Whew, is this a neat one! Mondo continues their partnership with the UK-based Black Dragon Press with a brand-spanking new poster for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows, beautifully executed by the great Peter Diamond.
According to Diamond, the beloved young adult novel and its multiple adaptations touch on some pretty wild stuff:
"My impression of these characters and this story going into this turned out to be very different from what I came away with after reading the novel. I was broadly familiar with The Wind In The Willows from various adaptations and had certainly seen enough Willows art to have a pretty strong idea of what this thing was about: idyllic English scenery, cute animals in tweed, the toad being a bit loopy...
But Toad’s not just a bit loopy, he’s truly sick. He’s charming and funny, sure, but in that very sad way perhaps only a person in the depths of addiction can be. His great source of joy and purpose is also a fatal menace to himself and those around him, and it wreaks havoc on his life.
I wanted to get at some of that in the drawing, how the book goes in these two directions simultaneously. The characters were to stay tweedy and cuddly, but the image should be somehow chaotic and confusing. I wanted to show him plunging into oblivion and soaring like a bird at the same time. And I did all I could to draw you into those unhinged but ecstatic toady eyes."
Let's take a look!
The Wind in the Willows (UK Variant) by Peter Diamond.
18"x36" screen print / Hand numbered / Edition of 60
Printed by Seizure Palace / £50
The Wind in the Willows (US Variant) by Peter Diamond
18"x36" screen print / Hand numbered / Edition of 40
Printed by Seizure Palace / $65
This poster will be available in two versions tomorrow (September 20th): The United Kingdom Red Variant (on sale tomorrow at 5PM UK time from the Black Dragon Press shop) and the US Sepia Variant (available at a random time via mondotees.com). You can also keep track of Mondo’s Twitter to find out when these beautiful prints are up for grabs!
Personally, I’m really digging the red in the UK Variant - really gives it some POP! Which one do y’all prefer? Let us know in the comments below!
(Disclosure: BMD and Mondo are both owned by the Alamo Drafthouse)