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My Posse’s Gettin Little and My Posse’s Gettin Littler – Robots Root 15 Nov 2018

Look at these amazing Mondo pins from Ant Man and Wasp. I love the dual sizing. Compositionally the pairing could be so cool.


Meanwhile, in space:

  • I enjoyed Han Solo. Twice. But one thing I DID have a problem with, which I touched on a bit in our podcast on the subject, was L3-37. Specifically, how humanoid the mannerisms were. It wasn’t even so much the frank dialog. It was the way she moved. It wasn’t just unencumbered, natural gaits and expressive hand gestures, but also little anachronisms like how she would settle into the seat, or make side glances… they were very obviously the result of a human (the real actor) being mapped, but unlike C3PO’s famous performance, she wasn’t inhibited by rigid molded plating that restricted her movements. I would have liked more robotic mannerisms… even with the plot device involved. More on this thus.
  • Speaking of the Star Wars Universe, I like this Mondo poster, particularly in red… but I like the crop of it better, subject to some re-centering to make equal amounts of the Trooper helmets visible anyway. Why they didn’t ask me to supervise, we’ll never know.
  • By all accounts, Into the Spider-Verse will be amazing to watch. What is NOT amazing to watch, however (basically, whatever’s the opposite of amazing to watch) is the second poster down in this link, in which upside-down Spidey is holding his coffee…upside-down. Yes, the city scape is above, so we’re looking at the framed image itself upside-down. But that’s the point. None of it makes any sense.
  • Nine Lives, an adaptation of a book I didn’t read, looks pretty interesting. I like all these themes! And the actors, too.
  • Because of course he did.
  • Here’s some interesting Doctor Strange/ Thanos concept art from Infinity War.
  • Black Hammer has been optioned for both TV and film. I have to get on this!
  • For all the problems that the Alien Prequels introduced… I’d still like to see them continue. I’d watch this, if it existed.
  • George RR Martin’s Wild Cards is heading to TV… on the face of it, it doesn’t sound much different than every third mutant storyline at Marvel, but the devil’s in the details, right.
  • Listen, I know, other than with the right-wingers, the new Batwoman in the CW stuff was met with enthusiasm by fans, largely due to the design’s comic canon links… but the more I look at this, the more the hair lock over the face between the mask’s ears drives me nuts. And also, while we’re at it, did we really have to return to the cheesy ‘put a bat on it’ design logic of the past? Why would someone DO that. Spend engineering time putting colorful bat logos on grapple-guns…
  • Meanwhile, on the Cassandra Cain/Orphan/Batgirl front, this casting was not what I was expecting… she’s young. Really young.


Thus and therefore, I leave you to the microtoxin cloud in which you statistically, as a reader of this site, may currently be immersed.


Take a Stress Pill – Robots Root 13 November 2018

You know who died this week? Yes, but ALSO

Meanwhile, in the Mirror Universe:

  • Pedro Pascal appears to be the lead in the Mandalorian, and I’m having trouble imagining who I’d love more. I mean, I use him in almost every fantasy casting we do. He’ll be in another one, recording tomorrow night on the podcast. HA! Plus, Carl Weathers?!
  • This is everything. Nightmare fuel, no charge.
  • The Toy Story 4 teaser was fascinating to me, as someone who made his own toys. I love this concept: existential horror, toy version. Also, an excellent reaction video, also by Pixar. Sort of recursive.
  • I don’t hate the Detective Pikachu project as I thought I would. I’m kind of into it, knowing I’ll be seeing it 33 times with my kids… interesting bit though: people on the Winterwebs are complaining (surprise!) that Ryan Reynolds’ voice feels wrong. As he did the Deadpool project and is as such so well known as a voice actor (even though he was doing the live action work too) it’s something of a typecast for him now. People are whining about the Deadpool Pokemon. I mean, this is why we can’t have nice things.
  • DAMN! I LOVE the classic Iron Spidey look. I wish they had gone with that. I really do.
  • This 1:1 scale Harley comes with a 1:2 scale abdomen and a 2:1 bust. HAR
  • Not only do we get a Robocop that isnt a sequel to the later Robocop but rather the first Robocop and may replace both that later Robocop and Robocop 2 before it, but we also get a Documentary about making Robocop, which they made about Robocop being made.
  • Interesting article about the diminishing returns of Netflix’s binge model. I’m in 100% agreement. 300%! I hate the anxious race to try and watch it all before someone spoils it or it becomes old news. I hope the Disney+ stuff is properly serialized.
  • Speaking of Netflix check out this medieval Korean zombie situation! I’m so down.


It feels pretty redundant to comment on Stan Lee’s passing at this point, as 95% of my feed is posting about it 24 hours a day. He meant a lot to me as well. I always found his story interesting, as a showman more than creator… his story is controversial, like many of the ‘big names’ but pretty wild regardless. I hope in time some of the lesser known creators get the credits they deserve as well, but no question Stan Lee generated the industry as we know it, through shear force of will and charisma. And, frankly, I’m just somewhat relieved the elder abuse is over.

Hows My Breath – Robots Root 9 Nov 2018

Laika’s Missing Link trailer makes everything almost OK. I so cannot even wait.


Meanwhile, in the Quantum Realm:


  • I love stuff like this. As an artist, I hoard ‘chronological costume reference’ material whenever I find it. Which isn’t often. I committed to drawing every Iron man armor, and I’m woefully behind. Granted I have more prints than most anyone else you’ll come across, but I have many to go.

  • Similarly, this Isle of Dogs poster makes me sweat. I want it framed, badly.
  • This 1:1 scale Venom bust is pretty incredible, and I say that as someone who doesn’t like the Venom design and thought the movie imagery looked ridiculous.
  • What the hell? A final Scooby Doo episode?!?
  • Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias? That’s brilliant casting, actually.
  • I was surprised at the news of a Cassian Andor series on Disney+, but I’m quite pleased with it. Rogue One is my favorite SW project, and a prequel series dipping deeper into the pre-Empire post-Sith era works for me.
  • I am not so enthused about the finally confirmed Loki series. They’d have to be pretty creative to make that show work for me. I don’t like him front and center. I like him as a foil and a conflict agent.
  • Honest Trailer for Incredibles 2, followed by How It Should Have Tole You.
  • I know I’m being overly-critical here, but the addition of Slimer undermines the poster for me.
  • Kingsman 3 without the main lead? Either they’re doing a misdirect (wasted energy, as no one cares) and will pull a Kingsman 2 and bring whomever the want back on a whim (I’m looking at you, Mark Strongbad) or they’re going to focus on the Statesmen, which I wouldn’t mind, though they are better as a side element, not the main show. Who knows, with this random franchise. We bludgeoned it to death in the recent Robot-Kraken podcast discussion…
  • Antoine Fuqua is doing a big budget sci-fi/adventure film called the Infinites, which feels very late aughts indie comic… I’m on board conceptually, based on the vague premise and the skills of the director. But an odd choice!
  • A nice look at the creature design in Guillermo del Toro’s work. Which is a short video, because he uses the same three affectations over and over, ha! I kid.
  • OK, now THAT is a costume skin I didn’t expect out of the new Spider-Man game on the PS4. Right down to the zipatone.

  • Jessica Henwick has joined Godzilla vs. Kong vs. Whomever. Which is just being posted as an excuse to show Jessica Henwick in pigtails with an Iron Sword again. You’re welcome.

With that I leave you. Excelsior!

I Corpse and I Know Things – Robots Root 5 Nov 2018

Reportedly, the new final season of Game of Thrones will have the ‘biggest battle ever filmed’ which surprises precisely zero followers of GoT. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how the final act was to be a few full length telefilms, and then they broke it into a string of long episodes over a short season. I fear the original plan would have worked better, because less ‘filler’ to stretch out events, while at the same time, the latter approach allows us more time for character work. I truly love that show, and I’ll take all that i can get. But as much as I have demanded, on the podcast, to know how it is that we can get all the way up to the final few episodes without the whole Winter Having Came… i’m less interested in all the big set pieces and more these final interactions with all of these beloved characters, especially as so many will be corpses well enough. Or worse, like ole’ Wun Wun (maybe)…

Meanwhile, for science:

  • First test screening reports indicate Hellboy was a hot mess. But do they really, is it really, and should this matter? I saw a test screening for Terminator 2 after all. Lots of comments on that card. That’s the POINT. I retain my grip on optimism with a red right hand!
  • Speaking of Hellboy, or older Hellboys, or actually prior Hellboys who are also older, here’s a preview for Asher, a fairly by the book looking ‘hitman retiring’ story, but with an intriguing cast: Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen, among others. I like it. I’ll give it a go.
  • Alien Nation is being remade, and by Jeff Nichols, who I don’t know much about since I never saw any of his films… though I DO get a red flag when I see that he refers to himself in the third person. Not even Barton Fink self-applied ‘that Barton Fink feeling.’…
  • Brianna Hildebrand has joined Persephone, and all you need to know is that it’s spacey and it includes Brianna Hildebrand. Sold.
  • John Cena is sniffing around Captain America, throwing out cryptic hopeful images on Twitter and what have you. Thing is, though: he’d make a great USAgent…
  • Can’t believe the Deadwood film is actually happening. I have to say, reading the premise: that’s a smart move.
  • This video about Pixar Halloween traditions was great. It’s animated, but you get the idea. Love the tech support idea!

Finally, a great article on how to deal with loving video games once you have no time to play them. It didn’t really help ME, because time isn’t technically my problem, it’s competition for scarce resources: I feel like that time needs to be spent on my art projects. But still, good reminder that playing in short bursts, the RIGHT kind of massive game, with lots of smaller side quests, can be satisfying. Looking at you, Red Dead!

These ARE The Villains You’re Looking For – Robots Root 2 Nov 2018

Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask? How is this even? I’m quite on board. I assume we’ll see plenty of the villain without the mask on. I’ve never ready contemporary books with the character, so I wasn’t sure about him having a civilian identiyy, but I’s uper down. I’ve only ever drawn him with the mask.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I love this project 3,333 times. AI artifact-persons inserted into landscapes. It speaks to me.
  • While there’s been precisely zero info out there about the quality of his script for WW 1984, David Callaham has been tapped to write an undefined Marvel film. The interesting part is that Patty Jenkins selected him, so that adds to the hope that it’s for one of the upcoming female-led projects at the House of M
  • Best Star Destroyer based Halloween costume involving a bike ever. Lung was on board immediately.
  • This dove-tailed nicely with my practice at shows of applying non-trademark diluted names to cosplayers and sometimes my own work… cheeky!
  • HELL YES: 1938 LA for a new Penny Dreadful series!
  • Leo DiCaprio in a Time Machine film from the production team of It? I’m IN! I LOVE old-timey Leo.
  • This Lego Bond AM is amazing. Look at those functional details!
  • Here’s a pic from Jessica Chastain’s sort-of-Bourne film, Eve. I’m in.
  • I love these particular Vans x NASA but I must be frugal.
  • Here’s a look at the What We Do in the Shadows expanded TV series. I’m intrigued, and I originally thought it was a fool’s errand.


And lastly, I leave you with Brie Larson handing out candy as Samus Aran… holy moley.


They’ll Use Your Bones for Tools – 31 October 2018

In honor of Halloween, here’s a link to the original War of the Worlds broadcast, not to be confused with the two later rebroadcasts within the next 15 years, or any War of the Worlds film or TV projects since. Though, because I am a defender of the movie, I’m using a Tom Cruise War of the Worlds header image because damn, they looked rad. And sounded radder. The rising of the inexplicably buried walker out of a New Jersey intersection is still one of my favorite filmed sequences in the modern era.


Meanwhile, within your treat pail, find these thus:

  • In a somewhat surprise reveal, the Game of Thrones prequel will include and likely feature Naomi Watts. Nice catch!
  • In an optimistic bit of rumor, apparently maybe supposedly Marvel is cooking up a Falcon/Bucky miniseries for the streaming service. That’s a hot one. Their dynamic in Winter Soldier was excellent. Now, allow me to opine: I may be just pushing my own wish fulfillment here, but I suspect Bucky will take the Cap mantle, and this show might be used to bridge or flesh out that transition. Meanwhile, Vision might have a major role in the Scarlett Witch series. I mean, he SHOULD. And meanwhile meanwhile, the rumored Hawkeye project might be a series and include Clint training Kate Bishop. If it followed the story beats and tonal style of the early comic issues, that would lead to one very welcome thing: live action PLESS PLESS!
  • In Mediocre Cosplay News, here’s more pics of the awkward Doom Patrol people with the awkward Titans people. How bad does this project need to be when the promo material is this amateur? I’m weirded out. And, related: here’s Henry Cavill’s costume/makeup tests for Witcher, in which he looks like he wore the black Superman suit we never got to see, but added a Halloween Store wig, and then tried to use the SMOLDER ability from Jumanji.
  • I can’t recall any project like this before: the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 is to include not ONLY that surreal Princess Bride intro, but a sizable amount of different footage and story beats. It’s like multiversal and stuff.
  • I enjoyed reading this fan theory about Nick Fury knowing the future and setting things up based on Dr. Strange going back in time and warning him, though reading this rambling treatise (sort of an Emporer’s Shanghai Noodles of MCU theories) it’s easy to see how if they weren’t VERY careful we’d have another well-fucked time paradox problem.
  • I keep forgetting to post this youtube video on building Daredevil’s billyclubs… I think Lung found it initially… the thing is, it reminds me that on the show I feel like it’s always been standalone clubs, not connected by wire? Am I misremembering? Because I LOVE when they are connected. Though not when Jimmy Palmiotti draws it and the wire is 333′ of silly string. Editorial over.


Finally, I leave you with this: Bram Stoker’s original defacement of his library source material when writing Dracula. How awesome.

13 Reasons Meh – Robots Root 29 October 2018

Reading this, I wondered if it’s part of that atrocious event Marvel had in the books not too long ago, that rationalized the creation of Evil Hydra Cap… though, I’ll tell you what, I’d be down with any Avengers 4 storyline that led us to a Hydra Cap and ‘ha tricked you idiots!’ reveal of Chris Evans returning as a villain. Alternate theories include a Stark/Potts daughter that would be negated from existence in the undoing of Thanos’ snappery in A4 (a la Fringe, who will always have done it better), or even Kate Bishop/Hawkeye. Not super into this actress. Consult this fan manip. Ugh.


Meanwhile, from the deepest depths:

  • Last time I mentioned Big Kill, and how it looked like a video game. I mean… LOOK at it. It’s amazing.

  • Here are a few pics of that Black Costume Superman again from the WB Elseworlds thing. Other than the eternally weird cape brackets… it looks really good. Possibly the best a Superman costume has looked in forever. I really like it, even if Cavill has trained me to demand muscular bulk in my Supermen…
  • If there’s one thing I love, it’s OPTIONS, buddy.
  • The best part of this ‘private eye weighs in on hollywood private eyes’ video is the Arrested Development component.
  • I’m intrigued by this ScreenX business. Seems like it could really backfire.
  • DAMMIT TOLE That’s what i WANTED.
  • So, imagine if you didn’t know what your property used to be, opened up a wall, and hundreds of thousands of teeth poured out. Nightmare fuel.
  • The petition to put Sauron’s Eye on Salesforce Tower continues. Makes me laugh. It’s appropriate.
  • I saw this three times before I realized it was an Avengers: Infinity War reference. Amazing.
  • Avatar 23 to be released in 2134. Kidding. I mean not really tho.

That’s it, that’s all, that’s all there is

Robot-Kraken Episode 048 – Late-October 2018 “Mimic Bears and Awkward Stares“

Robot-Kraken Episode 048 – Late- October 2018 “Mimic Bears and Awkward Stares“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte is joined by guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons to review and discuss Annihilation, as well as current entertainment news of the day.

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

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And Lo, the Details!~

Sucking the Monkey: What we consumed during the thing…

  • Blake: Lime LeCroix and Butterfield Station Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Thom: Kraken Rum and Coke (flat, unacceptable)

Red Sky Roundup: News of the moment – for more detail, see Robot’s Root on!

  • Predator and the predator thereon
  • Captain Marvel Trailer
  • Bond 25
  • Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard onboard The Mandalorian

Robot Review: Annihilation

And yes, the score was Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, not Johann Johansson. But still, I was close.

Planned Plundering:

  • Blake: Glass, Daredevil S03, Expanse
  • Thom: Blade Runner/ Blade Runner 2049 double-feature, Iron Fist S02, Preacher


Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Hereditary, Tropic Thunder Director’s Cut
  • Thom: Mission Impossible, Iron Fist S02


Please enjoy, hell yes!

Also, you may imagine to yourself that we are applying ‘Born Again’ to Blake… you may even hallucinate and think he did it to himself. I promise you… it’s you, not us. It never happened.

Boba Fett? WHERE?! – Robots Root 26 October 2018

When the Mandalorian was announced, I thought I could just make out the distant din of the death drums for the Boba Fett film. And so!



  • The latest in the list of films that should not be remade… has an apparent script
  • Brad Pitt as Rasputin? Rachel Weisz as anyone? This Kingsman prequel sounds better than I had ever imagined possible. Which was a low bar, admittedly.
  • This Jimmy Kimmel/Avengers comic took me back to reading those from my youth, like Letterman (the homage) and similar ones. Trippy to see it in a contemporary setting, as it looks so tacky today. I mean, it coasts on the homage, which is at least something, I guess. I’m not one who likes the dips into reality in comics. The Presidents that are obvious references to the real world, or even the 9-11 tie-ins…(grouchy, I know)
  • This Mulan art show has some pretty great projects. Check em out!
  • Alexander Skarsgard has joined Godzilla vs. King Kong, so thats a thing. I’ve lost track. Is this AFTER Planet Kong or Deathmatch of Monsters 3000 or whatever it is? Millie Bobby Brown is in the cast, so that’s what threw me. Same film? Different film?  Who knows. How could we possibly ever know.
  • I can’t believe it took THIS long, but here’s a Gundam kit with a robotics pack. Love it. Where was S.T.E.M. when I was a kid dammit tole.
  • This was kind of a surprise: they found more material from Ray Harryhausen, and are parlaying that into a new film. Of course, it appears to be all of his Grade Echhh material.
  • Cool article on ‘the Monsters of Climate Change‘… I never noticed that Annihilation’s Mimic Bear had a human skull fused up in there! (More on that in our latest Robot-Kraken Podcast!)
  • I’m intrigued by the Big Kill… I mean, it looks like a multiplayer RPG set in the Old West. Hilarious.
  • The Big Lebowski will never not exist. We at least have THAT.


That’s all for tonight. It’s not too early to get your HAL 9000 Xmas Ornament. I’m already on it, cousins.

Wings and Things – Robots Root 23 October 2018

The more I watch the new Daredevil season (which has been SO GOOD) the more I think about the recent cancellations in the Marvel Netflix series, and how much I want a Daughters of the Dragon series next. Hopefully the above image isn’t too spoilery for those who are still watching Iron Fist, because no one is watching Iron Fist, and nothing matters. HA

This! News from the Quantum Whatever!

  • I’m into the new Netflix series Bodyguard. I love the lead, from the Game of Thrones days of course, and I find the subject matter compelling: the protecting of a politician whom you ideologically oppose, and then being sucked into the intelligence part of it. Hope its good! Coming to a Robot-Kraken pod near you soon enough…
  • This piece on disguise theory in the intelligence community was great. I thought a lot about this sort of thing when working on Finit-e… the ways in which dialog and mannerism can betray a spy.
  • Joining lil’ Predator, here comes lil’ Slimer. Unreal how well this works!
  • A study of high-angles used purposefully in cinematography.
  • This isn’t much of a spoiler, if you have ready any Iron Man comics over the years, but here’s a spoilery Pepper Potts pic from Avengers 4 that I like very much. ENDORSED!
  • While all I want to hear now is a Daughters of the Dragon (above) and a Heroes for Hire and a post-Netflix Jessica Jones and Defenders… rumor has it Nick Fury is getting a series…
  • This is just one of many photos to come out of the WB Elseworlds crossover featuring Green Arrow and Flash switching costumed identities. Everyone is worked up about John Wesley Shipp back in the furry Flash suit from the 90s, but I just cant get over how bad Stephen Amell looks in the Flash suit. It’s not just that it’s not a roided up muscle-built uniform like all the others… it’s design and plating is expressly awkward. He looks ridiculous, in a suit that appears designed to be so. Because that guy is RIPPED, otherwise.
  • Wonder Woman 2 is delayed until 2020… so many possible reasons.
  • Finally, Guillermo Del Toro finally gets to make his Pinocchio… at Netflix. Watch for those eye-palms!


Thats all for tonight. Brought to you by the 33% Nation of Iron Fist Katanas.