April 2011

Dan Announced as Writer for Fallen Heroes One Shot

Evening chaps,

 

Apologies for the flagrant use of the third person in that blog title, wasn’t sure what else to call this post. We’ve been teasing you guys with promises of big announcements for a while now so it’s really nice that I can finally reveal one of them at long last.

Earlier this week I agreed a deal with Barry Nugent (author of the Fallen Heroes novel and mastermind of the whole venture) to write a one shot comic based on one of the characters from the Fallen Heroes comic book series. The book will be entitled “Clancy Wallencheck: Band of Butchers” and (as the name might imply) it’ll be all about FH’s resident gun-for-hire and professional badass, Clancy Wallencheck.

Clancy makes his appearance in the very first issue of the comic (he’s even on the cover) and he’s a pretty major player all the way through the story. In “Band of Butchers” we’ll be diving headlong into the psyche of one of the world’s most dangerous men as well as revealing the secret origins of Clancy’s elite mercenary unit “Blacklight”.

Clancy's the one on the right. You can tell he's a badass because he has a beard. Almost all people with beards can kill you. Fact.

The book will be out sometime later in the year and will be available as part of the “Tales of the Fallen” anthology where it will sit alongside stories by Pete Rogers, Richmond Clements & Cy Dethan. I’m extremely excited to be working alongside creators of this caliber and to have a crack at a character as interesting as Clancy. Obviously there’s still a lot of bits and bobs to work out but rest assured that we’ll keep you as up to date as we can over the coming months.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go research pictures of guns…lots of guns.

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New Moon Preview!!

A Moon’s gotta eat – and there’s little or nothing that satisfies the cold, hard hunger of a hard working satellite than a meaty, grease drippin’ burger and a Coke Float. Where to go for such culinary classiness? Why that’s simple. One of the many (four) outlets of Yankers nationwide!! Go on, have a burger! Go on, have a yank!! Its anything goes at Yankers!! The Steak house that likes to say ‘more fries with that!’ New on the Menu this month: Whole Onion in Batter and Triangle Fries! No need to go on a tangent ‘cos Isoceles crazy triangular fries and they go straight to my angles!! Whatever – coat your throat with a mega do-over burger – its like three burgers in a drippy bun!

Mmm hmmm. That’s finger tinglin’ good!


Dan’s in Margate Tonight & He’s Bringing a New Film!

I’m off to the 2 Days Laughter competition in Margate tonight. You may remember that a few weeks ago Paul Wade, Jim Eaton and myself made a parody of top BBC bird-bothering program and national treasure, Springwatch. Well the movie was shortlisted for the festival and so is being screened at the Theatre Royal at about 7pm.  I don’t have any photos of the three of us to help advertise this event, so here’s a photo of me, Jim, Steve and my brother Ben failing to look cool on a log flume:

Ben Thompson, J.T. Eaton, Dan Thompson & Steve Penfold attempting to look cool and succeeding at looking wet

If you are in the fine City of Margate tonight and fancy an evening of free comedy films and the chance to support a Bunker project then please do drop by and join in the fun. You can find full details HERE. Otherwise you can just enjoy the film itself without leaving your comfy chair, you lazy devil you!

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Hank Pym was NOT a Wife Beater!

Just stumbled upon this article on Jim Shooter’s blog and it’s quite an interesting read so I thought I’d do a quick share before heading to bed. Hank Pym hitting his wife is pretty much the most definitive moment in the character’s history so to hear the writer who created it admit that it may have been an accident is rather curious. Accident or not, it shifted Pym from from a character whose only defining trait was his bad pun of a name (He’s giant, he can control ants, he’s Gi-ant Man!) and turned him into one of the more interesting members of the Avengers. So in that regard I guess we should be thankful, though that sounds all kinds of wrong now that I read it back. Anyway, here’s the full text right from the Shooter’s mouth:

“Back in 1981 I was writing the Avengers. Hank Pym aka Yellowjacket was married to Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp and things had not been going well for him for a long time.

Before I embarked on the storyline that led to the end of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne’s marriage, I reread every single appearance of both characters.  His history was largely a litany of failure, always changing guises and switching back and forth from research to hero-ing because he wasn’t succeeding at either.  He was never the Avenger who saved the day at the end and usually the first knocked out or captured.  His most notable “achievement” in the lab was creating Ultron.  Meanwhile, his rich, beautiful wife succeeded in everything she tried.  She was also always flitting around his shoulders, flirting, saying things to prop up his ego.

As I was developing the storyline, I discussed the potential pathology of their relationship with a psychologist who happened to be sitting next to me on a five-hour flight.  The story made sense, he thought.  I went ahead with it.  During the time the story was running, I got a great deal of hate mail.  It worried me enough to ask Stan what he thought.  He said he got the same kind of mail in the ‘60’s regarding Peter Parker’s various romantic travails.  He asked me how Avengers sales were doing.  They were in fact, increasing by 10,000 copies per issue.  Stan said that people obviously cared passionately about what was happening to Hank and Janet, as if they were real people.  That’s the key.  And he said, “Don’t worry about the mail.”

In that story (issue 213, I think), there is a scene in which Hank is supposed to have accidentally struck Jan while throwing his hands up in despair and frustration—making a sort of “get away from me” gesture while not looking at her.  Bob Hall, who had been taught by John Buscema to always go for the most extreme action, turned that into a right cross!  There was no time to have it redrawn, which, to this day has caused the tragic story of Hank Pym to be known as the “wife-beater” story.

When that issue came out, Bill Sienkiewicz came to me upset that I hadn’t asked him to draw it!  He saw the intent right through Hall’s mistake, and was moved enough by the story to wish he’d had the chance to do it properly.

By the way, I was too busy to finish the story, so Roger Stern took over two-thirds of the way through.  I thought he did a great job.  He’s an excellent writer who doesn’t get enough credit.”

Fascinating stuff…and before you ask. No I don’t think Mark Millar’s ant-rape take on the event in Ultimates was an accident.

Don’t make me feel small, Bunkerites. You won’t like me when I’m small.

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Thor Will Be At Kapow Comic Con – Buy Your Tickets NOW!

We’ve known for a while that Mark Millar was holding back some surprises for next week’s Kapow Comic Con, but even I’m a little shocked by this one. Chris (plays Thor) Hemsworth, Tom (plays Loki, looks too much like Alan Cumming) Hiddleston and Kenneth (f*ing) Branagh have just been announced as surprise guests at the convention!

The trio of stars will be heading up a panel on Saturday in which they will be taking questions about the film as well as screening a selection of never before seen footage. Hopefully Hemsworth will also smash a coffee cup for our amusement.

Understandably, given the announcement, ticket sales for Kapow have just gone cosmic and they’re down to about 200 tickets for Saturday and 400 for Sunday (though bear in mind that I’m taking this from the Millarworld forum post which was updated several hours ago so that number may have gone down by now). If you want to go to Kapow and you don’t have a ticket YOU NEED TO BOOK ONE NOW!

Look out for this stand while you're at Kapow and be rewarded with sweet Moon merch!

With guests from shows like Misfits, Being Human, Attack The Block as well as the first screening of a currently-still-secret-summer-superhero-movie, Kapow honestly looks like it could be the geek event of the year. Most importantly of all (astronomically speaking) Moon will be there as well, tearing up the stands with his big Mooney goodness. If you want to see Steve and I running around like headless chickens and attempting to force Jonathan Ross into a Moon head, then this is about your only chance.

You can buy tickets for the event HERE!

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My 5 Favourite game cinematics by Steve P

The end result of the cooperation between game and film industries – led by Pixar and Lucasarts for the most part has given rise to a lesser recognised art form. The reason why games can’t be converted to film is simple. The jobs already done. Here are five (from my very limited gaming experience) of the best I’ve seen. Fun fun.

Lemmings Tribes Intro

Angry Birds: The Mighty Eagle

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Deceived Trailer

Cataclysm – World of Warcraft

The Betrayal of Kerrigan – Starcraft 2

Always, always had a thing for the cinematics in any game I’ve ever played ever since Lemmings 2: Tribes. May they live on long and continue to get better and better. These 5 represent the epitomy of the style and I am more influenced by them than I care to admit. Over the next 5 weeks I’ll go into them in a little more detail but I thought I’d show you them first. For laughs. One thing worth noting. All of them represent the beginnings of stories in which millions (billions in some cases) die. Gotta love gaming!

Why Buy Moon?

Moon 1 is now available to buy from this site (click here). It is the first part of many more Moons to come. Your copy will be individually numbered and marked as a first edition pushing the value of the book up should great things take place in Moon’s future. It’s the first book from Beyond the Bunker; of which there are already more in the pipe line. Its the first published work for Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold (excluding Steve’s Fallen Heroes work (ahem)). Its the summation of 2 years hard graft. You would be supporting the British comic industry – something both myself and Dan are very proud of – though we do accept cheques in dollars – and kick starting a newby independent comics company that hopes to represent the sharp end of indy (and small press) comic books. Its high quality (printed by our mates at UKomics) and its kick ass wicked. Those are the reasons I can think of for buying Moon 1.

Aside from all that – its the tale of the Moon arriving on earth to defend the British isles, but discovering, due to a botched, drunken Celtic ceremony that he is cursed to walk the earth with a Moon for a head. Working his way up through history without eating, drinking, talking or emoting facially Moon now walks the streets of 21st Century facing threats the usual constabulary are ill-equipped to deal with! At night he returns to his place in the sky – defying laws of physics and basic astronomy before returning back in the morning to tackle the amassing hordes of weird. A comedy, a buddy cop tale, a gripping insight into what the Moon does when he’s not in the sky. Don’t look to the sky, look to the streets. Its Moon!!
… and if that weren’t enough check out the pages in preview here on Monday…

The Extraordinary Tales of Monsieur Poppaleux #6 – Damocles

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 Dr Bacharach 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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