August 2011

Dubstep Gun beats Pocketknife



If the awesome new Assassin’s Creed Revelations Trailer hasn’t sated your lust for heavy electronica fight scenes then you’re in luck. Corridor Digital dropped this amazing video last night, detailing the adventures of a team of high tech dub powered laser cops.

“The Drop Squad – an elite force infused with the power of heavy electronic beats. They posses lasers made out of dubstep! Some say they are a menace to society. Others say they are just misunderstood. The Drop Squad themselves think they’re a lot like Batman.”

The visuals are stunning, the music is brutal and the guy with the cigarette is my new hero. Give it a watch and remember to always speak softly and carry some phat beats…yes I just said “phat beats”.


Dropping Science: The Device That Keeps You Safe From Bad TV


In a world of 24 hour, multi channel television it can be hard to escape the sinister pull of bilge TV. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve come to my senses only to realise that I’ve watched the same piece of news footage loop round three times on a 24 hour news channel. Well, fear not because inventor Matt Richardson has the answer.

Using a collection of open source hardware and various online resources Richardson has constructed a device that mutes your TV whenever it detects pre defined phrases being uttered. Don’t want to hear about Jedward? Fine. Stress out every time a story about cats comes on the news? Sorted. The device mutes the TV for 30 seconds and then renews that timer if it heard the word repeated.

Here’s the creator himself explaining how it works.

The code is available online if you want to have a tinker for yourself and Richardson assures us that there are many other possible uses for the technology. But realistically if you can program your TV to shut up anytime it hears the words “Go Compare” do you really need anything else?


The Extraordinary Tales of Monsieur Poppaleux #22 – The Sleep of The Just

In 1993, famous Belgian 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 Ballad of Mike Haggar



If I’m totally honest, I was a Streets of Rage man back in the day but that doesn’t mean that I’m not familiar with the fine work of Mayor Haggar when it comes to the noble art of thug punching. In a world where Gordon Freeman and Commander Shepard have their own music videos it’s high time that the H man himself was given a showing, and this does the good Mayor proud!  posted this up a week or so ago and it’s already (deservedly) becoming an internet sensation.

Epic doesn’t even begin to cover it.


Lost Jedi: The Kashyyk Contingent

Sent to Kashyyk to handle ground assaults, evacuation and supply lines on the far side of the planet, this small contingent of Jedi find themselves caught in a struggle to secure the safe passage of fleeing Wookies, refusal from Wookie councils to move off planet, the rapidly advancing separatist forces, the Clone army who have now turned on them and an attempt to protect and evacuate the Jedi Order’s most valued Master in Yoda.

Jedi Commander Ja Himan

Ja Himan (Himanshu Ojha) is a showman. A lunatic with a lightsabre he favours displays of viruosity and skill at times above the final result. He is effectively a swordsman of old. Preferring the parry and the thrust of one on one conflict, he will take on a tank as if a single opponent. On the whole he wins and his displays demoralise most opposition but his need to include danger can at times imperil his associates, something the extraction team that remains after Order 66 express regularly. However, he is almost always a great leader and a great source of morale for demoralised troops. A true friend to most Jedi, Ja Himan is an honest and true Jedi with only the best intentions. Brave and bold, it is his task to lead what is left of the Jedi on Kashyyk to an extraction point on the far side of the planet.

Frustrated Jedi Padawan Om Dom Chavi

Om Dom Chavi believes himself to be worthy of Knighthood. However, he believed this on day one of his training. Yoda despairs in his training as his focus on the far future limits his capacity to improve in the present. Never the less, Om Dom Chavi fights bravely when called upon – however can be relied upon to moan almost constantly throughout the process.

Jedi Knight Corin Darklighter

Corin Darklighter is distant Uncle to the famed X-Wing Pilot of Yavin. A capable and solemn Jedi Knight, he is at once quiet and thoughtful and aware of much that lies around him. An observant character he is subject to distraction. Something that has kept him from becoming a fully fledged master. He is prone to self doubt but always comes through when the need is greatest. He is more pacifist than many Jedi Knights, preferring to find a peaceful solution. This proves of great help during the negotiations with local Wookie leaders regarding evacuation.

Jedi Padawan Ruba Knightro

Jedi Knight Ruba Knightro is a passive, romantic figure. Softly spoken but ferocious in battle, his slight frame belies a manic fighter. At times subject to bouts of loss and grief, Ruba has to overcome more in the jungle than his immediate adversaries. However, when he is settled in himself he is the cheeriest and light heartedest of the group, enjoying the sights and sounds and experiences that Kashyyk offers between battles.

Rowrra the Beater. A giant Wookie (even by Wookie standards) Rowrra is made guide to the Jedi through the backwaters of Kashyyk. Responsible for the safety of his group, Rowrra is beligerent and difficult at almost all times but a ferocious warrior and capable tracker and navigator.

Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler Teaser

Anybody who was there for the abrupt end to the first half of Doctor Who series 6 will know that the Doctor is looking for River Song as a child. You will also know that Hitler is somehow involved. Last time there was a second world war episode space faring Spitfires took on Dalek battleships in space so reasons to be cheerful . Not a lot of leaders of the Third Reich in this sequence but there’s something that tells me the Doctor knows something….

The Complete Guide to Pro Wrestler Names

You’re going to want to click on the image above and blow it up to full size in order to appreciate just how truly colossal this guide from Pop Chart Labs is. Pretty much every wrestling name you could think of, from Gorgeous George to The Gobbledy Gooker is categorised and displayed here for the perusal of anybody mad enough to want to tackle it (and yes, that definitely included me).

If you want to take it a step further then you can buy a full size print of the image from the Pop chart Labs Website. Otherwise, just spend a half hour or so loosing yourself in a wall of ludicrous nostalgia.

Oh and for the record, my favourite category is “Of Comely Visage and Form”



Practitioners 39: Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes (born May 5th 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey) is an American comic book artist wwho has worked for compnaies such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, Playboy Magazine, Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions and Sideshow Collectibles. He is undoubtedly known to American Comic book readers for his renderings of pin-up style female characters and his cover artwork for titles such as Wonder Woman and Catwoman. A specialist in defining the female form, Hughes is an true artist, capable of creating works of fine art freehand at con tables as well as through digital painting and drawing.

Hughes had no formal training in art, beginning his career in 1987, pencilling two short stories and the first issue of Death Hawk, created by Mark Ellis. In 1988, Hughe’s work found its way into Comico’s Maze Agency written by Mike W. Barr and remained on the book for one year. When that title ended (cancelled by Comico), Dc offered Hughes a position drawing Justice League America. Completing both covers and internal artwork to begin with, Hughes moved to just covers only after two years.

At the age of 24, Hughes moved to Atlanta, Georgia in order to join Gaijin Studios, believing that working more closely with fellow artists would improve his own skills. He remained with Gaijin Studios for 12 years.

He followed this with a short stint on Dark Horse comics’ Ghost, Penthouse comix, legionaires and Playstation magazine. Although Hughes wrote and illustrated the interiors of 1996 two-isssue miniseries Gen 13: Ordinary Heroes for Wildstorm, this took him 10 months, cementing his feeling that he should remain as a poster and cover artist. In late 1996 he began a five year run as cover artist on DC Comics Wonder Woman as well as providing cover artwork for Tomb Raider at Top Cow Comics.

When the Star Wars RPG (Role Playing Game) was created by Wizards of the Coast, Hughes created designs for both the original and revised core rule books. When he reused his artwork of Jedi Guardian Sia-Lan Wezz for the cover of Star Wars: Purge the fan response was so great that she was introduced as one of Darth Vader’s early victims.

Talk of an All Star Wonder Woman 6 issue series continues as the Catwoman cover run ended at issue 82 in favour of completing the project (according to an interview at San Diego Comiccon). However, he has explained in subsequent interviews that the project is effectively in ‘the freezer’.

Regardless of what Hughes produces or believes himself (he worked for a short while for Playboy in order to be sure that if the comic book work dried up he still had publications willing to continue to hire him) his work will always be in demand. A nice guy who takes time to respond to almost all deviantart messages he receives he is responsible for some of the finest bodies of work in comic books. A master of anatomy and portraits he is as adept at painting a Jedi in full armour as a voluptuous superheroine ripping her bodice. Elevating the art of erotica to accessible and intelligent levels, Hughes imbeds wry humour into his work, keeping it from ever appearing demeaning or smutty. He imeds intelligence and character into his femme fatales, each one a striking, dominant, strong character, standing there with very few clothes on…

Win a Signed Copy of Moon #1 (And Other Goodies)

Hi chaps,

I’ve returned from my honeymoon to discover not only a pile of incredible Band of Butchers pages from Rob Carey but also an email from our friends over at Liberation Frequency. You may remember that we met LF a month or so back at the London Film and Comic Con and they were kind enough to both interview us and post up a review of the book.

Well, they’re now running a competition over on their website to win a copy of Moon #1 signed by both Steve and I. All you have to do is drop them an email and answer the question:

“If you were writing a comic who would your hero be and what superpower would they use to fight crime?”

The winner will not only get the aforementioned bit of big Moony history, but will also receive signed copies of Mister Who, Electric Man and London Horror as well as pile of posters and T-Shirts.

To enter the competition go to the LIBERATION FREQUENCY WEBSITE and send them your answer.

Good luck!


Peace Day: Gandhi’s letter to Hitler

What does an iconic peace-loving protester and easily the most hated man in all of human history have to do with each other? They’ve been included in Geekosystem (where I found this piece) and one wrote to the other July 23rd, 1939 asking if it would be possible to avoid starting a little fight now popularly known as the Second World War. Sadly unheeded, this little number may well have been the difference between a conflict consuming millions of lives and Hitler learning to play the sitar and moving to the himalayas to find his inner peace.

One of life’s great opportunities missed. Wonder if he even read it….

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