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The Atomic Moocast #96!

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Hello again El Moochadores! Today we have another great edition of the Atomic Moocast ready to go! It’s fresh! Right off the factory floor! Home or Office delivered! Gluten free… Sorry, I just woke up and I’m still feel’n a little “out of it.” CVHB1_FrontCover-680x1024 Anyways, on this episode we talk with independent comic creator (and musician) David Lucarelli. David is the writer of a fantastic graphic novel, The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade, and he’s a damn good interview. So give it a listen and check out the links below to find out more about the comic and it’s sequel, Age of the Wicked! I’ve also posted a few sample pages from the first book to give you a look at the cool art by Henry Ponciano. Keen.

So, here we go folks! It’s Atomic Moocasting time! Which also means it’s time to relax, get comfortable, crack open a cool beverage, and slather your brain in a little geek creativity.

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:

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  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party

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Sample Pages from CVHB!

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Monsters vs Zombies

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This might sound a little twisted, but when I’m driving home from work every night, stuck behind a bunch of mouth-breathers going 40 in a 55, I can’t help but to day dream of an apocalypse. I figure there wouldn’t be as many people on the road if the world had ended. Then I could get to where I needed to go with some sanity intact. I guess I just want to see fewer people on the road… and everywhere else in general. However, using zombies, vampires and Frankenstein’s monster probably isn’t the best way of achieving that (global-wide use of condoms would probably work just as well), but that’s what happens in the comic I read today, Monsters vs Zombies by Eric Dong and Vin Teng. I picked this up at Comic-Con a few weeks back, and I’m liking what I read. It’s got monster, zombies, vampires, and kung-fu all wrapped up in a nice little cozy apocalyptic world (where there’s less people, and those that are around are more than likely to travel at least the speed limit).

The book says this takes place in an alternate past New York City. How long ago? I don’t know, but it looks like humanity is having a rough time trying to survive, with the constant threat of monster attacks, zombies, and Chinese Kung-fu vampires (that might be a cool band name…). There’s some hope though with a young girl who seems to be immune to the zombie virus (but how’s her Kung-fu?).

For more information check out their website at monstersvszombies.com. I’m hoping there will be a second issue soon. So the next few cons I go to I’ll be keeping an eye out for Teng and Dong—Heh! We’re looking for “dong”… Ha! Sorry, I mean the artist Eric Dong… so we can get another book… not the other kind of dong. Not into that… I should probably shut the f**k up and close this out. Read the book! ‘Night folks!

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Atomic Moocast #73: Interview with Lia Scott Price!

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IT’S ALIVE!!! Yes, El Moochadores, we have yet another grand edition of the world’s least known, poorly produced, best podcast. Yeah, chew on that for awhile. Anyways, on this episode (#73) we’re joined by comic writer, and horror author, Lia Scott Price!COVER AND BACK LAYOUT FINAL revised Lia has a series of horror/ vampire comics out called Vampire Guardian Angles! Vampire comics that are brutal, bloody, and totally free of glitter. Keen!

So, here we go folks! Don’t delay any further! Now’s the time to go grab a cool/frosty beverage and a comfy place to sit as you reach past the vast girth that is your own belly and hit play on 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
  • Who Likes to Party

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Atomic Moo Book Review of A Taste of Blood Wine!

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Good evening El Moochadores! Now out in bookstores is a new vampire-romance novel from author Freda Warrington and Titan Books. The novel, A Taste of Blood Wine is the first story of the Blood Wine Sequence that follows the lives (or not-lives) of the Vampire Karl and the beautiful Charlotte Neville. Here’s the synopsis:

1918. A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.

1923. Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine’s 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl – the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry – until she sees Karl …

For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian – for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.

Though Warrington’s writing forms vivid, crisp, images of the characters inhabiting her book, A Taste of Blood Wine read more like a post-first World War soap opera of the wealthy English… and vampires. The book very much felt of the early 20th century (again thanks to Warrington’s writing) but it also followed many of the already established story lines made by other vampire novels. The forbidden romance, the dangerous “other” vampires, the obsession that forms between the young social outcast and the good looking vampire boy, are all things done by other vampire stories. Sure, the vampires are different in that they are both ridiculously over powered (and yet easy to hack apart), but that’s not enough of a change to pull this story away from the literary quagmire established by the Twilight novels. Okay, it’s not that bad. There were some genuinely “spooky” moments that happened under the manor house, but overall this book was just more of pretty people getting to do really cool stuff. However, vampire novels aside, I would like to read more of Warrington’s books. She has a clear talent for writing horror and I hope to come across more of her work sometime in the future.

A Taste for Blood Wine is on sale now at all major book sellers or you can get your copy at the Titan Books online store!

Atomic Moo Book Review of Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard!

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Hello El Moochadores! Now out through Titan books is the newest addition (in over a decade) to the Anno Dracula series by English author, Kim Newman. Johnny Alucard (get it? C’mon! It’s easy… Alucard? Get it?) continues the question of “What if Dracula had survived his encounters with Bram Stoker’s Dr. John Seward and enslaved Victorian England?” Newman then goes on to create a world influenced by Dracula and changed by the, now very public, Vampires he has created. Here’s the books synopsis:

Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous installments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol,Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.

For me; Johnny Alucard felt more like a collection of short stories involving the characters from previous Anno Dracula books (in truth I’ve only read one other: Dracula Cha Cha Cha). Not that that’s a bad thing, and the books conclusion (I won’t spoil it) tied everything together very well. Some advice though: If this is your first time reading an Anno Dracula novel: Don’t try and get all the references. Newman tells a story about a whole world changed by the emergence of Dracula, and the “coming out” of vampires, and so his books are packed with pop-culture and historical references. Sometimes if feels like he’s writing stories just for the film and history majors of the world. The first time I read a Anno Dracula I thought I had to stop and read up on names dropped, movie callbacks, and subtle character changes, to enjoy the book. Not true. This time around I just jumped in and started reading. If I got the reference, groovy! If not, oh damn well. On the plus side though, I do think this book is slightly less packed with references than the previous Dracula Cha Cha Cha. Maybe. Still it was fun to read about things from my generation. Gordon Gekko, Princess Leia, and even The Dude pop up in small ways through out the story.

This was a fun book, and though I’m really not into vampire novels, I would recommend Johnny Alucard for both it’s historical (yeah it has some) and entertainment value! Johnny Alucard is now in bookstores or you can get your copy online at Titan Books Website!

Atomic Moo Book Review!

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Vampires have infested our pop-culture for decades now. They started out as the classy, yet ghoulish, fiend written by Stoker one hundred and fifteen years-ago, and (since then) have somehow transformed into the glittering pretty people of pre-teen blockbusters. Fortunately it does not end there and we can still get a vampire story that doesn’t involve hundred year-old dead guys knocking up there teenage girl friend, then biting the baby out of her belly.

Dracula Cha Cha Cha is the third book of the Anno Dracula series, a trilogy by author Kim Newman, that brings the mythos of the bloodsucker back around to where it began; with Count Dracula. Not that the Count is in the book all that much, he makes a brief appearance, but I don’t want to spoil anything and we’re not quite there yet anyways. The story takes place in 1959 and is centered on a vampire reporter, Katharine Reed. Reed, an Irishwoman, has been at odds with the Count since she turned Vampire in the late 19th century and has flown to Rome to report on Dracula’s recently announced wedding to the Princess Asa Vajda. Unfortunately for Kate Reed, the upcoming nuptials are not all that is going on in Rome when she arrives. Her former friend and long-time rival is managing Dracula’s wedding; a familiar English spy is chasing down a mad man and his white cat; and on top of all that, there’s a laughing lunatic in red tights killing all the vampire elders arriving in Rome. Oh yeah, and Rome’s oldest goddess maybe kicking around somewhere too.

I don’t know how the vampire enthusiast will feel about Dracula Cha Cha Cha, but it is a walking history lesson for fans of late ’50’s era pop-culture. Sometimes, almost to a fault. I think it was about when the blue spandex wearing Kent and the Addams family made their appearances that I lost interest in the main story and instead treated the book like a literate “where’s Waldo” by trying to spot the next movie star or film reference. However this barrage of movie and historical references does not mean it’s a bad book. I enjoyed Newman’s humor and his take on vampires. There was a quixotic weirdness to the main characters adventures that made reading the book fun, but I feel the books summation was murky (probably not the best word, but the closest to how I felt about the last few chapters of the book) and felt a little rushed. Overall, I say give it a read and enjoy the book for it’s weird quirkiness and movie star surprises.

You can get a copy of Dracula Cha Cha Cha at Titan Books or click the link on the Atomic Moo Sidebar and purchase a copy through Amazon.com.

3 Minutes of True Blood, Season 4

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I’m a True Blood fan and I dig the shows grim sense of humor. So, yeah I think it’s cool that HBO just released 3 minutes of episode one for the fourth season. However, what I don’t think is cool, is getting a chance to watch season 3 until just recently. It seems like the good people handling the HBO distribution have an massive stick up their ass about releasing their shows before a DVD is published and sold. Not that they couldn’t show the films on iTunes as the episodes premiere and make just as much money as they would on a DVD release, but that I guess that would be too easy for the fans of their shows. Oh fuck it, I’m no good at the sarcasm and wit bullshit so here it is, go suck a donkey dick HBO, ya’rotten selfish rat-bastards. And would it kill you soulless dick weasels to put a fuck’n “play all” feature on your DVD menus? Jump’n Jesus on a pogo stick fellers, you’re fuck’n up all over the place! Whew! I feel a lot better now. Get them demons out, right? Anyways, check out the first 3 minutes of season four and if you give a chance give HBO a good old cussing when you get the chance.

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Trailer for Fright Night Remake—Where the Hell is Tennant?

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I’m a big fan of old horror movies, or anything 1990 and below generally speaking. Some stuff after 90 is okay, like the Dawn of the Dead remake and The Mist, but I usually like to stick with the stuff I grew up watching. The original Fright Night is one I like to regularly pop into the DVD player on a Friday night (Evil Dead II, Return of the Living Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street III, and Hellraiser I & II are a few others on my list) while I sit here at my Mac working (’cause I got no money or confidence to get a date). I’m not saying the original Fright Night is a great movie, it’s not, but because I like it so much I don’t know how much I really want to see a remake of it. Even after watching the trailer for the new one, I’m still not sure I want to see it. Here’s a synopsis for it in case you’re not familiar with the story:

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Kung Fu Beyond The Grave

Dracula and Kung Fu! Does it get any better?! I found this through Neatorama.com. If you actually want to buy the DVD (???), you can do so here. Enjoy!

X-Men vs Vampires #1!

Good Morning! Lately I’ve been trying to get back into reading comics. In a previous post I mentioned that I ran up to San Clemente and picked a few up. Well, I finally had the chance to read one… just one. Also, yesterday I finally received the issues I ordered online (I believe I ordered X-Force #1, X-23 #1, a Tron comic, and… something else I can’t remember right now… it’s early, cut me some slack), so hopefully I’ll get a chance here soon (the weekend?) to catch up on all of those. Last night, before bed, I read X-Men vs Vampires #1 of 2. How could I pass up a title like that?

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