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624 - June Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam

David Defeo



LATEST MONDO UPDATES curates an incredible swath of artists leaving their own mark on the world with ink and paper as their weapons of choice. Each month Mark sits down with Mitch Putnam to analyze a month's worth of work and create a Top Ten out of the best and brightest to see what we can learn from their triumphs. Each piece offers new solutions to new challenges ranging from composition to color choices and Mitch and Mark apply their cumulative expertise to pull out what really matters in each poster that makes the countdown. Mondo has been busy, as always, and Mitch gives us some behind the scenes info on their role at San Diego Comic Con and much more in June's Poster Countdown.

Talking Points

  • Mondo increases their footprint at San Diego Comic Con. 
  • Spider-Gwen explained and marketing to the next generation of comic book readers. 
  • Haunting elements in a familiar color palette. 
  • Bright colors and a pen-ish key line style that tread the line between digital and analog. 
  • A return to form for DDL, transitioning out of gig posters, and how being married to Anne Benjamin can undermine your artistic confidence. 
  • Working with Alamo on their internal merchandise line from tees to tiki glasses. 
  • Elevating an experience with like minded people who want more than popcorn with their movie. 
  • All The Flowers At My Funeral. 
  • The slow trickle of new artists in the gig poster scene and what it takes to break through. 
  • Jaws is still a formidable opponent. 
  • The health of the poster market and Mitch's controversial theory on its rise. 
  • Multiple planes of storytelling in Cars. 
  • Underground domination in marketing materials, difficult direction on duality, and movie studios that don't know when they're on to something good. 
  • Tall guys, smashed heads, and the incredible Rich Kelly filter. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The importance behind your presentation and making a hangable piece. 
  • Talented illustrators, signature styles, and the magnetism of human faces. 
  • Setting your open edition collection on fire with limited edition quantities and keeping your supply lower than your demand. 
  • Building a long lasting collectible career by leaving money on the table. 
  • An obscure sixties street musician that illustrates Black Dragon Press' fearless business model. 
  • Evoking someone's personality in an illustrated portrait as opposed to a photograph. 
  • Where pop culture resonates across multiple generations. 
  • The effortless King Of Composition ruling over a style all his own. 
  • Turning a couple of black shapes into an emotion evoking image of the female form.
  • Leaning on IP for posters. 
  • Rory's Dark Knight and its mixed reactions based on fan expectations and skill level. 
  • Watching an artist experiment with new styles for a wide fan base. 
  • The art school student working with Mondo and spinning a few other plates all at the same time. 
  • Digital media and the next generation's toolbox.


You heard straight from Mark as he and Mitch discussed collectibility and how timed and limited editions can dictate how your career pans out. Head to the end of this interview and Brian Flynn will explain it all.

Jason Edmiston was also just at San Diego Comic Con and his role as an artist and vendor varies from Mondo and Mitch's take on the convention. Also, Jason is a triple threat of talent, tenacity, and ferociously good looks.

As Mark and Mitch spoke about new artists coming into the scene and the ceiling awaiting them in gig posters I can't help but think back to Miles' ruminations on his own career in his latest AID interview.