September 2, 2009


Saturday at the Fan Expo was pandemonium. There were so many people packed onto the convention floor that it was virtually impossible to see any of the exhibitor booths. You stood an equal chance of being mauled by a pack of cosplayers gone feral as you did getting your eye poked out with a lightsaber by careless Jedi.

Sunday, on the other hand, had calmed down. It was the perfect time to check out some of the art and posters being sold.

One of the most unexpected finds I made was at a booth selling only foreign language and foreign art movie posters. The collector, whose name escapes me because I can't find his card, is a massive collector of movie posters from foreign markets. Sometimes the poster art is the same as in North America, but for older films the art is usually radically different. Although I have no great love for the James Brolin movie The Car (1977), I just HAD to have this French poster for the film:

I completely fell in love with the gruesomely suggestive and abstract use of colour splatter as well as those manically hypnotic headlights. I'm going to get this baby framed when it arrives. I also prefer the French title for The Car, which translates into something like "Mechanical Hell." That's much better than "The Car" translated into literal French: "La Voiture". As I said, I have no great love for the movie, but the titular car is my favorite of the evil car designs and it was lovingly referenced in the Futurama episode "The Honking."

Another artist I checked out was Chris Roberts.  Chris Roberts is a monster movie fan. One of his more unique series is of paintings that re-imagine classic works of art to include classic movie monsters. For example, I was enamored by Roberts' Death of a Gillman, which emulates Jacques-Louis David's painting Death of Marat.

Had I had more money in the bank, I would have sprung for a print to give to Brother D, host of the Mail Order Zombie podcast. He's a big fan of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.