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Movies by the Numbers!

An Atomic Moo Movie Review of Blade Runner 2049!

The opinions expressed in the following review of Blade Runner 2049, do not necessarily reflect those of AtomicMoo.com, its staff, or its sponsor, Pan Am.

We find ourselves living in dangerous days. In today’s entertainment industry, creativity is uncreative. Originality is unoriginal. All too often, companies heartlessly reimagine, rebrand, relaunch, and rehash beloved old brands, viewing them as nothing more than “intellectual properties” ripe for monetization. But only someone extremely skillful or excessively vain would think himself capable of making any kind of worthwhile sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. And yet, Blade Runner 2049 is now playing in theatres everywhere. It’s too bad it can’t possibly live up to any expectations — but then again, what does?

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New Atomic Tails!!!

Check out A.T. 23!

Hello El Moochadores! I just finished another edition of the world’s greatest, mouse based, web comic. Well, in my humble opinion… Anyways, check out Atomic Tails #23. In this strip the fellows are on their way to “the Tree of Woe”. You can also see previous strips at Atomic_tails.com and check out Trog’s blog where I ponder a bit about the creation of each strip.

Everybody gets to be a mouse!

Enjoy!

Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

An Atomic Moo Movie Review by the Numbers


The opinions expressed in the following review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, do not necessarily reflect those of Atomic Moo, its staff, or its sponsors, even though they should.

There was a moment in the espionage action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service where the mission goes from bad to worse, and field agent Eggsy asks his mission handler whether or not he is taking the piss. I found myself wondering the same thing when watching the movie’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In my review of the first installment, I criticised the first flick for being tonally inconsistent, as it featured both dramatic character development and over-the-top action but was unable to transition between the two convincingly. The Golden Circle opts to do away with character development at all and only focus on the ridiculous, preventing it from being as strong as its predecessor on nearly as many levels.

Opening with a balls-to-the-windshield car chase/fist fight action scene, The Golden Circle establishes from the get-go the professional relationship (as well as good friendship) between dapper suit-wearing field agent Eggsy and tech guy/mission handler Merlin, both returning from the previous adventure. I was surprised how many characters returned from the previous adventure, to be honest. There’s even at least one flashback to The Secret Service, too. You can follow the story of the sequel if you haven’t seen the first one, even if some elements might not make sense (like Eggsy dating a literal Swedish princess).

Not returning from the first movie is the villain (flashback notwithstanding). This time, there is a new villain, albeit one who maintains the level of camp as Sam Jackson’s evil tech billionaire with a lisp. The every-lovely Julianne Moore stars as Ms. Poppy, the world’s wealthiest businesswoman who also happens to be the world’s most ruthless drug lord. Operating out of a secret jungle compound styled after Happy Days’ and American Graffiti’s 1950s golden-age America, Poppy launches an all-out attack on the Kingsmen, which you might have already seen in the marketing material.

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Inktober 2017

Supplies + Goals + Tips

Hello again, El Moochadores! September is almost done, and we’re about to begin Inktober 2017! 31 days of artists inking like crazy. I’m really going to make an effort to participate this year, but I also have a tendency to fall off the wagon pretty quick. So, we’ll see. For those of you looking for some basic tips and advice on beginning your first Inktober, check out this great little video from Juicy Ink (aka: Tori Anne) on the youtube.

Now, she has a lot of really great advice in this video, but I had to watch it twice because her soft voice also kicked in a massive ASMR buzz on me, and I kind of started drifting off. However; I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, but if you are looking for an Inktober/ASMR combo punch, this’d be it. So, enjoy the video and if you are doing Inktober this year, share illustrations with us! I’d love to do a post about it at the end of next month.

Cheers!

Dragon Con 2017!

Cosplay Video and photos from Beat Down Boogie!

I gotta admit; Every time I see one of these Beat Down Boogie videos – of cosplayers dancing around, and having fun – I get jealous. I mean; I want to go to Dragon Con! Hang around with a hot Oolas and a Ninja turtles, but no! I gotta go to my crap ass job, and then get groceries and the dry cleaning. Y’know, maybe I’ll go get a camera. Then I’ll travel around the country and take pictures of people dancing around in foam costumes, and pair that up with… 1960’s folk music! Yeah, I’ll be that guy! Screw these kids what with their fancy videos and trippy music! I can do this too!

ehh. No, I can’t. So, just enjoy another video from guys who’s job is way better’n mine, and watch all the cool fun I’ll never get to have. Also, I posted a few images below from the Beat Down Boogie Facebook page, but this is just a small sample. Click the link to see way more.

Cheers.


P.S. El Moochadores. If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!

Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights

A Kickstarter where modern game parody meets handmade Japanese prints.

Hello again, El Moochadores! It is the (my) weekend, and I have some time to post about cool (nerdy) stuff here on the moo. Actually I’m just taking a break from working on my comic strip. A whole day of cartoon mice and I need see something else to look at… Like kickass, game inspired, wood block prints!

So… the Ukiyo-e Heroes Kickstarter doesn’t need any help from us. This Kickstarter is just a few days old and it has it $38,000.00 over its goal, but the project is so unique that I want to post about it here too. Also, it really reminds me of college and print making classes.

Anyways, currently on Kickstarter there is a new campaign that mixes video game boss fights and traditional Japanese print making. The project, Ukiyo-e, is a continuation of a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign that featured popular figures from pop culture in the same print style. Created by Jed Henry and Dave Bull, this Kickstarter offers contributors high quality Giclée prints 12″ x 17″ in size (Ōban format) and signed by Jed Henry. Also, “A selection of the designs are available as handmade woodblock prints, measuring 7″ x 9″”. They have a great video that shows the making of these prints, which I have posted below the KS promo video. According to the KS page, these prints are made on the highest quality washi paper. Groovy.

Along with the videos, I’ve posted a few sample images from the KS page to show the quality of work. Check them out and if you’re interested in learning more, or contributing, please click the links above.

Enjoy.


P.S. El Moochadores. If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!

HOW TO DRAW AWESOME MONSTERS

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New(ish) Video from Rodgon

Hello again, El Moochadores! It’s been a few days since I last posted, and since I’m not willing to abandon the site (Fire-Breathing super-cow… I’m never letting this go) I thought I would post a new Rodgon video on how to draw monsters. I’ve been watching a lot of his videos, and I think it is having a positive effect on my cartooning skills. I think. Actually, I’m a piss poor critic of my own work, and mostly sure that everything I do is terrible. God, I wish I had that self-esteem my parents stole from me all those years ago…

…annnnnywayssss… I’m working really hard on getting an new Atomic Tails cartoon done, and some new Atomic Moo art, so enjoy the video while I go practice some drawing.

Cheers.

The Vinyl Detective – The Run-Out Groove

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Alright, El Moochadores! It’s the holiday weekend, and I’ve done some summer read’n. So, let’s kick today off with a couple of Atomic Moo Book Reviews courtesy of the good peoples over (yonder?) at Titan Books.

First up is a book I enjoyed the hell out of. figuratively speaking (of course), but I really enjoyed the first Vinyl Detective novel by author Andrew Cartmel and I was stoked to get to review the sequel. Though my opinion of hipsters is still pretty negative (what with their crusty beards and thick framed glasses), Cartmel’s mysteries are uniquely quirky and deeply engaging. In The Run-Out Groove The Vinyl Detective is back to suss out what happened to the lost child of a dead 1960’s rock icon. Here’s a the proper synopsis:

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy’s abduction.

Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there’s the grave robbing…

The mystery Cartmel lays out has a great mix of humor and danger that just sucks readers in. I think I finished this book in a day or two, and that was during a heavy work week. Though the Run-Out Groove has a similar beat to the first Vinyl Detective novel, this is very much its own story and readers who may have missed the first book won’t be left behind. I thought there was something very satisfying in reading the exploits of music geeks who find themselves in danger while uncovering a fifty year old mystery. Cartmel also does a brilliant job of writing outlandish characters, that can be humorous and deadly, but not cliches or tropes. Death to all hipsters, but not before another Vinyl Detective novel.

The Vinyl Detective: the Run-Out Groove can be found in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com.

Cheers.

Atomic Tails #21!

Fire. Breathing. Super. Cow.

Okay, El Moochadores! Here’s why I haven’t been posting on here the last week. I was working really hard (in my spare time) to finish the latest Atomic Tails! Check out as one of the main plot points for the entire story arch for Chud and Trog is introduced! I had a lot of fun working on this strip, and thought this may not be the best super-cow illustration, I really like how it turned out.

Anyways, Check out past comic strips at the link above, and I hope you enjoy the hell out of the comic below. Also, go check out Trog’s Blog where I write a little bit about the making of the comic!

Enjoy!

Get Better at Art by Minnie Small

Okay El Moochadores, while working on the next Atomic Tails I’ve been watching (more like listening) a bunch of drawing and inspiration videos. A few that stood out are from Minnie Small. She has some good advice on improving art skills, tools, and being creative, but mostly I’ve been digging the accent. Serious ASMR’n here, and I think I have a female English accent fetish. I’m not sure a person can fetishize an accent, but I’m willing to try.

Anyways, I’ve posted one of her videos below on improving your skills, but hit the link above to access more of her videos. Also, you can check out some of her art prints selling on Society 6. And(!) go check out her blog for a look at more art and info!

Enjoy.

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