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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust

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.

Cheers!

WoW Battle for Azeroth Videos

Cinematics and Warbringer Videos

Good morning, El Moochadores! Well, morning for me. I love playing World of Warcraft. Which, is something that is tough to owe up to, especially with some of my friends, but fuck ’em. I pay my taxes, I don’t commit crimes, and I go to work every day. I get to enjoy Warcraft, goddammit. Also, it’s fucking cool!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time, or money, to play WoW as I would like. So, I have to enjoy WoW in a limited, often from the sidelines, sort of way. Which sucks, because I think this new expansion (Battle for Azeroth) looks really cool, and I really want to play it! And I might!

Well, I’ll probably work a bunch of overtime, and spend my free time drawing cartoon mice and cows, but I’ll really want to play… dammit! Since I can’t get involved (right now) I can at least geek out over some of the new cinematics and animatic videos being released prior to the new expansion. So join me in my frustration and check out some cool WoW lore. Below, I posted the Battle for Azeroth trailer, Old Soldier, and a couple of the Warbringer animatics. Not all the videos released, but enough to help feed the addiction. I hope.

For the Horde.

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Giant Lego Spaceship!

Jordan Morgan and His 13 Foot Long Lego Spaceship!

There’s probably a very fine (blurry) line between fandom and OCD, but it’s really cool to see someone walk it. For example; check out Lego builder, Jordan Morgan and his 13 foot long Lego battleship. Reported on by Beyond the Brick back in June, this 19 minute long Youtube video goes through all the really cool details Morgan built in to his spaceship. The build includes secret compartments, lights, and even a small fleet of fighter ships. Keen! Seriously, I love watching stuff like this and in a weird way, it makes me want to work on my own projects even more. Check out the video below, and if you have any cool Lego, or geeky, builds; let us know!

Enjoy!


We’re always looking for cool new content to share here on Atomic Moo, so if you have a “geek creative” indie project and would like us to post about it email Trog@atomicmoo.com! Also, don’t forget to help support Atomic Moo by following us on Twitter (@atomicmoo) and Facebook!

Atomic Tails #28

I Finally Finished Another One!

Hello, El Moochadores. It’s been awhile since I posted a comic, but last night I finally finished another Atomic Tails. This time featuring Chud and Buttery. I’ve already begun working on the next strip, so hopefully that one won’t take me the better part of 3 months to finish. Anyways, check out the comic below, but also go check out past comics at the Atomic Tails Archive. This is a big learning project, so constructive criticism is welcome. Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m not going to stop, so let’s all make this work some how. Also, don’t forget to support Atomic Tails by following me on Instagram and Facebook. Maybe twitter too. We’ll see.

Enjoy!

How To Learn Anything Faster

5 Tips to Increase your Learning Speed

Okay, El Moochadores, it’s time to start out our day (well my day) with a little sefl-improvement. Check out the above video from the Youtube where Practical Psychology presents a video from Project Better Self that provides five useful tips for improving your ability to learn new things. I thought it was cool that one of his examples for stuff we might want to learn is drawing, since that is exactly what I’m studying, but here are the five steps to learn faster in a nutshell… or blockquote…:

1. Deconstruct the skill and use the Pareto Principle. The 80/20 rule; That is, focus on the one or two things of which you want to learn and just focus on those things.
2. Have a laser like focus and use the Pomodoro technique. Shut down all external distractions and fully focus on a task for a short period of time. Usually 20 to 25 minutes, making sure to include a short break of 1 to 5 minutes.
3. Learn by Doing.
4. Be Persistent. Fight the dip!
5. Get enough sleep.

This next week, I’m going to try this method. I’m usually not to good at sticking to a routine, but maybe this can help change that. Also, step 5 is problem for me. I have a very tough time falling asleep at night and staying asleep. Apparently, I also snore. Anyways, I hope this video helps with your own study routines and projects.

Cheers!


We’re always looking for cool new content to share here on Atomic Moo, so if you have a “geek creative” indie project and would like us to post about it email Trog@atomicmoo.com! Also, don’t forget to help support Atomic Moo by following us on Twitter (@atomicmoo) and Facebook!

Comic Con 2018 -Trailers!

An Atomic Moo (not) Movie Review

Yesterday I was in the process of setting up a really big Atomic Moo post about all the film, and television, trailers that premiered at the last SDCC 2018. However; as I was gathering links, and embed codes, I came across Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag episode: 150, where they reviewed many of the same trailers, but with just as much (or more!) fake disinterest, and cynicism, that I myself was about to write. So, instead of posting a giant page full of Youtube videos, I’ve decided to post Half in the Bag 150 , which (for the most part) shares my same opinions towards these films, and few trailers they missed.

Well, there are some differences. These fellows seem more or less indifferent to Disney Star Wars, whereas I hate (loathe) every hack film produced by the Disney Wars (Disney ruined Star Wars). Also, I’m all in for a Godzilla v. King Kong film. Yeah, I hate going to theaters these days, and if I end up watching any of this stuff – it’ll be from the comfort of my own home, but a Godzilla/King Kong fight may (MAY) just get me back into a movie theater. Oh, and I am very much rooting for the Shazam film. I know it probably won’t be good, but I want to be just awesome.

So what follows here is Half in the Bag: Episode 150, Trailers for Venture Bros. Season 7, Dr. Who Season 11, and The Oriville Season 2.

Enjoy and disney ruined Star Wars.

Half in the Bag: 150

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Skies of Fire: Book I

Kickstarter for a Dieselpunk Airship Story of Loyalty and Revenge!

Hello, El Moochadores! Right now there is a Kickstarter for Skies of Fire: Book 1 and since this is a fantastic diesel punk indie comic I’ve posted about in the past, I thought I would give there first graphic novel a quick shout out here on the Moo to see if we can’t get ’em a bit more support. This new hardback, cloth bound volume will contain the 1st four issues of the series created by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, with art by Pablo Peppino and Bryan Valenza. Here’s the synopsis:

Skies of Fire takes place in the Aquilan Empire, a kingdom where airship travel has become the dominant means of transportation, commerce, and war. In the center of the Empire lies a monstrous, never-ending storm called The Expanse.

In Issue One, the raider Delmonte orchestrates a surprise attack on the key trade outpost, Port Prince. His actions prompt Royal Guard Captain Helen Pierce to volunteer for an expedition to bring him to justice.

As of this post the Kickstarter is a total success, and Skies of Fire: Book 1 has a wopping $32,000.00 in funding, over a $10,000.00 goal! Way to kickass, indie comics! However; there are still 19 days left to contribute and get in on some cool rewards special to the KS campaign! So, go donate! Unfortunately, I don’t have any sample pages to post, so check out the KS promo video below, along with a few sample pieces of art from the book. Check ’em out and go help out a really cool book about diesel fueled fighting airships!

Cheers!


We’re always looking for cool new content to share here on Atomic Moo, so if you have a “geek creative” indie project and would like us to post about it email Trog@atomicmoo.com! Also, don’t forget to help support Atomic Moo by following us on Twitter (@atomicmoo) and Facebook!

Unfu*ck Youreself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

An Atomic Moo Book Review of Gary John Bishop’s Stoic Self-help Book.

I don’t like my life. I know that may read as petulant or selfish, and I am well aware that life could be far worse, but it still doesn’t change the fact that most nights I go to bed with a gnawing sense of loss and depression that I can’t shake. Then, early this year, I got tired of feeling like that and decided to start making some changes. I dropped about thirty pounds, I started to save money, pay down debt, and figure out what it is I want to do with what life I have left. So, I guess I should say, “I didn’t like my life,” because things are getting better. At least a little.

I feel like I owe some of this improvement to stoic philosophy. Okay, to be honest; as much stoicism as I can get from youtube videos and the odd book, but part of my pursuit of a more meaningful life through stoicism somehow lead me to a book by Gary John Bishop titled Unfuck Yourself. This a little no-nonsense guide to changing the narrative in your head to something more positive and useful, that is also incredibly engaging. Here’s the synopsis (well, I think this is the synopsis…):


Are you tired of feeling fu*ked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself. ”Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. ”Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being.” It isn’t other people that are standing in your way, it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive, it’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

I think this is one of the best books for laying down a practical plan for effecting a positive change in an otherwise shitty life. In Unfuck Yourself, Bishop, motivates readers to change a bad narrative (what we tell ourselves) to something that includes assertions like, “I got this” and “I am relentless.” This isn’t just positive affirmation. Well it is that too, but also a very frank advice on how to really be relentless and succeed. Best quote of the book is (for me), “Stop doing all the shit you know you shouldn’t be doing, and start doing all the shit you know you should be doing.” Which Bishop backs up in his own blunt way.
Also, much of the book falls in line with some of the stoic stuff I’ve been listening to online, and it is even full of quotes from the likes of Marcus Aurelius. It only took me about a day and half to read Unfuck Yourself, so I’ll probably be giving it a second (third) read again soon, to help re-enforce some of the ideas, and I highly recommend it to anyone feeling like they need a positive kick in the ass.

Atomic Moo’s Con Gets!

Some of the Cool Stuff We Grabbed at SDCC 2018!

Every year that Chud and I can go to San Diego Comic Con we come back with some pretty cool stuff. In years past we’ve picked up some pretty cool Con-Exclusive items, and interesting collectibles, but I’ve never mentioned this stuff on Atomic Moo before. So, today I wanted to take a little time to post about the stuff we accumulated in four days at Comic Con. Unfortunately, this year we did not have a chance to get any exclusive items. We had a bad combination of being both broke and unable to get in any lines. Which is so important to collecting at a convention this big. Know your lines, know where to get tickets for those lines, and be willing to wait a long time in those lines. I don’t have that sort of patients anymore, so no exclusives for me. However; that doesn’t mean I didn’t get some cool stuff and good deals. Let’s take a look…

Art Books From The Warhead Booth

Although I think Comic Cons small press, and artist alley, areas need to be expanded; what is there is a really good collection of off the wall art, indie comics, and past Moocast guest like Warhead author Katrina E. Kunstmann! We came across Kat’s booth and picked up a couple of art books, which (I could be wrong) I think she was selling two for $5.00. Groovy weird.

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Atomic Moo Comic Con Review!

San Diego Comic Con International 2018 Photos and a Moo-Review!!!

Last Sunday, San Diego Comic Con International wrapped up its 48th year, and once again Chud and I were there for all four days for a spectacular show of art, comics, animation, film, books, music, and television shows! Oh, and alcohol. I’m really not a drinker, and though it’s been a week; I still feel wrecked. This con marked our 23rd year as attendees, and although the event had it’s highlights, I walked away feeling incredibly bummed out, but we’ll get to that later. First, the good stuff!

Much like years past SDCC had star filled panels, outside events, and a massive exhibit hall full of every piece of geek related media you could want. As four day attendees we tried to experience as much of it as possible… which actually wasn’t much. Unfortunately we got to see none of the panels in the mane show rooms. The lines for such events were huge, and mostly outside. However, Chud did get a chance to meet the cast of Fear the Walking Dead. He loves the zombie stuff. So, since we couldn’t get into the bigger, fan based, stuff, we sat in on several panels (usually held in rooms 2 or 4) that discussed more creative topics like introduction to television writing, or Indie creators. Panels such as these have way more value for us, and although I would like to sit in the main ballroom and geek out over the next big comic movie, I actually feel better and more inspired for attending the creative work panels. Also, they’re great place to take a break, and get informed at the same time.

Other good stuff this year; We got a ton of SWAG! In Moo-Post of past I’ve often referred to my “Con Pile”. A stack of cards, promo material, and comics collected at conventions that I use to find geek creative posts. I walked away from SDCC with a giant bag of this stuff. Lot’s of new stuff to post about. Then there is the stuff we bought. Comic Con is a great place to source discounted graphic novels, new and old comics, independent comics, and gear. I spent well over $100 dollars at the Famous Monsters booth. I’ll probably do a separate post about all the stuff we came back with, but now I’m happily broke.

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