Atomic Moo Comic Book Review of IT CAME!

Posted in Comic & Graphic Novels, General on April 9th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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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

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek Lit, General on February 12th, 2014 by Mister Trog

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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

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Awesome Alien Geek-Art

Posted in Geek Art on December 14th, 2013 by Uncle Chudd

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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.

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Awesome Geek Art: SYNTHESPIANS

Posted in Geek Art on December 8th, 2013 by Uncle Chudd

Synthespians by Scott Park

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.

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TELESCOPE

Posted in Fan Film, Film & Animation, General on October 25th, 2013 by Mister Trog

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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.

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TONIGHT I STRIKE, A Short Film by Dan Gaud

Posted in Film & Animation, General on June 29th, 2013 by Mister Trog

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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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Atomic Moocast #55: Interview with Rebecca Weih!!!

Posted in Atomic Moo, Geek News, Geekery, General on June 25th, 2013 by Mister Trog

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Atomic Moocast #55 is here and ready to roll across your brain like an audio station wagon from hell! On this very special edition of the Moocast we are joined by our Brethren Moo member Brandon Noel! Brandon comes on the show to talk some Supermansuperman-logo and to tell us about his latest volume of pulp stories! Then we are joined by Mrs. Rebecca Weih, an intern for Ugli Studios. We have a lot of fun joking with Becca and learning about the fascinating world of a comic book intern!

So here we go folks. Quick! Hurry and go grab a fizz soft soda from the ice box! Then scurry to that place you feel most comfortable in all the world, even if it is a place where you may not need pants! Then cram a pair of earbuds into your listen holes and get ready to listen to 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:

  • Kool Katz
  • Aces High
  • As I Figure

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Another Creepy Robot Video…

Posted in Film & Animation on April 30th, 2013 by Uncle Chudd

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Not as disturbing as “Blinky” but pretty close. Why the fuck are we pushing towards the singularity??? Anyhow, this is interesting tale of a robot who never heard the phrase “you can attract more bees with honey…” called ABE, written and directed by Rob McLellan. Check it out below. Now I need to smash my mac into a million pieces before it decides I don’t love it any more. Later!

ABE from Rob McLellan on Vimeo.

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HYBRIDS

Posted in Film & Animation, General on April 25th, 2013 by Mister Trog

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Via Geek Tyrant; I very – really – just rolled out of bed, and it is still very tough to think, but I wanted to finish this post I had started last night about this niffty little, independently made, short film.Hybrids3 Written and directed by (how come we never say “directed and written by…”?) Patrick Kalyn, Hybrids is the story of a mom getting revenge on alien scum. Just the sort of story we all want to see! Here’s the synopsis:

In the wake of an alien infestation, an ex-special forces soldier loses her daughter in alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team on a mission deep into alien territory. Soon, she makes a discovery which makes her question her allegiance.

The short film is about eight minutes long and stars Daniella Evangelista. to me it kind of had a Terminator meets Total Recall meets Fire in the Sky like vibe. Pretty cool for 6:30 am!

Enjoy!

HYBRIDS from wsp on Vimeo.

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The Very Cool Art of Weebasaurus

Posted in Geek Art, General on March 26th, 2013 by Mister Trog

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Good morning El Moochadores! While looking for something creative and geeky to post about today I came across some really cool art work by Deviant artist; Weebasaurus! According to his blog Wee Lim (Weebasaurus) is also a junior animation artist. He has an inspiring set of original conceptions and fan art work on Deviant art, check out a small sample of his work below.

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