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NYCC 2016 Coverage from Beat Down Boogie!


Spotlight Videos One and Two!

We’re west coast guys and, for the most part, content with our lives here in sunny, beautiful, San Diego. However, we’re also very poor and unable to attend some of the amazing comic book conventions happening around the world. So, we rely on the stunning photo and video work of the fine people at Beat Down Boogie to provide excellent coverage of events like NYCC 2016. Just seeing all the beautiful cosplay and fun events shot in slow motion and paired with good tunes fills me… aww, who am I kidding. These guys are good at something and they get to travel around the world doing it and that feels me with a jealous rage! I’m terrible at everything and it gets me no where! Fuck’n life. So anyways; for what ever reason, check out the videos below to either enjoy them or seethe with the frustrating jealousy.


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GWAR: Orgasmageddon!


The Scumdogs conquer comics!

We love comic books. We love Gwar. Can we love Gwar in our comic books? Oh, fuck yes. So, the band of all bands has just launched a Kickstarter to fund the making of a full color four issue series, Orgasmageddon! Written by Matt Miner and art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, the series takes the band through time and space where I’m guessing they kill the shit out of everything. Groovy.

Hit the link above to check out all the contributor awards. As of this post the campaign is only a few days old, but they’ve already hit a big chunk of their funding. However; they’re not there yet! So, check out some preview pages below along with the promotional video then stumble on over to their KS and give cash, coin, or blood… whatever it takes to get this book made! Also, I posted a youtube video of one of my all time favorite Gwar songs: Saddam A Go-Go!


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Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley


Tomb Raider Celebrates 20 Years with a Medley from Pianist Sonya Belousova!

If you’ve had a day like I’ve had, then you’re gonna want to get your “mellow” on and there’s nothing better for that than some good geeky tunes played out by a professional pianist and composer like Sonya Belousova. Belousova does all the playing while the video was directed by Tom Grey of Player Piano. So, sit back and get your ASMR on to some classy geekness set in some pretty far locals. Which actually makes me feel pretty bad for the poor SOB that had to lug a piano out to all those locations. Unless, random forest pianos is a thing that musicians know about and just never bring up. That might be a thing. Check out the full details below along with the video.


In celebration and honor of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the 20 Year Celebration Anniversary of the iconic Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics has teamed up with Player Piano, the popular viral YouTube music series created by Sonya Belousova, one of the most accomplished young composers and recording artists, on an epic new Tomb Raider-inspired music video that just had its World Premiere Thursday at New York Comic Con.

The video, which featured Belousova’s incredible original arrangement and performance of the iconic Tomb Raider themes, premiered today at NYCC October 6 during Crystal Dynamics’ live stage session. The video and session was live streamed on the main Twitch channel and is now available on Belousova’s Player Piano YouTube channel



An Atomic Moo Book Review of Luke Rhinehart’s New Novel!

Aliens have come to Earth and they’re here to play! Seriously, just play. Well, not seriously at all, but weird and funny in this new novel from Titan Books by author Luke Rhinehart where in fuzzy – shape shifting aliens from another dimension have come to Earth to change human attitudes towards money, power, sex, and everything else through the art of fun and play. The book is collection of fictional narratives most of which surround one alien (Louie) and his adoptive family, The Morton’s. Louie, and a few thousand of his fellow FF’s (funny fish), hop into of all sorts of trouble with the establishment until they are eventually declared a national threat and labeled as terrorists. Hilarity ensues. Here’s the books proper synopsis before the mostly half thought review:

It’s pretty weird. That’s what old codger Billy Morton thinks when “Louie” lands in his fishing boat and follows him home. He, his wife and two boys come quickly to love this playful alien, but when “Louie” starts using their computer to hack into government and corporate accounts, learn all that the NSA knows, and steal millions from banks to give to others, they realize that Louie and his friends mean trouble. The life of Billy and his family begins a roller-coaster ride of fame, fortune, jail, death, resurrection, and a distinguished ranking high on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” List.

When people (readers) go into book stores, they are going to find Luke Rhinehart’s Invasion in the science fiction/fantasy section of the store. Which isn’t where the book should be. The book is more of a political satire that uses aliens to tell readers of our own political and social errors. So, yeah there are aliens in the book, but this novel is about as much science fiction as Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five is about time travel. Though like Slaughterhouse Five, Invasion is chuck full of satirical intelligent humor.

Although I did enjoy the satire, and I agree with most of the authors sentiment toward our ruling political parties, I thought the book was way too long and often redundant. Also, many of the chapters that were supposed to be written by different characters often read similar (the Billy Morton chapters being the exception) and had a very “preachy” quality. It’s like the novel had a weird decision making problem of either being a funny satire, or going full sci-fi with its weird dimension hopping aliens. All of that aside; I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers. Part of me hopes this’ll be read by others who will then go out and end evil things like private prisons, the war and drugs, and Disney’s control of Star Wars, but I mostly think the book is above the heads of our current generation of bearded-man bun sporting hipsters, that already have a solid handle on blowing off the real world for play.

You can find your own copy of Invasion in book stores now or get a copy online at


Proactive Insurance: The Pros #3


Guns. Spies. Claims adjustments!

Hey El Moochaodres! Steve Stormoen has recently launched a new kickstarter for the third issue of The Proactive Insurance: The Pros. The 22 page book is already finished, but they need funding to get the book printed through PrintNinja. In issue #3, the team hacker, CLE, takes on a cult! Stormoen was nice enough to provide us with a preview issue for #3,covers which I thought was really good, until my computer started making noises. Strange noises. Then it died. Not the fault of the comic, but I kind of wish I could have gotten to finish it. Oh well. At least I managed to save a couple of sample pages before the crash, which you can view below along with the kickstarter promotional video. The Pros #3 is written by Stormoen, with art by Jelena Djordjevic, letters by E.T. Dollman, and design work by Greg Benninger. So, check it all out while I give my thumbs a rest. I’m typing this all out on my little iPhone and it’s really starting to hurt my hands. Anyways, Click the link above for more information on the book and contributor awards. Also, best of luck to Stormoen and his team. We hope to see future issues of The Pros. Hopefully on a brand new computer… that works.

Insurance is about more than just car accidents and flu shots. Governments and corporations carry insurance policies for risk management that are so abstract, you’d need an ouija board to figure it all out.

With so much money at stake, would you want to take any chances? Company Insurance doesn’t. They decided to hire a team to enter volatile situations and determine the outcome with perfect certainty. A team of proactive insurance agents — The Pros

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Titanic: Honor and Glory!


Watch the Titanic Sink in Real Time!

Okay, this is really cool. Well, I guess I should say, “I think this is really cool”, because I’ve been fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic since they discovered it on the ocean floor in the mid 80’s. I totally remember watching Return to the Titanic (with Telly Savallas!)titanic2 and getting caught up in the story. Anyways, my own geeky wonder aside, there’s a group of people (Vintage Digital Revival) trying to make a game based on this historical event. Titanic: Honor and Glory recreates the RMS Titanic in almost every detail using Unreal Engine 4. When finished, players will join a mystery that takes place in the last five days of the Titanic’s voyage. Now that’s all really cool, but what really got my attention was a video that shows a real time sinking of the ship! The video runs over two and half hours, and it’s interesting, but I guess there’s also a little bit of a spooky vibe to the video. Check out more of the game details below along with the real time video and a promo video for the game!


Beginning in the city of Southampton, England, which is being reconstructed on an expansive scale and with as much accuracy as our ship, the player is on the run from the police. He’s accused of a terrible crime, but most importantly, he’s innocent. He must pursue the true culprit, requiring the player to find a way onto the Titanic just before it departs.

Playing through all five days of the voyage talking to passengers, gathering clues, and unraveling a grand mystery all while avoiding detection from authorities, the hero, Mr. Robert Morgan, has no idea that his whole world is about to change. When Titanic collides with an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic, the player must race the rising waters to complete the mystery, prove his innocence, and, most importantly…. survive.

The Age of Treachery!


An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Okay, I’ve been trying to get this review done for about two weeks, but life just keeps getting in the way. So, I’m just going to start typing, and hopefully somewhere in the blathering that follows will at least pieces of a meaningful review. Here goes…

Gavin Scott’s Age of Treachery is an extremely entertaining suspense novel set in post World War II London. The story follows history professor Duncan Forrester, who has to prove that a friend did not commit the murder of a rival colleague in his history department. Trying to prove who murdered David Lyall is really tough though, because every one hated the man. Seeking the murderer takes Forrester across all of northern Europe and to some pretty fantastic encounters with some of the 20th century’s best fiction writers!

Usually, I don’t pick up mystery novels. So, I am a little grateful to Titan Books for introducing me to the genre and getting me this book to review. It kind of made up (a bit) for all the schlock entertainment flooding our televisions and movie theaters these days, and shows what a true art writing can be. I don’t know how a person even starts to write a mystery, but (by what ever method) Scott created a suspense filled story that was also thrilling and fun to read. The book takes a deep dive into post world war II history, and keeps a very “English/Sherlock Holmes” manner in its narrative. Which added a lot of charm to the story. I don’t think this will go down as one of the best mystery novels ever, but it definitely deserves a lot of credit for its unique mystery and incredible use of historical events (and literary assets like J.R.R. Tolkien) of the time. This is honestly one of the few novels where I don’t have any criticism after having read it. It was an intriguing, memorable, page turner. I was so into the book that I finished it in two days and I’m looking forward to future adventures of Duncan Forrester.

The Age of Treachery is available in all major book stores or you can get your copy online at!

It is the winter of 1946, and after years of war, ex-Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester is back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. But his peace is shattered when a hated colleague is found dead: stabbed and pushed from an upper window.
One of Forrester’s closest friends is arrested for the murder, but Forrester is not convinced of his guilt; the dead man had many enemies, and there are rumours that he was in possession of a mysterious Viking manuscript. A manuscript that may have been owned by a German spy…
Travelling from Oxford to bombed-out Berlin and to the fjords of Norway in his search for the truth, Forrester must use all his wartime skills to find the true killer.

Speed Drawing by Drawholic!


Okay El Moochadores, the site is back up and all podcast and galleries should be going again. Yeah, our little site got hacked and I’ve spent the last day or so getting back together. Anyways, Chudd’s been preaching Stoicism lately, and in the spirit of “get shit done” I think I’ll just move forward with a geek creative post.

So, check out these incredible Speed Drawing sessions from youtuber Drawholic. I really want to give you more information about this amazing artist but so far all I can find is that he is from South Korean and very talented. I’d dig deeper, but I feel like I just gave birth to an IT worker and his/her library of php books. I need a rest.


The Atomic Moocast #121!


Lenox: The Return!

NEW FRIGG’N MOOCAST FOLKS! Hey El Moochadores, we got a great episode for you this time! For episode #121 we talk about our trip to SLCC 2016 and all the great stuff there. Good con and you can see some of the pictures from our tripCover here. Then, Jason Lenox is on the show! Lenox is now running Nittany Con in beautiful State College Pennsylvania! Actually, I have no idea what State College Pennsylvania looks like. Green? I don’t know, but they have a comic book convention and that’s awesome! The con is happening Tomorrow from 10am to 5pm and tickets… $5.00! That’s awesome! Kids five and under are free! Serious get out there and check it out! Also, gratz to Lenox for getting all his funding for Lords Of The Cosmos Issue #1 funded on the Kickstater! Good stuff.

So, here we go my fellow slors, shlebbs, and chubbs! Moocasts are rare and precious and you need to enjoy this one! So, go and grab a sugary snack and a bag full of salted whatnots! Then roll your self into a safe and comfortable spot where you can plug in and play the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party
  • Fast Talkin

Show Notes and Links

Lords of the Cosmos Images!

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Nittany Con Press Images

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Chudd’s Mini-Sketches!



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Robotech II Motion Comic Test!


Hey El Moochadores, you may have noticed a bit of a problem with the site today. Turns out ol’Chudd forgot to pay the bill to keep the lights on around here. Anyways, the site is back up and we even just finished recording a really cool interview with Kyle Roberts! Also, I know I promised to get a post on every day, but I really didn’t count on Chudd not paying the fucking bills! C’mon universe! Work with me!

I recently came across this great motion adaptation of Eternity (which I think later became Malibu… I think) comics run of Robotech II, and I thought it was pretty great. invidwar1I pretty much love all things Robotech (with the exception of Harmony Gold’s last few attempts to do anything with the franchise), and I’m hoping somebody gets their shit together and puts out a graphic novel of Bill Spangler’s fantastic work on the series. In fact, I’m really hoping that who ever is responsible for this puts together a motion series based on Invid War (early 1990’s), probably my all time favorite comic series (yeah, even a little bit more than Saga) ever! Anyways, check out the comic below, and I hope my fellow Robotech fans will enjoy it as much as I did!


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