In our opinion, Jock is not only one of the best artists currently working in comics but also one of the nicest. As testament to this, Jock has donated one of his original pages from the New York Times Best-selling ‘BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR‘, written by Scott Snyder, to help raise funds for the treatment of a little boy with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
The page, which you can now bid for on eBay, was originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #871. This is Jock’s original ink on DC panel paper and is sized 11″ x 17″. An original, one of a kind example of Jock’s artwork.
We have been following the progress of movie poster documentary Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six by filmmaker Kevin Burke with keen interest here at Cult Collective. As avid fans of alternative and illustrated movie posters, we just can’t wait to see the movie!
Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six, which was funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign, features a whole host of top talent from the industry, from artists to filmmakers including Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Jason Edmiston, Phantom City Creative, Andrea Alvin, Joshua Budich, Justin Ishmael of Mondo, Paul Ainsworth, Matt Ryan Tobin and many, many more.
Director Kevin Burke recently got in touch to share with us a brand new trailer for the movie, produced by Post No Joes, that we are excited to share with you!
Arguably the best poster to be released by Mondo over San Diego Comic Con weekend were these two glorious pieces for Pan’s Labyrinth by Cult Collective favourite, Jock. Over on his Twitter feed Jock has announced that tomorrow he will be releasing his artist proof copies of the poster via his online store.
San Diego Comic Con is in full swing and if, like me, you are sat at home swelling with jealousy, here is a choice selection of what those lucky, lucky nerds will be able to pick up this weekend.
As you would expect, Mondo are basically owning the con from a poster perspective, and with good reason. Having already released their plans for a toy line last week, which you can see at SDCC, Mondo are slowly releasing a series of awesome posters including this fantastic poster for Pans Labyrinth which Jock and Guillermo Del Toro teamed up at the Mondo booth to sign!
Earlier in the week Jock teased on his Twitter that at some point before the Easter weekend he would be releasing a Batman print via his online store. Today Blurppy exclusively revealed that it will be a timed edition based on a fantastic panel for ‘The Black Mirror’ storyline written by Scott Snyder.
There will be two screen print timed editions, a purple and a black and white, both printed by the exceptional D and L and both will go on sale at some point on April 16th for 48 hours!
24×36″ Screen Print
Printed by D+L Screenprinting
24×36″ Screen Print
Printed by D+L Screenprinting
In my opinion ‘The Black Mirror’ is one of the best Batman storylines of the past few years and Jock’s art really captures the mood. Take a look at Jock’s original page which the screen print is taken from then go out, buy the graphic novel and read it. The hardback edition features a great back up story with art by Francesco Francavilla exploring a mystery from Jim Gordon’s past.
Since I was very young I have been a huge fan of Judge Dredd. Sitting on the loo reading my dad’s copies of 2000ad was my first exposure to comics and sequential art. I was in awe of the fantastical storylines and visceral art. Dredd is arguably only second to Batman in my personal list of favourite comic characters and I always pined for a movie that would live up to the character. While I enjoyed Stallone’s Judge Dredd, for me like many others it did not truly embody the character. How pleased was I when the Alex Garland penned Dredd came out and lived up to my true expectations of the character. Even more rewarding was that Jock, arguably my favourite comic and poster artist, contributed concept art to the project as well as a little later down the line pulling together a poster for Mondo. This was the poster that got me into alt poster collecting as an obsession.
2000ad will very shortly be releasing ‘Dredd: The Illustrated Script and Visuals’ in both a paperback and hardcopy special edition.
‘Dredd: The Illustrated Script And Visuals’ – Limited Edition Signed by Jock
Both editions includes an introduction and notes from Jock and as well as an exclusive introduction from screenwriter Alex Garland. Accompnaying the pre-production screenplay is a very special never-before-seen complete comics adaptation from the movie pre-production which is markedly unique from the finished film, plus the full screenplay and accompanying concept art. Here’s what Alex Garland had to say about said adaptation;
“Part of [Jock’s] huge contribution was a full-length comic book version of the script, that we distributed to everyone from financiers to crew. His paintings and sketches were one of the quickest and most effective way of conveying the look and tone of the project. When – a very long time later – the picture was locked, I could see his input had pervaded the film at all levels.”
I am really excited to get hold of this and not only see the detail of the pre-production script and how it differs from what we eventually saw on screen, but also how Jock and Alex Garland originally envisioned the movie to look with what ultimately served as storyboards for the movie. Alex Garland is an amazingly visual writer and it will be unique to see that tied into a graphic medium. Now all we need to do is get that Dredd sequel off of the ground! If you haven’t signed the petition, you really should!
Both editions rock in at a hefty 240 pages and are available as a beautifully designed paperback edition at £25 and a very limited, signed hardback edition at £50. Both editions were designed in close conjunction with Jock and are available to pre-order now through the 200ad store for release in July.
Over the past few years there have been a number of British artists who have found acclaim on the US pop culture art scene. Jock, Olly Moss, Adam Simpson, Matt Ferguson and Matt Taylor, to name a few, have all succeeded across the Atlantic. Much like with comics in the mid 90’s, there seems to be an appetite for our particular breed of artistic talent.
Sussex based illustrator and designer Matt Taylor has a particular eye for Americana inspired illustrations reminiscent of the classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties, which may go some way to explaining his popularity. Last week Matt had another excellent poster released through Mondo for the Oscar nominated Dallas Buyers Club, which was another successful sell out!
Matt kindly took time out to chat to us here at Cult Collective about his inspiration, style and process as well as his thoughts on the UK pop art scene.
Dallas Buyers Club Poster by Matt Taylor.
Your artwork is very bold, colourful and eye catching, What was your inspiration when you were first developing your style?
I’ve been illustrating professionally for about twelve years now, so my current style is an accumulation of the influences that have shaped me as an artist. Early on in my career I was focused on doing very comic book style work – pen and ink outlines and palettes that used every color available. I wasn’t really happy with the kind of work I was doing or the clients I was reaching, so I decided to strip back my work to a simpler and bolder style (influnced by guys like Paul Blow, whose art was very influential to me). I lost the majority of my clients, but I stuck at it because I was so much happier with the work i was doing and slowly the work started to roll back in again. I was looking at lots of screen print artists like The Small Stakes and was really impressed with how much they could do with so little color, and so I tried to emulate that.
If I can i’ll watch the movie and just see what speaks to me the most. Sometimes it will be a specific scene, sometimes more the mood, usually a combination of the two. While I watch i scribble notes and doodle ideas and then it’s just a case of drawing them on the computer to see what’s working best.
Brick – Mondo
Having produced artwork for comic book’s (Image Comic’s Zero), novels ( Penguin’s John leCarre series), gallery pieces, including both Gallery 1988 and Mondo, as well as a number of magazine and editorial illustrations, what would you say is your favourite medium and where would you like to take your artwork next?
I think book covers and movie posters are my favorite mediums to work with, because they usually require a single strong image to work, and they have to sell the idea and the tone imediately to the viewer. I was lucky enough at my last ‘day job’ before i went self employed to work on illustrations that were used on just about everything from drinks cans to snowboards. Honestly i’m just happy to be paid to draw for a living, so i’ll put my art on just about anything that is sent my way. That said, I have really enjoyed my baby steps into comic art and there are definitely more comics on the horizon. I’m aiming to split my time between commercial illustration and comics over the next twelve months.
Are there any in particular movies that you would love to produce a poster or piece of artwork for?
Top of my wish list at the moment would be: Almost Famous, The Brothers Bloom, Planet of the Apes, and Dazed and Confused.
There have recently been a number of British artists breaking through in the states such as yourself, Jock, Olly Moss, Matt Ferguson and Adam Simpson. Being a fellow Brit, what are your thoughts on the UK pop art scene and do you think there is scope for it to become as popular over here as it is in the states with the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988?
I’m so new to this ‘scene’ that I dont really feel qualified to comment, but there’s definitely a growth in popularity happening. I was at Thought Bubble in Leeds last November and the queue for Olly, Jock and Mondo started the night before the convention and ran around the side of the building they were in, so i think that’s a good indication. Most of the work that i’ve been offered has come from the US, but there are people like 5 Reel Film who are doing some interesting things in the UK, so it will be good to see the scene grow.
Princess Mononoke Inspired screen print produced for Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult exhibition
So, what’s next on the cards for yourself that you are able to share with us?
More drawing. Most of my time is taken up with illustration jobs – book covers, magazine editorials, etc – but there’s some more things in the pipeline with Mondo (including one which is about my favorite thing i have drawn). I hope everyone else likes it that much too.
One thing is clear, Matt is a focused guy and is passionate about the work that he produces. I have to admit, it would be great to see Matt round out a Rian Johnson trilogy with pieces for both Brothers Bloom & Looper. As a comics reader, it’s also great to see that Matt will steadily be increasing his work in that medium, too.
For more of Matt Taylor’s work and to keep up to date with future projects, check out his Website and drop him a follow on Twitter.
Mondo have been releasing some excellent Disney screen prints for a while now. Notable pieces are Tom Whalen’s Toy Story and The Little Mermaid. It only seems natural then that Mondo should dedicate a whole show to Disney movies.
Well, that time is now! Mondo have partnered with Disney’s “Oh My Disney” blog to unveil “Nothing’s Impossible,” a gallery event at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, from March 7 – March 11, 2014. The gallery will open to the public on March 7 from 3:00-10:00 p.m. with regular hours to follow for the show’s duration.
The line up is exciting, too. Including Tom Whalen, Aaron Horkey, Phantom City Creative, Jason Edmiston, Martin Ansin, Jeff Soto, Jason Edmiston, Mike Mitchell, Ken Taylor, Rich Kelly and many more, ‘Nothing’s Impossible’ will be a unique gallery as far as most Mondo galleries go, with multiple films by multiple artists.
I do hope we get pieces for Robin Hood and The Lion King
In the meantime we have this excellent preview of Ken Taylor’s offering for Alice In Wonderland
Over on the Mondo Blog, CEO Justin Ishmael said “Disney has a special way of bringing out the magic in all of us and we’re very excited to bring that feeling to Austin at this year’s gallery event,” “Having worked with Oh My Disney over the last year, we know the site celebrates reinventing timeless stories and we hope our work sparks the imagination of both Disney and Mondo fans.”
One suprising omission from the show card was Olly Moss. It had been rumoured for a while that he had put together a Disney print and Olly has now confirmed via Twitter that he WILL be taking part in Mondo and Oh My Disney’s “Nothing’s Impossible” Disney Gallery at South by Southwest.
Last night he also posted a tease of his piece over on Instagram. It doesn’t take Basil, the great mouse detective to figure out which film it’s for.
Oh My Disney and Mondo will release posters digitally every week leading up to the gallery’s opening on March 7th.
Choosing a ‘top 10’ and ‘best of’ lists is always a challenge. They are massively subjective, very personal to the author and narrowing down the choices can be a pain! Justin Ishmael of Mondo has just posted his carefully considered choices over at the Mondo blog.
Instead, at Cult Collective we have chosen to pick our 10 personal favourite pieces from 2013, as we wanted to carefully reflect on what has been a great year for pop culture art and design. These are in no particular order and we have decided to only pick one piece per artist for the sake of variety.
Bottleneck Gallery – Matt Ferguson’s ‘He Stole My Balloons’. This is a work of art, period. An evolution of the minimalist design it captures the tone and symbolism of the Batman movie and legend in a very effective piece.
Mondo – Phantom City Creative’s Godzilla. This award winning piece is unique to this list as it is for a movie that isn’t even out yet. The image and colours are striking and even though it doesn’t even properly feature Godzilla, you get a definite sense of presence in the extremely clever imagery.
Gallery 1988, Crazy 4 Cult 7 – Sam Gilbey’s ‘Dog’s and Cats Living Together’. It is no secret that Ghostbusters is one of my favourite movies. I have struggled to find a piece that represented the movie both visually and in tone but Sam has done a perfect job with this Giclee’.
The Gaslight Anthem – El Jefe Design’s ‘Never let you down’. Produced for the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert, this gig poster captures both the sentiment of the song it represents and the cause it was in aid of. Beautiful.
Mondo Mystery Movie XI – Laurent Durieux’s Die Hard. When this piece first leaked on to the internet Saturday night my thoughts where simply “Wow”. The poster is a lot different to that which people where expecting and we were certainly pleasantly surpried. Laurent has done a great job of capturing the pathos of Die Hard in what to me is the perfect ‘alternative’ movie poster.
Jock’s Batman Letterpresses. 2013 has been a huge year for Jock. His work has been phenominal for both DC and Mondo. This piece narrowly pips his Joker ‘Black Mirror’ piece, which I have a hand finished version framed in my hallway’, because of the care and love that went into producing not only the letterpresses themselves but the stunning envelope, itself a work of art.
Mondo – Jason Edmiston’s Evil Dead 2. I said earlier in the year that this is one of my favourite Mondo pieces of all time and this still stands true. A beautifully rendered piece of art that works so well as a screenprint.
Huckleberry Toys SDCC Exclusive – Tom Whalen Batman: The Television Series Variant. Tom’s style is colourfully retro and is suited no better to this representation of Batman: The Television Series, produced for San Diego Comic Con as a promotionally piece for the DVD release.
Mondo – Olly Moss’ Sightseers Variant. One of the funniest and most surreal movies of the year deserved a striking poster. The retro Yorkshire Dales promotional poster inspired piece works best in the variant edition for me as the colour’s capture the sinister nature of the movie while retaining the desired nostalgic feel.
So there you have it. With only two weeks to go in 2013 it seems unlikely that there will be anything released to knock any of these off of the list. Unless we do get that rumoured Home Alone piece from Mondo. Please let us know your thoughts and choices in the comment section below.
When Warner Bros announced earlier in the year that they would be releasing The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, those of us on a shoe string budget were in despair hoping at some point in the future to be able to pick up Jock’s Mondo art card separately. The lords of media have shone upon us and now we can! Well, if you live in the States.
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Memorabilia Pack is now available directly from Warner Bros without the Blu-ray Discs at the bargain price of $24.99. The pack not only includes Jock’s collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul but also the premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: The Tumbler, Batpod, and The Bat and the 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies all in a nice little gift box. Be quick though, i’m sure they wont be around for long!
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