Two days ago on November 12th, Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. I know the geek side of the internet has been posting touching stories, and tributes, to Stan Lee and his life in comic books, but for our part I wanted to get on and re-post a video I put on the Moo last June; where in Stan Lee and John Buscema teaching youngsters (like us) on How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Probably my all time favorite and most remembered art book. I know Stan lee will be missed by the comics community, but having lived to 95 with so many ties to so many amazing comics, I think this really a time to celebrate an incredible life. We sincerely thank Stan Lee for inspiring us and expanding our imaginations.
A New DC Comics Novel by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan!
Hello, El Moochadores! A few days ago I finished reading another fine novel from Titan Books, and DC Comics! So, settle in for a long winded review from an aging geek, and his half baked ideas. Here we go!
Written by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan – Harley Quinn: Mad Love, tells how a promising young psychiatrist/gymnast becomes a codependent henchwoman to one of Gotham City’s most notorious criminals! Also, with brief appearances by Batman. Here’s the proper synopsis:
When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued into the Funhouse by the men who brutalised her father, she beheld unimaginable horrors.
Years later, Harleen has put her past behind her, and used her intelligence and ambition to escape her childhood of poverty with a career in psychiatry. Assigned to her first position at Arkham Hospital, she will discover, deep in the asylum, something dangerous and alluring, something quite unlike anything else she has ever known before: The Joker. Because why would you settle for love, when you could have MAD LOVE?
Like most my reviews; I tend to treat this like in-class art college reviews. Say something I liked, then let loose with everything I didn’t like. I really liked the cover art…
Hey, El Moochadores! This is just a real quick post to draw some attention to the new Super Kickstarter. Several years back I got a hardback edition of Super vol. 1 at San Diego Comic Con, and I thought it was one of the best independent graphic novels I’ve ever read. The comic was full of excellent art, incredible humor, and some kick ass action. So, I’m really excited to see the makers of Super are back with more comics!
I really wish that I had found out about this sooner, but (as of this post) the KS project has all its funding to start making new books, and they’re now working on their stretch goals. Groovy!
So check out the Kickstarter promo video below along with a sample page, and (if you have the funds) go support this comic. You can also pick up a copy of Super! issue #1 from Comixology for $2.99.
Independently published and critically acclaimed, SUPER! follows a ragtag team of amateur heroes as they struggle to make a name for themselves in a universe dominated by more popular, established teams. Amidst the craziness and chaos of a new comic universe where supers are commonplace, the greatest superhero story of our generation is about to begin…
After spending what seemed like an eternity frozen in the grip of living death, SUPER! has finally risen from the grave…and it didn’t come alone. Rejoin our intrepid heroes as they go in head first and nipples deep into a full-on zombie cataclysm. Can Silhouette find the secret to stopping the unseen mastermind behind the zom-pocalypse? How will our heroes manage to keep their butts from being chomped by the seething hordes of the living dead? Does even Blood Death have enough bullets to take on the funk of 40,000 years??
I honestly forgot it was Halloween today. Which also created kind of an embarrassing conversation, until I realized “that guy’s not a Mormon. He’s just wearing a goofy costume.” In my defense, I got very little sleep last night…
But it’s Halloween! Seriously, my all time favorite holiday, and I’m already seeing some great costumes… including the deceptive little non-Mormon. damn.
Yesterday, on Twitter I saw one of the best Halloween costumes of all time. Not so much the costume itself, but a great combination of costume and wearer. It was like peanut butter and chocolate, but on a cosmic level. The image was former Wonder Years star Danica Mckellar dressed in the Slave Leia metal bikini. She looks amazing, and yes, growing up that was one of my fantasies. A hot math professor dressed in a brass bikini. Thank you Ms. Mckellar! Though I was kind of bummed to see some of the responses from the internet. Crappy websites like Decider.com and Fatherly.com couldn’t help but inject their little bits of self righteous indignation and virtue signaling by writing the word empowerment in quote marks and claiming that Star Wars fans see the metal bikini as an “unsavory element” in the Star War universe. Which is total horse shit. Princess Leia’s wearing, and fighting, in the metal bikini was (is) one of the best parts of the original trilogy, and it is loved by millions of fans – male and female. Currently the only “unsavory elements” in or around Star Wars are shithead Decider.com bloggers and (of course) the Walt Disney corporation. Disney ruined Star Wars. Yeah, I’m ranting, but dammit, I love Star Wars, gold bras, the American flag, and Halloween.
So like many a Halloween before; please check out a smattering of fun Halloween cartoons and movies and have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween. And protect the slave Leia metal bikini! Its a goddamn global asset!
10/19/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Official Art Book
An Atomic Moo Book Review
I love that “new art book” smell. I don’t know what makes it, but goddammit(!) – it’s great to pull that shrink wrap off of a new coffee table art book then take a good, healthy, whiff. Just snort it in! New art book smell is easily in my top ten of all time favorite smells. Probably somewhere between “cold day fire place wood burn smell” and “early morning bread shop smell.” Okay, so fantastic smell aside, I did actually take a look at the latest “art of” book from Titan Books, and for the most part I enjoyed every lush, aromatic, page.
Created by Paul Davies, and Martin Dubeau, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Official Art Book (Titan Books: 2018) is a 192 page, hardback, full color book that showcases all the wonderful art and design behind the making of the video game. Which is also the last game in the Lara Croft origin series. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be. The Shadow of The Tomb Raider Official Art Book features exclusive concept art and developer interviews detailing the climactic conclusion of Lara Croft’s origin story where she will experience her defining moment in becoming the Tomb Raider.
Hello again, El Moochadores! A few months back I posted about the Five From Beyond Kickstarter for a five part comic book anthology from Kyle Roberts. The 48 page book is a healthy mix of suspense, horror, and science fiction, and was successfully funded! It is now a real life, and very awesome, printed comic book that you can go get a copy of for your self! Five from Beyond had a lot of talent behind its creation, including work by Kyle Roberts (writer, inks, and illustrator), Ilaria Fella (colors), Raphael Romeo Magat (pencils), and many more.
We received copies of this book, and I think it is absolutely fantastic. Five from Beyond really reminds me of the indie comics we use to find as kids in the mid ’80’s, but now with incredible art and colors. Most indie comics back in the 80’s were in black and white, and usually had something to do with ninjas. Fat Ninja, Ninja Turtles, Panda Clan… stuff like that. Anyways… There are no ninjas in this book, but there are five really awesome sci-fi/horror, and suspense stories. The art work is solid, the editing is great, making an all around fantastic comic which you can buy online! So, go do that! Also, go follow From Beyond Comics, on their website, Frombeyondcomics.com!
I’ve posted some sample pages below, but this isn’t enough! Go buy the book!
Hey, El Moochadores! This is just a quick shout out for our friends over at Ugli Studios and their successful publishing of… Lords of the Cosmos issue #2! Here’s a quick synopsis of the fantasy/sci-fi series:
A nod to the glorious mayhem of 1980s comics and cartoons, LORDS OF THE COSMOS is the tale of the exotic planet Aiden, a planet lost to space and time. Here, all manner of escaped super villains, heinous inter-dimensional demons, exiled Earth gods and ancient bio-wizards battle on a hostile world controlled by a sentient, planet-wide machine.
The second issue comes out of the gate with laser rifles a-blazing, featuring another jam-packed issue of comic madness for fans of 1980s action-adventure properties. This issue features sexy crystal princesses, nuclear fantasy war, alien gladiatorial battles and a closet full of heads
If you grew up with Saturday morning cartoons, Heavy Metal Magazine and action figures galore, this comic is a wish come true! Issue #2 is a super-sized, massive, JUMBO comic – actually more like a small graphic novel! The new issue will have 44 interior pages comprised of part two of the main story, as well as work by Robert Hack (ARCHIE COMICS), Livio Ramondelli (IDW TRANSFORMERS), Bill McKay (ZOMBIE TRAMP), Joe Palumbo FUBAR/ALTERNA COMICS) and Rebecca George (BONESHAKER PRESS). LORDS OF THE COSMOS was created and drawn by Jason Lenox and written by Dennis Fallon and Jason Palmatier, (creators of the graphic novel PLAGUE, published by Markosia UK).
I know a lot of hard work went into this comic, and we were very fortunate to get a digital copy of it, which is also a big chunk of awesome! There are not (any?) comic companies producing stories like this anymore, so get on board while you still can. You can get your own copy (print) at the Ugli Studios online Etsy store and on Comixology. I posted some sample art and images from the comic below. Check it out, and support independent comics!
Hello again, El Moochadores! The other day I came across this cool looking Kickstarter, that I thought was a really great idea. Created by artist, Tom Bancroft, Phil Earnest and Elena Stewart, the Sketchplanner 2019 is just what it sounds like; a day planner you can draw in. They first introduced the Sketchplanner on kickstarter last year, and now they’re back with an new and improved (2.0) version. I would actually really like to have something like this, and even though I’m very broke right now, I’m thinking about contributing before the KS ends in 28 days (as of this post). I also think this would make a great gift for Atomic Moo’s official graphic artist (and my twin bro), Chud.
So far the Sketchplanner 2.0 has 118% of its goal (keen), however there’s still plenty of time to pitch in and reap some cool rewards. You may also want to pick a couple up and donate them to your favorite cow based web comic, blog, and podcast… maybe. Anyways, check out the promo video below and click the link above to learn more about the Sketchplanner and its makers.
09/17/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on How To Build a $500 Gaming PC in 2018
Ok, breaks over and it’s time to do some Mooposting. I know someday in the future (well, I hope) I’m going to have more free time than I have now. So, when that imagined day comes, I like to think I’ll pick some extra hobbies, like making a gaming PC. This video comes to us from the YouTube channel, Paul’s Hardware (which could also be a Youporn channel… just saying), where old Paul here makes it look very easy to assemble a working gaming PC on the Cheap. Very soon here I think I might try this and begin ordering all the parts, which Paul listed in the description of his video. Very cool stuff, and I hope this helps get you motivated to go make some stuff.
An Atomic Moo Book Review of a New Sherlock Holmes Adventure!
Alright, El Moochadores, Titan Books has published another new Sherlock Holmes adventure by author James Lovegrove, and this time around the world famous detective, and Dr. Watson, are joined by none other than legendary hunter, Allan Quartermain in The Devil’s Dust! Here’s the synopsis:
It is 1884, and when a fellow landlady finds her lodger poisoned, Mrs Hudson turns to Sherlock Holmes.
The police suspect the landlady of murder, but Mrs Hudson insists that her friend is innocent. Upon investigating, the companions discover that the lodger, a civil servant recently returned from India, was living in almost complete seclusion, and that his last act was to scrawl a mysterious message on a scrap of paper. The riddles pile up as aged big game hunter Allan Quatermain is spotted at the scene of the crime when Holmes and Watson investigate. The famous man of mind and the legendary man of action will make an unlikely team in a case of corruption, revenge, and what can only be described as magic…
For my part, I enjoyed the hell out of this book. This last year, most of my reading has been from the self-help, and motivation, sections of the library. So it was kind of refreshing to get back to a fun work of mystery and fantasy. Also, I’ve read some of Lovegove’s books in the past, and he does a fantastic job of verbally recreating a late 19th century England where a Sherlock Holmes can meet an Allen Quartermain. To be honest, I don’t have any viable criticism of this book. I started reading it about two days ago, and I just sort of burned through it. I guess I was kind of hungry for something weird and geeky, and this story delivered by providing a sort of traditional Holmes and Watson, in an entirely new universe.
Also, on unrelated note, this book (indirectly) got me watching a bunch of the old Sherlock Holmes serials starring Basil Rathbone. Definitively not the same time period or style, but if you want more Sherlock Holmes you can find many of these videos for free on Youtube. You can also go to Titanbooks.com and purchase a great number of excellent Holmes stories, along with Devil’s Dust!
Check out the Titan Books online store to get you’re own copy of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust. Also, dig some Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in a 1940’s Holmes adventure below.
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