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A Cape Story – Robot’s Root 7 Feb 2018

The full trailer for Solo is looking really good. I was talking to Lung about this: I really hope they discouraged the actors from trying to do impressions of the older actors we know so well, and just focused on the character and, at most, mannerisms. The picture perfect Ewan McGregor Obi Wan didn’t do our expectations any justice. I really want this film to be more about mining a new story and less about mimicry. I’m super in.

  • Jumanji 2 is happening. And spoiler alert for an upcoming episode of Robot-Kraken: that’s a GOOD thing.
  • Here’s a first look at Rukia from the live-action Bleach film. Which reminds me, here’s a super sweet art print you might like:

OK it’s my last night in Indonesia, so I’s signing off to do more work. See you on the other side!

Happy Holidays from Third Rail Design Lab!

Joao and I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holidays. Here’s a pair of Carol Danvers pics for our annual holiday release. I drew 80s era Ms. Marvel, and Joao did the contemporary Captain Marvel look. Prints available shortly. Cheers from your pals at Third Rail Design Lab~

The State of the State – 13 Nov 2017 From the Future

 

Before we get into that SWEET, SWEET ROOT, a quick update: I’ve been in Indonesia for 10 days, and while the days themselves have been long, I’ve made great progress on my fall TRDL mission: them TRDL Sourcebooks! I’ll be editing Book One on the 30+ hour trip home (that begins in a few hours) along with working on Books Two and Three (of four) but man, progress! Look, above, evidence!

 

Meanwhile, the Root continues…

 

  • There is a lot of Stranger Things fanart out there. I’ve done some! And a lot of Rick and Morty fanart out there. I’ve worked on some! But this cracked me up, mostly because of the Freddy Kreuger ballsack-chin dude, can’t remember his name, done up as the Sheriff. Dying.

Then again, I’m pretty easy to entertain…

  • You have to give Agents of SHIELD some credit: they re-invent the show each season and generally pull it off. Looks like this time it’s going to be Alien by way of Kree. The tropes about the black guy getting killed first, splitting up, etc are in full effect. Pretty funny.  Also, interesting that they’re using a non-Brood Brood, the Marvel rip-off/homage to the xenomorph in the first place, because I believe the Brood falls into Fox’s rights wheelhouse.
  • Despite being overseas, upside-down, and working with, I kid you not, 1-kbps download and less that 1kbps upload most of the time (and thats the heavier duty hotel network) we managed to do some recording for the Robot-Kraken Podcast. You might remember such a thing! We’re getting an episode pulled together that covers September and some of October, and then we’re also cooking up the following one, which will cover through November. So many things being discussed, just wring your hands and IMAGINE how awesome it will be to listen to them.

 

Speaking of awesome, here’s a screencap of my face reflected in the JW Black Bladerunner bottle Blake got me…

 

  • The TL;DR version of the Rian Johnson SW trilogy speculation is, of course: ALL THE EXTENDED UNIVERSE STUFF, plus all the other stuff. Still, fun to contemplate. What do YOU want out of a new trilogy? I know what I don’t want: Skywalkers. Just give me some action on the other side of the galaxy.
  • The Disney/Marvel + Fox discussions are apparently still on, unless they aren’t, but they might be. Surely they are.
  • Now while I admit I haven’t been keeping up with the animated side of the business, how stoked am I that they’ve done a Gotham by Gaslight cartoon? Give me a live action movie now, I says.
  • I think one Lung sent me this after my last post, so: this alphanumeric set based on the the industrial design of each brand is VISIONARY. I was floored by it.
  • In ‘whats in the tin is on the label’ news, read this headline:

    Man fakes his death to help police catch wife in murder-for-hire plot

    And the article, if you want the long version.

  • And in ‘is this REALLY a thing, or just faking being a thing? Or a fake thing?’ news, this.
  • Here’s a neat overview of Mondo designs that were rejected, if you can even imagine such a thing. The whole deal with War for the Planet of the Toles is awesome.
  • The limited edition Lovecraft tiki mug here is to die for. I mean, sort of literally, I guess.
  • Let’s dance around Thor: Ragnaok a bit for a moment. I saw the film, and loved it, which you will see below. But look, Cate Blanchett’s Hela just stole it from a design perspective, in a film already chockablock with great design. And she’s so smoulderingly, saunteringly gorgeous in this. I couldn’t even. BUT NOW YOU CAN, thanks to another Sideshow Collectibles figure that kills it.
  • So, I saw The Thor. We’re recording a thing on it soon, so I’ll hold off on deep-diving on the actual film, but I thought I’d share a bit about how surreal the experience was. I saw it in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is a Muslim country which is very pleasant and features a hub of international business in southeast asia. There are horrible, horrible things on the side of the road. But also, nice folks and such. It’s like any third world country with a slab of international commerce in the middle of it. Anyway, I quite like it. So, on previous trips I never had time to go do anything really, other than job site, client office, hotel, etc. This time, I took a break on Saturday night, and went to see a film. It was at a cinema buried in the core of a megamall, one of these multi-tiered structures that webs between and under multiple office towers. Took about 35 minutes to find the theater, and I had even done my homework. OK, Thor! But in Jakarta!

 

Like most of the world, you step in the cinema and it’s quite familiar. Ticketing, concessions, pre-show something or other, then seats and trailers. In this case, the concessions ran the gamut from little popcorn purses to slabs of roast beast, and the pre-show entertainment was actually a sub-theater/lounge space showing Katy Perry concert footage while people sipped mocktails.

 

This show, not even an IMAX or 3D version, cost roughly $7USD. And, assigned seating. You select it yourself. Thus!

I may not have been in row 3 (because crazy) or 33 (because full; Jakartans seem to need some distance from the hollywood vomiting of technicolor indulgence, even when it is intentional, as with the design work on this film) but…

 

 

Studio 3, cousins…

 

 

 

So it was mostly interesting and slightly distracting to watch with subtitles. I kept wanting to read them, and catch glimpses of interesting Bahasa for stuff like ‘You. Me. The others. We have to get ready.’ “The others, Bruce.’ etc etc but once the actual film started, it almost synced up with the film’s liberal use of alien script and wild Kirbyesque design. It FIT. So anyway, I may have been the loudest LOLer (I was) but it was a super fun time. The woman in the burka in front of me (see the red) didn’t make any noises, but I saw her smile on the way out. That Chris Hemsworth, amirite.

 

OK, heading to board my first leg on the long trip back. Until next time, have fun with your friend from work…

 

 

You Bring the Silicone I’ll Bring the Sealant – 7 March 2017

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Look, you know I’ve thrown my chips in on this film, and it’s not a view shared by everyone I talk to, or even very many. But all this WETA practical work is KILLING me, I love it. All silicone, three layer suit, with no seaming. Makes me think of Ross Gellar and the leather pants scene with all the talcum. Anyway, points for teaching me the term PAULDRON, something I draw and design every day and never knew had a proper name in plate male design, and more points for the use of magnets to hold them on the shoulder so they move properly with the rotator cuff. So much work for something most in the audience will just assume is CGI.

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– I’m not watching Gotham any longer. I just can’t even. But the best choice they’ve made yet is casting Siddig as Ra’s Al Ghul. I’ve loved this actor in the modern era, so much more than his stint on Star Trek. He was memorable (and underutilized) in Game of Toles, and has surfaced in Peaky Blinders S03 as well. Love him.
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– Here’s the first official shots of the punk rock styling of Hela, Thor, and Valkyrie in Thor 3. The short hair on Thor will be polarizing, I’m sure. Almost distracting the complainers from the ethnic shifting on Valkyrie? Probably not, knowing the racist interweb.
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– I love the CONCEPT of local real life superhero propaganda figures in the community more than the execution, generally, but this guy actually makes a good case for the ‘homegrown superhero costume’ thing that actually looks reasonable. I can see this as Parker’s first suit, for example.
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– Neat video on all the CGI overlayed acting doubles in Logan. i can tell you, you never notice.
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– Also, here’s yet another look at that fake comic from the film. SAURON, ha.
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– Again, I’m stunned that Netflix greenlit Bright, and against my own bias, I’m going to watch it.
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– Michael K Williams has been stealing scenes in a lot of stuff… but wow, he’s going to be a crowd pleaser in Han Solo, no doubt.
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– Inhumans roundup for today:
1. Lockjaw being a thing is the best news yet. I have a fondness for the giant teleporting bulldog. Plus, photos from the set show him in pre-CGI massing. Also, Ken Leung joined, which is excellent news. Also, the rest of the casting bores me. It’s a toss up.
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– This set of Lego wings is slaying me. I’m so amateur. RAD.
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– Jason Issacs has joined ST: Discovery as the Captain. Notable specifically because he won’t be the focus of the narrative, the one conceit that intrigues me about this project.
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– Notes from the Beetlejuice that never was.
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– Amy Acker joining the X-Men show on Fox is great news, because she’s amazing and desirable. Unfortunately the premise for this show leaves me cold.
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– We just talked about Tron 3… now the scuttlebutt is that Disney wants to soft reboot with Jared Leto in the lead role, playing a character that was originally included in the previous Tron 3 script but in a lesser role.
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– Here’s the new ‘tamer, lighter’ Batmobile, friends.
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-Finally, if you have seen Logan already and want another look, or don’t mind being spoiled if you haven’t, here’s that much ballyhood extra thing:
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That’s all for now! I’m hard at work on the TRDL Sourcebooks and Kris is pushing on completing his Princess Bride poster in time for FanX next week. Busy busy. Also, tonight we will begin recording this month’s podcast segments. And hopefully release March’s show.


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TRDL Art Jam – March 2017: Weapons!

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Four weeks of fighting fun~
Week 01 – Bludgeon
Week 02 – Ballistics
Week 03 – Blades
Week 04 – Ranged

Have fun, be safe, draw carefully

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.


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Who Is Your Favorite TRDL Character?

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As you know, we are hard at work on the new TRDL Sourcebooks. We have an order of magnitude more to share this time than in the first edition. However, many previously-published characters are receiving facelifts. Maybe the design felt a bit dated, or the art wasn’t up to current standards… but hey! Here’s a chance to be involved! Let us know who your favorite Third Rail Design Lab Universe character is, and we will make sure they get a fresh art update for the books. And three (3) participants will receive the line art for the illustration as a bonus!

So, if you have the first edition of the TRDL Sourcebook, crack it open, and if not, peruse the webs for some of the early characters and let us know!

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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:

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!

Trick or Treat Smell my SITH LORD EWOK GAAAAAH – 161031

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GAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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ITEM: The LIFE trailer looks good, though very derivative. Fortunately, I like all the things it’s derivative OF, ending with a preposition.
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ITEM: Fonzo is an odd duck of a project. About Capone being senile… and filmed by maligned director Josh Trank? Still, Tom Hardy, so it HAS to be good.
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ITEM: Miller says all the right things to me. It’s what I want from a Batman film too. Frankly, I want BatmanL Year One (comic version) and I’d be stoked with that. Not so much those Aronofsky plans…
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ITEM: Defenders, shocking and awing everyone, will include Karen Page and Misty Knight. And by everyone, I mean no one.
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Saw this at Toys R Us. Very expensive. However, it DOES include a ship and 4 other figures absolutely free, so…

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Saw this also. At $20 or whatever, I wasn’t compelled. But nice piece.

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ITEM: Speaking of a nice piece, here’s my latest Birthday Bugga, done for my friend Lorraine.

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A for Effort, C for no skull cap.
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Not a bad concept… poorly sourced so far… but it could take off…
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Scared Tauntaun or not, WANNNNNNNT! It’s all I ever wanted from R/C anything ever.
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Finally, this wins for best costume [not hiding a wheelchair] EVER:
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And with that, have a happy Halloween…
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Birthday Buggas and Other Things – 27 October 2016

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Because, you know, I have nothing else to do, I decided to start doing Copic-based Birthday Buggas for friends who have birthdays upcoming. This was done for talented artist Mel Milton, a swell guy. You can see his stuff here.

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ITEM: Here’s a nice concise history of Halloween has changed as a cultural holiday in the US. I love all that stuff from the teens and twenties and thirties and such. Back when the scarecrows were human corpses half the time, I figure.
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EDIT: That one time Stephen King wrote a children’s book… sort of…
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ITEM: Every time Shane Black talks about Predator, I get more and more optimistic.
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ITEM: This excellent Oily Moss poster design was unused because they didn’t have the license to use the billing block under the title, which is the compositional core of this layout. What a shame. It’s so good.
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ITEM: A brief history of all the Knight Rider reboots you never watched.
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ITEM: Surprising precisely no one, Mexico City is moving forward with a Day of the Dead parade since it looked so awesome in Spectre. Granted, calling for a parade and actually getting something like what we saw in the film are two different things…
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ITEM: Great news in concept: Titanfall II will decidedly NOT require a Season Pass or additional paid downloaded content after you buy the main game, which is satisfying to players like me who find those offensive moves by the game developers. I’m really looking forward to this, now that it will have a single player mode AND be available on the PS4…
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ITEM: Bryan Fuller has agreed to step back from ST: Discovery, instead putting together a dream team of his previous collaborators to help manage the day to day production of the series. This was driven apparently by his schedule burden rather than general displeasure by the studio, though they aren’t pleased that the main character has not yet been cast…
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Meanwhile, Variety has some interesting ideas about either Adam Scott or Kelsey Grammar…
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ITEM: JJ Abrams and co have confirmed that his upcoming, and well cast, God Particle, is connected to the Cloverfield universe. I like this. A LOT.
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Speaking of Cloverfield, I just noticed something:

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ITEM: Bad news: Toy Story 4 is delayed a year. Good news: Incredibles 2 has been brought earlier a year. So yay for that! I love the Fantastic Four…
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ITEM: The more I see of Old Man Logan, the more I like it. He looks awesome all haggard and bearded and scarred and rad. More than his usual look. For me, anyway.
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And thus, it’s THIS kind of day. I’m fine with it.


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