April 2012

Diary of a bum artist 01.05.12 : C'mon Moon 2!!

We continue to work solidly on the second issue of moon 2. Moving (very swiftly) towards the last pages now, iv is doing all she can to complete the colour work on the second edition of our semi-orbital hero.

It’s been a long while now and I can only apologise profusely to all those who are waiting so patiently for the second edition of Moon. Rest assured, that while there have been delays we are sincerely working as hard and fast as we possibly can to get it completed.

In the back of my mind, particularly because of the length of time it has been between issues I am not prepared to put out anything less than an excellent issue. Those who have supported us, and Dan, and Iv for all her hard work deserve to see the best outing (of two) for Moon there has ever been.

Moon is out benchmark, Moon feels like our way out of the amateur field (much as we love it) and present ourselves as the professionals we want to be.

Course, being a professional means finishing the damn book so I’m lacking slightly in that respect. I’d like to point out that danno completed the script for the first volume of moon 2 years ago so frankly he deserves an award for patience beyond the ken of icici.

It’s coming!!! – and by Jove it’ll be awesome if it kills me.

Moon 2: Page 17 pencils

Page 17 of Moon 2 in all its ‘leaden’ ‘glory’ presented for your perusal. Work on Moon 2 is continuing apace and is looking really rather good for the extra effort. Many, many pages are already back from Iv’s South American palette. She continues to teach English to 11 different schools so is achieving an incredible feat by putting out any Moon pages at all. We remain as ever in awe of the lass.

But what is going on here? Both characters from the previous book and new to the series having a fight about something. But what? And what does it have to do with Moon?

We’re not telling you. Sorry. Maybe stop by the Moon table at a future con (perhaps not Kapow or MCM – sorry as it might not be available by then) or attend the Moon Launch and we’ll reveal all for a measly £3.50. Stop by anyway!!

In the meantime – why not grab another copy of Moon 1? Seriously – one for the week, one for Sunday best.

A New Unseen Shadows Comic From Dan Thompson

Those of you who follow us week in and week out will already know that we had a really nice time at Demoncon last Sunday. The part that we didn’t mention at the time was that I had a meeting with Barry Nugent while we were setting up. Barry approached me a few months back with regards to maybe doing another Unseen Shadows comic for the second US anthology, “Tales of the Forgotten” and obviously I said yes because I’d had such a blast working on Band of Butchers last year. I finished the script a couple of months back but we’ve been keeping it quiet while we search for an art team to make the book a reality and that’s where chap called Peter Mason comes in.

Peter is currently in the process of drawing the second book in Cy Dethan’s outstanding Cancertown series and had gotten talking to Barry during the opening stages of the convention. He showed Barry some of his portfolio, Barry passed it on to me and both of us were utterly blown away by the kinetic energy and sheer quality of his work. Long story short, we pretty much offered him the job on the spot, he said yes and just like that, we have a new comic in the works!

The book is called “Ashfall” and it’s a one shot comic about a veteran paranormal investigator called Nathan Ash. Nathan is the mentor to Unseen Shadows poster boy, Napoleon Stone and features heavily in Barry’s best selling novel “Fallen Heroes.” In this story we’re going to be exploring the relationship between the two men, as well as creating a kick ass adventure story which you can enjoy whether you’ve read the novel or not.

I don’t have a release date for the book yet but I’ll keep you updated on any major developments. You can also follow the project over at the Unseen Shadows Website.

Now why not enjoy some of Peter’s incredible character sketches for the book?

Napoleon Stone by Peter Mason

Nathan Ash by Peter Mason

 

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For Anyone Who's Ever Played an Old School Game: Go Right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiePaAHK3jE&feature=player_embedded

This succinct and beautifully thought through video by Youtuber RockyPlanetesimal tells you everything anyone who never owned a SNES or a Mega Drive needs to know about old school gaming. It’s the single minded pursuit of a simple goal. To keep going right – whether you’re gigantic, tiny, an arabian prince, a superhero, an italian plumber, a knight with rickety armour or an Earthworm that simple premise saw a billion gamers through tough times. God bless you, you’ve got the right stuff!!

Batman 'Utterly Gay' according to Batman Writer Grant Morrison.

In what is one more in a series of eloquently outspoken statements about comics (and his involvement in them) Batman writer Grant Morrison has described the superhero as “utterly gay”. The acclaimed comics writer, who has been writing Batman for DC since 2006’s ‘Batman And Son’ storyline, has said that while character is straight, a homosexual sensibility is “built into” the concept. He told Playboy: “He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant. Gayness is built into Batman.’

“I’m not using gay in the perjorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay.” Morrison added that this was part of the appeal: “I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care – he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.”

Batman’s next big screen outing The Dark Knight Rises is released this summer. Watch the trailer below.

Dropping Science: Compilation of Real Space Footage

 

This week’s video falls into the inspirational category. I’ve posted quite a few vids that combine music with incredible CGI images of the solar system and those kind of films still stir something in me. That said there is, as they say, no substitute for the real thing and that’s exactly what Sander van den Berg  has done here.

By taking images from the Casini space mission and painstakingly editing them together he has created a haunting vision of our own solar system. To look at these images and know that you are looking through the lens of something that was actually there, that this is exactly what our planets look like and not what they imagine them to be, is simply breathtaking.

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Moon's Song Of The Week: Someone Else's Road by Fred's House

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This week’s pick comes courtesy of the lovely Fred’s House. Fred’s House are a folk-pop foresome from Cambridge who play amazing, harmony infused pop that falls somewhere between Simon & Garfunkle and The Magic Numbers. Someone Else’s Road is their first full music video and is very silly in all the right ways.

The main reason for posting the band up is that they’re fantastic but the main reason for posting them up today is that they are launching their second EP “Looking Glass” at Proud Camden in London this Sunday. If you fancy spending an afternoon having a beer and listening to some chilled out music then pop along at 4pm to join the fun.

Oh, and you can download looking glass for free HERE and stream their other tracks, including some of the new ones, HERE.

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Preview Omen for Overload (Available at Kapow!)

Some time ago I was contacted by Martin Conaghan (Fallen Heroes, Burke and Hare) to see if I could help him out on a publication called Overload. I still don’t know that much about Overload except that it’s an anthology title for creatives and will be launched by Martin – and others – at Kapow.

I agreed, automatically assuming that it’d be fine and I could mix it into my usual timetable. This turned out to be more of a struggle than I anticipated (I rarely have a timetable) but when I read the script by George D. Wessel I knew it had to be done.

Add to this the fact that Jacen Burrows created the main creature that appears in the story and I can confirm it is 6 pages of the most intense writing I’ve ever dealt with.

To tell you what else is in it would spoil it, however Fenrir, the creature Burrows created before he got famous some time ago, is the least of events that take place in the short strip. Part of a big anthology with a host of other talented artists (some of their previews will most likely be posted here over the next few weeks) it should be worth a look.

Having not seen anyone else’s work on the project there is no way for me to know if my work is up to scratch but based on word from Mr. Conaghan I’d say the line up is incredible (worryingly)…

Major (but awesome) Spoiler about the Avengers Villain

Back in November, we wrote an article about whether or not Thanos was secretly the true Avengers movie bad guy. It was thrown together with ideas of Whedon’s natural layering of threats in previous projects, Marvel’s cavalier attitude to plots and introductions of unusual and exciting characters and Thanos himself being cool as all hell and associated with cubes. The whole article effectively gave reason after reason as to why it should be true then I crapped out in the last paragraph and said no probably not.

But word is beginning to spread that ol’ purple radiator face does indeed make an appearance in the Avengers movie. Also, that shots showing Loki working alongside the Avengers (Oh Loki, when will you ever learn) suggest that things go awry and that a dark force more powerful than the God of Mischief intervenes. This, I believe, ain’t Thanos but we have recieved a comment from someone fortunate enough to see the Avengers Assemble claiming that Thanos is right there at the end of the credits. Other sources are saying he’s perrenially involved in Loki’s plot though not the prevailing threat of the film.

Nevertheless, if Thanos is in the all important final reel at the end of the credits then Marvel is beefing him up for something. Io9.com was mentioning the other day a veiled reference by a Marvel Exec about a feature involving a Raccoon and a tree and Marvel Galaxies saw Thanos versus Nova, Gladiator et al just last year. This points to an incredibly promising possibility. That Marvel intend to move their new features further out perhaps than anyone would expect and push out a Galactic movie. Guardians of the Galaxy: the Movie anyone?

The worst part is we had Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning right in front of us just this weekend and all I talked to Andy Lanning about was what ink to use and I spoke to Dan and his lovely wife about embarrassing myself in front of Simon Pegg at a Star Wars Con I was working at. I was priding myself on my restraint after embarrassing myself in front of Quitely a year ago (something Dan brings up whenever he can and will glefully tell you if asked) but this time fanboy bloghead would’ve actually helped!! Mother f…