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They Didnt Save Your Life – 30 January 2017

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This poster art rules everything around me. Duochrome awesomeness. link!

– Toys are rarely the best foot forward in terms of film costume design, but I will say this: at least Parker’s pre-Stark suit looks like something a kid actually put together, rather than the unexplained suits in the last round of these films. I’m no fan of the Scarlet Spider but it makes sense. link!

– I hope Geoff Darrow will have copies at Rose City in September. His table was sparse last year but can’t wait to get my hands on this book! link!

– Like old timey patterns and violent xenobiological terror? This mug is for you, courtesy of one lung: link!

– Coen Brothers do Easy Rider: link!

– RZA confirmed as director for one of the Iron Fist episodes (#6, which is divisible by three, so) link!

Hopping on a plane… tend to your cybernetics and I’ll see you soon…


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Come With Me If You Want to Save the Franchise – 170126

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So, what do you think? Tim Miller on Terminator? Any chance of bailing this ship out? We talk about this one on the podcast in February… link!

Meanwhile, this:

– Look, I gave up on Gotham a long time ago. It was never great, but at least had some atmospheric style. It went from soapy cheese to a garbage fire in record time. That said, I will give them this and only this: I’ve been pining for someone to do the Joker thing from the New 52 where his face has been cut off and then haphazardly sewn back on. It’s so unnervingly icky (and infected, presumably)… so, at least they tried it. link!

– From now on, as far as cosplay goes, I will accept NO LESS than a full scale ED-209. link!

– Thomas Jane in Predator? Before seeing Expanse I’d have been against it. Now… link!

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

– I’ve been using these as desktop screens of late: focus on the retro-future GUI in Rogue One: link!

– GIJoe + Transformers… would you have been in? I would not have been in. I would have been more out than I already am. link!

– So, uh, according to this, DC/WB will give the obscure antihero villain of their obscure supers film his OWN film… yet still can’t figure out how to make the DC pantheon work? link!

– I liked the admittedly uneven Amazon Tick pilot… interesting to imagine Warburton back in the costume, though. link!


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Oh Ahm Not Gonna Kill Ya – This Just Happened 170124

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Ayers now admits he wishes he made the Joker the main villain in SS. I only bring this up because well YEAH. link!

Meanwhile, THIS JUST HAPPENED:

– You’ve seen the pics of Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Pierce Brosnan hamming it up, which led to rampant speculation that Brosnan is the Cable casting. Here’s a Bosslogic manip to test it out. I’m actually not opposed to this idea. I think if you set aside all the 90’s muscle and bravado, Cable needs to be gritty, humorless, and a boss. Works. link!

– Call of Cthulhu for PS4 en rte! link!

– Here’s a black-costume Superman for you, based on a supposed set sneak. It’s the second time we’ve seen something alluding to our looking blatantly like the Superman suit in black, and it obviously happened in the comics. I’m fine with it. It’s Kryptonian. Maybe the color bleeds out when the wearer is sucking up solar power from it on a cellular level? Huh? Send me my check! link!

– Inhumans IMAX, from the director that brought you… Scorpion King 3… uh. link!

– You may have been successfully trolled by the first sneak trailer info for Santa Clarita, as I was. Trust me, go back and watch the proper trailer now. It looks GOOD. Well played, marketing company! link!

– Woody Harrison claims with an affirmative declaration that his character in Han Solo is Garris Shrike. However, aside from that being EU canon, it doesn’t sound like something requiring thinking about, and DOES sound like Harrelson, rather, thinking about what to do without running afoul of his NDA… so, lying seems pretty viable. link!

– Logan is supposedly not directly in continuity. Which is, what, even, these days, I don’t even. link!

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Also; that comic she snatched? Commissioned for the film drawn by Dan Pagosian. Nice that they actually went with a known creator rather than the usual Hollywood angle of paying the art department to create what the comics guys would do better, faster, and with more dignity. Even if it is The Adventures of Rogue Falling. link!

Oh! I never shared the trailer that launched the other day! SO GOOD
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– New Arthur trailer, now with giant boss level monsters. link!

And now, bonus bits:

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This

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Still one of my favorite posters in recent memory

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A much better Bosslogic manip than his first one. Inspiring…

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Finally, a great cover by Dave Johnson


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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!

Miscellany:

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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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