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Resistance

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Atomic New Book Review of Samit Basu’s New Novel!

Resistance is the incredibly powerful, and fun, sequel to Samit Basu’s 2013 novel, Turbulence. Published by Titan Books in 2014, Resistance begins eleven years after the fateful flight of British Airways 142, when all persons on board received super powers. Since that flight, and the subsequent formation of the international super hero team; the Unit,Turbulence sales cover the world has had a second wave of “new supers” and now planet Earth is brimming with super heroes, villains, and a young god. However, Supers are being killed and a very powerful global corporation is threatening billions of lives and it’s up to the mind controller, Uzma, and the Unit to stop them! MuHahaha!!!

Both Turbulence and Resistance are fantastic adventures that speak to the heart of geek culture. These stories parody, and serenade, the comic books, and science fiction, I’ve loved my entire life without pandering to current fads or my fandom. In Resistance, Basu writes the perfect sequel with stronger villains, more dynamic action, and deeper relationships between the characters; who’ve now lived more than a decade in a world of super powered shenanigans. I especially enjoyed Basu’s imagination for how modern super powers may manifest themselves. Sure, there are the supermen and women, there’s even a super-president, but highly imaginative powers spring up in the form of Super Photobombers and Super Viral Marketers (who is also one of the most hated people on the planet). Brilliant! There is also and almost cinematic, or film like, quality to Basu’s writing that makes it almost feel like I’ve “seen the movie.” His descriptive power and writing style lead readers through an amazing roller coaster of adventures that include kaiju, power armor, Mad Scientist, and Tias. Tia! Good god, the one superpower that could save millions of lonely nerds… Anyways, I enjoy many of the books Titan sends over to review, but I absolutely loved Basu’s two novels. His books are strong reminder of why I love movies and comics and I’m very much anticipating the third novel. If there is a third novel… better be a third novel… There’s gonna be third novel, right?

Resistance is out in all major book stores now, or you can get your own copy online at Titanbooks.com!

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If you could have any super power -not including flight or invisibility- what would it be?

JAND

JAND

Just Another Nigerian Drama

An Original Webcomic by Modé

Good evening El Moochadores! At Atomic Moo, independent, and web, comics are some of the best things in the world, and we love it when we’re introduced to someone’s new project. So, in true indie spirit check out JAND, an original webcomic, updating twice weekly, that focuses on the lives of Nigerian university students living in the United Kingdom. Produced by professional illustrator, writer, and Jeweler, Modé (by the way, I actually learned how to type that accent mark, which I’m kind of proud of…) with coloring and backgrounds (strips 50 +) by concept artist Segun Samson. The strip follows the lives of eight students and is a “slice of life” comic dealing with work and relationships. Some comics do feature explicit content (mostly cussing), but it’s also gives a look at a culture many of us here in the states wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Oh, and “Jand” is also a slang term in Nigerian pidgin English which means “England.” You see the stuff you learn when visiting Atomic Moo. Keen. Anyways, Check out a few sample comics below, but you can follow the entire series of strips at the JAND website.

Enjoy!

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The Atomic Moocast #86!

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Interview with Rum Row Creators Andrew Maxwell and Michele Bandini!

NEW MOOCAST!!! Finally! Wow, this was a tough one to get done. Almost like the universe didn’t want it to happen, but damn the fates! We wanted to Moocast, and Moocast is what we did!

RR_Cover On this episode we talk with independent comic creators Andrew Maxwell and Michele Bandini about their fantastic new comic: Rum Row! Rum Row is a prohibition themed “aerial crime adventure” and chuck full of dashing heroes, dames, dirigibles, and fighter planes! It’s keen! Congratulations to Andrew and Michele on a successful Kickstarter campaign and getting all their funding!

So let’s get into it folks! The propeller is spinning and this Moocast is ready to launch! Go, (now!) and get some tasty snacks and a cool fizzy beverage, then sit back in calm, comfy, chair and start 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

Rum Row

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut!

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Full Movie (Official) Epic Fan Movie!

Star Wars on the Youtube just released the full version of The Empire Strikes Back: Uncut! This video is a collection of 480 fan-made segments from over 1,500 submissions smooshed together into one fantastic movie! Submissions include live action, animation, and other… weird stuff. Keen! Checkout the movie and details below and for more information on the film please visit Starwarsuncut.com!

Enjoy!

With more than 480 fan-made segments culled from over 1,500 submissions, The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (also known as ESB Uncut) features a stunning mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion.uncut2 The project launched in 2013, with fans claiming 15-second scenes to reimagine as they saw fit – resulting in sequences created with everything from action figures to cardboard props to stunning visual effects. Helmed by Casey Pugh, who oversaw 2010’s Emmy-winning Star Wars Uncut, the new film has a wonderful homemade charm, stands as an affectionate tribute to The Empire Strikes Back, and is a testament to the talent, imagination, and dedication of Star Wars fans.

The Killing: Uncommon Denominator

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of the Prelude Novel to AMC’s Cop Drama

Fans of AMC’s cop drama, The Killing, now get a chance to read about grizzly murders in drizzly Seattle in through a new novel from Titan Books! Uncommon Denominator, preludes the events in the television series (season one) with a dark, and engaging, murder mystery. Here’s the synopsis:

When firefighters respond to a suspected meth explosion at a trailer park, they discover a man’s body, unburned but with terrible head wounds. Meanwhile, another man is discovered in a shipping container at the Port of Seattle, shot execution-style. For Homicide Detective Sarah Linden, two cases soon become one, and she must unravel a complex web of addiction, greed, and betrayal to reveal the killer.

The Killing is unique among other cop dramas because it takes its time with its murder mysteries. It isn’t a show that presents, and solves, a mystery (not counting commercial breaks) in one hour.tk3-linden-holder-2-325 The drama is steeped in character development, and actual mystery, which can take several episodes (seasons) to resolve. So, it’s incredibly refreshing that author Karen Dionne retains the shows sense of mystery and investigation in her novelization. Thanks to Dionne’s writing, Uncommon Denominator perfectly captures the “noir” feel of the television show and strongly represents its characters. And, it’s all mystery! The crime has already happened, but it’s up to the detectives Linden and Goddard (Holder plays a part, but in this book he’s still working undercover) to suss out what happened and make the arrest. After having read her book and watching the first season of the Killing, I feel her portrayal of detectives Linden and Holder was dead on (no pun intended) and that she wrote an engaging murder mystery that follows all the twist, turns, and dead ends, that makes the television show better than most.

Uncommon Denominator is available now in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titan Books! Also, all four seasons of The Killing are now available to watch on Netflix!

Dragon Con 2014

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New Cosplay Compilation from Beat Down Boogie! Parts One and Two

Hey El Moochadores! Beat Down Boogie has just released new cosplay videos from Dragon Con 2014! Check out the great video work showcasing the amazing costumes in attendance at the show. These videos were shot by Micah Moore, Blake Faucette, Justin Reich, and edited by Micah Moore. Checkout the two parts below along with a small (tiny!) sample of images from the show, but the rest of the gallery can be seen at the Beat Down Boogie Facebook page.

Enjoy!

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Expressions and Poses for Dragons!

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Tutorial by Sammy Torres!

Via Deviant Art: Hey El Moochadores! It’s been difficult posting anything for Atomic Moo this last couple of weeks, but I’m trying to get back on track with at least one daily post about something creative or inspiring.

Lucky for me I came across this great tutorial on drawing dragons by animatorCapture Sammy Torres (aka SammyTorres) on Deviant Art. Torres goes through and shows every step of the process for constructing a dragon and adding emotion and definition to the drawing. What I like about this tutorial is that all these steps can be applied to other forms of cartooning or animation. She also demonstrates how important reference images can be for creating a pose or emotion. I’ve posted several times before about a comic strip I’m currently working on about mice figures (Chudd and Trog) and studying tuts like this is helping me create the characters and world I want. Anyways, I won’t post the full tutorial here. For that you’ll have to got to Torres’s Deviant Page where a full (FREE!) download of this, and many other, tutorials can be found! Also, check out some sample work from Torres’s Dragon works below!

Enjoy!

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Atomic Moo Update and…

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Street Fighter – Angry Goat Edition

Hey El Moochadores, the last few weeks have been kind of busy for Chudd and I, but we’re still working for the Moo and we got some cool stuff to post about soon! Atomic Moocast #86 is almost done and should be online shortly, also more book and art reviews later this week. In the meantime though check out Street Fighter – Angry Goat Edition! Produced by Marca Blanca, this video shows the only version of Street Fighter that I would be willing to play. Well, so long as I got to chose Goat every time! Go check out more of Marca Blanca’s stuff where you can also see Crazy Drunk Russian edition of Street Fighter. So, enjoy the video folks and bare with us in this slow time, we’re working hard behind the scenes to make Atomic Moo a bigger, faster, more powerful website about creativity and super powered bovines. This stuff takes time…

Enjoy!

Print the Legend

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Recently released by Netflix is a fantastic new documentary about the rise of the 3D Printing revolution. Print the Legend explores the start up companies that are trying to make 3D printing as common as the PC. Here’s the synopsis:

3D printing is changing the world – from printing guns and human organs to dismantling the world’s industrial infrastructure by enabling home manufacturing. It’s the next “industrial revolution.”PTL Bre Pettis of Makerbot 2

For the first time in history, the stories of the human beings building an industry have been filmed. The result: PRINT THE LEGEND, which follows the people racing to bring 3D printing to your desk top and into your life…

Print the Legend was produced by Steven Klien, and directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel. It does of great job of covering the rise of companies like Makerbot and Formlabs. It also covers the controversial use of 3D printers to reproduce guns by activist Cody Wilson. Check out the trailer below along with a few images from the documentary but if you’re a Netflix subscriber just go watch the film now!

Enjoy!

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The Atomic Moocast #85!

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Our Interview with the Cast of Game Companion!

NEW MOOCAST!!! On this, the 85th, edition of the Atomic Moocast we phoned north of the border and talked with the talented cast of Game Companion! An independently produced short film from Out to Launch Pictures and film maker Brian Morelan. Postcard1Game Companion is a short film about two gamers who unlock the power to pull their favorite fighting vixens out of of the game and into the real world. So far Game Companion has appeared in over 80 film festivals. Many thanks to Gord Bestwick (aka Bob), Julie Townsend (aka: Tyskerud & Kimiko), Sydney Howlett (aka Janey), and Kari Klyne (costume designer and Hikari, for a great interview! Also a special congratulations to Sydney. According to director Brian, she has recently been nominated for a Joey Award. An award meant to recognize young actors in Canada. Very cool and way to go Sydney!

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