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BTB Film: From Tangy Cheese With Love


This is another silly short that Paul and I made a few years ago as a viral for a certain corn based snack (other nachos are available). It’s pretty basic but it is the only film we’ve ever made that can be said to include Crisp Ninjas. I’ll start posting up some of the horror films over the next few weeks as there seems to be a fair bit of interest in them at the moment.

Off to lovely Margate now to see The Devil’s Fork get its first UK screening. It is cold so I shall take my splendid hat.


Knight and Squire

Just read the first issue of Paul Cornell’s British Batman story “Knight and Squire” and I wanted to pop on quickly to urge everyone to go read it. I’ll just link you over to the ign review because I don’t have a tonne of stuff to say beyond what they already cover, other than to say that it’s cheekily British without being patronisingly so like Cornell’s work on Captain Britain & MI13 could be and that it contains a Paul McCartney based pun of kingly proportions.

Steve is obsessed with spelling at the moment. I’m thinking of making him go on Countdown to help with our printing costs but he’d probably just end up punching Vorderman.


Minimum Carnage

I’ve been trying to get back into reading monthly comics again, following a couple of years of being (like Steve) a strictly trades man. I’m pretty out of the loop on current storylines so it’s been rather nice to wander into a comic shop and just see what grabs me. Of course, getting back into Marvel or DC in these days of decompressed storylines and mega-crossovers can be a little daunting – I’ve already spent far too much pocket money on back issues of the various Avengers books and attempted to work out what the hell’s going on, with varying degrees of success (Iron Man feels like putting on a comfy old hoodie that I’d forgotten I owned while Shadowland may as well be written in Japanese). So I was rather surprised to see that on the very month that I was setting to work on building my collection again, a new mini series was starting up centring on a true guilty pleasure of mine.

Ok, let’s get this clear right from the off: I know Carnage is rubbish. He’s a shameless knock off, he has all the depth of an earwig’s paddling pool and his entire gimmick (that he, you know, creates carnage) is hopelessly neutered by the fact that he inhabits a teen rated book. But the fact is that I am a child of the 90s (or more specifically an early teen of the 90s) and as such am as hopelessly wed to Venom and Carnage as they are to…well I won’t make a dumb symbiont gag. As much as the cynical adult in me wants to run a mile from “The return of Carnage”, the kid in me won’t let it happen. If the book has symbionts in, it’s going on my pull list.

Which leads me to my second surprise, Carnage #1 is actually rather good. Clayton Crain’s art is really well suited to the tone and it turns out that goofy 90s villains actually look pretty scary when you’re not drawing them in goofy 90s colours. I’ve not encountered Zeb Wells before, but he seems to be from the school of super hero writing that I like, fun but high stakes. Maybe it’s the art style but it actually reminds me a little of Iron Man or Captain America, which can never be a bad thing. There is one minor issue with this Carnage story…Carnage is actually in it. Not yet anyway. This either means that the book is building its bases carefully ready to open up with a big payoff once the big gun arrives (like a good game of Starcraft) or this issue was a one off and as soon as everybody’s second favourite alien shows up it’ll descend into a mess of tentacles and brawling (like a good game of Starcraft). Time will tell, but for now I feel like I’m in safe hands and while it probably won’t be a classic, it’s nice to know that I’ve got something fun to follow while I work out what the hell is going on in X-Force these days.


Friday Film: The Day The Moon Got Too Close

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

We have a fair few old film projects to get through over the next few weeks, so I thought it made sense to start with the one responsible for this whole daft endeavour. This is the origin of our beloved Moon. A 90 second film, produced several years ago for some Motorolla competition. The brief was to make a film based on the tagline “The Day The Moon Got Too Close” and after a quick brain storming session with Paul, the cop with a Moon for a head was thrust upon the world. The guy playing this early version of Shades is a buddy of ours from a band called Silvers who are rather wonderful. Apologies for the image quality, it was uploaded back in the days when youtube only liked very small files, there’s a better quality one over on the (infuriatingly hard to embed) vimeo page if you prefer.

It is now my birthday and there is fudge to consume.


-edit- Steve worked out Vimeo embedding so I’ve replaced the Youtube link for the vimeo one. If you’re particularly fond of Youtube then you can find that version of the vid here.

Every new beginning

Evening chaps,

Welcome to Beyondthebunker.com, a rather lovely little blog site, dedicated to keeping you up to date with the work of myself and Mr Steve Penfold. I’m sure I could write a lengthy intro about who we are and what we do but for now and for the sake of brevity, I shall just give you the facts:

  • Beyond The Bunker is a company that produces comic books, films and web content. Essentially, I write things and Steve draws/films them. Steve dreams of one day writing his own stuff, while I dream of being a mermaid with rockets instead of fins. We’re dreamers.
  • We rather enjoy the things we have produced so far and hope that you will as well (Steve will no doubt have a slightly more hyperbolic way of phrasing this)
  • This site is updated twice a week so you should check in often.
  • Toasted teacakes are fucking awesome.

So that’s us. We’re very pleased to meet you and we think your hair looks lovely that way (regardless of what everyone else says). Now that the awkward introductions are over with, we shall get on with filling this site with lots of lovely content for your eyeballs to consume at their leisure.

And just like that, we’re underway!