Mondo And Mike Mitchell: FineArt For Star Wars Super Nerds

Words by Brandon Wainerdi,

If you have actually been a component of the pop society art area over the past couple of years, you’ll concur with me when I say that it seemsfeels like Mike Mitchell has actually done it all. From pictures of your favorite X-Men to cartoonish depictions of Indiana Jones, Mike has actually developed numerous recurring art series that have each attracted their own dedicated fanbases.

To celebrate the very first weekend break of South By Southwest in Austin, TX, Mike has joined Mondo, the poster and also art publish branch of the Alamo Drafthouse, to finish up his year-long Celebrity Wars picture collection in serious design. (Which is exciting by itself because, as of this writing, my plans for enhancing my new home are, right now, simply these Star Wars pictures. Should review rather well.)

We (electronically) sat down with the musician to speak about his comprehensive back catalog and also, even more amazing, this upcoming all-Star-Wars program in Austin, TX.

Bleeding Cool: Mike, firstfirst of all: massive fan. From the SUPERs to the pictures to the JLUs, your design can be so diverse and also unique.

Exactly how would you define your creative style to some of our viewers who may not be as familiar?

Mike Mitchell: Honestly, I’m not sure I have a design. I would certainly state I’m proficient excel in painting, however usually I attempt to do whatever it requires to get the ideaunderstand across. I think there’s an overarching tone to my job however, stylistically, it’s all over the location.

BC: My absolute favorite stuff that you’ve generated has actually been your portrait collection, ranging from Marvel personalities to stand out culturepopular culture symbols to, now, Star Wars heroes, bad guys and also animals. Just what should followers look out for during the upcoming “Mondo x Acme Archives Existing: SWxMM” gallery show?

MM: Well there’s going to be aroundhave to do with 25 pictures complete, the mass of that being the releases from the past year (which we will certainly have limited quantities of, offer for sale), but also a handful of brand-new ones. I believe any person who has been collecting the series approximately this point will be delighted for the selections. We likewise did some fun things with the gallery itself, and also there’ll be some other shocks, I do not wantintend to spoil anything.

BC: This program is an end result of a year of amazing Celebrity Wars personality researches. Who has been your favorite Star Wars character to deal with so faruntil now? … And, maybe without spoiling anything, exists anyone premiering throughout the gallery program that you’ve been itching to workdeal with?

MM: That’s a difficult one. I ‘d state I had the most fun functioningservicing 2-1B. Leia and C-3PO were also extremely fun.

My favored personality that I absolutely had to do was probably the AT-AT driver. I’ve additionally been wantingwishing to do the Tusken Raider (unique to the gallery program) given that the actual startvery start, as well as held off so I might have something fun to workwork with in the direction of the tail end. TransformsEnds up, it was an overall pain in the evaluateannoyance, but I like the last outcomeoutcome.

BC: Dimension adds a whole various other measurement to these pictures. While mostthe majority of the pictures stick to the 12 16? format, breaking from the size restraints every so commonlyevery now and then adds a whole lot: particularly, the Ant Man series, MODOK, as well as now Wicket the Ewok and also Chewbacca. Exactly how do you choose that gets the “special” size therapies? (Also, how am I mosting likely to potentially frame all of these continually currently?)

MM: I base it partially on composition, however manythe majority of the moment it’s due to the size of the topic. Chewbacca is mosting likely to look unusual at 12 16 for a couple of factors. Either he’s going to look too tiny nextalongside other personalities (like Han) or he will certainly look symmetrical, yet he will not fit the in structure.

Bumping him as much as 13 19 simply makes more feeling, in the very same meanssimilarly 11 14 makes more sense for Yoda, and also Arch, that are both squatty.

BC: Your previous gallery picture reveal with Mondo was Marvel-themed. There mored than 50 different comics-based pictures (my favorite was the Poison, with Eddie Brock concealing in the mouth.) Will you ever before do one for us DC fanboys?

MM: We have actually talked aboutspoken about it, and we had some tentative strategies in the past, however it didn’t work out. I do not believe there’ll ever before be a gallery program, yet possibly a couple pictures at some pointat some time. I would certainly love to do Batman, and a few of his baddies, and also I have a desire for Bizarro for some reasonfor one reason or another.

Hereafter gallery show, just what do you have coming down the pipe? Anything you can tease or validate?

MM: I’m attempting to figure that out. I have some ideas kicking around that will with any luck turn out. I’m hopingwanting to make some toys, starting with a Skully. I’ll be keeping my very own releases up per common (Fat Birds, Current State of mind, Food Dudes, pins, shirts, etc.) and I have actually been talkingtalking with Mondo regarding continuing a semi routine portrait release with them on numerous properties.

BC: Ok, last concern: simply blink when if there will certainly be a Container Container picture. I will not tell.

MM: Thought regarding it for an April 1st release, however after that I ‘d be swamped with 100 prequel requests, and the only prequel personality I’m also semi-interested in doing is Darth Maul, but I will not do him either for the exact same factor. I’ll never ever hear completion of it.

Again, we desirewish to provide a thanks to Mike Mitchell and also Fons Public Relations for setting up this meeting. We will certainly be real-time from Austin, TX this Friday for SXSW and the grand opening of this amazing show, to report on all the aforementioned and also hinted-at surprises.

If you desireintend to buy a few of his work right nownow, head to sirmitchell.com. And also if you cannot make it to Austin this weekend, there will also be three online-exclusive, timed launches of Yoda, Obi-Wan as well as a Tie Competitor Pilot portraits readily available from Friday to Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled on mondotees.com to pickget some pieces of Celebrity Wars greatart for on your ownon your own.

celebrate the initial weekend break of South By Southwest in Austin, TX, Mike has actually teamed up with Mondo, the poster and also art print branch of the Alamo Drafthouse, to finish up his year-long Celebrity Wars picture collection in serious style. (Which is exciting in itself because, as of this writing, my strategies for enhancing my new residence are, right now, just these Star Wars portraits. BC: My absolute favored things that you’ve produced has actually been your portrait series, ranging from Wonder personalities to stand out society symbols to, now, Star Wars heroes, villains and animals.
To commemorate the very first weekend of South By Southwest in Austin, TX, Mike has teamed up with Mondo, the poster and also art publish branch of the Alamo Drafthouse, to finish up his year-long Star Wars picture series in severe style. (Which is amazing in itself because, as of this writing, my plans for decorating my new residence are, right now, just these Star Wars portraits. BC: My outright favored stuff that you have actually created has actually been your portrait collection, varying from Wonder personalities to stand out society icons to, currently, Star Wars heroes, villains as well as animals. BC: Your previous gallery portrait reveal with Mondo was Marvel-themed. I don’t believe there’ll ever before be a gallery program, but maybe a couple pictures at some point.