Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory ePUB

Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory Dr Grodbort has released his directory of scientific splendour A catalogue of wondrous contraptions and wave weapons of unprecedented power, this book makes available a myriad of destructive and beneficial devices to any intergalactic explorer Steampunk amusement and some damn fine artwork too Must be seen to be believed I personally endorse the Manmelter 3600ZXSub Atomic Disintegrator Pistol. I got this one by winning a stack of Dark Horse books in a raffle at this year s ALA Annual Conference I didn t think much of it at first it s very short, and looks like a novelty piece or an offshoot of a larger work I was hooked by the second page, though The humor alone is worth picking up Doctor Grordbort s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory.This is essentially a fanciful catalogue of intricate, highly dangerous ray guns and other equipment for manly men who want to conquer the moon peopl I got this one by winning a stack of Dark Horse books in a raffle at this year s ALA Annual Conference I didn t think much of it at first it s very short, and looks like a novelty piece or an offshoot of a larger work I was hooked by the second page, though The humor alone is worth picking up Doctor Grordbort s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory.This is essentially a fanciful catalogue of intricate, highly dangerous ray guns and other equipment for manly men who want to conquer the moon people and impress at social gatherings There is no story to speak of, beyond the common elements of an alternate retro futuristic universe where rugged, mutton chopped adventurers traipse across the solar system, pillaging planets and seducing space vixens The weapons, gizmos, and robots share a distinct H G Wells vibe, and bristle with random tubes, antennae, bulbs, and unpronounceable pseudo scientific elements The book is capped off by a richly illustrated vignette of Lord Cockswain s adventures hunting exotic Venusian wild game with evenexotic weaponry.Even though the book is slim it s even shorter than it looks, thanks to the thick cardstock pages , there is a lot of content packed into each page The print is small, and the format perfectly emulates an old timey pamphlet There is a mix of illustrations and actual photographs of the products designed and built at Broad s day job special effects powerhouse Weta Workshop and each entry comes with both specifications and marketing copy These little articles are the reason to flip through this faux brochure they are drenched in wry, bawdy humor that starts out hilarious and gets progressivelyabsurd Offhand descriptions of violent intended use and horrific side effects sit alongside meaningless retrotechnobabble and meathead slogans that could fit in an advertisement for natural male enhancement, all with subtle world building and steampunk esque gewgaws in the background It s a rollicking mess that s perfect for reading in bite sized chunks The mini comic at the end doesn t add much, but the artwork is gorgeous, and it presents a nice thematic punctuation mark.I don t usually offerthan a middle of the road rating for story light companion pieces like this one, but I bumped it up a bit just because I found it so funny The sense of humor is reminiscent of the violent buffoonery and bravado of the video game Team Fortress 2 sure enough, as I discovered, you can get Grordbort packs in the game for the Soldier, Engineer, and Pyro, withon the way Absolutely perfect Greg Broad, Dr Grordbort s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory Wellington, Weta Publishing in the past, product has been released through New Line production house, with Weta only receiving a proportion of the royalties.Greg came up with the idea from a series of acrylic paintings he had done, stemming from his own personal fascination wit Greg Broad, Dr Grordbort s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory Wellington, Weta Publishing Dark Horse Comics HarperCollins, 2008 This is Greg Broad s first foray into graphic novels, and Weta Workshop s first piece of wholly owned product in the past, product has been released through New Line production house, with Weta only receiving a proportion of the royalties.Greg came up with the idea from a series of acrylic paintings he had done, stemming from his own personal fascination with guns of all sorts, which he showed to Richard Taylor, who sugested that he do a comic based on the artworks This morphed into a catalogue type project with lush graphic content, and the accompanying production of the first item, a toy raygun cast in metal from Weta Collectibles, which was shown extensively here during the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in April The gun was premiered at this year s ComicCon in San Diego their aspect of a toy in contrast to the other Weta sculpture product was well received, as was the metalworking, which got raygun collectors in the States very excited.During a quick coffee and chat out at Eva Dixon s in Miramar, I asked Greg what else was in the pipeline will we seerayguns, as the catalogue nature of the graphic novel seems to suggest A TV series A film Greg and his publicist both chuckled and said that big ideas were in development, and there would be new product previewing in San Diego at ComicCon in March 2009, which they were currently working towards.My trusty sidekick Grant Buist asked what Dark Horse Comics had been like to work with, to which Greg responded that Dark Horse had been really enthusiastic they are the Weta Collectibles distributor in the USA, and also Mike Richardson, the publisher, is a huge raygun collector, so it was a project that was ideally suited to them.The main quibble I had with the graphic novel was the thickness of the cardboard like pages, meaning that less material was found within the covers of the hardback book than I would have expected so I asked, why And will there beThere certainly will be It is of note that this book is the first of many to be published under the new directive Publishing without editorial discrimination in the aid of easing social exclusion of the intellectually impoverished.I think its fantastic, these government initiatives to encourage inclusion of the handicapped There is no longer any reason that someone with a genetic shortcoming in their cranial capacity has to compensate purely with an overly masculine display of rampant beard ation or freakish demons It is of note that this book is the first of many to be published under the new directive Publishing without editorial discrimination in the aid of easing social exclusion of the intellectually impoverished.I think its fantastic, these government initiatives to encourage inclusion of the handicapped There is no longer any reason that someone with a genetic shortcoming in their cranial capacity has to compensate purely with an overly masculine display of rampant beard ation or freakish demonstrations of bear like strength For the truly Christian goal of social integration, what better province to include these pitiful pillocks in than one naturally populated by persons of questionable birth and a natural tendency toward apathy the decorative arts As can be seen here, those feeble of mind can assemble their wanton scribblings and with the aid of a caregiver or legal guardian petition and gain grants and subsidies culminating in the formal recognition of publishing While you may find, within these few short pages, thoughts of incomprehensible strangeness or indeed the very ravings of a madman those of high birth will no doubt appreciate having a polite subject of discussion when confronted with a dribbling dullard such as Mr Broad For that purpose alone I wholeheartedly recommend this bizarre tome, if only as a talking point and implent of social lubrication

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