Mondo is pretty much the coolest gallery around, especially if you’re a fan of pop-culture inspired artwork. The Austin, Texas-based gallery, which has recently expanded to sell wonderful knit sweaters (a collaboration with Middle of Beyond), vinyl records, and collectible figures, has hosted shows like the Oh My Disney collection “Nothing’s Impossible” back in 2014. (We were there; it was awesome.) For their final gallery show of 2015, Mondo has announced “Snikt. Bamf. Thwip: A Celebration of Marvel Comics,” which is set to open on Friday, December 11 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin and run for nine wondrous days, ending on December 19. And we feel incredibly lucky to debut one of the pieces from the show – artist Tom Whalen’s ode to everyone’s favorite silvery-clawed Canadian hero, Wolverine.
The print, which will also come in an even-moodier variant edition, features many of the touchstones of the character – his adversarial relationship with Sabretooth, his history as a war combatant, his beginnings as a science experiment, and his time spent in Japan (love those cherry blossoms). The piece is rendered in Whalen’s trademark bold, graphic style, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous love letter to the beloved, perpetually grumpy member of the X-Men.
“For me, the great appeal of Wolverine lies in the fact that his history has so many distinctly iconic eras and costumes. For my money, his John Byrne-designed brown duds are untouchable,” Whalen explained.
Whalen went on: “Introduced simply as a feral brute in the pages of The Incredible Hulk, writers and artists through the decades have kept his core animal intact while adding their own layers to his pliable backstory. From his WWII service to his escapades in Japan, to the origin of his adamantium-laced skeleton as told in Weapon X, to the glimpse of his childhood we get in Origin, Wolverine continues to have his history pushed and pulled just enough to keep him fresh while allowing him to continue to be ‘the best there is at what he does’.” As far as artists go, Whalen is the best there is at what he does, so this is a perfect fit.
As for the other artists who have provided pieces for the show, it’s a veritable who’s who, with Becky Cloonan, Florian Bertmer, Boneface, Glen Brogan, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Craig Drake, Francesco Francavilla, Gianmarco Magnani, Mike Mitchell, Phantom City Creative, Chris Skinner, Matt Taylor, We Buy Your Kids, and Matthew Woodson contributing new works. Excelsior!
Follow Mondo on Twitter for more details about the online sale of pieces from the show.