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New MOTU Art!

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A Small Preview Before Power-Con 2016!

Okay El Moochadores, in a couple of weeks we’ll be exhibitors at Power-Con 2016!. Power-Con is “The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience,” and last night Jasonpc2016la finished one of the pieces of art we’ll be selling at our table. Look up and check out his take on Teela and Evil-Lyn. I know I’m a little biased, but I think he did an awesome job!

Along with these two prints we’ll be taking a unique button set based on the MOTU icons, and I’m even pitching in with some of my cartoon mice, based on the comic strip I’m working on: Atomic Tails. We’re hoping to have a good time at the con and if you happen to both follow our website and live in California, swing by the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach hotel on June 4th and 5th and check out our table! Though I’m just now in the process of posting them, all of these prints will be available for sale on the Murray Brothers Creative website. You can also check out more of Jason’s art at the link above or on his Deviant Art page.

Cheers!

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E-11 BLASTER RIFLE AD 8 1/2″ X 11″ PRINT

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New Print Available on Murray Brothers Creative!

Okay El Moochadores, look up and check out the latest addition to the Murray Brothers Creative online store!

The E-11 Blaster Rifle Ad 8 1/2″ X 11″ is a high quality print that pairs the famous weapon of the Imperial Army with an 1950’s magazine ad. One of our favorite things to create are mock ads for products from popular fiction. Check out our Blastech E-11 Blaster Rifle ad 8 1/2″ x 11″ print. The print was illustrated and designed by Jason R. Murray, and will look awesome next on the wall next to your vintage Star Wars action figure collection!

The print will normally sell for $12.00 online, but I’m posting it for only $8.00 until July 1st, 2016! That’s an awesome deal for a great looking piece of wall art! So, click the link above to get one for yourself or share this with your Star Wars love’n facebook buddies!

The Atomic Moocast #116!

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Cherry City Comic Con 2016!

Wow. This was a tough one. The gods that live in my head were really working against me when putting the new episode together, but for better or worst (probably worst…): It’s here! It’s weird how one event can change things. Salem’s Cherry City Comic ConCCCC2016 was our first time attending a comic book convention as vendors and it was pretty damn groovy. I think we’re addicted. Since the con we’ve established Murray Brothers Creative, where we are selling our art online. I’ve also started the set up work for my own web comic (Coming Soon!), and Jason and I have booked more cons! Feel’s kind of great. Also, CCCC 2016 was a cool road trip and much needed vacation to see an old friend.

Anyways, on this episode I have a small sample of some to the interviews I gathered from the convention.IMG_0223 I didn’t post every interview because it was taking too long to get the show done, but I might include some of the other audio in near-future episodes. Many thanks to everyone who talked with us, and I’m including links to the different artists, cosplayers, and whatever else, we talked to here in the show notes. I also posted a small sample of our photos from the convention below. I have more to post, I just need to get them from Jason’s iPhone.

So here we go folks. My Sisyphus like attempts to stay on top of this website all boiled down into one hour (almost) of low budget audio excellence! Now’s the time to gather up an ample collection of salty snacks and fizzy beverages, then settle in a to a comfy chair as you hit play on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about! Now, I need a nap.

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
  • Fast Talkin

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The Not So Golden Age

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New Comic Book by Phil Buck and Joseph Freistuhler!

It’s weird that I should get to review this comic at this particular point in time in my life. I’m getting old. I’m not “old”, but I am turning forty this summer and it’s starting to bug me. Yeah, if you read my blog, I tend to bitch about this a lot, but that’s only because growing old really sucks! For example; today my eye doctor recommended I get bifocals. WTFuck!? Also, I’m seeing a lot of gray hair on the side of my head, and on… other parts. That one’s got me pretty bummed out actually. Also, also,RightSamp I now have strong opinions about our next president, the state of social security, and how shitty the millennials generation is. When the fuck did any of that happen!? Then I get a copy of The Not So Golden Age, and now I’m thinking: Getting old wouldn’t be so bad, if I was a super hero!

Okay, so I went around the block a few times to lead into this review of Phil Buck and Joseph Freistuhler’s (listen to Atomic Moocast #70!) fantastic new comic book: The Not So Golden Age (NSGA). Published by Ugli Studios, NSGA it “The epic tale of a bunch of washed up, dysfunctional superheroes living in a trailer park.” Not just any trailer park, but one just outside of Reno, Nevada. The shame.

This is one of the best independent comics I’ve read this year. NSGA has Incredible art work paired with witty writing, but I think this book also stands out because Buck and Freistuhler used actual comic characters who are now in the public domain. Characters like Blue Bolt actually had a comic book back in the 1940’sad (100 + issues according to Wikipedia). However, in NSGA, Blue Bolt just works hard to get along with characters like the beer chugging Deathless Brain and Crimebuster from the Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire album cover. The creators also added some very cool design elements to their book. The comic book pages actually look like they have yellowed with age, and readers will get to see a very cool page of fake “mail order” items. If I could, I would totally order the “Nuclear Fun Rock.”

NSGA finished a successful Kickstarter and so now the book is ready for purchase. I’ve posted a couple of sample pages below, but visit the NSGA website to preview the book and get a copy for yourself. Totally worth it!

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Power-Con 2016!

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The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience!

We’re going to another con! Yup, this June 4th and 5th, Chudd and I will be taking Murray Brothers Creative, and all our wonderful art, to Power-Con 2016.teela_vector_051116_by_jrmurray76-da2rs1l There we hope to join all the other He-Man/She-Ra/fantasy enthusiasts in celebrating a chunk of our childhoods, and we’ll be bringing new art as well. Look to the right and you can see a preview (it’s not done yet, and don’t tell Chudd I posted this, he’ll freak out!) of one of the pieces we’re creating just for this con. Hey, we loved our MOTU action figures when we were kids, now we get the chance to geek out and use some of our art to help celebrate!

Power-Con 2016 is being held at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach and has a great line up of guest, vendors, cosplayers, and panels that look like a lot fun! Hit the link above for ticket information, and I was just informed that their online ticket sales actually end tonight! After tonight, it’s just ticket sales at the door! So hurry! Also, don’t forget to follow Power-Con on their Facebook and Twitter!

Keen.

Power-Con 2016 will focus on the core properties of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. The convention will feature guests who worked on various aspects of He-Man and She-Ra, fan programming, exhibitors, and more!

The Angel of Highgate

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Vaughn Entwistle’s New Novel

This summer I turn 40. Four decades. Most of them kind of awful. Now that I’m about to hit the big Four Zero all I think about is death. Well, my death. I can’t help it! I’m probably more or less half way there and that scares the hell out of me! Hell, most cavemen only lived into their thirties! I’m a very old caveman, and there’s so much I haven’t done! I’ve only hit on about twenty strippers in my life. Do you know how many strippers are out there!? And, Thai food! I’ve never ate it! What if it’s awesome!? Oh, and I’ve never eaten Thai food off a stripper! Ye Gods, there so much I haven’t done! I’m not ready to die!!! So, picking up a novel that has a fascination with death, dying, and the dead, probably wasn’t smart.

Anyways, my own mortality aside: Titan Books recently published a thrilling new novel from Vaughn Entwistle (cool last name) that is very much on the macabre side of 19th century London. The Angel of Highgate begins with Lord Geoffrey Thraxton, a sort of outlandish rogue, who’s self indulgent behavior has given him a bad reputation in elite English society. Thraxton is obsessed with death, and one evening while hanging around a cemetery he sees a specter that changes his life! Here’s the official synopsis:

After surviving a pistol duel, Thraxton boasts his contempt for death and insults the attending physician. It is a mistake he will regret, for Silas Garretteis a deranged sociopath and chloroform-addict whose mind was broken on the battlefields of Crimea. When Thraxton falls in love with a mysterious woman who haunts Highgate Cemetery by night, he unwittingly provides the murderous doctor with the perfect means to punish a man with no fear of death.

The Angel of Highgate did an excellent job of recreating 19th century macabre. This book is as thrilling as any horror fiction you could get from Poe or Shelly two centuries ago. Lord Thraxton is enough of a young, egocentric, cad to be both enjoyable and hated at the same time. I also really enjoyed the villains in this story. Good bad guys are hard to come by, and Entwistle did a masterful job of writing the antagonists for this novel. Doctor Garrette, and Morecai Fowler, are a great combination of ruthless and sinister for a more adult oriented story. If I had to give a criticism of this book it would be that I wish it had kept up with the “spookiness” that was present in the first half of the novel. Though the story remained dark and eerie, it became much more of an adventure story and pulled away from the supernatural tone that was set up by moments like the seance in chapter twelve. That didn’t ruin the book for me, I was just hoping for a bit more of a ghost story after the seance, is all.

So, if you’re young and you’ve got a whole life a head of you, yeah, pick this novel up and give it a read. Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go find a happy stripper that’ll let me slurp Pad Thai off her naked body. I might not get to do it tomorrow!!!

The Angel of Highgate is for sale in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online from Titan Books!

Cheers!

The Doubleclicks Announce 30-City Summer Tour!

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Celebrating Five Years of Music!

Okay El Moochadores, I’ve been kind of absent the last few days, so I apologize for the lack of posts. However; I’m taking most of the day to get caught up on announcements and reviews, and maybe even post a new Moocast! So, yeah – lot’s to do!

Let’s kick things off with a shout out to one of our favorite geek bands, the Doubleclicks! Recently the Doubleclicks (sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber) announced a 30 city summer tour to celebrate five years of music fun. Here’s a bit of press release to fill you in on the details and get you all fired up for tickets:

What do you get when you combine two sisters with a cat keyboard, nerdy lyrics, serious musical chops, and 30 cities? It’s the Doubleclicks, Portland’s beloved geekySummer-Tour-With-missouri-768x439 folk-pop duo, and they’re going on tour across the US and Canada this summer! Find them at comic shops, gamer bars, libraries, and more: there will be an all-ages show in every city, so everyone can enjoy catchy tunes that tackle everything from breakfast and cats to childhood bullying and social anxiety.

In addition to hits from previous albums and new material, Angela and Aubrey Webber will perform their 2015 album, “President Snakes,” which spent two weeks on the Billboard Comedy Top 10. President Snakes is a fictional presidential candidate invented by the duo, who is five snakes wearing a suit pretending to be a person. Is this political commentary? No one is quite sure.

Keen. Though I couldn’t help but notice they’re not coming to San Diego. WTF Doubleclicks, you don’t like awesome? Anyways, if you’re lucky enough to live in, or near, one of the cities on the tour list you can get tour info here. Also, check out a couple of their music videos below.

Enjoy!

Post Script: Doubleclicks, do our damn podcast already!

The Atomic Moo 5″ x 7″ Mini-Print

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A Great Way to Support Your Bovine Based, Geek Creative, Website!

Alright, El Moochadores! The first ever Atomic Moo 5″x 7″ mini-print, is now for sale on the Murray Brothers Creative website! This print was illustrated and designed by Jason (Chudd) Murray to celebrate our first time tabling at Cherry City Comic Con in Salem, Oregon. Now, we’re selling the remaining stock of prints for only $3.00! I know, kind of crazy, but we’ve got another generation of mini-prints on the way. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a piece of Atomic Moo history and help support a website that works very hard to inspire the geeky creative in all of us! $3.00! Shipping not included, but still, Three bucks!

Keen.

Murray Brothers Creative Update!

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More Art Added to the Online Store!

Okay El Moochadores, I just finished updating the Murray Brothers Creative online store with more of our illustrations. So far every piece we’ve done is vector art created in Adobe Illustrator. Every illustration we sell is a high quality print created on 60 lb stock. The illustrations I just posted are:

Out of all these prints that we made, my favorite has to be Robot Gorilla. I loved doing the vector work to create the robot gorilla, and it was really cool watching Jason work his design magic to make a fake ad. Unfortunately, Robot Gorilla was also our most frustrating print. At the one convention we’ve been to so far (Cherry City Comic Con 2016!) everyone I showed the print gave an impassive, “I don’t get it,” response. What the hell’s not to get!? It’s a frigg’n Robot Gorilla… ad! It’s funny and it’ll look great on your office wall! Okay, I’m still a little upset about that. Calm blue oceans… calm blue oceans…

Anyways, check out the E.A. Poe Cutout mask above, and Robot Gorilla to the right and the other prints are shown below. Also, I want to point out: I did most of the work on the Witch Mouse. I know I sound petty, but Jason will try and take all the credit for it. Okay, now that I typed that out, it doesn’t seem as important, and a little shallow… but dammit, its still important!

Robot Gorilla!!!

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual

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An Atomic Moo Book Review

Okay El Moochadores, it took awhile, but I finally got a chance to read the Tech Manual for Batman v. Superman. Published by Titan Books, 2016, and written by Adam Newell and Sharon Gosling, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual (wow – long title) is nearly comprehensive review of all the gear, vehicles, and costumes used in the film. Check out the official synopsis below:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual is a definitive guide to the weaponry and props created for the movie. It closely examines the Utility Belt, the Batwing, grappling hook and batarang. Everything in the Batcave is explored down to the construction of the set and the graphics from Bruce Wayne’s mainframe.IMG_0275 This official volume also goes deeper in to the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, showcasing Superman’s Kryptonian suit and Wonder Woman’s iconic weaponry.

The official companion book to the new movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual,features interviews with concept artists, the film’s weapon’s master, the mechanic for the Batmobile, and Zack Snyder himself.

Now the review! First, I want to apologize to Titan Books. It was incredibly cool of them to provide us with both the Tech Manual and The Art of Batman v. Superman (review coming soon!) a couple of months back, but it’s taken me a while to get the review online. It was my goal to post about both books when the film released, but because of life and work stuff, I just wasn’t able to do it.batman-v-superman-trinity

Second; I got this book before seeing the film, and now I’m finding it hard to reconcile my personal views of the film with writing an objective review about the tech manual. So, I’ll start by just putting it out there: I hated the movie. I’m not going to nerd rage, and I know this post isn’t a review of the movie, but I really don’t like this darker take on Batman and Superman. However; I do like Zack Snyder’s other films, and I think Ben Affleck could make an awesome Batman, and you can’t get a better Wonder Woman than Gal Godot… but all the same: I hate these films (this last one and the prior Superman movie) so much that I found it kind of difficult to open these books to write a review.

Though I won’t go into why I hate (yeah, “dislike” just doesn’t feel strong enough) these films, I can honestly report that Titan Books put together an amazing Tech Manual. This is a beautiful volume that thoroughly reviews the props, vehicles, and sets used on Batman v. Superman. It’s kind of mind blowing the level of detail the film makers put into the practical effects. Much of what we saw on the film actually existed and wasn’t just some digital paint up. I actually enjoyed reading about the level of detail that went into conceptualizing the Bat suit, Bat Cave, Gauntlets, and even the shaping of the Batarang. Everything from his utility belt to his “mech suit” are shown off in a series of excellent photos and diagrams. Though most of the volume focuses on Batman, there are chapters (towards the end) that discuss the costumes and equipment made for Superman and Wonder Woman.gallery-1460472097-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-tech-manual-179704 Actually, it kind of blows me away that they put so much detail into the making of the Bat-mobile, rope guns, and Wonder Woman’s sword, but they couldn’t shell out for a semi decent script. Okay, that was snide, but the tech manual itself is an excellent example of design. Between the covers (and the cover art is frigg’n great!) are dozens of never before seen photos, art, and concept designs, all accompanied with comments and notes by the film makers. If you’re a person interested in learning about prop creation, or everything behind the scenes on a film, then you’re going to want this tech manual. If you’re like me (tall, handsome, wise…), and you like drawing stuff, the tech manual is a great resource for references and styles. I may hate Snyder’s take on superheroes, but I’m for damn sure going to be using this book for some pretty cool art. Art that maybe shows Batman not murdering the shit out of people… or Jonathan Kent never (ever!) telling a young Clark that maybe he should’ve just let the kids in the bus die… Yeah, I hate these movies.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film is now available in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titan Books! Check out a few sample images below I took with my iPhone. Yeah, kind of sucks, but I still don’t have a scanner and I don’t like pulling the images from the web.

Enjoy!

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