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Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years!

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of an Amazing Tribute Book!

Hello my fellow El Moochadores! As many of you know, we (the brothers moo) dabble in a little art. You may also know that the both of us are Trek fans. Well, classic Trek. Not that Jar Jar Abrams trash… and may rabid Tribbles gnaw off his testicles. The point is: We like art and Star Trek! Which means that the Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Yearsimage_5 hard back book (Titan Books, 2016) is really, kind of, sort of, the exact book we want to read! And yes, I’m drinking well writing this! Wait. Anyways…

To celebrate the 50th (FIFTY!) years of Star Trek, Titan Books put together an amazing collection of art in one spectacular hardback cover! Fantastic. Heh. This book was specially commissioned by CBS and kicks off with a forward by Nicholas Meyer. Yeah! Wrath of frigg’n Kahn Meyer! Following that; Each chapter beautifully shows off the various pieces of art work along with artist interviews about the piece and how they made it. What’s great is the massive variety of art. Artist show off their talents for photography, painting, sculpture, and digital art all through the Trek spectrum! I think one of my favorite pieces is an OTS poster featuring every character from the show! It’s awesome! Okay, I know Titan sends us a lot of stuff, and I really try to be as honest as I can about the books we get, but I’m not lying. I Frigg’n love this book! I actually skipped it ahead of a bunch of other books (I’m way behind on my reviews. Sorry Titan) just to post about this book, and drink. Okay, I didn’t have to drink, but at least it’s something green.

I posted the official synopsis below along with a few sample images, but the book is way more than just some sample images. Go check it out and get an actually good piece of Star Trek while it’s out there! Again: go suck a dick Mr. Abrams.

Enjoy!

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Star Trek Axanar Being Sued by Paramount, CBS

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Good evening El Moochadores! The following story has been all over the web today, but I figured that since we’re a website about independent creative endeavours (“geek creative”) that it would be worth a mention here. Plus we meet the Axanar crew at almost every So. Cal con we go to, and they’re a pretty cool bunch.

Earlier today, the Hollywood Reporter posted the news that Paramount Studios and CBS are suing the producers of the crowd funded fan film, Star Trek: Axanaraxnarcast2 for “a violation of their intellectual property“. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes…“.

Produced by Alec Peters, the Axanar film project has earned over 1 million dollars through crowd source funding on sites like Kickstarter and indiegogo. According to the Axanar website:

…totally non-commercial. That means we can never charge for anything featuring their marks or intellectual property and we will never sell the movie, DVD/Blu-ray copies, T-shirts, or anything which uses CBS owned marks or intellectual property.

So… a really good fan film. Click here to see the Hollywood Reporter article along with the full complaint against Axanar.

In my opinion (this a blog, I get to have one of those) this is bunk. Axanar may, or may not, be the best thing in Trek to come about, but it’s probably a damn site better than those shitty “Jar Jar Abrams” films (seriously, how do you get to fuck up both Star Trek and Star Wars in one life time?) that Paramount has released in recent years. I understand the need to protect intellectual property rights, so I sincerely hope that the producers of Axanar can demonstrate that all the money raised for this production will be used for the film, and get to finish its production. Check out the synopsis for Axanar below along with the short film Prelude to Axanar.

New Trek sucks. Let the fan films happen.

Axanar takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. We met Garth in the third season TOS episode Whom Gods Destroy. Kirk called Garth the role model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
Axanar tells the story of 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.

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Cool Video from Meta Ball Studios!

Okay, it’s been days since my last post, and I feel like crap right now. Not that the two are related. Yeah. Sure, I feel bad about not writing, but I mostly feel bad about my crappy life that’s keeping me from doing the stuff I really love. Stupid life-stuff. Anyways, the last few days have been a series of disasters, and I’m spent. So, it’s time to do something I love doing most: being a huge nerd. Thank the maker for the internet, and its wealth of great stuff like this video showing a size comparison between different star ships. Seriously! Feeling bad, go look at space ships. It works. This video comes to us by way of MetaBallStudios on the Youtube. Excellent work, but my only gripe(s) is they listed the Imperial Class Star Destroyer at 900 meters. According to Wookiepedia the ICS is actually 1600 meters in length. This is important! Get it right! Also, no Red Dwarf. Where was the Dwarf? Anyways, I’m off to my next favorite thing that makes me happy – free internet porn. an age old reliable cure for what ales you.

Cheers!

AXANAR!

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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!

Enjoy!

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Star Trek: Axanar – Prelude to Axanar

Prelude to Axanar Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

The Morning Moo!

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Featuring Cool Star Wars T-Shirts and a Federation Office Building!

Good morning El Moochadores! Sorry for the lack of post the last couple of days, but we’ve been away. But we’re back, and we got really cool stuff to post about! Like this Star Trek building! Via Design Boom; checkout this office building in China that was designed to look like the star ship Enterprise Changle in china’s fujian province, and it is modeled after NCC 1701-E (or the one form the Next Generation movies for you non-trek lovers. AKA sinners). Check out a short video below about the building and its construction!

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The Morning Moo!

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Featuring Space X Posters and the Star Trek Done Way Wrong!

Good Morning El Moochadores! In just a few moments I have to leave for work and trade a piece of my soul for a low wage. yay. However, its Monday and I’ve always felt that the start of a work week is a new chance to fix things. Optimism! We’ll survive this… until the day we don’t.

Anyways…

Space X Mars Posters

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We’re going to Mars! Well, the royal we… In any case, check out these cool posters produced by Space X and uploaded to their Flickr page. The posters have a very cool retro style and I really wish I could tell you who made them… d’oh.

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Guide to the Races of Star Trek

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Well, you thought you knew Star Trek… turns out we were all way wrong. Check out this funny video from Neil Cicierega on the Youtube. Mactonites. I must’ve missed that episode.

Star Trek’s Tim Russ Explains Star Wars Day

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New Video by by Pocketwatch and UCB Comedy!

Happy May 4th, El Moochadores! On this holiday of all holidays, let’s all take a look back at what makes Star Wars so great through the eyes of Star Trek Voyager’s Tim Russ. Watch and enjoy as Tuvok patiently explains “the Star Wars” to the non-initiated in this funny video produced by UCB Comedy and Pocketwatch on the youtube. May the Fourth be with you all today…

Enjoy!

The Morning Moo!

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Featuring very cool Snake Plissken art and the Star Trek: Renegades Trailer!

Good morning, El Moochadores. Sorry about the lack of post lately, but I’m lazy. Yeah. It’s something I’d work on, but… lazy. Anyways; For today’s Morning Moo check out the great Snake Plissken art above. The piece was created by German artist Fabian Schlaga, and you can buy a print of it at Sideshowtoy.com. I’ve also posted a few other samples of Schlaga’s work below from his Deviant Art page.

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Star Trek: Renegades

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Is it still a fan film if it has Chekov in it? I think not. Anyways; Check out the recently published trailer for a new, independently produced, new Star Trek series: Star Trek: Renegades. The new show is produced by the same people who made Star Trek: Gods and Men. Here’s the synopsis:

Renegades will be a departure from previous Treks – delving into the dark side of the human psyche, pushing our heroes to their limits, forcing them to carry out actions that they never would have as Starfleet officers. The rules have changed, and they realize they might be the last hope to save the Federation. Star Trek: Renegades will be action oriented, filled with suspense and espionage; all while exploring new worlds, encountering both familiar and new alien species, and boldly going where no Trek has gone before.

Renegades will star/feature Adrienne Wilkinson, Bruce A. Young, Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, Gary Graham, Sean Young, Manu Intiraymi, Corin Nemec, Edward Furlong, and many more. No really. It’s a lot and I’m tired of typing. See, lazy.

Atomic Moo Book Review!

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Star Trek The Next Generation: Takedown

New Paperback Novel by John Jackson Miller

Hey El Moochadores, now out on bookstore shelves is an exciting new STNG novel, Takedown, by veteran science fiction writer, John Jackson Miller. Published, 2015, by Simon and Schuster,Star-Trek-The-Next-Generation-Takedown-John-Jackson-Miller-author this new novel follows the continuing adventures of Captain Jean Luc Picard, and the crew of the Enterprise E, as they face off against a renegade Federation starship that is destroying communication centers all across the neutral zone. Worst yet, it appears this ultra fast vessel (the USS Aventine) is commanded by Picard’s former first officer, now Admiral, William T. Riker! Insert climatic music here–.

A lot of credit has to go to author John J. Miller for crafting a Star Trek novel that was both fun, and yet still reminiscent of the sentiment expressed by television series we all loved some twenty years ago. He did an amazing job of recreating many of the characters from STNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and then weaving them into a fantastic adventure of deep space diplomacy and warfare. Though I’m usually sometimes negative about any TV based novels1701e1 (because they’re often written to be little more than well crafted fan fiction with absolutely no effect on the universe they’re trying to promote… no risk, no reward) Takedown read like it could have been part of the STNG universe, if we had still had it to watch. Which is another effect the book had on me. I miss Star Trek, dammit. And I’m not talking about the crappy, lens flare-infested, films forced on us by J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. No, I miss this version of Trek. A version that feels fun and thoughtful. I miss the Star Trek the was about exploration and improving humanity, not clown hands and obvious plot holes. I want the Star Trek back that begins with stuff like, “New Life and New Civilizations.” Reading Miller’s novel felt like I was getting a small piece of that entertainment back, and I can’t believe how much I missed it.

Takedown is now available in paperback in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online here. Below, I’ve posted the books synopsis along with a few sample images of what a few of the ships mentioned in book may of looked like. All the images are from Unusualsuspex’s deviant art page (awesome work too!), and aside from Enterprise E, I can only hope this is what they looked like. You can actually check out a few sample pages from Takedown here.

Make it so! (heh.)

When renegade Federation starships begin wreaking destruction across the Alpha Quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis. But the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation… – See more at: Simon & Schuster.

The Starships!

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The Morning Moo!

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RIP Leonard Nimoy

As many of you already know, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday at the age of 83. According to an online article by the New York Times Nimoy’s death was caused by “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” attributed, by Nimoy himself, to years of smoking cigarettes. All (well, both) of us at Atomic Moo are Star Trek fans, and the TV show, and movies, have been a big part of our lives. So, for today’s Morning Moo I’m going to post some Nimoy related items you can see below.

We hope you enjoy the videos.

Leonard Nimoy Dead: Spock of ‘Star Trek’ Dies at 83 | The New York Times

Leonard Nimoy Explains Origin of Vulcan Greeting | The New York Times

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: “The Challenge” (Audi Commercial)

Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song

and… of course:

Leonard Nimoy – The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

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