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CROSSING #2 and #3 Kickstarter

New Campaign to Fund a Paranormal Comic Series

Okay, El Moochadores, recently I got an email from the good folks at Red Stylo Media about their latest Kickstarter for Crossings issues 2 and 3, and it does look pretty cool. Created by Enrica Jang (writer), Alex Cormack (artist>, and Mark Mullaney (logo, color, letters), this paranormal indie comic follows the life of a former train engineer (M.C. Tejada), and the ghost of the girl he ran over (Nina) on his first day on the job. Here’s a proper synopsis:

A rookie train conductor is haunted by the ghost of an annoying goth princess who threw herself in front of his commuter train. She swears her death was a murder made to look like a suicide and she won’t “cross over” and leave him alone until he helps solve her case.

So far the Kickstarter has about a quarter of its funding (as of this post), so now would be the time to jump in and help support a fun independent comic series. I posted sample pages I found on the KS page below from issue #2, and issue #1, to show that both the humor and art in this comic are solid. Click the Kickstarter link above For more information on the comic, its creators, contributor rewards, and stretch goals. Hopefully this book will get funded and be at this years SDCC, I think I’d like to get a copy.

Enjoy!

Issue #2 Preview

Issue #1 Preview

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Alien: The Cold Forge!

An Atomic Moo Book Review

Now out through Titan Books is a new addition to the Aliens universe! Written by veteran sci-fi author, Alex White, The Cold Forge picks up a short time after the events at Hadley’s Hope (Aliens) on LV-426. Here’s the synopsis:

A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. With the failure of Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback–the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there’s a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place… the facility known as The Cold Forge. Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. For Dorian, this is the most unforgivable of sins. When found, the perpetrator will be eliminated with extreme prejudice. If unmasked, though, this person may be forced to destroy the entire station… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first…

To be honest, I wasn’t too excited for another Aliens story. I can’t say I enjoyed the last couple of films in the franchise, and I had a tough time imagining what else a person could do with super fast, acid for blood, murder machines. Turns out, a lot. I actually really enjoyed this book. The Xenomorphs still do their job of ripping innocent people to shreds, but White also added some great characters like the sociopathic auditor, Dorian Sudler, and the near invalided, Blue Marsailis. The two characters made this sort of great yin-yang of powerful versus weak, or ruthless versus cunning. In Sudler, I think White created a better monster than the Xenomorphs, and in Blue he created a protagonist worthy of taking over for Ripley. Sometimes the book did feel like it was crossing ground already covered by Jurassic Park, or the original Alien films, but White’s excellent portrayal of a murderous corporate auditor, and a bedridden genius, gives the story its own legs to stand on. No offense to Blue.

Actually, I really think the worse part of this story is that it’s not the latest film version. Instead of getting a character driven story like The Cold Forge, the last few years we got two Alien stories that somehow (amazingly) made Aliens not alien anymore. Fucking wow.

The book is out now and available in all major books stores or you can buy it online at Titan Books!
Cheers.

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The Foreigner: Book One!

An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review!

I love that new graphic novel smell. Okay, its weird, and yeah a neighbor did catch me taking a hefty sniff of the package left of my a door step last week, but life is short and a new book just has a great smell! Sometimes a man just has to take a moment and savor a good book whiff. Don’t judge. I pay my taxes and open doors for old ladies. If I want to sniff my new books, then I’m a damn well gonna smell the hell out of them!

The delightfully aromatic graphic novel I’m talking about this time, comes to us from writer and artist Kensuke Okabayashi who recently (successfully) funded his new graphic novel, The Foreigner: Book One! This 170 + page, full color, graphic novel isn’t just a fun smell, it’s a good read too! Created, written, and illustrated, by Okabayashi, The Foreigner: Book One is the story of a man named Kaz, who is mysteriously transported to the world of Ravenika when he tried to save his kidnapped wife. Here’s the proper synopsis:

This is a tale about Ravenika, a war-torn world ripped apart by three powerful brother kings and their queens battling for each other’s share of land and riches.

Not one of them would have expected that Kaz, a bewildered human who was mysteriously transported to Ravenika while attempting to save his kidnapped wife, would be the one to forge peace among them. For Kaz in particular, the stakes are high:

Restoring peace to Ravenika is his only way home.

I actually had already read this book when it was still a Kickstarter way back in 2016 (ancient times), but that was a digital version and you can read the review here. Now that I have a physical version, the experience is much better, and not just for the smell! Though… it helps. The book itself highlights Okabayashi’s very clean and bold art style, and his clear sense for design. Though self published, this graphic novel is easily on par with works being put out by Image or IDW, and I love their book designs. Also, as much as I love it when an artist sends a digital copy, physical books are just sooooo much better to read. Maybe I’m a very old nerd, but for me, nothing is better than some alone time with a good physical book.

I don’t want to spoil any of the book, but I did post the first six pages of the graphic novel below. However; the book is now for sale and soft cover copies are only $24.99! So, click this link, and go get your own copy! Support an indie artist! Let’s take the wind out the sails of shit box comic companies like Marvel! Also, keep checking back. The Foreigner: Book Two kickstarter should be out sometime this fall. We’ll let you know how that one smells too.

Enjoy!

Sample_a Sample_b Sample_c Sample_3 Sample_2 Sample_1

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The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade: All Souls’ Day

New Kickstarter form David Lucarelli

Hello again, El Moochadores! One of our favorite indie creators has launched a new Kickstarter to fund the third (and final) installment of The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade! With only 22 days to go, The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade: All Souls’ Day already has a big part of its funding, but they still need a bit more help to get the book made. Written by David Lucarelli and illustrated by Henry Ponciano, All Souls Day is a “130 pages of spine tingling pulse pounding adventure and horror in with shaded black and white art.” Pretty cool quote.

The whole story is about a brigade of secret, Scottish, vampire hunters and their two newest members Gavin and Doug. I’ve posted a proper synopsis below, along with the K.S. promo video, and a few sample pages of the comic. Check it all out and please help this great project become a success!

Cheers!


In 1954 hundreds of school kids descended upon a cemetery in Scotland looking for a vampire. It was considered mass hysteria. In the Brigade series, some of those kids found what they were looking for. A half century later Doug and Gavin are a couple of juvenile delinquents drinking in that cemetery the night the vampires come back, who unwittingly end up becoming the newest members of the Brigade. In All Souls’ Day, the Brigade risk everything in a last desperate attempt to defeat the vampires before it’s too late.

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Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film

An Atomic Moo Film Book Review

Following the recent release of the Tomb Raider major motion picture is a new art and making of the film hard back book from Titan Books! And we got one!

Now, I can’t review the film, because I haven’t actually seen it yet. My current budget (or lack of) isn’t allowing for any film reviews (though a couple of free passes from Warner Bros could totally fix that… just say’n), but we did receive a very cool edition of Titan Books’s 2018 Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film. I love film and art books, and they’re a great resource for graphic inspiration, reference material, and plain old geeking out. Also, Titan Books has produced many high quality film books in the past, and this one is no exception. Written/produced by Sharon Gosling (She did the Art and Making of Wonder Woman we reviewed awhile back), the Tomb Raider film book gives a pretty damn interesting insight into the concept art, behind the scenes photos, stunts, and cast quotes about the movie.

This film book starts with forwards from director Roar Uthaug (might actually be a viking), and producer Graham King, then continues with more than 170 beautiful pages of film making. Like always, my favorite parts are the concept art used for creating the film. However, if you are more into the film making process, prop making, or sets, then there are dozens of pages covering all of that.

I’ve posted a few sample images (just taken from my iPhone) below along with the film official trailer and the official synopsis, but if you enjoyed the film (I wouldn’t know… too poor for movie tickets, popcorn, and candy) then I highly recommend finding a copy at your local Barnes and Nobles (or book store of choice), or even getting your own copy at Titan Books online store. Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander and is in theaters now! …or so I hear.

Cheers!

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider follows the treacherous journey of a young Lara Croft as she takes her first steps toward becoming a global hero. Academy Award™ winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) stars in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave). Showcasing lavish concept art, behind the scenes photos, insight into the stunts, and fascinating contributions from cast and crew, Tomb Raider, The Art and Making of the Film, is the perfect companion to this highly-anticipated release.


Seriously, WB! Don’t you want your movies reviewed by a website about a fire-breathing super cow!?! WTF WB?

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How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation

Motivation Tips from Thomas Frank

The last few weeks I’ve been using the Youtube for all sorts of things. Busted door hinge – youtube. Cook an egg, or properly make my bed – Youtube. I’ve even been using it to learn how to fold my shirts and underwear so it looks like something in a department store. Anyways, I’ve got this bug in me to start doing things different (hopefully better) and using a tool like the Youtube has been a great resource. Then this morning and I wanted to do a Moopost. It has been awhile (weeks) and using Atomic Moo as a creative outlet, and learning experience, is very important to me. I would very much like to be posting every single day, but one of the biggest blocks to this is motivation. It takes a lot of time and energy to track down posts, and most of that time and energy I would rather be spending on drawing (an actual Atomic Moo comic) or studying drawing. However, I also feel that if I don’t get involved with creative projects and peoples, even on a blogging level, then my own creativity will atrophy and wither away. A lot of what Chud and I have done with our own art is inspired by the creatives we’ve met through this site and out Moocast! Also, I have huge problems getting motivated when it comes to just sitting down and sketching or studying sketching.

So since I’m going to keep doing it I jumped on the old Youtube this morning to find a little “how to motivation” before starting a post, and I came across this video by youtuber Thomas Frank. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know what his angle is or what his biz is. He might be the next Tony Robbins, but for neck-beard-hipster millennials. Who cares. The information he shares here tackles one of the biggest questions we had when we started Atomic Moo: “how do you get stuff done?” So, instead of posting a video on geeky art, or gallery, I decided to just post his video and hopefully learn from it. This video covers Four main points on how to find your motivation. The title says this is motivation for studying, and I think this is aimed at high school or college kids, but fuck it, we’ll take all we can from it, and (hopefully) I can use some of this to get a post on tomorrow too, and maybe finish a comic page… We’ll see.

Enjoy.

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What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

I am not a graphic designer. However; Chud (Atomic Moo co-creator and my twin brother) is. Over the years Chud has collected an larger library of art and design books that I have only recently started to read. Which is weird, because I usually only read fantasy or science fiction novels. Seriously, it is very sad that I can only read a book if it has space ships blowing up or naked red Martian princesses in ’em, but something changed! These last couple of months I’ve been reading his collection, and now I’ll be posting all my muddled thoughts about them. Here we go!

Having now read What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School by Phil Cleaver (published How Books 2014) brought me to yet another realization that I have made some huge mistakes in my life. I should have gone into a creative field when I was a young man. If not graphic design, then certainly illustration… or anything else than what I did do. While reading this niffty little hard back, I kept imagining my current self some how going back in time and giving a 1999 version of myself this book and a bunch of advice. In my time travel fantasy I would appear in a flash of light wearing a silver cape (I am from the future) and blind my 1999 self with the powerful light of my iPhone 6 (it’s still from the future!) and command the attention of an confused young man obsessed with Star Wars and candy bars by saying, “Listen up Pork Chop! You’re going to art school!” Then I would also hand him a copy of Cleaver’s book. Yeah, I could probably just as well hand 1999 Trog a bunch of winning lotto numbers, and a sports almanac, but then fantasy he/me wouldn’t learn anything.

Anyways… What I hope 1999 me would get out this book is a deeper understanding of what it is to be in a professional creative’s career. What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School is like the Junior Woodchuck Guide Book of design books. I discussed the book with twin bro/Graphic Designer: Chud, and how it compared to his own start in graphic design, and he confirms that it covers a lot of areas universities, and art schools, leave out. Stuff like dealing with clients and co-workers, applying for the first internship or job, what it is like to be a junior designer, dealing with printers! It also contains useful stories from industry professionals about how they solved a particular problem or a unique design experience. The very book itself is an amazing example of quality design. There’s a beautiful uniformity to each page that clearly delivers the information and keeps the eye on the page. Also includes inspiring quotes and the ability to keep it in a coat pocket! Soon to, or recent, design grads should consider Cleavers book a necessary piece of armor in their battle for a satisfying career, because it lays down in clear terms a firm foundation of insightful knowledge absent at the university level. Hell, schools should just give graduating students this book along with their graphic design badges. Do graphic designers get badges? If not, they probably should. Badges just make jobs better.

Now at this point in my time travel fantasy, my future self is about to leave. It is 1999, and why the hell would anyone want to stay there, but past me is gonna have some questions:

“How awesome is the news Star Wars (Phantom Menace)?”
“It’s bad, kid. About as bad as Grandma dying, your girl friend breaking up with you, and finding out you were adopted all in the same hour. Heart breaking, really. Then Disney buys it.”
“And do they make it better?”
“No. Then it becomes like a corporation takes your dead grandma, puts her in a mini-skirt, and whores her out to morons drunk on PC culture. Then sometime later they chop her up, and force you to eat her.” (Which as I write this is the best way I’ve ever described Disney Star Wars. Disney Star Wars: Your dead hooker grandma chopped up and force fed back to you.)
“oh. Well, who’s the president?”
I rub my temples before answering, “Ehhhhh… Let’s not go there, but when it rains it pours.”
“Do I ever end getting married? Who’s my wife?”
“…Alyssa Milano,” I lie. Then I disappear back to the future.

If you read this review (I apologize) and you’re interested in getting your own copy of What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School, then go get a copy at Barnes & Nobles or order a copy online here!. Also, available on Nook!

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Atomic Tails #26!!!

Everyone Gets to be a Mouse!

Okay, I’ve been hit with the queen mother bitch of all head colds, so this’ll be brief. Please check out my latest Atomic Tails web comic strip (on the interwebs…) and I hope you enjoy the continuing adventures of Chud, Trog, and their scruffy friends. Also, check out Trog’s Blog to read my rants about making my first Web comic series, and also (also) check out the Archive for past comics. I think I’m suffocating in my own snot, so I’m gonna end this now.

Enjoy.

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Blade Runner 2049 Binoculars!

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds from Tested

Before I jump into this post, I just wanted to write that I hope film maker Kevin Smith is recovering well after his heart attack on Sunday. Though I know it extremely unlikely he would ever know about Atomic Moo, or anything else Chud and I are making, Smith has been a great inspiration for us, and I think he’s one of the founding fathers of this thing we call geek creative. We’re very much looking forward to a healthy Kevin Smith, more films, and more Smodcasts.

Okay El Moochadores, I got a bit of free time, and after putting in some work on Atomic Tails, and a bit of drawing practice, I wanted to Moopost! On the Youtube I came across another fantastic Tested video of Adam Savage’s one day builds. Published way back on January 3rd, watch as Savage recreates the binoculars from Blade Runner 2049! Which is cool because I just watched this flick last weekend! I also fell asleep in it three times, but that’s okay! One of the reasons I like the original Blade Runner so much is that it works both as a great film to play in the background while I draw, and as an excellent “fall asleep” flick. Seriously, I can never get past Rachel’s Voight Kampff test before I’m totally passed out. Weirdly, I also fall asleep to Schwarzenegger’s Predator… I think it’s the dulcet tones of explosions and Austrian accented puns that knocks me out. Anyways, enjoy the make and if you’re prop maker or cosplayer and want to share your work with us, I would love to post it here!

Cheers!

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Atomic Tails #25!

Everyone Gets to be a Mouse!

For all the stuff I post on here, I really do kind of dig it when I get to post something of my own. Not saying its gonna be good, but I just like that I’m (at least) trying to apply some to the stuff I’m learning through Atomic Moo.

Anyways, I just finished Atomic Tails #25. You can read about its making on my official Atomic Tails blog: Trog’s Blog. Also, you can follow Atomic Tails on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Just search “Atomic Tails.” Anyways, enjoy the comic below and remember: its free!

Cheers!

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