’s splatter films; it’s over the top in every department, each scene more ridiculous than the last. To see it with a crowd is the best way to truly experience it. Every attendee at the screening will receive a FREE exclusive colorway of a new Umberto 7’ due on the Death Waltz jukebox series featuring two brand new unreleased tracks. We’ll also have copies of the Rock Action LP. Matt will be signing after the performance.
Toy Masters Documentary (Free Daytime Screening)
When two friends attempt to discover who created their favorite childhood action figure, they end up uncovering a heated battle for credit that's lasted 30 years and is filled with more colorful characters than any toy store aisle. Filmmakers Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis set out to document the origin of He-Man--the central character in a billion-dollar multi-media franchise--and along the way, they begin to realize that the truth may not be as simple as they'd hoped. Join them as they go from interview to interview of conflicting stories about how it all began--and try to figure out who's lying and who's telling the truth--in this fun, informative doc that plays like the 'King Of Kong' of the toy world.
Batman (Screening + Poster by Ken Taylor)
In 1989, Tim Burton gave us his incredible version of Batman, combining a masterful blend of gorgeous production design, an incredible soundtrack (from both Prince and Danny Elfman) and the inspired casting of Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The modern superhero blockbuster was born. We’re extremely excited to present the film in beautiful 35mm at MondoCon this year with a limited edition, screen printed poster by Ken Taylor. Poster is included in the ticket price (purchased separately from the MondCon pass) and only available to attendees.
The Goonies (Screening + Poster)
In 1985, Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg took us on an quest in search of One-Eye Willy's hidden treasure, with a rag-tag group of kids as our guide. With a perfect blend of adventure, laughs, quotable lines, and that unforgettable Cyndi Lauper tune, Goonies is quintessential 80s nostalgia that will hold up for generations to come. Join us for a screening of the film along with an awesome new poster by an artist to be announced at the show! Poster included in the ticket price (purchased separately from the MondoCon pass).
Black Swan (Screening + Vinyl)
We're thrilled to release the BLACK SWAN soundtrack (on vinyl for the first time) at MondoCon, and to celebrate we're hosting a free afternoon screening of the film on Sunday (Oct. 4th) with a discussion of the film's music with Critic and Composer Brian Satterwhite. Note: You must have a MondoCon wristband to attend the screening.
And here's a full lineup of the (currently confirmed) artists who'll be attending this year:
The Dude Designs
Stan & Vince
Burlesque of North America
Daniel "Corrina, Corrina" Danger
Draplin Design Co.
Middle of Beyond
Phantom City Creative
Rockin’ Jelly Bean
MondoCon runs Oct. 3rd-4th in Austin, TX. You can head over to the official site to pick up a badge, or you can stay at home and do nothing, like a total chump. I'll be filing a report after the Con for those of you who choose the second option, but if you wanna keep tabs on things as they occur you can follow both me and Mondo via Twitter for updates.
Any Birth.Movies.Death. readers attending this year? If so, sound off in the comments below. Curious to know who I might run into while going bankrupt!