San Diego Comic Con International 2018 Photos and a Moo-Review!!!
Last Sunday, San Diego Comic Con International wrapped up its 48th year, and once again Chud and I were there for all four days for a spectacular show of art, comics, animation, film, books, music, and television shows! Oh, and alcohol. I’m really not a drinker, and though it’s been a week; I still feel wrecked. This con marked our 23rd year as attendees, and although the event had it’s highlights, I walked away feeling incredibly bummed out, but we’ll get to that later. First, the good stuff!
Much like years past SDCC had star filled panels, outside events, and a massive exhibit hall full of every piece of geek related media you could want. As four day attendees we tried to experience as much of it as possible… which actually wasn’t much. Unfortunately we got to see none of the panels in the mane show rooms. The lines for such events were huge, and mostly outside. However, Chud did get a chance to meet the cast of Fear the Walking Dead. He loves the zombie stuff. So, since we couldn’t get into the bigger, fan based, stuff, we sat in on several panels (usually held in rooms 2 or 4) that discussed more creative topics like introduction to television writing, or Indie creators. Panels such as these have way more value for us, and although I would like to sit in the main ballroom and geek out over the next big comic movie, I actually feel better and more inspired for attending the creative work panels. Also, they’re great place to take a break, and get informed at the same time.
Other good stuff this year; We got a ton of SWAG! In Moo-Post of past I’ve often referred to my “Con Pile”. A stack of cards, promo material, and comics collected at conventions that I use to find geek creative posts. I walked away from SDCC with a giant bag of this stuff. Lot’s of new stuff to post about. Then there is the stuff we bought. Comic Con is a great place to source discounted graphic novels, new and old comics, independent comics, and gear. I spent well over $100 dollars at the Famous Monsters booth. I’ll probably do a separate post about all the stuff we came back with, but now I’m happily broke.
A New Comic Book About Mutant Sharks, Demons, and Heavy Metal. Keen.
Okay, El Moochadores, I’ve got another Kickstarter project for a comic book that looks bad ass. Metalshark Bro is a “classic shark meets demon, demon transforms shark into a sharkman, shark vows vengeance on demon story.” Fuck’n cool. C’mon, we’re Atomic Moo. We dig any story that mixes animals, comics, and maybe some heavy metal. Here’s a proper synopsis:
It’s about a normal shark who is cursed by a demon to walk on land as a man. The shark doesn’t dig this at all, he wants his fins and his ocean back. The demon makes a deal with the shark. If the shark collects rogue souls, the demon will reverse the curse. Of course the demon is a big fat liar head and refuses to fulfill his promise to the shark.
The shark vows revenge and becomes Metalshark Bro! Then things get weird…weirder. Metalshark Bro! has to face all kinds of strange, fantastical monsters on his road to vengeance.
Written by Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe, with art by Walter Ostile (Shiver Bureau) the finished book (according to the KS page) will be over 100 color pages of sex, violence, cursing, and sex. Please back this project.
Below I posted the KS promo video along with a smattering of sample art from the comic. Check it out. As of this post there are 22 days left to help contribute, and we highly recommend that you do.
Hello again, El Moochadores! I actually tried writing this post a few days ago, but life stuff got in the way. Anyways, not only has it been a long time since I did a Moo-post, but it has been an especially long time that I’ve posted anything related to geeky music. Then I got an e-mail from Paul Melancon along with a link to a Youtube video to one of his songs, and I thought “cool, I can get behind this.”
The goal is to fundThe Get-Go’s Action Hour, and when (already!) funded the album will feature “power-pop album about choosing creation over cynicism, made by Paul Melancon and an animated band”. According to the KS page the album will feature original songs and cover art by Meloncon and… it’s already funded! However you can still pitch in and help the project hit all of its stretch goals. Check out the KS promo video below along with the single posted on the youtube.
Hello again, El Moochadores! It’s been well over a month since I last posted to the Moo, so I wanted to get on and do some blogging. I don’t really have anything geek creative to post about today (maybe tonight), but some of the crazy in my life has calmed down a little so I’ll start posting really cool stuff again as often as I can. Also, I’ve been keeping up with Atomic Tails as best as I can (which isn’t much), so I should have a new web comic coming out soon. Also, I’ve kind of got back into collecting comics again. I’ve been spending a lot of time at work stuck in a car. So, I’m probably going to start comic book reviews, just to learn what makes a good comic for me. Anyways, I’ll try and get a proper post on later tonight. Until then check out bears waving at people.
06/09/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on Stan Lee’s – How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Full Length Video on the Youtube!
Hey El Moochadores! How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was very literally the first art book I ever bought. I got my first copy when I was twelve years old, and I loved it. Then in the eighth grade, our art teacher showed us this cheese – yet somehow awesome- video that is based on the book. And now it’s on youtube! Well, for now. The whole video (from 1986 by New World Video) is only about an hour and features a young (virile) Stan Lee, along with comic pro John Buscema demonstrating some comic book creating basics. Check it out and if you’re interested in a copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel way you can still find it on Amazon, or I think it may still be in print in bookstores (like the Barnes and Nobles), but I think it is called Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics, which is kind of weird since Stan Lee never drew comics… eh.
Hello again, El Moochadores! Kyle Roberts is one of our favorite indie comic creators, and he has just launched (and successfully funded in less than 2 days!) a new comic anthology on Kickstarter!
Five from Beyond is a five part anthology with a healthy mix of horror, suspense, and Sci-Fi, all inspired by comics and television like the Twilight Zone, Eerie, and Tales from the Crypt. The comic was written by Roberts. Illustrated by Illustrated by Rafael Romeo Magat, and Roberts, with colors by Ilaria Fella. According to the Kickstarter page, the book is already “99%” finished, so it should be good to go as the KS campaign raps up. Groovy.
I’ve posted the KS video below, along with some of the available sample pages for the feature stories like Parent/Guardian and the Brokener. Check it all out, then hit the link above to see contributor rewards and show your support to a really cool looking comic.
Hey El Moochadores! It’s my day off (very well deserved) and during my hour of practice drawing I watched (well, listened to…) this pretty rad documentary about comic book legend, Jack Kirby. Lately, I’ve been trying to do more “Kirby Krackle” stuff in my doodles, and so I’ve developed an interest in learning more about Kirby and all he’s done for comic books. Jack Kirby was the legendary creator of such comics as Captain America and the Fantastic Four, and this Documentary features commentary by the likes of Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and many more. I really dug this, and I may go back and give it another watch later tonight. The video was posted to the Youtube way back in 2016 by Kirby Continuum. Click the link for more info on the video and fun Kirby related videos.
Introducing Rio: Evil Goddess of the California Highways!
Hey El Moochadores! As much as I like posting about other creative projects (in the realm of comics and books) I do really kind of dig it when I get to post about my own stuff. My stuff may not be that good, but its a start. Anyways, I finally finished another Atomic Tails web comic. In this comic I’m introducing a character I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Her name is Rio, and she’s the evil goddess of the California Highways. In my real life I work as a driver, and imagining all the poor decisions other drivers make is actually caused by a malevolent goddess and not an extreme lack of focused by a smart phone addicted population, kind makes the job easier.
Anyways, this particular strip was kind of beast to make, but I hope you enjoy it and I’ll have another one done soon. I hope. Also, check out Trog’s Blog where I write a bit about making the comic, and check out the Atomic Tails archive to see past comics.
05/25/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on Hendo’s How-To: Cable’s Arm (Deadpool 2)
Opa, El Moochadores! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything cosplay, and yesterday (while suffering through the painful grind of my soul-crushing day job) I came across this great video by super-sexy/cute copslayer Hendo.
In the youtube video below, Hendo shows us how to make a fantastic looking “Cable” arm, like the one the rest of you got to see in Deadpool 2. I wish I could’ve seen Deadpool 2 too, but I have to pay off a lot of credit card and student loan debt. sigh.
Anyways, I really did enjoy the make process Hendo uses here, and I hope this helps any potential cosplayers who may decide not to cosplay as Deadpool or Harley Quinn for upcoming conventions. Lot’s of DP’s and HQ’s at cons now days. There are other characters out there, folks. Check out more of Hendo’s cosplay work at Facebook page, or on her Instagram.
05/24/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review of…
Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!
How could I walk into a comic book store and not buy this book? C’mon! Elvis fighting monsters!?! Shut up and take my money!!!
Now out through IDW is a prequel series to the 2002 (Bruce Campbell classic) feature film, Bubba Ho-tep! Written by Joshua Jabcuga, with art by Tadd Galusha, Bubba Ho-tep and the Cosmic-Blood Suckers pits the king of rock against an unknown alien threat! Here’s a proper synopsis:
From the mind of creator Joe R. Lansdale comes a prequel to the cult-classic film! President Nixon has discovered an alien threat, and he knows there’s only one man he can reach out to for help: Elvis Presley. But will Elvis be enough to defeat a horde of Cosmic Blood-Suckers?
I tend to treat any comic book, book, or movie, review like an art review in college, and anybody who has ever been to art school knows how bad it sucks to have your work thrown up on a wall and discussed by 29 other people who don’t share your interests. So, let’s do just that and start with the good then end with the bad.
I thought the art work (both cover and inside) was pretty incredible, and they did a great job of recreating a slightly past prime Elvis. Even characters like Nixon and the Colonel came off great, and the books colorist (Ryan Hill) did a fantastic job. I also really dig that this is much more of an adult comic book, and mostly free of a lot the politically correct bullshit bogging down modern comics. On the downside, I thought the story was a little lacking. It just seemed weird to me the book is called “Bubba Ho-tep”, when that was a specific monster Elvis fought in that one film. I don’t want to rip on the title too much (hell “Bubba Ho-tep” got me to buy the book), but I would have also paid for “Elvis and the Cosmic Blood Suckers” and it would make more sense. I also felt that elements like the bodyguard/narrator could’ve been eliminated, and more focus given to Elvis to create a less convoluted narrative. However, this is only a first issue, and maybe the bodyguards roll expands later. My only other criticism is that the pacing felt weird in the book. That is the story seemed to jump around unnecessarily between scenes, and it felt a bit rushed. Overall though, I’m probably (budget pending) going to pick up an issue #2 and see where this goes!
I was going to post some sample pages below, but if you click this Bubba Ho-Tep link, you can download the first 5 pages of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers for Free! You can also buy the comic online from there for $3.99, but we hope you go buy it from a local store where it should be available.
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