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Expanse S03 Updates – Robots Root

 

SPOILERS for Expanse:

Having just finished the latest Expanse Novel, Persepolis Rising, I’m hot under the collar for Expanse S03 to be released later this year on the SyFy channel. The first two seasons did an excellent job of resolving elements of the early novels, and I can’t wait to see how they respond to the significantly more dynamic events in the later ones. Some casting updates so far:

Anna Hopkins – I’m guessing as Monica, the earther journalist…

Nadine Nicole – strong guess this is Clarissa Mao… though my feeling is they could have just reused  as the two sisters are supposed to look so much alike the newsfeeds confused them. German and Filipino descent.

Faivre is of Thai descent, raised in France. So-so similarity in appearance.

Elizabeth Mitchell is on board and I’m guessing it’s Anna, the minister aboard the Behemoth/Nauvoo

Finally, the most interesting, David Strathairn… hm. Ashford, perhaps?

 

Moving on to some root for the people:

  • Hannah Simone has been cast in a remake I’m finally interested in: Real American Hero, where the main character is both female and of color. Excellent. Also, she’s rad.
  • Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis are apparently collaborating on a Kitty Pryde solo film which may, as per the project code name, reference the infamous Kitty solo issue of Uncanny X-Men, set in a Christmas + Alien setting. I’m intrigued that BMB can do this while under contract with DC now…
  • This may seem like a reactionary article, but it was noted in an interview that a Han Solo project was underway under Lucas prior to the Lucasfilm sale… most pushback on these side projects is predicated on the idea that Disney is strip-mining Lucas’ legacy. Doesn’t make it good or bad, just a thing that was happening before the thing that is happening.
  • Again, they LEARN NOTHING while allowing these bots to LEARN EVERYTHING.
  • BRB
  • Sad to read Johann Johannsson passed away recently. His soundtrack work, particularly for Arrival, was excellent and a nearly-daily listen for me.
  • All the reasons David Banner flipped out in the Hulk series. They’re good. “Wandering around inside a carnival funhouse, only to have someone turn on the machinery so that David is somehow caught in a rolling tumbler and flipped over a few times and then thrown down a convenient slide” is just one of them…
  • I want Batman NINJA now, pls.
  • Interesting film adaptation of The Kitchen from Vertigo is in the works.
  • This is pushing all my buttons: A Cobra Rattler converted to a viable R/C!
  • This was a thing. Unbelievable. I want to see this in a Hellboy film or something.
  • How The Last Jedi should have ended. Waited for this!
  • What’s this? Obi Wan films filming in Belfast? Hmmmm?
  • Paul Inglis is joining Star Wars IX… this was the awesome art director for Blade Runner.

Don’t know why this exists, but it does, apparently. Makes a great Valentines Gift…

Thats Just Lazy Writing – Robots Root 9 Feb 2018

Deadpool 2’s new trailer is pretty much spot on what you’d expect, and it works perfectly. Favorite detail: Chunk’s shirt from Goonies! I love it.

  • In Movies that Aren’t Black Widow News: Milla Jovovich has replaced Olivia Munn in Hummingbird. I think she’ll do a fine job but I was looking forward to Munn, who, for all the other obvious reasons i’d be on board about it, hasn’t had a series role like this to date and I was interested in seeing how she’d work.
  • The magical world of what Netflix buys and for what reason continues to intrigue me: for three different reports I’ve read, it appears Abrams and crew new the whole ‘slap Cloverfield references on a sci fi film’ experiment was collapsing, so they sold the project to Netflix for $50M, putting them in the green, as it exceeded their production budget and more importantly allowed them to sidestep the quagmire of marketing costs. Netflix paid a huge sum (though half of the total for Bright) even though they fully understood what they were getting. To say they bought it for post-Super Bowl buzz alone seems almost cynical to write, but that’s the space Netflix is operating in, with the original content streaming wars. We used to ooh and ahh and tssk  the outrageous prices for Super Bowl ad time, but that’s an incredible sum just to convince the 5 remaining non-Netflix subscribers to join, and the remaining 99.9999999% of the civilized world to stay on the service. Which is not to say I won’t watch the film (I will) and BTW, Robot-Kraken Podcast guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons implored me to watch Bright, saying it was actually pretty good. SO! More on both projects in next month’s show, I’m guessing.
  • Drunk History features Nichelle Nichols which is pretty awesome. I’d watch it but something in it tripped the sensors in my current host country, so it’ll have to wait.
  • The most reassuring thing about the details on Harrison Ford’s advisory role on Han Solo is reading that he basically just bullshitted about his experience and what Lucas was always talking about, and then just said, go nuts! Paycheck for light aircraft repair bills… but also, no pushing about the impression or some big speech about looking like a young Harrison Ford, just insights into how Ford felt Solo ticked. Pretty great, actually.
  • Apparently the Venom trailer will be released while I’m flying across the Pacific. Either I’ll land to accolades or scorn. About the trailer, not my arrival. Everyone’s excited.
  • Jessica Jones S02 is imminent, and the full trailer looks great. Tone is consistent, actors remain solid… PLUS the addition of Expanse’s Terry Chen (Prax Meng) in a very different role than we last saw for him. That’s AWESOME.
  • So, not sure, but Titan looks like it might be B-Movie material. However it ALSO reads as a video summary of my entire TRDL Universe situation, more or less, so. There’s that! Accidental marketing.
  • I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but this fan-made alternate opening for Force Awakens is pretty rad. Not for what it was intended, because the mystery and interest in the setting of Jakku was perfect as-is and didn’t need explaining. But rather, just to see them tow a Star Destroyer carcass to a jumk planet and then dump it. The movie made it feel, without explanations, like it crashed there from an aerial battle… never thought of it as wreckage being cleared from dangerous hyperspace traffic areas or what have you. Star Wars has always played loose with the idea of space junk. It’s only there when serving the plot.
  • Delos Destinations viral is making me HOT HOT HOT!
  • This whole exchange on ‘the mutant cure’ is hilarious.
  • An articulated, jet boot sorta havin, repulsor sorta usin, ultra rad Iron Man cosplay… but doods IT CHARGES HIS IPHONE TOO.

 

Finally, I leave you with this: yawning is contagious.

We Were Wizarded, We Were Worlded – Robots Root 19 June 2017

 

We’re back from Wizard World Sacramento. Soon to embark on a journey to Portland for Heroes & Villains Fanfest/Walkter Stalker this coming weekend. More embarking for Kris than me… well, more journeying anyway: he’s driving back to Idaho now, and will then drive BACK to the west coast for Portland. I’m hopping on Alaska Airlines.

It was an interesting time, Wizard World Sacramento. Some good, some not so good. We recorded a daily post-mortem which will be part of our July Robot-Kraken Podcast, along with discussion about Portland’s show. The bullet points, though, in the meantime:

  • The show was about a third smaller than it was two years ago when we did it last, and apparently it was bigger last year. We aren’t sure what happened. The wrestler guests, and the associated fans of them, were not there, but the smaller carved out section of the venue also suggested that they didn’t have as many tables and exhibitors, and I know customers complained that the guest list for celebrities wasn’t well stocked until pretty short notice. On my end, I didn’t feel that was particularly the case, or that the show wasn’t planned well or promoted. They did make a substantial layout change that put celebrities to the side instead of in the back, which breaks artist alley, as we depend on people coming and going to the photo ops and signings. But otherwise, it wasn’t egregious. WW staff were friendly and responsive, and the noise level from some of the larger events in the space wasn’t overwhelming, even if it was a bit much for my taste (karaoke all day friday, a funk band on Saturday, and Star Wars lounge singing on Sunday (which itself was originally a parody concept, right? Now it’s come around the other side and become a thing)) and though we were placed right behind a huge random State Farm VR exhibit, it wasn’t loud or distracting at all. The event seemed well stocked with food vendors, and people were digging the bottomless adult beverages that were available.
  • There was far less foot traffic than expected. In fact, much of the time guests were sort of wandering down the center of the aisles and not approaching tables. When the guests are plentiful (or if the space is cramped, which is not ideal) the customers tend to hug the tables and check things out. Here, it was like they were just tumbling down an air duct.
  • I had several customers go through the books and seem very interested and then wander off. I had two groups of guests that went to get money or use the restroom and never returned. It’s a risk you take. I could be more aggressive about making a deal before they leave, I guess. I gambled because they wanted to look more and pick additional prints, and ended up taking nothing home. In general, the interest in my table was less than hoped for, but I can’t complain about the good conversations I had, and without fail, those that bought something tended to be enthusiastic about it, which is great. All but one took home multiple items.
  • I had a good time connecting with cosplayers, showing them art of their character, etc. Many came by several times. Some were customers. It was one of the nice things about having a substantial print selection now, as compared to previous years. I could point stuff out on the fly! With my work now taking up three 13 x 19 binders on the table, it spans a hair over a standard 6′ booth, and fits OK in an 8′ booth. I have another 150-200 prints in process, so I may need to consider beginning to show half-scale copies 2 to a page in the binder for some of them. I need to stay to the three binder only I think.
  • I nerded out a bit when I saw Cas Anvar from Expanse at the show. I went over and shook his hand and talked to him for a brief second, but then headed back to my unmanned table. He was pleasant.
  • As with prior trips to Sacramento, the highlight was food. We had a great night at South (fried chicken spot) and had some good pizza as well. Made some new friends too.
  • Listen to the podcast in July for a more in-depth look at these June shows, and a discussion about the future of Wizard World, and our future at that venue as well. I’ll post some photos to Instagram and FB as time permits…

Robot’s Root!

  • The Russo Bros posted a mysterious photo of a mysterious thingie. Between this and Scarjo’s note of like 333 characters in Infinity War, I have to wonder what kind of viral what have yous are we going to be seeing in the few months prior to release… there’s going to be teaser burnout…can you imagine a world where NOTHING about this film was leaked, and no trailers of any plot significance were revealed? I love to imagine such a thing.
  • Kris and I were supposed to see The Mummy this weekend, prepared for low common denominator fun, but didn’t get to it, because fried chicken. BUT, wow. This does NOT sound good.
  • Cue the interwebs, violently googling for ‘pre-CGI boobs’ for the Scooby-Doo film…
  • Oh come ON, Justice League…
  • Who wants Supergirl in the DCCU? I mean, it’s a pretty obvious guess, with no reasonable authenticity, but it’s also a safe one. So whose to say. But anyway, possible!
  • I didn’t get too far into this video, comparing All You Need is Kill (manga) with the Edge of Tomorrow film adaptation, because it just made me want to both seek out the manga, AND rewatch the first film, so I stopped the spoilering against my poor memory. Ha. Spoilers on a movie I already saw, and frankly really liked.
  • Lung and I were discussing this one late last week, but HOW AWESOME… Matchbox cars, sorted!
  • Daniel Day Lewis just retired. That’s interesting. Most actors retire from either running out of castable roles, disappearing into the ether, or the deaths. This was a peculiar final announcement, prior to supporting his now-final film with longtime collaborator PT Anderson.

 

That’s all for today! Keep your eyes peeled on the medias for all the photos to follow…

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep 31 Released

Our may episode of Robot Kraken features a guest host as we discuss Sci-Fi novels and TV adaptations, SYFY’s THE EXPANSE, Marvel TV and more!

Hosts: Kris, Thom & special guest Blake Simmons!

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking the button below or HERE and subscribe, listen and rate us on iTunes too!

We are also on PATREON NOW! Help us find time to make more content, actually edit these episodes, get some goodies and more! GO HERE TO HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWS!

This podcast may also be enjoyed on Youtube: Please subscribe! Robot-Kraken Youtube Playlist

And this episode on Youtube in specific, thus: https://youtu.be/hQGj9MQUCkE

 

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
    • We introduce our special guest host and jabber for a while!
  • 0:05 – Sucking The Monkey!
    • Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
    • Thom – The Atoll of Tole You
    • Kris – The Doc Ock
    • Blake – Lost Republic Bourbon
  • 00:10 – Checking In
    • A loose conversation about holes, Iron Fists, Marvel TV and more!
  • 00:40 – The Review!
    • Kris retreats to pack for a con while Blake and Thom dive deep into the EXPANSE! They also cover science fiction novels and adaptations and pretty much everything else!
  • 3:00 – Closing
    • The end

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

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Six Seven Go To Hell or Go To Heaven – 21 Mar 2017

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Tomenosuke PRO Blaster
Let me tole you: if I didn’t have kids in the home, and DID have $899 laying around…
link!

Meanwhile:

– As much as I crave new Hans Zimmer soundtracks, this interview, reposted across various sites, warmed my heart a bit, because I share a devotion to the Nolan Batman films as well. It’s a very intimate and purposeful connection, the soundtrack developed for that trilogy and the material itself. Nolan and Zimmer work well together, thematically (witness Inception and Interstellar for examples outside of the superhero genre) and when Zimmer did the Man of Steel soundtrack, while it was excellent and distinct, it was lending some of that former world’s pedigree to the new films in a way I found disconnected. link!

– Sony wants to proceed with fast-tracking Venom, without a script or director… in the post-Marvel-deal era, what do YOU want from a Venom film? I can’t decide. I really don’t like the character outside of Spidey using the suit and then slowly going batty from the symbiote’s influence. Once it jumped to other hosts and became 90seriffic, I was out. I do like the black ops version from recent years in the comics, but I don’t see how it would translate. link!

– Similarly, WB / DC seem intent on keeping the Flash moving forward (heh) despite multiple issues with the pre-production. That’s not a good sign. link!

– RIP Bernie Wrightson. That escalated fast.
Not my artistic influence, and I didn’t read a lot of his stuff, but I always admired it from a technical level and enjoyed reading about his convention persona. link!

– We’re doomed. More. link! Mega-rich oligarches in powered armor!

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– random Kraken-related jewelry for the day. AMAZING.

-I’m trying not to read anything about GOG2 these days… but I can’t get enough on Yondu’s cyber mohawk. link!

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– Expanse has been greenlit for Season 3, so I can now relax.
link!

– Alicia Vikander may be joining a new Ben Wheatley project involving kicking nocturnal underground beastie ass. His current project looks insane and awesome, so let’s be optimistic.
link!

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– Becky Cloonan’s poster for Ghost in the Shell is EVERYTHING. link!

– Reddit is questionable for a lot of things. But the AMA (Ask Me Anything) series is not one of them. Here’s Gareth Edwards… link!

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Your random Mike Mignola block-rockin art used as a bossbot’s iphone screen for today.

– I’m generally not a fan of cosplayers photographed and then given a bunch of post FX. I like the craft of the costuming itself, and that’s as far as I go. However, this is really well done. link!

– Apparently Hela knows capoeira in the new Thor film. I appreciate it’s a gladiator road trip movie, but that’s quite a diversion from the comics. Then again, probably a welcome one. Stand around and glower megagod types are boring on film. link!

– Good news for this guy, having just finished Peaky Blinders S03… S04 is due to begin production, and Tom Hardy will return. link!

– So Fox’s X-Men show for broadcast TV? The one with a family on the run with a mutant child, which seems to have little to know recognizable X-anything in it except for Sentinels? Is it going to be called Mutants on the Run? MutantsSuxxxx? Mutant? Nope. GIFTED. Srsly. I was gifted. I had to do more homework. That is all. link!

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Here’s your random Black Adam speculative rendering for today, by Chris Diem. Love it. Great proof of concept…

– Henry Cavill is on board for MI: 6. That’s interesting! I hope he’s a villain. Not a team member who betrays them, but a proper villain. link!

– How strange the wheel is… Matt Vaughn gave the X-Men franchise a brief moment of hope, before getting forced out by Bryan Singer. Now, after doing his own thing (Kick Ass, Kingsmen) he’s back in the big studio system’s favor for supehero tentpoles, being supposedly courted for the next Superman film. If true, that’s something to be modestly optimistic about, similar to what happened with batman. link!

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Here’s your random Bill S. pic of the day: Dr Doom!

OK, that’s all for now. Fear not and be just!
Remember, and I’ll remind you a lot in the coming days, I suspect:

– visit Robot-Kraken.com for all your standard nerd news, as well as updates on the podcast itself
– visit Instagram for topical updates on TRDL art stuffs
– visit Facebook (the TRDL Page, the TRDL Art Jam Group, the Robot-Kraken Group) for all your facebooky news (including process pics and WIPS and the like, as well as jam updates)
– visit deviantArt for the latest jam action
– and as always, visit https://www.thirdraildesignlab.com for your collectible art print and book needs!


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Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 28 (February 2017) Available Now!

The Robot-Kraken Podcast – Episode 28: The Future is Now! (February 2017)

February is here and Kris and Thom sit down to chat about the ten projects coming up in 2017 that we are most excited about! (Or 2017-ish, since George RR Martin is on the list….) We talk about the EXPANSE, reveal our dream casting for a MOON KNIGHT movie and in the Shipyard talk about kickstarter, brush pens and upcoming art jams!

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking the button above or HERE and subscribe, listen and rate us on iTunes too!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 – Introduction & Sucking The Monkey:
    • Thom – The Loose Parsec
    • Kris – Eddyline Brewery Jolly Roger Stout
      • Segment Name Origin: Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
  • 0:07 – The Shipyard
    • We talk about brush pen inking, Kris’ current projects for the official THE THING art book and kickstarter and Thom reveals his works in progress and the Weekly Jam Subjects for the month!
      • Weekly Jam Subjects:
      • DCs Starfire
      • DC’s Katana
      • DC’s The Enchantress
      • Disney’s Moana
    • Want to participate in the TRDL Art Jam? The TRDL Jam runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. The complete list of jam topics by date can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QM5XfE
      You will find associate links for the platforms of your choice: the R3 Forum, DeviantArt, and FB.
  • 0:19 – Thom discusses a fan theory about Robin and the Joker
  • 0:24 – A Tim Miller/James Cameron reboot of the Terminator?
  • 0:31 – Top Ten 2017 Projects!
    • 0:31 – Winds Of Winter
    • 0:41 – Star Wars VIII
    • 0:44 – Wonder Woman
    • 0:47 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    • 0:53 – Upcoming Neil Gaiman Projects
      • American Gods, Good Omens and Norse Tales
    • 1:00 – Logan
    • 1:10 – Spiderman: Homecoming
    • 1:18 – Ghost In The Shell
    • 1:25 – Murder On The Orient Express
    • 1:33 – Blade Runner
    • 1:38 – Our Runner-Ups
  • 1:45 – Dream Casting!
    • Thom reveals his long held plans for a RUNAWAYS Movie
    • 1:55 – We both cast a MOON KNIGHT television series or movie – our choices might surprise you!
  • 2:28 – THE EXPANSE Discussion and initial thoughts
  • 2:51 – Baywatch and Contact Info – That’s right – Baywatch!

That was our show! And now – videos and trailers. for science!

Speaking of videos and science, you can also catch the Robot-Kraken Podcast on Youtube. This month’s episode:

https://youtu.be/0Ous5u64MuM
Plus trailers: