"This is what Baltimore-D.C. relations look like from our end. We don’t care about you. Ever." I’d add something more, but this about sums it up. I mean, maybe I’d care if the Foo Fighters were playing somewhere in DC.
For anyone that knows me in any capacity should know that I am a fan of movies (among other peculiarities that one might consider “geeky.”) Pinned to my love for movies, film, and/or cinema is a deep appreciation of the movie poster as an art form.
I’m not sure when I started to look at them as not just advertisements for what could or soon would be found at the theater. But, there was a point when I developed a fondness for their form beyond the teases and promises they made for the movies they represented.
To put a stake in the ground and try to front my knowledge, I’m going to say it was Drew Struzan. You’ve seen his work: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future, The Thing, Harry Poster, First Blood… I could go on for a while. His posters are the high art of genre.
As an accumulator of things, my interest in movie posters can easily be demonstrated by the bundles of cardboard tubes filling one of my closet (and a closet at my mother’s house… I’ll get those soon, Mom. I promise.)
I frequently purchase posters for upcoming films. I buy them based upon their design as much as my excitement or interest for the movie itself. They must be standard size, 27x40, and double-sided. Why? Because I have a back lit movie poster frame (similar to those you’d see at the movie theater) and printing the image on the reverse side makes it pop when illuminated.
I’ve had it for about eight years. So, that’s eight years of rotating movie posters on an average of one a month (minus the year my house was being renovated and The A-Team held the spot until moved back in.)
Then, along came Mondo. Well, more like: and then I discovered Mondo. Through a stable of gifted and diverse graphic artists, Mondo creates limited edition screen printed posters for classic and contemporary films. And they are awesome. Obviously, they are right in my wheelhouse.
What makes them more exciting is that they generally sell out within a few minutes (sometimes less and never more) of when the individual on-sale times are announced on Twitter. It’s almost sport. I won’t reveal my methods because if I help you get one, it means there’s a chance I won’t. I apologize, but it’s survival of the fittest where this is concerned.
I’ve had some luck over the last year and change. Maybe more luck than I should given that they generally range from $45-50 dollars per poster (more for variants.)
If like me you’re thinking the eBay route, I’ll also mention that the values generally shoot up almost as quick as they posters sell. This serves to thicken the competition with speculators in it for the promise of a nice return.
To date, I have been able to nab the posters listed below. The goals is to one day proudly display my spoils of victory, but that’s going to require a lot of wall space. The kind a rowhouse in Baltimore City doesn’t afford.
1. Tron (Sideshow) - Martin Ansin
2. Dark Shadows - Ghostco
3. King Kong - Laurent Durieux
4. Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan - We Buy Your Kids
5. Dark Knight Rises - Olly Moss
6. Looper (Gold) - Martin Ansin
7. Dracula - Laurent Durieux
8. The Wolfman - Phantom City Creative
9. Back to the Future II - Gianmarco Magnani
10. E.T. - Mike Mitchell
11. Django Unchained - Rich Kelly
12. Jon Snow (Game of Thrones) - Jock
13. Harbinger Variant (Game of Thrones) - Ken Taylor