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This Just Happened – No Digileias and Other Things 170117

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Either those rumors of Disney swooping in to secure digital rights to Carrie Fisher’s likeness generated a hot storm of bad press and they backed off, or they were never true to begin with. Either way, I think I’m in the minority when I say it wouldn’t offend me if they made CGI General Organas in the future. But either way, the story has certainly changed.
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Meanwhile…

– Witness Chewie pull Unkar Plutt’s arm off. On repeat!
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-Witness John Boyega run around in unfortunately garish jaeger pilot gear with rubbery bits.
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– Witness evidence of alternate death scenes for K2SO and Cassian… I mean, we know they shot several, but I was amused just watching Tudyk act it out. He’s a champ.
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– Witness everyone involved in Defenders talk about Defenders. I’m excited!
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– Witness Inumans casting descriptions that are totally not the royal family u guise totally!

Miscellany:

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The Art of Ghost in the Shell… available for pre-order through Amazon. Yes, I pre-ordered it. HELL YES.

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Look at this targeted ad fail on FB. An article on the Bombshells product line and ‘feminist empowerment’ followed by an ad for Frank Cho’s FB Page… Frank Cho being the new poster boy for sexist and exploitative comic work after having overtaken Adam Hughes in the public consciousness (which is all overblown in my opinion)…

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Aha! Not that I know my Dr. Who. But still.

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I like the concept of stealth nerd attire. I don’t need a yellow liner on a blazer, but the bat symbol was a nice touch.

Art Awesomeness:

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Gillem Pongiluppi

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Keron Grant

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Shimaspoon

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James Harren

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Jenny Frison

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Stonehouse

That’s all for now. Back to being digitally scanned for perpetuity…


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Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 027 – “The Heat of Star Wars: Rogue One”

Robot-Kraken January 2017: Episode 027 – “The Heat of Star Wars: Rogue One”
This episode marks the first of our new long-play format for the Robot-Kraken Podcast. We have moved to a monthly release schedule, with multiple hours of content per episode!

SWEET RUMBLINGS OF THE DEEP – ROBOT KRAKEN IS BACK!   In our first of our new format – Robot Kraken goes monthly and long format! Now you can depend on a nice, long, rambling episode each month with less news filler you get everywhere else and more reviews, discussions, art techniques and interviews! Strap in and join us in our journey down to the mighty Robot Kraken where we regale him with talk of our lives over the last few months, a two and a half hour discussion of Rogue One and more!

Time Stamps:

Sucking the Monkey: 01:30 [Kris: Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale; Thom: Petris Oud Bruin]

#garageofficeproblems: 04:20

Changes to the Podcast, Introduction: 6:00

Kris is a poorly made host: 15:00

The Shipyard!

Thom: Creating art prints, a new website, and tabling at APE: 16:00

Kris: Thoughts on the first Deeply Dapper Kickstarter, plus market woes: 35:00

Wassail What Now?: 54:00

Copics and Kopicks, Details, Architecture, Superboy Punches: 62:00

Shout outs, or shouts out, to longtime TRDL pals Jason Cheeseman-Meyer and Darren Taylor: 71:00

Poseurs with Poser: 74:00

Thom doesn’t want to offend anyone / Everyone at the con deserves a medal!: 80:00

Reminder: The TRDL Art Jam (this month: sorcerers and magic, Wolverine [X-23], Captain America, and Flash): 83:00

Planned Plundering (with a bonus micro-review of Strange Beasts and Where to Find Them): 90:00

Sponsor Break: Deeplydapper.com!: 110:00

Sucking the Monkey Part 2: 116:00 [Kris: Doc Ock; Thom: Old Timber cocktail]

Kraken Review: Rogue One 121:00

Begin Spoilers: 129:00

End Spoilers: 213:00 ; Star Wars Comics, Red Tentacle Moments

Summation, Plans for 2017: 216:00

ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com   iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

And now, you can even listen to it on youtube, and see our pretty faces for four hours while you do it!

This Just Happened: Arrested Development S05 and Other Things

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AD Season 5 is 99.99999% a Go! Or it’s not. But I think it is.
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Meanwhile, these happened:

– The Coen Brothers are venturing into TV, or at least a TV/film hybrid. I’m on board, and they haven’t even revealed anything about the subject matter. `link!

– On the one hand, I’m disappointed that the Lucas Museum’s final home is LA; SF REALLY BLEW IT ON THIS ONE. On the other hand, still accessible. link!

– Woody Harrelson is now officially on board Han Solo. What an interesting cast this is shaping up to be! I do wonder if he will be rotoscoped… link!

– Peter Dinklage circling the next two Avengers films? First: YES. Second: who? Puck? voice work for another character? I’m curious. link!

– I’m not sure there’s much HERE here, but supposedly the new X-Men TV Series in development will dovetail with the MCU. Which MCU: the fox X-Men stuff or the Marvel stuff? Doesn’t really work either way, but presumably will be like Agents of SHIELD and make references in one direction and then run with whatever. They are neck deep in a Jacosta/LMD storyline and just referenced Dr Strange in a subtle way. link!

– The OAV of Ghost in the Shell will have a theatrical release prior to the new film. Good call! link!

– James Gunn has a sweet Moon Knight film concept he says… but no time to do it. #GODDAMNCHARLIE link!

– BRB gotta build one for my bike real quick: link! ADIOS!

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Excellent X-23 cosplay by Thormary

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URM.

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Excellent WW piece by Lucas Wernick

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Perfect synopsis of the Punisher in Netflix MU…

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Big birthday this week

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Finally, she’s gorgeous enough I can almost except the irrational sculpted bosom armor.
Almost.

And now, back to my V-K test…


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multiPost 002 – 9 Jan 2017

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Well, this concept art proves that Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange would have been the wrong choice. Sometimes I felt like Benedict Cumberbatch felt a little too egotistically knowing as Stephen Strange, and not passive enough (meaning that my read of the character from the comics has always been that he has one foot in the other dimensions, one here, and was very formal and polite in his responses to people; the movie version is RDJR lite) but as much as I love watching Gosling, and I DO, the brows don’t have it. I WOULD love him as another character though.
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Meanwhile:

– Eagle-eyed fans believe that this shot from Jyn Erso’s flashbacks suggest she was in Padme’s apartment on Coruscant. I think it was just a re-use of a matte painting FFS. In the post Lostian world, not every thing is a thing. link!

– Spider-Man suit upgrades formally detailed here! I hope they don’t go overboard.

– I don’t know what to make of this photo. Cyborg looks like a Michael Bay Transformer cluttered mess, Flash looks bendy, Bats looks massive and WW frail. It’s just a screenshot. link!

– Look! Actress had orange hair once, references old animated property, internets go WILD! link!

– Oddly, there was more rejiggering than usual on DC’s Powerless. It’s now Better Off Ted apparently. link!

– I’m so down with MUTE I can’t even. link!

– Jeremy Renner wants a Black Widow/ Hawkeye film, because of course he does. But we all do. The team ups are what make the Marvel films so great, and these two are a good fit for a spin-off film, thematically. I’d be on board. Also, paychecks! link!

– Behold the plushy Beholder! link!

– I waited a few days on this one, to see if it would be debunked, but nothing yet: Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor? link!

That’s all for today! As a reminder, the current TRDL Art Jam is The Wolverine [X-23] and the latest podcast for Robot-Kraken, the first for 2017, is now available!


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multiPost 001 – 3 Jan 2017

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Welcome to multiPost. Your gods are dead.

First up: fear not, semi-true-believers, the Robot-Kraken podcast lives, and the new episode for January 2017 will be released shortly. We’ve made some minor tweaks: we are moving to a long-episode format and an annual release schedule. Wait, monthly. Anyway, everything else is pretty much the same. The longer overall episodes mean less structure and more fiddle faddle, which is a fine thing, friends. On to that which has happened:

1. An oldie but still number-one-goodie: chinese bootleg dvd mistranslations of Revenge of the Sith. So awesome. Considerably more awesome than the original film. link!

2. It’s not the long gestating movie franchise, but Robotech is resurfacing (again) in comic form (again) with accomplished scribe Brian Wood at the helm. Lets be positive. link!

3. Here’s a cool exercise, though not as rad as the Samurai-Star Wars stuff, though also at true scale… my favorite details are in the back. That’swhatshe- link!

4. With this AT-AT, the eyes have it: link!

5. Interesting supposition that there will be a mommy daddy feud over JL ownership… interesting dynamic. link!

6. Not sure I parse why the xonomorph’s skull has internal vertebrae and no brain case, but anyway, I know at least ONE GUY with a new house needing decorating… link!

7. Finally, the truth is out there: the reality behind that Elf spaghetti. Shudder! link!

Happy #2017 which so far is winning over #2016.


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Hell Hathaway No Fury – 22 Dec 2016

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As people are rabidly circling the concept of Megan Fox as Poison Ivy (which doesn’t thrill me) this article makes a good case for bringing Anne Hathaway back and introducing her into the DCCU. Normally I’d say keep the Nolanverse separate and leave it all alone. But frankly: she was great, she WANTS to return to the character, and she could offset some of the vampiness off Harley and the presumed oversexualization of Ivy. It’s a thought.
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Meanwhile, on earth:

– This early material for the unfortunately titled Lost City of Z is a welcome respite from most of what has come out in 2016: straight up old school retro period adventure movie. I’m in!
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– This life-sized articulated and self-automated Iron Man armor fits the bill… or so you’d thing… HOWEVER they are careful to note it is apparently not wearable. And why the… I mean… you went THIS far…link!

– But all hope is not lost: here’s a mech proof of concept actually doing what we always wanted them to do… right before the earth dies.link!

– Denis Villaneuve may actually get his dream project: DUNE. link!

– From yesterday, I thought i’d offer up the Twitter link to the Man That Is You Know Definitely Not a Wolf: link!

– Random news of the day: R. L. Stine (Goosebumps) is apparently writing a Man-Thing series for Marvel. I mean… link!

– NASA Gifs ftw link!

And with that, I may or may not leave you with the last post before the Xmas holiday, during which I may or may not change my mind and post again.

Also, listeners of the Robot-Kraken podcast: fear not! We have something cooking to finish off the year and some exciting stuff planned starting in January. We’ve been burdened by realLife commitments over the last month but we plan on getting back on schedule after the new year.


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Wes Anderson Makes Everything Better – 21 Dec 2016

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Today is the dawn of a NEW ERA. Hope returns to the world. Behold: Wes Anderson rambles his way through announcing his next project. YAY! link!

Meanwhile:

– Photos of Blade Runner 2 are continuing to seep into the interwebs, further showing Ryan Gosling suited up and fully immersed in the world and Harrison Ford’s Decker (retired) apparently not requiring a costume at all at this point. At least he took the earring out. link! … I do appreciate the effort they are putting into reminding us that Roger Deacon is on the project, and largely, green screens are not. link!

– Matthew McCoughnehhysysyee notes again that he’d be down to reprise his role as Rust Cole, in True Detective, because OF COURSE HE WOULD. It was solid gold. link!

– Lung and I have been lamenting the further superheroification of Batman’s costume in this pic. It’s not all bad: he has two suits in Justice League: one being the same deal as BVS but with more black, and one being the ‘TACTICAL SUIT” which is code for MORE ARMOR BITS AND RANDOM SEAMS. link!

– Another pic of Katherine Waterston on the set of Alien:Covenant is out, and she looks suitable blanched and stark, as she should for this project (it’s like some sort of before/after companion to how she looked in Inherent Vice. While alive. Anyway, also, James Franco is in it? What? link!

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-This is a feed you can find if you look for it. NOT A WOLF. Kills me.

– Netflix is tripping me out how they are able to have projects in production without people even knowing about them. For example, here’s another one: Travelers. What??? Anyway, i’m on board, i just can’t believe I didn’t know they had time cops or whatever cooking and we didn’t even know. link!

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– Lastly, just in time for the holidays: recreating the more dangerous scenes from Home Alone. We just watched this with the kids. Zoe is the target age and was cackling and rolling around. Matteo was too young and just stared at it and said things like ‘is that ALLOWED?’ (answer: no)… link!


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Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig – 20 Dec 2016

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Welp, while I would argue that visuals would be the LEAST of the risk factors in bringing a Blade Runner sequel to life, I’m 100% on board and plan to love it. link!

Meanwhile, in space:

– The lead (1st officer) in ST: Discovery has been cast. A favorite of fans of Walking Dead: Sonequa Martin Green…
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– Pretty good example of nerd press going apeshit as they’ve been manipulated into doing: Megan Fox buys some Poison Ivy/Harley books and expresses interest in the role, and all of a sudden it’s a thing. I could generate a pretty solid list of projects Megan Fox might have an interest it. Not that I have any particular issue with her or her in that role. Though I prefer when she’s not playing the ‘hottest girl in the room’ character type. She HAS played other variations. Such as ‘hottest girl in the room who is actually somewhat nerdy’. hahaha. link!

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– I still have no idea if Aquaman will be good or not. But he DOES look good. That’s at least something, right? link!

– Build your own mecha gloves. And do me a favor, build me some too. link!

– Ouch. Smearing Tilda Swindon can backfire. link!

– The word on the street is that Han Solo starts filming in Spring. Rogue One pulled off retconning in the best possible way, not hashing into the story that pre-existed, but supplementing it. Much more difficult challenge ahead for this film. link!

– I have very little confidence in this film. But the reason i bring it up is that it makes me think that the costume designers must rejoice when modern John Cusack is cast, because they can take the time allocated to him and spend it on Angry Birds or whatever. Because same. Every time. And he dresses this way in realLife by the way. I saw him at Rose City Comic Con, same deal. link!

– Jessica Camacho has been cast as Gypsy on Arrow. Now look, I haven’t seen her work, and I haven’t come across Gypsy as a character since flipping through the DC Who’s Who books in the 80s… this character needs an update badly (even Marvel has bypassed a lot of that cultural trope, at least on film, with Scarlet Witch) but it’s again good to see actors of different ethnicities in these roles. link!

– The teaser was already great, and of course I was presold, but this full trailer for John Wick 2 is GREAT. link!

– Plus, misc. items thus:

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Corey Smith’s DD Redesign looks AWESOME, but I’ve always felt it is key that DD’s look not broadcast he is blind. There are plenty of characters where this is a thing, and I love it, but his secret identity and a good chunk of his character concept is based on this being hidden.

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Best VENN Diagram ever

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I noted this in our Robot-Kraken Instagram (Red Tentacle) but this was one of my favorite parts from the recent Darth Vader comics. He THREW the lightsaber and broke a Y-Wing, like it’s no thing.

Anyway, the force is with you and you are one with the force, if you’re lucky…


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At Least They Have a Spare – 14 Dec 2016

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“At least they have a spare.”
“Bespin, a planet made of matte paintings…”
Oh, it’s good.
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Meanwhile, in space:

– So, Ayers is returning for a Gotham Sirens film, PLUS apparently we have an SS sequel and a Deadshot film on the books. And by books, I mean they wrote it down on a Steno pad somewhere and then circled the words and underlined them furiously. link!

– My favorite wrong thing ever for today: Tsum Tsum Star Wars plushies WITHIN A DISEMBOWELED Tauntaun. link!

– Dunkirk full trailer is out. I’ve tired of war movies, because deaths, but Nolan, so. link!

– Despicable Me 3 trailer is out, only notable here because I have to watch these with my kids 33 times, and frankly I thought the original DM was pretty good, design wise. link!

– Patrick Wilson has been cast as the Ocean Master. THE OCEAN MASTER! See, this is the problem I have with solo films around characters defined by their powers, and set in the environment in which they are the center of the design universe. Flash with a bunch of speedster characters, Arrow with a bunch of archers, etc. An undersea Atlantean movie with goofy Aquaman villains could be tiresome quickly. link!

– The OA is the next secret Netflix show to appear out of nowhere. It’s really astounding they’ve been able to pull off this secret production stuff. So far, anyway. link!

– Powerless (NBC) is now set in an insurance company owned by Wayne Enterprises, which is a heavy-handed way to pull this into the DCU or DCCU or whatever it ends up aligning to… Wayne doesn’t have to own EVERYTHING. link!

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– Paolo Del Toro’s ‘Strange Wooden Boxes’ are pretty awesome. WANT THE BAT for no reason. link!

That’s all for now! Back to work polishing your Death Trooper armor.


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Those Damn Dirty Apes – 9 Dec 2016

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The trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes was released, and watching it, I’m quite a bit less interested than with the first two. However, I did find it interesting that, in this brief scene, there’s a gorilla fighting WITH Woody Harrelson’s guys… link!

Meanwhile:

– Having finished Westworld the other day, I went back and rewatched the full Ghost in the Shell trailer. They cyberpunk kid in me is just at full-load excited about this stuff. Take another look, why don’t you…
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– Happy holidays: here’s an AI written christmas carol I can completely see being piped through the public speakers while renegade robots slaughter everyone in the plaza, tinsel and organ paste and what not everywhere. Make your time.
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– Speaking of Westworld, it’s hard enough to marry Jimmi Simpson’s portrayal of William with his earlier recurring role on Always Sunny… somehow, though, I never noted he was also Lyle the Intern on the Letterman Show… link!

– I watched the latest Logan trailer again in front of Doctor Toleyou, and man, I have to agree, it’s looking great. link!

– oh look: another expensive BB-8 product I MUST HAVE. link!

– well, the good news is apparently Snoke will be animatronic in SW VIII if this is to be believed. That’s happy stuff for me. The bad news is he’s apparently still massive, and I’m not thrilled about that. I was hoping that was just some hologram propaganda thing. Anyway. link!


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