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WARHEAD: Volume One

He has a giant, acid green atom bomb for a head

Okay El Moochadores, check out this new Kickstarter for one of my favorite indie comics; Warhead! If successful, this project will collect issues 1 to 6 in one awesome volume. Written and illustrated by Katrina Kuntsmann, Warhead is about Adam, a young grafitti artist living in London, who has a large (acid green) atom bomb for a head. Check out the KS synopsis:

He also has a giant, acid green atom bomb for a head. But then again, when your ex-girlfriend and landlord is en eight legged elk centaur, and your best friend has a cricket for a head, you don’t stick out so much. With Adam seemingly sliding in and out of this already surreal landscape, it begs the question how much of his world is real, and how much is a product of his mind.

As we follow Adam as he tries to keep his life together, we are invited to watch as his mind begins to unpin and witness what occurs when the two meet. Given life by Katrina’s rough, vivacious style and talent for cinematic pacing, WARHEAD delivers engaging atmospheric scenes and haunting imagery.

Katrina (Kat? Kitten? I think she’d be okay with that) has a great illustrative style, and there’s something very creepy-cool about the world she’s created in Warhead. I’ve posted a few sample images below from the KS page, but hit the link above to see original prints from Katrina and learn about contributor awards.

Cheers!

Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories

An Atomic Moo Book Review


I’ve been trying to write this review for about a week now, but I just keep tripping over my own life. Actually, I think I owe Titan an apology. They’ve sent me a stack of books to read and review, but personal, “my life’s a mess” stuff has kind of kept me occupied. However, things are getting better, and (as hard as it may be) I’m working to focus more on this site and exploring being a creative. Which means that hopefully, I’ll also get back my reading time. Hopefully.

Anyways, now out through Titan Books is a pretty niffty (yeah, “niffty”) collection of short stories by Kim Newman. This collection of short stories takes readers through the in and outs of 19th century macabre, old Hollywood, and even the life and times of a Martian movie star (I kind of especially dug that one). Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories is a collection of twenty-one short stories by a master story teller. Newman’s versatility as a writer is on full display here as he effortlessly switches gears from the late 1800’s to the 1950’s in such a way that totally engulfs the reader. Which is pretty damn amazing (for the books of his I’ve read) how he can perfectly capture the tone of the selected era when he writes. I think what enjoyed most about these books though was he hit (on almost every story) my kind of geeky fandom. I love old horror films, and when he wrote about American International Pictures being cursed by Vincent Price, or “Jack the Ripper” murder mystery based on the fall of EC’s Comics (not called EC comics in the story, but totally EC), I was digging it! Even his short stories that dealt with classic horror tales like Jekyll and Hyde, or a brilliant take on the Invisible Man, were incredibly entertaining to me. There’s not a lot of people I think I can go to (in my small circle of friends) and discuss my love of old Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing flicks, or how I have Treasure of the Sierra Madres and Casablanca pretty much memorized (not that there’s a lot/any of Bogart in this book, just saying…), but I think Newman would get it, and that’s kind of cool getting some of that fandom coming back at me through his short stories.

I honestly don’t have a lot of criticism for this book. Well, maybe that Newman’s enthusiasm for fandom can go extremely deep and it is possible to get lost in the references and parodies, but that only if you’re kind of in the know. For any casual reader, this a collection of really fun stories, and I highly recommend it. Also, go rent the Raven, and I hope you dig Price, Karloff, and Lorre and their best(?). Yeah, matter of opinion, but check it out all the same!

Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories is available in bookstores now, or you can get your copy online at Titan Books!

Cheers!

Larry Hama Action Figure

Kickstarter from Fresh Monkey Fiction and REMCO

Okay, I didn’t really know who Larry Hama is until Numbers (aka: Helix Mary Sue) from Ages 25 and Up explained. However, I still think this is a good idea for a Kickstarter and worth a shout out here on the Moo. In brief: Larry Hama is a comic writer and illustrator who worked on stuff like the G.I. Joe of the 1980’s and Wolverine. I didn’t realize it, but I even have some of the old comics Hama worked on. Keen. So, yeah. Give the guy an action figure.

Brought to us by Freshmonkeyfiction.com and REMCO, this figure (when made) will be 4” high sculpted by Nick Whitmore and original art by Adam Riches. As of this post the KS has met its funding goals, but there’s still 15 days left to contribute and collect some special rewards. Anyways, click the link above for more information about the project.

Go Joe.

TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT

Kickstarter for a Book About Unproduced Toys!

I think I was about five or six years old when Dark Crystal came out, and there is no f***ing way I would have ever wanted to play with any toys from that creepy (weird) movie. However, I’ve always had an interest in toys and action figures. Maybe it is due to a bit of arrested development, or some head trauma, but I just never gave up on collecting figures from the stuff I liked. So, getting a book on toys that never were, would actually be really cool. There’s something about the mix of history and childhood that just seems right. Except Dark Crystal. Seriously. I still hate that movie and the nightmares it gave me.

Anyways, the The Toys That Time Forgot Kickstarter is about to end and I just wanted to give the Moochadores a heads up about a project (I think) is really interesting. Written by journalist Blake Wright this 200 page volume (when funded) will feature 20 + stories of toys that never made to the shelf. Stuff like Krull action figures, and Osmosis Jones, which may have made it to the prototype stage, put not to production. As of this post, the Kickstarter has hit all of its funding, but there’s still time to contribute and collect some cool rewards, plus get what looks to be a really cool book.

Check out the KS promo trailer below, along with a few sample images pulled from the Kickstarter page. Click here for more information about the book and contributor rewards.

Cheers!

Get 10% Off at Thirdway Industries Decks!

Hello El Moochadores! The other day I posted about SINS Playing Cards kickstarter, but what I forgot to mention in the post is: that all of our El Moochadores (that’ you if you’re reading this) can get 10% off of the purchase of previous decks at Thirdway Industries by using the check out code: atomicmoo. This 10% off code will be good for the rest of 2017, and it’s totally worth it, because these cards are awesome! We got a bunch of these cards in the mail the other day, and they are incredibly beautiful designer decks that are almost too nice to play with. Though I was tempted to eat one. It really looked that nice, but don’t eat the cards. I can’t recommend that. Anyways, stop using that crusty ass “bicycle” deck you’ve had in your junk drawer for years, and go pick up something almost other worldly! Also also, use the discount code (atomicmoo) and save 10%! See how we love you?

Check out some of the available card decks below, but also hit the link above to see way more!

Cheers!

Now Is The Time, Piper Perish

New Song from the Doubleclicks!

Hello again, El Moochadores. Yeah, ‘been awhile since our last post, but I’ve been really “under the weather.” However, I’m feeling much better today and The Doubleclicks have a new song out. So, I’m going to try and get back into my routine while you (our loyal cult of super bovine buffs) check out their new tune. The song is called “Now Is The Time, and is the latest song from their “You Should Write A Song About That” project,. This song also appears on their soon to be Love Problems album, which has a Kickstarter right now. Actually, a very successful KS, with 10 days (as of this post) left to contribute and cash in on some cool contributor awards to boot!

Check out Now is the Time below, while I go and (try) to remember where I left my pants. I’ve been in sweatpants the last week, and I’m kind of hating giving ’em up.

Enjoy.

SINS Playing Cards

Custom Poker Size Playing Cards. Inspired by the 7 Deadly Sins!

Okay, we’re coming at this a little late, but not too late! That’s important, because right now (this now!) designer Giovanni Meroni and Thirdway Industries are running a Kickstarter for a new set of designer playing cards!

Sins Playing Cards are a custom poker playing cards that you will lust after. No joke. these cards are beautiful. The entire set is based around the seven deadly sins (sloth, pride, gluttony, not signalling when you turn your car… I’m pretty sure that’s one of the seven), but represented in three different SINS decks: SINS Corpus, SINS Mentis, and SINS Anima. According to the Kickstarter, everything will be different for each deck. that includes tuck boxes, back and cards. Now, there’s also an entire mythology/symbolism represented by each deck, and I encourage you to visit the links above to learn more about it.

Anyways, the Kickstarter began about a week ago, but it’s already jumped past its goal by about $32,000 as of this post! However, there are still 21 days left to contributes and get in on some pretty cool contributor awards. Also, this is going to really improve the “feng shui” poker night! Okay, I mostly wrote that last sentence because I really wanted to write “feng shui”. I never get to write it.

Check out a few sample images from the KS page, but also, hit the links above to visit (and contribute) to this awesome project!!!

Cheers!

Thank You Comic Fest 2017!

Okay El Moochadores, it’s now been a week since San Diego Comic Fest 2017, and it was a pretty damn good con! I wanted to post about the convention sooner, but I had a busy work week, and then I got slammed by the con crud! I’m still a big snotty mess. Anywhat, we want to thank the convention organizers and all the attedees for an excellent con experience. Comic Fest was our sixth convention, and first con of 2017, and also a strong reminder of how awesome it feels to make art and have people actually buy it! Also, frigg’n great job on the Kirby Cafe. This years Comic Fest celebrated Kirby’s 100th birthday by decking out a bar/lounge with tons of Kirby art and covers! This was a cool con and we’re looking forward to next years convention, and hopefully a stronger portfolio of work.

Also, thank you very much to all those who signed up for our e-mail list. We’ll keep you updated with new con appearances, new illustration work, and anything else related to Atomic Moo and Murray Brothers Creative!

Anyways, I had to stay at the booth for most of the time were at the con, but here are some photos I pulled from the vastness of the internet to show some of the con happenings. Once again, not our images, but if you do a simple google search for San Diego Comic Fest, you can see where I pulled ’em from.

Cheers!

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!

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