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So Many Hubcaps – Robots Root 30 August 2017

 

Mondo is once again killing it. KILLING IT like fantasy San Francisco kills hubcaps, and the consistent quantity thereof…

 

Thus, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • Someone helpfully ran George RR Martin’s work through a neural network, and wrote Winds of Winter for him. It’s A M A Z I N G.
  • Blade of the Immortal excites me. Greatly.
  • Terry Pratchett requested that his unpublished work be destroyed upon his demise. Boy was it.
  • This title cracked me up, and click through and see that they are in fact 100% correct.
  • We haven’t recorded any commentary about Defenders for the podcast just yet, but it shouldn’t be a spoiler for you to see this photo of Misty Knight going forward. I’m pleased with the design resolution.
  • Simon Kinberg “doesn’t want Dark Phoenix to be too intergalactic” according to Total Film… which may or may not be true, but sounds right. Superfans are outraged, but where has Fox shown they could handle a spontaneously revealed sprawling space story? Just because James Gunn pulled it off doesn’t mean we would suddenly have anything that would make ANY sense in the context of the X-Men films…
  • New dark-look Luke looks rad. Buckles and straps have buckles and straps!
  • Supposedly SS2 is delayed until; a production date at least 2 years out, due to ‘schedule conflicts with Will Smith’ which is probably code for ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ since WB/DC have been looking at multiple concepts for films in this corner of their semi-universe, some believe as a means to have these ideas leaked and see what fan response would be to them and letting the people sort it out.
  • Normally I sort of breeze through these listicles, but there were a few items in this one about Terminator films that interested me. Notably that Arnie gained weight and muscle to return to the exact dims, in T3, as he had 12 years earlier in T2; and that Loken, again in T3, had to lose weight for her role as the weird black metal Terminator NXTVCBDG or whatever it was.
  • Reading up on the post-GoT interwebs in all their sobbery, I was reminded of Dragonlance from my youth… and possibly yours.
  • I’m kind of interested in Johnny Depp’s produced adaptation of The Secret World. It doesn’t hurt that the key art looks like TRDL costuming a little bit.

Thats’ all for today. practice your trick muscle-car management until next time…

Polishing or Cracking the Firmament – Robots Root 29 August 2017

Blade Runner Sequel Prequels? Well, my blackout on the film collapsed last week, so now I’m watching these things with wonton abandon. This mini-film explores Niander Wallace. I am 333% on board and I don’t think Leto has ever been better. EVER.

 

Thus, Robot’s Root!

  • I never really watched much from the days of the original Strongbad… he mostly amused me in mini clips on Adult Swim and of course we referenced him for awhile on the old TRDL R3 Forum… here, randomly, are art lessons… by Strongbad… I think my favorite details are his invented expressions for linework. In the toilet paper drawing exercise, it’s all ‘curl-em-ups’ and ‘side takes’…
  • Even though I like everyone involved, I just assumed this would be a low-budget straight-to-cable kind of thing. Looks great actually.
  • I’m fascinated by skeuomorphism… but seeing these images of software-interfaces for sound MIDI equipment is killing me. It’s like a double negative of unpleasantness and complication. Pretty great.
  • Interesting concept art from Close Encounters, for a new coffee table book coming out. Interesting how the ship was examined upside-down…
  • I just like the single panel with the train car.
  • Inhumans increasingly looks like the project everyone involved will wish would quietly go away. I can’t fathom the missteps here. That said, let’s give them something: yes the hair in action looks a bit better than expected. Don’t get used to it though. They’ll be shaving her head soon enough in the season.
  • First shot of the completed Wasp costume, with Evangeline Lilly therein. Not bad!
  • This was kind of inspiring yesterday: Ed Skrein walked away from the Hellboy reboot because he had been cast as a character that was Asian in the comic. I’m not sure this was necessary but I liked that it happened.
  • I cannot wait. Hurry up, younglings. Lego Robotics await.
  • Etta Candy focused epilogue will be coming with the WW Blu-Ray… I’m all for that.  Here’s a clip.
  • Here’s a second teaser for Punisher, featuring supporting characters and a hopefully cool theme for the show. I like the urgency of the music a lot. At least he’s not doing sledgehammer art this time. Very therapeutic I know.

Thats all for now. We will be recording our thought on the Game of Toles finale later this week, then my man One Lung and I will be at San Francisco Comic Con this weekend in Artists Alley. Hope to see you there!

FACE OFF – Robots Root 25 August 2017

With all the hubbub about the proposed non-continuity Joker project, Bosslogic and others have been rapidly generating manips of different Joker visions from the comics and other sources. This was my favorite. I said, years ago, that what i wanted to see in the films was the version of this guy with his own face sewn back on. Here we go!

Meanwhile…

Robot’s Root:

  • But…but what I MEANT was, Batman’s not in continuity, but also, he’s totally in continuity!
  • In the wake of yesterday’s apparent greenlighting of a Joker and Harley film, Ayers’ Gotham City Sirens appears to have been chopped.
  • James Cameron. I mean, yeah, some strong women in some of his films… and what he pulled off with Sarah Connor was visionary… but then again, you read stuff like this, and think about how tone deaf he comes across as, ending with a preposition, and you might be reminded of True Lies, which was not exactly the feminist opus he thought it was.
  • So, Anna Diop has been cast as Starfire in the live action Teen Titans. This will be interesting, culturally: will they go orange and play it safe, or acknowledge more of the actress’ true skin color and tweak the character design, to the outrage of a rabid (I suspect less diverse) fan base…
  • I’m having trouble with these designs. More derivative reworks of the old stuff, and less successful. At least this time they didn’t name the Super Mega Super Star Destroyer as badly. But… gorilla hands?
  • Big Trouble in Little Comics! Again!
  • You have to admit: those are dope spacesuits. Probably have 11 pt. surround sound.
  • No tracks never found evermore.
  • I’ll be in my bunker.

  • See this is my central issue with Inhumans: how is that the cast looks more interesting dressed for a photo shoot as themselves, rather than in costume?

  • That one time…

Lastly, here are some other pics from legoland you might enjoy. The Star Wars exhibit was not rides and such but actually just a bunch of diorama work, much like their Miniland stuff… I admit something in me gets really aggravated at the odd scaling up they do by building miniatures from Legls rather than working in the actual Lego scale… but anyway:

    

A Lego Assembly Sneak Peek For Science

 

I was at Legoland last week with the younglings. There was a building with a little tour of the Lego manufacturing and assembly automations… took some photos for the interested parties I know.

    

 

Also, true love:

 

Plus, bonus David sighting. Or is that Walter… I mean, it’s not Fassbender… but he was CLOSE.

Robot-Kraken Podcast E036 – Game of Thrones S07 E05 and E06 Recaps

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Episode 36 – The three-headed dragon of Thom, Kris & Blake dive deep into the icy waters of episodes 5&6!

For show notes, time stamps and more, visit www.robot-kraken.com

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

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I AM baby GROOT – Robots Root 22 August 2017

What I love most about this series of Mondo prints for the BR release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t actually Rocket here, which I L O V E… it’s that the Baby Groot piece is smaller in scale. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, it’s Robot’s Root all of a sudden…

  • Here’s a summary of the new film Glass, completing the [surprise] Unbreakable trilogy. I wasn’t interested in seeing the second film, though I enjoyed reading about it… but I’m stoked on this one.
  • Punisher: good lord. What have they done. Chrome bustiers?!? Ah I can’t unsee it.
  • Ed Skrein (Deadpool) has joined the Hellboy reboot as a military dude from BPRD that can shift into a panther or jaguar or what have you. I’ll bite. So to speak. Also, David Harbour’s description of what tone he’s taking with the Hellboy character sounds more in tune with the comics and intrigues me greatly.
  • Pedro Pascal has joined Equalizer 2, along with returning Denzel Washington. I love this guy. I can’t wait.
  • Lung convinced me (with enthusiasms) to break my tenuous blackout on Blade Runner 2049 and watch this new promo. By Crom it’s wonderful. That said, I’m super tired of trailers preceding the trailer, as they do now.
  • I don’t think I’ve begun processing the news that a Joker solo origin story out of DC WB continuity is in development. I get the pedigree of the production. I get the balls in pursuing other versions of these characters. But it seems like such a poor, poor decision. Like, Confederacy poor. Not in continuity stories only work when mainstream viewers are sufficiently familiar with the prime continuity, and trust the studio enough to embrace non-continuity projects on their own terms (see Legion)… and really. Joker ORIGIN? Very few things we need less. Then again, as of today, Matt Reeves is claiming The Batman is out of continuity as well. Huh.
  • Meanwhile, and I know I’m in the minority in seeing some redeeming value in the DCCU Lex Luthor… but apparently his role was cut in Justice league. That’s alarming to me, as his relationship to Steppenwolf and the Mother Boxes was a big thing.

 

That’s all for now. Back to treating my own post-GoT PTSD… speaking of, our latest podcast is out, covering the most recent two episodes of Game of Toles. And please wish our man Deeply Dapper a happy 21st birthday!

 

I’ve Seen R Rated Material Glitter in the Dark Near the Tannhäuser Gate – Robots Root 11 august 2017

Best news of the day: Blade Runner 2049 has been given an R-Rating. I cannot be more pleased by ratings news related news about Blade Runner. As far as news goes. About ratings.

also…

Episode 035 of the Robot-Kraken Podcast is up: Thom and guest-host Blake ‘Ballista’ Simmons discuss Game of Toles S07 eps 03 and 04…while Kris attempts to evade dragonfire at home. Check it out on itunes, Stitcher, and here.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root!

  • Avengers 4 has started production. Some say this will be Infinity War Part 2 despite their dodge about it being a two-part film… I hold out hope that it’s a variant on Secret Invasion. We shall see.
  • The word on the street, and by word on the street I mean news in my browser, is that No Man’s Sky is getting an update that offers story mode and some limited multiplayer. Maybe I’ll break the seal on my copy now. With all my free time. COPIOUS free time.
  • Three new characters from the Star Wars universe have been revealed, devoid of context, as part of a media release about a Captain Phasma novel. Marvel at them! Speculate! Be vaguely disappointed later!
  • What standard nerd among us wouldn’t want to fold in sounds from TRAPPIST-1 into their own music mixes? I used to capture source recording samples for electronic artists to use in their ambient works (or ambient chainsaw, as my lovely wife declares) but I never graduated to making my own.
  • Lemmy has been (further) immortalized.
  • I LOVE them Praetor guards in Last Jedi. There’s some really interesting design work going on here, beyond the obvious historical callbacks.
  • Tim Miller has signed on to direct Neuromancer, in 2032… or something… I mean, it’s a way off… probably doomed… but it COULD happen.
  • Jonathan Hickman was particularly candid about Marvel canceling Fantastic Four on the heels of their dispute with Fox over the film franchise butchery. I don’t blame him. He’s made a career out of some of the best modern FF stories ever, and I really loved what he was doing. But it’s kind of a peak into the sausage factory.
  • Kind of a cool bonus scene about Zune management.
  • Listen, I LOVED Jeff Bridges as Stane… but I’m glad they weren’t ambiguous about his bitter end.
  • Inhumans has inevitably become THE project to hate this year… read this regarding the garbage fire panel about the show. It’s highway crash level interesting.
  • The screen tests for RDJR’s early Tony Stark interpretations are, yes, insufferable, but also interesting in that this is how I feel the character would have presented if played by Tom Cruise, as once intended.

That’s all for today. Keep ordering those noodles and watch out for skinjobs!

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Robot-Kraken Podcast E035 – Game of Thrones E03/E04 Roundup

READY FOR SOME FIRE? I was not. Idaho is burning, with a large wildfire approaching the house, so Thom got together with our guest host Blake to pick up the pieces and assemble a wagon train full of gold, food and talk about the two newest episodes of Game Of Thrones! So sit back, or stand on a horse and listen to their take on episodes 3 and 4 – THE QUEEN’S JUSTICE and THE SPOILS OF WAR!

In these episodes we get Stark reunions, smart moves, war, military maneuvers, sea battles, banking talk, sassy old ladies and no knee-bending! Oh yeah, AND A GIANT DRAGON!

For those of our listeners that are NOT Game of Thrones fans, fear not – our regular massive episodes will still be coming, so you’ll still get your usual installments of geek news, reviews and art talk along with a few con reports and guests stars.

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

 

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Kingsman is the Perfect Amount of Lunacy – Robots Root 8 August 2017

How are we supposed to wait two months. God. Damn. IOT.

We recorded a double-episode commentary for our Game of Toles series on Robot-Kraken last night, so expect to see that on itunes shortly!

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root!~

  • DEATH BY TRAY.
  • I sat through the whole thing despite my better judgement. This is one of those deals where I love that it exists, that this polar opposite of grim and gritty is so fully invested… but good lord.
  • In shocking news surprising precisely no one, Flash: Flashpoint of the Flashes or whatever will feature Wonder Woman and everyone else all at once. Because Marvel.
  • These comments about the ‘committee’ involved in story crunching prior to Fiege taking over with the MCU are interesting, not because of the fact that creators like Gunn had trouble with them, but rather because the committee in question was almost entirely the comics writing crew. I would have thought, years ago, that the questionable editorial in supers films would be exclusively from the suits, but that bringing in comics writers and creators would add the authenticity and some sort of continuity to the project. I mean, I know I thought so at the time. Now Gunn’s MCU stuff certainly is a standout, and he had some pretty clear freedom in the sequel, but interesting to imagine guys like Bendis being a PROBLEM in a script like this.
  • Kind of a big deal: Netflix just bought the rights to Millarworld… with Mark Millar involved in the development of content. I’ve been down for a Nemesis adaptation forever…
  • I actually thought these images of Cable from Deadpool 2 were more bosslogic manips… kind of surprised at the choices. Do love that arm. Speaking of, interesting that his stunt double seems to be manifesting the ‘Search for Hope storyline from the comics, which fits with that beater teddy bear on his belt. Hope in Deadpool 2? Sure why not.
  • I STILL cannot believe they brought Young Justice back. We have so many fan campaigns for such things, and I know the creators were pushing hard for the campaign… but wow. Very gratifying for fans.
  • Now look, I haven’t seen the Mummy yet, and I heard it was a hot mess but was hoping to find something entertaining up in there. But I can’t believe they would go to this much effort at trying to build a film franchise, trot out all the players they’ve assembled for the different films, to the press, and then now Mummy falls apart and the whole thing implodes
  • A film I’m watching with interest, Ad Astra, featuring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in space, just added Ruth Negga in a mystery role. I’m stoked!
  • Don’t know if this is substantiated yet, but supposedly Daniel Craig elected to ease off of the wrist-slashing and agree to two more Bond films. Not one. Two. At like $100M salary per or whatever.
  • What’s this: Milla Jovovich in the Hellboy relaunch as the Blood Queen? Yes please.
  • Finally, good news for most X-Files fans: mythology episodes are out. I mean, I liked them. But I was in the minority. The SPACE minority.

That’s all for now. All of you reading this on Robot-Kraken, kindly BEND THE KNEE, thank you.

Deadwood Meets Hellboy and All is Briefly Right with the World – Robots Root 3 Aug 2017

Ian McShane as the new Professor Broom? Say it isn’t so! No wait, say it IS so. That’s amazing casting!

Meanwhile…

Robot’s Root thus!

  • Trek giveth and Trek taketh… So, the trailers for ST: Discovery look really promising. And yet then, just to make sure equilibrium takes hold, they are supposedly developing a KHAN prequel series no one needs to see, regardless of the plastic pectorals.
  • Honestly, I expect no less from a feces bot.
  • New Vice Principals is coming soon… second and final (SAD) season… cannot wait.
  • Those newer close-ups of Domino are really impressive. She has a great jawline, and making the circle a birthmark was brilliant.
  • Jessica Chastain as a badass Shi’ar is the best thing that could happen to the Fox X-Men franchise, and at least she’s publicly admitting it’s happening now.

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That’s all for now. i’m going camping and given our approximate adjacency to Donner Pass, regionally, there’s a chance I’ll be eaten. if not, I hope to be back Saturday, and prepared to get ON with it.

Update:

 

 

Welp, much like poor (presumed) Wun-Wun, winter came for us here at Robot-Kraken. Kris has been battling some family strife, and guest-host Blake Simmons and I were supposed to record tonight but entropy won. Slim chance we’ll get an opportunity to review Game of Toles S07 E03 before Sunday’s new episode, so quite possible we’ll be doing a commentary on both episodes next week.
Keep sharpening that obsidian, and check your pies for family members…