Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations (such as the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 20th anniversary screening), Mondo has announced its next comic book-inspired event will be an exhibition of portraits of Marvel Comics characters illustrated by artist Mike MItchell. Running from April 25 through May 17 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, Mitchell's show, officially called “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo,” will include pieces inspired by the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and more. Read on for an exclusive peek at some of the excellent pieces on offer.
Directed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a theatrical extension of their award-winning work on Batman: The Animated Series which finds Batman on the trail of a lethal new villain for whose crimes he has been wrongly given the blame, and whose identity and motives strike hard into the heart of Gotham City’s protector. The film is equal parts mystery, action and romance, and enhanced by riveting music, truly emotional vocal performances and exquisite animation and art direction like no other American animated feature. Indeed, legendary film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert actually apologized to their television audience for not reviewing Mask of the Phantasm when it was released in theaters (lousy promotion caused them to mistake it for a compilation of episodes from the animated series) and heaped effusive praise on the film and its principals. The 1993 film remains the only animated Batman feature released cinematically.
This past Christmas marked the 20th anniversary Mask of the Phantasm, a film that’s arguably its creators’ most perfect expression of their enduringly influential vision of DC Comics’ dark knight — a vision that many believe is the most perfect expression of Batman in any medium. While Warner Bros. has yet to announce any plans for a high definition reissue or any other offerings connected with the special occasion, the film fanatics at Mondo — purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic celebrations — decided to honor Mask of the Phantasm with an anniversary event in connection with the famous Alamo Drafthouse of Austin, Texas, where they screened the film in its original 35mm format for a sold-out house last Tuesday, January 7. As always, Mondo came prepared with an extremely limited quantities of new screen-printed poster, and which serves as an update of the film’s original theatrical one-sheet and an homage to the aesthetic legacy of Timm and Radomski’s work.
ComicsAlliance was there.
One of the things that makes Paolo Rivera such an accomplished artist, and a favorite among many comic readers, is his ability to mix in elements from several of his artistic influences and interests in his work. That ability was on display once again this past week, as Mondo debuted a new print by Rivera that pays tribute to the EC Comics cover work of the legendary Wally Wood.
Artist Kilian Eng is a fixture of our Best Art Ever feature for a reason. Eng's highly detailed art, with an obvious European influence, can at once feel contemporary and futuristic. And if you're at all familiar with his work, you know he's very well-suited to illustrate any kind of space landscape you could possibly imagine. So we were pretty happy to see that Mondo had commissioned Eng to create this beautiful Silver Surfer poster, as part of a new series spotlighting Marvel characters.
We've written in the past about our love of Mondo's poster series, but these new DuckTales posters might be our favorites (or maybe just Chris Sims' favorites). Celebrating the release of the DuckTales: Remastered video game from Capcom, WayForward and Disney Interactive, Mondo has commissioned four new posters by artists JJ Harrison, Anne Benjamin, Phantom City Creative and DKNG featuring the denizens of Duckburg. Between these, Remastered's release and Fantagraphics' beautiful reproductions of the Carl Barks Duck comics, it's a fine time to be a fan of anthropomorphic ducks who almost uniformly refuse to wear pants.
Last week Warner Bros. released details of the highly anticipated 'The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition.' Featuring blu-ray editions of all three Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan, plus additional literature and numerous other extra features, the box set is a dream for devoted fans of the franchise, and ComicsAlliance has partnered with ScreenCrush to give a copy away for free.
Warner Bros. confirmed on Tuesday the details of the long awaited The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition, a deluxe compilation of Blu-ray discs, literature and artwork from the Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan. While there have been DVD and Blu-ray boxsets of these films before, this edition is the decidedly more luxurious product that Dark Knight devotees have been anticipating since the trilogy concluded with last year's The Dark Knight Rises.
In addition to the high end packaging of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as well as the supplemental features from their existing Blu-ray releases, the Ultimate Collector's Edition comes with Hot Wheels' Batmobile, Batpod and Bat vehicles; art cards by Jock and Mondo featuring the villains of the trilogy; a hardcover photo book of production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies; and, most auspiciously, an exclusive video conversation between Nolan and Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner, in which the two discuss their respective superhero films and how Donner's enduringly popular work informed Nolan's.
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition goes on sale September 24 with a list price of $99.97.
With its limited supply of gorgeous Francesco Francavilla Black Beetle screen-printed posters completely sold out, Mondo has now turned its attention to this week's release of Man of Steel. The preeminent curators and producers of original, high quality illustrated posters based on film and television properties, Mondo's risen to the occasion of the Superman movie reboot with two new and extremely limited pieces by Ken Taylor and Martin Ansin, each depicting the titular Man of Steel in suitably iconic moments. Naturally both posters come with ultra-rare variants, including a "metal variant."
As fetishists for both outstanding illustration and high quality collectibles, we're very pleased to learn that Mondo, the preeminent gallery and producer of original screen-printed posters based on film and television properties, has selected The Black Beetle as the subject of its next limited edition exclusive.