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San Diego Comic Fest 2017!

Come Join Us! Join Us!!!

El Moochadores and our loyal Brethren Moo! We (the Brothers Moo) will be selling our vast (VAST) array of art and pin back buttons at this years 2017 San Diego Comic Fest! So, come in out of the rain and join us for some cool, geeky, fun! This years Comic Fest will be held from the 17th to the 20th at the Four Points Sheraton on Aero Drive and you can find us (just look for two best looking vector artists in the con) at table #14! Also, if you come by the convention and up to our booth, mention this post and we’ll give you one of the three featured 5″x7″ mini-prints below. Only one print per customer, and while supplies last, but c’mon… it’s totally free! Anyways, we’re looking forward to a fun convention and we hope our San Diego based friends come on out and have some fun!

Check out the details from the Comic Fest website below:

February 17-20, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton 8110 Aero Drive San Diego, California 92123. The Fest will officially start at 6:00 PM the evening of Friday, February 17th and run through to Monday (which is the Presidents’ Day holiday) at 5:00 PM. Click Here for ticket prices.

TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT!

A Kickstarter for a Book About Un-produced Toys!

This is one of those Kickstarter projects that hits us right in the nostalgic gut at just the right time. Yes, as a kid who grew up in the 1980’s – I would have frigg’n loved a “Krull” action figure set! ‘can’t say the same for Dark Crystal though. That movie scared the shit out me. Still does. Anyways…

Right now on the old Kickstarter machine is a new campaign for a 200 plus page, hard cover, book all about the toys (action figures!) we didn’t get to play with as kids, because they never made them! Written by Blake Wright, Toys that time Forgot covers twenty stories where possible toy lines got lost in the shuffle of consumerism and development. Here’s a bit from their KS page:

Do you remember back in the early 1980s, playing with all of the toys based on the sci-fi fantasy film Krull produced by Knickerbocker Toys? What about the Masters Of The Universe meets Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots line that was Hasbro’s Tribes range in the early 1990s? Or all of those ReSaurus-made action figures and role-play accessories based on the break out video game Oddworld in 1997? No? Well, that’s because they were never made. But would it shock you to learn that each of these examples were well on their way to being produced?

Stories like these are more prevalent than one might think. Each have a separate, unique set of circumstances with a single common thread — the majority of them have gone untold. A new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT, aims to shine a light on some of the more interesting, higher profile boys toys and action figure projects that made it all the way through to prototype stage, but for whatever reasons never made it to retailers. Some of the stories are funny. Some are painful. Most are well worth documenting.

Also according to the KS, the book will feature three sections, “each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed and inventor-based products… some of which have never been seen by the public.” So, far they are just a few days into the campaign but they’ve already made over half their funding. Keep the momentum rolling El Moochadores! This is a chance to get the behind the scenes scoop on toy development and maybe a little insight on modern history!

I’ve posted a few sample images below taken from the KS page along with the KS promo video.

Cheers!

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

I may have posted about Kurzgesagt, in a Nutshell videos in the past, but the last couple of days Chudd and I have been working on ideas for new button art (Murray Brothers Creative), and while sourcing reference material I came across these videos. Not only are the videos highly informative, covering everything from human evolution to rocket science, but they’re also produced using (what I feel) is a great style. I love how they translate complex subject matter into an understandable narrative demonstrated brilliantly with simple shapes and animation. The Kurzgesagt youtube page describes them selves as “Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.” Groovy.

They say they’re trying to produce new videos every month and I’ve posted a couple of samples below. Go check ’em out on twitter, but you can also help support the group by contributing on their Patreon.

Enjoy!

The Great City of Gateway

New Fantasy World by Sean Andrew Murray!

Hello again El Moochadores! I recently found out that fantasy Artist Sean A. Murray has launched a Patreon for his magical world: Gateway. Gateway is a vast exploration of Murray’s imagination featuring a world full of strange creatures, magic, and (of course) some of the best illustration work I’ve ever seen. Here’s a quote from his Patreon:


Gateway is full of diverse peoples and creatures, amazing buildings, locations and landmarks, and brimming with wondrous magic. It’s inspired by the real cities of our own world; stories await you around every corner and characters from vastly different locales come together to live in an exciting patchwork.

It’s also a place where adventure and intrigue happens due to the rich complexity of environments, cultures and factions. This vast city is a fantasy world in and of itself.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think Sean A. Murray is a brilliant illustrator and I want to see him be successful in creating his fantasy world, but I’m not posting about this out of sheer altruism. You see, I’m a Sean Murray too, and I love to illustrate. Now, I am no where near as talented as Sean A. Murray, but the quickening is soon upon us! That epic time when all the artist Sean Murrays of the world will come together and battle to the death! The last remaining Sean Murray (probably me since I’m like the Kurgan of Sean Murrays…) will get all the artistic skill and knowledge from all the fallen Sean Murrays. So it is vital you support Gateway and help Sean A. Murray advance his skill while I go and sharpen my Katana. There can only be one…

Check out a short promotional video below, along with a few sample images from Gateway, but also go visit the site to see the vast amount of beautiful fantasy illustrations! Also, check out the Patreon (link above) to learn about contributor benefits and awards!

LOTR Inspiration

Cool Stuff in the Lord of the Rings Appendices

Okay El Moochadores, Lately I’ve been trying to get a daily drawing (sketch) done everyday, and so far so good. Well, the art kind of sucks, but showing up is half the battle. Anyways, it’s really important to me to not have too many distractions around while sketching so a lot of times I’ll put on a little trip hop music, or an old movie I’ve seen a hundred times, just to have some familiar noise in the background. Yesterday, I was going to watch LOTR Fellowship of the Ring, but I ended up watching the documentaries in the extended DVD appendices… Which totally distracted me from sketching. I had forgotten just how well done these documentaries were and the depth of information on making these films. Fortunately the Youtube has these appendices in parts and I found the one I enjoyed most (below) for today’s post. This doc explores the set creation, concept art, and costume making behind the first film in the trilogy. Atomic Moo worthy stuff even if it is over a decade old now. But hey, we like old stuff here too! We kind of have to.

Enjoy!

Hey Bub!

New Print on Murray Brothers Creative!

Hello El Moochadores! This is just a real quick post to announce a new print on Murray Brothers Creative. Hey Bub, is a Wolverine fan piece done in vector art featuring classic (1980’s) Wolverine in his brown and yellow costume. Illustration work was done by Atomic Moo’s Chudd, and you can buy the print on 8.5″ x 11″ or 5″ x 7″ (mini-print) sizes!

“Snikt!”

Chudd Sketches

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, post have been kind of sparse lately, but that’s only because life’s been kicking me around as if I were a giant hacky sack. However, there seems to be a calm in the storm, so I wanted to post about some future prints we have on the way. Recently Chudd has been doing a lot of sketch work, and I’m really proud of the results. It took some doing (and a small fist fight) but I finally convinced Chudd to make some prints of the work he’s done. We’re still in the process of getting high quality scans of the work, producing new pieces, and formatting them, but I thought I would give you a preview of some of the sketches that will soon be available on Murraybroscreative.com as prints and mini-prints. If Chudd keeps up with the “evil-eye” thing, we may even produce a small art book!

Anyways, check out the art below and keep checking back for updates as prints are made available!

Cheers!

R.I.P Carrie Fisher!

Carrie Frances Fisher 1956 – 2016

It seems very wrong for us to have a website about geek creativity and not post about the loss of Carrie Fisher. The news of her death is already a few days old now, and I’m not sure I can write anything that a million other geek blogs haven’t written already, but her passing did make me very sad. More sad than any other celebrity death and that includes Leonard Nimoy and Dan Haggerty. Probably because of how much Star Wars has meant to me my entire life. Even outside Star Wars it was easy to see what a creative and funny woman she was. I actually read her book Wishful Drinking. Usually I never read books like, but I read that one, and I liked it. I’m not the first to write this, but it does feel very much like losing a family member. I never met her (and even if I had I would’ve been just another over eager fan boy like she probably had to deal with her whole life), but I still feel incredibly sad that she’s not on this planet anymore. However, I am very grateful that I got to live in the time of Star Wars, and especially Carrie Fisher.

Anyways, Look to the right, Chudd just finished a very cool Princess Leia illustration, and below I’m going to post a couple of Youtube videos showing Fisher auditioning for Star Wars and interviews. She is somebody I think we need to study more of. Her life was actually way too short, but there’s an infinite wealth of inspiration and creativity I think we can learn from it.

She drowned in moonlight strangled by her own bra! (her words…)
damn, we’re gonna miss her.

Atlantis: The Last Survivor: Episode 1

Hello El Moochadores! I’ve been trying to get this post written for the last couple of days now, but life keeps getting in the way. Anyways…

I recently finished reading Arin Leviti’s new indie comic Atlantis: The last Survivor, and its pretty damn good. Featuring illustrations by Giuseppe Cafaro and colors by Federico Blee, this fantasy story takes readers to the magic filled Atlantis and follows the adventure of lovers Agathon and Phile. Here’s the proper synopsis:

Agathon, the son of a member of the resistance, is kidnapped and taken to the capital where he discovers that everything his parents had taught him is true. His only hope rests on the mysterious demigoddess Phile and Temacles, a member of the resistance who has infiltrated the oligarchy.

Agathon and Phile, united by their love and the hope for a new beginning, fight a battle against time to restore the Flux, overthrow the High Priestess and save Atlantis from itself.

As far as independent works go this is definitively top tier. Carfaro and Blee’s talent as illustrators is on full display here and they do a great job of bring Leviti’s fantasy story to life. I really enjoyed this book. So much so, that I even went back (after getting a review copy) and paid for it just to make sure I do my part to keep the story going. Okay, true the books a bargain. You can get a digital copy of issue #1 on Comixology for only $0.99, but I’m broke right now! $1.00 is actually huge for me! It’s all relative folks. So, yeah, absolutely go pick up a copy of Atlantis: Last Survivor and have something cool to read over this nice holiday break. Well, nice for others. I gotta go back to work. damn.

Check out a few preview pages of Atlantis: Last Survivor below, but don’t forget to hit the link above and support independent comics!

Cheers!

Yet More Buttons!!!

Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!!!

That’s right El Moochadores, more amazing buttons are now on the Murray Brothers Creative site! Lots and lots of shiny round buttons just waiting for you to order up. Buttons that you can wear, or gift, or maybe just put up on a mantle and admire! Y’know, because buttons are awesome and amazing, and they let you tell the world who you really are! Buttons! So many buttons you could cover your whole body in them! Okay, that’s not true (and that would probably hurt. Our buttons are for pleasure!), but there’s still a lot of ’em and they could be yours to do with what ever you want! We even have a two for one deal going with the special Atomic Moo promo buttons! Buy those two buttons and you’re gonna directly help keep this site going and this site will be here for you forever and ever! All because you bought a button and wore it proudly!!! So, buy ’em up and help Atomic Moo become Atomic Moo and maybe pick up some other cool buttons that’ll make your friends jealous. And you could tell ’em where you got the buttons, but to hell with them! You keep your secret and amazing button buying source to yoursefl, Moochadore. They’re yours! Your precious buttons! Precious!

Buttons Forever!!!

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