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The first MondoCon announces lineup of guests, panels and more

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Art gallery, poster maker and geek-culture retailer Mondo and its parent company Alamo Drafthouse announced Thursday its programming lineup of panels and screening events for MondoCon, which will run the first weekend of Fantastic Fest (Sept. 20 and 21) at The Marchesa Hall & Theater.

The convention will bring together guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys. Panels and screenings will take place in the theater. The exhibition hall will host booths for individual artists and companies featuring artwork and products for sale.

Panels include:

- “Designing Movies” with comics artists Geof Darrow, Jock, Mike Mignola and Bernie Wrightson with illustrators Alex Pardee and William Stout. They will discuss contricutions to movies such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Matrix” and many more. (In a separate panelDarrow will also discuss his comic “Shaolin Cowboy” and present some animation from an animae version that almost was.

- Since Mondo is releasing Alex North’s lost score for “2001: A Space Odyssey” on vinyl for the first time ever, it’s no suprise that there’s a panel about it with composrer and writer Brian Satterwhite.

- Conceptual artist William Stout discusses “Godzilla 1983,” an American version that never was, complete with storyboards by Stout, Dave Stevens (creator of the comic book “The Rocketeer”) and Doug Widley (creator of “Johnny Quest”)

- Mondo Creative Directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam and Rob Jones will discuss the creative process in “Mondo Talk: Art Direct a Poster Live!” as the audience gets to dessign a poster.

It’s an especially good con for fans of comic book artists and fantasy illustrators. In addition to those mentioned above, antists and exhibitors include comic artists Bryan Lee O’Malley of “Scott Pilgrim” fame, “Howard the Duck” co-creator Val Mayerik, Arik Roper, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Sale, horror vet Basil Gogos, Becky Cloonan and many more.

Screeings include the world premiere of “Future Shock!,” a new documentary about the influential British comic book “2000 AD,” the long-running title that has served as the home of Judge Dredd and acareer launchpad for a few generations of British comic creators.

Look also for a screening of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” with live original score, and repertory screenings of the animae”Ghost in the Shell” and the Schwarzenegger vehincle “Total Recall.” There will also be poster and product exclusives throughout the weekend, including an “Iron Giant” poster for Alex “Marvels” Ross (the Normal Rockwell of superheroes) and a double LP of original score for “The Iron Giant.”

Tickets for MondoCon are on sale now at Mondo-Con.com. Single day tickets are $35 and full weekend tickets are $70. A full weekend ticket to MondoCon will be included with all VIP badges for Fantastic Fest. Tickets for the evening screenings will be made available to badge holders only via Eventbrite before the convention. Check out http://mondo-con.com/ and @MondoConAustin on Twitter for screening times, ticket release dates and additional screening announcements.