LOTR Inspiration

Cool Stuff in the Lord of the Rings Appendices

Okay El Moochadores, Lately I’ve been trying to get a daily drawing (sketch) done everyday, and so far so good. Well, the art kind of sucks, but showing up is half the battle. Anyways, it’s really important to me to not have too many distractions around while sketching so a lot of times I’ll put on a little trip hop music, or an old movie I’ve seen a hundred times, just to have some familiar noise in the background. Yesterday, I was going to watch LOTR Fellowship of the Ring, but I ended up watching the documentaries in the extended DVD appendices… Which totally distracted me from sketching. I had forgotten just how well done these documentaries were and the depth of information on making these films. Fortunately the Youtube has these appendices in parts and I found the one I enjoyed most (below) for today’s post. This doc explores the set creation, concept art, and costume making behind the first film in the trilogy. Atomic Moo worthy stuff even if it is over a decade old now. But hey, we like old stuff here too! We kind of have to.

Enjoy!

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Magfest 2017

Cosplay, Gaming and Music from Beatdown Boogie!

We’re back! That’s right El Moochadores, we (the intrepid Brothers Moo) have survived yet another swirling storm of disaster and chaos (aka: our lives) and are now (some how) wiser, better looking, and ready to blog. So, let us celebrate this triumphant return by getting back to some cool geek creativity.

Recently Distractotron visited MAGfest 2017 and they brought back a whole bunch of cool photos and video work. MAGfest (Music and Gaming) is a “four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.” According to the website the event runs 24 hours a day (wtf SDCC? get it together!) and offers “consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest.” Cool, maybe Atomic Moo and the Murray Brothers Creative can attend a future MAGfest. We’re cool too, right?

Anyways, check out the videos (parts one and two) below along with a smattering of images taken from the Distractotron Facebook page.

Enjoy!

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Hey Bub!

New Print on Murray Brothers Creative!

Hello El Moochadores! This is just a real quick post to announce a new print on Murray Brothers Creative. Hey Bub, is a Wolverine fan piece done in vector art featuring classic (1980’s) Wolverine in his brown and yellow costume. Illustration work was done by Atomic Moo’s Chudd, and you can buy the print on 8.5″ x 11″ or 5″ x 7″ (mini-print) sizes!

“Snikt!”

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Chudd Sketches

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, post have been kind of sparse lately, but that’s only because life’s been kicking me around as if I were a giant hacky sack. However, there seems to be a calm in the storm, so I wanted to post about some future prints we have on the way. Recently Chudd has been doing a lot of sketch work, and I’m really proud of the results. It took some doing (and a small fist fight) but I finally convinced Chudd to make some prints of the work he’s done. We’re still in the process of getting high quality scans of the work, producing new pieces, and formatting them, but I thought I would give you a preview of some of the sketches that will soon be available on Murraybroscreative.com as prints and mini-prints. If Chudd keeps up with the “evil-eye” thing, we may even produce a small art book!

Anyways, check out the art below and keep checking back for updates as prints are made available!

Cheers!

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R.I.P Carrie Fisher!

Carrie Frances Fisher 1956 – 2016

It seems very wrong for us to have a website about geek creativity and not post about the loss of Carrie Fisher. The news of her death is already a few days old now, and I’m not sure I can write anything that a million other geek blogs haven’t written already, but her passing did make me very sad. More sad than any other celebrity death and that includes Leonard Nimoy and Dan Haggerty. Probably because of how much Star Wars has meant to me my entire life. Even outside Star Wars it was easy to see what a creative and funny woman she was. I actually read her book Wishful Drinking. Usually I never read books like, but I read that one, and I liked it. I’m not the first to write this, but it does feel very much like losing a family member. I never met her (and even if I had I would’ve been just another over eager fan boy like she probably had to deal with her whole life), but I still feel incredibly sad that she’s not on this planet anymore. However, I am very grateful that I got to live in the time of Star Wars, and especially Carrie Fisher.

Anyways, Look to the right, Chudd just finished a very cool Princess Leia illustration, and below I’m going to post a couple of Youtube videos showing Fisher auditioning for Star Wars and interviews. She is somebody I think we need to study more of. Her life was actually way too short, but there’s an infinite wealth of inspiration and creativity I think we can learn from it.

She drowned in moonlight strangled by her own bra! (her words…)
damn, we’re gonna miss her.

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Atlantis: The Last Survivor: Episode 1

Hello El Moochadores! I’ve been trying to get this post written for the last couple of days now, but life keeps getting in the way. Anyways…

I recently finished reading Arin Leviti’s new indie comic Atlantis: The last Survivor, and its pretty damn good. Featuring illustrations by Giuseppe Cafaro and colors by Federico Blee, this fantasy story takes readers to the magic filled Atlantis and follows the adventure of lovers Agathon and Phile. Here’s the proper synopsis:

Agathon, the son of a member of the resistance, is kidnapped and taken to the capital where he discovers that everything his parents had taught him is true. His only hope rests on the mysterious demigoddess Phile and Temacles, a member of the resistance who has infiltrated the oligarchy.

Agathon and Phile, united by their love and the hope for a new beginning, fight a battle against time to restore the Flux, overthrow the High Priestess and save Atlantis from itself.

As far as independent works go this is definitively top tier. Carfaro and Blee’s talent as illustrators is on full display here and they do a great job of bring Leviti’s fantasy story to life. I really enjoyed this book. So much so, that I even went back (after getting a review copy) and paid for it just to make sure I do my part to keep the story going. Okay, true the books a bargain. You can get a digital copy of issue #1 on Comixology for only $0.99, but I’m broke right now! $1.00 is actually huge for me! It’s all relative folks. So, yeah, absolutely go pick up a copy of Atlantis: Last Survivor and have something cool to read over this nice holiday break. Well, nice for others. I gotta go back to work. damn.

Check out a few preview pages of Atlantis: Last Survivor below, but don’t forget to hit the link above and support independent comics!

Cheers!

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Yet More Buttons!!!

Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!!!

That’s right El Moochadores, more amazing buttons are now on the Murray Brothers Creative site! Lots and lots of shiny round buttons just waiting for you to order up. Buttons that you can wear, or gift, or maybe just put up on a mantle and admire! Y’know, because buttons are awesome and amazing, and they let you tell the world who you really are! Buttons! So many buttons you could cover your whole body in them! Okay, that’s not true (and that would probably hurt. Our buttons are for pleasure!), but there’s still a lot of ’em and they could be yours to do with what ever you want! We even have a two for one deal going with the special Atomic Moo promo buttons! Buy those two buttons and you’re gonna directly help keep this site going and this site will be here for you forever and ever! All because you bought a button and wore it proudly!!! So, buy ’em up and help Atomic Moo become Atomic Moo and maybe pick up some other cool buttons that’ll make your friends jealous. And you could tell ’em where you got the buttons, but to hell with them! You keep your secret and amazing button buying source to yoursefl, Moochadore. They’re yours! Your precious buttons! Precious!

Buttons Forever!!!

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New Atomic Tails!!!

Strip #13 is online!

I’m only sharing this here because we’re a geek creative blog and this is the sort of stuff I like to do. So… I just finished another strip for my web comic, Atomic Tails. In this one Chudd’s bad day goes from bad to worst as he’s evicted from his apartment. I really dug working on this one. Mildred is definitively coming back in future strips and I like working with a limited amount of color. Anyways, check out this strip and the others in the Archives area of the site. I also have a small blog on the AT site where I write about what I learned well making this strip. Hopefully I can get the next one done in another couple weeks!

Cheers

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And More Buttons!!!

More buttons! And there’s more buttons to come! Buttons every where… because people really like buttons!!! Buttons that they can put on their coats, and hats, and bags, and siblings, spouses, victims! Yeah, all the button loving buttons your button wanting self could want to button on!!!

Okay, I’ve got a new group of buttons on the Murray Brothers Creative online store. This time around I included The Dracula, Wolfman, and many more of our con favorites. Each button sales for only (ONLY!) $2.00 (shipping and tax not included). I’ve still got a lot of buttons to put online, not counting a new bunch Chudd is currently designing. Anyways, keep checking back at the MBC site for more new stuff and some pretty good deals (hint: most of our Star Wars prints are on sale right now…) on great looking prints! Prints and buttons that if you buy will seriously help two of your most favorite, bovine inspired, bloggers beat down some major medical debt. ‘just saying.

Cheers!

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Wherever you are on Christmas by The Doubleclicks

A Nerd Christmas Song

Hey El Moochadores, The Doubleclicks are back with a new, nerdy, Christmas song! Check out Wherever You Are on Christmas – a “sweet, romantic holiday song in which The Doubleclicks proclaim to follow their love wherever they are–even if that’s on a Cylon Basestar, raiding a tomb, or in a Sarlacc pit. Keen.

Currently you can find this song on Spotify, where you can also find a Christmas Friends & Favs, featuring the likes of Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jonathan Coulton, Lucia Fasano, and Paul and Storm.

By the way; just in case you were wondering. I’ll be in beautiful San Diego for Christmas. I live near the beach. It feels great.

Enjoy.

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