The Morning Moo!

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featuring Cool Art and Record Breaking Geekery!

Good morning El Moochadores! Damn fine morning too. Just think: 39 years ago today, two great men – destined to one day start a supercow podcast and website – were born. Damn fine day.

Anyways; though today isn’t a national holiday (yet) we thought we’d kick off the day off right with a good Moo post about cool geeky stuff like the great image above by Deviant Art contributor, TsaoShinn (aka: Eric Proctor). Grumpy cat never looked better. Frigg’n spectacular actually. I’ve posted a few other samples of his work, but click the link to see more of TsaoShin’s amazing portfolio of work which may have a few more grumpy cats.

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7×7 Rubik’s cube world record: 2:23.55

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Y’know, I always felt a little bad that I’ve never solved a Rubik’s Cube, but then again, I’ve never tried. Sure, as a kid I smashed a few, pulled stickers off, and used them as pretend hand grenades to lob at my brother, but I never actually even tried to solve the damn thing. Maybe (just maybe) today I’ll go get a Rubik’s Cube, and do what’s right… or not. But all the same, check out this fun video of from Feliks Zemdegs, on the youtube, showing him beat the world’s record for fastest solve of a 7×7 Rebik’s cube!

Alright, El Moochadores, that’s it for this morning, but I have new Moocast about ready to post and some cool reviews coming shortly! Have a good one!

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The Morning Moo!

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Featuring Drawing Tuts, Loki’s Chitauri Staff, and the Pippi Longstocking Reboot!

A lot to do, today, El Moochadores! So let’s jump right in and start post about stuff like this very cool Autodesk SketchBook on how to create a custom chain brush. For those of you who work digitally, you already know that creating new brushes can be a huge time saver. Check out this tut, which (to me anyways) looks like it could be adapted to other illustration programs as well. For more great tutorials visit the Autodesk Sketchbook Pro website!

MAN AT ARMS: Loki’s Chitauri Scepter

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Next up; we got another great build from the awesome people at AWE me. Watch as the Man at Arms crew re-builds Loki’s staff (aka: the Chitauri Scepter) from the Avengers and Thor movies. Then, watch them chop, slice, and dice all sorts of doomed objects with that same scepter. Then(!) spend the rest of your day saying scepter, because it’s a cool sounding word and we don’t get to say it nearly enough in real life!

Enjoy!

Clint Howard Reboots Pippi Longstocking!

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Finally, from Funny or Die, check out probably the only reboot we actually want to see; Pippi Longstocking as pitched by Clint Howard!

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How the Comic Strip “Sheldon” is Created

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Well, a more appropriate title to this video should be “how the comic strip Sheldon was created. According to the Sheldon Comic website, artist Dave Kellett has switched over to a more digital process. However; there’s still a ton of great advice, and technique, demonstrated on this video for would be cartoonist. Kellett made this video about six years ago, which I totally would have posted about – if Atomic Moo had existed back then. So, anyways, check out the video below along witha single example of the Sheldon comic strip, but click the Sheldon link to learn more about Kellett’s new process!

Enjoy!

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Big Man Plans #1 of 4

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An Atomic Moo Comic Shout Out

Hello El Moochadores! Since getting back from SDCC a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been wanting to post about some of the really incredible comics we picked up. Some are independent, some are more mainstream, but there’s a lot of really great stuff going on in comics these days. So, this isn’t so much a review as a shout out. A sort of, “this is fuck’n niffty, go check it out”- thing.

So in the spirit of “Wow(!)” one the best issues we picked up was Big Man Plans from Goon creator, Eric Powell4440762-big+man+plans+001-022 and Tim Wiesch. Published through Image Comics; This is an incredibly dark, four issue, crime drama about an unnamed dwarf who, after a life of hardship, begins to fight back against the world. The art work is Powell’s unique style of grim/wonderful (just like in the Goon), and somehow makes a very ugly world very interesting. This comic’s is full of tragedy, dark humor, explosive action, and should probably be the plot for Peter Dinklage‘s next film!

We picked up the first issue from Powell’s booth at the con, but all four issues are available now at comic shops around the country or online. I’ve posted a few sample images from issue one below (mostly what I could pull from the web), but this isn’t good enough! Go get the comic!

Keen.

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The Morning Moo!

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Featuring Muppets, Music, and Millennium Falcons!

Good morning El Moochadores! I finally have time to do a Morning Moo, so let’s make it a good one! Starting out: Check out this 1/6 scale Millennium Falcon reportedly being made by Hot Toys. These images have already appeared on several other websites, but who cares, this looks frigg’n awesome! According to the whole internet, this 1/6 size model is being made to accommodate Hot Toys’s line of 12 inch figures. Now let’s get them to make a scale Falcon model that fits us 6′ size figures.

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Armenian girl Sings Like 5th Element’s Plava Laguna

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Okay, so I fucking hate pretty much anything on TV anymore, but this is Armenian TV! So, it should be 100% more… Armenian. I don’t know where I was going with that, but recently on their version of The Voice a young girl preformed this very awesome rendition of Plava Laguna’s (big blue chick) tech-opera song from the 5th Element. According to sources, the real song this was based on is Lucia di Lammermoor an Italian opera from 1835 by Gaetano Donizetti. But we all already knew that.

Enjoy!

The Muppets – First Look Presentation

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Ha! The Muppets are back! Check out this “first look” from ABC featuring The Muppets in their new upcoming series, The Muppets. The new show will premiere Tuesday, September 22nd and it looks pretty damn cool. Check out their new “mockumentary” like style and a bit more adult like humor.

Keen!

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Cosplay Remix: PARTY CONS!

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Hey El Moochadores! Sorry for the lack of post these last few days, but life’s kind of gone to hell for us. Chudd’s car just gave up the ghost (the Rattletrap will be missed) and my work schedules been kind of nuts. So, I need some thing to cheer me up. Maybe something with a beat and some scantly clad cosplayers getting funky. Maybe I need a little Beat Down Boogie magic right now in this time of loss and sorrow. So, to lift ours (and hopefully yours) spirits, check out another great cosplay compilation video from Beat Down Boogie. This video combines footage from years of cons held at hotels and convention centers from across the country. Check it out while we got prepare a special eulogy for a once great 2001 Mazda Protege.

Enjoy.

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The Morning Moo!

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Geek Art, Drawing Tuts, and Robotech!

Good morning El Moochadores! So the Rattletrap broke down again yesterday during one of our very few rain storms of the year. Yup, nothing like hot, muggy, summer rain and busted down cars. Still, things aren’t so bad. There’s a bunch of cool new stuff drifting along the currents of the internet this morning and we were able to capture a few of them to share with all of you starting with this very cool drawing tutorial from Noel Paolo Libunao. Both Chudd and I are always on the look out for new drawing technique and practices. Check out the video below for a way to render basic forms for body poses. Libunao has a bunch of other great tutorials on his youtube channel that are well worth a watch and I’ll probably doing a post about some of them later on this week… after I get the car fixed, that is.

Both Sides

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Gallery 1988 West has a new show currently running called Both Sides, highlighting some of our favorite pop-culture rivals from films of the 1980’s. Check out a few sample images below, but hit the link above to see way (way!) more and available prints.

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Masei TV Color Fokker Helmet

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Via Macross World: Okay, they’re probably saying Macross, but I’m totally calling this Robotech. Check out this frigg’n rad Roy Fokker helmet from Masei. I’m not sure, but I think this is a custom job for an individual client, but all the same; This would make an awesome birthday present for (oh… I don’t know) your favorite cow based blogger/podcaster who happens to love riding motorcycles…and Robotech! Y’know the same cow based blogger/podcaster that has a birthday at the end of this month. ‘just saying, is all. Also, I need a motorcycle.

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Time Keeper IndieGoGo!

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Help Support Season 3!

Hey El Moochadores; We were recently introduced to this great new, independently produced, web series called Time Keeper. It’s the story about the world’s most boring Time Traveler, Mitch Manners, who is sent back in time by “future powers” to perform a series of apparently mundane tasksMitch (eat a sandwich, hitch a ride… stuff like that), but every time Mitch performs a small task that changes time, he awakes in the new time line with no memory of what happened in the last. which causes some headaches but is all mostly good until the day he is ordered to kill a person. Then things really get interesting.

I gotta say, I dug this series. I watched all of season one yesterday (each episode is only about six and half minutes in length) and part of season two (‘would of watched more but I had to go to work. Someone’s gotta pay the bills around here…). The show is made by Yitibit Films, which had independently produced seasons one and two all in Florida (…Florida?!), but now they are looking for funding for season three through an IndieGoGo campaign. The whole series was produced by Daryn Murphy and stars Matt Lunsford as Mitch. Check out the first two episodes below along with the Indigogo pitch video. For more information about the show, or to help contribute to its production, click the handy Indiegogo link above.

Enjoy!

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Beneath London: A Tale of Langdon St. Ives!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of James P. Blaylock’s New Steampunk Novel!

Alright, steam (and/or punk) love’n El Moochadores. There’s a new book out from Titan Books and the master of steampunk that’ll have you iching all over to polishing your brass googles and doft a bowler hat. Beneath London is an exciting new Langdon St. Ives adventure from author James P. Blaylock, that takes readers back to the late 19th century, and deep beneath London. It’s a strange world of macabre science and man eating mushrooms. Good stuff.

The adventure starts soon after Blaylock’s last novel, the The Aylesford Skull, and when St. Ives crashing dirigible opened up a chasm to the deep underworld beneath London. Now, St. Ives is all set to explore this gaping maw, but unfortunately a head collecting sociopath has other plans for St. Ives… and his knowledge rich noggin. Oh, and then there’s a flute playing dwarf, a kidnapped blind girl, the man eating mushrooms, talking -goo filled- heads, and an electric head shaver. The whole head, that is.

In a way, I thought this novel had a “Lovecraft” like feel to its dark journey, and though some steam-era tech does make an apperance, for the most part the story stays away from retro tech re-imagining that seem to overburden most steampunk stories. Dammit, not every one can get their hands on a dirigible! However; I did like the idea of the electric guillotine and the new villain, Klingheimer. The man is wealthy, English, and a total sociopath. All ingredients for a great bad guy. A lot of credit goes to Blaylock for consistent imagining of sinister fellows like Dr. Norbondon, Klingheimer, and their assorted henchmen. The only criticism (and its more of a personal dislike) I have of this book is Blaylock’s writing of the main characters. Can someone by so English it actually gets them killed? Well, maybe. Read the book to find out, but the main, “good”, characters are almost too flawless to really be enjoyed. I get that there’s an ideal behind characters like these, but were a whole generation raised on the “anti-hero,” and it has always been a little hard for me to enjoy Blaylock’s sinless good guys. Then again, there’s the dwarf.

Beneath London is now available in all major book stores or you can find your copy online at titanbooks.com.

Check out Beneath London’s full synopsis below!

The collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath the city. Langdon St. Ives sets out to explore it, not knowing that a brilliant and wealthy psychopathic murderer is working to keep the underworld’s secrets hidden for reasons of his own.

St. Ives and his stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl, and the grim horrors of a secret hospital where experiments in medical electricity and the development of human, vampiric fungi, serve the strange, murderous ends of perhaps St. Ives’s most dangerous nemesis yet.

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Comic Con Videos!

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Some of the Awesome Videos from SDCC 2015!

Hey El Moochadores! You’ve all probably seen this small collection of trailers from Hall H (and other San Diego Comic Con halls, and ballrooms. Heh. “ballroom…”) by now, but they’re really fun! So, just for shits’n giggles; here are four of the popular videos from last weeks SDCC 2015 starting with the Deadpool! Well, sort of. This is that popular “leaked” video that’s been bouncing around the internet. Which, is still really cool, but where the hell are all the other leaked videos? C’mon nerds! With all the cosplay, and weird get ups, not one of you can “spy style” hide a camera somewhere in your storm trooper armor to give the rest of geeks and dorks an illicit view of Hall H happenings? Come on!

Okay. Deadpool.

Archer’s Comic-Con Message!

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