Best known for its popular limited-edition posters, MONDO the boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain has exclusive artwork available for attendees at San Diego Comic Con (July 8-12). Yet its booth in the San Diego Convention Center will also have new action figures, vinyl records and other merch for the geek crowd.
The exclusives include:
Ant-Man poster ($85). Mondo has a variety of pieces for sale as well as some licensing announcements in store, but one of the items of note to superhero fans will be a holofoil screen print (limited to 175) inspired by the new Ant-Man film (in theaters July 17). Artist Kevin Tong said he wanted the design “to show Ant-Man’s scale, the intensity of his transformation, and really just trying to make a poster as fun and dynamic as the movie.”
Ninja Turtles figures (price TBD).
After Mondo dipped its toes in the toy business beginning last Comic-Con, this summer brings the first in a new series of toys based on the original TMNT comics of the 1980s. First up is Leonardo, who stands 11 inches tall and comes with a bunch of accessories including weapons, a blue mask to match the cartoons and a red mask from the comics. Also on display will be the upcoming figures of Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael.
First Hellboy statue ($200). Before he became a comic-book hero and a movie star played by Ron Perlman, Hellboy was a black and white sketch done in 1991 by creator and artist Mike Mignola. Mondo’s created a polystone statue of this first pass at the horned hero — with the name “Hellboy” emblazoned on his belt — plus a variant color version done by original Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart. You can see him in San Diego but can’t take him home yet — interested parties can preorder Hellboy now at Mondo’s website. (Monster fiends will also want to stop by the booth to check out an upcoming Godzilla sculpture as well.)
Superman vinyl ($25). Those with record players and a place in their heart for Shirley Walker’s theme composed for Superman: The Animated Series will want to pick up a die-cut single. Artwork for the cover is by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, and the record is cut in the shape of Superman’s iconic “S” shield — folks can choose between red vinyl or Kryptonite green.
Aliens soundtrack ($35). This one’s special for fans of the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who died last week in a plane crash: A vinyl soundtrack of his score for James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi flick Aliens. The deluxe edition features more than a dozen musical cues new to vinyl plus five bonus tracks, and a cover design by artist Killian Eng. “I wanted the alien to play a big role,” he said, “but at the same time incorporate its shape into the materials of the space station, almost like it becomes the station itself, keeping the marines in a steady merciless grip.”