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Ecko Burning

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of Danie Ware’s New Sequel

Hello El Moochadores! This week’s Moo review is Ecko Burning, published by Titan Books. A sequel story to Danie Ware’s exciting sci-fi/ fantasy novel, Ecko Rising. The continuing saga of a cyber-enhanced assassin (Ecko) tossed into a fantasy realm full monsters, warriors, and magic!EckoRising_cvr It’s kind of like the Wizard of Oz, but instead of Dorothy there’s a skinny – foul mouthed – tech junkie, and instead of a tornado swirled house, there’s a flying bar (taverns are bars, right?). I’m not sure who Toto would be. Maybe one of the centaurs? Anyways, Ecko is pulled out of a dystopian London and wakes up in The Wanderer (the bar/tavern) and is soon on an adventure that Ecko hopes will get him home. Ecko Burning picks up right after this first adventure (sorry, but I’m trying really hard not to spoil anything), but this time around Ecko, and his new “friends”, must find a weapon powerful enough to defeat the evil force, Vahl, who is trying to destroy… well, everything. Here’s the synopsis:

Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using its forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.
Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait. Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul. When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.

Danie Ware’s knack for fantasy and science fiction is incredible. In Ecko Burning she blends the two genres beautifully allowing for a dark (paranoid) future and another, magical, world where metal barely exists at all. However; there’s also a lot going on here. Both Ecko Burning and Ecko Rising are chuck full of characters, new places, and because the books bring in a new mythology, it can be easy to get a little lost in all details. Ware’s writing style can also add to the confusion. It’s not that she isn’t a good writer, because she is, but her descriptions, analogies, and metaphors are almost poetry. Sometimes it was a little hard to see past her descriptive power to what was actually happening on the page. But on the flip side of that criticism there’s Ecko. A contentious, ornery, and foul mouth little bastard incapable of not saying “fuck” when ever he opens his mouth. I liked him. He a great lens to see through that brought the weirdness into focus. In Ecko Rising I enjoyed his growing friendship with The Bard, and Burning added some interesting twists to their tale. I was a little disappointed that Ecko and the Bard didn’t have more time in the book, but I am eager to see where they end up in the next novel.

Overall, I highly recommend Ecko Burning. It was a great 2nd act and set up for what’s to come, but if you haven’t read Ecko Rising, do that first! Other wise you’ll be muttering, “I don’t get it” many, many times.

Ecko Burning is available in book stores now or you can get your copy throughTitan Books!

Atomic Moocast #80: Psy-licious Interview with Nicole Brune!

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Pin up artist Nicole Brune is back to talk about art, getting models into her hotel room, and Comic Con! Nicole is going to be at the San Diego con this week. You can check out her art, and models(!) at booth 4528.nicolega1 Also, we’re changing things up around here… a little. Check out the new intro and State of the Moo segment at the beginning of the podcast. So here we go folks! Episode 80 is fresh out of the digital oven and ready to served piping hot into your gaping ear holes! 80 episodes… wow! That is 80 episodes of the lowest budget podcasting excellence and it’s just a tap, click, or tap away!

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

Show Notes and Links

Nicole’s Art

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Futurama… 3D!!!

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Via Geek Tyrant: The year 3000 never looked better! Check out these awesome 3D versions of the Planet Express Ship in glorious 3-D! That’d be the third dimension to the lay person. Actually, what the hell is a “lay” person? That’s not racist is it? I should probably not say it until I find out. Anyways… the 3D art was created by artist Alexey Zakharov. Check out some short animation tests and some images below.

Enjoy!

Futurama 3d (test shot) from seccovan on Vimeo.

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Outcasts of Jupiter!

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Good evening El Moochadores! Right now there is a new Kickstarter for a fantastic looking science fiction comic book called Outcasts of Jupiter! Created by brothers Shof (artist) and Shobo (writer) Coker, this science fiction epic takes us 1000 years into the future where Earth is a dump and Jupiter is the cultural center of our galaxy! Here’s the synopsis:

A thousand years into the future, earth is a very different place. Catastrophic quakes and natural disasters have devastated the planet, wreaking havoc on our civilization and swallowing whole cities as nature reclaimed hers.Postcard_Kebbah03

Our planet, now a harbor for outlaws, ash-runners, gangsters and vagrants, is no longer the crown jewel of the Sol System, that honor belongs to Jupiter, a hub of interstellar trade, commerce and the seat of politics. The titular Outcasts of Jupiter are just that, a group of four vagabonds deemed persona non grata on most civilized worlds, bound by a common purposeaf0230e5805dee3d4dd70535d92636a2_large – the promise of roaming the fringes of an untamed and wild galaxy, identifying unique and unusual jobs that spark their collective interests and challenge their unique abilities.

We meet Stein, Sulesh and Denarii in the middle of attempting a jailbreak. The reasons for Persio’s abduction become clearer over the course of the comic’s run, but it’s up to the rest of the team to get him out of the Burj, a mysterious tower located in the courtyard of a heavily fortified clifftop palace.

The kickstarter still has plenty of days left, so if you’re interested in seeing new, wonderfully illustrated, science fiction (and you should be…) hop on over there and contribute a few bucks. The Coker brothers (…’kind of sounds like old west outlaws, huh?) have some great rewards for supporting their comic,69fd693111b4c074914d5d7a5f43e7ec_large some of which include original art by Shof and sculptures by their own personal sculptress, Funlola! But better still: you’ll be helping bring more science fiction into the world and we here at Atomic Moo are very much in favor of that!

Below I’ve posted some sample illustrations and pages from the book as well as the Kickstarter video. For more information you can visit the Kickstarter for Outcasts of Jupiter or the Coker’s website, Coker Co Op.

Enjoy!

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Sample Pages

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Atomic Moo Comic Book Review of IT CAME!

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Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to meet Grurk. He’s an indestructible robot from another planet and, in true b-movie form, he’s here to smash the 1950′s English country side in the wonderful graphic novel, It Came! Created by Dan Boultwood this hard bound collection of It Came comics is a funny and thrilling new graphic novel published by Titan Books. Here’s the synopsis:

1958. Driving through the British countryside, unthinkingly misogynistic space scientist, Dr. Boy Brett, and his companion, Doris Night, pop into a quaint village pub for a cheese ploughman’s…ItCame_5
But waiting for them outside is a most unwelcome visitor: Grurk, an indestructible, monosyllabic robot from outer space, on a mission to harvest the British Blitz spirit for energy!Pursuing Grurk in their Morris Minor, will Boy and Doris be able to save the British from a life without stiff upper lippedness, or will Her Majesty’s Kingdom be forever resigned to a life down in the mouth?

It Came was a treat. The illustration and lay out of the book is excellent. Boultwood has an unique illustration style that simplifies (in a good way!) yet engages the reader. He knows just how to capture the right moments of action and expressions for an exciting story about a mad alien robot. Y’know, our kind of story.ItCame_1 Layered on top of the amazing art work is some of the best humor in comics since Dead Pool. Nothing is taken too serious and the book is full of mock ads, intermissions, and title pages reminiscent of an 1950′s movie going experience. All you need is a box of pop corn and your set. Well, except then your buttery fingers might mess up an excellent graphic novel… Anyways, below I’ve posted a few more sample images from the graphic novel. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link to purchase the novel on the Titan Books web site, but it is out in store now and it can be purchased online at Barnes & Nobles online store.

Enjoy!

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Atomic Moo Book Review of Venus on the Half-Shell

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This last year Titan Books has re-released Philip José Farmer’s 1974 novel; Venus on the Half-Shell. Farmer, a world renowned science fiction author, wrote as if this were a Kilgore Trout novel.pjfphoto2a A name recognized by many Kurt Vonnegut fans as the anti-social, and eccentric, science fiction writer from Vonnegut novels like Slaughter House Five and Breakfast of Champions. Writing as the non-existant author, Farmer explored what a Kilgore Trout novel may have been like as part of a writing experiment where he (Farmer) and several other writers conspired to bring the fictional works of like wise fictional characters to real life. In Venus on the Half-Shell, Farmer writes the story of the last human to survive a global holocaust and subsequent quest to answer a philosophical question; Why are we born if only to suffer? Here’s the synopsis:

Simon Wagstaff narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned spaceship. A man without a planet, he gains immortality from an elixir drunk during an interlude with a cat-like alien queen. Now Simon must chart a 3,000-year course to the most distant corners of the multiverse, to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer.

A big part of our site (Atomic Moo) is celebrating Fandom through some sort of creative expression. There are fantastic stories out there that just stuck with us and instilled a sense of nostalgia, or sparked enough inspiration, to make us want to do something to be a part of that fictional world that was thought up by somebody else. So, it’s from a Fanboy perspective that I can appreciate Venus on the Half-shell. There shouldn’t be any question that this Farmer’s tribute to Vonnegut. Though the book states in the forward (pg. 16) that Farmer and Vonnegut had a falling out over Venus, the story is similar in prose to many of Vonnegut’s actual novels. It is satirical, absurd, and (in a Slaughterhouse Five/ Billy Pilgrim sort of way) a little naive. The protagonist (Wagstaff) is a philosopher. He rockets around the galaxy in a phallic shaped spaceship, relying on the lives of 5th dimensional suns for fuel, all in a quest to answer one grand question. During his quest his life is often in jeopardy and he has a massive amount of sex with all sorts of odd creatures who’s civilizations seem to satirize many human behaviors. It is the sort of “smart ass” story that would fit in nicely with any of Vonnegut’s true works.

However, maybe you’re a purist and you don’t think a Kilgore Trout novel should ever exist. Even if that were the case, this is still a funny satire that can stand on it’s own. Take away the name Kilgore Trout and appropriately attribute this novel to Philip J. Farmer and it’s still a fun book to read. I don’t think it is ever possible for any one to say what a Kilgore Trout novel should be. After all: Vonnegut is dead, and Trout (despite his best efforts) never actually existed, but Farmer’s Venus in a Half-Shell is about as close to the real thing as we’re likely to ever get.

Venus on the Half-Shell can be found in all major books stores or you can get you’re copy online at Titanbooks.com

Awesome Alien Geek-Art

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Quick post of a cool looking piece of geek-art, that’s based off of the movie Alien. I came across it on deviantArt.com, and it’s by French illustrator Armand Dimitri (LordMishkin). Check out his gallery to. This guy has got some really great looking stuff in there.

Awesome Geek Art: SYNTHESPIANS

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Quick post here of something cool I just came across (via Geeksaresexy.net). Damn, I need post about more stuff like this. It’s a great looking geek-art poster by Canadian illustrator Scott Park, featuring all the really cool robots, androids, droids, cyborgs, and replicants of Sci-Fi films. Looks like it’s also available for purchase on Society6 if you want a print.

TELESCOPE

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Via Geeks are Sexy: Hey El Moochadores! Yesterday I came across this great little piece of science fiction called Telescope! It’s a short film that really reminds me of the science fiction stories I would read in Asimov, or Heavy Metal, when I was teenager. Here’s the Synopsis:

The year is 2183. Earth is dead. With all evidence of organic life lost, a cosmic archaeologist travels faster than
light into deep space to capture images of the once vibrant planet. When his vessel is damaged he must take matters into his own hands, risking his life to witness humanity’s lost home.

The film was made by Director/Editor Collin Davis, Director/Producer Matt Litwiller, Writer/Producer Eric Bodge, Lead VFX Artist Wes Ball, and Director of Photography Travis LaBella.

Enjoy!

TELESCOPE from Telescope on Vimeo.

TONIGHT I STRIKE, A Short Film by Dan Gaud

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Via Laughing Squid, Hey El Moochadores! Take a look at this fantastic short science fiction film; Tonight I Strike directed by Dan Gaud. A little bit of a bummer, but does have some striking visual effects and action scenes.

Enjoy!

TONIGHT I STRIKE from Dan Gaud on Vimeo.

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