Movies, art, music, games, toys, collectibles, food, and beer!
As an Austin based outlet, we’ve long championed the efforts of local collectable purveyors Mondo. Check here for our coverage of their gallery shows and other wallet-opening releases over the years. A few years ago, the crew made a big step up, taking on the logistical challenge of starting their own convention, MondoCon. After taking a hiatus last year, they’re back, re-energized, and kicking things off in a new space at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin, Texas.
The convention will feature artist booths, panels, board-games, music, collectables, and film screenings showcasing new limited edition poster releases, all supported by a fleet of food trucks and a special brew made for the event by the super awesome crew over at Austin Beerworks. The lineup for 2019 is detailed below, as is how to purchase tickets. If you’ve never been, it’s an event chock-full of cool things to see, experience, and take home too. Take a look at our previous MondoCon coverage for an idea of what to expect, and check back in mid-September to see all our coverage from this year’s event!
Tickets for the day’s panels will be issued at the panel hall entrance when doors open on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be one per person and will guarantee entrance into its respective panel up until the panel starts. Once the panel begins, we will be filling seats from a stand-by line which will start forming 30 minutes prior to each panel.
Art of Toy Making
A behind-the-scenes look at the Mondo collectibles with the Toys/Collectibles team of Brock Otterbacher, Michael Bonanno, Hector Arce, Aaron White, and very special guests! This panel will give fans insight into the toy-making process, a first look at a few upcoming releases, as well as prizes and other toy-related fun!
Underscore: A Soundtrack Panel
Join Mo Shafeek and Spencer Hickman from the Mondo Music Group as they discuss how they approach creating new art work for soundtrack reissues from concept to completion. They will be joined on stage by Jon Dobyns founder of Anime label Tiger Lab and artist Alan Hynes who will be discussing his artistic process designing record packages for Mondo. Look out for new title announcements and some teases of forthcoming artwork. After a 60-minute panel discussion, the floor will be open to audience questions.
Canadian Horror Roundtable
The Mondo roster of artists with an appreciation for horror bleeds maple. Enjoy a roundtable discussion featuring Gary Pullin, Paige Reynolds and Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, Randy Ortiz, Sara Deck, Matty Ryan Tobin and Jason Edmiston. Host Mark Brickey (Adventures In Design) conducts a bunch of Canucks yapping about the delights held in darkness.
Draplin Design Co: “Things That Don’t Have A Thing To Do With Graphic Design”
As a graphic designer, I’m lucky to make things for all kinds of things. But more and more, I’m realizing the profound impact it has on the things in the rest of my life. Things in my backyard. Things that hold things. Things for my nephew. And things on one of the saddest days of my life. That’s a lot of things. Plus, we’ll update you on all the things we’ve been up to, aside from all those other things. Tons of new things!
MondoCon Spotlight: Greg Ruth
Sit fireside with Greg Ruth as he discusses his storied artistic career. With a focus on pieces produced for Mondo including his staggering output for Twin Peaks, Greg shares his process and a surprise or two. Hosts Mitch Putnam, Eric Garza and Rob Jones helm a spelunking adventure through the mind caverns of a master.
Ever wonder how a poster comes together? Come watch as Daniel Danger, Matt Taylor, and Jock collaborate live and in person to design a movie poster in front of your very eyes. In this panel, the audience will have the opportunity to choose a title and then witness (and participate in) the creative process from start to… basically finish.
Join the creative team behind Mondo’s posters — Rob Jones, Mitch Putnam, and Eric Garza — as they discuss and share insights behind the process of putting together a Mondo poster. The panel will include a presentation of alternate concepts and directions, commentary behind some of the biggest releases of the year, and the opportunity to vote on direction for an upcoming Mondo poster. *Please note that we will be enforcing a strict NO CELL PHONE policy during Mondo Talk and NO PHOTOS or VIDEO will be allowed. Violators will be removed from the panel room.
Tickets go on sale Friday September 6th at 12pm CST, with a limit of 2 tickets per person, per screening. In the interest of fairness to MondoCon attendees, the ticket pages will only be accessible via a link that is emailed out to all MondoCon ticket holders. Screening attendees must have both a ticket to that screening and a MondoCon wristband for that day.
Friday September 13th
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. We know, right? This year we’re kicking off MondoCon with Edgar Wright’s perfect adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s brilliant SCOTT PILGRIM series: Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Come pack a theater at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and have an awesome time with old friends as we pre-game for an incredible weekend of epic epicness.
Saturday September 14th
One of the best films of 2018 and one of the most groundbreaking comic book movies to date, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Settle into your seat at the Alamo Drafthouse in a theater packed with Spider-Verse super fans and have an absolute blast. When it’s all said and done, and the credits roll, we’ll debut a brand new poster by Martin Ansin.
In addition there is also the world premiere of the Evil Dead in 4K featuring a brilliant reimagining of the score by original composer Joseph LoDuca, and an incredible new 5.1 surround mix (by Marti Humphery and Jussi Tegelman), overseen by Sam Raimi himself. To make the event even more spectacular, prior to the screening, Joseph LoDuca and his ensemble will be performing selections of the score live in the theater as everyone prepares to be terrified.
Sunday September 15th
Cap off your MondoCon weekend with a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s classic There Will Be Blood. Order yourself a milkshake and drink it down as Daniel Day-Lewis blows your mind with his incredible performance and when it’s all over, we’ll blow your mind again with a poster reveal from Joao Ruas.
A new addition to MondoCon is an entire area dedicated to games. Mondo Games is proud to sponsor the Gaming Lounge where attendees will be able to play a variety of tabletop games from several game publishers including Keymaster Games (Parks, Campy Creatures, Space Park), Skybound Games (Superfight, Red Flags, Trial by Trolly), Pandasaurus Games (The Mind, Dinosaur Island, Dead Man’s Cabal), Restoration Games (Fireball Island, Downforce, Conspiracy) and of course Mondo Games (The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, Fate of Fantos, Video Vortex).
Attendees will be able to check out games for free and get first hand demos from the creative teams responsible for their creation and try their hand at Unmatched, the latest joint release from Mondo and Restoration games that is taking the hobby by storm!
SKATE ART WORKSHOPS WITH SONNY DAY AND FRIENDS
MondoCon alumnus Sonny Day is bringing his DIY Skateboard Workshop to MondoCon for two days of skateboard art workshops. Sonny will run the class through the design basics of skateboard graphics and talk about their influence on him as an artist and on culture as a whole. Attendees will get their own Mondo skateboard deck from PS STIX which they will be able to use as their canvas for their very own masterpiece.
Workshops will run both Saturday and Sunday with tickets for each session including a customizable skate deck and all the materials needed to get radical for only $75. There will be 3 workshops on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 30 at 1p CST and will be limited to 20 people for each session.
ARTISTS & EXHIBITORS IN ATTENDANCE
100% Soft, 59 Parks / NPR, Acme Archives, Arik Roper, Becky Cloonan, Uniquely Geekly, Bill Stout, Boris Pelcer, Burlesque of North America, César Moreno, Claire Hummel, Dan McCarthy, Daniel Danger, DDC / Aaron Draplin, Erica Williams, Florian Bertmer, Francesco Francavilla, Galactic Gallery, Gary Pullin, Greg Ruth, Jason Edmiston, Jay Ryan, JC Richard, JJ Harrison, Jock, John Vogl, Jonathan Burton, Justin Santora, LandLand, Leslie Herman, Matt Ryan Tobin, Matt Taylor, Matthew Woodson, Nicole Gustafsson, Oliver Barrett, Phantom City Creative, Richey Beckett, Rob Jones, Ryan Duggan, Sachin Teng, Sam Turner, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Sara Deck, scarecrowoven, Scott C, Stan & Vince, The Vacvvm, Todd Slater, Jesse Hernandez, Laser Wolf Attack, Miles Tsang, Nimit Malavia, Cameron Stewart, Mad Duck Posters, Zeb Love, Rory Kurtz, Sonny Day, Rough Trade Books, Static Medium, Mike Mitchell, Jen Bartel, Industry Print Shop, Arrowhead, Lineage Studios, Alex Pardee, Drew Struzan.
Burning Witches Records, TerrorVision / Graveface, Enjoy The Ride Records, Arrow Video, Fangoria, Vingar Syndrome, Cadabra Record, LITA, Death Waltz Records, Keymaster Games, Skybound Games, Pandasaurus Games, Restoration Games, MondoGames
HOW TO ATTEND
MondoCon 2019 will take place September 14th and 15th in Austin, TX at the Palmer Events Center. MondoCon Two-day and Sunday Only tickets are available now.
Visit the MondoCon official site for tickets, programming, and more info, and follow Mondo and MondoCon on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.