THE ART OF MONDO Book Review: This is a Must-Own For Movie Poster Fans

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If you've been reading GeekTyrant for a while, you're almost certainly familiar with Mondo, the Austin-based company that's become famous for its gorgeous posters dedicated to movies, TV shows, and comics. We write about Mondo posters on practically a daily basis, and for those of you who don't have room to hang dozens of them on your walls or don't have it in the budget to physically collect all of their incredible art, a new solution has arrived.

The Art of Mondo is a hardcover book filled with highlights and favorites from Mondo's storied history, along with cool behind-the-scenes stories about how the company was formed and how it has evolved into the entertainment behemoth that it's become in recent years. While it doesn't include every single Mondo poster released so far, it does feature a staggering amount of their now-classic images, featuring work from artists like Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Daniel Danger, Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong, and tons more. The book is organized in chronological order, so it's especially cool to see the company's history play out in front of your eyes as you flip the pages from its earliest days making what look like music gig posters for screening events, through to the famous pieces that accompanied the Rolling Roadshow series (which really put Mondo on the map), and finally on to what it is today: awesome artists making striking interpretations of pop culture we love.

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This is one of the nicest books I've ever reviewed. It's not some chintzy little thing that crams a few posters onto each page, either; this nearly six-pound beast is an impressive 356 pages, with one glorious poster per page, and since the hardcover book is 9.25 x 12.75 inches (that's BIG, in case you don't have a ruler handy), you really get a chance to luxuriate in each poster and notice all of their details without having to squint to see them. It's one of the best coffee table books I've seen, and if you're the type of person who would buy it and actually flip through it a few times, it's definitely worth the admittedly-a-little-steep $75 price tag. But think about it like this: $75 would get you something like one and a half full-size Mondo posters (not including frames), and with this, you get literally hundreds of them. I'd say that's a worthwhile trade.

I know it's hacky and unoriginal to say The Art of Mondo is a must-own for diehard fans of memorable, eye-catching movie posters, but it's true. This book is a stellar collection of work from one of the best companies in the world at curating movie and TV art, and if you've become a fan of their work through reading about them on this site, there's no better way to own many of their classic pieces than physically buying all of these full-sized posters, many of which have been price-gouged on eBay by now. Unless you have room for hundreds of posters on your walls, this is your next best bet.

The Art of Mondo hits shelves on October 10, 2017.

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THE ART OF MONDO Book Review: This is a Must-Own For Movie Poster Fans

The Art of Mondo book cover.jpg

If you've been reading GeekTyrant for a while, you're almost certainly familiar with Mondo, the Austin-based company that's become famous for its gorgeous posters dedicated to movies, TV shows, and comics. We write about Mondo posters on practically a daily basis, and for those of you who don't have room to hang dozens of them on your walls or don't have it in the budget to physically collect all of their incredible art, a new solution has arrived.

The Art of Mondo is a hardcover book filled with highlights and favorites from Mondo's storied history, along with cool behind-the-scenes stories about how the company was formed and how it has evolved into the entertainment behemoth that it's become in recent years. While it doesn't include every single Mondo poster released so far, it does feature a staggering amount of their now-classic images, featuring work from artists like Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Daniel Danger, Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong, and tons more. The book is organized in chronological order, so it's especially cool to see the company's history play out in front of your eyes as you flip the pages from its earliest days making what look like music gig posters for screening events, through to the famous pieces that accompanied the Rolling Roadshow series (which really put Mondo on the map), and finally on to what it is today: awesome artists making striking interpretations of pop culture we love.

The Art of Mondo interior 1.jpg

This is one of the nicest books I've ever reviewed. It's not some chintzy little thing that crams a few posters onto each page, either; this nearly six-pound beast is an impressive 356 pages, with one glorious poster per page, and since the hardcover book is 9.25 x 12.75 inches (that's BIG, in case you don't have a ruler handy), you really get a chance to luxuriate in each poster and notice all of their details without having to squint to see them. It's one of the best coffee table books I've seen, and if you're the type of person who would buy it and actually flip through it a few times, it's definitely worth the admittedly-a-little-steep $75 price tag. But think about it like this: $75 would get you something like one and a half full-size Mondo posters (not including frames), and with this, you get literally hundreds of them. I'd say that's a worthwhile trade.

I know it's hacky and unoriginal to say The Art of Mondo is a must-own for diehard fans of memorable, eye-catching movie posters, but it's true. This book is a stellar collection of work from one of the best companies in the world at curating movie and TV art, and if you've become a fan of their work through reading about them on this site, there's no better way to own many of their classic pieces than physically buying all of these full-sized posters, many of which have been price-gouged on eBay by now. Unless you have room for hundreds of posters on your walls, this is your next best bet.

The Art of Mondo hits shelves on October 10, 2017.

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SHAUN OF THE DEAD is Coming to L.A.’s Greek Theater Just In Time For Halloween

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If you live in Los Angeles and have never seen Shaun of the Dead on the big screen, here's the best way to check that off your bucket list. Edgar Wright's zombie comedy masterpiece is getting a special outdoor screening at The Greek Theater in L.A. on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The doors open at 6pm and the film begins at 7:30pm, and this sounds like it'll be a super cool way to embrace the Halloween season: in addition to seeing the movie itself at one of the city's most iconic venues, the folks at Focus Features and Fandango who are hosting the screening will be giving out free Shaun of the Dead T-shirts (while supplies last, naturally) and there will be "zombies, pints, and other surprises" in store as well.

And since it's so close to Halloween, costumes are encouraged, so come dressed as your favorite Shaun of the Dead character! You can scoop up tickets right here, and if you see me at the event, be sure to come over and say hello. I hope to see you there!

This is the Most R2-D2 Units I’ve Ever Seen in One Place

This year's Star Wars Celebration was the most attended in the history of that convention, so it shouldn't surprise me that it featured the largest gathering of droids I've ever seen in one place before. But still — look at all these freakin' things! That's so many.

Michael McMaster has the Facebook video for us:

My favorite is the one on the far left that's fallen over. I don't know why that's so funny to me, but it is.

Via: TheAwesomer

THAT THING YOU DO! Band Members The Wonders Reunite for Live Show in Los Angeles

The title song from Tom Hanks' 1996 directorial debut That Thing You Do! was the biggest pop song in the world in the fictional universe of the film, but the song eventually transcended the movie and became a moderate hit on real radio stations in the '90s. (If you've never seen That Thing You Do!, seek it out.)

Earlier this month, actor Ethan Embry tweeted a video of himself playing the bass line of the ear-wormy tune:

And it looks like that was just a teaser of things to come. This week, Embry reunited with his fictional bandmates Tom Everett Scott and Jonathan Schaech to perform the song live on stage at The Roxy in Los Angeles as part of a Comedy Central series called The Goddamn Comedy Jam, in which actors speak about a song that means something to them and then perform it with a live band.

gonna leave this right here... #thewonders #theoneders #thatthingyoudo #skitchpatterson #tbplayer #jimmymattingly #reunion @headbitchmusic

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While it wasn't quite a full reunion of the fictional band The Wonders — Steve Zahn couldn't make it to the performance — it was probably as close as fans are going to get. Good luck getting that song out of your head for the rest of the day!

The Wonders! • • • #thewonders #theoneders #thatthingyoudo #livemusic #lalaland @tomhanks @ritawilson @thetomeverettscott @ethanembry @johnschaech #SteveZahn #theroxy #la (link to full vid in bio)

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We reunited The Oneders from That Thing You Do last night at the Jam to play their shit song from the movie. Huge thanks to @thetomeverettscott @johnschaech @ethanembry and #stevezahn (who was there in spirit) for coming by and killing it. Such an incredible moment.

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thank u #SteveZahn surrogate #thewonders #theoneders #thatthingyoudo @headbitchmusic

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Here’s How to Create Your Own Wolverine Claws with Some Simple Craft Supplies

Have you ever wanted to be Wolverine? Wait, you have? That's a little messed up, isn't it? That dude has gone through some serious shit in his day. You're telling me you'd want to experience all that suffering? Whew, this got dark really quickly.

Well, for those of you who'd just like to pretend to be Wolverine, here's a fun and cheap way to accomplish that goal (without the pain of stabbing and killing the love of your life). Sploid points us to this video of how to create your own Wolverine claws with popsicle sticks and some craft supplies. Seems a lot easier than getting adamantium melded to your skeleton, eh? 

Celebrate ALIEN Day Every Day of the Year With This Print From Bottleneck Gallery

I realize yesterday was the official Alien Day (4/26, a shout-out to planet LV-426), but there's some good news for those who might have missed it or wished the party could continue a little longer. NYC's Bottleneck Gallery has an Alien: Covenant poster for sale that will help fans of Ridley Scott's sci-fi franchise celebrate every day of the year. The best part is that this is a timed sale, meaning anyone who wants one of these prints can simply order one without having to worry about being in front of your computer or phone at a certain minute before they sell out. The sale is happening right now and continues until Monday, May 1, 2017 at 3pm EST.

You can pick up one of these officially licensed 16 x 24 inch pieces for $45 right here.