Atomic Moocast #75: Kyle Roberts and The Dark Hours Return!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Comic & Graphic Novels, General on April 17th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Wondercon is about to start and I need to post this Moocast before that happens! Ahhh!

Okay, I feel much better now, and you should too because a shiny new Atomic Moocast is now online and ready to be heard! Kyle Roberts returns for this episode to talk about the 2nd issue of the Dark Hours comic and attending Wondercon this weekend.Comic Page Like before Kyle was a great guest, and should you be attending the con this weekend, be sure to stop by his booth and by a great indie comic! Also, we’re going to have a limited amount of Atomic Moo Buttons at his table, so don’t miss your chance to get Atomic Moo’s first ever batch of promo stuff! Keen!

Anyways folks, it’s time to Moocast! So, charge on over to your fridge and secure a tasty beverage; then dive roll into comfy chair and brace yourself! You’re just moments away from hitting play and hearing 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
  • Who Likes to Party

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Atomic Moocast #74: Moo-SWAG!

Posted in Atomic Moo, General on April 3rd, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Okay El Moochadores, this is a short one! A sort of mini-moo. For this episode we’re joined by Brethren Moo Brandon “Sir” Noel to talk about making… things, and stuff like Buttons! That’s right, we have buttons! Shiny, round, Atomic Moo Buttons! And we talk about them!Atomic_Moo_Boxes_032014 So, here we go folks! It’s one-half hour of audio excellence revved up and ready to be launched at your inner brain! So get ready for it! Go, right now, and secure a comfy chair! Find a fizzy soda! Then settle in and hit play 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!

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  • Kool Katz
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Atomic Moo Shows You Where To Stick It… With Cool Promo Buttons!

Posted in Atomic Moo, General, Nerd Craft on March 20th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Okay, so most other sites don’t make any big deal about the SWAG they produce to give away, but this is our SWAG! Actually, it’s our first attempt at making Atomic Moo promotional stuff, and I (and my totally biased opinion) think they turned out great! The 1 and 1/4 inch buttons were designed by Atomic Moo’s resident graphic artist, Chudd. You can see more of Chudd’s nerdtastic work on his Deviant Art page. Anyways, check out more images of the promo buttons below and let us know what you think!

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Atomic Moo Book Review of Alien: Out of the Shadows

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek Lit, General on March 19th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Those poor miners on LV178. all they wanted was a chunk of trimonite and a steady wage, but instead they got a batch of the scariest creatures ever dreamed up in movie monster history! Which is also the simplest way of describing the set up for Tim Lebbon’s new sci-fi/horror novel set in the Xenomorph universe, Alien: Out of the Shadow! Here’s the real synopsis:

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.Alien_vs._Predator_(2004)_-_Alien When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that ther was more than timonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating – and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a next of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviours… Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

Alien: Out of the Shadows is the first of a new series of Alien novels to be published by Titan Books and the first of a trilogy taking place between the 60+ years that Ellen Ripley slumbered in stasis after the disastrous events on the Nostromo. Which is important to remember, because hopefully the future books will answer questions like, why bring Ripley into this story at all? Since we already know her future, why not craft a “Ripley free” story, that pits a new crew of blur collar space workers against acid for blood – killing machines? I’m not asking these questions to diminish Lebbon’s writing ability. He created characters, and intense situations, that fit in nicely with the Alien films of the 1980′s, but for some reason Ellen Ripley had to make an appearance, shoehorning her into more traumatic events between the time of Alien and Aliens.Ellen_Ripleyprofile Which in turn made a highly predictable novel. From the moment Ripley made contact with the crew of the Marion we (the readers) know that she is safe (she has to be! She still has another movie to do! Oh, and I’m not counting anything after Aliens, those other two films just shouldn’t have happened), but worst still, we know that the crew of the Marion is doomed. Or do we… Sorry, I had to add the dot dot dot, because although the novel does follow the traditional “process of elimination” standard of most horror movies, it also ends in a rather nice way and making it possible for more novels. Well, Ellen Ripley free novels hopefully. Jesus, the woman survived two encounters with the xeneomorphs and then had to do Alien 3 and 4, let her rest in piece already.

Alien: Out of the Shadows is in stores now or you can get your copy online at Amazon.com!

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Atomic Moocast #73: Interview with Lia Scott Price!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Comic & Graphic Novels, Geek Art, General on March 15th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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IT’S ALIVE!!! Yes, El Moochadores, we have yet another grand edition of the world’s least known, poorly produced, best podcast. Yeah, chew on that for awhile. Anyways, on this episode (#73) we’re joined by comic writer, and horror author, Lia Scott Price!COVER AND BACK LAYOUT FINAL revised Lia has a series of horror/ vampire comics out called Vampire Guardian Angles! Vampire comics that are brutal, bloody, and totally free of glitter. Keen!

So, here we go folks! Don’t delay any further! Now’s the time to go grab a cool/frosty beverage and a comfy place to sit as you reach past the vast girth that is your own belly and hit play 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!

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  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party

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Atomic Moo Book Review of The Wrong Quarry!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek Lit, General on March 10th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Original review by Chris “Buttery Wholesomeness” French.
The views and opinions of Buttery Wholesomeness do not necessarily reflect those of Atomic Moo; However it is important to note that Buttery Wholesomeness does not necessarily acknowledge the opinions others, including those of Atomic Moo…

“So,” Buttery Wholesomeness glowered. “I suppose it’s well past time for me to get started.” With that, he threw his copy of Max Collins’ (Road to Perdition) The Wrong Quarry into a pile of discarded novels. Water dripped from the ceiling of the warren, his dwelling in the tunnels under the neon nightmare that was Las Vegas Boulevard, pooling at the bottom of the moldering pile. Buttery cracked his knuckles and turned to his pieced-together desktop.

I love a hard-edged protagonist. I suppose I’m not alone in this, of course; if anyone is willing to admit that they read a line of comics from the 90’s that wasn’t Archie, you do, too.Cable But I’ve always found the harder protagonists more compelling. I like deep mental scarring, I love drama. Those two things, well-written, feed from each other, and make for some very compelling stories.

In this, The Wrong Quarry doesn’t disappoint. Quarry, an assumed name, of course (who would name their kid Quarry, after all?) did a bit in Vietnam, learning a new trade, as he says. Coming back to the World, he gets hugged up with a gentleman who brokered contract killings. This was the guy who gave Quarry his working name, because, as he said, he was harder than stone, and just as cold. When the Broker double-crossed Quarry, he came back to talk to the Broker about it.

Seems to have been a short visit. Quarry got the better of the discussion.

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Atomic Moo Comic Book Review of Garth Ennis Presents: Battle Classics!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Comic & Graphic Novels, Geek Lit, General on March 1st, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Battle was an English war comic published from 1975 to 1988. Its primary focus was illustrated, action packed, World War II stories. This collection of gritty war talesClassic-comics-Battle-spe-002 (also called Battle Picture Weekly, Battle Action Force, and Battle with Storm Force) featured some of Britain’s top comic book talent of the time but also left a strong impression on comic writing legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and he is now helping to bring back some of these stories in a new hard back volume entitled Garth Ennis Presents: Battle Classics!

Published by Titan Books, this 255 page volume of war stories reintroduces some of Battle’s best artist and stories including HMS Night Shade, The General Dies at Dawn, and a small collection illustrated short stories by artist Cam Kennedy. Here’s a complete synopsis:

New York Times bestselling writer Garth Ennis (…) selects his favourite stories from the seminal 1970s British boys’ comic Battle. Included in this fantastic volume for the very first time is the complete HMS Nightshade, and the never-before-reprinted The General Dies At Dawn. With insights and introductions by Ennis himself, this collection of war comic rarities is not to be missed!

Not only did Ennis, and Titan Books, put together a fantastic collection of stories from Battle, but they also collected a very unique look at World War II. The stories still have the intense action of the more prominent Battle comics, like Johnny Red, but in this collection readers are treated with a different take on the war!

garth-ennis-presents-battle-classics-hms-nightshade-01We’re first introduced to the dangers the crew of a British escort vessel must face as it crosses the frigid waters of the north Atlantic. Written and illustrated by John Wagner and Mike Western, HMS Nightshade is the story of a mostly young, and inexperienced, men and their tour of duty that takes them across the English channel to places like Dunkirk, and icy Russia. All the while being hunted by deadly German U-boats! garth-ennis-presents-battle-classics-hms-nightshade-03The story is fantastic not only for it’s wonderful art, and action, but also for the many characters who make up the ship’s crew. Their journey touches on the many stories of the heroes, cowards, and bastards that were thrown together to crew the ship. The bulk of this volume is dedicated to HMS Nightshade; However it’s worth every page for it’s beautiful illustrations and war time drama.

Following HMS Nightshade is The General Dies at Dawn by John Cooper and Alan Hebedn. A tale of a Nazi general about to be executed for treason who spends his last night on Earth re-telling his jailer of how he came to be one of Hitler’s top officers. Again, full of wonderful illustration work, but also a story about Nazi’s.Wolf-of-Kiev It was a little hard to sympathize with a Nazi general (despite all his fights with the SS…) because, well he was a Nazi. He fought to support a dictator who was responsible for scores of millions of deaths which is a weird mix for a story that was trying to make him a hero. Yes, he was being executed by his own army, but only after winning many battles for an insane regime. ughhh.

Finally, the book ends with three short stories by Cam Kennedy. Though brief, these stories are wonderful tales of heroism that have an almost realistic quality to them. They are by far the best illustrated stories of the collection!

One of the best features of this book are the in depth interludes by Ennis between each section. Ennis provides an excellent historical, and creative, overview that primes the reader for each story. His enthusiasm for these comics can be felt and readers should be glad for his involvement in helping to bring these stories back into print. Hopefully we’ll get to see more Battle Classic stories form Titan and Ennis in the future.

Garth Ennis Presents: Battle Classics can be found at all major book stores or online at Titanbooks.com!

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Atomic Moocast #72: Adam Ondi Ahman!!!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek News, General on February 21st, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Wow! The gods did not want this episode to happen. It seems like everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong in the production of this episode; However we persevered and now it’s done and online for you to (hopefully) enjoy! So here we go folks!

On this edition of the Moocast Chudd and I talk about the recent Comic Con pre-registration sales; We have an indie game review from fellow brethren Moo, Numbers; and finally we’re joined again by Underbelly Comics creater, Adam Jack!underbelly Adam has a bunch of new projects on the horizon and was cool enough to join the podcast to discuss the making of them!

So here it folks! It’s time to stop what ever you’re doing and prep your self for some good Moocasting! So, hurry up and secure a cool can of soda and a comfy place to sit! Then plug in and hit play 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:

  • Kool Katz
  • Aces High
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party

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Atomic Moo Book Review of Venus on the Half-Shell

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek Lit, General on February 12th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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This last year Titan Books has re-released Philip José Farmer’s 1974 novel; Venus on the Half-Shell. Farmer, a world renowned science fiction author, wrote as if this were a Kilgore Trout novel.pjfphoto2a A name recognized by many Kurt Vonnegut fans as the anti-social, and eccentric, science fiction writer from Vonnegut novels like Slaughter House Five and Breakfast of Champions. Writing as the non-existant author, Farmer explored what a Kilgore Trout novel may have been like as part of a writing experiment where he (Farmer) and several other writers conspired to bring the fictional works of like wise fictional characters to real life. In Venus on the Half-Shell, Farmer writes the story of the last human to survive a global holocaust and subsequent quest to answer a philosophical question; Why are we born if only to suffer? Here’s the synopsis:

Simon Wagstaff narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned spaceship. A man without a planet, he gains immortality from an elixir drunk during an interlude with a cat-like alien queen. Now Simon must chart a 3,000-year course to the most distant corners of the multiverse, to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer.

A big part of our site (Atomic Moo) is celebrating Fandom through some sort of creative expression. There are fantastic stories out there that just stuck with us and instilled a sense of nostalgia, or sparked enough inspiration, to make us want to do something to be a part of that fictional world that was thought up by somebody else. So, it’s from a Fanboy perspective that I can appreciate Venus on the Half-shell. There shouldn’t be any question that this Farmer’s tribute to Vonnegut. Though the book states in the forward (pg. 16) that Farmer and Vonnegut had a falling out over Venus, the story is similar in prose to many of Vonnegut’s actual novels. It is satirical, absurd, and (in a Slaughterhouse Five/ Billy Pilgrim sort of way) a little naive. The protagonist (Wagstaff) is a philosopher. He rockets around the galaxy in a phallic shaped spaceship, relying on the lives of 5th dimensional suns for fuel, all in a quest to answer one grand question. During his quest his life is often in jeopardy and he has a massive amount of sex with all sorts of odd creatures who’s civilizations seem to satirize many human behaviors. It is the sort of “smart ass” story that would fit in nicely with any of Vonnegut’s true works.

However, maybe you’re a purist and you don’t think a Kilgore Trout novel should ever exist. Even if that were the case, this is still a funny satire that can stand on it’s own. Take away the name Kilgore Trout and appropriately attribute this novel to Philip J. Farmer and it’s still a fun book to read. I don’t think it is ever possible for any one to say what a Kilgore Trout novel should be. After all: Vonnegut is dead, and Trout (despite his best efforts) never actually existed, but Farmer’s Venus in a Half-Shell is about as close to the real thing as we’re likely to ever get.

Venus on the Half-Shell can be found in all major books stores or you can get you’re copy online at Titanbooks.com

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Atomic Moocast #71: Meirav Haber Returns!

Posted in Atomic Moo, General on February 6th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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Hello again El Moochadores! We are back with a brand spanking new edition of the world’s best no budget podcast! For this episode we’re joined once again by the brilliant and talented Meirav Haber. Last year (see Atomic Moocast #44)Stan Meirav came by the show to tell us about an animation project she was starting… and has now finished! Her animation, Stan, is now finished and ready for film festivals and your computer! Also on this edition of the Moocast, Chudd and I talk about what it takes to kick off our creative flow, but don’t wait any longer! Find out for your selves by firing off this audio experience!

So, here we go folks! Check your chairs and make sure they’re adequately comfortable and that your favorite fizzy soda is sufficiently cooled to podcast listening levels. Then all that’s left to do is reach down and hit “play” on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about…

Enjoy!

Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!
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  • Aces High
  • As I Figure
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