The Ace of Skulls!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review

Hey El Moochadores; If you’re looking for a truly astounding adventure story then you’re going to want to pick up Chris Wooding’s Ketty Jay novels. All of them! I just finished reading the fourth, and last, novel about captain Darian Frey and his intrepid crew, and it really is an adrenaline fueled piece of fantasy excellence! Okay, I know I sound like a bad movie announcer (or maybe just a bad book reviewer…), but these books are fun in a way most other books just aren’t. In writing Tales of the Ketty Jay Wooding shows his talent as an adventure author and gives readers a detailed world with all the explosions, gun fights, sword fights, lurid romance, and even magic, that’ll ever want in any one book. keen.

In The Ace of Skulls (Titan Books, 2014) readers join the Ketty Jay crew as they’re doing their best to avoid the civil war – that they sort of caused. The land of Vardia is now in the middle of war between Coalition forces and the Awakener cult, but none of this matters to Frey. He’s too busy tracking down the lost love of his life, and pirate queen, Trinica Dracken. I really enjoyed how Wooding was able to weave personal dramas, a lot of humor, and fantasy/steampunk-ish (though Wooding himself has said these books aren’t steampunk) elements into a such a satisfying tale. Although Frey is supposed to be an “anti-hero” type (think Bogart in Casablanca), this last novel shows how much he’s come to rely on his crew, which is now more of a make-shift family. Wooding also does an excellent job of diversifying the personalities of the crew. To new readers they may at first seem to follow conventional stereo types, but as you get deeper into the novel each character comes into their own. Well, except for the bully, Pinn. He’s pretty much what you expect him to be all the way through.

All in all though, I’ve got no complaints about The Ace of Skulls. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year (well, last year by now) and a much needed escape from the real world. If you haven’t experienced any of Wooding’s previous Ketty Jay novels, don’t worry. You can read this one, and go back and read the others. Each one is exceptional, and thought they build on each other, the stories are well worth the time to read and re-read!

The Ace of Skulls is available now in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com!

Check out a synopsis of the story below!

The intrepid crew of the Ketty Jay have been shot down, set up, doubled-crossed and ripped off. They’ve stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a 10,000-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blown up the son of the Archduke. Now they’ve gone and started a civil war. This time, they’re really in trouble.

As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Darian Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He’s got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they’re going to have to pick a side. It’s a choice they’ll be staking their lives on. Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed. When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

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The Morning Moo!

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Not News from Not News Guys.

Good damn morning, El Moochadores! For this edition of the Morning Moo we’ve got trailers and a writing contest! I’m still waking up, so let’s get into it, and see how much damage I can do.

THE DEBUT DAGGER AWARD

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Via Titan Books Facebook: Writers! Sorry, ‘didn’t mean to yell. Writers, the Debut Dagger Competition is now open to all unpublished authors who have an interest in writing crime fiction!

The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. All shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.

Check out more information and submission guidelines at the CWA Website and join their online community on Facebook.

Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer

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Via Geeks of Doom: Thanks very much to the dude in the iMax who wouldn’t put down his fucking iPhone, we now get to watch the Game of Thrones: Season 5 trailer. Okay, I don’t know if this was recorded on a smart phone, but people in theaters just piss me off. Fucking just watch the movie, you assholes! Anyways, Check out this, kind of terrible, video of the GoT season 5 trailer that debuted at last nights IMAX screenings of Season 4. Looks like all of our favorites will be back (except Hodor… damn. hodor.) and, according to the Geeks of Doom post, the series will premiere on HBO on April 12, 2015!

Ted 2 – Official Trailer

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A new Ted movie! Awesome! Check out the trailer for Ted 2 below. This time Ted is back and trying to prove his humanity. Kind sounds like the plot to Short Circuit 2… but with more cum jokes. Ted 2 will be in theaters June 26th.

Enjoy!

Okay, El Moochadores, time to hit the showers and start the day like a human! The new Moocast is finished, and I’ll have it online sometime later today!

‘later!

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The Morning Moo!

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Good morning El Moochadores and fellow Brethren Moo! For this Morning’s Moo we got a great mix of new Lego stuff, indie gear, and guitar strumming karate. Very cool.

Lego’s SHIELD Helicarrier Set!

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I first read about this on The Wall Street Journal, but many of the images, and the video below, I found on the website Laughing Squid. Anyways… Lego just announced that it will be releasing a new, Helicarrier play set and Avengers mini-figures! According to the Wall Street Journal, the set will have 2,996 pieces and will retail for about $349.99. The set will also come with twelve “micro-figures” (the little Lego dudes) including Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and eight agents of SHEILD. Okay. So, I need new eye glasses and dental work, but I guess that shit’ll have to wait.

Check out a promo video below along with some sample images of the set.

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New Steam Crow Patch!

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One of our favorite indie creators has just released this niffty looking new patch! Check out Steam Crow’s new four inch patch featuring the classic Steam Crow logo. The patch is 100% stitch with an iron back and can totally be yours for a meager $8.50. Also, go check out their online shop for more cool prints, stickers, buttons, and much more. Spooky cute.

Finally… Flaming Karate Guitar

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Also via Laughing Squid: Today, bad stuff may happen. However, if (and when) life get’s you down, just return to this post and watch a man, in a karate gi, chop through flaming boards (with his bare hands) while playing the guitar!!! Watch that, and just know that things will get better because… Somewhere out there, there is a man, in a karate gi, chopping through flaming boards (with his bare hands) while playing the guitar!!!

Have a great day El Moochadores!

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The Morning Moo!

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Brand new day. Brand new Morning Moo. Today, I thought we’d follow some of the ‘news’ about upcoming films, trailers, and televisions shows. Then I thought we should go look at some classy porn. The good stuff. Then we should nap, eat lunch, and then go for a walk on a sunny San Diego beach. ahhhh… San Diego. But first, the news!!!

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp!

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The god – I don’t believe in – bless you Netflix! Holy shit, Netflix (the same beautiful people who brought back Arrested Development) are bring back Wet Hot American Summer! If you haven’t the 2001 cult hit, go do it. Now dammit! GO! For the rest of us Netflix will be releasing a limited eight episode series starring (as the counselors): Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter! The series is directed by David Wain and co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter. AWESOME!!!

Check out the teaser trailer below!

New Fantastic Four Trailer!

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Day before last, Twentieth Century Fox released the teaser trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four film. The new movie stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell and will premiere on August 7th of this year! Check out the trailer below and visit the official website for more information!

Ghostbusters Release Date, Character Details!

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Via Geeks of Doom: News for Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters film has been released! The new film has all female leads and will star Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones! In a “tweet,” Feig also gave away a release date: July 22nd, 2016! However; on the Geeks of Doom post there was that worrying line, “if current negotiations are finalized.” Finalize ‘em dammit!

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Okay El Moochadores, I’m off to seek a higher plain of enlightenment, and a bagel. I’m very close, some set backs aside, to finishing the next Moocast, and hopefully I’ll have it online soon!

‘later!

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The Morning Moo!

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ohmygodIhatewakingup. Hey El Moochadores! I’m tired. But I’m here! That’s what counts, right? Or at least it should. Too bad life doesn’t reward you for minimal effort. Anyways…

For today’s Morning Moo, we got new art from Nicole Brune and Kyle Roberts! Groovy.

Mermaid by Nicole Brune

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Artist (well, we call her “fine” artist… get it? “fine.” Doudouble enten… eh, nevermind… I gotta wake up more before I start writing) Nicole Burne is currently working on a new Mermaid piece. The example shown above isn’t finished yet, but so far, it’s looking pretty damn good! Check out more of Nicole’s work on at her web site, or on Deviant Art!

Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1

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Independent comic creator, Kyle Roberts is a contributing artist for a new comic, Jill Trent, Science Sleuth! Currently the comic is seeking funding through Kickstarter, and there’s still time to help contribute! The comic is about a woman (Jill) who, along with her faithful partner Daisy, uses science to solve mysteries! According to the Kickstarter page, the comic is already finished, they just need funding to help get it published. Check out the Kickstarter video below along with a more complete synopsis.745d924e93cb89817edad1112f698b5a_large Also, just remember that helping independent comics is one of the few sure ways to enter Valhalla. I’m pretty sure.

Jill Trent, Science Sleuth was a comic book heroine published in the mid-1940s who solved mysteries and caught crooks using her scientific genius, improbable inventions, and the fighting prowess of her faithful partner, Daisy Smythe! Now, more than 65 years later, we’re bringing Jill and Daisy back in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1, a 28-page comic book featuring 5 stories by 5 creative teams! Each stand-alone story reimagines the Science Sleuths in a new way, including a range of racial and ethnic identities and time periods, from the 1940s to the not-too-distant future. Suitable for all ages, the short stories in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #1 include both a mix of “real” science and goofy sci-fi, celebrating women in science with an undercurrent of feminism.

You can also check out more of Kyle’s art, and comic(!), at the The Dark Hours!
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Okay, I’m off to save the world! No, not really, but I will earn a poverty level minimum wage… and maybe buy a donut. So, that’s something.

Later!

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The Morning Moo…

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G’morning El Moochadores! It’s weird, but the toughest part of my day is keeping up a commitment to this post. I don’t have to do this, but I do. Weird… Anyways, in today’s Morning Moo there’s a new Kickstarter, Art Show info, and one of the coolest things I’ve seen all day (it’s 9:06 am). Keen.

New Kickstarter for Adventures of the 19XX Graphic Novel, SHINING SKULL: 1936

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Paul Roman Martinez has launched a new Kickstarter to fund the third volume of his diesel punk series, The Adventures of the 19XX! Which is about…

The Adventures of the 19XX series takes place in the 1930s and is about a group trying to prevent World War II. After seeing terrible glimpses of the future, they know the war is coming. Along the way, they gather machines, magical ancient relics, and powerful people to help them in their cause. Another group, the Order of the Black Faun, battles the 19XX at every turn to further their own goal of ushering in a dark new world order with the beginning of a second Great War.

This is the last book in the trilogy and takes place in 1937 – 39. According to the Kickstarter page, each book is it’s own “self contained” adventure, so readers can totally enjoy this one, before getting the first two. So, go check out the Kicstarter, and watch the promo below. The art and story look fantastic, and we really hope this project succeeds!

Cute Enemies Art Show!

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Via Geek Art: Coming soon to Leanna Lin’s Wonderland Gallery is an adorable art show, Cute Enemies. Going on, until Feb. 22nd, you can check out all your favorite villains, who look just so damn… cute! Check out some samples below, and prints of the art can be bought on the gallery’s online store!

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SDF-1 and Breetai’s Battle Cruiser!!!

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Via Macrossworld.com: Ye Gods, I love me some Robotech! Okay, so Macrossworld contributor, cool8or probably was representing Macross when he posted them, but to me it’s all Robotech. Anyways, check out these incredible 1/8000 scale painted resin kits of the SDF-1 and Br… wait, did they call him Breetai in Macross? Well, the enemy battle cruiser! According to the post the models were painted with “Molotow Paints, wich are spray cans used for Graffittis.”

awesome.

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Okay El Moochadores, I am now very late for work, but it was worth it! Plus, I hate my job. I’ll try and get more post on later today, or maybe a good nap… I don’t know, we’ll see which way the wind blows on that one.

Later!

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The Morning Moo…

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Cool New Art from Rocky Davies!

Hello El Moochadores! Okay, I got another day where I slept in a little and now I’m late for work. BUT! I was working on this post last night about artist Rocky Davies’s awesome new batch of illustrations! So, check out What is Love? Baby, Don’t Hurt Me, Sweet Dreams are Made of These, and I’ll Stop the World and Melt with You!

Keen!

Now I have to go to work.

Needs must when the devil drives!

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The Morning Moo…

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G’morning El Moochadores! Okay, I have to run. Not literally. Well, maybe. I’m really late for work, and (even though I really hate my job) I don’t want to be homeless. Well, okay. Wearing an old army jacket, and circling the shore on a rusted out beach cruiser does, kind of, sound cool. But I also like regular showers and not spending the weekend in county jail… so, I’m going to work. However; I’ve done pretty good with keeping up on the ‘morning moo’ so check out this quick post of Conan O’brien’s “interview” with Archer.

Enjoy!

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The Morning Moo…

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Good morning El Moochadores! The damn brakes need fix’n! I hate it when real life stuff fucks with my made up world. Shit…

New “Robert Valley” Wonder Woman from DC Collectibles!

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Via Comic Book Resources (CBR): Check out this incredibly cool new statuette from DC Collectibles based on the wonderful short animations by Robert Valley. There isn’t much information about the statue, but check out a promo video for it below along with one of the animations!

Star Wars Games On Gog.com

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Maybe if you’re more tech-savvy then I am, then you’ve already found a way to get old games like these, but I’m not tech-savvy. Hell, I barely know how to use twitter. So, I think it’s kind of cool that these older Star Wars games are now available for digital download. According to Starwars.com, the website Gog.com is now offering classic Lucas Arts games like: X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, Galactic Battlegrounds, and (my favorite) X-Wing: Alliance! The games range in price form $4.99 to $9.99, which is a bit much, if I were asked. But I wasn’t asked. Okay, I loved playing these games, a long time ago in a… never mind, but c’mon $9.99 for Tie Fighter? Bring it down a bit Gog.com. The economy is only good for the rich right now.

Okay folks! I’m off to do stuff I hate doing. Keep check back to the site for more stuff today!

later!

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The Morning Moo…

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Good Morning El Moochadores! I’m actually glad that I started doing the Morning Moo again. It helps take the sting out of waking up and facing another day. Alright, enough with the good cheer. So today we got San Diego Comic Con news, Star War fan redesigns, and they fucked up King Tut!

Here we go…

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Via i09: It’s been recently reported that the blue and gold braided beard on King Tut’s (Tutankhamun… but we all knew that) burial mask was knocked off during an attempt to clean the artifact, and then glued back on, damaging the mask further. According to an article by theTut_Damage Associated Press, the beard was then “hastily” glued back on to the 3,300 year old artifact with epoxy. In the article conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo were quoted as saying:

Unfortunately he used a very irreversible material – epoxy has a very high property for attaching and is used on metal or stone but I think it wasn’t suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamun’s golden mask… The mask should have been taken to the conservation lab but they were in a rush to get it displayed quickly again and used this quick drying, irreversible material.

D’oh! According to the AP article, additional damage was done to the mask by a museum work when they tried to use a spatula to remove some of the epoxy and ended up scratching the mask. D’oh! D’oh!

Brainstorm: Fan Designs for Darth Vader and The Storm troopers!

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Is Storm Trooper one word or two? Anyways, Via The Facebook: Facebook group, Brainstorm has challenged followers to redesign Darth Vader and the Storm Trooper (I’m going with two words. I’m not looking it up. I’m just making the call and going with it.)! Click the link above to see some fantastic ideas from talented fans of the films!

Staying? Going? Where Will Comic Con be in 2017?

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Okay, So we love going to San Diego Comic Con. Not just the “royal we” (as in “all of us”), but us – the Atomic Moo guys. We go every year, and we have a great time (despite the celebrity gawkers, rude security staff, and religious nut jobs blocking up 5th avenue…), but for years now there’s been a question of whether or not Comic Con will stay in San Diego, because the event has become too large for the actual convention center. Recently, Comics Alliance published an article that explores the question of where might SDCC go, if it chooses not to renew it’s contract with San Diego in 2016. According to the article, the cities of Anaheim and Los Angeles are both want to be the new home of the convention. The article goes on to say that Anaheim “offers the largest exhibit hall space in Southern California at 815,000 square feet (almost 200,000 more than the 615,700 sq ft at the San Diego Convention Center). In addition, they’ve begun construction on an additional 200,000 sq ft to the convention center, and recently launched a $2.5 million upgrade to their Wi-Fi infrastructure.” In the article, David Glanzer, a Comic Con spokesperson was quoted saying:

The proposals we’ve received are pretty amazing. It’s not an easy decision.

Okay, so I hope the articles final statements that the con probably won’t leave San Diego are correct. I hope. However, we’re talking about a lot of money here. And, as far as “non-profits” go, Comic Con rakes in the cash (and they love their cash), and a larger venue means… more cash! So, I really hope article’s like this one get the city of San Diego to wake up and do more to keep the con in San Diego. According to an article from San Diego’s Union Tribune, in 2010 the city earned an estimated $163 million! That was 5 years ago for a four day event! There’s been more people and more attention to the con since then! Don’t fuck this San Diego!

Alright, El Moochadores. I’ve got to get to work on… other stuff. So, keep coming back to the site for geek creative stuff, and (it’s getting close) possibly a new Moocast!

Later!

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