MondoCon Austin 2017, by Chase Beck
The convention starts today and there will probably be a few surprise additions just like Mondo surprised those lining up last evening with a free outdoor screening of Batman Returns. However, I thought I would share just a few of the items I am hoping to grab at the Mondo booth. Oddly enough most of the items I’m looking forward to are not posters. Do not feel too bad if you can not make it to the convention this weekend. Mondo Gallery usually sells items leftover from the show a few days or weeks after the convention has concluded.
Frankenstein by Drew Struzan
Bride of Frankenstein by Drew Struzan
As I had hoped, Drew Struzan came through with some stunning artwork for the convention. If I manage to get nothing else that I want, I will be perfectly happy with these.
I am very excited for this soundtrack. Goblin’s immediately identifiable music will be on a limited number of red disks at the convention, with blue and yellow disk version becoming available online later this year.
Valve’s 2007 release of the Orange Box featured a hit no one was expecting and Portal proved to be a major hit. Also a surprisingly fresh take on puzzle games, Portal’s soundtrack spends most of the game just perfectly accompanying the adventurous gameplay, only to astound us at the end with Jonathan Coulton’s wonderful “Still Alive”, a track thankfully included on the orange and blue record
John Carpenter’s The Thing Boardgame
Mondo seems very excited about their movie licenced “The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31” board game, and well they should be. Apparently the convention exclusive version contains additional characters and content. Now, if I only had a few friends to play it with.
Cthulhu tiki mug
William Stout’s deceptively simple design yields a beautiful tiki mug that finally combines my two favorite things, Lovecraft and tropical drinks.
Art of Mondo
While the Art of Mondo book is already widely available, this convention edition includes so many crazy extras. From pins to prints and a certificate of authenticity (because books need that now) it is nearly impossible to pass this version up. That price tag of $200 though is giving me some strong hesitation.
I’m calling these the helmet set and they seriously have drooling. Alien, 2001: a Space Odyssey and Escape From the Planet of the Apes, uh, yes please.
These are just a few of the items Mondo is offering at the show. There are also so many artists who have been teasing the prints they will be showcasing at their personal booths that it has been hard to keep track of them all. Today promises to be an exciting, and if I am not careful, expensive, day.