Grey Matter and Gabz Cruise Mulholland Drive!

Grey Matter Art have teamed up with illustrator Gabz for David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive”. The Regular and Variant editions go on sale through Grey Matter’s Web Store on Tuesday, September 30th, between 1:00 & 2:00 PM EST.

Mulholland Drive Regular Edition by Gabz

Mulholland Drive Regular Edition by Gabz

Mulholland Drive Variant Edition by Gabz

Mulholland Drive Variant Edition by Gabz

Here’s what Gabz had to say about the experience of illustrating “Mulholland Drive”:

“Being a long time fan of David Lynch so I was more than happy to deliver a first ever authorized poster print for one of my favorite movies of all time, “Mulholland Drive”. This hypnotic, dream-like and surrealistic film with brilliant music and top-notch acting made a huge impact on me back when I was an art student, and I keep coming back to it with great pleasure, discovering something new every time.

There are many unforgettable scenes which I was tempted to focus on when designing this poster and even more hard-to-forget characters I felt I needed to include, but after creating a series of different mock ups, I decided to focus on one character in particular that I personally find most disturbing and interesting. My intention was to design a poster that, when viewed from the distance, portrays a faceless and mysterious Cowboy, and only after looking from up close reveals other essential characters to the story such as Betty, Rita, Adam Kesher, Coco and more.

Last but not least, with this print I wanted to pay a homage to one of the Polish Poster School masters Waldemar Świerzy and his unbelievably beautiful poster for Midnight Cowboy.”

Be sure to hit up Grey Matter Art next Tuesday for your shot at owning one of these awesome posters!

MONDOCON 1: The Second Day

Day 2 of MONDOCON immediately began with a much better start than the first day…assuming you were not trying to get Laurent Durieux’s Back to the Future Part 3 Variant. The people who were actually able to snag a copy of that gorgeous gem arrived at the venue before 6:00 AM. I heard way too many stories about being fourth or fifth next in line after Mondo announced that it sold out which blows. But anyway, back to MONDOCON. Sunday was way more enjoyable than Saturday in almost every way. This may be due to fewer attendees, hopefully better organization, or tons of little fixed variables, but either way I am sure this is what Mondo envisioned when they came up with this idea of MONDOCON.

Top Left: Durieux Oldboy Hammer and Tooth. Top Right: Belanger The Thing commission. Bottom Left: Ortiz awesome scary sketch. Bottom Right: Edmiston Alien.

I still bought stuff on this second day, but there was hardly any new art out there. Many artists saved half of their runs to be sold today, but it was rare to see something new. Mike Mitchell (who still had an incredibly long and slow line) brought some older AP copies of his art, but I don’t really believe any other artist had different things available this time around. This was good news for my wallet, but also my sketch book. I got a lot of really great 30 secondish sketches from a handful of artists and even a super sick commission from Andy Belanger. This, for sure, was my favorite part. Especially when I found Randy Ortiz. He easily spent 20 minutes on a sketch for anyone who asked, and while I was near him and conversing with him and other attendees he completed 4 sketches. Doing the math, that is an over an hour. Plus, he had something to say to anyone about anything. He was such a cool guy, and I could not have been more excited to find and meet him (“find” because he didn’t have a booth this year, but SPOILER: next year he will). Speaking of sketches, Laurent Durieux is a champ. Ever since he got there, all he did was sign prints or do sketches for people. I don’t think I ever saw him relax, but I also don’t think I ever saw him stress either. This guy is a master of art and conventions, especially since he JUST flew in from France where he hosted his own gallery show.

They continued with more screenings and panels today, which I definitely enjoyed. There is currently a Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live music screening going on, but I didn’t get tickets for that. I did, however, attend the Mondo Talk: Art Direct Live panel. Here, they talked about the process of actually turning an idea into a poster to go on your wall. Everything from adding title blocks, to likenesses, to designs that’ll never see the light of day were discussed.

It was very interesting, and reassuring as a fan, to know how much trouble they go through to get it exactly how we all love these prints. It also helped me appreciate these artists even more because sometimes they are forced to produce a design in a matter of days and it still looks amazing. At the end of the panel, the audience helped choose a design for an upcoming Phantom City Creative print featuring a Joker episode in Batman: The Animated Series. Look forward to that coming out soon.

Today, I was able to enjoy the food a lot more too. The food trucks they brought in had incredibly long lines (like everything else) on the first day, but even that seemed to thin out for this second day. They included artist/ movie inspired food items, such as Sex Bob-Ombs (a la Scott Pilgrim) or an Alex Pardee dressed hot dog. More food trucks would be optimal next year, ESPECIALLY TORCHY’S IF POSSIBLE, but today I personally didn’t find a problem with food at all.

All and all, MONDOCON Day 2 was MONDOCON. By that I mean an enjoyable time where I could meet new people, discuss random stuff with artists, drink beer, relax, and enjoy the beauty all around me. Most of the problems I faced on the first day were really only seen on the first day. I don’t know if that means for MONDOCON 2 to maybe JUST get a Sunday pass, but either way just expect using that whole day to enjoy your time,  and be cool with not getting all the art you initially want (like any Mondo setting, I guess). If you’re in the area, I recommend it for sure. I met people from different states nearly every hour, so if that is your situation then I’d consider it too.

Thank you to Mondo, the artists, and the other fans especially for making this event something special.

For Mondo, look forward to their Batman gallery in Austin, Texas on October 24th. Otherwise, expect MONDOCON 2 in 364 days from now.

 

Jacob Triska

MONDOCON 1: The First Day

As my buddy and I drove up to the Marchesa Hall in Austin, Texas, we immediately knew that MONDOCON 1 would be something special. Unfortunately for us, so did thousands of other fans. The venue was to open at 10:00 AM and we arrived just after 9:30 AM. Big mistake. The line was long, and “long” doesn’t quite paint the picture of just how many people were already in the line at this point. That’s what Mondo creates though. They are the big pioneer for this community, and everyone wants to be a part of it.

I didn’t end up getting into the actual Hall until about 10:30 AM, and immediately it was chaos. Easily over a thousand people were in a relatively small location all hunting down their most coveted print. There were 2 separate rooms filled with artists all along the walls as well as in the middle of the show floors. The room that Mike Mitchell was in was the most crowded because of his booth and his extremely slow moving line, and unfortunately this caused that entire hall to be packed line a can of sardines in some places (it stayed like that until I left for the nigth). Luckily, I had a ticket to The Art of Toy Making panel that started at 11:00 AM to get me out of the stress filled mad house.

This was a very interesting panel. I know nothing of the collectible toy world, so I’m sure other people enjoyed it a lot more. However, it was very awesome to hear about the creative and designing processes involved. Justin Ishmael, head honcho of Mondo, announced that the Iron Giant figure would be coming out around November, Hitchcock and Ninja Turtles in 2015, and newly announced Hellboy and Scott Pilgrim are in the works as well. If you are a collector of toys, Mondo is definitely the company to follow for upcoming releases. These people are collectors, they know what works, know what doesn’t, and made a big deal about how they don’t want to ruin the trust we have for them. They were also very open to fan comments on what you want, what needs to be fixed, etc., so if you have an opinion then they definitely want you to voice it.

As I walked back into the main lobby from the panel, the lines were even longer at this point. To get into the outdoors Mondo tent line, there was a line. To get into one of the two halls, there was a waiting line. If you wanted to get art, there was a line. This gave me a chance to first get a “Strawberry Cornetto” Shaun of the Dead inspired beverage, and then check out some other names I had not been familiar with before in the at-less-than-capacity hall that I hadn’t venture into yet.  This is where I really started to enjoy the magic that Mondo had envisioned for this convention. I was able to explore this huge community of art, meet other fans just as passionate as me, and just stand in awe. I feel like that is something that could easily have been lost among the people there, is just how awesome it all really was. But long lines, heat, rain, and small print runs will do that.

As the day went on, I began to enjoy my time there a lot more. Honestly, it seemed like everyone was. It definitely thinned out, and you were able to relax more. I learned about Dave Correia (of Zero Friends), got to chat with Jock and Jason Edmiston, threw (and missed) records at Zombies while trying to earn a variant copy of the Shaun of the Dead record, and met tons of cool people. Talking to all of you who love this stuff as much as me was probably my favorite thing so far too. Being able to share passion, introduce others (or be introduced) to new artists, and create memories is what is going to make MONDOCON something great.

The Mondo tent was, in my opinion, not as strong as a lot of art inside. They had tons of Iron Giant stuff (which I was OK with), Deadpool/ Night of the Living Dead mash ups, and a few other movie titles that I wasn’t very familiar with. All of the quality was top notch though, as always with prints from Rich Kelly, Franceso Francavilla, DKNG, Mike Mitchell, Jason Edmiston, and so many more. They introduced vinyl records for Looper and Iron Giant as well.

Overall, there are many things to like about MONDOCON. There was great art, very nice people and artists everywhere, great food and drinks, and new people to fall in love with their work. There were also many things to not like about it such as LONG lines everywhere, a small venue, and a lack of expectation on Mondo’s part of how big this would be for the fans. I plan on going tomorrow more to just look around, see another panel, and get Sunday exclusive art. As of now, I’d say MONDOCON was a success. You just have to be able to adapt in this screen printed environment.

Another small thing to note was that there were panels going on all day, but those were tough to get tickets for. So far, there was a panel for the process of making a movie (from the art side), a 2001: A Space Odyssey vinyl release with clips shown from the movie, as well as the toy one I went to. Screenings tonight, which include prints in the ticket cost, are for Ghost in the Shell and Total Recall.

If someone from Mondo ever reads this, here are my  biggest recommendations: get a bigger venue, and let volunteers handle payment, not the artists. Let them enjoy the fan interaction, not the business side. Also, if you want this to exist with Fantastic Fest, don’t have it set as the same time as the movie festival. My $.02

More to come tomorrow at Day 2!

 

Jacob Triska

The Poster Posse Goes Interstellar

Our friends at Blurppy have debuted a new Poster Posse project for the upcoming Christopher Nolan film, Interstellar. Once again, The Posse blow your mind, and bend space and time with their amazing illustration skills!

Here are just a few samples from their latest project but fear not, you can find more over at BLURPPY.COM!!!

Ian Wilding Says Oh Captain, My Captain!

Here are three pieces we think are pretty freakin’ sweet from Artist and Illustrator, Ian Wilding! Check out more work from Ian on his Website!

Captain by Ian Wilding

Captain by Ian Wilding

Drive by Ian Wilding

Drive by Ian Wilding

Mario by Ian Wilding

Mario by Ian Wilding

Moscati and Inker, Kicking Ass!

New prints from the minds of David Moscati and The Dark Inker. We love Wolverine (even though Marvel is killing him off shortly) and we’re big fans of The Dark Tower novels! Check out these prints celebrating those respective Pop Culture icons!

Wolverine by David Moscati

Wolverine by David Moscati available HERE!

I Do Not Kill With My Gun by The Dark Inker

I Do Not Kill With My Gun by The Dark Inker available HERE!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

On Saturday, September 6th, it was that time of year again. My yearly excursion to The Baltimore Convention Center for what I consider to be the BEST Comic-Con on the East Coast, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

I’ve been attending the Con every year since 2007, and have had the great pleasure of meeting, and getting sketches from such Comic Book greats as Jim Lee, Adam Hughes and Kevin Maguire. This year was different. This year I was most excited to meet and speak with amazing illustrator Tracie Ching.

Fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Star-Lord, Nova and Ronan The Accuser at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Star-Lord, Nova and Ronan The Accuser at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

I arrived at the Convention Center about an hour before the doors opened to the Con floor. Once the doors rose and people began flooding onto the Con floor, I made a beeline for Tracie’s booth in “Artist’s Alley”. I recognized her booth right away, and began looking through her portfolio of display prints while she spoke with a gentleman I soon found out was none other than Dave Perillo!

Tracie Ching and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Tracie Ching and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Once Tracie and Dave had finished up their conversation, Tracie and I began chatting. I have to say, I have met a lot of artists and illustrators throughout the years in my visits to the Con, and Tracie ranks right up there as one of the nicest, most approachable people I have had the pleasure of speaking with. We talked all about Tracie’s work, the tools she uses to create, blogging, and of course I HAD to ask her to be a guest on an upcoming podcast! We ended the conversation with me buying a few prints from Tracie, including her “Kill Bill-The Yellow Haired Warrior” print!

Kill Bill prints by Tracie Ching at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Kill Bill prints by Tracie Ching at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

Next, it was time to stop by Dave Perillo’s booth. Unfortunately, I did not have any pictures of floss on the streets of Baltimore, but that’s a Twitter hashtag for another time. Dave and I talked for a little while, during which time I looked through his prints and happened to spy something that I had never seen from Dave…X-Men: The Australian Years! I remarked to Dave that I HAD to have that print, as the Australian Years were my favorite X-Men period. Dave was awesome to talk to, and I purchased a bunch of 8×10 prints from him, including some Transformers and Godzilla prints!

X-Men The Australian Years by Dave Perillo

X-Men The Australian Years by Dave Perillo

Dave Perillo and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Dave Perillo and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Thor by Dave Perillo

Thor by Dave Perillo

Spider-Man by Dave Perillo

Spider-Man by Dave Perillo

Iron Man by Dave Perillo

Iron Man by Dave Perillo

Hulk by Dave Perillo

Hulk by Dave Perillo

Captain America by Dave Perillo

Captain America by Dave Perillo

It was then time to stop by the booth of Maryland-native and all-around awesome illustrator, Paige Pumphrey. Paige is always a hoot to speak with, and Saturday was no exception. We talked a little about her illustration work, and I purchased her latest sketchbook.

Paige Pumphrey Sketchbook Cover

Paige Pumphrey Sketchbook Cover

Sailor Moon by Paige Pumphrey

Sailor Moon by Paige Pumphrey

Dazzler by Paige Pumphrey

Dazzler by Paige Pumphrey

Storm by Paige Pumphrey

Storm by Paige Pumphrey

Bettie Page by Paige Pumphrey

Bettie Page by Paige Pumphrey

Batgirl by Paige Pumphrey

Batgirl by Paige Pumphrey

The remainder of my day consisted of walking the Con floor and checking out all the awesome Comics, Toys and Statues that the vendors have to offer. All-in-all another very successful day at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I cannot wait until next year!


The Art of Pac23!

Astrogirl by Pac23

Astrogirl by Pac23

We’re big fans of Francisco Perez aka Pac23, and thought we would share some of his work with you. A very talented illustrator! You can find more of his work on his Behance page and his Website, also be sure to follow Pac23 on Twitter.

Astrogirl2 by Pac23

Astrogirl2 by Pac23

Thor's Hammer by Pac23

Thor’s Hammer by Pac23

Russell by Pac23

Russell by Pac23

Laser-engraved Skate Decks by Pac23

Laser-engraved Skate Decks by Pac23

Hellboy by Pac23

Hellboy by Pac23

Ghost Rider by Pac23

Ghost Rider by Pac23

Omega Red by Pac23

Omega Red by Pac23