I did an interview for TGS a little while back and I just noticed that it’s online so I thought I’d throw it up. TGS are an FM radio station that specialise on nerd friendly faire and they were kind enough to let me ramble about Moon, Indy Publishing and how Steve and I met.
I’m not totally sure what I was going on about in the last minute as I seem to have gotten my issue numbers confused but given that the interview took place the morning after the Saturday night of Thought Bubble, I’m just glad I didn’t fall over.
I’ve been pretty busy with non-comic gigs for the past couple of months but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t comic projects already in motion. You may remember that a while back I wrote a comic called “Ashfall” for the Unseen Shadows line of books. Well that comic is now coming together nicely and Barry from Unseen Shadows has been kind enough to let me share the first page.
The pencils and inks are by Peter Mason and the colours are by the very talented Darren Brown who joined the project this week. Paul McLaren will be adding letters at a later date (he did Band of Butchers so you know he’s good) and we’re hoping to have the book out in time for Thought Bubble. Anyway, here’s the page and the synopsis for the comic:
Napoleon Stone faces his greatest challenge, as he sets out to hunt down the very man who trained him! For thirty years Nathan Ash was the best in the business but now he’s gone rogue and Napoleon is on his trail with orders to bring the old man in, dead or alive!
Dan Thompson (Band of Butchers, Moon) and Peter Mason (Cancertown 2) bring you a tale of lies, loyalty and left hooks in the latest action-packed comic from the world of Barry Nugent’s best selling Unseen Shadows saga!
Well the convention season is back on with a vengeance and the second London Super Comic Con more than lived up to expectations. After two months off, it was great to get back into the game and put some copies of Moon #2 in people’s hands.
Even without the draw of Stan Lee the Excel had a great buzz about it for the event and while it’s still not MCM, LSCC is more than managing to pull in the crowds. We met plenty of new fans as well as some familiar faces and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It was especially good to catch up with other creators and see some of the awesome work they’ve been putting out since we last crossed paths (read Lightning Strike yet? You should). The impromptu pub trip on Saturday night added a nice social element to the event but it was a bit of a shame that there wasn’t an official after party like at Thought Bubble. It would be cruel to hammer this point too much in the cons second year, but with plenty of hotels and bars next to the convention hall it’s certainly something for the organisers to think about in the future.
There’s no rest for the wicked however. As we’re off on the road again this coming weekend (I say “we”) to attend the Cardiff International Comic Expo. Following a last minute booking, Steve will be grabbing a couple of boxes of Moons and heading to Wales in order to bring you more comics and more cool sketches like this:
After that we’ve only got one weekend off before we’re off to Demoncon 5 in Maidstone (f you’ve not checked out the wonderful posters for the event then have a look now)! It’s not all good news however. In something of a shocker, Thought Bubble sold out in under two hours this year, leaving us somewhat out in the cold. It’s a big disappointment for us as we were hoping to launch some new material and maybe even get in on a panel or two at the event but TB is the best con in the country so you can’t blame them for being popular. We’re working on solutions at the moment and hopefully we can still find a way for Moon to head north in 2013.
On a final note, Barry Nugent showed me some new artwork from Peter Mason and I’s upcoming comic “Ashfall” during a quiet moment at the event and good lord this is going to be a great book. I swear Peter’s work gets better with every stroke of the pen.
Thought Bubble or not, 2013 is going to be a busy year and I for one cannot wait.
Last year’s inaugural London Super Comic Convention proved to be one of the great surprise hits of last year’s con season. In the face of doubts over whether the capital could sustain yet another large con the event confounded expectations and emerged as something genuinely unique and well deserving of any fan’s attention.
The great thing about LSCC is that it is entirely focused on comics. You won’t find big games companies running demos or panels packed with film and tv stars here, instead LSCC have assembled the largest gathering of comic book creators that you’ll find anywhere in the UK. On top of this you’ll find a plethora of dealers and indy publishers ready to introduce you to your new favourite book. It’s like walking around one gigantic comic book shop; unpretentious, low-fi and a lot of fun.
We shall be there this weekend with an arsenal of big Moony wares for you to wrap your mitts around. If you missed the Moon launch then this will be your first chance to pick up Moon #2 and if you want to introduce a friend to the book then we’ll be running a special bundle deal on both issues for new readers. In addition we’ve got a few of the ever popular Moon prints (guaranteed to protect you from falling Russian asteroids) and a whole bundle of badges. Steve will be on hand to do sketches and discuss commissions and I will be doing whatever it is that writers do at conventions (handing you your change, doing coffee runs, rescuing Steve from security when he forgets his pass etc).
It’s been ages since we were last in London so please drop by and let us know how it’s going. You can find us at table C43 as shown on this fine annotated map produced by the lovely Michael Georgiou (be sure to check out his new graphic novel “Just Exhale” which launches at the show).
You can pre-order tickets and see a full line up of guests at the LSCC website.
Just in time for next week’s London Super Comic Con, the good folks at Geek Planet Online just posted a review of Moon #2. The good news is that they liked the book, the bad news is…well there isn’t any bad news really, they really did like the book. Here’s a little snippet:
“The wry, postmodern sense of humour is still intact and if anything seems to have more confidence this issue…It’s the best of British and I hope the audience continues to grow.”
You can read the full review here and if it peaks your interest then you can order the book from our online store or pick it up from us next week at the Super Comic Con (we’ll even sign it for you).
Thanks to Dave at Geek Planet for continuing to support the book. The site has been one of the great champions of our work and we really appreciate it.
The fifth Demoncon convention takes place in Maidstone on 17th March and as has become tradition some of the UK’s best indy comic artists have gotten together to produce bespoke posters. This year however the posters feature somebody that fans of the bunker may be a little familiar with.
The first is this amazing bit of work from Grant Perkins with Inks by Tom Schloendorn and colours by Nadine Ashworth. There is no way I’m not buying one of these when I get to the con, it’s an amazing bit of work. Grant is taking commissions at the moment so get hold of him on twitter if you want a fine piece like this in your home.
The second poster comes courtesy of Phil Buckenham and is all the more amazing for the fact that he did pencils, inks and colours by himself. It’s another great bit of art and Moon seems very happy with the company he’s in. Just look at his beaming face.
The real question is, of course, how many of the characters in both posters can you name?
Well, we have a new site so I thought it was about time I set about populating it a little bit. 2012 was a bit of an odd year for me all in all. On the one hand delays on all the books I wrote meant that almost nothing with my name on it actually came out while on the other Jim Eaton and I found our comedy writing partnership really start to take off.
The comic delays were frustrating at the time but ultimately that’s life in Indy comics. I’ve always felt that I’d rather see a book done well than done fast and while it sucks having disappoint fans at a convention when they come to pick up the new book, I’d rather they go away empty handed than go away with something that’s not as good as it could be. While it’s fun to maintain the fantasy that we all make comics 24/7 the reality is that these artists have lives (and jobs) outside of comics and life can be crushingly unsympathetic when it comes to giving you the time you need to get that page finished.
The comedy success really came out of the left field if I’m honest. Jim and I have been writing together since Devil’s Fork (initially because it seemed like a good excuse to meet up and drink port) but it was never more than a hobby. We weren’t even going to enter a competition last year but I thought of a couple of Shakespeare jokes one morning and gave Jim a call, he came round and an hour later we’d pretty much written A Comedy of Edits. We knew the script made us laugh (especially after the cast added their own tweaks) but we certainly didn’t mean for to do as well as it did when we put it in for the 2 Days Laughter competition. We won Best Script as well as the Grand Prize and were suddenly left wondering whether we should be taking all this silliness a bit more seriously.
So where does that leave us for this year? Well if you’re kind enough to have read this far then here’s a few bits and bobs that have got me particularly fired up for 2013:
- I have an Unseen Shadows comic called “Ashfall” in the pencil stages at the moment. It’s got Peter Mason on pencils which I’m extremely pleased about as I’ve been a fan of Pete’s work ever since meeting him at Demoncon last year. The book is a 23 page story set in Rio and it was a tonne of fun to write so I hope you enjoy it.
- Moon #2’s fist London showing. Moon #2 came out in November last year but it occurred to me yesterday that Moon Launch and a couple of comic shops aside, the book as actually not appeared in London yet. It’s a London-centric book and a lot of its fans live here so I’m really excited about taking it to Super Comic Con next month and seeing what the response is like.
- Moon #3. Steve’s clearing his in-tray of other comic work at the moment so that he can devote all his efforts to getting #3 out as quickly as possible. For the first time, I’m not twiddling my thumbs either as I’ve decided to take the chance to rewrite the script for #3 (the original script was penned in early 2009!) and hopefully apply a few of the things I’ve learnt in the past few years to make it sing a bit more. After years of basically just promoting Moon, it’s nice to be writing him again.
- Moon #4. Erm…not sure. Steve says it could happen this year, we’ll see. If it’s done, it’ll be out.
- Jim and I are working on a new comedy project that we can’t really talk about but it’s very exciting and taking up most of my free time. If it turns into something, you’ll be the first to know.
- More live music nights. We’re working on ways to put on more nights like the Moon Launch. They’re a boatload of fun and it’d be great if we can make them happen on a semi-regular basis. No firm plans yet but we’ll see what can be done.
- Oh and I have a mini-comic comic out digitally at some point in the year. It’ll be through the Unseen Shadows site and I’m stoked about the person who has agreed to pencil it (secret for now).
Plenty to keep me busy and I’m sure there will be a few more bits cropping up along the way. The plan is to update the website less often that in the past (we were on a daily posting schedule for a while) but for the stuff we do post to be more interesting and not just any old random stuff we find (though there will probably be a wee bit of that too).
Hope to see as many of you as possible at cons during the year.
Looking to catch up on the adventures of Moon but couldn’t come to the Moon Launch? Don’t want to wait until the next con to get your hands on the new issue? Have a friend who likes amazing comics about sharp dressed astral bodies? Well you’re in luck because you can now mail order copies of both Moon #1 and #2 and have them delivered direct to your door anywhere in the world!
Just head to our new comicsy shop and place your order. We’ll handle the rest!
Order before the 18th of December to ensure delivery by Christmas.
It’s 11pm the day after Moon Launch and I’m just about getting over the hangover. Suffice it to say it was an amazing night and I feel very proud to have played a small part in it. We shall endeavour to post up some photos as soon as possible but in the mean time I thought I’d chuck up some details of the real stars of the show, the acts.
We opened the night with Patsy & Tim, also known as master puppeteer Laura Bacon and musician Tim Berryman. Their cover of the Pokemon theme was easily one of the highlights of the entire night and they had everyone in hysterics for their entire set.
You can find out more about Laura’s puppet work on her facebook fan page.
We kept the comedy going with a barnstorming performance by musical comedy duo, Cold Callers. Ryan and Paul played at the first Moon Launch and were good enough to dust off the official Moon theme song one more time.
You can follow the boys on twitter, listen to some of their songs again on myspace and you should most certainly check out their podcast on itunes.
For me one of the real highlights of the night turned out to be blues singer, JD Smith whose set caused me to dash outside and demand all the smokers drop their fags and come listen. If I can find a good quality youtube video then I’ll sling one up on the site but for now you can listen to some of his fantastic music on his myspace.
He likes Garth Ennis too which is always a plus.
The night was rounded off by the reggae sounds of John Blood and the Highlys. The band were good enough to step in on very short notice and were superb from start to finish. The perfect end to an eclectic night of music.
If you want to catch more of John Blood and the Highlys then you can do so on their website.
And just to round it off, here’s one of their videos:
Thanks again to everyone who came, we hope you had a fantastic time and that you enjoy the comic. If you weren’t able to make it then don’t fret, the book will be available to buy on line in the next few days.
I promised last week that I’d dig out that C2C track that’s been blowing me away and I’ve managed to find it. C2C are part of the great tradition of French electro but they take it one step further than most.
In this track (with Richie Jackson) they combine hobo blues with electro to produce something that sounds like Daft Punk meets Seasick Steve. It helps that the video’s suitably weird as well!