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Proactive Insurance: The Pros – Issue 2


Last chance to help the Kickstarter

Okay El Moochadores, I wanted to post about this on the upcoming Moocast (#111), and it’s almost done! Unfortunately it’s not going to be done before the Kickstarter runs out on The Pros issue #2: Caitlyn on the Inside.9c664b32b67e1fc558cc0d5507b0b231_original So, until I get the episode done (and its a great one! And it is, in fact, almost done!) check out the kickstarter video below and hit the link above to help support this indie comic about super-spy insurance agents that “infiltrate a gun-worshiping cult named America.” The comic series was created by Steve Stormoen and illustrated by Jelena Djordjevic. You can currently find an eight page preview of issue #1 here. Now, I’m off to finish a podcast! Moocast!!!


The Lazarus Gate!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Mark Latham’s New Novel!

The Lazarus Gate is probably one of the best pieces of science fiction literature to come out this year. A bold statement sure, but (in my humble/right opinion) also true. Written by Mark A. Latham, and described as “victorian science fiction,” the Lazarus Gate is an introduction to a dark world of parallel worlds, secret agents, and addiction all set in a grimy 1890’s London. The story begins with Captain John Hardwick’s release from the army shortly after being freed from a Burmese prison. Upon his arrival in London, Hardwick is quickly recruited into the Apollo Lycea, a secretive gentlemen’s club that works to protect England. His first assignment is to investigate a series of mysterious explosions all across London, set by would be anarchist. However, as Hardwick investigates the crimes he is soon pulled into a dangerous world of weird science, psychic mysticism, and his own past. Although the while fighting a dangerous opium addiction forced on him by his Burmese captors.

Though I’ve always enjoyed steampunk and Victorian adventure stories (like the Sherlock Holmes adventures), The Lazarus Gate is a rather unique paranormal mystery. Latham does a brilliant job of describing 1890’s London, and of creating all the weird happenings that drive this story forward. He added just the right mix of mystery and sinister villains to create a fun, if not dark, story of parallel universes on the brink of war. Also, I felt that in John Hardwick Latham gave us a fantastic new anti-hero through which to experience the dangers of a hidden (and weird) world. As of this story, Hardwick isn’t the jaded sort of protagonist we’ve seen in other stories, but he does have serious problems that effect him through out the novel. All in all, an excellent adventure story with a lot of charm.

Check out the official synopsis for the Lazarus Gate below, but also go and get a copy for yourself at!

London, 1890. Captain John Hardwick, an embittered army veteran and opium addict, is released from captivity in Burma and returns home, only to be recruited by a mysterious gentlemen’s club to combat a supernatural threat to the British Empire.

This is the tale of a secret war between parallel universes, between reality and the supernatural; a war waged relentlessly by an elite group of agents; unsung heroes, whose efforts can never be acknowledged, but by whose sacrifice we are all kept safe.

The Atomic Moocast #110!


Bigfoot Returns!

Finally! We’re back El Moochadores and we’ve got a damn fine episode for you! For episode #110 we’re joined by comic creator Josh Henaman! Josh is the creator of Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman!Bigfoot and he’s back on the show with some big news about his comic. Huge! Sword of the Earthman (as if you already didn’t know) is the epic saga of a lone Sasquatch who travels to a distant and barbarian world to find the forces of evil! Bigfoot, sword fights, and the forces of evil! What else could you want from a comic!?

So, let us not squander valuable seconds that could otherwise be spent Moocasting, folks! Now’s the time to plug in, relax and enjoy! Hurry up and get yourself a cool fizzy soda! Hurry (now!) and find that comfy chair. Then relax your ear wholes for the warm audio oozings of the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


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The Spice of Life!


Or, Parody, Where is thy Sting?

An Atomic Moo Book Review of the Ellis Weiner Classic!

Dune (Frank Herbert, 1965) is hardly a gripping yarn. It’s a slow plod through a bizarre, techno-baroque landscape. The language is florid and strange. The characters mumble, misunderstand one another and say things that no ordinary person would ever say, such as “My son is human“, or “Mood’s a thing for making love! Now defend yourself for truth!” I appreciated it chiefly as an adventure novel and an allegory on oil politics, with the hero as a T. E. Lawrence figure.

Dune is always walking the thin line between serious and silly. Prophecies and poison and knife fights determine the fate of the universe. The hero rides a giant sandworm through the desert with his overbearing mother in tow. 4d8b72d9383c8 Everything is ponderous and severe, with no levity at all. This is one of the most popular science fiction novels of all time!

Naturally, a book so puffed-up with self importance needs deflating, so Thank The Maker for Doon (Ellis Weiner, 1984), a parody novel in the tradition of Bored of the Rings. Doon is less a parody of Dune than an improvement. It’s half as long, but all the key scenes are there, and the plot is easier to follow. The jokes are fired off at machine-gun speed, aiming high, middle and low, so even if a few of them miss there’s a laugh on every page. No, I’m not going to spoil them.

Let me not leave the wrong impression: Herbert’s Dune is brilliant! It takes genius to make something worth making fun of! Doon is such a spot-on parody that the author obviously loves the original, and knows it well enough to really skewer it good! There’s nothing mean-spirited about Doon at all. You’ll never feel bad for laughing, except at the part where the fetus asks its mother for more beer.

Doon has been out of print for decades. Happy hunting!

Neko_Bijin is Atomic Moo’s chief historian in charge of out of print, rare & unknown, fiction and fantasy.
Check out more of Neko_Bijin’s reviews and musing on his website, Neko_Bijin’s Serious Blog! This article was re-posted here with permission.

Spider-Man Lives: A Miles Morales Story!


Amazing Fan Film from Ivan Kander!

Okay, I think this is a fair arrangement. Make this movie and I’ll buy a ticket. Just the ticket though. I’m not paying six bucks for a tub of popcorn. Okay, I’ll get the popcorn, but no Twizzlers! I’m won’t fork out $4.50 for for a box of red licorice.

Anyways, check out this frigg’n great Spider-Man fan film by Lucky 9 Studios and director Ivan Kander. The nine minute short stars Demetrius StephensMiles as Miles Morales and how he becomes a hero shortly after the death of Peter Parker Spider-Man. This short features some great acting, action, and what I think is a fake Australian accent, but since I don’t know many Australians, I can’t be sure. Hollywood should very seriously take a look at this short and consider a Miles Morales Spider-Man the next time a reboot is rolling around. Maybe even get Mr. Stephens to take up the roll again. Check out the short below while I go find a box a Twizzlers. I got a hankering for some red licorice now. Maybe bite the ends off and use it as a straw in my drink…


And More Star Wars Art!


Fantastic BB-8 Art from Sarah Wilkinson!

Okay El Moochadores, the plague has passed, and Chudd and I are both on the mend. Now that my fever has broke, and my body temperature is back to a normal 72 degrees (…wait, that can’t be right. Damn thermometer must be broke), I can start posting regular articles again. First up is a very cool piece of Star Wars’s BB-8 art by professional illustrator Sarah Wilkinson. That little ball of droid never looked better. Anyways, you can find this piece, and more like it, on Sarah’s Facebook or go and check out her vast (VAST) portfolio available at her website. Just for fun I posted a few other examples of her work below (all Star Wars, because… Star Wars), but she has way more! Hit the link above to check her out. I mean, check her work out. Maybe the thermometer is working. huh.


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Masters of the Universe Cosplay!

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Awesome Custom Costumes from Jaze Cosplay Studios!

Good evening El Moochadores. I’m sick. Literally, not figuratively (though probably that too). Anyways; Today, while slowly dying from fever and chills, I was also going through my “con pile” in search of cool things to share on this – your favorite bovine based – blog (heh. Cut me some slack, I’ve had a lot of NyQuil and other “self medications” today). Anywhat, I came across this really cool cosplay work by husband and wife teamcoscard profile pic Aime and Lance Jaze. The couple are professional performers and they make custom costumes for production studios and individuals. I really dug their work on the She-Ra and Skeletor (and Evil-Lyn) cosplay that can be found on the home page of their site. Check out a few sample images below, but also go click the link above to see more images at their website.

Anyways, I’m going back to bed now and wait for the end. Wow. I think I can even see some of my dead ancestors. Crap. How long have they been standing there watching me? Weird.


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The Future Is Disgusting!


An Atomic Moo Book Review of TJ Bass’s Half Past Human!

Original Review by Neko-Bijin!

“So Neko, do you ever review a book that’s still in print?”

Yes, smartypants, I do! It so happens that T J Bass’ Half Past Human (1970) was reprinted last year, and I’m giving it a thumbs-up. Bass saw the future, and it was disgusting! Overcrowding and poor nutrition created a human race of stunted dwarfs living underground among rats (which are hunted for food). Also hunted are the handful of wild humans living outdoors.20101110halfpasthuman If you’ve read The Machine Stops (1909) or Brave New World, or seen THX 1138 or Logan’s Run, you know that the story will be driven by a handful of mavericks who forsake the Human Hive to live free in the dangerous wild. But somewhere around page 150 the book takes a left turn into Biblical metaphor, complete with a Cosmic Benevolence and a New Zion.

The science fiction of the 1970s was about constraints. Limits on populations size, energy use, and radiation tolerance drove the speculation. There are plenty of strange science fiction books dealing with Biological Determinism, ecological degradation, human evolution and the Noble Savage, but Half Past Human isn’t satire. The author appears earnestly to believe in his vision of the future, and he fills it with enough unsettling detail to make This Reader believe also, if only for a while. The best science fiction transports you, and then doesn’t bring you all the way back.

Moral problems are proposed and immediately disposed; infanticide, cannibalism, hypnotic conditioning, etc, simply don’t matter much weighed against the teeming mass of 3 trillion hungry stomachs.

T J Bass was a medical doctor who also wrote The Godwhale200px-TheGodwhale(1stEd) (1974) which is less a sequel than a rewrite of Half Past Human with a more humorous air. The books are peppered with medical in-jokes that leaven the seriousness of the prose (e.g., A character called Hip is mocked as the Ass at Tabulum, a pun on acetabulum). To follow everything in the story you’ll need a medical dictionary handy. So don’t plan on catching everything, just read and enjoy. They don’t make ’em like this anymore. They never did.

This review was originally posted on Neko_Bijin’s Serious Blog and was re-posted here with permission. Check out more of Neko’s reviews on his blog!

The Atomic Moocast #109!


Interview with Comic Creator Steve Stormoen!

We’re not dead yet! That’s right, El Moochadores, we’re back with another fun and informative episode of the world’s best, low budget, podcast! On this episode we’re talking with indie comic creator Steve Stormoen! Steve wrote an awesome comic calledCover The Pros and he was an awesome guest to have on the show! The Pros, about “four talented weirdos who become spies for an insurance agency,” was written by Stormoen and illustrated by Jelena Djordjevic. Currently issue one is out and the Kickstarter for issue 2 just started!

So let us delay no further! Umm… tary not! er-something like that… Anyways, this is it folks! This Moocast was awhile in the making but it’s here now and ready to be heard! Now would be the time to go and grab a cool fizzy something and a warm crunchy thing. Then all that’s left to do is settle down in your favorite comfy spot and hit “play” on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


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A Long Time Ago – The vehicles of Star Wars!


Awesome New Star Wars Print by Scott Park!

STAR WARS!!! STAR WARS SPACESHIPS!!! Okay, I feel like I was just hit with a visual sugar rush, but c’mon! This is awesome! It’s a new poster from illustrator/designer Scott Park featuring the vehicles from the original Star Wars trilogy. About the poster, Scott Park had this to say:

While I have ample room in my heart for all sorts of geeky wonders,25219242_1960319_pm it’s no secret that Star Wars will always be my first love. So after much delaying (it’s weirdly daunting to tackle something you adore so much), I finally turned my attention to the vehicles of the Holy Trinity. So I am amazingly excited to show off A Long Time Ago – The vehicles of Star Wars. (Almost) Every identifiable vehicle from the Episodes 4, 5 and 6, lovingly illustrated and shown in order of their appearance in the films. I’ve done one poster with the Complete Series, featuring the vehicles from all three movies, and then separate posters for each film.

It’s been a passion project for a couple of months (space ships are time consuming!)

He even made the Ronto and the Dewback! Currently the prints are for sale (along with many other fine Scott Park prints) on Society 6 where you can get framed and canvas prints. Check out a preview of the art work below. Also, check out our interview with Scott on Atomic Moocast #94! Good stuff.


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