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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
A New Comic Book About Mutant Sharks, Demons, and Heavy Metal. Keen.
Okay, El Moochadores, I’ve got another Kickstarter project for a comic book that looks bad ass. Metalshark Bro is a “classic shark meets demon, demon transforms shark into a sharkman, shark vows vengeance on demon story.” Fuck’n cool. C’mon, we’re Atomic Moo. We dig any story that mixes animals, comics, and maybe some heavy metal. Here’s a proper synopsis:
It’s about a normal shark who is cursed by a demon to walk on land as a man. The shark doesn’t dig this at all, he wants his fins and his ocean back. The demon makes a deal with the shark. If the shark collects rogue souls, the demon will reverse the curse. Of course the demon is a big fat liar head and refuses to fulfill his promise to the shark.
The shark vows revenge and becomes Metalshark Bro! Then things get weird…weirder. Metalshark Bro! has to face all kinds of strange, fantastical monsters on his road to vengeance.
Written by Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe, with art by Walter Ostile (Shiver Bureau) the finished book (according to the KS page) will be over 100 color pages of sex, violence, cursing, and sex. Please back this project.
Below I posted the KS promo video along with a smattering of sample art from the comic. Check it out. As of this post there are 22 days left to help contribute, and we highly recommend that you do.
Hello again, El Moochadores! It’s been well over a month since I last posted to the Moo, so I wanted to get on and do some blogging. I don’t really have anything geek creative to post about today (maybe tonight), but some of the crazy in my life has calmed down a little so I’ll start posting really cool stuff again as often as I can. Also, I’ve been keeping up with Atomic Tails as best as I can (which isn’t much), so I should have a new web comic coming out soon. Also, I’ve kind of got back into collecting comics again. I’ve been spending a lot of time at work stuck in a car. So, I’m probably going to start comic book reviews, just to learn what makes a good comic for me. Anyways, I’ll try and get a proper post on later tonight. Until then check out bears waving at people.
06/09/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on Stan Lee’s – How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Full Length Video on the Youtube!
Hey El Moochadores! How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was very literally the first art book I ever bought. I got my first copy when I was twelve years old, and I loved it. Then in the eighth grade, our art teacher showed us this cheese – yet somehow awesome- video that is based on the book. And now it’s on youtube! Well, for now. The whole video (from 1986 by New World Video) is only about an hour and features a young (virile) Stan Lee, along with comic pro John Buscema demonstrating some comic book creating basics. Check it out and if you’re interested in a copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel way you can still find it on Amazon, or I think it may still be in print in bookstores (like the Barnes and Nobles), but I think it is called Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics, which is kind of weird since Stan Lee never drew comics… eh.
Hello again, El Moochadores! Kyle Roberts is one of our favorite indie comic creators, and he has just launched (and successfully funded in less than 2 days!) a new comic anthology on Kickstarter!
Five from Beyond is a five part anthology with a healthy mix of horror, suspense, and Sci-Fi, all inspired by comics and television like the Twilight Zone, Eerie, and Tales from the Crypt. The comic was written by Roberts. Illustrated by Illustrated by Rafael Romeo Magat, and Roberts, with colors by Ilaria Fella. According to the Kickstarter page, the book is already “99%” finished, so it should be good to go as the KS campaign raps up. Groovy.
I’ve posted the KS video below, along with some of the available sample pages for the feature stories like Parent/Guardian and the Brokener. Check it all out, then hit the link above to see contributor rewards and show your support to a really cool looking comic.
Hey El Moochadores! It’s my day off (very well deserved) and during my hour of practice drawing I watched (well, listened to…) this pretty rad documentary about comic book legend, Jack Kirby. Lately, I’ve been trying to do more “Kirby Krackle” stuff in my doodles, and so I’ve developed an interest in learning more about Kirby and all he’s done for comic books. Jack Kirby was the legendary creator of such comics as Captain America and the Fantastic Four, and this Documentary features commentary by the likes of Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and many more. I really dug this, and I may go back and give it another watch later tonight. The video was posted to the Youtube way back in 2016 by Kirby Continuum. Click the link for more info on the video and fun Kirby related videos.
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