February 2012

Moon: Seven II

Just a few more sketch works of Moon’s first nemesis. Agent Seven wants nothing more than money to fulfill his job. That, and to cave in Moon’s stone head with a giant club hammer. The combination of the two proves irresistable when the contract on Moon is up for dibs. As for what happened to Agents 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Who knows. Seven remains the lowest number among the Bingo Mole ranks. Are they really called Bingo Moles? No. No, they’re not. We’ll call them soldiers. How’s that?

Comics, Controversy and Joe Quesada. Full Kapow Guest List Announced!

Ever since London Super Comic Con announced Stan Lee as their guest of honour, all eyes have been on the UK’s other big cons to see how they would respond. Well, the first retaliatory shot in the (largely imaginary) battle for convention guest supremacy has now been fired as Kapow Comic Con announced today that Marvel Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada will head up their own guest list. Now in its second year, the Mark Millar fronted convention is seen by many as the closest match (in terms of style) to the new born LSCC, so a lot of people have been very excited to see what kind of guest list Millar’s team would pull out in the face of LSCC’s behemoth of a line-up.

As well as serving as Editor in Chief for 10 years, during which time he masterminded much of the modern Marvel universe, Joe Quesada is also a hugely celebrated artist in his own right. A feature that we ran back in October, collecting a selection of his “building the cover” tweets, remains our highest ranking post (largely due to Joe himself being kind enough to give us a shout out on twitter and facebook). While he may not be a household name in the way Stan Lee is, Joe Q is a massive guest in comic book terms and a lot of fans are going to be very happy indeed about this announcement.

Other guests announced for the show include Warren Ellis (another good catch as he’s a relatively infrequent convention attendee), Frank Quitely, Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr (who apparently wrote some stuff for CLiNT Magazine). It’s not a list devoid of controversy (it is a Mark Millar project after all) and the failure (once again) to feature any female creators is unlikely to do Kapow any favours when it comes to silencing some of their more vocal critics (the con has been accused of deliberate sexism in the past). Likewise packing the top of the bill with stand up comedians while relegating writers and artists to the lower rungs could be seen as something of a cynical move for a convention that claims to be all about the comics. On the whole though, it’s a pretty solid line up and the majority of fans should be pretty happy.

If you want to learn more about Joe Quesada’s work then you can check out his Practitioner’s article and you can buy tickets for Kapow itself from their website.


Space Stallions

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Sunday is rapidly turning into “stupid stuff we can’t categorise” day but I’m not sure that’s entirely a bad thing. The Animation Workshop created this intro for a fake horse-based-space-adventure-show and it would be criminal not to share it here. If you were a fan of 80s cartoons, this should bring the memories flooding back.

I want a sword that turns into a keytar.


Walk Off The Earth One Guitar Parody

If you spend any time on the internet then you’re probably already familiar with the wonderful video in which Walk Off The Earth cover Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I used to know” using just one guitar. If you’re not then here it is, it’s awesome and you’ll need to be familiar with it in order to die laughing at what’s coming next:

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Ok, so that was great. Now, as is the way all virals, it was only a matter of time until somebody produced a parody and fortunately for us in this case the lampoon has come from musical comedy heavyweights, The Key of Awesome. I have honestly not laughed so hard in a long time (though it should be said that I do really like the original song so I may be a little biased).

Anyway, watch, enjoy and check out some more of Key of Awesome’s work.

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Dropping Science: Rise of the Nano-Copters!


Remote controlled Quadrocopters (aircraft powered by 4 rotors) have been cropping up around the world for a while now. The combination of stability and manoeuvrability  makes them perfect aerial toys but at heart they are essentially robots and wherever there are robots, there are robotics scientists.

A team from KMel Robotics, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania have developed a swarm of nano-quadrocopters which can accept some scarily advanced programming. In this video the team demonstrate how the little bots can fly in formation and even alter their flight patterns to navigate around objects, contracting and expanding like some kind of creepy, flying mecha-water.

It’s a brilliant bit of robotics and an excellent demonstration. I just hope that somebody has John Connor’s number to hand.

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Back In The Dark by Richard Rich, Clint Mansell & Max Tannone

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Moon’s keeping it real (whatever that means) this week. It seems criminal that we’ve been running this site for over a year now without talking about the work of the mighty Max Tannone so it’s good to finally rectify that oversight. Max Tannone is a remix artist from New York who shot to fame with is remix project “Jadiohead” which fused the back catalogues of Radiohead and Jay Z together with stunning results.

Perhaps unsurprisingly however, Moon’s personal pick comes from Max’s 2011 project “Seline”, a concept album featuring hip hop remixes of the Clint Mansell’s score for the Sci-Fi movie “Moon.” Mansell’s score is beautiful enough on its own and Max’s re imagining of the music brings a whole new level of enjoyment.

You can pick up all of Max’s projects for free from his website.


Iron Sky Trailer

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In 1945, Nazis went to the Moon. In 2018, they’re coming back!

The story of Blind Spot Pictures upcoming sci-fi comedy “Iron Sky” is a tale in and of itself. The team behind the film produced a fake trailer for the concept way back in 2008 and managed to cause such a stir with it at that year’s Cannes Film Festival that they successfully raised the money to produce a full feature film. Not only that but if the first official trailer is anything to go by, they used that money to make a damn funny looking movie too!

If there is an award for movie tag lines, Blind Spot surely have it all sewn up. This looks utterly fantastic.


Max Landis on The Death of Superman

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The Death and Return of Superman is one of those things that Steve and I have always differed on. Steve read it in the original issues as a kid (ie how you’re supposed to read it) and thought it was awesome. I read it in my twenties in a public library in Gravesend while local children threw rocks at the windows (ie how you’re not supposed to read anything) and was somewhat less enthused. There’s a good chance that some of you may not have read it at all but thankfully there is a man swooping to the rescue to fill you in on what the event was all about. It’s not Superman, it’s Max Landis.

As well as being the son of movie legend, John Landis, Max Landis is rapidly becoming something of a household name in his own right. With his script for the movie Chronicle earning him a mountain of praise from critics and audiences alike, it’s only a matter of time before he joins the likes of Duncan Jones in the ranks of famous children who have stepped well out of the shadow of their fathers.

First though, Max has a few things he wants to get straightened out and top of his list is ensuring that nobody forgets about DC Comics’ attempt to boost sales by killing off everybody’s Kryptonian. He does this with the help of Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, a bottle of whiskey and some very funny Charlie Brooker esque ranting.



The Lost Jedi: Jedi Master Ca De Nas

Ca De Nas (Cristian Cadenas) is a master of arms for the Jedi. One of the foremost trainers of Lightsabre technique in the galaxy, Ca De Nas is based on Coruscant at the time of Order 66. A trainer of Anakin Skywalker in the years prior to the Clone Wars, Ca De Nas tried to impart the wisdom of open hand techniques in battle and introduce mercy, guile and non-fatal attacks. Anakin struggles to fight his teacher for a time, until fury takes hold. Ca De Nas instinctively held back some of the techniques taught to all Padawans at Master Yoda’s request and Obi Wan’s agreement until he had demonstrated greater control of his temper. Ca De Nas’ capacity for guile and adaptability make him a difficult opponent and a respected warrior in the Jedi ranks.

New Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

With all the excitement about The Avengers, it’s easy to forget that there is a new Spider-Man movie coming out this year. With his contract with Sony keeping Spidey isolated from his Marvel buddies and with Sam Rami and co long gone, the franchise seems to have found itself in the unlikely position of underdog in the battle of the super hero blockbusters. If their new trailer is anything to go by, Sony will be banking on a new, darker style and the charisma of lead man, Andrew Garfield, to keep the web slinger in the A list.

There’s nothing blowing me away about this movie so far but after being so very wrong about X-Men: First Class last year, I’m gonna keep my mouth shut until it’s out on July 4th.

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