April 2011

Dropping Science: Time Lapse Video of The Milky Way

Terje Sorgjerd is a Norwegian photographer who, while trekking on Spain’s tallest mountain, El Teide, decided to shoot some time lapse footage of the sky. El Teide is known as being on of the best places on earth to observe the wonders of space and the result of his efforts is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen in many a year.

I’m going to try and keep finding fun space related stuff to post up every Saturday here, so check back next week. I’ve got a pretty good one in mind.

Have a good weekend!

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Superman Renounces US Citizenship, Communists Win. Apparently.

Action Comics #900 dropped yesterday and with it came a short story in which Superman renounces his US citizenship. I tend not to post up stuff like this because I tend not to buy into the hype of big moments like this, however I have discovered a real love for reading people’s reactions about these stories. Without further ado, I present a selection of comments from Fox News‘ reporting of the story.

genuineguy 
“Until I see Superman’s long form birth certificate, I’ll never believe he was an American to begin with.”
dmag142
“this is part of a continuing assault on our children.”
oldsoldier10
“Good Riddance I am sure his Kansas parents were Alkita anyway, and Choi supports back in the 60’s it’s only logical SM wants to spread the “Visions from his father,” and create a new world order. I hear Sorrose is sponsoring him for French citizenship.”
Craig 
“These commie-bastards taking over everything”
trupatriot73
“Just another example of how the leftist media is trying to infiltrate our children’s minds with their communistic filth.”
mormoncountry 
“I like Hancock better, anyhow”

I know, I know. No good can come of swimming in the toxic slime of news site comment boards, but it did give me a giggle. I never cease to be amazed by people’s ability to be offended by relatively  meaningless stuff. Still, if you think this story is controversial, just wait for the ret-con! 😉
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Brian M. Bendis Will Write the Marvel MMO & it Will Be Free To Play!

Some time ago Marvel announced that it was making an MMO, got everyone rather excited and then shut up about it for ages. At a press conference last night however, the company came clean about a few details. Most important of these is the fact that Brian Michael Bendis, co-creator of the Ultimate Universe, rebooter of The Avengers & ten year scribe of Ultimate Spider-man, will be heading up the writing duties for the game.

The design team for the game will also include Dave Brevick, creator of Diablo and Andy Collins, lead story designer at Gazillion. Gazillion also includes some of the top people from Cryptic (Champions Online) and Blizzard (World of Warcraft), so while they’re not a household name just yet, they’re far from small fry.

Brian M. Bendis

We know that Dr Doom will be the villain and that you will play as existing Marvel characters rather than player created ones (as with DCUO). Marvel have promised that the game will be “a grand, epic tour, a reimagining of some of the biggest events in Marvel history.” It will also be free to play.

There’s not a lot of info to go on right now and it’s unlikely we’ll be playing this game until well into 2012 at the earliest, but right now everything that’s being said sounds good. Bendis is one of the finest comic book writers alive today and arguably understands the Marvel Universe better than almost anyone else. His snappy dialogue style is perfect for an MMO and knows how to appeal to both hardcore fans and casual gamers at the same time. The free-to-play model is a bold move but looking at the success that games like Lord of the Rings Online and Champions Online have found with it, I think it could well give it the edge over DCUO. Of course none of this will mean a thing if the game turns out to be poop, so for now we must now hold our breath and wait for footage to emerge.

Either way, it’s pretty exciting stuff.

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The Extraordinary Tales of Monsieur Poppaleux #10 – Nemesis

In 1993, famous author and spring onion connoisseur, Dr Jean-François Bacharach created a series of books for children. The aim of the project was to use state of the art digital technology to educate and inform on a wide range of topics from maths and theology to poetry and tennis. Using pioneering clip-art techniques, he produced a staggering portfolio of work that continues to be widely distributed in schools across the world and Belgium. Sadly DrBacharach himself was eventually imprisoned due to his being ahead of his time and because he killed a quite staggering number of cats. However his work lives on here at the Bunker! We have secured the entirety of Dr Bacharach’s monumental work and now present it to you. C’est formidable!


The Dark Knight Is Confused

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This is kind of old (about as old as the movie it’s parodying to be exact) but it’s managed to avoid me until this week. Turns out Batman is pretty confused about some of the plot points in his movies and he’s decided to communicate this through the noble medium of rap. You should have a look at the rest of the the Key of Awesome’s stuff too, it’s very funny.

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Moon Heads to London Film & Comic Con This July

Not content with rocking out LCSPE, Kapow, Bristol Comic Con & MCM, we decided to go ahead and book in another summer appearance. This July, Beyond The Bunker will be heading to Earls Court for 3 days of Film & Comic madness. The globe headed one will be mixing it up with the likes of Christoper Lloyd & Clive Barker as well as furnishing you with all sorts of big Mooney goodies.

Want signed Moon stuff? Seek out this stand!

LFCC really is a lot of fun to go to. It has a very different feel to Kapow or MCM with more traders, WAY more tv and movie stars and ticket prices that won’t murder your wallet. It will also be our last con appearance of the summer so if you want a signed Moon comic to enjoy in the sunshine then this is your last chance.

When? – 8th, 9th 10th July
Where? – Earls Court 2, London
Why? – Because you’re on a drug called Moon.

Check out the LFCC website for a full list of guests and to book tickets.

First Image From the Avengers Movie!

Well, Avengers has been filming for about a day and already there’s an official image from the set. I warn you though, it does contain one pretty major spoiler…

That’s right. The Avengers have chairs. Might as well not bother seeing it now, eh?

Seriously though, it’s nice to have a peek at the set and it means that the anticipation can officially begin. Time to re-read Ultimates, start declaring the Captain America movie to be passé and get the countdown clock ticking. The earth’s mightiest are coming.

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Moon #1 Review Roundup

Most of the reviews are in for Moon #1 now and so I thought it was about time that we collected them all together so you can see what the critics have been saying about the book.

Geek Syndicate –  5/5 – “Iconic”

Major Spoilers – “Very impressive”

The Void – “A great cast of characters”

Small Press Big Mouth Podcast – “Very slick, very professional, very witty…you’ll love it.”

Geek Planet Online – “Deserves to be a breakout hit.”  (Heres a LINK to the interview I did alongside the review)

Good Comic Books – “Like if HBO made Blackadder…awesome fun!”

Hi-Ex! Blog – “Complex and exciting…Buy it!”

Comic Buzz – “Huge fun and was a pleasure to read. I’ll be back for Issue Two and I’m willing to bet that everyone who reads this will be too!”

We had faith that people would like the book when we put it out there but the sheer level of enthusiasm that people have shown for it has been frankly staggering. We are hard at work on issue 2 right now and we’re still aiming to have in in your hands by the end of summer. If you’ve not bought a copy of the book yet please order one online or come and see us at Bristol, MCM or any of the other cons we’ll be visiting this year. The faster we sell issue 1, the faster we can put issue 2 out. Bunkerites, we need YOU! (I may even stop calling you Bunkerites if you help us sell a tonne of them 😉 )

Please, please, please take a bit of time to hop on twitter/facebook/whatever and give us a quick shout out. We really appreciate the help you guys give to this rapidly accelerating project.

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The roots of great art: Moon 1, Page 1 in black and white

The grand plan was to post up B&W versions of the preview pages of Moon before the colours to show how the project was progressing. However, because we are effectively Monkeys with guns ( or I am at least) when operating this blog (or were – we are now geniuses at it) it came about that the scheduled colour pages appeared (by accident) beforehand. So rather than short change you we opted to bring the Black and Whites back.

First up Moon 1, page 1!! You’ll see that the title is Moon: Rise. We changed this in the final book because the title was on the facing page as well so Dan felt it was a little over the top. After a brief argument in which I couldn’t be bothered and thought it was fine – I capitulated and the page has been changed. True story. Tell your friends….

Dropping Science: Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” Gets Animated

I’ve been wanting to do some regular updates about science stories that have interested me for a while now. As you might expect for somebody who writes a comic about a guy with a Moon for a head, I’m an entirely unabashed lover of all things space and I figure it’s only right that the book’s scientific inspirations get as much acknowledgement as its artistic ones. That and space is fucking cool

If we’re going to be posting stuff about space then I suppose it makes sense to start with some Carl Sagan. Seridan College student,  Adam Winnik produced this short animation to accompany Sagan’s own narration of an excerpt from his book “Pale Blue Dot”. It’s a beautiful bit of animation to go with a beautiful bit of “scientific poetry”. I hope you enjoy it.

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