Good morning, El Moochadores! Well, morning for me. I love playing World of Warcraft. Which, is something that is tough to owe up to, especially with some of my friends, but fuck ’em. I pay my taxes, I don’t commit crimes, and I go to work every day. I get to enjoy Warcraft, goddammit. Also, it’s fucking cool!
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time, or money, to play WoW as I would like. So, I have to enjoy WoW in a limited, often from the sidelines, sort of way. Which sucks, because I think this new expansion (Battle for Azeroth) looks really cool, and I really want to play it! And I might!
Well, I’ll probably work a bunch of overtime, and spend my free time drawing cartoon mice and cows, but I’ll really want to play… dammit! Since I can’t get involved (right now) I can at least geek out over some of the new cinematics and animatic videos being released prior to the new expansion. So join me in my frustration and check out some cool WoW lore. Below, I posted the Battle for Azeroth trailer, Old Soldier, and a couple of the Warbringer animatics. Not all the videos released, but enough to help feed the addiction. I hope.
04/08/2018 / Trog / Comments Off on 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.
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?
Beat Down Boogie is back from the Midwest with another groovy video and cosplay photos. Check out their stylish coverage of MAGfest 2018, and a little fun from Snake and Ghost in the arcade. MAGFest (Music And Gaming Festival) is a four day, non-profit, event held annually in National Harbor MD. Looks like a lot of fun, and (if they allow cool illustration vendors like us) we may get out there. Anyways, check out all the fun below and hit this Facebook link to see way more photos! I only posted a smattering of images below.
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.
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!
Hello again El Moochadores! So, Christmas 1986 and we (the brothers Moo) are ten-years-old. The one thing every ten-year-old wanted for X-mas 1986 was the Nintendo Entertainment System which is exactly what we asked for. Y’know what we got? The Sega Master system. Yet one more thing that made us just a little bit different than all (ALL) the other kids in out neighborhood – who were happily playing NES while we were trying to figure out that POS Ghostbusters game. fuck.
Sorry, that’s still kind of a sore spot – but go ahead an enjoy this great Gaming History video from Beat Down Boogie! This first in depth episode kicks off with the history of Mario and covers the multiple changes and platforms the little plumber has gone through through out his successful career.
Y’know, it really did suck not getting any of the “Captain N” references on Saturday Mornings. Also, Fuck you Greg (I can’t remember your last name because it was 30 years ago) for not letting us play Metroid when we slept over. Who the fuck wanted to play “Skate or Die” when you had fucking Metroid! fucking childhood.
06/03/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars
One of the best parts of beginning Atomic Moo (aside from creating the world’s best fire breathing super cow) is all the fun stuff people send me to review or post about. So, yeah, when I see something in my inbox called Battlesloths, I want to have a look.
Coming up on Tuesday (June 6th), Rooster Teeth Games will be releasing Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars on Steam. Check out the official synopsis:
Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars is the fast-paced multiplayer competitive twin-stick shooter of your slothy dreams. Compete with up to 4 human players or play against some tough as nails AI sloths should you be short of friends. Use a myriad of weaponry, each with their own strategies, to destroy your enemies in a quest to collect the most pizza.
The ultimate gun-toting, hoverboarding, pizza eating sloth on the block! Revel in the silliness of the slothpacalypse, shoot everything that moves and start hoarding pizza!
With Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars, sloth gaming has been re-defined. It’s now bigger, better and coming soon; with more weapons, hats, online play and tons of fresh levels!
Now, I don’t have a lot of time these days, but I do have a steam account, so this may be something I look into. Maybe! Mayhap! However, you should at least check out the trailers below, because they do show sloths fighting over pizza. Very much worth a look!.
Also, now that I thunk about it, I don’t have as much time to go out and find cool creative projects like I did back in the day. So, if you’re a creator of a comic, web comic, games, video games, illustration… what ever is cool, kind of geeky, and totally yours; the let me know! I’d love to post about it here and share it with our many loyal fans. Hey Neko.
03/06/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on Get 10% Off at Thirdway Industries Decks!
Hello El Moochadores! The other day I posted about SINS Playing Cards kickstarter, but what I forgot to mention in the post is: that all of our El Moochadores (that’ you if you’re reading this) can get 10% off of the purchase of previous decks at Thirdway Industries by using the check out code: atomicmoo. This 10% off code will be good for the rest of 2017, and it’s totally worth it, because these cards are awesome! We got a bunch of these cards in the mail the other day, and they are incredibly beautiful designer decks that are almost too nice to play with. Though I was tempted to eat one. It really looked that nice, but don’t eat the cards. I can’t recommend that. Anyways, stop using that crusty ass “bicycle” deck you’ve had in your junk drawer for years, and go pick up something almost other worldly! Also also, use the discount code (atomicmoo) and save 10%! See how we love you?
Check out some of the available card decks below, but also hit the link above to see way more!
Custom Poker Size Playing Cards. Inspired by the 7 Deadly Sins!
Okay, we’re coming at this a little late, but not too late! That’s important, because right now (this now!) designer Giovanni Meroni and Thirdway Industries are running a Kickstarter for a new set of designer playing cards!
Sins Playing Cards are a custom poker playing cards that you will lust after. No joke. these cards are beautiful. The entire set is based around the seven deadly sins (sloth, pride, gluttony, not signalling when you turn your car… I’m pretty sure that’s one of the seven), but represented in three different SINS decks: SINS Corpus, SINS Mentis, and SINS Anima. According to the Kickstarter, everything will be different for each deck. that includes tuck boxes, back and cards. Now, there’s also an entire mythology/symbolism represented by each deck, and I encourage you to visit the links above to learn more about it.
Anyways, the Kickstarter began about a week ago, but it’s already jumped past its goal by about $32,000 as of this post! However, there are still 21 days left to contributes and get in on some pretty cool contributor awards. Also, this is going to really improve the “feng shui” poker night! Okay, I mostly wrote that last sentence because I really wanted to write “feng shui”. I never get to write it.
Check out a few sample images from the KS page, but also, hit the links above to visit (and contribute) to this awesome project!!!
We’re back! That’s right El Moochadores, we (the intrepid Brothers Moo) have survived yet another swirling storm of disaster and chaos (aka: our lives) and are now (some how) wiser, better looking, and ready to blog. So, let us celebrate this triumphant return by getting back to some cool geek creativity.
Recently Distractotron visited MAGfest 2017 and they brought back a whole bunch of cool photos and video work. MAGfest (Music and Gaming) is a “four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.” According to the website the event runs 24 hours a day (wtf SDCC? get it together!) and offers “consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest.” Cool, maybe Atomic Moo and the Murray Brothers Creative can attend a future MAGfest. We’re cool too, right?
Anyways, check out the videos (parts one and two) below along with a smattering of images taken from the Distractotron Facebook page.
A monster-building card game from the creators of Exploding Kittens
Okay El Moochadores, I feel like hell. I’ve caught yet another cold (seems to happen about once a year) and despite being a sweaty ball of snot and coughs, I’m going to try and write about a really great looking Kickstarter project. Unfortunately, because I’m sick, I don’t think I’ll be going to this years Comikaze (aka: Los Angeles Comic Con… please change the name back to Comikaze). Which sucks, because despite being in L.A. (yuck), it is actually one of my all time favorite comic book conventions. Anyways, my hot toddy is kicking in, so onto the post!
Stop the baby army!!! Okay, you’re just not gonna find another card game that has such a fantastic objective. Sorry, but Magic: The Gathering totally missed the boat when they made a card game about wizards and not monsters fighting babies. Which is exactly the point of this game from the makers of Exploding Kittens. In Bears vs Babies the objective is to “build handsome, incredible monsters who go to war with horrible, awful babies.” Groovy. According to the Kickstarter, the game has competing players “build” monsters from cards drawn in the center of the table. The monster cards (bears) are used by the players to make these really cool mash ups, while the baby cards go in the middle of the table to form an army that must be stopped. It looks like the game also has a wonderful way to screw over your fellow players by provoking a baby army that might be stronger then your fellow players monsters, too soon. The core deck will begin with 80 + cards but check out the KS for more information and booster packs. The Kickstarter for the card game has already hit over 47,000 pledges with a wopping $1,700,000.00 in contributions, so the good news is, this game is totally getting made. However, there are 20 days left (as of this post) so get your butts over there and buy a first round edition of this big chunk of awesome!
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