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The Atomic Moocast #83!

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Our Interview with Rocky Davies!

A little late, but always great! We’re back with another sterling edition of the world’s best, unknown, podcast… Moocast. On this episode we talk with professional illustrator/graphic designer Rocky Davies! This dude knows his art and toys… er… collectibles.welcome_to_the_jungle___predator_by_rockydavies-d7t2zoc Rocky has done work that covers print, digital, logo and more and he was a great guy to talk with!

So, here we go folks! You’re just at the tipping point – the entry way – the threshold – of an audio roller coaster of creative/pop-culture enlightenment! Now all you need to do is prepare yourselves! Go, now and get that cool fizzy soda! Turn off that distracting smart phone or baby! Then hunker down on your favorite comfy spot, mouse over the play button, and begin 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

Show Notes and Links

Rocky Davies Links
Rocky’s Art

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Rocky’s Collection

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Ecko Burning

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Danie Ware’s New Sequel

Hello El Moochadores! This week’s Moo review is Ecko Burning, published by Titan Books. A sequel story to Danie Ware’s exciting sci-fi/ fantasy novel, Ecko Rising. The continuing saga of a cyber-enhanced assassin (Ecko) tossed into a fantasy realm full monsters, warriors, and magic!EckoRising_cvr It’s kind of like the Wizard of Oz, but instead of Dorothy there’s a skinny – foul mouthed – tech junkie, and instead of a tornado swirled house, there’s a flying bar (taverns are bars, right?). I’m not sure who Toto would be. Maybe one of the centaurs? Anyways, Ecko is pulled out of a dystopian London and wakes up in The Wanderer (the bar/tavern) and is soon on an adventure that Ecko hopes will get him home. Ecko Burning picks up right after this first adventure (sorry, but I’m trying really hard not to spoil anything), but this time around Ecko, and his new “friends”, must find a weapon powerful enough to defeat the evil force, Vahl, who is trying to destroy… well, everything. Here’s the synopsis:

Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using its forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.
Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait. Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul. When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.

Danie Ware’s knack for fantasy and science fiction is incredible. In Ecko Burning she blends the two genres beautifully allowing for a dark (paranoid) future and another, magical, world where metal barely exists at all. However; there’s also a lot going on here. Both Ecko Burning and Ecko Rising are chuck full of characters, new places, and because the books bring in a new mythology, it can be easy to get a little lost in all details. Ware’s writing style can also add to the confusion. It’s not that she isn’t a good writer, because she is, but her descriptions, analogies, and metaphors are almost poetry. Sometimes it was a little hard to see past her descriptive power to what was actually happening on the page. But on the flip side of that criticism there’s Ecko. A contentious, ornery, and foul mouth little bastard incapable of not saying “fuck” when ever he opens his mouth. I liked him. He a great lens to see through that brought the weirdness into focus. In Ecko Rising I enjoyed his growing friendship with The Bard, and Burning added some interesting twists to their tale. I was a little disappointed that Ecko and the Bard didn’t have more time in the book, but I am eager to see where they end up in the next novel.

Overall, I highly recommend Ecko Burning. It was a great 2nd act and set up for what’s to come, but if you haven’t read Ecko Rising, do that first! Other wise you’ll be muttering, “I don’t get it” many, many times.

Ecko Burning is available in book stores now or you can get your copy throughTitan Books!

Atomic Moocast #81: Alt Control Delete!

Interview with Ramón Govea of Black Mast Studios!

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Hello again El Moochadores! We’re back with another fun and informative edition of the Atomic Moocast! On this episode we have a State of the Moo, a SDCC 2014 review, and best of all: ACD Cover An interview with Alt Control Delete (ACD) creator, Ramón Govea! ACD is a fantastic new comic looking for funding through Kickstarter, and Ramon told us all about making and managing the book! Keen!

Here we go folks! It’s time to scroll down and click play on the audio excellence we call the Moocast! So Prepare yourselves! Find a cool fizzy soda to gulp down between chuckles! Find a snack loaded with cheese or chocolate chips! Then find a comfy chair adequate to manage your bulk as you mouse over the play button and click start on 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

Show Notes and Links

Alt Control Delete Links

ACD Sample Pages and Pin Ups!

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Additional Show Notes and Links

Sketch Books by Kyle Roberts

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More links will be added later… but I have to go to work. d’oh.

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SDCC 2014 Photos!

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Hey El Moochadores! Though we’re currently working on a full gallery of images from SDCC 2014, I thought I would share a few samples to show off/brag about all the cool stuff we saw and all the fun we had. Sure there were massive crowds, we had no money,DSC_0034 and the security was way beyond rude (minimum wage agro… grrr), but despite it all, Chudd and I, had a great time as we floated between panels on creativity, the exhibit hall, and the downtown Gaslamp area now engulfed by four days of pop-culture heaven. We’ll also be doing a more in depth review of the con on the next Moocast (coming very soon) we’re we’ll post links to some of our favorite panels, events, and celebrity run ins, but for now enjoy a few sample images of two aging nerds love’n the pure con fun!

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The Cosplay!

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The Stuff!

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Chudd and Trog at the Con

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Atomic Moo Book Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Ape: The Art of the Films

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By all accounts the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, have both been huge successes at the box office, and a step forward in science fiction and film making. Now publisher Titan Books, and Twentieth Century Fox, are giving ape fans a unique, behind the scenes, look at the making of this wonderful franchise in one comprehensive hardback book.SONY DSC The Art of the Films combines the production process of both films including: character and set designs; insights into the revolutionary motion capture technology used during onsite production; and production art, models and props made for the films. The Art of the Films also includes exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of both films, as well as a foreword from director Matt Reeves. Here’s the basic synopsis:

The stunning new art book on Planet of the Apes! A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

I’ve said in prior reviews that I love film art books. For the most part they are insightful glances at film making, but as a wannabe artist, they’re also great for reference material. So, I like almost all film art books, but I think this is probably the best one I’ve encountered to date.3NgVuxb Actually, it’s more like two books under one cover. The first half goes back to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and does a wonderful job of explaining the artistic and technical creation of Ceasar and the other apes. Crew members and cast, like Andy Serkis provide a vast amount of information about character development and the design of the film.image_3 Which is then combined with stunning behind the scenes images and artwork. The second half of the book, Dawn of the planet of the Apes was probably my favorite. Here the producers show how they made the beginnings of ape culture and how they explored tribalism and family. I love the images of the ape village combined with the symbols they developed to show rudimentary written language skills and social order. Overall, this isn’t just another coffee table book. The Art of the Films is an all inclusive insight into modern film making and a flat out fun read.

The Art of the Films: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available now in all major bookstores or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com! Below I’ve included a few sample images from the book I found on the web. Unfortunately the book is way too big for my scanner.

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Atomic Moocast #80: Psy-licious Interview with Nicole Brune!

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Pin up artist Nicole Brune is back to talk about art, getting models into her hotel room, and Comic Con! Nicole is going to be at the San Diego con this week. You can check out her art, and models(!) at booth 4528.nicolega1 Also, we’re changing things up around here… a little. Check out the new intro and State of the Moo segment at the beginning of the podcast. So here we go folks! Episode 80 is fresh out of the digital oven and ready to served piping hot into your gaping ear holes! 80 episodes… wow! That is 80 episodes of the lowest budget podcasting excellence and it’s just a tap, click, or tap away!

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

Show Notes and Links

Nicole’s Art

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Atomic Moo Graphic Novel Review of Death

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Recently released through Vertigo Comics is the definitive collection of Death stories straight from the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This collection includes an introduction from long time Sandman fan, Tori Amos,Death_Samp5 then kicks off with Death stories The sound of her Wings, A Winters Tail, and facade. The novel also includes Death: The High Cost of Living, Death: The Time of Your Life, as well as the story Death and Venice and Endless Nights. There are also the short stories The Wheel and Death Talks About Life and the graphic novel finishes with a gallery of Death portraits from the artistic talents of Brian Bolland, Jeff Smith (Bone), Chris Bachalo, and many more.

Up until reading this collection I couldn’t claim to be a fan of Sandman or any of the comic’s associated characters. It’s not that I don’t like Neil Gaiman stories (hell, American Gods has to be somewhere in my top 10 of “all time favorite reads” if I had such a top 10…), because I do.Death It’s just Sandman is something I never picked up as a teenager. Which really fills me with a lot of regret because these stories are wonderful. Yeah, on the surface, I wouldn’t think I’d enjoy any story where Death is a sort of upbeat goth chick/hipster from the ’90’s… but I did. These stories are thoughtful and, while still being comics, deal with strong emotions of loss, pain, or regret. Yet at the same time they are humorous, insightful, and even adventurous. They’re beautifully illustrated tales that have a unique “Gaiman” quirkiness that lets you enjoy people dying. Sometimes painfully. I think one of my favorite sets of stories is Death: The High Cost of Living, where Death has taken human form for a day and adventures around New York with a suicidal teenage companion. Very much not the type of comic I go looking for (what with the lack of scantly clad women, explosions, and a Star Destroyer or two), but I thought it was fun in it’s own weird magic sort of way. Death is almost sort of vulnerable in this one as she, along with Sexton Furnival (great name), try and escape a mad man hell bent of capturing her. The story also includes the character Mad Hettie who I enjoyed very much. Overall, I had a lot of fun with this collection of comics and I encourage other Death/Sandman newbies to give it a try.

Death by Neil Gaiman can be found in bookstores now or online at Vertigo Comics. I’ve posted a small sample of images below, but the graphic novel is so much more than this. Go get a copy and enjoy the hell out of it! Now, excuse me while I go put on a flannel shirt, and my Doc Martin boots, and go listen to my Nevermind cassette.

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Peter Griffin Impersonator Does Stand-Up & KILLS IT!!!

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Via Riddle’s Messy Wardrobe: This is frigg’n awesome!. Check out this amazing Peter Griffin cosplayer/ stand up comedian do some amazing stand up during the 2014 Allentown Comic Con cosplay contest!Peter_Griffin

At the 2014 Allentown Comic Con there was a cosplay contest judged by celebrity cosplayers Riki Lecotey a.k.a. “Riddle” and Nicole Marie Jean. To keep the crowd entertained while they deliberated, they asked a spot-on Peter Griffin cosplayer to take the mic and he completely KILLED it! Fox should hire this guy to go on tour or something.

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The Atomic Moocast #79: Interview with Writer Jonathan Wood!

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Here it is folks! A steaming hot plate of audio excellence in the form of Atomic Moocast #79! On this edition, of the world’s greatest unknown podcast, Chudd and I talk with author Jonathan Wood! nohero1Wood is the writer of No Hero, a great story that asks the eternal question, “What would Kurt Russell do”? No Hero is the first of four novels being published by Titan Books and is a series about MI37 agent Author Wallace and his encounters with weird magic, monsters, and mayhem! Check out our review of No Hero here! It’s a fantastic book, and Jonathan Wood was a frigg’n awesome interview!

So here we go little buddies! Now’s the time to ask what would Kurt Russell do if he were about to listen to the Moocast. Well, he’d probably jump in the Pork Chop Express; plug in his iWhatever; crack open a cool fizzy soda as he cruised along the great American highway whiles enjoying 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:

  • Kool Katz
  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party

Show Notes and Links

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Atomic Moocast #78: Another Great Interview with Nicole Brune!

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WE LIVE! Well, sort of. In any case; Despite being slammed with flu and colds we finally managed to put a brand new Atomic Moocast online! On this episode Chudd and I are joined by the talentednicolega1 Nicole Brune! Nicole was a lot of fun to talk with even though after this conversation we may never be able to face her again. Damn. Anyways, Check out some examples of Nicole’s work below and go visit her website to see much more!

So here we go folks! The Moocast is primed and ready to blow up in your minds, so get ready for it! Now’s the time to go get your favorite fizzy soda out the back of the fridge and secure a warm comfy listening spot! Then lean back, hit play, and enjoy 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:

  • Kool Katz
  • As I Figure
  • Funk Game Loop
  • Who Likes to Party

Show Notes and Links

The Art of Nicole Brune

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