13 Great Mondo Prints You Can Buy For Less Than $100

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Every other Thursday it's the same thing: you try to clear a couple of hours of your schedule, pick up a big cup of coffee, sit in front of your computer and start refreshing the same page over and over again until the drop happens. Most often than not, it's a frustrating experience, because you're competing with hundreds and hundreds of Mondo fans all over the world to get that limited screenprint and if you're not fast enough - and even if you are - you may have to head over to eBay and pray for not having to sell your house to afford the piece you are after.

Collecting Mondo prints is tough and it can be a heartbreaking experience for most people - but also very rewarding, and not only when you get lucky in that one drop. One of the things I learned in the last seven years I've been following Mondo's output is if you happen to have a peculiar taste in films and art (and chances are that you do, being a ScreenAnarchy reader), you may be able to pick up some incredible stuff in the secondary market without having to spend thousands of bucks.

Here's a selection of 13 awesome Mondo prints that you can get for under $100 on eBay or on online collector's communities. It is a list heavily based on my personal taste, but I tried to include something for everyone - I trust that it may work as a gift guide or a good starting point for a potential collector. It lacks a good deal of great pieces by wonderful artists (Laurent Durieux, Mike Mitchell, Jason Edmiston, Francesco Francavilla and others), but I strongly encourage you to check out Mondo Archive for more. Enjoy!

Assault on Precinct 13 - Tyler Stout
Average Price: $70

If you ever heard of Mondo, chances are you've already heard of Tyler Stout too. It's like they grew up together: his collaboration with the company go way back to the early stages of the business - a time when, believe it or not, you would have hours or even an entire day to pick up a Stout print on Mondo's site. Things have changed quite a bit, but if you are a fan of John Carpenter's exploitation masterpiece Assault on Precinct 13, I have some good news. If you put a little effort to it, there's a good chance you may be able to score this great piece, one of my personal favorites by Stout, for close to the original price tag.

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  • Alan Moore

    I love me some Mondo posters. I didn't realize how lucky I was, getting two I really wanted. I picked up a beautiful Shadow of a Doubt poster and also got one of Olly Moss' My Neighbour Totoro prints, which is just beautiful.

  • Fistacuffs

    Man, I love Mondo posters. I got lucky on the black friday sale and got one of the Dr. Manhattan prints.

  • John Szczerba

    i long ago gave up and trying to score anything from mondo. they end up selling out in seconds if it's any good and half of them end up on ebay minutes later for double the price or much much more. it's bullshit and i'll never waste another minute of my time trying to buy art from them if they can't at least try to keep it out of the hands of resellers and in the hands of fans like me.

  • Their stuff is popular. Where's the bullshit?

  • John Szczerba

    half of their stuff is bought by resellers and sold for big profits on ebay. it's kinda frustrating spending time trying to buy a print cause i'm a fan of that movie and it sells out to jerkoffs who are looking to profit off it. it's bullshit. they should come up with a system like only allow one purchase per person every six months or something like that. you know there are probably resellers that are getting every single print.

  • Not a fan of that myself, but was curious if you were calling bullshit on resellers (who they don't and can't control) or on Mondo themselves (who have done nothing but commission an awful lot of great work by great artists).

  • John Szczerba

    the resellers and mondo a little for not trying to do something about it.

  • What do you expect them to do, vet every individual buyer? You can't stop the reselling market, ticket scalpers have proven that in every city, in every sports league, with every major concert promoter ever. It can't be done.

    [Scrub that, major re-edits in your original posts that say what you want them to do about it. But limiting purchasing to one per six months will only INCREASE the prevalence of the resale market. The resellers will just pay other people to stand in line for them (I know a number of ticket scalpers who do this all the time) and making it harder for the regular collectors to get them will only drive the value on the resale market up. Throttle supply and you only up demand, which will only further reward those who are gaming the system. It's counter productive and doesn't work at all. It'll also piss off your core market of buyers, who will effectively be punished for something that other people are doing, not them.]

    The only thing that would have a chance of working would be to jack the prices to a point that matches what the resellers can get for them and remove their profit margins in the process. But that does nothing but screw the majority of people who are buying for themselves.

  • That said, I generally don't even bother trying to buy them online on the initial release, either. The pieces I have (other than the Raid one, which I got because I worked on the film) I've bought in person or had people I know in Texas buy in person for me on release. Seems to be the only reliable way to get 'em without paying jacked up prices ...

    That that said having been said, I'm also officially out of wall space now, which makes it a non issue. My last couple are still waiting to be framed and I'll get killed if I bring any more home (not really, but there will be stern looks) unless it's something I have a direct connection to ...

  • andrewz

    You can always rotate them. I'll have to do that when I have money for more matte framing.

  • Fistacuffs

    What they could do is do more timed releases, like they did with the Man Of Steel one. It would make the resale value a lot less, but I guess it would also decrease the value of the poster. But the value may not matter if you really love the poster.

  • I never saw how they did that one, can you describe the process, please?

  • Fistacuffs

    They opened up sales for the Man Of Steel posters for 12 hours I think it was. Then based on how many they sold, they printed that many. Of course, naturally I waited till the last minute and almost missed it anyways.

  • Ah, the reason they don't do more of that (I assume) is actually the license fee. The more they print, the more they have to pay out to the licensor, which usually isn't a big deal on a newer title (the studios understand the PR value of having the specialty print ...) but on the retro stuff (particularly the big titles, like Star Wars) the fee demands can be huge and only kept manageable by setting strict limits on everything. I talked to Justin about this a fair bit when I had Phantom City Creative up here do a series of prints for a film series I put together ... the profit margins are way, way smaller than you might think for this stuff and you really can't go to a Lucasfilm or someone like that and say "We don't know how many we'll sell" without getting just HAMMERED on the license fee.

  • andrewz

    I thought Mondo would go the timed release route more often, but I haven't seen it since Man of Steel. I've resigned myself to never getting another Mondo poster from them online. I'm not on Twitter and the sell through is too fast for me.

    I have the Ansin Bride poster in my collection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/4.... I had no idea it was selling for so much. Probably not as much as my Stout Star Wars set. I guess I should get those insured! ^_~

  • Fistacuffs

    What I've learned to do is subscribe to their account on Twitter. So every time they go on sale I get a message from them!

  • andrewz

    Don't I need to be on twitter to subscribe?

  • Great gallery... I remain mildly bitter about Olly's SW posters... I 'won' the lottery, so to speak, but due to Paypal shenanigans (they allowed too many orders to go through) my order was summarily rescinded.

    So, instead, I still dream of one day owning that mighty triptych, and have postcard sized prints on my wall to remind what could have been...

  • Would now be a bad time to point out that all six bounty hunter posters are currently hanging on The Boy's bedroom wall?

  • Yes. Yes it would...

  • Right. I won't do that, then. Though I may go and admire them now.

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