New Atomic Tails!!!

A.T. 19 is now online!!!

Okay El Moochadores, I’m trying to get out the door for SDCC 2017, but I just finished Atomic Tails #19! Which is way more important. Check out the strip below, or you can go check it out, with past comics, at the A.T. Archive! Also check out my Atomic Tails Blog (Trog’s Blog) to learn a little about the making of the comic. After all, this is one big learning experience.

Enjoy!

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Cheap Supplies Every Artist Needs by H.C.Brown

Hello again El Moochadores! A few days back I posted a video by artist H.C. Brown about “How to Fill a Sketchbook.” Since then I’ve been watching more of her channel and I came across this great video on getting cheap supplies for artist at any level. I really like her suggestion for making a sketchbook. I have a ton of card stock paper at my place just collecting dust, and as luck has it, I also have a long-arm stapler! I’ve already put together a couple of pocket-sized sketchbooks to carry around with me while at work. Which is great, because I’m always losing my small sketchbooks! So, check out the video below (chuck full of useful information and cussing!) and make sure to hit the link above to see more informative videos.

Enjoy.

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R.I.P Mr. Landau. R.I.P Mr. Romero

Hey El Moochadores, I just crawled out of my self-induced coma (seriously, best cure for getting sick: Knock yourself the fuck out then wake up in a pool of sweat and a fug of confusion! Still a little shaky. Also, I am not a doctor. Don’t do anything I suggest. EVER) to find out Game of Thrones started, Dr. Who regenerated a vagina, and Martin Landau and George Romero just died. The first two I could give a shit less about, but it did bum me out to learn about the deaths of Mr. Landau and Mr. Romero. Chud and I have been long time horror movie fans, and I have a lot of good childhood memories staying up late and watching his “dead” movies. I always liked Dawn the best, but probably because I was more of a Tom Savini fan at the time… Anyways, it also sucks that we lost Martin Landau. Ed Wood is one of my all time favorite movies (like really high in my top ten list that I’ve never written down) and I also remember him from Mission Impossible, Cleopatra, and Space 1999. Also, he had a kick ass appearance in Columbo where he played both murdering twins! Oh, yeah; You can’t really spoil a Columbo episode. They kind of do that themselves.

So, while I go drink a lot of juice and change my sheets (Christ I hope that’s just fever sweat…), check out a couple of videos of some of Landau and Romero’s work.

Enjoy.

I just found out they have the entire Night of the Living Dead on the Youtube! Uber-enjoy!

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Getting Sick Sucks.

Hey El Moochadores, I was trying to keep up with a daily post, but then I got slammed with a pretty bad flu. One week before SDCC 2017 and I get sick. Fuck. Anyways, while I get better here’s some videos of waving bears and a bunch of Chip ‘n’ Dale Cartoons. Yeah, I don’t know why either. They just make me feel a little better in between fever dreams.

Cheers.

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100 Demon Dialogues: Book & Plushie

Kickstarter for “a collection of one hundred comics about talking back to your self-doubt and anxiety, and a plush demon to go with ’em.”

You know, I was just thinking that today I would like to post about a kickstarter project dealing with self doubt and anxiety, because (you know) we’re Atomic Moo, and self doubt and anxiety are our bread and butter here. Anyways, Talented Portland based illustrator, Lucy Bellwood, has a Kickstarter going to publish a collection of a hundred comics about anxiety (think Steven Pressfield idea of “the resistance” made funny) along with of plushie of the little anxiety monster.

As of this post the project has hit its goal of $25,000, but that’s no reason for you not to still contribute and get in on some cool rewards like limited edition prints and the plush toy. I’ve posted Bellwood’s KS promo video below, but click the link above to learn more about the project and contributing.

Cheers!

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How to Draw the Head from Any Angle

Hey El Moochadores! I had a pretty long day at work, but in between pick ups I watched this great tutorial from Proko on the Youtube that covers a method for drawing the human head from any angle. Something I actually struggle with. I did a few sketches too, but seeing as how I’m falling asleep at the computer, I might wait until tomorrow to post them with this video. Until then enjoy the video, while I go to sleep and dream of large women.

Cheers!

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Planet Of The Apes : A Brief History

A Review of the Franchise by Distractotron!

What’s the what El Moochadores!? I’ll tell you what. Soon War of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters (July 13th). So, to get ready for probably the only decent film to hit theaters this summer (suck a dick Disney/Marvel) check out a brief review of the Ape franchise from Distractotron.

Enjoy.

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How to fill a Sketchbook

Artist H.C. Brown Explains How Not To Be Afraid of Your Sketchbook

Hello again El Moochadores! I’ve always had this weird problem with showing my sketchbooks to other people. Especially artists. It’s because most of my sketches are either thumbnails for later projects, half-assed drawing attempts and practices, or lots of naked women. So, I’ve always had this fear that anyone one who sees my sketch book will think I’m a pervert (they’d be right) or a schizophrenic. Or even a perverted schizophrenic. I’ve also had this problem with, “what to draw,” and “how do I make my sketchbook look perfect.” Which, in my case is a justifiable concern since my own twin brother’s (aka: The Chud of Atomic Moo) sketchbooks are minor works of art that deserve their own gallery displays.

So that is why I’m posting this video from artist/illustrator H.C. Brown who does a fantastic job of “breaking the fear” of your own sketchbook. In the video below, Brown goes through a lot of stuff artist, and cartoonist, can do to fill their sketchbook and put aside the fear of ruining a blank page. I really like the idea of taping or gluing other elements into a sketchbook. Personally, I do this with cigar bands and bottle labels. I love how they look and a lot of my sketchbooks have collections of cigar bands taped inside. Okay, so I probably smoke too much and might be too obsessed with drawing naked women.

Also, go check out Brown’s comic work at endallgraphics.com. Which, I’ll probably should just do a Moo post about all on its own. Really cools stuff. Anyways, here’s the vid!

Cheers!

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Kevin Cross: My Sketchbook Toolkit

Hello El Moochadores! As we’re making Atomic Moo more about being “geek creative” and also doing way more with our own creative art projects (Check out Atomic Tails and Murray Brothers Creative), we are always looking for great advice from professional artist, like Kevin Cross. Cross is a professional illustrator/cartoonist who has worked for Marvel and IDW, and he has a youtube channel with a bunch of great learning videos. The one below goes over some tools a would be illustrator could be using as they get along with their drawings. Though keep in mind a #2 pencil and any old chunk of paper is also a good start. Just be drawing.

Anyways, Cross (I feel like we should be calling him K_Cross. Or Kay Kross! Like a boy band member… someone give it a try and tell us how it went) also goes over some good methods for rendering an image in your sketch book using blue (or red) pencil and inks with Copic markers. And he draws a Frankenstein. Which is also cool since we love classic Universal horror films. Check out the video while I go do some of my own bad drawings today. To see more of Cross’s work, and support his videos, check out his patreon.

Cheers!

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Escapology!

An a Atomic Moo Book Review!

Okay El Moochadores, I’m back to review another Titan Books classic. Well, new classic. Actually, it’s not that new. Titan sent me this book sometime ago to review, and I just recently finished it. d’oh. No disrespect to Titan Books, just my crappy life takes some maneuvering. And speaking of crappy lives: Let’s talk about Shock Pao! First, here’s a proper synopsis:

Shock Pao is not just any Haunt—he’s the best. There isn’t a system that he can’t crack into, no virtual lock he can’t pick, nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside virtual world the Slip, though, he’s a Fail—no degree, no job, no affiliations to protect him from angry ex-customers. Of which he has quite a few. So when his ex brings Shock a job which could help him escape his miserable existence, he accepts, little realizing that it will turn out to be his most impossible, illegal and incredible assignment yet.

Amiga works for Twist Calhoun, one of the toughest crime lords in the Gung, as a Cleaner—assassin. Trapped in a world of kill-or-be-killed, she wants out. But when Shock’s war comes to her, she doesn’t have a choice: it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive—or it’ll be her head in a bag in Twist’s vault.

Escapology really reminded me of mid-1990’s science fiction. Movies like Johnny Mnemonic, Virtuosity, (maybe) Hackers, or any thing else from that time that tried to cram young-ish punks, dystopian futures, and a crazy version of “future internet” into one story. I do (actually) dig those kind of stories, I can’t argue that they are any good, and the same goes for Escapology. Though Warom’s story starts out great with the introduction of (what I’m guessing is) a future hacker who also has massive self esteem/drug abuse problems, the story quickly starts to serve up a series of “what the fuck” moments.

There’s no real order to my list of gripes with Escapology, so this is going to be a ramble. Starting with: The world has been shattered, and now has giant floating land ships and pirates, but somehow kept, major cities, the internet (Future Internet!), and self abusing teenagers. Then (Spoilers!!!), somehow holograms from the unreal world can leap out of Shock’s eyes and start killing the really real people, even though they are holograms. Made of light. Then there is the inclusion of the now almost standard issue (for every fucking story now… go social justice!) female bad ass, Amiga. It seems in 2017 you can’t create a story with out including a little ninja chick to prove equality among the sexes. Which sucks, because Shock was already this interesting character stocked with tons of diversity, and “fuck the norm” attitude, that deserved way more attention than weird future sailors, and off the shelf feminism complete with a crossbow. Finally (again Spoilers!!!), there’s the big rally at the end of the story where all the groups come together to take down the big baddies. Just like in the 90’s future internet stories I mentioned before! Well, except virtuosity. Denzel mostly just outwits Russel Crowe, but it’s still worth a watch! Seriously, Crowe eats glass, Denzel get’s his arm blown off, and the world is denied easy made robo-whores in the worst way possible! Vituosity rocks!!! Wait… where was I?

Despite all of this; I still think Warom is a great writer, and has a lot of potential for future stories. Sure, I felt like Escapology “face plants” a bit, but it also demonstrates a ton of imagination for both character development and world building. Shock Pao by himself is a great read. As well as his interactions with his ex-lovers and past experiences. I feel it is a bit unfortunate more attention wasn’t paid to Shock and his problems. Instead, a shark jumped out of his face. Okay, I’m still a bit bugged by that one. Though if the story had been called “boy who shoots killer sharks out of his eyes” I would have loved it from the beginning, because I was expecting a kid who… yeah you get it.

I do have a copy of the second novel in the series, Virology, and I’m hoping some of the stuff like people eating holo-sharks, will be explained. You can get your own copy of Escapology at every major book seller, or online now at Titan Books. Now, everybody writing science fiction go rent (fuck, I am old…) download, or, stream Hackers and Johnny Mnemonic and then don’t do any of that in your story!

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