The Atomic Moocast #121!

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Lenox: The Return!

NEW FRIGG’N MOOCAST FOLKS! Hey El Moochadores, we got a great episode for you this time! For episode #121 we talk about our trip to SLCC 2016 and all the great stuff there. Good con and you can see some of the pictures from our tripCover here. Then, Jason Lenox is on the show! Lenox is now running Nittany Con in beautiful State College Pennsylvania! Actually, I have no idea what State College Pennsylvania looks like. Green? I don’t know, but they have a comic book convention and that’s awesome! The con is happening Tomorrow from 10am to 5pm and tickets… $5.00! That’s awesome! Kids five and under are free! Serious get out there and check it out! Also, gratz to Lenox for getting all his funding for Lords Of The Cosmos Issue #1 funded on the Kickstater! Good stuff.

So, here we go my fellow slors, shlebbs, and chubbs! Moocasts are rare and precious and you need to enjoy this one! So, go and grab a sugary snack and a bag full of salted whatnots! Then roll your self into a safe and comfortable spot where you can plug in and play the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!

Enjoy!

Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party
  • Fast Talkin

Show Notes and Links

Lords of the Cosmos Images!

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Nittany Con Press Images

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Chudd’s Mini-Sketches!

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Robotech II Motion Comic Test!

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Hey El Moochadores, you may have noticed a bit of a problem with the site today. Turns out ol’Chudd forgot to pay the bill to keep the lights on around here. Anyways, the site is back up and we even just finished recording a really cool interview with Kyle Roberts! Also, I know I promised to get a post on every day, but I really didn’t count on Chudd not paying the fucking bills! C’mon universe! Work with me!

I recently came across this great motion adaptation of Eternity (which I think later became Malibu… I think) comics run of Robotech II, and I thought it was pretty great. invidwar1I pretty much love all things Robotech (with the exception of Harmony Gold’s last few attempts to do anything with the franchise), and I’m hoping somebody gets their shit together and puts out a graphic novel of Bill Spangler’s fantastic work on the series. In fact, I’m really hoping that who ever is responsible for this puts together a motion series based on Invid War (early 1990’s), probably my all time favorite comic series (yeah, even a little bit more than Saga) ever! Anyways, check out the comic below, and I hope my fellow Robotech fans will enjoy it as much as I did!

Cheers!

Star Wars: The Force A’Money !

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The Force Awakens by Lyle McDouchebag

Hey El Moochadores! I feel like I’ve been neglecting Atomic Moo the last few weeks. However, the shit storm that is my life seems to be calming down a bit, so I’m going to try and get at least one post on everyday this week. Not counting today – I’m going to try and find stuff that is more on the creative side of being geeky that kind of goes back to the old days when we posted about cosplay, cool fan art, and indie projects. So, here goes: day one!

I’ve always felt bad that I never post a review about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yeah, I’ve said some snide comments, and those of you who follow the site will notice an almost complete absence of Star Wars posts since the premiere, but I don’t think I ever really spelled out why that film had such a negative effect on me. So, very quickly; Star Wars: the Force Awakens is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Yes, I really believe that. Worse than Show Girls, any of the Barbershop franchise, and way worse than Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Which, since it’s 1999 premiere, has been my bar for what a really bad movie is. Force Awakens lands way under that bar. It is the most disgusting film I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch, and I truly wish I could un-see it. I know this reads like hyperbole, but it it really isn’t. The film has almost no character exposition, the dialogue is meaningless drivel, and what little plot the film had was completely stolen from Star Wars: A New Hope. Added to this, the film retro-actively reaches back, and destroys everything the first three films accomplished. Other reviewers have done a much better job of breaking the film down than I ever could (check out Nicholas Spargo’s The Force Awakens is a Massive Disappointment on the Youtube), so I’m going to make a real effort not to post any more Star Wars stuff (as related to Disney’s version) after this post. Also, I really get angry when ever I think about this dumb movie. Which is horrible, because I have way better problems than a bad Star Wars movie. So, by way of a good Fuck You to Disney, Jar Jar Abrams, and all of the dull motherfuckers out there that happily support this shameless money grab: check out Star Wars: The Force A’Money by Lyle McDouchebag!. A review that mostly sums up my opinion on the worst movie ever produced.

Enjoy.

P.S. I really don’t give a shit if this spoils any part of the movie for anyone.

Lords Of The Cosmos Issue #1 Kickstarter Update!

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Hello El Moochadores! The other day I recorded an conversation/interview with Ugli Studio creator Jason Lenox for and upcoming Moocast, but my time is incredible short these days, so I wanted to post about some of the news and announcements we discussed while I continue to work on the latest episode (coming soon). A lot is going on with Lenox and his comic, Lords of the Cosmos. A few weeks ago I posted about the LotC comic’s Kickstarter and now it has hit it’s goal! However, there is still time (about 8 days as of this post) to contribute and get in on some really cool rewards.lords-of-the-cosmos-kickstarter-promo-image-3-1 One of which includes a custom sculpture of one of the LotC characters by artist Erich Adie. I kind of feel bad, because when I posted about this a couple of weeks ago, I forgot the sculptures which, in or out of their packages, look frigg’n amazing! Check out some images below!

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Also, Lenox is now running his own convention! Nittany Con is happening this month on September 25th at State College (which, I think is a town), Pennsylvania. Tickets are only $5.00 and kids 5 and under are free. Way cool! Lenox will be there along with a bunch of other comic creators to show off their creative works! Hit the link above for more information about guests and events, but if you’re in the area, swing on in and support a con that’s actually about comic books!

I’ve posted the promo video for the LotC Kickstarter below along with a couple of sample images, and images of the custom sculpts, pulled from the KS page. Check it out and support a cool indie comic project! Also, check back sometime this week for Atomic Moocast #121, where we’ll have our discussion with Lenox and all the cool happenings!

Enjoy!

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New Bookies Episode!

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A Look at Good Omens!

Our good buddy, and fellow brethren moo, Brandon Noel has his own book review podcast called Bookies! On this episode Brandon and his crew (which for all the damn times I’ve had him on our show, you’d think just once he’d offer me a chance to join in… sheesh) are reviewing Good Omens by Neil Gaiman! Check out the podcast below and also look for Brandon at Nerdbot Con on September 24th, at the Pasadena Convention Center!

Enjoy!

The Doubleclicks Are Coming to California!

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Great Geeky Folk Music Coming Our Way!

Hello El Moochadores! Sorry about the lack of post the last few days, but since getting back from SLCC life has been kind of nuts. So, I finally have a few nights off and I thought I’d take a little time to get caught up on blog post. Then I’m going to do nothing. Really nothing. I’m going to take my pants off, lay on the couch, and watch the ceiling and that’s all. I don’t even want to fall asleep. I just want to do nothing. But first:doubleclicks2

The Doubleclicks (chicks… sorry, I can’t help it. I always say “chicks” in my head after “doubleclicks.” It just happens!) have included a couple of stops in California to their cross country tour! Keen. Check out the schedule to the right (wait… computer left?) and if you’re lucky enough to be in one of those areas, swing on in and dig the tunes. Unfortunately, they’re playing on dates I have to work and in towns many miles away from me. I can only assume this is because they hate awesome cities like San Diego. Its okay though. We still like them. I guess.

Anyways, also check out one of the girls playing a cover of Hamilton’s “History Has Its Eyes on You”. I think its Aubrey playing. She’s the cellist in the group. Wait, is Cellist even the right word? Maybe its Celloute… Cellgonian… Cellmonger… Also, check out our superfunamazingwow interview with Aubrey and Angela on Atomic Moocast #118! Good stuff.

Enjoy!

The Atomic Moocast #120!

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Interview with Andres Salazar!

New Moocast!!! We’re still getting settled from back to back conventions, but somehow I managed to finish this latest episode. I’m amazing. Anyways, on this grand spectacle of a Moocast we’re talking with indie comic creator, Andres Salazarcover about his graphic novel: Pariah Missouri! A great read chuck full of wagon chases and spooky happenings in the pre-civil war Missouri! Also, we’re talking a little Nerd Con 2016. We boothed at another convention, this time with a fellow brethren moo. Find out what happened!

So, here we go folks! Get to listen’n to this one while it still has that fresh “moocast” smell! Go now and grab every disgusting salty snack, and fizzy beverage, laying about your kitchen, then roll up into a comfy spot and plug into the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!

Enjoy!

Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party
  • Fast Talkin

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Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of an Amazing Tribute Book!

Hello my fellow El Moochadores! As many of you know, we (the brothers moo) dabble in a little art. You may also know that the both of us are Trek fans. Well, classic Trek. Not that Jar Jar Abrams trash… and may rabid Tribbles gnaw off his testicles. The point is: We like art and Star Trek! Which means that the Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Yearsimage_5 hard back book (Titan Books, 2016) is really, kind of, sort of, the exact book we want to read! And yes, I’m drinking well writing this! Wait. Anyways…

To celebrate the 50th (FIFTY!) years of Star Trek, Titan Books put together an amazing collection of art in one spectacular hardback cover! Fantastic. Heh. This book was specially commissioned by CBS and kicks off with a forward by Nicholas Meyer. Yeah! Wrath of frigg’n Kahn Meyer! Following that; Each chapter beautifully shows off the various pieces of art work along with artist interviews about the piece and how they made it. What’s great is the massive variety of art. Artist show off their talents for photography, painting, sculpture, and digital art all through the Trek spectrum! I think one of my favorite pieces is an OTS poster featuring every character from the show! It’s awesome! Okay, I know Titan sends us a lot of stuff, and I really try to be as honest as I can about the books we get, but I’m not lying. I Frigg’n love this book! I actually skipped it ahead of a bunch of other books (I’m way behind on my reviews. Sorry Titan) just to post about this book, and drink. Okay, I didn’t have to drink, but at least it’s something green.

I posted the official synopsis below along with a few sample images, but the book is way more than just some sample images. Go check it out and get an actually good piece of Star Trek while it’s out there! Again: go suck a dick Mr. Abrams.

Enjoy!

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SLCC 2016!

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Some Photos from an Awesome Event!

Okay El Moochadores, my main computer is bugging out so I’m having to use an old laptop to write this post, but we’re back from Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 and it was frigg’n awesome! Who’d have thunk that those mountain dwelling, snow humpers could’ve put together such a cool comic book convention?IMG_0682 The con offered a huge exhibit hall, an excellent artist alley (made all the better by your favorite brothers moo), a huge celebrity turn out (including The Fonze!), and lots of panels, games, and other fun stuff! Also, cosplay! Tons of cosplay! Seriously! Those mormons can sew! …or tape, staple, and weld. Anyways, we even tried out some new stuff at this con. For the first time Jason and I started to draw mini-sketchesIMG_0665 and commissions from our booth. Check out some of the images below, and I gotta say I’m really looking forward to next year! Well, I’m not looking forward to telling my mom I’m getting a hotel next year. Our mom lives up in SLC and we spent the last week camping out on her living room floor. My back hurts really bad now. So, I need to come up with a really nice way to tell my elderly mother that I don’t want to stay with her next year – Giant breakfast and folded clothes be damned! However, we did save a ton of money, and mom did make Magic Bars… damn.

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Mini Sketches!

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The Cosplay!

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Duskfall

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Christopher Husberg’s New Novel!

Okay El Moochadoes, I just finished reading Duskfall (Titan Books, 2016) by author Christopher Husberg, and… I dug it. So get in a mode for magic and fantasy as I review a book about folksy elves, religious zealots, and an amnesiac pulled from icy waters only to start kicking ass across a whole continent. No, not Bourne.

So, I was only half joking about that “Bourne” comment. The book follows three main characters and begins with Knot, a man found floating in an icy lake with a few arrows sticking out of him. Knot has no memory of his past life, and is named “knot” by the elves that found him, because of his remarkable ability to… tie knots. The elves of this story have fallen on hard times, and are considered by most to be second class citizens, but Knot lives with them for awhile and even agrees to marry the daughter (Winter) of the elf that found him, which would have been great if strange men hadn’t shown up on the wedding day and started to kill everyone. During this attack Knot shows that he can do much more than tie knots, by quickly killing the attackers, and then just as quick, abandons his new elf-wife to go figure out why he’s so good at killing. When Winter learns of his leaving, she tries to follow, but on her journey she also learns she can do a type of magic, but only at the cost of a horrible addiction. Meanwhile, in another city a priestess learns that her sister has discovered some ancient scriptures and has been communicating with their goddess. Which would be all good and well, if that didn’t mean a holy inquisition wasn’t about to hit her and her family full in the face. The story follows from there and eventually brings the three main characters together on an adventure that will bring them all face to face with old gods and dark daemons! Which I think is a demon or maybe a goth kid with shitty parents… I don’t know.

For the most part I think Husberg did a great job of creating a new fantasy world. His spin on elves (called Tiellan’s) as a down trodden, and forgot folk was unique. I also really enjoyed his new take on magic as special mental abilities, and I think Winter’s story, of learning to use this magic while fighting addiction, were my favorite parts of the book. Husberg did a wonderful job a creating a dark, and cold, vibe for this story, and because of this the story had a feeling (for me at least) of a world where magic was sort of dying out, but you could still trip over the odd vampire every now and again. Then the weird stuff happens with Jane and Cinzia, and POW! World chuck full of magic again. Oh, yeah. About the vampire; I should also mention that I enjoyed the character of Astrid. As far as Draculias go, she’s pretty cool.

The only criticisms I have for this story (just two) are minor ones. First: I felt Knots back story, when revealed, was a little convoluted. I’m trying not to spoil much here, but I think he would’ve been a better character without the amnesia and later reveal of what makes Knot a Knot. I can’t say what it takes to make a believable character in fiction, but in a lot of these stories I read it seems (to me) like writers make way too many excuses to explain why their protagonist is an ultimate bad ass, and also a heck of a good guy. I think a vivid memory, and free will, would’ve made a much better hero for this story.

The other criticism is more of personal one, and though I’m totally going to muck it up, I still kind of wanted to explain why it soured this book for me a bit. At a certain point in this story I suspected the author was LDS (Mormon), and although his being religious doesn’t bug me, having his religion pop in the story kind of does. I was raised in an LDS family, and I even did my missionary work in Brazil. Shortly after which I left the church. I’ve spent the better part of twenty years getting as far away from that religion (or any) as I can, so having it swing around again (even in the form of fantasy story) kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Well, brain. Anyways; I don’t think these elements would hurt the story for any other reader, and it shouldn’t, but… eh, kind of took me out of the story, and it was hard to get back into it after that. It also has me pondering my personal biases and how I’ll expect enjoyment from any off the shelf fantasy novel I’ll pick up, but how quickly I turn my nose up at stories that contain any of my own past/personal religious myths. Which means that since reading this fantasy story, I’ve been spending too much time in the dusty parts of my brain, and I don’t like that. Though, Husberg did do an amazingly progressive spin on the Joe Smith story, and using priestesses, goddesses, and a little inquisition, made for a better story than the crud I had to sit through in Sunday school.

All the same though, readers can find of copy of Duskfall at all major book stores now, or you can get your own copy online at Titanbooks.comM. Check out a complete synopsis below!

Cheers!


Stuck with arrows and close to death, a man is pulled from the icy waters of the Gulf of Nahl. As he is nursed back to health by a local fisherman, two things become very clear: he has no idea who he is, and he can kill a man with terrifying ease.
The fisherman is a tiellan, a race which has long been oppressed and grown wary of humans. His daughter, Winter, is a seemingly quiet young woman, but behind her placid mask she has her demons. She is addicted to frostfire – a substance that both threatens to destroy her and simultaneously gives her phenomenal power.
A young priestess, Cinzia, hears the troubling news of an uprising in her native city of Navone. Absconding from the cloistered life that she has kept for the last seven years, she knows she must make the long journey home. The flames of rebellion threatening her church and all that she believes in are bad enough, but far worse is the knowledge that the heretic who sparked the fire is her own sister.
These three characters may have set out on different paths, but fate will bring them together on one thrilling and perilous adventure.

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