Menu

Rose City Comic Con This Weekend, pLus Robots Root 6 September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con is done, and tomorrow we head to Portland for Rose City Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there! Photos from both shows will start rolling out starting next week…keep your eyes peeled for sneaky shots of Friend of TRDL Lung at the table…

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root for 6 September 2017!

  • Lung turned me onto this last week but I never posted it. The Honest Trailer for Face/Off is one of their best yet.
  • You might think, from these comments, that Inhumans is a technical and visionary opus. I’ve heard the contrary. I’m not sure at this point if I’m even going to watch it at all. Your mileage may vary.
  • 2.5 Hours of Blade Runner 2049 goodness? I CANT WAIT I TOLE YOU.
  • Preview roundup, genre edition: Damnation on Netflix; Tin Star on Amazon; Hostiles, a feature film (yay Wes Studi); Brawl in Cell Block Whichever, a feature film; Mindhunter, on Netflix.
  • The ships, and their names, for these new SW films are really nuts. Same things but bigger and also bigger, sometimes bigger. I will give the Supremacy this, though: it says they have a shipworks on board, which could help rationalize the scale and span in the massing, if it can build Destroyers, for example. Huh. Meanehile, Poe’s new X-Wing gets a turbo boost to get past big lasers. BIG LASERS!
  • And speaking of the Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow being out for SW VIII has been spurring on some interesting speculation, in front of and behind the curtain. Calls for a female director, calls for Rian Johnson again, given his apparently smooth sailing on Last Jedi, calls for LUCAS FFS, and on and on.
  • Finally in SW news, Mark Hamill’s comments about wanting to play his own evil twin (actually a cool idea) reference a plotline in the Extended Universe books about which I was not familiar. Thrawn stuff. I’m always down with things referencing that hand.
  • Whedon apparently rewrote enough of JL to get a writing credit. Meanwhile, looking at all these photos used in the Alex Ross style poster composite, I keep laughing at how high Aquaman looks, and how appropriate that is, in a meta sort of way.
  • “That guy’s wife” saved the Star Trek franchise. Nice, Shatner.
  • There is apparently some controversy among rigid hetero fanboys or whomever about this commercial. I loved it. Start to finish.
  • Here’s your ubiquitous bosslogic manips of Leo DiCaprio as a Joker. For science. I prefer L E T O!
  • John Cena in the running for Shazam?, this was all over the con floor at SFCC this weekend. I’m not convinced this is real. However, on Sunday it occurred to me who he COULD play well, given his enthusiasm, size, and charisma: Guy Gardner!

  • This Hellboy summary, recently leaked, is sufficiently general and I like what I hear. LUNDUN ENGULUND!
  • Finally, I leave you with Key & Peele’s Sexy Vampires. Cracked me up, a little. Not out loud. But inside.

Back to the packing and the fire dodging! See you maybe in Portland!

TRDL Art Jam September 2017 – Thor, Blade Runner, Batman, SHIELD

   

Yeeeah, sorry about August. It wasn’t you, it was me. I was head down working on the new TRDL Sourcebooks, and preparing for my con appearances in September, and I forgot to post the jam.

On the other hand, wow, we had some great entries for June’s Spider-Man jam. A huge amount. Very nicely done, everyone!

OK, so September we’ll try to catch up. The jam selections are:

1. Thor, and the Asgard pantheon, in honor of Thor: Ragnarok
2. Blade Runner, in honor of Blade Runner 2049
3. Batman, in honor of the will he/wont he about Ben Affleck
4. And finally SHIELD, either the comics, film, or TV version

Have fun!

If you are in SF or Portland, hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows!

*Thor, by anklesnsocks http://fav.me/d3jkt5v (love the glowy Mjolnir here)
Blade Runner by TimothyAndersonArt http://fav.me/d53afn5 (that vintage cover)
Batman by Rockthearts1212 http://fav.me/dbjy90p (evokes Batman 100 in the best ways)
SHIELD by Andyparkart https://andyparkart.deviantart.com/art/The-Avengers-Maria-Hill-and-SHIELD-406483697

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

http://bit.ly/RoboApple

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

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple
Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

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!

:::

Bonus Pitch:

If you want more standard nerd news and reviews, check out Friends of R-K, Second Union at their main site, or on Facebook, or on Twitter! Good stuff. In fact, recently Thom of Third Rail Design Lab / Robot-Kraken (self promotion alert) was featured in the Second Union Heroes and Villains Fanfest/Walker Stalker Portland review

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

 

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple
Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper