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The Morning Moo!


Featuring a Cool New Kickstarter and Some Animated Tom Waits!

Good morning El Moochadores! Well, I got my computer back to normal. Mostly. So, things should be back to the regular level of panic (pre-hard drive crash) as we do our best and put out the metaphorical fires that continually burn us around here. Figuratively. Anyways, the last few days have sucked, but I’m kind of in a good mood. So let’s start this Morning Moo off with a Chewbacca Toilet Paper Dispenser!

Yeah, that was awesome. Okay, so on this Morning Moo, we got a cool new Kickstarter for a novel called Blood Fuel and a really cool animation of an old interview with musician Tom Waits. Not that I’m a big Tom Waits fan (he’s cool), I just really dug the animation.

Here we go…

Blood Fuel!

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Launching just this week on the old Kickstarter (and already than half way to their goal) is a gritty new post-apocalyptic novel by brothers Caleb and Luke Prochnow. Blood Fuel is a blood, metal and death story of two brothers trying to cross over into an elite world. Here’s the synopsis:4c1d5807d412b6afa22ee27e199b0fe0_original

Blood Fuel is set in the distant future. A dark post-apocalyptic caste society that relies on the bloody entertainment of the racetracks in order to dull the hopelessness that would soon overtake the masses. The racing circuits, like the caste society are divided based on the populations wealth, rank and occupation. It is extremely difficult for a racer to cross over into a circuit outside of his/her caste. Desperation causes two brothers, Ryan and Ed, to attempt to cross that divide and enter sinister worlds that they did not know existed.

They’re actually offering two versions of the first chapter (here) which people can vote on to see which will be used in the book. Currently they’re seeking a goal of $4,500.00 to help publish the book. I also think it’s pretty cool that they designed a set of models to show the different mechs and killer machines that go along with the story. Anyways, click the Kickstarter link above to see more about the campaign, rewards, stretch goals, and information about the story. I’ve posted the promo video below.


Tom Waits on Everything and Nothing


PBS Digital Studios and Blank on Blank have produced this great series of animations that pair old recorded interviews of celebrities and artists like Johnny Cash, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wait, with animations. Check out the Tom Wait interview below from a recorded interview in 1988 as told to Chris Roberts. The rest of this interview can be found at blankonblank.org.


The Empress Game


An Atomic Moo Book Review

I kind of have to apologize to Titan Books for this one. They graciously sent me a copy of this book to review many months ago, and I’ve only just recently had the chance to read it. D’oh. My bad.

All the same though; Rhonda Mason’s space saga, The Empress Games is an exciting new science fiction epic with some very groovy old school vibes. It had a great blend of fantasy-futurism, action, and politics that was reminiscent of Dune, Star Wars, or even Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Here’s the synopsis:

One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled: that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat. Now the tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the women of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reunimon, a supreme fighter, is called by a mysterious stranger to battle it out in the arena.

So, basically: A scantly clad warrior space babe is enlisted to save an empire she here self is hiding from. Excellent. Though some of Mason’s story comes close to hitting some other common sci-fi tropes (the villain isn’t too far off from many other mad scientist and sinister politicians from like stories, and the Ordochian’s powers kinda feels like “the force.” Just kind of…), she does add her own unique twist that creates strong characters and an exciting tale. I think I mostly enjoyed this book for the political world Mason created and the ongoing potential to trap Kayla in that world. Though I don’t want to spoil anything, it’ll be interesting to read (in future books) what happens to Kayla’s relationship to the empire and with her own people.

The Empress Game is currently available in most book stores or you can order your copy online from Titan Books.

The Atomic Moocast #107!


Our Interview with Comic Creator Debbie L. Smith!

Okay El Moochadores, here we go again with another excellent edition of the Atomic Moocast! On this episode we’re talking with Kymera PressCover founder, and author of Gates of Midnight comic series, Debbie L. Smith! We had met Debbie back at SDCC 2015 and it was great having her on the show to talk about her history as a writer, and making independent comics! Check out the show notes below to see some samples of Gates of Midnight, along with links as to where you can purchase it!

So, let’s not delay a moment folks! This Moocast is primed and ready to launch into your gooey grey brain! Now would be the time to go secure that cool fizzy soda! Then all that’s left to do is to find a comfortable spot in your humble abode, settle back, and hit play on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


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!

Gates of Midnight Sample Pages

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Mad World


The Vehicles of Fury Road by Scott Park!

Illustrator Scott Park has just completed an exciting (nay… explosive) new art print featuring 33 of the vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road. Each vehicle is rendered in Park’s cool illustrative style that captures the wasteland shredding energy of each car. Currently Mad World is for sale on Society Six, where you can also purchase many of his other fantastic posters. I’ve posted a sample image below with a couple of close ups, but go get the real thing! Also, listen to our interview with Scott on Atomic Moocast #94!


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The Atomic Moocast #106!


More Brune!!!

NEW MOOCAST!!! Former model, current Pin-up artist, and all around great gal, Nicole Brune returns to the podcast to tell us all about her new art, attending SDCC, meeting Kevin Smith,NB-headshot-IMG_5344-jan-2015 and she even gives us the creative kick in the (metaphorical) keister to get our projects done. Also, you get Chudd and mine’s 30 or so minutes of philosophizing on life… and stuff. So, this is a big one folks! Nearly two hours of sweet Atomic Moo-ness. Yeah!

So here we go folks! This Moo-train is ready to roll and you’re gonna want to be on board! So, put down that black box Chewie you stayed up all night to find at what ever toy store you were in line at (f**k’n Star Wars Force Friday? wtf? You actually lined up to give Disney more money?), and go find a secluded place to hunker down in. Then crack open something cold and fizzy just prior to hitting play on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


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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Images from Our Trip to Central Coast Comic Con!

Hello El Moochadores! This weekend in Ventura California was the C4 Central Coast Comic Con, and Yesterday we ventured out away from the safety and comfort of beautiful San Diego to attend this illustrious event. I gotta say, I dug Ventura and this con. Though it was really hot inside the dealer sections, there’s something very wonderful about attending a not Comic-Con size event and actually getting a chance to talk with artist and creators. 2042502_origAttending this event were many comic industry professionals like Tim Bradstreet, Bob Layton, and (Atomic Moo favorite artist) Nicole Brune. There were also cosplay pros like Rosanna Rocha and Az Powergirl along with celebrity appearances by Michael Jai White, Naomi Grossman, and and many more including comedians and voice actors. There was also live art sessions, panels, cosplayers, vendors and a “slave Leia” or two. All the right ingredients for a good con. I’ve posted a few images form the con below and soon (hopefully) I’ll start posting about some of the very cool indie creators we met at the con. Check it out and remember support your local comic book convention!


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Virtues of War!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Bennett R. Coles New SF Novel!

Recently, Titan Books published a new science fiction novel by Bennett R. Coles. The new novel, Virtues of War is an exciting chunk of military science fiction in the tradition of great stories like Starship Troopers (Book. Not the movie). In Virtues of War we get to follow the lives of the crew of the Rapier. A fast attack craft assigned to a Terran expeditionary force to the colony world’s of Sirius and Centauria. On board is Lieutenant Katja Emmes who gets her first combat experiences leading her platoon into an investigation of smuggled weapons. The mission will eventually kick off a galaxy wide war, but Emmes quickly begins to develop into a first rate officer and combat veteran along with the rest of the Rapier crew.

According to his webpage, Coles is a former Royal Canadian Navy officer and his 15 years naval experience shines through in Virtues of War. Coles did a brilliant job of weaving the regulation, procedures, and day to day drama of military life, with a wonderful idea of future human expansion into other star systems. In virtues of War he presents a fast paced and action packed story that actually had me wanting to read more after finishing the novel. Also, his characters aren’t just remakes of past hero templates. Katja and the rest of the Rapier crew are become real and believable through Coles writing and, as a reader, I was quickly drawn into her journey from novice to hero.

I’ve posted the official synopsis below, but Virtues of War is available for sale online at Titan Books Online Store!

Lieutenant Katja Emmes is a platoon commander, leader of the 10-trooper strike team aboard the fast-attack craft Rapier. Although fully trained, she has never led troops in real operations before, and lives in the shadow of her war-hero father. Sublieutenant Jack Mallory is fresh out of pilot school, daydreaming about a fighter pilot position in the space fleet. He is in for a rude awakening. Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane uses a six-month deployment in command of Rapier is to secure his rise to stardom within the Astral Force. He also plays the subtle politics of the military.

The Atomic Moocast #105!


Our Interview with Time Keeper Producer Daryn Murphy and Actor Matt Lunsford!

Hello El Moochadores!!! Get ready for another trip down the golden road of creativity and enlightenment with this newest edition of the The Atomic Moocast!!! On today’s episode we’re talking with Time Keeper Mitch producer/director, Daryn Murphy, and series star, Matt Lunsford. Matt plays Mitch Manners a would be time traveler sent back to do small things that will later have a huge effect on the future. However, one day he is asked to do not such a small thing, and his life gets considerably more interesting. Currently, Time Keeper is just finishing an IndieGoGO campaign, and today is the last day to help make series 3 happen! So get in there and help them out! As of this post there is still 17 hours left to contribute! I’ve posted a few Time Keeper episodes below along with their campaign video.

Also on this episode, Chudd and I discuss making our first official comic book page. It did not go well… damn.

So here we go folks! The button to all your audio podcast satisfaction is just a click away! Now would be the time to roll on over to your favorite comfy spot! Maybe even grab a bag of vein clogging snacks and a frosty beverage, as you settle in and hit play on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!


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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The Morning Moo!


Featuring Robotech (er…Macross), and Star Wars Art! All the Stuff we Love.

Good morning El Moochadores! In a few short minutes here I have to run out the door to go earn a very minimum wage, so let’s get right into some of the very cool stuff I found on the top level of the internet, this morning! Starting with:

1/72 Macross Model Custom Paint

From the Robotech side of things I thought this was just called the Officers Battle Pod, but I guess it’s actually called the Glaug. Wow, ‘learn something new every day… Anyways, check out this beautiful 1/72 scale resin model from model maker Kallamity on the Facebook. I originally came across images for this model on the Macross World Facebook page, where you can see some awesome images of this make! I’ve posted a few sample images below, but hit the link to see much more cool stuff! God I love Robotech… er Macross… Not the same thing!


Marko Manev Star Wars Art


For those of you lucky enough to be attending Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, please wander by booth A106 and check out ACME Archives, and Bottleneck Gallery’s display of these very incredible Marko Manev Star Wars prints. These are numbered 13 x 19 inch, giclee and they are selling for $35 each or $125 for a matching numbered set. There’s also a “noir” version of each print for sale at the same price. Check out some samples below and also know that if you are at D23 right now, I kind of hate you. Just a little bit, and mostly because I have to go to work, while you’re at D23, but yeah…

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An Independent Star Trek Film!

Recently I was going through this box of “con swag” that sits next to my desk. It’s a collection of comics, business cards, promo cards, and other stuff collected from the various conventions Chudd and I attended this last year. I keep all this stuff with the intention of “I’ll go through it later.” Well, yesterday was later, and there’s a lot of cool stuff in that box that we’re not posting about. Chief among “the cool stuff” was a promo card for an independent Star Trek film. This last year we’ve seen the Axanar crew at various conventions, and although we’ve picked up several of their cards, I haven’t yet posted about their pretty incredible project. Damn. axnarcast2

Axanar is trying to prove that you don’t need millions of dollars to produce a great science fiction show. Produced by Alex Peters (from Star Trek: Phase II) the story is set some 21 years before the TOS pilot episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before. The show stars former Trek cast members Tony Todd, J.G. Hertzler, Gary Graham, as well as veteran Sci-fi actors Richard Hatch and Kate Vernon. Here’s the basic synopsis for Axanar:

Axanar tells the story of (Captain) Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.

So far Axanar has run a successful Kickstarter Campaign, raising over $600,000 for the production of the movie. However, they’re still looking for donations and people wanting to help contribute to the shows production can contribute through a IndiGoGo page. As of this posting there is 22 days left on the campaign. I’ve posted a few sample images below along with two promotion videos for the show. For more information about the show click the links above or listen to their Podcast!


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