You know about Mondo, right? No, not Mongo. That’s Ming’s domain in the classic Flash Gordon newspaper strip or the name of Alex Karas’ character in Blazing Saddles. Mondo.
Mondo is a boutique gallery & studio in Austin, TX that creates limited edition silkscreen prints of alternative movie posters by a a host of artists, as well as vinyl movie soundtracks and apparel. Closely associated with the Alamo Drafthouse Theaters (for whom they often create posters for special events), their work is high-concept, stunningly designed, and ultimately…pretty damn nice. They have a particular fondness for classic movie monsters, but they’ve done equally noteworthy posters for Dune, The Warriors, and others. Currently Mondo is hosting a show going on through February 23rd entitled “In Progress: A Collection of Original Poster Art” featuring the sketches, layouts, and line art that led to the finished prints.
I’ll include several samples here, but definitely check out their site and blog for all kinds of great pieces. (And, hint: Muddy Colors’ own Paolo Rivera has an extremely nice Lord of the Rings print currently available.)
Arnie Fenner has worn a number of hats in his career, sometimes several at once. He was a Senior Artist for Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and for the last 14 has been the Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing (part of Universal Press Syndicate).
While working in the corporate world, he has also (as time permitted) been a junior partner in the Jankus/Tiber advertising agency, served as art director for Mark Ziesing Books, been a small press publisher (of both books and magazines), and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer.
Fenner has produced many CD and book covers over the years for titles by everyone from Stephen King to Harlan Ellison to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.; he's received medals from the Society of Illustrators, certificates from Communication Arts, and two World Fantasy Awards. He collaborates with his wife, Cathy Fenner, on a wide variety of art books (including retrospectives devoted to Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Robert McGinnis among others) and the annual SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.