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Mondo to release some exclusive Mondocon prints online


Sep 26
// Liz Rugg
This past week was the first ever Mondocon in Austin, Texas. It was one of the many facets of this year's Fantastic Fest, which included the Fantastic Fest Film Festival, Fantastic Arcade and Mondocon. Obviously not all of us...
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New Ghostbusters 30th anniversary art revealed


Apr 17
// Liz Rugg
As we previously reported, the Los Angeles based pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 will be putting on a Ghostbusters 30th anniversary traveling art show over the next few months with four stops: LA, NY, Chicago and the San...
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Gallery 1988 to bring traveling Ghostbusters art show to NY, LA, Chicago and SDCC


Apr 04
// Liz Rugg
As fans still reel at the loss of actor and writer Harold Ramis, here's something for Ghostbusters fans to look forward to -- in celebration of the movie's 30th anniversary, LA based pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 is or...
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Mondo to release two Back to the Future posters tomorrow


Feb 26
// Liz Rugg
In addition to Mondo's gallery show of artist Laurent Durieux's works this month, the poster and merchandise division of the Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters has announced that they'll be releasing two new Back to the...

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Art Book: Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2


Crazy Harder
Oct 22
// Liz Rugg
Over the past few years,  no other name in the art world has become quite as synonymous with excellent popular culture art as Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 and their annual show, Crazy 4 Cult. The show encompasses virtuall...
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Check out these remade original trilogy Star Wars posters


May 16
// Liz Rugg
An artist and illustrator who goes by the name Old Red Jalopy recently created these awesome posters for the original Star Wars trilogy; A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, in the style of other ic...
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Body Snatchers: Threadless' Monsters Inc. t-shirts


May 16
// Liz Rugg
The awesome t-shirt and apparel distribution company Threadless recently held a contest for designers and artists to come up with some awesome t-shirt designs based around Pixar's Monsters Inc. With the movie's prequel, Monst...
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Flix for Short: Omelette


Man's best friend!
May 02
// Liz Rugg
Omelette was created by artist Madeline Sharafian at Calarts. The story follows a happy-go-lucky dog who loves its master so much that it'll do anything to take care of him. The short film is super adorable and I love the mu...

Flixclusive Interview: Artist Scott C.

Nov 01 // Hubert Vigilla
I heard you were at the New York Comic Con this year, but I didn't get a chance to say hi. How was your experience at the convention? Had you gone any previous years? I have been a couple times, yeah. I love conventions. Everyone is so excited to be there and dress up with each other and get pumped on nerdy things together. I go to lots of shows, some are big mainstream ones like NYCC and some are smaller and more indie style, my favorite of which is TCAF in Toronto. I find I like the community of the indie shows more than the mainstream ones, but I can't help getting excited about all of the costumes at the big shows. How did The Great Showdowns begin and how did it evolve? The Great Showdowns started with 10 little paintings for a show at Gallery 1988 in LA called Crazy4Cult. They were just 10 little scenes that I enjoyed from films. I found that if I drew them all just standing there smiling at one another, they appeared to be on the same level. Seeing them as a group of showdowns was very enjoyable for me. Other people seemed to enjoy them, so I kept doing them for that same show each year and eventually I started the Great Showdowns website so I could do them more frequently. Having a self-inflicted weekly schedule sure helps with motivation. They found a nice audience online and that has been super encouraging for me to keep making them. But they are still simple little smiling characters in all kinds of situations. I like that you don't label any of the showdowns in the book. Was that a conscious decision, and if so, why? I very much enjoy the game aspect of The Great Showdowns. It is part of the fun to have to figure out what the film like little puzzles. People will talk amongst themselves to figure out the answers and I like encouraging that as much as possible. If someone really wants to know what one is they can go door-to-door with the book and ask people! Maybe make some friends! You're really prolific, so not every showdown you've done could be included. Was it difficult deciding which pieces to include in the book? How did you make those decisions? Yeah, it is always difficult to make cuts on projects this like this. But there is always the possibility of more books! ...is what I tell myself, to soften the blow. I tried to choose largely from the first 200 on the site. So there is a bit of chronology to them as it pertains to my own life and the style changing through the years. The first 10 showdowns are very different looking from the last 10. I like seeing that evolve. Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris have done forewords for you now. How did that come about? Jack Black was the voice of a character on a video game that I worked on called Brutal Legend. He came to one of my shows one time and bought a painting of a Cute Hunter playing a flute for a lady. It was a hunter of cute things, so there were adorable trophies on the wall above them. So we had met in that fashion and that is how the foreword for Amazing Everything came about. Neil Patrick Harris collects The Great Showdowns from past exhibitions. He emailed me about the NPH vs. NPH riding the unicorn in front of the whirling portal from Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and that is how we met. We did a trade: a sweet foreword for a sweet showdown of his choice. He chose the film called Clue. I feel super fortunate to have had these guys write amazing forewords because both are crazy idols of mine. Could you talk about your work on Psychonauts and Brutal Legend? Yeah, sure. I oversaw the look and feel of both Psychonauts and Brutal Legend as Art Director. Both games varied greatly in style. I designed the characters and various environmental elements here and there in Psychonauts. Created things like the collectible vaults and hand placed every single figment with my own hands. On Brutal Legend I oversaw the pre-production process as we came together to figure out what the visual style of a heavy metal epic constitutes. Later Lee Petty came on board to direct the whole game. Both games varied greatly in style, which is something that I love about designing for games and films. I like switching styles like that. Do you foresee any future videogame work on the horizon? Well, I just finished working on Double Fine's new Kickstarter Adventure game. I am in episode 4 and episode 6 of the documentary! I am very interested in the indie game scene. My friend Brandon Boyer just started the site called Venus Patrol, a site that celebrates the creative world of videogames. I am always exposed to real amazing stuff through that guy. And I love Tim and the gang at Double Fine, so I will always be involved with games in some way. How do you feel about the fan response to your work? Oh, it is the best! It is more than I could ever have hoped for! I have always enjoyed watching people view my paintings at shows, point and laugh and nudge each other. But the response to the showdowns has been amazing. I read every single comment. I am always surprised how every film seems to be someone's favorite film somewhere in the world. That boggles my mind and I love it. You work a lot in watercolors. What is it about watercolor that you enjoy so much? I like the looseness of watercolors and the muted color palette you can get with them. They are light and airy and full of sweet texture. Watercolors are just right for me. I like old-timey looking things and there is a nice old-timey vibe to watercolors that I really dig. Are you working on any new comics projects, whether at the big two or a creator-owned/indie publisher? I've been finishing up volume 2 of my webcomic Double Fine Action Comics collections. Oni press will be releasing volume 1 and 2 in spring of next year. Aside from that, no immediate comic projects on the Horizon. But I have ideas in the works for things. I also grew up in San Jose. Do you think there's anything about the South Bay that seeps into you work? Wow, no way! That's great! I wonder if we hung out at the same spots. I hung out at Saratoga Lanes a whole lot. And visited the abandoned winery. The South Bay was probably not so different than any other suburb I would think. I guess a chill suburban life gave me a pretty stable and balanced vibe. I have no crazy intense stories from growing up. So perhaps the good feelings in my work stems from that. Or when my characters are just hanging about looking for something to do, that stems from me and my bros kind of cruising around thinking of things to do. How long does it usually take to create one of the showdowns? What's the process like? I would say one showdown takes about 3 hours from start to finish. I know because that's how long the livestreams usually take. But I try to do 20-30 at a time, conveyor belt style. I have a big list of films that I continuously add to. I go down the list and do my research, collecting clips from the internet and photo reference. Sometimes I have to rewatch films and other times I can just refresh my memory with clips. Once I have decided on good moments, I take my reference to a cafe and doodle little guys all over sheets of paper. I scan them into the computer and compose them into showdowns to be printed out. I trace them onto watercolor paper and paint them! I jump around between paintings as the paint dries to save time. I paint all the skin first, then the shadows, then the pants... conveyor belt style. I like seeing entire group come to life together because that is how I see the whole series. As an awesome collection. Do you have a personal favorite showdown from The Great Showdowns? Yes, the Ghost showdown that depicts Demi and Patrick holding each other tenderly showing down with the little smiling clay dude on the pottery wheel. I like it because it is so silly. And also so sexy. Is there a showdown that was hard to make work but then finally clicked? I remember wanting to do a Point Break Showdown for that ending scene where Keanu arrests Swayze just before he rides the ultimate wave. I couldn't decide if it should be them fighting or Swayze versus the wave, but in the end making the two of them handcuffed checking out the smiling wave was the best answer. Because again, it is just so silly. What's coming up next for you? I recently finished illustrating a new children's book written by Bob Dylan. It is a song of his called If Dogs Run Free. Lot's of dogs running around like crazy. That comes out later next year. I will be starting on the first picture book that I will be writing and also illustrating very soon. And continue with the Showdowns. And more art shows here and there. And that is about it! [For more of Scott C.'s artwork, visit pyramidcar.com]
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Talking with the guy behind whimsically silly book The Great Showdowns
Scott C.'s art is silly in a good way and childlike in the best way. It's on display in his two books of art -- Amazing Everything (Insight Editions) and the recently released The Great Showdowns (Titan Books) -- as well as h...

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Book: The Great Showdowns


Scott C. recreates the greatest conflicts in movie history with adorable wit
Oct 30
// Hubert Vigilla
This week, Titan Books is releasing The Great Showdowns, a collection of art by Scott C. You may remember that we highlighted Scott C.'s artwork earlier in the year. Scott C. has worked in a number of different mediums, inclu...
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Mondo artists create Dredd 3D poster, Tarantino box set


Sep 20
// Liz Rugg
In case you missed it, Dredd 3D is actually supposed to be pretty good, and now it has the Mondo poster to prove it. As a part of the film's final premier at Austin's Fantastic Fest, Mondo has teamed up with artist Jock to cr...
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Check out this awesome The Goonies poster from Mondo


Aug 01
// Liz Rugg
This is probably the best Goonies poster I've ever seen. Not that there are a ton out there, but this seriously rocks. We all know by now that Mondo posters are infuriatingly hard to purchase because they sell out almost imme...
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Adrian Tomine draws Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom


Jun 22
// Hubert Vigilla
After seeing Moonrise Kingdom again, I've mentally added a couple points to my initial score. There's just something about that portrait of young love at summer's end that's beautifully done. Adrian Tomine captures that feeli...
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Oh my Glob! Adorable Ghibli, Adventure Time crossovers


Jun 19
// Liz Rugg
Ghibli Time! Come on, grab your friends, we'll go to a very distant land with Cake the Catbus and Fiona the human, the fun will never end, it's Ghibli Time! An awesome artist who just goes by David on his Tumblr has been crea...
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Le Ballon Rouge and Battle Royale prints by Julian Callos


Dec 30
// Liz Rugg
Illustrator and artist Julian Callos has these two awesome illustrations for two movies that I love, the French short film Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon) and Japanese school yard horror, Battle Royale. I love the Red Ballo...

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