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The Art of Tony Washington

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Illustrator,Concept Artist, Music Producer

Okay El Moochadores, I’ve got another Moocast finished, and while Jason gives it a proof listen I thought I’d post about some more really cool stuff we came across at Power Con 2016.

Check out the incredible talent of Tony Washington. According to his bio, Washington is a San Diego (good choice) based artist, and music producer, who has worked for Image Comics, DC’s Wildstorm, and Sony PS3! He’s produced art for such brands as Warcraft,7b328018668925.562cd54b0afca and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I love Warcraft and Ninja Turtles. Tony Washington also produces music for his site Station Stories! I listened to a few of the sample tracks – which have this great electronica vibe to them. It’s actually a lot like the music I listen to when sketching or doing digital art. Washington is also involved in a lot of his own creator driven projects like a comic book called Dark Prophet. Which you can also preview issue #1 for free on his website (link above)! Dammit, this dude is making me lazy. Okay, I am lazy, but still…

I’ve posted a few samples of Washington’s art work below, but hit the links above to see way more and go visit Station Stories to hear some cool beats.

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Dakota Kid Creations

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The Art of Lamont Hunt

Surrounding our booth at Power-Con 2016 were a lot of fantastic artist, and (hopefully) I’ll get around to posting about their stuff over the next couple of weeks. One artist that really stood out though was Lamont Hunt of Dakota Kid Creations. Hunt, a professional character designers, had a bunch of great prints featuring a fun style. I’m not totally sure how he is illustrating (kind of looks like markers or water color) but the results are amazing. I love cartooning, and seeing his work was really inspiring.

Check out a few sample images below, but you can see way (WAY) more on his facebook page!

Enjoy!

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MOMOCON 2016!

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Cosplay in 4K from Beat Down Boogie!

Beat Down Boogie just released a new video showing off all the great cosplay at MomoCon 2016. Like always, cool costumes, cute girls, and a groovy beat. Check out way more of their projects at Distractotron and the Beat Down Boogie official site.

Dig it.

New(er) MOTU Art

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Power-Con 2016 Preview!

Okay El Moochadores, we’re putting the finishing touches on some new art that we’ll be taking to Power-Con this coming weekend. Check out these vector busts by Chudd (aka: Jason Murray). We’ll be selling this art along with the other MOTU prints I blogged about a few days ago. I’ll also post these prints to the Murray Brothers Creative shop, so that you can purchase them online. We’ll also have some unique button art at the con, but we’re just now starting to put that together, so… no preview yet. Anyways, if you happen be a fan of 80’s pop-culture, and in So. Cal this weekend, swing by Torrance and check out the con! It’s shaping up to be a really cool event!

Cheers!

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E-11 BLASTER RIFLE AD 8 1/2″ X 11″ PRINT

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New Print Available on Murray Brothers Creative!

Okay El Moochadores, look up and check out the latest addition to the Murray Brothers Creative online store!

The E-11 Blaster Rifle Ad 8 1/2″ X 11″ is a high quality print that pairs the famous weapon of the Imperial Army with an 1950’s magazine ad. One of our favorite things to create are mock ads for products from popular fiction. Check out our Blastech E-11 Blaster Rifle ad 8 1/2″ x 11″ print. The print was illustrated and designed by Jason R. Murray, and will look awesome next on the wall next to your vintage Star Wars action figure collection!

The print will normally sell for $12.00 online, but I’m posting it for only $8.00 until July 1st, 2016! That’s an awesome deal for a great looking piece of wall art! So, click the link above to get one for yourself or share this with your Star Wars love’n facebook buddies!

The Angel of Highgate

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Vaughn Entwistle’s New Novel

This summer I turn 40. Four decades. Most of them kind of awful. Now that I’m about to hit the big Four Zero all I think about is death. Well, my death. I can’t help it! I’m probably more or less half way there and that scares the hell out of me! Hell, most cavemen only lived into their thirties! I’m a very old caveman, and there’s so much I haven’t done! I’ve only hit on about twenty strippers in my life. Do you know how many strippers are out there!? And, Thai food! I’ve never ate it! What if it’s awesome!? Oh, and I’ve never eaten Thai food off a stripper! Ye Gods, there so much I haven’t done! I’m not ready to die!!! So, picking up a novel that has a fascination with death, dying, and the dead, probably wasn’t smart.

Anyways, my own mortality aside: Titan Books recently published a thrilling new novel from Vaughn Entwistle (cool last name) that is very much on the macabre side of 19th century London. The Angel of Highgate begins with Lord Geoffrey Thraxton, a sort of outlandish rogue, who’s self indulgent behavior has given him a bad reputation in elite English society. Thraxton is obsessed with death, and one evening while hanging around a cemetery he sees a specter that changes his life! Here’s the official synopsis:

After surviving a pistol duel, Thraxton boasts his contempt for death and insults the attending physician. It is a mistake he will regret, for Silas Garretteis a deranged sociopath and chloroform-addict whose mind was broken on the battlefields of Crimea. When Thraxton falls in love with a mysterious woman who haunts Highgate Cemetery by night, he unwittingly provides the murderous doctor with the perfect means to punish a man with no fear of death.

The Angel of Highgate did an excellent job of recreating 19th century macabre. This book is as thrilling as any horror fiction you could get from Poe or Shelly two centuries ago. Lord Thraxton is enough of a young, egocentric, cad to be both enjoyable and hated at the same time. I also really enjoyed the villains in this story. Good bad guys are hard to come by, and Entwistle did a masterful job of writing the antagonists for this novel. Doctor Garrette, and Morecai Fowler, are a great combination of ruthless and sinister for a more adult oriented story. If I had to give a criticism of this book it would be that I wish it had kept up with the “spookiness” that was present in the first half of the novel. Though the story remained dark and eerie, it became much more of an adventure story and pulled away from the supernatural tone that was set up by moments like the seance in chapter twelve. That didn’t ruin the book for me, I was just hoping for a bit more of a ghost story after the seance, is all.

So, if you’re young and you’ve got a whole life a head of you, yeah, pick this novel up and give it a read. Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go find a happy stripper that’ll let me slurp Pad Thai off her naked body. I might not get to do it tomorrow!!!

The Angel of Highgate is for sale in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online from Titan Books!

Cheers!

Murray Brothers Creative!

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Check out our new portfolio site for cool stuff at great prices!

As many of you already know, Jason and I like creating art. One of the main reasons we started Atomic Moo was a chance to create our own work, and learn from other creatives. So, that’s why we have the Moocast (with all its great interviews), and the beginnings of a comic book. It has been our goal to live a life where we are creating the art we enjoy and being successful creators at the same time. I’m not sorry when I say, day jobs suck. Working for other people, and doing something you don’t enjoy, sucks. So all of this (the podcast, blog, reviews, comic book) is us trying to learn how to live a different life away from the suck that is normal life. And I think we are one tiny step closer in that direction. atomicmoo_5x7_by_jrmurray76-d9z31nf (1)

The other day I finished the basic set up for our online portfolio and store: Murray Brothers Creative! This is where we will be selling all of our very cool prints, fan art, and what ever else we can make. I actually take a bit of pride in this, not just because I know dick all about websites, and even using Square Space was kind of a task, but because we’re actually putting our selves out there and… doing something! I’m not saying we’re great artist. We’re no, (Well, I’m actually pretty proud of Jason and his style of art), but we’re trying to get out of our shells and do more than we thought we could, and hopefully we can make something a lot of people will enjoy at the same time.

So, I’ve blathered enough, but the website is online. It’s at its most basic form. Jason is in the process of creating a lot of the design elements that will really make it awesome, but for right now it works as a portfolio and store. I’ve only put on a few test pieces to start with (about six of our 8 1/2″ x 11″ prints. Each selling for $12.00), but I’ll be adding more in time and announcing hit here. Also, Murray Brothers Creative has a blog, where I’ll be posting about convention appearances, sales, and new art as well. Check out a small sample below, but hit the Murray Bros. link above to see the whole thing.

Fugg’n Groovy.

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The Atomic Moocast #115!

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WonderCon 2016!

Yeah, I know WonderCon was about a month ago, but damnit! We’re in the midst (Midst, people! Midst!) of some very important con preparation ourselves, and that sort of slowed things down a bit. However, the podcast is here! So rejoice! Then check out a few notes about this episode: NEuY5mxKsO4Jyv_1_b

First: Many thanks to all the comic creators and artist who let us interview them at the con! Unfortunately, I lost about half the interviews I had recorded that day. D’oh! You have to understand, that I’m very new to recording stuff on my iPhone. Add that to my limited intelligence and… well, bad stuff’s going to happen. Seriously though, I feel terrible about it. Somehow I deleted about 1/2 of all our interviews and it was gone before I had a chance to pull them from my phone. Some of these interviews included conversations with past Atomic Moo interviewees like Josh Henaman (Big Foot: Sword of the Earthman), and Sarah Bitely (Pimpkillah!). IMG_0289Also, because I lost so many interviews, I will be posting about this great stuff here on the website, so as to make sure everyone get’s some coverage for their hard work. Check the show notes below for information about the featured interviews, but keep coming back to see more great art and comics featured at this years con. Which leads to…

Second: I’m really new to recording with an iPhone. So, things are going to sound weird. I know that it’s always been a struggle to get good audio with our limited resources, but I’m getting some new challenges thrown at me with this new set up. We’re practicing more and recording as much as possible, so hopefully it sounds better in the future, but the sounds kind of all over the place on this one. I did my best to level everything, but… ehh… you’ll hear. I hope.

Third: The movie review of Batman v. Superman at the very end of this podcast was heavily edited. You see, I got this problem where I can’t talk about any movie without bring up how much I hate (HATE) the most recent Disney/Star Wars film. So, because we were talking about Batman v. Superman,2016-04-01-1459488050-1567099-bvs I kind of went through and edited out all my tangents about the (not Star Wars!) Disney-bullshit that has me so perturbed these days. It’s not like I’m afraid to tell people my feelings about that (shitty) film, it’s just that I felt it wasn’t necessary for a discussion about another movie. So, the review at the end may feel a little, “clunky” and “malformed.” Much like Disney/Star Wa– goddammit. I can’t stop myself.

So, having wrote all that: Here it is folks! One hour of Atomic Moo bliss ready to make a home somewhere in the deepest crevices of your brain! But don’t hit “play” yet! Get ready for it! Go and grab some tasty snacks! Then turn off your all distractions and nestle into your comfy zone. Then all that’s left to do is settle your brain and smile as you relax with the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!

Enjoy!

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Check a small sample of photos from the con and some of the featured artists work! Also, if I can somehow find the lost interviews (learn my iPhone) I’ll post them on a future Moocast episode.

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

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East of West: Volume One

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An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review

One of things I enjoy most about attending a large comic book convention, like WonderCon, is the chance to pick up new comics and graphic novels. Sometimes at a discounted price to boot! Well, this year we swung by the Image Comics booth and I picked up three interesting titles (Nowhere Men, East of West, and Black Science), which I plan to review as part of our ongoing, post-WonderCon 2016 coverage.

I don’t think any of these are recent publications. That is to say, I think these comics have been around at least a few years, and all are currently available in book stores, but this is my first time reading them, and honestly I thought all three titles were excellent reads. So, this may not be so much a review, as a: “holy shit! I really liked this! Go check it out” – type of post.

First up is East of West Vol. One (2015) by Jonathan Hickman (writer), and Nick Dragotta (artist), with Frank Martin and Rus Wooton doing the colors and letters.15842658._SX540_ East of West in an alternate world story where another future reality, and biblical mythology, cross paths in a brutally violent way. It begins with the three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse awakening to discover their brother, Death, has abandoned them for a life on a future Earth (Sometime around 2040, I think) where America is divided into seven different nations, and still very much like the wild west. However, Death’s life on this Earth goes to shit when a group of world leaders got together and killed Death’s wife, then stole his child. Now, the three horsemen are killing their way across the country to find Death, who has also set out on a killing spree against the people who did him wrong. Lot of killing in this graphic novel.

Okay, that probably wasn’t the best synopsis of this first volume, but that’s why I’m encouraging you to go read it. I really enjoyed East of West, and although I’m not very found of storiesYou-wanted-endtimes that assume an alternate society will stay static in one period of history (like this one does with a predominantly western style), the brutal world presented here works great with the merciless characters, like Death, who storm through entire armies to get at the guys who need murdering! Not that I’m all that into violence, but artist Nick Dragotta did a great job illustrating this story, which also has quite a few great surprises. In fact the whole story was kind of surprisingly good. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it. What with the bible tie in, the murdering children, and that weird horse thing Death rides, but somehow Hickman made it all work, and I can’t wait to pick up Vol. 2 – at the next con…

Check out a few sample images below. My scanner is pretty much dead, so I had to pull these images from the web. For more information about East of West visit Image Comics online.

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The Final Programme

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An Atomic Moo Book Review

Okay, El Moochadores, Titan Books recently re-released Michael Moorcock’s classic novel, The Final Programme, and now I’m going to try and review this – very bizarre story. Originally published in 1968, The Final Programme (first of the Cornelius Quartet) is like if Andy Warhol started writing science fiction.Final_programme Wait. Did Warhol write science fiction? I really have no clue. He might have… Anyways, the story follows the adventures of Jerry Cornelius and was the first in a series of novels that were apparently very popular back in the day. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jerry Cornelius is a scientist, a rock star, and an assassin. He is the hippest adventurer of them all: tripping through a pop art nightmare in which kidnappings, murder, sex and drugs are a daily occurrence. Along with his savvy and ruthless partner-in-chaos, Miss Brunner, Cornelius is on a mission to control a revolutionary code for creating the ultimate human being, a modern messiah— the final programme.

The first book in the Cornelius Quartet is the groundbreaking introduction to the misadventures and vendettas of Jerry Cornelius, one of modern literature’s most distinctive characters, the product of a bewildering post-modern culture, and an inspiration for generations of characters since.

I’ve been trying to think of a way to describe this novel and so far the best I can come up with is A Clockwork Orange meets The Beatles meets Austin Powers. I’ve read other reviews were they discussed the humor in this book, but I didn’t get it! This is one of those times were I walked away from reading an entire novel and felt either dumber for having read it… or maybe it kind of reminded me of just how dumb I actually am. I really can’t tell! The story moves fast, and as a reader I got caught up in some of it, but its just a weird read about a semi-celebrity rich guy, who zips around the world on boats and helicopters – while trying to kill his own brother – while also helping an even weirder (yeah, weirder) woman build what I guess was a superhuman. All the while doing a bunch of drugs and sexing up every chick he comes across.

The thing is, I really like old science fiction. I’ve read A Clockwork Orange a couple of times. I love books like Starship Troopers, Slaughterhouse Five, and I’ve even read the first Dune novel. That last one was a tough fucking read, but I still got through it easier than… what ever this was. I don’t know. Maybe there’s a group of hardcore SF fans that could explain this one to me, but until then… fuck’n weird book.

You can get your own copy of the Final Programme at www.titanbooks.com.

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