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Harley Quinn: Mad Love

A New DC Comics Novel by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan!

Spoilers!

Hello, El Moochadores! A few days ago I finished reading another fine novel from Titan Books, and DC Comics! So, settle in for a long winded review from an aging geek, and his half baked ideas. Here we go!

Written by Paul Dini and Pat CadiganHarley Quinn: Mad Love, tells how a promising young psychiatrist/gymnast becomes a codependent henchwoman to one of Gotham City’s most notorious criminals! Also, with brief appearances by Batman. Here’s the proper synopsis:


When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued into the Funhouse by the men who brutalised her father, she beheld unimaginable horrors.

Years later, Harleen has put her past behind her, and used her intelligence and ambition to escape her childhood of poverty with a career in psychiatry. Assigned to her first position at Arkham Hospital, she will discover, deep in the asylum, something dangerous and alluring, something quite unlike anything else she has ever known before: The Joker. Because why would you settle for love, when you could have MAD LOVE?

Like most my reviews; I tend to treat this like in-class art college reviews. Say something I liked, then let loose with everything I didn’t like. I really liked the cover art…

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Comic Con 2018 -Trailers!

An Atomic Moo (not) Movie Review

Yesterday I was in the process of setting up a really big Atomic Moo post about all the film, and television, trailers that premiered at the last SDCC 2018. However; as I was gathering links, and embed codes, I came across Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag episode: 150, where they reviewed many of the same trailers, but with just as much (or more!) fake disinterest, and cynicism, that I myself was about to write. So, instead of posting a giant page full of Youtube videos, I’ve decided to post Half in the Bag 150 , which (for the most part) shares my same opinions towards these films, and few trailers they missed.

Well, there are some differences. These fellows seem more or less indifferent to Disney Star Wars, whereas I hate (loathe) every hack film produced by the Disney Wars (Disney ruined Star Wars). Also, I’m all in for a Godzilla v. King Kong film. Yeah, I hate going to theaters these days, and if I end up watching any of this stuff – it’ll be from the comfort of my own home, but a Godzilla/King Kong fight may (MAY) just get me back into a movie theater. Oh, and I am very much rooting for the Shazam film. I know it probably won’t be good, but I want to be just awesome.

So what follows here is Half in the Bag: Episode 150, Trailers for Venture Bros. Season 7, Dr. Who Season 11, and The Oriville Season 2.

Enjoy and disney ruined Star Wars.

Half in the Bag: 150

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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.

Cheers!

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.

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.

Enjoy.

BATUPDATE – WHERE IS BATMETAL?!

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and some Atomic Moo updates too…

Oi El Moochadores! Once again I gotta apologize for the lack of post and overall moo-activity, but my computer is withering away and works only intermittently. However, I’ll have some new stuff up on the MBC site soon as well as a new Atomic Tails strip this week. Oh, and a new Moocast is just about ready to go. So, yeah, I’ve been busy. Now, enough about all that let’s get into a proper post now!

So… yeah. Hell of a week, huh? Now we should point out that we don’t talk about politics on Atomic Moo. We’re a creative website and podcast mostly geared towards geeks, and pop culture junkies, but it is weird to wake up one morning and find out that the real world version of Lex Luthor will have all the access to the most powerful nuclear arsenal a true super villain could ever want. Just a little weird. That sort of weird that leaves a person a little shaken and (yeah) worried. Plus, all the craziness going on around the world because of this… fucking bizarre happening.batmetal_returns_-_large_1024x1024

To get over this weird feeling, I’ve decided to post about something that makes me happy, and that thing would be Batmetal by ArhyBES! They recently (a week ago) released a new update video, and I also found a video featuring Tenacious D as ninja turtles! Turns out, there may be a new Batmetal video next year. Yeah, we need it now. Dudes, seriously. Right fucking now. Arhybes get that shit done now!!! Anyways, along with the update and the JACK BLACK MUTANT NINJA TURTLES video I also posted a couple of other Batmetal videos. It helps. A lot. One last thing, please support Batmetal by buying a t-shirt at Sharkrobot.com. These shirts look awesome and they keep the fun-don’t let me think about politics-videos a happening. Please go buy.

Enjoy. While we still can.

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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Ch’p Art!

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Okay El Moochadores, what with it being St Patricks Day I thought it would be fun to post about something small, green, and furry. No, not Leprechaun. I could give a shit less about greedy Irish magic-dwarves. I’m talking about Ch’p here! Hero of the Green Lantern Corps. Well, he was a hero to me. When I was kid I loved reading the Green Lantern Corps comics and Ch’p was always among my favorite characters. So, I scoured Deviant Art for the best Ch’p art (there’s like one page. WTF artists? There’s hundreds of pages of art for that shitty new Star Wars film and like on page for Ch’p!? For shame…) and re-posted it here. In order of appearance: Up top is 143 Ch’p by Deviant Art contributor ColourOnly85. Below left is Commision – ch’p by Deviant Art contributor Silverelve. Center-left is CH’P by Deviant Art contributor Neurowing. Center-right is Ch’p by DA contributor AdamWithers. Finally on the right side is… not Ch’p. That’s G’nort also by AdamWithers, but c’mon!? Who doesn’t love G’nort!?

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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Kilowog

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Okay El Moochadores. Here is my “mostly finished” Kilowog fan art. I used Adobe Illustrator CS2 for all of the vector work (yeah, I’m too poor/cheap for the creative cloud, and CS2 works great anyways), and I used one of Jason’s daily sketches as the reference.daily_sketch__kilowog_sketch_050914_by_jrmurray76-d7hvawv (1) I’m hoping to do more all digital art like this, but maybe start using more Photoshop elements in the future. One of my goals is to one day get as good as artist like Rocky Davies, but I think I still got a ways to go. Anyways, check out more of Jason’s sketch, type, and digital work on his Deviant Art page. You can also check out my meager work on my DA page. I’m already starting work on a new “Oola” illustration, and I’ll have post up about it soon.

Cheers!

A Smallville Man

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A Superman short film set to “Walk” by the Foo Fighters

Hey El Moochadores, check out this incredible Superman animatic by illustrator Mauricio Abril. According to the youtube page this story is told with a 150 illustrations all paired with the song Walk by the Foo Fighters.

Keen.

The Morning Moo!

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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!

Keen.

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When Cartoon Characters Get Old

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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.

Enjoy.

Tweety Porky Daffy

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