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TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT!

A Kickstarter for a Book About Un-produced Toys!

This is one of those Kickstarter projects that hits us right in the nostalgic gut at just the right time. Yes, as a kid who grew up in the 1980’s – I would have frigg’n loved a “Krull” action figure set! ‘can’t say the same for Dark Crystal though. That movie scared the shit out me. Still does. Anyways…

Right now on the old Kickstarter machine is a new campaign for a 200 plus page, hard cover, book all about the toys (action figures!) we didn’t get to play with as kids, because they never made them! Written by Blake Wright, Toys that time Forgot covers twenty stories where possible toy lines got lost in the shuffle of consumerism and development. Here’s a bit from their KS page:

Do you remember back in the early 1980s, playing with all of the toys based on the sci-fi fantasy film Krull produced by Knickerbocker Toys? What about the Masters Of The Universe meets Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots line that was Hasbro’s Tribes range in the early 1990s? Or all of those ReSaurus-made action figures and role-play accessories based on the break out video game Oddworld in 1997? No? Well, that’s because they were never made. But would it shock you to learn that each of these examples were well on their way to being produced?

Stories like these are more prevalent than one might think. Each have a separate, unique set of circumstances with a single common thread — the majority of them have gone untold. A new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT, aims to shine a light on some of the more interesting, higher profile boys toys and action figure projects that made it all the way through to prototype stage, but for whatever reasons never made it to retailers. Some of the stories are funny. Some are painful. Most are well worth documenting.

Also according to the KS, the book will feature three sections, “each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed and inventor-based products… some of which have never been seen by the public.” So, far they are just a few days into the campaign but they’ve already made over half their funding. Keep the momentum rolling El Moochadores! This is a chance to get the behind the scenes scoop on toy development and maybe a little insight on modern history!

I’ve posted a few sample images below taken from the KS page along with the KS promo video.

Cheers!

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

I may have posted about Kurzgesagt, in a Nutshell videos in the past, but the last couple of days Chudd and I have been working on ideas for new button art (Murray Brothers Creative), and while sourcing reference material I came across these videos. Not only are the videos highly informative, covering everything from human evolution to rocket science, but they’re also produced using (what I feel) is a great style. I love how they translate complex subject matter into an understandable narrative demonstrated brilliantly with simple shapes and animation. The Kurzgesagt youtube page describes them selves as “Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.” Groovy.

They say they’re trying to produce new videos every month and I’ve posted a couple of samples below. Go check ’em out on twitter, but you can also help support the group by contributing on their Patreon.

Enjoy!

Proactive Insurance: The Pros #3

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Last Day for the Kickstarter

Hey El Moochadores! Here’s a quick shout out for Steve Stormoen’s Kickstarter for issue #3 of Proactive Insurance: The Pros. This is a full color, 22 page book about “unlikely spies, an insurance company, the FBI, and a ten story handgun named ‘America’.” Pretty cool stuff. The campaign has reached its goal, but there’s still 10 hours left to help contribute and get some cool rewards. Check out the promo video below, but hit the link above to learn much more!

Cheers!


Insurance is about more than just car accidents and flu shots. Governments and corporations carry insurance policies for risk management that are so abstract, you’d need an ouija board to figure it all out.

With so much money at stake, would you want to take any chances? Company Insurance doesn’t. They decided to hire a team to enter volatile situations and determine the outcome with perfect certainty. A team of proactive insurance agents — The Pros.

NYCC 2016 Coverage from Beat Down Boogie!

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We’re west coast guys and, for the most part, content with our lives here in sunny, beautiful, San Diego. However, we’re also very poor and unable to attend some of the amazing comic book conventions happening around the world. So, we rely on the stunning photo and video work of the fine people at Beat Down Boogie to provide excellent coverage of events like NYCC 2016. Just seeing all the beautiful cosplay and fun events shot in slow motion and paired with good tunes fills me… aww, who am I kidding. These guys are good at something and they get to travel around the world doing it and that feels me with a jealous rage! I’m terrible at everything and it gets me no where! Fuck’n life. So anyways; for what ever reason, check out the videos below to either enjoy them or seethe with the frustrating jealousy.

Enjoy.

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GWAR: Orgasmageddon!

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The Scumdogs conquer comics!

We love comic books. We love Gwar. Can we love Gwar in our comic books? Oh, fuck yes. So, the band of all bands has just launched a Kickstarter to fund the making of a full color four issue series, Orgasmageddon! Written by Matt Miner and art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, the series takes the band through time and space where I’m guessing they kill the shit out of everything. Groovy.

Hit the link above to check out all the contributor awards. As of this post the campaign is only a few days old, but they’ve already hit a big chunk of their funding. However; they’re not there yet! So, check out some preview pages below along with the promotional video then stumble on over to their KS and give cash, coin, or blood… whatever it takes to get this book made! Also, I posted a youtube video of one of my all time favorite Gwar songs: Saddam A Go-Go!

Gwar!

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Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley

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Tomb Raider Celebrates 20 Years with a Medley from Pianist Sonya Belousova!

If you’ve had a day like I’ve had, then you’re gonna want to get your “mellow” on and there’s nothing better for that than some good geeky tunes played out by a professional pianist and composer like Sonya Belousova. Belousova does all the playing while the video was directed by Tom Grey of Player Piano. So, sit back and get your ASMR on to some classy geekness set in some pretty far locals. Which actually makes me feel pretty bad for the poor SOB that had to lug a piano out to all those locations. Unless, random forest pianos is a thing that musicians know about and just never bring up. That might be a thing. Check out the full details below along with the video.

Cheers!


In celebration and honor of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the 20 Year Celebration Anniversary of the iconic Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics has teamed up with Player Piano, the popular viral YouTube music series created by Sonya Belousova, one of the most accomplished young composers and recording artists, on an epic new Tomb Raider-inspired music video that just had its World Premiere Thursday at New York Comic Con.

The video, which featured Belousova’s incredible original arrangement and performance of the iconic Tomb Raider themes, premiered today at NYCC October 6 during Crystal Dynamics’ live stage session. The video and session was live streamed on the main Twitch channel and is now available on Belousova’s Player Piano YouTube channel

The Age of Treachery!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review!

Okay, I’ve been trying to get this review done for about two weeks, but life just keeps getting in the way. So, I’m just going to start typing, and hopefully somewhere in the blathering that follows will at least pieces of a meaningful review. Here goes…

Gavin Scott’s Age of Treachery is an extremely entertaining suspense novel set in post World War II London. The story follows history professor Duncan Forrester, who has to prove that a friend did not commit the murder of a rival colleague in his history department. Trying to prove who murdered David Lyall is really tough though, because every one hated the man. Seeking the murderer takes Forrester across all of northern Europe and to some pretty fantastic encounters with some of the 20th century’s best fiction writers!

Usually, I don’t pick up mystery novels. So, I am a little grateful to Titan Books for introducing me to the genre and getting me this book to review. It kind of made up (a bit) for all the schlock entertainment flooding our televisions and movie theaters these days, and shows what a true art writing can be. I don’t know how a person even starts to write a mystery, but (by what ever method) Scott created a suspense filled story that was also thrilling and fun to read. The book takes a deep dive into post world war II history, and keeps a very “English/Sherlock Holmes” manner in its narrative. Which added a lot of charm to the story. I don’t think this will go down as one of the best mystery novels ever, but it definitely deserves a lot of credit for its unique mystery and incredible use of historical events (and literary assets like J.R.R. Tolkien) of the time. This is honestly one of the few novels where I don’t have any criticism after having read it. It was an intriguing, memorable, page turner. I was so into the book that I finished it in two days and I’m looking forward to future adventures of Duncan Forrester.

The Age of Treachery is available in all major book stores or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com!

It is the winter of 1946, and after years of war, ex-Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester is back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. But his peace is shattered when a hated colleague is found dead: stabbed and pushed from an upper window.
One of Forrester’s closest friends is arrested for the murder, but Forrester is not convinced of his guilt; the dead man had many enemies, and there are rumours that he was in possession of a mysterious Viking manuscript. A manuscript that may have been owned by a German spy…
Travelling from Oxford to bombed-out Berlin and to the fjords of Norway in his search for the truth, Forrester must use all his wartime skills to find the true killer.

Speed Drawing by Drawholic!

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Okay El Moochadores, the site is back up and all podcast and galleries should be going again. Yeah, our little site got hacked and I’ve spent the last day or so getting back together. Anyways, Chudd’s been preaching Stoicism lately, and in the spirit of “get shit done” I think I’ll just move forward with a geek creative post.

So, check out these incredible Speed Drawing sessions from youtuber Drawholic. I really want to give you more information about this amazing artist but so far all I can find is that he is from South Korean and very talented. I’d dig deeper, but I feel like I just gave birth to an IT worker and his/her library of php books. I need a rest.

Enjoy!

The Atomic Moocast #121!

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Lenox: The Return!

NEW FRIGG’N MOOCAST FOLKS! Hey El Moochadores, we got a great episode for you this time! For episode #121 we talk about our trip to SLCC 2016 and all the great stuff there. Good con and you can see some of the pictures from our tripCover here. Then, Jason Lenox is on the show! Lenox is now running Nittany Con in beautiful State College Pennsylvania! Actually, I have no idea what State College Pennsylvania looks like. Green? I don’t know, but they have a comic book convention and that’s awesome! The con is happening Tomorrow from 10am to 5pm and tickets… $5.00! That’s awesome! Kids five and under are free! Serious get out there and check it out! Also, gratz to Lenox for getting all his funding for Lords Of The Cosmos Issue #1 funded on the Kickstater! Good stuff.

So, here we go my fellow slors, shlebbs, and chubbs! Moocasts are rare and precious and you need to enjoy this one! So, go and grab a sugary snack and a bag full of salted whatnots! Then roll your self into a safe and comfortable spot where you can plug in and play the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!

Enjoy!

Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party
  • Fast Talkin

Show Notes and Links

Lords of the Cosmos Images!

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Nittany Con Press Images

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Chudd’s Mini-Sketches!

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PLAY THE ATOMIC MOOCAST BELOW!

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Lords Of The Cosmos Issue #1 Kickstarter Update!

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Hello El Moochadores! The other day I recorded an conversation/interview with Ugli Studio creator Jason Lenox for and upcoming Moocast, but my time is incredible short these days, so I wanted to post about some of the news and announcements we discussed while I continue to work on the latest episode (coming soon). A lot is going on with Lenox and his comic, Lords of the Cosmos. A few weeks ago I posted about the LotC comic’s Kickstarter and now it has hit it’s goal! However, there is still time (about 8 days as of this post) to contribute and get in on some really cool rewards.lords-of-the-cosmos-kickstarter-promo-image-3-1 One of which includes a custom sculpture of one of the LotC characters by artist Erich Adie. I kind of feel bad, because when I posted about this a couple of weeks ago, I forgot the sculptures which, in or out of their packages, look frigg’n amazing! Check out some images below!

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Also, Lenox is now running his own convention! Nittany Con is happening this month on September 25th at State College (which, I think is a town), Pennsylvania. Tickets are only $5.00 and kids 5 and under are free. Way cool! Lenox will be there along with a bunch of other comic creators to show off their creative works! Hit the link above for more information about guests and events, but if you’re in the area, swing on in and support a con that’s actually about comic books!

I’ve posted the promo video for the LotC Kickstarter below along with a couple of sample images, and images of the custom sculpts, pulled from the KS page. Check it out and support a cool indie comic project! Also, check back sometime this week for Atomic Moocast #121, where we’ll have our discussion with Lenox and all the cool happenings!

Enjoy!

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