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Justice League: The Art of the Film

An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Happy Holidays, El Moochadores! For today’s post I got a hold of Titan Books’s hardcover Justice League: The Art of the Film! Now, I dug the book, but I can’t say anything about the movie itself because I haven’t seen it yet. Which is not a criticism of the film, I’ve just been either too busy, or too broke (or a combination of the two), to see films this last year. Anyways… Let’s review a book!

I think I enjoy “Art of” books way more than I do actual films anymore. Everyone of these books is filled with beautiful set design, concept art, costumes, and background information that appeals to my creative side, and Justice League: Art of the Film is no exception. The book begins with a forward by DC’s Geoff Johns and an introduction by the films producer, Charles Roven, then dives into over 200 pages of the films art production. Along with detailed images of concept art and costume concepts is a quote from the production staff or performer about the set, prop, or costume being used. There’s even one page which shows all the background Logo, poster, and ad work produced to flesh out their world. Which with us being design nerds, was kind of cool to see.

I also enjoyed the variety of costume designs featured in the book. Most of the images are labeled as “concept” so I don’t know how much of it made it into the film, but I kind of wish cosplayers would pay more attention to books like this. These books are awesome reference sources for costume ideas. It’d be great to see cosplayers bring these costumes to conventions instead of the now standard issued Deadpool and Harley Quinn that fill up every con. Also, I’m glad to see the kept the Wonder Woman costume hot ‘n sexy. What with this weird liberal puritanism fucking up our culture and creativity, its nice to some sexy back on screen. Though, that might just be Gal Gadot. I’m pretty sure see could wear a cardboard box and still be hot. Actually… that is hot. ANYWAYS, the other costume details about Flash, Batman, and the other heroes were also interesting to read and see in detail.

The film’s reviews haven’t been great, but this art book is actually pretty cool, and if you’re into costume design, set design, or even FX work, you might want to pick up a copy for yourself. You can get your own copy (why not, you got some Christmas cash coming in! X-mas bonus!!!) of Justice League: The Art of the Film in all major book stores or online at titanbooks.com!

Check out a proper synopsis, a few sample images, along with a trailer of the film! Sorry about some of the quality of the images, I had to use my iPhone and I wanted to show what the book actually looked like. Not just images pulled from the web – like above.


Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans – Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash – to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, costume detail, stills, and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Justice League.

Super Shadows

The Artwork of Jason Ratliff

Holy hell El Moochadores, it’s Monday! Yeah, it sucks now, but the dream is to have Monday just be any old day of the week while we do what we love. Speaking of which…

Usually finding stuff to post about is kind of agonizing, but today I found something incredible right away. And on Facebook! I hate Facebook. Anyways, first up on my FB feed was a post about Super Shadows from artist Jason Ratliff. I’ve only posted a small sample of images from the series below, so click the link above to see much more. Also, prints are available at his Curioos shop.

Okay, that’s all for now. I got a day job to get to. Damnit.

RIP Adam West!

1928 to 2017

Hello El Moochadores. As many of you already know; we lost the original Batman on Saturday. After the news of Adam West’s passing away it was really cool to see all the wonderful social media post about the 88 year old actor. A lot of “Bat Art” out there too. According to news reports he died in Los Angeles from leukemia. In his time he served in the army as a radio announcer, appeared with the Three Stooges, and received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

I didn’t know the man, but I sure did love the hell out of the TV show, and also his later voice work on Family Guy. We’re gonna miss him. So, for a Adam West tribute, check out some Bat-youtube videos below, and maybe pull off a “Batusi” to remember this cultural icon.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual

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An Atomic Moo Book Review

Okay El Moochadores, it took awhile, but I finally got a chance to read the Tech Manual for Batman v. Superman. Published by Titan Books, 2016, and written by Adam Newell and Sharon Gosling, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual (wow – long title) is nearly comprehensive review of all the gear, vehicles, and costumes used in the film. Check out the official synopsis below:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual is a definitive guide to the weaponry and props created for the movie. It closely examines the Utility Belt, the Batwing, grappling hook and batarang. Everything in the Batcave is explored down to the construction of the set and the graphics from Bruce Wayne’s mainframe.IMG_0275 This official volume also goes deeper in to the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, showcasing Superman’s Kryptonian suit and Wonder Woman’s iconic weaponry.

The official companion book to the new movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual,features interviews with concept artists, the film’s weapon’s master, the mechanic for the Batmobile, and Zack Snyder himself.

Now the review! First, I want to apologize to Titan Books. It was incredibly cool of them to provide us with both the Tech Manual and The Art of Batman v. Superman (review coming soon!) a couple of months back, but it’s taken me a while to get the review online. It was my goal to post about both books when the film released, but because of life and work stuff, I just wasn’t able to do it.batman-v-superman-trinity

Second; I got this book before seeing the film, and now I’m finding it hard to reconcile my personal views of the film with writing an objective review about the tech manual. So, I’ll start by just putting it out there: I hated the movie. I’m not going to nerd rage, and I know this post isn’t a review of the movie, but I really don’t like this darker take on Batman and Superman. However; I do like Zack Snyder’s other films, and I think Ben Affleck could make an awesome Batman, and you can’t get a better Wonder Woman than Gal Godot… but all the same: I hate these films (this last one and the prior Superman movie) so much that I found it kind of difficult to open these books to write a review.

Though I won’t go into why I hate (yeah, “dislike” just doesn’t feel strong enough) these films, I can honestly report that Titan Books put together an amazing Tech Manual. This is a beautiful volume that thoroughly reviews the props, vehicles, and sets used on Batman v. Superman. It’s kind of mind blowing the level of detail the film makers put into the practical effects. Much of what we saw on the film actually existed and wasn’t just some digital paint up. I actually enjoyed reading about the level of detail that went into conceptualizing the Bat suit, Bat Cave, Gauntlets, and even the shaping of the Batarang. Everything from his utility belt to his “mech suit” are shown off in a series of excellent photos and diagrams. Though most of the volume focuses on Batman, there are chapters (towards the end) that discuss the costumes and equipment made for Superman and Wonder Woman.gallery-1460472097-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-tech-manual-179704 Actually, it kind of blows me away that they put so much detail into the making of the Bat-mobile, rope guns, and Wonder Woman’s sword, but they couldn’t shell out for a semi decent script. Okay, that was snide, but the tech manual itself is an excellent example of design. Between the covers (and the cover art is frigg’n great!) are dozens of never before seen photos, art, and concept designs, all accompanied with comments and notes by the film makers. If you’re a person interested in learning about prop creation, or everything behind the scenes on a film, then you’re going to want this tech manual. If you’re like me (tall, handsome, wise…), and you like drawing stuff, the tech manual is a great resource for references and styles. I may hate Snyder’s take on superheroes, but I’m for damn sure going to be using this book for some pretty cool art. Art that maybe shows Batman not murdering the shit out of people… or Jonathan Kent never (ever!) telling a young Clark that maybe he should’ve just let the kids in the bus die… Yeah, I hate these movies.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film is now available in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titan Books! Check out a few sample images below I took with my iPhone. Yeah, kind of sucks, but I still don’t have a scanner and I don’t like pulling the images from the web.


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Art of Dave!


Very Cool “Chromadepth” 3D Art

Okay, I have no idea what Chromadepth means, but it looks really cool!

Anyways… another rad booth we wandered past at this last WonderCon was Art of Dave who had a bunch of incredible “Chromadepth” 3-D art. Yup, all the images posted here are really in 3-D! At the con, 3D glasses were provided to view the images on display and it made for a really cool experience.image_4 According to his website, Dave Warner is a mixed media artist from Riverside, California. Riverside!? Dave, we’re originally from Hemet! Oh, wait… fuck. I’m trying to forget that.

So, I’ve posted a small sample of Dave’s work from the website, but hit the link to see way more. Of the prints available on his store, most come in a variety of sizes (8 1/2 x 11 to 24 x 38) with prices ranging from $15.00 to $50.00, and the prints come with 3D glasses. Keen. Now go buy his art and settle in for a trip.


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No Holds Bard!


New Indie Comic Kickstarter

Did he lift a bust of himself to open the secret door? Anyways, right now on Kickstarter is a unique new take on both classic literature and 1960’s camp television – all in comic book form. Awesome. Created by Marvel Heroes 2016 senior dialogue writer, Eric Gladstone, No Holds Bard is English literature’s greatest author, William Shakespear, fighting crime like 1960’s Batman. Here’s the synopsis:

While writing yet another one of his masterpieces, Shakespeare receives a call from his trusty page, Page, with most disturbing news—The Queen has been stolen! From there,NoHoldsBard the Dramatic Duo of The Bard and Page set off in a series of rollicking misadventures that lead to the highest echelons of Renaissance power. He’ll cross paths with weirdos of all shapes and sizes. You might even recognize a few of them from someone’s most famous plays (but then, I don’t want to spoil all the fun).

Who is the shadowy figure responsible for the Queen’s disappearance? Will Will ever get rid of his pesky writer’s block? Why can nobody tell The Bard is Shakespeare? I mean clearly…

Find out the answers to these questions and to more you didn’t even know you had when you read No Holds Bard SOON!

Written as a 5-part act, the comic will feature (if funded) the talented work of Erica Henderson, Logan Faerber, Cara McGee, James Callahan, and Aaron Conley. The comic will aslo have a cover by Dave Kloc and pin-ups from Sina Grace, Bobby Rubio and Ashlyn Anstee. Keen.

I’ve posted the promotional video below, along with a sample page, but check out the Kickstarter page for more information about rewards (for five bucks do I get an insincere thanks with the digital comci?) and to also find out what an “iambic pentameter” is. Scroll down. They explain.



The Morning Moo!


Featuring Cool Cosplay and Geek Art!

Good morning El Moochadores, and sorry for the lack of post lately. We’ve had a great combination of both being under the weather (sick) and no internet for the last couple of days. However, we finally got the Cable company to come out and fix the problem, and I think I’m a little less fevoree today, so maybe we can get back on track. I’ve got a new Moocast just about ready to post and a new page for the upcoming Atomic Moo Comic. But until then… BATMAN!

Since it’s been awhile, let’s kick things off with some very cool Batman cosplay. Via Geeks are Sexy, Check out Julian Checkley in this frigg’n amazing Arkham Origins Batman suit. According to the article the costume was entirely 3D printed by Kevin Curly LeProps and the wonderful photo work was done by Kamil Krawczak. I’ve posted a few sample photos below, but if you click the provided links you can see much more cool cosplay work and photography!


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When Cartoon Characters Get Old


Illustrator Andrew Tarusov has a great series of portraits showing famous cartoon characters at their actual age. Below I posted just the Looney Tunes portraits, but if you hit the link you can see more characters from Disney and other famous cartoons. You can also follow Tarusov on his Facebook page. Honestly, I think Porky held up pretty good over the years. Looks like he’s still making it happen.


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Batmetal in all its awesome glory has returned with another great animation. This time they’re featuring the song Murmaider from Dethlok. I can’t stop watching this.

The Morning Moo!


Featuring Comic Art, Playing Cards, and Lightsabers!

Good morning El Moochadores! We got some great stuff to share this morning starting with this Batman commission by professional artist, Jorge Molina Manzanero (aka: Zurdom on the Deviant Art). Check out a few more examples of Zurdom’s commission and cover art below. Also, prints of some of his work can be purchased through the Deviant Art link.

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Firefly Playing Cards


All right, here’s something special for all you “Brown Shoes” out there. Or was, white coats? Brown belts…? Anyways, ThinkGeek inlm_firefly_playing_cardsis selling a pretty niffty set of Firefly playing cards. The deck was designed by Ben Mund and features 56 cards; 52 cards + 2 jokers + 2 gambling IOUs. I love that it comes with IOUs. Too bad they didn’t add a card with a list of excuses for why you can’t pay right now, and why breaking a limb would be a bad idea. The deck is selling for $9.99 and probably the right gift for the green hat in your life. Red shirts? eh.

Adaptive Saber Parts – Make your dream lightsaber a reality!


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The Morning Moo!


Featuring Star Wars Art and Why The Daredevil Should Really Be The Batman!

Good morning El Moochadores! Sorry for the lack of post lately, but I got lazy. Really – super – lazy. Y’know, that kind of numbing state of blissful lethargy where breathing is just barely manageable. However; that has passed and we’re back on track with a couple of new Moocast (coming soon) along with a couple of new book reviews. Also, this Morning Moo! So, yeah! Who’s lazy now?! Now in the spirit of getting shit done; check out some fantastic Star Wars fan art along with a funny video from Dorkly that points out an obvious truth.


Daredevil Should Be Named Batman


They are totally right and the comic book publishers DC and Marvel should totally fix this. Watch this new video from Dorkly that points out Daredevil is really Batman. Like… really.

A Long Time Ago by Craig Davison


Ever see some art that hits every sentimental nerve in your body? Well, I did. Check out the beautiful art of Craig Davison that shows (accurately) what it was like to be a child growing up in the shadow of Star Wars. These paintings capture every bit of the pretend universe we all wanted to be a part of in an almost Norman Rockwell like way. I’ve only posted a few images here, but hit the IMGUR link to see much more. Now, I’m off to find a used wrapping paper tube and blanket I can use as a cape… and a bucket. I’m gonna need a bucket.

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