R.I.P. Roddy Piper!

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We just read the sad news of wrestling super star, Roddy Piper’s death at age 61. As kids We were huge fans of the WWF, and especially Hot Rod Roddy Piper. Below I’ve posted a couple of Piper’s Pit clips from Youtube, along with his iconic fight scene from 1988’s They Live. Piper is one of the few wrestlers we had a chance to meet a various cons in the past, and it was always an honor to shake his hand. We’ll miss his antics and good cheer very much.

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Gates of Midnight!

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An Atomic Moo Comic Shout Out!

Okay El Moochadores, our internet keeps blink in and out of existence so I’m going to try and do this while I still have access to the web.

As I stated in a post from a few days back, Chudd and I got loaded up with comics at this last years SDCC 2015, and unlike previous conventions, I am making a real effort to read this great stack of indie stories, and then share these comics with the likes of you (you know who you are!). So; in the spirit of actually getting stuff done check out Gates of Midnight!

Gates of Midnight, published by Kymera Press, is the story of Raven Alice Moon, a former combat medic who served in Afghanistan (would you believe I spelled that right the first time? Ha!) and has since returned home to live with her father as she deals with PTSD. However; Soon after her father is murdered, Raven begins to learn of his ultra secret life of fighting off portal leaping monsters and demons.310e9240ef136f6118a8de6bb0eb4a4b She then begins the journey to become a new warrior to face off against these creatures!

Both the story and illustration work for Gates of Midnight are excellent! At first the comic has a real tonal (kind of depressing vibe) but as it progresses (and Raven’s world begins to change) so does the comic. Very cool. The story was written by veteran science fiction author D. Lynn Smith along with the talent work of artist Amelia Woo, and colored by Mirana Reveier. Did you notice that? All girls! er… I mean women. Ladies! No, serious though, Kymera Press is an all female comic company doing a lot to encourage female participation in comics.

Currently you can pick up all four issues of Gates of Midnight on Comixology for about $1.99 each (as of this post). For more information about Kymera Press visit their website at Gatesofmidnight.com. I’ve posted a few sample pages below along with an synopsis from the site.

Enjoy!

GATES OF MIDNIGHT tells the story of the gate that opened in NYC after 9/11 and its new Warrior, Raven Alice Moon. Raven may have done a tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic, but she needs the friends and allies who will support her mission both physically and emotionally. GATES provides a strong yet vulnerable heroine with real life problems that don’t always get her full attention. How can they, when she has to figure out how to get rid of the Hydra in Central Park?

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AXANAR!

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An Independent Star Trek Film!

Recently I was going through this box of “con swag” that sits next to my desk. It’s a collection of comics, business cards, promo cards, and other stuff collected from the various conventions Chudd and I attended this last year. I keep all this stuff with the intention of “I’ll go through it later.” Well, yesterday was later, and there’s a lot of cool stuff in that box that we’re not posting about. Chief among “the cool stuff” was a promo card for an independent Star Trek film. This last year we’ve seen the Axanar crew at various conventions, and although we’ve picked up several of their cards, I haven’t yet posted about their pretty incredible project. Damn. axnarcast2

Axanar is trying to prove that you don’t need millions of dollars to produce a great science fiction show. Produced by Alex Peters (from Star Trek: Phase II) the story is set some 21 years before the TOS pilot episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before. The show stars former Trek cast members Tony Todd, J.G. Hertzler, Gary Graham, as well as veteran Sci-fi actors Richard Hatch and Kate Vernon. Here’s the basic synopsis for Axanar:

Axanar tells the story of (Captain) Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.

So far Axanar has run a successful Kickstarter Campaign, raising over $600,000 for the production of the movie. However, they’re still looking for donations and people wanting to help contribute to the shows production can contribute through a IndiGoGo page. As of this posting there is 22 days left on the campaign. I’ve posted a few sample images below along with two promotion videos for the show. For more information about the show click the links above or listen to their Podcast!

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Star Trek: Axanar – Prelude to Axanar

Prelude to Axanar Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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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!

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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.

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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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Geeks getting down

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.

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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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