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The Nice Guys

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of the official movie novel!


Titan Books sent me a review copy of The Nice Guys, and I really wanted to get the review done before this film hit theaters. However, at the time I was slammed with work stuff, and getting us ready for our first comic book convention. So, it was really cool when my twin brother (Chudd) said that he would read the book and write the review. Awesome, I thought. Then some time passed, and no review. Then more time passed, and still no review. Then way too much time passed and I asked Chudd about the book. “Oh yeah,” he said. “It was good.” “Okay,” I said. “Can you put that in writing?” An hour later I came back to my desk where I found a very “abused” paperback and a piece of paper that read: “it was good.”


Fuck.

So, I started to read the book, but the novel was warped and distorted. So, being a little curious I asked Chudd what had happened. “Oh yeah. It got wet,” he said.
“Did you drop in the sink,” I asked.
“No, just the toilet.”

Doubledamitfuck… So, yeah, it took awhile, but here’s my review:

The thing is, Chudd was right. This book was good. Really good. Written by Charles Ardai, The Nice Guys is a fun mystery set in 1970’s Los Angeles about two, somewhat less than bright, men on the trail of a missing girl. The story begins with Holland March. He’s a private investigator, and former cop, who is initially hired to find out if a porn star, who has been recently killed in a car accident, was actually still alive.The_Nice_Guys_square_grande March discovers that a girl named Amelia is how involved, but his investigation is cut short when Amelia hires professional thug, Jackson Healy, to beat up March and stop his snooping around. Then Amelia disappears and March and Healy go looking through a world of corrupt politicians, auto companies, and porn films, to find the missing girl.

If you haven’t already seen the movie, then go pick this book up. It’s fun, energetic, and full of likable characters all set in groovy 1970’s detective story. This is like Maltese Falcon with a pulse… and with somewhat less intelligent P.I.’s. Both the characters of March and Healy are so off the beaten path that their some what clueless way of getting things done kind of reminded me of the Big Lebowski. The mismatch pair bumble their way through the investigation and encounter some very “laugh out loud” moments. Which doesn’t often happen with a book. I don’t really have a lot of negative stuff to say about this story. It did it’s job and kept me entertained. If anything, I’m more stoked to see the movie now to see how it all plays out in real(-ish) life. Definitely add this one to your summer reading list and enjoy the ride. Also, since reading this book I’ve been listening to a steady stream of Earth Wind & Fire and KC and the Sunshine Band. groov’n.

The Good Guys can be found at all major book stores or you can get your own copy online at Titanbooks.com. Check out the official synopsis and trailer for the movie below!

The official novelization of the upcoming comedic detective thriller, The Nice Guys, starring Oscar Award Winner Russell Crowe, Oscar Award Nominee Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, and Oscar Award Winner Kim Basinger.

The film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl (Margaret Qualley) and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

THE NICE GUYS Trailer Red Band 2016 (NSFW)

The Atomic Moocast #117!

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Interview with Cosplayer Michaela Ruark!

Okay El Moochadores, Today we’re talking with Michaela Ruark! We met Michaela (Mickey) on our trip to Cherry City Comic Con. Mickey is a cosplayer with a lot creativity behind her work. Spoons. Lot’s of wonderful spoons. Cosplay_2

Also, we talk some Power Con 2016. We attended our 2nd convention ever as exhibitors and it was frigg’n awesome! We’re absolutely taking our art to more shows, but for now: Let’s Moocast!

So this is it folks! Another fine example of low budget podcasting about geeks wanting to do… stuff. Yeah. Get ready for it! Go now and grab a salty snack, some fizzy soda, and a comfy place to mellow on! Then, hunker down and start the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about. Yet.

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
  • Fast Talkin

Show Notes, Links, and Photos

Michaela’s Photos

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Power Con 2016 Photos

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The Art of Tony Washington

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Illustrator,Concept Artist, Music Producer

Okay El Moochadores, I’ve got another Moocast finished, and while Jason gives it a proof listen I thought I’d post about some more really cool stuff we came across at Power Con 2016.

Check out the incredible talent of Tony Washington. According to his bio, Washington is a San Diego (good choice) based artist, and music producer, who has worked for Image Comics, DC’s Wildstorm, and Sony PS3! He’s produced art for such brands as Warcraft,7b328018668925.562cd54b0afca and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I love Warcraft and Ninja Turtles. Tony Washington also produces music for his site Station Stories! I listened to a few of the sample tracks – which have this great electronica vibe to them. It’s actually a lot like the music I listen to when sketching or doing digital art. Washington is also involved in a lot of his own creator driven projects like a comic book called Dark Prophet. Which you can also preview issue #1 for free on his website (link above)! Dammit, this dude is making me lazy. Okay, I am lazy, but still…

I’ve posted a few samples of Washington’s art work below, but hit the links above to see way more and go visit Station Stories to hear some cool beats.

Keen.

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Warcraft: Durotan

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of the Official Movie Prequel

I play a lot of WoW. Probably too much, but the point is, I’m a fan and I think it’s pretty awesome they just released of a Warcaft movie. I also think it’s pretty awesome that I get to review the official Prequel novel: Durotan! Damn. I love being a geek blogger.

Anyways, Durotan (named for the principal character and released by Titan Books) takes place before the first Warcarft game. Not the MMORPG, but the very first Warcarft. Which, I really want to play again – having read this book. The world of Draenor is falling apart. Literally, not figuratively._86564582_warcraft In these last days of a dying world, Durotan has taken over as chief of the Frostwolf clan of orcs, and now it’s up to him to not only lead his tribe, but save them from annihilation. Adding to his problems is the corruption of the spirits, murderous other orcs, and a creepy green orc named Gul’dan. Here’s the official synopsis:

In the world of Draenor, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul’dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the Clan’s chieftain, must make an impossible decision: Abandon the territory, pride and traditions of his people, or lead them into the unknown.

Part of me really enjoyed this novel. I’ve played WoW since 2008 (just about when Wrath of the Lich King released), but I never got into the lore of the story. Reading about the orcs, the Draenor (the blue space goats), and Gul’dan’s origin was interesting. In a way, it also covered the birth of Shamanism in the game, as well as Warlocks, and why the orcs game to Azeroth. However, I don’t see anyone who isn’t a Warcraft fan enjoying this book. The story is very “noble savage” and I think does a bad job of mixing the role of an honorable warrior with the idea of a blood thirsty killer. It’s like reading Kilgon fan fiction, but with talking blue space goats. Okay, that actually does sound better, but I still don’t like the idea of “everyone’s a good guy.” I think this story would have been a better read if it had just backed off the nobility and honor shtick. Let ’em be bad guys! Other than that one criticism, I did enjoy this book, and it even got me to roll a Shaman (I named him Ood. He’s a Tauren. Since starting Atomic Moo, I tend to play a lot of cow characters) which I’m having fun with. So, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, Durotan is actually a good introduction to Warcarft and something I think WoW fans will enjoy.

You can get you’re own copy of Warcarft: Durotan at book stores everywhere, or order your copy online at Titanbooks.com. For the Horde!

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The Art of Lamont Hunt

Surrounding our booth at Power-Con 2016 were a lot of fantastic artist, and (hopefully) I’ll get around to posting about their stuff over the next couple of weeks. One artist that really stood out though was Lamont Hunt of Dakota Kid Creations. Hunt, a professional character designers, had a bunch of great prints featuring a fun style. I’m not totally sure how he is illustrating (kind of looks like markers or water color) but the results are amazing. I love cartooning, and seeing his work was really inspiring.

Check out a few sample images below, but you can see way (WAY) more on his facebook page!

Enjoy!

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Dedalo Playing Cards!

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New Kickstarter from Thirdway Industries Custom poker size playing cards!

Giovanni Meroni is back with a new deck of playing cards featuring stunning new designs! No joke, these cards are amazing. I got all ASMR, brain tingling, just looking at them.6a62d25cdbe0973c797a1ca5ea727589_original Anyways, check out The Dedalo Playing Cards Kickstarter, and take in an almost spiritual experience in graphic design.

Inspired by mythology, each 52 card deck comes in a custom foil box and there are three different sets to choose from: Alpha, Omega, and Apeiron! Seriously, you have to read the kickstarter page just for the “myth” behind these cards! As of this post, Dedalo has already hit the funding goals (way to go Giovanni), but you still have an opportunity to contribute, get a set, and some cool rewards. I’ve posted a few sample images below, but hit the link above for more information about Dedalo, the campaign, and some very inspiring design work!

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June Print Sell!

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We need money! Yeah, I know we’re all about the creative vibe, but we’re in really bad need of new equipment and supplies, so Murray Brothers Creative is having an art sell! For the rest of the month of June (2016) we’re selling our 8 1/2″ x 11″ prints for only $8.00 each. We’re also selling our larger 11″ x 17″ prints for only $15.00 each. This is beautiful vector art printed on a high quality card stock that’ll look great on your wall! Also, a purchase will help to get Chudd a new computer. Seriously, his Apple is like 10 years old. That’s like… 600 in apple years, I think. So, hit the link above, help us out, and get some cool art at a discounted price. Check out a few sample images below!

Cheers!

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MOMOCON 2016!

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Cosplay in 4K from Beat Down Boogie!

Beat Down Boogie just released a new video showing off all the great cosplay at MomoCon 2016. Like always, cool costumes, cute girls, and a groovy beat. Check out way more of their projects at Distractotron and the Beat Down Boogie official site.

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Visions of Tinkerbell #1

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Nicole Brune’s Kickstarter for a New Tinkerbell Series!

One or our Brethren Moo, pin-up artist Nicole Brune, has a Kickstarter going to help fund the first painting in her new series of Tinkerbellart. Visions of TinkerbellConcept will start with a 20″ x 30″ oil painting that she’ll be showing at this years San Diego Comic Con. Modeling for the paintings is the beautiful Emily Addison. Backers of this project will get an exclusive view on it’s production as well as a bunch of rewards. As of this post there’s only 12 Days left to contribute, so hit the link above and help out. I’ve posted the Kickstarter promo video below, but also check out some of our many interviews with Nicole on the Moocast! She’s geeky cute.

Keen.

Gigahoes: Season 2!

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Crowd Funding Launch!

A little over a year ago we posted about a funny new webseries, Gigahoes, created by Adam Lash and Kevin Gilligan. I’m still of the opinion that, as a society, we’re failing ourselves by not having sex-bots. Seriously! We got cars that drive themselves! We got the Musk “zip tube” all planned to hurl people across the state of California! We got scientist counting all the little “higgs boson” particles! All this wonderful innovation and I still can’t cash my change jar in on 15 minutes with a discreet, and compliant, sex bot!? WTF humans!?

Anyways, Gigahoes is back with a season 2! Well,image_01 they will be back with a season 2 if we can help get them get their funding. Recently the crowd funding campaign for Gigahoes Season 2! Here’s the pitch:

Two years ago we turned to Kickstarter to help get our show off the ground. We shot with a shoestring budget and were able to pull it off, but just barely. Now we want to make this show bigger and better. Something worthy of your time and donations.

In season 2 everything is going to be better. Better sets, costumes, special effects, locations, production value. But we can only do that with your help.

Shooting in NYC is tremendously expensive. We do the best we can to cut costs, but we insist on paying our amazing cast and crew. It takes a lot of time, equipment, people and money to make our show look good. So, we are asking for a lot of money from you. We need as many people to give as possible.

As of this post there’s over 50 days left in the campaign, however; don’t delay! Get in now and help support the new season and get some rewards for your contributions. Below I’ve posted the Kickstarter promo video and episode one for season one. Check it out. Love it, and support the idea of sex bots. Sweet sex bots in the now…

Enjoy!

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