MondoCon Gets Evil

More guests, plus Army of Darkness first look

Mondocon gets evil: Here's the cover for the new Army Of Darkness soundtrack vinyl release.
Mondocon gets evil: Here's the cover for the new Army Of Darkness soundtrack vinyl release.

MondoCon: It's not just about finding more prints to fill your walls. There's also vinyl, statues, and panels from some of the Austin-based pop culture mavens' greatest collaborators. Today, there are big announcements about all and everything.

One of the big announcements is a return guest: William Stout was part of a panel of film designers at MondoCon 2014, and the only complaint was that there were so many great talents that they barely had time to scratch the surface of their careers. This year, the seminal film designer will have the stage to himself to talk about his work on movies including the Conan franchise, The Hitcher, and Tobe Hooper's remake of Invaders From Mars.

Coincidentally, Stout also worked on The Masters of the Universe, a franchise with a surprisingly complex history. In their new film Toy Masters, screening as part the convention, documentarian Roger Lay, Jr. and actor Corey Landis attempt to unravel the lies, wild claims, and copyright infringement lawsuits that have surrounded He-Man and his allies and enemies.

That won't be the only screening. Umberto (the nom de guerre of musician Matt Hill) specializes in re-scoring classic horrors. For MondoCon, and to celebrate its upcoming Blu-ray release through Grindhouse, he'll be performing his new soundtrack to classic giallo Pieces: titled The Night Has a Thousand Screams, it hasn't been performed live since Beyondfest in 2013.

Aside from all that (and the ever-growing guest list of artists on display), Mondo staff will have plenty of opportunities to talk about the company's upcoming products, including:
• record label manager Spencer Hickman and production manager Mo Shafeek on the growing stack of vinyl releases (including a new, super-limited soundtrack release of Army of Darkness, with sleeve art by Richey Beckett);
• creative director of toys and collectibles Brock Otterbacher on the knicknacks and doodads that will be filling your shelves, such as a new variant of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 'Lil Mikey figure;
• the Mondo creative team talking about the process of designing their prints, including some never-before-seen abandoned designs; and
• Mondo regulars Aaron Horkey, Brandon Holt, and Mike Sutfin talking about their "international illustration cult," the Vacvvm.

MondoCon 2015 runs Oct. 3-4 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6405 N. I-35. Tickets are on sale now ($45 for single day, $90 for a two-day pass) via Eventbrite. More details at www.mondo-con.com.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Mondocon
MondoCon Heads Downtown
MondoCon Heads Downtown
Pop culture print gathering to occupy Statesman space

Richard Whittaker, April 6, 2017

The Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda of MondoCon
The Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda of MondoCon
Star Wars, Marvel near misses from the Mondo archive

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 27, 2016

More by Richard Whittaker
All Guns Blazing With the Director of <i>John Wick 3</i>
All Guns Blazing With the Director of John Wick 3
Chad Stahelski on building a world beyond the Continental

May 16, 2019

Paramount Lights Up With Summer Classics Series
Paramount Lights Up With Summer Classics Series
Your favorite way to get out of the heat is back

May 16, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Mondocon, MondoCon 2015, Mondo, William Stout, Umberto, The Vacvvm

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle