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Funko Acquires Mondo from Alamo Drafthouse

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Announced this morning, Funko, Inc. has purchased Mondo from Alamo Drafthouse. That adds even more to Funko’s portfolio which already includes figures, clothing, games, and more. Mondo was the division focused on screen-printed posters, vinyl soundtracks, and toy collectibles for Alamo.

This is a pretty big addition for Funko cementing the company further in the pop culture collectible space. Mondo has focused more on “high end” collectibles, something Funko has dipped its toes in but not a regular product vertical.

The acquisition adds about 30 Mondo employees to the Funko team. The financial terms have not been disclosed. Funko has said it doesn’t expect the acquisition to have an impact on the 2022 financial performance which indicates the amount isn’t massive.

Funko recently received investment to the tune of $263 million that involved a 25% stake in the company. They statements indicated that the investors saw massive growth for the company and this acquisition is likely a part of that vision.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE STATEMENT

When Mondo was first forming, back when it was a 25-square-foot retail space in the abandoned ticket booth of the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, we had one guiding principle: seek out amazing artists, let their imaginations run wild and unfettered, and together celebrate the movies we loved.

Driven by passion, Mondo’s core team of creatives transformed that small ticket booth into something none of us could have ever imagined. Nineteen years into the journey, I look back at the amazing body of work that Mondo has created in posters, soundtracks, and collectibles and am truly in awe. I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing team that has over and over again set a staggeringly high bar for imagination, quality, and beauty.

That said, the past two years have been brutal and harrowing at Alamo and Mondo. We filed bankruptcy and thankfully emerged from COVID in fighting shape, ready to continue our mission of being the best damn cinema that has ever or will ever exist. While we were closed, however, Mondo was our saving grace, the only facet of our business that kept the lights on.

Now, with the dark days behind us and each weekend bringing box office successes, Alamo is seizing opportunities to grow our cinema footprint with seven new locations across the country that have been announced recently and more to come. As the company resources are focused on this growth, we realized that perhaps a bold and exciting new chapter is about to begin for Mondo.

Over the past few months, we searched exhaustively to find a perfect partner who saw what was unique and special about Mondo and was in a position to meaningfully invest in Mondo, nurture the team, and further its reach and vision. Funko is exactly that unicorn.

The team that made Mondo amazing is staying together, making the transition to Funko, and will continue their same work with the same creative vision. I am super excited about the future plans I know about, and I’m sure I will soon marvel at the work that is not yet even a lightbulb spark.

I am very confident that in time folks will see this transition to Funko as nothing short of marvelous. I wish everyone on the Mondo team the absolute best and look forward to everything ahead, save the notable exception of the loss of my employee discount.

I offer my sincere thanks to the whole team for almost two decades of tireless dedication and craft. You have most certainly made my adult life a hell of a lot more beautiful.

Tim League
Alamo Drafthouse Founder & Executive Chairman and Mondo Co-Founder

MONDO STATEMENT

By now you may have heard that Mondo has a new parent company: Funko. Let’s talk about it.

For 20 years, we have poured our heart and souls into this weird little thing that Rob Jones and Tim League started in a closet in the corner of an Alamo Drafthouse lobby… then out of a closet underneath the seats of a Drafthouse auditorium (seriously). Eventually, we opened our own gallery space, and even started our own convention.

We have always loved following our passions and doing things our own way, and we’ll be forever thankful to the Alamo Drafthouse for supporting those passions and helping us grow into what we are today. But we needed a bigger boat… and that’s where Funko comes in. They understand what Mondo is today and are eager to help us become the company we want to be.

From the outside, Mondo might seem like it is changing… but on the inside much is staying the same. We remain the same team, and our goals remain unchanged. We are still the same bunch of weirdos who share an undying obsession with popular (and maybe less popular) culture, and a craving to make cool stuff with the best artists in the world.

We are still the same company that started in the theater lobby… only now with even more resources to support our vision. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

– (Still) Your friends at Mondo.

Celebrate Spawn #301 with Todd McFarlane at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, Arizona

Todd McFarlane Spawn #301

Earlier this month, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn made history by becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the “Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic Book Series”!

To celebrate this historic event, McFarlane and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, AZ are throwing a colossal Spawn Party. ALL FANS are invited to join in on the celebration with the creator of SPAWN himself on Saturday, October 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm

The Spawn Historic 301 event is open to the public and admission is FREE! The event will feature a FREE in-person autograph session with Todd McFarlane and the opportunity to take a picture with him (signature limited to one item per person). Fans will experience Spawn like never before with a red-carpet photo opportunity, event-exclusive Spawn comic, and so much more! Fans receiving a signature will receive a “Special Certificate of Authenticity” to mark this historic moment.

If you are dying to get a McFarlane original hand-drawn sketch, enter the Spawn costume contest at the event.  Bring your best SPAWN themed costume to impress the creator of Spawn. Todd will pick one lucky grand prize winner who will take home a coveted original sketch by McFarlane.

The Alamo Drafthouse has also teamed up with Todd McFarlane to feature the original 1997 Spawn movie showing at 5:30PM (limited seats available), and a commemorative Spawn Comic poster will be handed out with each movie ticket purchased.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have Spawn themed food and drink specials available to purchase. 

To commemorate this moment in history, Spawn merchandise will also be available for purchase. The Spawn merchandise includes a highly-limited Spawn #300 variant comic.   As well as Spawn BumBumz vinyl figures,  Spawn pins, t-shirts, and lanyards. Also, your favorite local comic shops will be there with a slew of Spawn comics to purchase. 

Fans will get a rare viewing of historic comic pages from Todd McFarlane’s personal collection of original Spawn artwork spanning over the past three decades. 

Alamo Drafthouse and Spawn have teamed up to provide a LYFT discount to encourage savings on travels to and from the event. Please use code GWR301 to receive your discount of 10% off of two rides to and from the event. 

The address for the Alamo Drafthouse is 4955 S. Arizona Avenue Chandler, Arizona 85248.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler Has Something to Say About MRAs and Wonder Woman

Men’s Rights Activists and general crybabies have been up in arms and vocal that some theaters have decided to show this weekend’s Wonder Woman in special women only screenings (in addition to the normal screenings that anyone can go to). They’ve been vocal, threatening, and generally shitheals.

One theater chain doing this is the Alamo Drafthouse which is selling out the women only screening and having to add more. They’ve gotten a lot of the vitriol and been at the center of all of this. And kudos to their social media manager(s) who has taken no lip and given a lot in return.

Apparently one Austinite decided to take his anger to the Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler. Adler had none of it and posted the original letter and his response all of which you can read below.

The original email to the Mayor:

I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deteriorati on. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the “women’s movement.” Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.

Richard A. Ameduri

At which point, the Mayor dropped the mic with this response:

Dear Mr. Ameduri,

I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email.  I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Adler

Game. Set. Match. Mr. Amerduri.

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