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AICN debuts Mondo's Hellboy poster, the newest in their Guillermo del Toro Director's Series!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here taking a break from the snow, writing, line-waiting and general activities that keep me from ever sleeping (thanks, Sundance!) in order to give you guys the debut of the newest Mondo poster.

Mondo has been doing a Director’s Series focused on Guillermo del Toro’s movies. They’ve already done Blade II and now they have two Hellboy posters up for sale this Friday (1/28) at their website.

I’m featuring both below, but the first look is for Florian Bertmer’s Hellboy poster. Hellboy 2 is by Ken Taylor.









Cool, right? Ken Taylor’s Hellboy II poster is a run of 360 prints and Florian Bertmer’s Hellboy is a little more restricted at only 240 prints. They’re both 24X36 and will run you $45 apiece.

Be sure to follow Mondo on Twitter to get a heads up on the exact time the posters go on sale this Friday!

Now back to the Sundance grindstone! Work-work-work!

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  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Love the Hellboy 2 Poster...

    by Shady Drifter

    Looks quite epic! Loved the film too...

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST


    by Roffstafarian

    Now when are we gonna get a part 3 already?

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by tomandshell

    These both look great.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Something cool via Aintitcool?

    by masteryoda007

    "Aww yeah Hannibal"

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    riley martin

    by NightArrows

    Wow, a yawn and a complete lack of interest in something that isn't "now" and "hip". You must be one of those hipsters I see on the magic box. Or you're simply a twat. My guess is for the latter... Regarding the posters, I hate to say it, but these might be the first Mondo posters I've not really jived with. I agree with the sentiments above though, bring on Hellboy 3!

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    My Friend Once Said The Army in Hellboy II Is "A Good Metaphor"

    by Autodidact

    I asked him "a metaphor for what?" His answer was to inform me that "a metaphor can stand for anything." This is when I decided to never attempt a real film conversation with this guy again. Nothing like being pedantic when you can't even keep your basic facts and terms straight. (a *symbol* can stand for anything... metaphors are specific)

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Their new posters just haven't been doing it for me lately. The first one's just kind of an amorphous composition with zero energy. The second one just comes across as a bunch of traces of peoples heads. Cool colors and composition at least.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Some nicely done comic book style Hellboy posters would be nice...

    by 11ZOMBIES

    ...but these based on the seriously overcooked movie designs? Not so much.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    More photoshop manips...boooring

    by alienindisguise

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Am I the only person that thinks Mondo posters...

    by Bileranter

    are overworked and kind of awful? I fully expect all the "yes" replies but really. The trick is knowing when to stop- and in the case of that first poster, how to draw.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Rob

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Make enough for everyone who wants one; or JUST DON'T BOTHER

    by gruntybear

    Limited editions suck, Mondo. ALL OF THEM.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by larry burbridge

    just sayin..

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    looks like a first year art students work

    by larry burbridge

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    must be a slow news day at AICN

    by larry burbridge

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Olly Moss or GTFO.

    by blackwood

    Nah, they're alright. Second is nicer than the first, but I'm more for a minimalism guy.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Not photoshoped morons @ aliendisguise

    by nonya

    there is always some one on these threads stupid enough to assume these are just scanned in photos that are traced over. Like its totally unfathomable that some one actually is talented enough to draw that well. Ken Taylor draws his shit by hand, if you don't believe me look up some of his other work like the star wars bounty hunter series, and tell me what scene he shopped for those. Stop spouting unsubstantiated rumors out of your ass and think before you post, slamming something you know nothing about.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    olly moss or GTFO- agreed


    i've known olly since we we started subbing at and have watched that kid become a powerhouse that often makes me want to quit art. these posters are the formulaic MONDO shit. let's trace over movie stills and cram as many characters and absolutely no mystique or emotion or story into the poster. these posters talk a lot and say nothing.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    well, if they aren't traced


    then he draws slightly-off recreations based on looking at pictures directly in front of him. he doesn't draw those likenesses from memory. there's no style to them, they are just regurgitated and bland.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    if i wanted to....


    i could rewatch the movies and save the frames he's sourcing from. but i don't have the time, or the care. i know i'm right. prove us wrong.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    i'm referring to the second poster


    -and most of the other mondo line... the first one is obviously hand drawn. painfully obviously.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    that second one looks like it was drawn by an art student..

    by Rupee88

    an art student in high school an untalented art student still in high school I assume this is a paid article type of thing or maybe just a slow news day but those posters are not remarkable..

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    no tracing @zombot you know nothing get over yourself

    by nonya

    so you take issue with an artist drawing an image using no source or reference materail and not completely from memory??? I guess the mona lisa and any other portrait is a piece of sh!t with no style by your metric? Quite frankly Ken's blog has pages and pages of high quality completely original art which shows his skill as an artist Judging his art by these tiny low resolution images does him no justice. Look at these 4 pieces which are much higher resolution than the hellboy pic if you honestly think this is just "traced" from a screen cap, and you can't see a specific style, then maybe you need to get your eyes checked out. Your arrogance about the issue is only exceeded by your ignorance. I don't see why its so hard to believe an artist could actually have talent enough to draw a likeness of some one for a poster. You say you subbed with olly for threadless, so lets compare your art to Ken's and see who really has no style or talent... Your opinion honestly doesn't really matter any way. Ken is a highly successful poster artist who has done gig posters for Tool, NIN, Phish, Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers, The Decemberist, Flight of the concords, Them Crooked Vultures, Neil Young, Kings of Leon, AC/DC, Metallica, Rage against the machine, and the list goes on. Does this really sound like the portfolio of some one who can only 'trace screen caps'?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    furthermore zombot

    by nonya

    you are entitled to your opinion all day. Any one can say this piece of art is bad, it sucks, or it doesn't appeal to them. But to imply that the artist has merely traced over it, that they have no talent, or that there is no style to it is total bullshit. Here is some more of his work in high resolution. Should be pretty obvious these are original compositions. Honestly if you could show me even 1 piece of art you have done that comes close to matching the style, attention to detail, and dynamism as ken's art I would be truly impressed.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I wonder how much AICN gets paid to advertise Mondo's...

    by rbatty024

    wares. This isn't an article, it's obviously an advertisement and should be put in the upper right hand corner of the page.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Hey riley martin?

    by Bvc79

    Fuck you.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I could not agree more. You nailed it man. No clue who Zombat is but I'd love to see either his work or whoever's work he deems so fucking "worthy". To be truthful though Zomabt, even if you are a brilliant artist yourself (which i doubt) - no amount of ink or paint can make up for the fact that you sound like a raging bitter twat.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Why does Liz have a goiter?

    by boogel

    Generally I like their posters. But these are awful.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Horrendous looking

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    When are they going to hire good artists to draw those things? Almost anybody decent can do better than those traced horrors. Guillermo deserves better than that!

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    @jamesdad: I FOUND THE TRACED PHOTO!

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    Ken Taylor is an untalented tracer. Proof: I don't have the time to find the others but that should suffice to prove a point. Jamesdad, or should I call you Kensfriend, stop defending a hack. Working with 'big' names is not a proof of talent! This guy obviously sucks so badly he has to painstakingly trace over photos collected form the net to produce a pile of shit. Any good artist could have drawn better freehand in a tenth of the time. This is shit and it stinks!

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    You assholes got me hooked on Mondo..

    by Max Welz

    Have i never read AICN i would have never have heard about these guys.. Now i am addicted to getting there posters. I have only lucked out once with the R2D2 one... Needless to say it looks amazing on my wall.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Pan's Labyrinth

    by Max Welz

    I am assuming they will drop one.. That may be worth getting. Who wants a Blade II or Hellboy poster...?

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST


    by nonya

    Of course he uses reference material for his work, what artist doesn't? I don't see how this proves anything other than that he clearly referenced this image when drawing that one section of the poster, and shows you are grasping at straws trying to prove me wrong. The gun and whole angle of ken's piece is different than the image you linked to which can be compared to ken's high res final piece here furthermore there is so much more visible detail in his hair and the lighting that is clearly part of ken's style, and not just tracing. I'm not saying the images aren't close, but there is detail in Ken's piece he added that isn't even on the publicity photo. If he was just a lazy 'hack job' tracer with no talent, then why would he bother to add detail to a piece he was simply tracing??? I have personally never met ken taylor, and probably never will since he lives in australia and I reside in the us. I will also once again bring up the numerous pages of completely original art that are just as good as this on ken's site and ask you, are those all traced? The Grinderman, Phish, and Star Wars bounty hunter posters I linked to in my previous comments, all of those are traced as well then? You people need to get a grip, and realize that there are extremely talented individuals out there who are dedicated to their work. Just because you don't have the skill to put out near photo realistic renderings of actors, doesn't mean others don't. Why is it so hard to accept that he has talent? On another note, I never said working with big names is proof of talent. However, you don't get work from that high profile of an artist by being a 'talentless hack' that puts out 'shit' that 'stinks' as you so eloquently put it. Honestly his resume, and catalog of completely original work speaks for itself, and doesn't need me to come to its defense. You don't like the art? Fine whatever, tell us and move on, no one gives a F*ck. But to spread rumors about the artist, that he is just tracing and has no talent, when you know NOTHING about his process or how he goes about his work is total bullshit. Also please don't bother posting a response, you obviously don't have the mental capacity to carry this conversation in a meaningful way.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by nonya

    Guillermo had to approve all these before mondo could print them, and he didn't seem to have a problem with any of them... why don't you recommend some artists you think have some real talent then, since you seem to be so on top of who is and isn't a hack in the art world these days, you pompous ass.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Barabas the Barbarian

    Seriously how do you know SO much about Taylor's process since you don't know anything about him? How do you know he doesn't trace EVERYTHING? And why defends so much an artist that obviously is far from being the best at doing posters? It's mind boggling. It's like your real name is actually Ken Taylor. As for people who would do a better job than him, of the top of my head: Nathan Fox Ben Templesmith Dave Johnson Simon Bisley Jock Simon Dominic Barontieri The Black Frog etc. etc. etc. I got way more mental capacity than you do and I also know way more about art and art process that you will ever know.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by nonya

    "I got way more mental capacity than you do and I also know way more about art and art process that you will ever know." this was exactly why I told you not to bother responding. Not only have you failed at basic spelling and sentence syntax making you look like a retard, but you've turned this into a pissing competition about who knows more about art. I don't think I ever said I was more knowledgeable than any one about art process, but I do know that you don't know shit about how ken creates his work. I knew you would only address one of my more minor points while completely glazing over anything else relevant I had to say that disproves your point. You have completely ignored the fact that ken has several pages of original art thats just as high quality as his hellboy piece on his website here You obviously don't want to have a rational discussion about this, and are content to just fling shit. Unless you have a substantive argument for or against any of my points I'd advise you to just stop, you sound like a ranting moron.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by nonya

    "Ken has won the Desktop Create Award for Best illustration in both 2007 & 2009 and was a Guest Speaker at the 2009 AGIDEAS design conference. " pretty sure you don't get to be a guest speaker at design conferences, and get awards in graphic design for being a tracer hack....

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Artist response to tracer accusations, ACCUSERS ARE WRONG

    by nonya

    "well the first thing i guess is that i dont use photoshop at all - i use illustrator and its all handrawn - that poltergeist picture for example took roughly around 30 hours there is no reference of the house or that tree from those angles - i ctually went on google earth and looked over the house that they used for filming to see how the roof shaped from the back as the image everyone remembers is the front of the house - the bob dylan was a little quicker as its less involved but again the image is all hand drawn including the bob dylan font - also the image of him - whilst i did work from photos for refernce is not a photoshopped image - that photo does not even exist i drew that from 3 seperate images so i could get his profile right but have the age of him approriate for the style of poster rather than the young dylan that everyone uses - even that poster though took around 15hrs start to finish - hopefully this settles your debate! cheers Ken" If a well thought out explanation proving why his art isn't traced isn't enough proof, then I honestly don't know what would convince you at this point. As I said, he uses images for reference, just like the one you linked to. As I have stated multiple times, he has plenty of completely original art that couldn't have been traced over, and it looks almost photo realistic. Why would this be any different?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST



    I think Taylor killed this one !!! .. While I am still left with out much love for Florians works so far .. Maybe its just individual tastes ... :-/ Now bring on the others !!!