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By Richard Whittaker, September 13, 2019, 6:00pm, Picture in Picture

Time to fill in those last few square inches on your wall, the last spaces on your shelves, and the remaining room in your vinyl racks. MondoCon, the festival of prints, vinyl and toys produced and curated by the Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo art specialists, is this weekend.

MondoCon started as effectively a spin-off from Fantastic Fest, but has now become a giant gathering and celebration of film collectible culture in its own right. After three years at the Marchesa (now the AFS Cinema), one at the old Austin American-Statesman print works, and a year off to regroup, now it's at a new home at the Palmer Events Center. Better check your credit limit, as the roster of artists (Oliver Barrett, Jean Bartel, Florian Bertmer, Richey Beckett – and that's just the Bs), as well as specialist labels like Arrow Video, Rough Trade Books, Restoration Games, and Burning Witch Records, will drain your account and fill your walls.

But aside from the vendors and artists, there's also a packed schedule of presentations and panels. It's a chance to see inside the inner workings of the poster business, the record label, and the toy division, as well as All the panels will be at the Palmer Events Center, but for any early arrivers there are screenings at the Alamo South Lamar (tickets extra) starting tonight with a real cult classic.

Friday, Sept. 13

7pm and 7:15pm: Special screening of Scott Pilgrim vs The World. (Alamo South Lamar)

Saturday, Sept. 14

11am: Art of Toy Making: Some special guests join Brock Otterbacher, Michael Bonanno, Hector Arce, and Aaron White from the Mondo Collectibles team with first-looks at some upcoming releases, and (ooo) prizes!

12:10pm: Underscore A Soundtrack: Mo Shafeek and Spencer Hickman from the Mondo Music Group are joined by Tiger Lab founder John Dobyns and packaging artist Alan Hynes talk process, rights clearance, and maybe a few upcoming releases.

1:45pm: Canadian Horror Roundtable featuring Gary Pullin, Paige Reynolds and Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, Randy Ortiz, Sara Deck, Matty Ryan Tobin and Jason Edmiston. Hosted by Mark Brickey (Adventures In Design)

3pm: Draplin Design Co: "Things That Don't Have A Thing To Do With Graphic Design": A conversation with designer Aaron Draplin about his non-artistic influences (plus maybe some art stuff, too).

7pm: World premiere of Evil Dead in 4K with reimagined score by original composer Joseph LoDuca, who will present live selections from the score before the screening. (Alamo South Lamar)

9:45pm and 10pm: Special screenings of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a new post by Martin Ansin. (Alamo South Lamar)

Sunday, Sept. 15

11:45am: MondoCon Spotlight: Greg Ruth Mondo mainstays Mitch Putnam, Eric Garza and Rob Jones probe the brain (and Twin Peaks obsession) of the poster artist, comic cover artist, and children's book illustrator.

1:15pm: Live Draw: Daniel Danger. Matt Taylor. Jock. What else do you need?

2:30pm: Mondo Talk: The weekend's most unmissable panel, as Jones, Putnam and Garza talk lost designs, abandoned projects, and put a future print to the vote. No cameras, no cell phones, no social media, so this is your only chance to see into the archives of what could have been.

7pm and 7:15pm Special screenings of There Will be Blood, with new poster from Joao Ruas.

MondoCon 2019, Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Sept. 14-15. Tickets and info at

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