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Moon #2 Update

Some of you will probably have noticed that we’ve been banging on about releasing Moon #2 at the end of summer for quite some time now. You may also have spied that it is in fact the end of summer and Moon news has been a little thin on the ground. With that in mind I thought it would be good to jump on and give a little update on where the book is at and how long you can expect to wait to get it in your hands. So let’s get the difficult yet obvious statement out of the way right now:

Moon #2 will probably be out in November.

The reasons for the delay are a mix of personal issues and scheduling clashes which unfortunately took Steve out of action for a couple of months. While that may not seem a big deal in the scheme of things, when you’re dealing with a creative team which spans two hemispheres and who all have other professional commitments to work on, a couple of months can really knock things out of sync.

We looked at the dates a week or so ago and realised we had two choices: do it fast or do it right and for all three of us there is simply no debate on that point. Moon is too good a comic and its fans too good a bunch of people to turn in a half baked end result. The support that we’ve received from both the public and the press since launching Beyond The Bunker has been utterly overwhelming and to publish a book that we were not 100% happy with would feel like a betrayal to all of those people.

So what’s the plan? Well Steve is now working night and day to get Fallen Heroes #2 & Wrath of God finished and away to the folks at Unseen Shadows so that he can turn his full focus to Moon #2. Iv is fired up and ready to deliver some more mind blowing colours and I’m trying to sort out some more distribution methods so that you can get your fix as soon as possible. Plan A at the moment is to hold a launch event in London some time in mid-November and then have the con debut at Thought Bubble in Leeds.  If we can bring the book to MCM in October, we will, but right now we can’t promise anything.

Are we happy about this? Obviously not. When we started BTB one of the main things we wanted to do was get away from the slow publishing schedules of a lot of independent comics. While we know you guys are incredibly patient, we’ve never felt like that gives us the right to be sluggish in delivering stories to you. We promised to keep bringing Moon comics and we will keep bringing Moon comics, but this one’s taken longer than we wanted and for that we are honestly very sorry. The good news is that we’ve tackled the issues that caused the delay and lunar-gods willing, we should be churning these books out at a more respectable rate from here on out.

We’re going to try and be a lot more communicative with you guys in the run up to the book’s launch in order to ensure that as many people can get their hands on it as possible as soon as possible. Please keep checking back here for regular updates and remember to follow us on twitter @beyondthebunker and @danthompson2099. Whatever other work we do, Moon and its fans will always be priority A number 1.

It’s great, it’s coming, thank you for hanging in there.

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TWO Major Convention Appearances This October

Following a couple of phone calls today, I’m pleased to announce that we will be attending both the Entertainment Media Show and the MCM Expo this coming October! These are two of the biggest geek/comic cons in the calendar and we’re very excited to have Moon as a part of them.

The first port of call in our autumn tour of the capital will be a return to Earls Court on the 1st & 2nd of October for the annual Entertainment Media Show. Guests this year include John Hurt, Alex Winter and Mother Effing Bossk! EMS is a chance to meet the stars of geek film and TV as well as browsing hundreds of stalls selling everything from comics and artwork to swords and robots. Check out our gallery of photos from the London Film and Comic Con in July for an idea of some of the great stuff and cool costumes you’ll get a chance to see.

It’s also only £6 to get in so it’s well worth it if you want a fun day out with some mates and don’t want to break the bank.

You can find details and tickets at their WEBSITE

Not long after the madness of EMS we’ll be heading to the other end of Londinium for our second appearance at the MCM Expo. MCM takes place at London’s Excel Centre from the 28th until the 30th October and is about as big as UK comic cons get. Over 60,000 people will descend on the con over a few days, clad (well many of them at least) in some of the most elaborate costumes ever conceived by the mind of geek. The show will be hosting panels and demos of all the biggest comics, games and movies of the coming year so if you want to get ahead of the game then this is the place to go.

You’ll probably want to book a weekend pass for this one as the Comic Village alone can take a whole day to properly explore.

There’s also wrestling.

Full details can be found HERE

It’s gonna be a busy month!

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What is The Super Comic Convention?

Ever since we got word that a non-MCM event would be taking up residence in the Excel Centre next February there’s been a lot of speculation about the identity of the newcomer (I say a LOT of speculation, in all honesty the topic has been mentioned once or twice and then dropped again because there was no new information to go on). We knew it was going to be comics focused, we knew Harry Markos (of UK publisher Markosia) was involved and that MCM were a bit peeved. Now though, with tickets on sale, the organisers have started to offer up a little more information. In an interview with Bleeding Cool the mysterious group of anonymous backers came clean on some of the events goals as well as tackling the question of why it exists in the first place.

“London Super Comic Convention is being organised by a number of people that have been brought together for the express purpose of providing what the UK has been lacking – a comic convention with not just 2 or 3 American guests, but with a substantial amount of American creators spanning the decades, from 60’s through to present day. As such and given the enormity of the task, the collective encompasses individuals from both the UK and US, who have both financial acumen and experience in different fields, with one common denominator – All are comic fans, who want nothing more than to have a UK show that can go toe to toe on a guest list basis with the larger American Shows, and have a show that truly rivals its American counterparts..”

If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because it’s almost the exact same statement that Mark Millar made when he announced Kapow! back in 2010…it’s also very similar to some of the claims made by MCM in this year’s publicity. It seems that if you want to sell a comic con to a British audience then you better damn well make it as American as possible.

So how does the new kid rack up against it’s competitors? Well for all the similarities in marketing, there are some key differences between Kapow! and SCC. For a start the newbie is about 4 times the size of Kapow in terms of raw floor space (though anyone who’s been to the Excel will tell you that just because they have the space, doesn’t mean it’s actually filled with anything).Secondly, while Mark Millar revelled in the film and game aspects of Kapow, SCC’s organisers have promised 100% comics and nothing else. This of course raises the question, are there enough convention going comic fans to justify filling the entire Excel with them? I hope so, but I suspect that they’re going to have dip into the Manga market quite heavily in order to do the numbers they want. Finally, if the SCC cabal are to be believed, they have a budget at their disposal that would make other comic cons weep. For all it’s killer line up Kapow did suffer from having very few American creators (Leinil Yu and John Romita Jnr apparently paid for their own flights to attend the con) and while it’s perfectly possible to produce an A list line-up without going abroad, there’s a lot of people who would pay good money to meet the likes of Brian Bendis and Matt Fraction.

Oddly enough, despite sharing a venue, MCM may well suffer less than a lot of people think from the encroachment of the new dog. For a start MCM isn’t really a comic con (shock horror). Sure it has a comic section, a very nice comic section, but it’s far from the focus of the event. MCM is about Manga, Cosplay and gaming and the comics are there as an icing on the cake rather than any kind of major jammy filling. Secondly the MCM events take place in May and October, well clear of SCC’s February show. If anything we should be sparing a thought for the poor Cardiff Comic Con who have suddenly found themselves with a juggernaut of a con taking place on exactly the same day as them!

The MCM and the SCC target crowds do overlap, but I’m not sure it’s quite as big as some people are making out. Despite fears that Kapow would dilute the attendance rate for existing cons, 2011 is shaping up to be a bumper year for convention attendance across the board. With geek culture on the rise, I don’t see the market as being at saturation point just yet. If anything the addition of a major con in the normally bare spring may help to stir up interest for events throughout the year.

So what about SCC’s own merits? Well the lineup so far is solid (but the first names announced always are) however the continuous references to “stars of the silver age” sets of a few alarm bells for me. Getting in the guy who drew Superman 30 years ago is fine if those were landmark Superman comics, getting him in because you can’t afford the guy who draws Superman now, not so much.

But that’s speculation. Right now the presence of a major con with apparently bottomless pockets seems largely positive to me. If done right it will draw in new fans, offer another chance for creators to get their books noticed and force the other cons to stretch for new levels of success. If it fails, well there’s still a whole year of cons to enjoy.

As for whether we’ll be attending, that will have to wait and see. Exhibitor prices haven’t been released yet, but once we know those, we’ll have a better idea of whether we can expect to see Moon kicking in the doors and demanding the shady council of SCC unmask…or more likely, buying novelty T-Shirts.

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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!

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Moon: The Bad Men um… Approacheth

A hero is nothing without his enemies. Where would Batman be without the disruptive influence of the Joker? Where would Superman be without the evil machinations of Lex Luthor? Where would Flight of the Conchords be without the Australian Embassy and Racist stall holders?

Now you’ve already met Agent Seven in Issue 1 of Moon but who is the shadowy puppet master pulling the strings behind the scenes? In Issue 2 we’ll meet a nemesis the likes of which Moon has never dealt. At the end of it vengeful soul from Man’s past will appear. In Issue 3 the main threat to the British Isles will be revealed. And then the true rivals will appear.

We realised early on that Moon is going to need to have a rough old time and by jove, that’s what’s happening. A whole host of enemies of innumerate shapes and various threats wait in the shadows. Moon is only as good as the threats he faces and we promise he’s going to get his arse booted about all over the shop.

Tally-ho for bad times ahead.

Dropping Science: The Moon

Hello. Thought I’d try out some Science Dropping in the absence of Dan (who is currently recovering from his wedding yesterday. Congrats bro!!) It’s not that easy. I decided to start with our favourite subject, The Moon and found this overactive poppet.

Do you suffer from attention deficit disorder? If presented with a long, detailed and varied documentary fronted by a Top Gear presenter you find yourself drifting and would rather be pummelled with ‘Moon’ facts by a slightly self conscious teenager called Charlie who, I suspect, no matter how much he might deny this, is doing it to make girls like him then this is for you. Meet Charlie. With some really interesting facts about the Moon.

Moon Fan Art

One of the things that really amazed us about Moon is how much people love doing their own doodles of him. Almost no convention goes by without some exhibitor or other handing us a sketch of ol globehead and over time we’ve amassed a small but wonderful collection of them. Since we’re having a little summer break from conventions we thought it was high time to share a few of our favourites from the last few months.

Sketch given to us at Kapow! Comic con in April. To my shame, I can't remember who it was that drew it, but I love the scruffy look of the shirt.

A somewhat vintage looking sketch from the stunningly talented Nusha Amini

Matt from Moo & Keo was drawing superhero themed lion cubs at LFCC and decided to add Moon to the lineup

This one's actually by Steve, just to prove that he does do convention sketches from time to time.

We’ll try to throw up another collection of fan art later in the year. If you have a pic of Moon that you’d like to share, send it to us at btbcomics@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to post it up!

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“Fast paced, snappy and very funny” – Liberation Frequency Reviews Moon #1

Last week we posted up a link to our interview with Pop-Culture website Liberation Frequency. Well, they also promised to run a review on Moon #1 and said review is now live. It’s always nice to see what other comics fans have to say about the book, especially when it’s as positive as this.

You can read the full review HERE and if you tune in to their next podcast you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of the comic! Lovely.

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Possible Moon Poster Incoming

Not going to lie to you – trying to come up with a weekly Moon update is quite tiring. Frustrating to as we don’t wanna give away things that are going to take place in Issue 2 just yet. So here is the 25,000 image posted on Friday, today but with Moon at the top. This miht well develop at a later date into a major poster with significantly more detail – in fact I hope it does. And with each extra detail I will post up. Once (if) we’ve figured out how to get it printed it’ll be made available to you good selves.

Dan and Steve Interviewed by Liberation Frequency

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLI6WJ9ah2Y&w=560&h=349]

We did a fair few interviews at the London Film & Comic Con but since this is the first video interview we’ve done I thought it was worth a quick share. In case you’re worried, no that’s not me in the Black Cat costume (though I would dearly like one) rather our interview can be found be found at around the 4:50 mark.

Considering that we were half dead from exhaustion by that point in the show, I think we just about managed to not seem like total idiots. Small victories.

LF should be posting a review of Moon #1 fairly soon, so I’ll throw up a link when it goes live.

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(for more interviews check out the wonderful Liberation Frequency site HERE.)

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