Thought Bubble Mondo Posters

The 2013 Thought Bubble conventions was really fab, my second visit to this annual event which is a poster convention that takes place over a weekend in November 2013 during Thought Bubble Comic Con, a two week event that runs parallel to Leeds International Film Festival.

Mondo had a stall there this year and brought a host of artists with them, namely, Olly Moss, Kevin Tong, Jock and Drew Millward. I came away with six posters, the first being this “Watchmen” poster by Kevin Tong which really pops when you see this in person.

Watchmen by Kevin Tong, 24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 325 (2013)

Watchmen by Kevin Tong, 24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 325 (2013)

Second up is this one by Drew Millward, for the movie “The Fly”. Though a great looking poster I recently sold this on to another collector.

 The Fly by Drew Millward, 18″ x 34″ Screenprint, signed and numbered, Edition of 225 (2013)


The Fly by Drew Millward, 18″ x 34″ Screenprint, signed and numbered, Edition of 225 (2013)

This next poster for the film “Halloween” by UK artist Jock was originally produced for Halloween: 35 Years of Terror @ Pasadena Convention Center. This was the variant done in UK Quad style (though slightly smaller).

Halloween by Jock, 24 x 36 screen print, s/n variant edition 150 (2013)

Halloween by Jock, 24 x 36 screen print, s/n variant edition 150 (2013)

Next poster also by Jock, the variant edition of his Mondo poster for the cult classic “The Thing”. This is really wicked art and one day hope to get this in a frame.

The Thing by Jock, 24 x 36 screen print, s/n, variant edition of 175 (2013)

The Thing by Jock, 24 x 36 screen print, s/n, variant edition of 175 (2013)

I purchased two posters by British Artist Olly Moss. One of Mondo’s hottest artists and this was his art poster for “Lawrence of Arabia”. There was a massive que for those waiting to get their hands on a Olly Moss print, mostly queing for his secret poster and those desperate to get his Paper Cuts book. I was 49 in the que (for 4 hours in very cold November) and really should have got one had Olly sold the 50 he brought with him rather than giving the last two to the Mondo crew (frustrating I know). Still, I did score his Lawrence poster and his “Sightseers” poster variant for Mondo.

Lawrence of Arabia, Olly Moss,  screen print, Edition 180 (2013)

Lawrence of Arabia, Olly Moss, screen print, Edition 180 (2013)

Sightseers by Olly Moss, orange variant 16″ x 24″ Screenprint, released by Mondo at Thought bubble Convention, Leeds. edition of 125 (2013)

Sightseers by Olly Moss, orange variant 16″ x 24″ Screenprint, released by Mondo at Thought bubble Convention, Leeds. edition of 125 (2013)

And that was my score at the Mondo stalls at Thought Bubble 2013.

Limited Edition Star Wars Movie Posters

I haven’t done an entry in my blog for some time so thought I would add some details of recent aquisitions. I hope you enjoy this little blast of superb poster art recently added to my collection.

First up are these two posters by artist Joshua Budich.

Top is “I love you. I know”,  Budich‘s contribution to Art v Cancer’s “Beyond Time & Space” Charity Group show, which took place in Manchester in August 30th 2013.  The print, is the first in his Star Wars trilogy of posters and is an 18″x24″, 4-color screenprint on French Madero Beach paper, and is a signed & numbered edition of 100. (2013)

I love you star wars We're Doomed star wars“We’re Doomed!” by Joshua Budich, second in his Star Wars series in collaboration with Art V Cancer, and was available at Thought Bubble art convention in November 2013. It’s a 18″x24″, 4-color screenprint on French Madero Beach paper, Signed & numbered, edition of 100 (2013).

Still waiting for announcement of his third in the series.

Abben Cine Club present “This Sporting Life”

In collaboration with the Lass O’Gowrie, on Monday 18th Nov, we are holding a screening of the 60′s British cult classic by director Lindsay Anderson, “This Sporting Life” starring William Hartnell as part of the Lass O’Gowrie’s Doctor Who Festival celebrating 50 years of the Doctor.

Those in the know will know well that Hartnell is most well-known for his role as the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966. IT was following his role in This Sporting Life that the BBC noted his performance in the film and decided they wanted him and offerred him the title role as the very first Doctor Who.

See Hartnell in this early performance in the legendary now cult status movie which we are proud to show on 16mm film – YES! no DVD here, we screening a rare original 16mm print of the film and we’ll be dusting down the old projector getting ready for the show. We’ll even be adding a 1963 Pathe Newsreel for the screening as supporting programme – just like the good ole days.

Screening takes place at the Lass O’Gowrie at 8.00pm. It’s FREE Admission, just turn up after 7.30, get yours bears in and head up stairs ready for the screening at 8pm. For full details see the Facebook event page here.

Sporting Life

Spoke Art Release two Dr Strangelove Posters.

Today Spoke Art released two new posters for  Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic Dr Strangelove or: How I learned to Worrying and Love the Bomb. The posters were commissioned by the historic Castro Theatre in San Fransisco (Oh how I wish we had a cinema like this) for a 4k digital  screening of the film. See the full series of limited edition movie posters Spoke Art have  for the Castro here.

The two posters were produced by Tracie Ching and Sam Smith, both 18 x 24″ screenprints produced in editions of 100 (signed and numbered by the artists) and really are great looking posters. Unfortunately I could only afford one of these (the Tracie Ching one), but check out them both below. The Tracie Ching one sold out within 30 minutes but at the time of writing the Sam Smith one is still available.

Dr Strangelove, Tracie Ching

Dr Strangelove, Tracie Ching, 18″ x 24″ screenprint, edition 100

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Dr Strangelove, Sam Smith, 18″ X 24′ screenprint, edition 100

 

 

Monsters ’80s Poster by artist Tom Whalen

A few months back, Tom Whalen (one of Mondo’s favourite artists – especially for his Disney posters) was commissioned by the Poster Buddies & Traders facebook group to produce a limited edition poster for this die-hard group of poster collectors.

It was agreed that the theme of the poster would be Tom’s love of 80s movies combined with monsters, this is the result.  A 7-colour screenprint, 18″ x 24″ limited edition of 126. It’s a beaut.

Monsters '80s, Tom Whalen

Monsters ’80s, Tom Whalen

Mondo’s This Island Earth

Yeah, just scored the new new Mondo print by Francesco Francavilla, “This Island Earth”, the 1955 science fiction classic film directed by Joseph M. Newman. This was produced by Francesco for Mondo’s Universal Monsters series and in my mind is the best in the series. One day I will frame and hang this one without a doubt it’s one of my favourites from the series.

For those unfamiliar with the artists work, famous for his comic book art., you can check out his site here.

This Island Earth by Francesco Francavilla

This Island Earth poster by Francesco Francavilla. 24″x36″ thirteen color screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. $55

Marek’s 18th Birthday Firework

Yesterday was Marek’s 18th birthday so late at night we set of one of those box fireworks (one that we had had in store for about 3 years unused) so his 18th seem an appropriate time to at last set it of over the hill – but some neighbour’s were not too pleased.

Kino’s Aaben Cult Cine Club is back.

Kino’s Aaben Cult Cine Club is back in action next week and has two cult movie screenings as part of the national Scalarama Festival taking place throughout September. The two screenings take place at the Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford, 5 mins walk from Deansgate.

First up on WED 18th Sept is Jindrich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001, Ikarie XB-1′s influence can be seen on both – and on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed.

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“Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made… the film is packed with sublime moments unlike those of any film preceding it. A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren’t only about special effects; they were also high art. Of the hardest and most admirable kind” – Alex Cox

This screening comes courtesy of SECOND RUN DVD. Full details of this event on the event page.

Next up on Sunday 22nd Sept is a fantastic classic horror double bill courtesy of BFI Flipside DVD label to celebrate the release of Flipside’s double-bill release of SLEEPWALKER / THE INSOMNIAC.

Sleepwalker (1984, Saxon Logan, UK, 49mins, colour); When wealthy couple Richard and Angela visit Marion and Alex in their decaying family home, an evening of drunkenness and sexual rivalry turns bloody as the guests fall victim to an unhinged attacker. Featuring a rare performance from director Bill Douglas (Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades), and starring Joanna David and Heather Page (both of whom would go on to work with Douglas in Comrades), this outrageous mix of biting satire and stylish horror recalls the work of otherwise unlikely bedfellows, Lindsay Anderson and Dario Argento. The stellar cast also includes Nikolas Grace, and features cameos by Fulton MacKay, Michael Medwin and Raymond Huntley.

Sleepwalker_22Perfectly double-billed with The Insomniac (Rodney Giesler, 1971, 45mins), in which a man experiences a night-time world that is part nightmare, part sexual fantasy.

Full details of this event can be found on the Facebook event page.

Kino Shorts 40

This Wed 11th Sept. Kino present Kino Shorts 40, Manchester and North West Short Film Showcase. The event takes place at the Three Minute Theatre on Oldham Street in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quanter. Great selection of films on offer including Jordan McGibney’s “Richard III: A Memoir of a King’s Love”, and Chris Hughe’s “Making Freinds”.

richard 11 posterFull details of the event here at our Facebook event page.