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Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit

Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit Opening Night

Dracula Mondo Poster Phantom City Creative

I love it when the stars align and a business trip puts me in the right place at the right time. Earlier this month, I had just such an opportunity when a trip to Austin, Texas, coincided with the opening of the new Universal Monsters exhibit at the Mondo Gallery.

While I’m not new to Mondo entirely, I had no idea what to expect and so, after a great meal of Tex-Mex, I strolled over the gallery. It was an unusually wet and chilly January day in Austin, and while it was still more pleasant than my Minnesota home, I was stunned to see the waiting line extending down the block for hundreds of feet.

Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit Opening Night Line

In talking to people in line, this is standard fair for opening night at Mondo exhibits as collectors and enthusiasts get their first shot at purchasing prints from the new collections.  What struck me, though, as a Universal Monster fan and classic monster collector, was the age of those in line.  We often think of our community as being largely Boomers and some older Generation X, those of us who grew up in the monster boom of the 1960s and 70s.  This crowd was anything but that, made up almost entirely of 20 and 30 somethings!  While this is a testament to the popularity of Mondo with the Millenial crowd, these folks were enthusiastically discussing their favorite monsters and monster movies.  These were, indeed, our people!

With press credentials in hand, I was fortunate to bypass the hours-long wait and made my way into the small, nondescript gallery.

Mondo Gallery Austin Texas Universal Monsters Exhibit

Being a Mondo neophyte, it took me a bit to get my bearings. So I decided to enjoy a complimentary local craft beer and watch the pattern of the more experienced Mondo collectors as they cued up for their must-have posters, enamel pins and lithographs.

Here’s a video from the opening night that does a far better job than my photography of showcasing the art and giving a feel for the event:

Take a closer look at some of artwork from the Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters exhibit:

Frankenstein Mondo Poster Francesco Francavilla

Universal Mummy Mondo Poster Stan & Vince

Eric Powell Wolf Man Mondo Poster

Bride of Frankenstein Mondo Poster Jonathon Burton

Creature from the Black Lagoon Mondo Poster Gary Pullin

Invisible Man Mondo Poster Jonathon Burton

About a week after the opening of the exhibit, Mondo released the first run of posters and enamel pins from the Universal Monsters collection for sale on their website.

Mondo posters are available in limited runs and they tend to show up on the secondary market pretty quickly (at appreciated prices of course).  Mondo’s first Universal Monsters collection was released back in 2012 and a quick scan of eBay shows a nice sampling of posters from the original collection and, not surprisingly, some posters from the 2018 collection as well.

What do you think of these modern takes on the classic film posters of the Universal Monsters films? Do you have any Mondo art in your collections? Love to hear your stories!

(News) The Frankenstein Project: Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

CELEBRATING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SHELLEY’S NOVEL FRANKENSTEIN

The Frankenstein Project by SuperMonsterCity

I owe a lot to the founders of SuperMonster市City! If not for their participation in the vintage toy exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in 2014, I would never have started Collecting Classic Monsters! One of the very first posts on this website focuses on the impact of my visit to the museum and the floodgate of nostalgia that reawakened my latent collector gene.  You can read more about that fateful day here: A Monster Kid Awakens.

SuperMonsterCity exhibit Minnesota History Center

Since then, I’ve gotten to know Stephen Yogi Ruff and David Barnhill and am always thrilled to support their efforts to celebrate the importance of monsters, superheroes and villains in popular culture. David’s personal collection of more than 200,000 toys, comic books, posters and films is one of the largest private toy collections in America and a constant source of inspiration for me.

Now, SuperMonster市City! is planning to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a big way with the  publication of a newly designed layout of the original 1818 text . They’re calling for artists to submit work to be included in this limited edition book and will make the book available in a variety of formats along with lithograph prints of submitted art. Artwork will be selected by a jury of artists and designers for inclusion in the books and other items.

Watch this video to hear David to talk about The Frankenstein Project:

One of our founders, David, on the special project we’ve been talking about! Visit our site (linked in our profile) and read all about THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT! Fun Facts: Mary Shelley’s birthday is coming up on August 30th! We’ll be having a special live stream Anvil Stream Team presentation all about this project speaking with artists and judges involved, talking about the history of Frankenstein, trivia, influences and more! The presentation will be on: Twitch.tv/thedarkcloak , next Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 8PM CST #supermonstercity #vintagetoys #actionfigure #monstertoy #toycollector #instatoys #instalove #instafave #instafollow #vintagehorror #classicmonsters #kaiju #monsters #BrideOfFrankenstein #BorisKarloff #UniversalHorror #UniversalMonsters #artbook #callforartists #artistsubmissions #artistentry #curatedartbook #artjudges #artsubmissions #theanvil #presentation #twitch

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CALL TO ARTISTS TO SUBMIT WORK

Artists of various mediums, including traditional and digital, are asked to create and submit artwork representing his or her interpretation of a section of the famous science fiction novel. Artwork will be selected through a submission and jury process. All submissions will be included in the web gallery and include the artist’s name and a link to their website. The entry fee for submission is $30.00 per submission and is non-refundable. Artists appearing in the books will retain the rights to their work, granting SMC! provisional rights. Artists whose artwork is used will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale of books and in various media.

Artworks selected will be published via print-on-demand in both hardcover and softcover books with color plates. Artists included in the print-on-demand books will receive (1) hardcopy of the book and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

With this project we are honored to be joined by a prestigious group of jurors to pay homage to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the enduring legacy of her classic novel, and the Creature who has provided so much, to so many, for 200 years. We believe that in some ways we are all innocent monsters, and at SuperMonster市City! we have empathy for outsiders.

Kickstarter Campaign

A separate Kickstarter campaign launching in November 2017 will fund a limited-edition printing of leather bound books with color plates on archival paper. Letterpress posters of the selected artwork will be printed on archival-grade paper and offered as Kickstarter premiums. Artists selected for publication will receive (1) copy of the leather bound book, (1) letterpress copy of their artwork, and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

Additional details about the project and submission process can be found at SuperMonsterCity.com/the-frankenstein-project. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.

Stay tuned for further details about the Kickstarter as details emerge and be sure to submit your artwork for consideration. I know I’m going to!

New Universal Monsters Prints by Alex Ross

Acclaimed Illustrator Alex Ross Releases Monster Art for SDCC

Alex Ross Universal Monsters Print Set SDCC 2017

Chances are you’ve seen this amazing new Universal Monsters artwork by famed Marvel and DC comic book artist Alex Ross. Well, we finally know how we can get our fan hands on these prints for our collectionsThe  Alex Ross Universal Monsters Set will debut at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego starting on preview night, Wednesday, July 19th.

Alex has painted tan amazing collection of these stars of Monster Kid-dom, with each to be numbered and signed by Alex himself.

The Complete Universal Monsters Collection

The Classic Universal Monsters Collection includes 7 black and white editions. Each piece has been numbered and signed by Alex Ross with an official Certificate of Authenticity.

Frankenstein’s Monster

Alex Ross Frankenstein Print

Dracula

Alex Ross Dracula Print

The Wolf Man

Wolf Man Alex Ross Print

The Mummy

The Mummy Alex Ross Print

Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Alex Ross Print

Invisible Man

Invisible Man Alex Ross Print

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Alex Ross Print

Each piece of the edition has been numbered and is signed by Alex Ross with official Certificate of Authenticity.

Each edition is $695.00 for a 36”x24” Giclee on Canvas. Editions 1-25 are sold only as a set.

SDCC 2017 Exclusives

Alex Ross Art will be selling the portraits at San Diego Comic-Con Booth 2415.  The iconic portrait series will be made available starting Wednesday, July 19th at 6PM on a first come first serve basis.

Universal Monsters DVD Box Set Art

If you won’t be at SDCC, or the $695 price tag is a bit steep, there is more good news.

Universal is releasing all of these films this fall in collectible Steelbook cases featuring Alex’s amazing artwork on the cover. Each title will retail for about $20 and include both Blu-ray and digital HD copies. I know, I know, like any of us need another copy of these iconic films in our collection, but hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!

Frankenstein and Border of Frankenstein Steelbook Alex Ross

Wolf Man Invisible Man Steelbook Alex Ross

Mummy Dracula Steelbook Alex Ross

Creature from Black Lagoon Steelbook Alex Ross

The steenbok series is a Best Buy exclusive and releases September 12, 2017. But you can pre-order them now online.

More details on AlexRoss.com

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