By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Continuing its relationship with Toho International, genre merch and apparel specialist Mondo is hosting a monster-sized exhibition of kaiju art next month at the SXSW Film Festival.
GODZILLA: A POSTER SHOW will open Friday, March 13 at Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX; there will be a press preview from 4-7 p.m. followed by the public opening from 7-10 p.m., and continuing Saturday-Sunday from 12-6 p.m. The exhibit will showcase art representing the Shōwa, Heisei and Reiwa eras of Godzilla cinema, with 24 posters by 11 artists including Godzilla fanatic Tom Whalen, whose TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA poster is seen above, and Attack Peter. “[Godzilla has] been many things over his many years—a symbol of the horrors of war, nature’s wrath, a hero, a villain and even the collection of angry souls taking revenge on the living,” says Brock Otterbacher, Mondo’s creative director of toys and collectibles. “One thing he’s always been, however, is beloved across many generations of fans, children and adults alike. The King of the Monsters comes to Mondo’s Gallery for a kaiju-sized show featuring the city-stomping giant, along with many of his friends and foes. Dozens of fantastic artists bring their appreciation to the various eras of Toho’s monster movies, and I, as a huge fan myself, feel there’s something for every kind of Godzilla fan. Whether you have love for Jet Jaguar, Mothra, Gigan, Destoroyah or Godzilla himself, I think you’ll be stoked for what we have in store for you!”
In addition to the posters, Mondo will also have their latest apparel offerings on hand. Visitors to the gallery will get the first shot at brand new items from Becky Cloonan and Attack Peter, plus a preview of upcoming officially licensed collectibles. You can check out Mondo’s current Toho apparel collection here.