Lots of HUGE News from Mondo

Mondo just put out maybe their biggest press release ever. In the first bit of news, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that they’ll now be including every Mondo poster (starting now) in their expansive archive. This is huge news that really validates the screenprinted film poster movement. Here’s the full release:

ACADEMY LIBRARY AND ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
TO ARCHIVE ART MOVIE POSTERS FROM MONDO

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library is partnering with the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse theater chain to archive the company’s growing collection of original film posters designed by contemporary graphic artists. The first group of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Mondo posters arriving at the Herrick will include the latest print, a poster for the classic horror film “Frankenstein” (1931), created by Drew Struzan.

The Alamo Drafthouse began producing limited-edition silkscreen posters in 2003. Mondo, the company’s art boutique, now produces more than 120 posters annually, and through it prominent artists such as Martin Ansin, Shepard Fairey, Olly Moss, Tyler Stout and Ken Taylor are commissioned to create new art for classic films, as well as alternative posters for contemporary movies such as “Inglourious Basterds,” “True Grit” and “Thor.”

“We are always seeking out the unusual, and the Mondo collection certainly fits the bill,” said the Academy’s graphic arts librarian, Anne Coco. “We are looking forward to working with the Alamo Drafthouse to ensure that its contribution to the art of movie posters will be around for future generations to appreciate.”

This ongoing gift from the Alamo Drafthouse will be housed along with the Herrick’s existing collection of more than 38,000 movie posters. The posters in the library’s collection are stored in climate-controlled vaults, and are scanned and entered into the library’s online catalog, where they can be viewed by the public.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Academy for its interest in archiving Mondo’s poster collection,” said Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael. “We’re fans of movie art, first and foremost, and to have our artists’ work archived alongside some of the classics of movie poster art is an incredible honor.”

The Margaret Herrick Library poster collection includes a wide range of works created by noted graphic artists, such as the Stenberg brothers’ constructivist poster for “Man with a Movie Camera” and Wiktor Gorka’s arresting poster for the Polish release of “Cabaret.” The library also holds all of the film posters designed by Saul Bass, including his groundbreaking key art for “The Man with the Golden Arm.”

The second piece of news is an upcoming Frankenstein poster by Drew Struzan (with text by Ken Taylor)! More details will come on this, but expect it to involve some deluxe production.

The third and final piece of news is a brand new Mondo archive site at MondoArchive.com.

22 Responses to “Lots of HUGE News from Mondo”

  1. I don’t care about the price–I need to see this thing in person.

  2. Wow, major congrats to you all – that’s incredible news. Very much deserved.

  3. The Frankenstein poster looks amazing.

  4. Way to go! What is the artist selection process for Mondo?

  5. jesus, if mondo start down the classic monsters list, my bank account is toast…

  6. great news BTW + love the archive.

  7. Wow, that’s some really great news. Congratulations to Justin, Mitch, Rob, et all… That Frankenstein poster does look awesome as well…

  8. Juangus–I assume you haven’t seen Mondo’s previous Universal Monster prints? Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, etc. You and your wallet have some catching up to do.

  9. Amazing news :)

  10. Not to sound like a downer, but Mondo needs to have bigger press runs of the prints. There is no downside to this. More money for them, more posters in collector’s hands, less chance of flippers making big bucks on flipping the prints, and people will stop complaining that they did not get a print.

  11. I wont bother to address the “print more” of a print cause it has been covered 1000 times here and on EB.

    But what I will say, is that this would be one of those that would be awesome to have a saturday drop for. Of course I am only thinking of myself and the fact I no longer sit at a desk all day.

    No matter, amazing poster and amazing news! Congrats Mondo and all involved!

  12. what’s going on at omgvinyl.com?? love that site too!

  13. I love Drew Struzan and I will most likely buy that Frankenstein poster but I wish he did something new for it instead of using some of his old work. You can see the image here on his site with a date of 2003 on it.

    http://www.drewstruzan.com/illustrated/portfolio/?fa=medium&gid=941&mp&gallerystart=26&pagestart=1&type=mp&gs=2

    Still a beautiful poster though.

  14. @dylansdad: missing out on that dracula one made me weep the tiny silent salty tears of the disappointed…

  15. my bank account is already toast

  16. Killer poster. Struzan and Taylor? Doesn’t get much better!

  17. Dear lord that’s awesome. Congrats Mondo!

  18. Well done Mondo! Whilst I find your whole poster drop purchase experience a frustrating one, there is no doubt in my mind that you are responsible for producing some of the best commercial art in decades. A well deserved congratulations!

  19. Well that will be the first Mondo drop I’ve been interested in for quite some time. Looks amazing but like Eric pointed out, I kind of wish it was a brand new work by Drew. But regardless, it looks beautiful!

  20. 2003 artwork or not, that Frankenstein poster is awesome! And it looks like it’s an insert (14″x36″). I love inserts. I just hope my MondoDrop® (bad) luck turns good.

  21. Does this mean all the pre Academy Library Mondo prints with be worth more? Or will people donate them?

  22. Awesome poster. Wonder how the hell they are going to screen print that, if indeed that is what they are going to do. Wasn’t the first Mondo Horkey print a giclee?

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