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MondoCon 2016

 

 

Hello, ladies and gents! MondoCon 3 is so close it’s practically on top of us. The annual event kicked off in September of 2014 and immediately staked its claim as the preeminent shindig for collectors of limited edition screenprinted movie posters. MC3 takes place this Saturday and Sunday (October 22nd and 23rd) in Austin, TX at the AFS Cinema (formerly The Marchesa Hall & Theatre) and the Holiday Inn Midtown Conference Center (conveniently located across the street). Doors open at 10am Saturday, but diehard fans are already camped out on the sidewalk, claiming their spots in line, itching to get their hands on the super exclusive swag and limited edition artwork that will be available from the dozens of talented artists and poster/vinyl/merch slangin’ companies with booths at the con. MondoCon attracts artists from across the globe and provides them with the perfect platform to interact with fans and sell their work. To walk the convention floor is to engage in sensory overload. Every corner of the con floor is stuffed with colorful posters competing for your attention. Some of the lines will be crazy Saturday morning, but they should thin out by mid-day. Sunday, the crowds really die down and it’s a great time to browse, discover new artists, get old prints signed, or possibly get a quick sketch. At this point most attendees have already grabbed their ‘must-have’ items and are busy attending the numerous panels and screenings. Check out a few of the killer posters that will be available at MC3:

The Graduate by Rory Kurtz 24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 325

The Graduate by Rory Kurtz
24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 325

 

Mondo X Cyclops Print Works Print #02: Wall-E by Tom Whalen 24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 390

Black Dragon Press Kevin Tong Ran 24"x36" Screen Print, Regular Edition of 140

Black Dragon Press Kevin Tong Ran 24″x36″ Screen Print, Regular Edition of 140

The Thin Red Line by João Raus 24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 250

The Thin Red Line by João Raus
24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 250

More MC3 posters at the end of the article.

While the art and the artists are the main draw to MondoCon, there’s a lot of other stuff going on and none of it is filler. From the horse’s mouth:

MondoCon is a celebration of everything we love, including movies, art, comics, music, toys and food. It’s a weekend curated with fans in mind, featuring incredible artists & creators from around the world, panels, screenings, food trucks, live score and interactive events.

This year’s lineup is fierce. Screenings include The Fountain (followed by a Q&A with composer Clint Mansell, ticket price includes the score on vinyl (available for the first time) with exclusive artwork by Nicole Gustafsson), A Clockwork Orange (presented in 35mm with exclusive poster by Rory Kurtz), Enter the Dragon (presented in 35mm with exclusive poster by Jock), and the return of the Mondo Mystery Movie (MMMXII). Demand for the screening tickets was high and all shows are sold out. MMMXII is by far the hottest ticket of the con. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mondo Mystery Movies (and those of you wanting to relive the glory) I wrote an accompanying article: History of the Mondo Mystery Movie (MMM). Please check it out and see what the hype is all about.

There are 7 panels with a variety of topics and guests. Mondo Live: Draw & Design allows the audience to pick a movie, and Olly Moss, Jock, and Jay Shaw will collaborate to ‘create the greatest (or worst) poster ever’ live on-stage. Mo Shafeek and Spencer Hickman from the Mondo Music Group will head up a discussion on the state of soundtracks in 2016 in a panel titled Underscore: A Soundtrack Panel. MC3 will close with a live performance from Le Matos featuring music from Turbo Kid and their debut LP Join Us. Le Matos mixes Electro, Techno, and 80s dance-floor synth to set the party off.

While MondoCon starts Saturday, the festivities kick off Friday night (tonight!) at 7pm with the opening of Jason Edmiston and Ken Taylor’s show Home at the Mondo Gallery on Guadalupe. The show features new original works and there’s a good chance there’s a limited edition screenprinted poster or two.

One of the best things about MondoCon is the vibe and the community of collectors and artists that gather to share in a weekend of good vibes, libations from the AFS Bar, and a shared interest in art, films, music, and all things collectible. Looking forward to hanging with my people.

See you in Austin! I’ll be the bearded weirdo carrying a poster tube, introducing myself to you even though we previously met at MC2. Oh yeah, did I mention that MC3 has it’s own beer?! Well it does. Check it out below.

Tickets to MondoCon 3 are available here.

More artwork available at MC3:

The Martian by Oliver Barrett 24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 250

The Martian by Oliver Barrett
24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 250

Mulholland Drive by Tula Lotay 24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 225

Mulholland Drive by Tula Lotay
24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 225

Mondo X Cyclops Print Works Print #03: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by JC Richard 36"x12" Screen Print, Edition of 250

Mondo X Cyclops Print Works Print #03: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by JC Richard
36″x12″ Screen Print, Edition of 250

Guardians of the Galaxy by Jock 24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 325

Guardians of the Galaxy by Jock
24″x36″ Screen Print, Edition of 325

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