Torsobear. A gritty noir…with toys.

Some of our good friends are working on a collection of strips entitled “Torsobear – Yarns from Toyburg” at the moment and since it looks like a lot of fun, I thought I’d throw up a link to the project so that you can check it out for yourselves.

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The book is a collection of grim crime stories set in a world filled with action figures and soft toys and as you can probably see from the above page, it’s wonderfully silly. The book features work from our fellow Unseen Shadows creators, Cy Dethan, Nic Wilkinson & Pete Mason all of whom are brutally talented, as well as a bevy of other UK comic stars.

The book still needs a bit of help to reach the point of publication (or at least to do so in a way that the fine creators behind it get paid) so if you have a spare few quid and fancy checking out some fuzzy noir, pop over to their Kickstarter page and order yourself a copy.

On a more general note, I’m hoping to drop in to London Film and Comic Con, if only to catch the rebirth of the Eagle Awards, so perhaps I shall see some of you in a couple of weeks. It’ll likely only be a flying visit and it’s still dependent on sorting out a few other commitments but it would be nice to catch some of you fine people if the chance arises. Either way I’m pretty sure Steve’s there for the duration so you won’t go totally Moonless. If I don’t make it then I wish you all a splendid show and if I do, see you there!

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An Alternative World Cup Anthem by The Free Kicks

I’d be lying if I said that football was exactly my sport, none of the participants have wheels and there’s nary a V6 in sight. However, once every 4 years I join thousands of others just like me by watching a couple of preview shows, pretending I now understand every aspect of the game and picking a team to support post quarter finals (a decision usually based largely on shirt colour).

One thing that I remain an unabashed fan of is a good world cup anthem and Cambridge band The Free Kicks have put together a cracker that I thought I’d share here. The Free Kicks are made up of members of several Cambridge artists including our old friends Fred’s House and Josh Broadstone, star of some of Jim and I’s short films. As you might imagine with that combo it’s very silly and stupidly catchy. Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who has bought Moon in recent weeks. Stay tuned for updates on Moon 3.

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“The Return” A webcomic by Dan Thompson and Jake Rowlingson

While Steve’s busily working on Moon 3, I’ve been doing a couple of side projects with the Unseen Shadows guys. The first of these to come out is a one page webcomic called “The Return.”

Bob Kelsey is the tragedy prone freelance journalist of Barry Nugent’s fantasy series and Barry asked a few of us if we’d like to do some short strips about Bob’s tribulations. I drew upon my own battles with terrifying monsters and created this spine chilling tale that was then beautifully illustrated by Jake Rowlingson. Hope you enjoy it.

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You can view more of these comics on the Unseen Shadows website.

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Dan talks comics with Lazy as Funk

I think it’s fair to say that MCM was pretty insane. We have honestly never been busier than we were over those three crazy days and it was great to be able to introduce so many new people to Moon.

Amidst the selling though we did get a chance to chat with some lovely people and among them was the wonderfully named “Lazy and Funk” youtube channel. Have a look and enjoy me talking about MCM while Steve hovers like I’m about to rat him out for a murder. Stick around to the very end to get an insight into just how much I love the newly re-printed Moons.

We’ll be posting up some more stories and pictures from MCM over the coming weeks so keep checking back. Thanks again to everyone who came to say hi!

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Dan Talks Indy Publishing with TGS Radio

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.

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Dan’s Blog: London Super Comic Con Debrief (Photos)

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.

012Even 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.

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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:

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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.

019On 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.

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Dan’s Blog: Looking Ahead to 2013

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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.

comedyeditsThe 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Moon #4. Erm…not sure. Steve says it could happen this year, we’ll see. If it’s done, it’ll be out.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).

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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.

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Down The Road by C2C

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!

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Dropping Science: Tesla Coil Fight!

 

I’ve been reading a lot of Atomic Robo and Five Fists of Science this week and so Nicola Tesla is high on my mind. Thus you can imagine my joy when I discovered this video from the Ulster Bank Festival in Northern Ireland in which two members of performance art group Lords of Lightning don special suits and throw lightning at each other.

The trick works by cobining protective suits, Tesla coils and balls the size of planets. The video is on the long side but be sure to catch the last couple of minutes because it’s well worth the wait.

Brilliant lunacy!

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Mitt Romney’s Concession Song by The Gregory Brothers

I very rarely post comedy songs in this slot but this was so well done that I thought I’d make an exception (that and I can’t remember the name of the C2c song that I wanted to post so that will have to wait til next week).

The Gregory Brothers are the creators of many a fine video in which they brighten up regular news with ridiculous songs. This time they’re having a crack at explaining why Mitt Romney is just fine with losing this week’s election.

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