April 2011

The Extraordinary Tales of Monsieur Poppaleux #9 – Lapin De La Mort

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!


Destroy All Robots 2: Dumpmaster

Trading Card design introducing one of the characters from Destroy all Robots by Darrin Grimwood, a novel in which a disparate group of robots specialised for specific industries are pitched against each other in a televised fight to the wrecking yard on an isolated Island on the South China Sea. Completed in 2010, Darrin is currently pitching the idea in the US. More info is available at www.destroyallrobots.com.

Can You Guess What It Is Yet? – Hints About Fallen Heroes Spin-off

Evening chaps,

I’ve been shunning the glorious sunshine all day in favour of working on the script for the upcoming Fallen Heroes spin off “Clancy Wallencheck: Band Of Butchers.” I’ve had a fair few people trying to tease information out of me on what the plot will entail so I thought I’d be an obliging fellow and give you a few hints. Here are some links to a few of the things I’ve been researching today, most of which will feature in the book in some fashion

Special Forces (United States Army)

Heckler & Koch MP5

This is a list of weapons served individually by the United States armed forces 

Hand Grenade

United States Army

C4 Explosive

Pakistani Nuclear Test

Justin Bieber

One of those may be a lie…there are no grenades. 😉

Can Blacklight take down The Bieb before it's too late?

That’s all you’re getting for today. Have fun learning about stuff that goes bang.

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Moon Compared to The Tick, First Editions Almost Sold Out & More Reviews Are In – News From The Bunker

Afternoon chaps,

Wow. We’ve had a whole tonne of stuff going on since Kapow so I thought the best thing to do was just chuck it all together and give you a bit of an update on what we’re up to right now.

Steve and I signing copies of the book at Kapow

First off, massive thanks go to everybody who bought a copy of Moon at Kapow and to those that have ordered copies of the book via the website. We were expecting the level of interest in the book to pick up a bit after some of the reviews came out but it has utterly floored us just how many people seem to want to read about our big Mooney hero. To give you an idea of where we’re at, we had predicted that our initial print run would cover us for about six months and it’s almost completely sold out in two. Yikes!

On that note, if you are thinking about picking up a copy of Moon #1 but have yet to do so then you should know that we are now almost completely sold out of “First Edition” copies. The second print run of the book will have a slightly different cover, so if collecting is your thing then you’re going to want to get your order in as soon as you can. Once the First Editions are gone, they’re gone for good. Which reminds me…I should really reserve one of them for myself.

If you want this sexy cover then you'd best be swift.

We’ve had a couple more reviews come in this week as well. I’m going to post up a full page of links to them once the last few are in but in the mean time you may wish to know that The Void thinks Moon has “a great cast of characters” and that the Small Press Big Mouth Podcast generally loves the book (I’d suggest enjoying the whole podcast, but if you just want the Moon review then skip to around the 10min mark). The Small Press Big Mouth one especially blew me away as it’s one of the most positive reviews we’ve had so far. They seem to genuinely get what we’re trying to do here and the fact that they likened the book to The Tick makes me happier than you can possibly imagine.

Ok, well I have a tonne of writing to do if I’m going to get Band of Butchers done in time, so I must return to the laptop. Take care of yourselves Bunkerites, thanks for all the support so far and please keep spreading the good word.

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Shades of Shades: Steve Penfold inks to Ivanna Matilla colours

A lot going on at the Bunker right now. A lot of activity regarding the new Moon 2 issue, Fallen Heroes 2, Clancy Wallencheck: Band of Butchers and two other titles which we are not discussing for now. In particular is the focus on Moon 1 : second printing. We are currently in contact with UKomics to see what the best advice is – and taking into account advice and discussions with indy comic book luminaries Barry Nugent, Martin Conaghan and Harry Markos. Myself and Dan will meet in a secret location somewhere in London and decide on the next move – with the help of an Excel Spreadsheet and some tankards of ale.

The Governator Alternative Theme Song

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Some of you are probably aware already of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new cartoon series ‘The Governator’. Terrifyingly the show itself is actually real however comedy film makers Jon & Al Kaplan (Conan the Barbarian: The Musical, Silence! the Musical) weren’t too happy with the quality of the show’s theme song and elected to produce their own.

Thanks again to Ryan from Cold Callers for this one. He’s been carpet bombing me with funny stuff all week.

Fallen Heroes update and Moon news tomorrow.

D
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Panda Cheese – Why You Should Never Say No to Panda!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iHCFiSqIw&w=480&h=390]

Ryan from Cold Callers sent me this link today. I’m guessing that it’s either payment or punishment for my helping him learn how to run a D&D game. He ran his first session the other night and his initial reactions seem to be a mixture of joy at being able to create an intricate world filled with interesting characters and engaging plots and horror at having to sit and watch his players methodically crap all over said plots in a quest to bang hot bar-wenches. I can’t help but feel that he’s managed to experience the full emotional spectrum of a DM in a single game.

Anyway, I freakin love Pandas, I freakin love mental adverts in other languages and I especially love it when these things collide with violent results.

Now, when they say Panda Cheese, you don’t think they actually mean…never mind.

D
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Rivendell and back again: the first blog film from the set of the Hobbit (featuring Peter Jackson)

For all of those who thought it would never take place and that Peter Jackson would never return to the Shire here is a very special video. An amazing film, posted by Peter Jackson himself to include the fans of the films and the original book. Including the opening ceremony with Mauri warriors it ends exactly where you want it to… with the first shot of The Hobbit being filmed.

I will simply leave it there. Thank god its back. See you at the cinema in 2012….

(and back here for more updates!)

The Extraordinary Tales of Monsieur Poppaleux #8 – Non

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!


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