On September 15th, we will be in attendance at Royal Star Arcade, in Maidstone with Moon. A new venue for the Grinning Demon’s charity event that attracts both the indy and the professional. Confirmed guests so far are Lloyd and the Bear’s Gibson Grey, Moon print designer Grant Perkins, Tinpot Hobo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle artist Jack Lawrence, Grainne McEntee and Matt Rooke with Apes n’ Capes and Bertie Bear’s Andy Clift. We also know that Cy Dethan and Nic Wilkinson (Cancertown, Reverend: Wrath of God) and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Legion of Superheroes, the Hypernaturals) are confirmed and friend to the Bunker and DJ to the stars Keiron Gillen (Uncanny X-men, Iron Man) may be in attendance.
After 5 Demoncons and 5 very distinct posters, Graham Beadle, Demoncon organiser and owner of Grinning Demon comic shop came to the Beyond the Bunker table and was nice enough to ask me to design the new poster for Demoncon VI. Because of the nature of the convention as a charity event, the posters themselves are more lively and varied than anywhere else. Right from the beginning, Demoncon posters have mashed up mainstream and indy in a visual bash up. Dredd stands beside Frostica, Wonderwoman by the Moose. That lack of limitation is irresistable for an upstart comic book artist like me so I was honoured to be asked frankly. The end mix as you see above.
But i couldn’t do it on my own so I was aided by the incredible talent of Timaree Zadel (who also coloured the new prints that were available at MCM). With Ivanna Matilla currently waylaid by teaching English in 20 different schools, Timaree was her chosen colourist. As you can see, no reason not to be over the Moon with this work.
Many of you have been asking for this for a long time, so we are very happy to announce that Moon #1 will be released digitally this Wednesday. Beyond The Bunker have teamed up with digital superstars Graphicly to bring the globe headed one your desktop, Android and IOS device for the insanely good price of just 99 cents.
If you’re someone who hasn’t been able to catch us at a convention, if you live outside the UK or if you just couldn’t afford the print price, this is your chance to join our big Moony club. Even if you already own the print version then you’ll find that the guided view method of reading the digital copy provides a whole new way to enjoy the ultimate lunatic detective story.
We’d like to send thanks to our partners at Graphicly for all their hard work on this and also to everyone who has bought the print version, plugged us on facebook/twitter and voted for us in the Eagle Awards. It’s that kind of support that allows us to keep adding features like this.
Mark your calendars, folks. Moon’s coming to your phone!
With two days to go until the massive launch night for Beyond the Bunker and more importantly Moon 1 I can now announce that we’ve had another review in and its a great one. So much so that they contacted us straight back and requested an interview (which Dan was filling out pretty much all day today and will be available online very soon). How’s this sound….?
‘Overall this is a very British book, from Dan Thompson’s script which winks at the reader without ever coming across as smug to Steve Penfold’s artwork which feels as British as 2000AD while having a distinct style of its own, Moon is a title to watch out for and deserves to become a breakout hit. If Beyond the Bunker can keep up this level of quality they have a very bright future ahead of them…’ In a word, natch!!
Moon 1 will be available with every £5 entry to the Beyond the Bunker / Moon 1 Launch night at the Square Pig in Holborn, WC1V 6NX accompanied by some of the finest comedic and musical acts we could find! If the comedy musical acts of Paul Sweeney and Cold Callers doesn’t elevate your canoe (and frankly that’s massively unlikely) then Sktyskratcher’ll burn your socks right off! We’ve literally covered all ear bases.
Vibrant and poignant, alternative rockers Skyskratcher are nothing if not eclectic. They’ve re-invented the ‘power-trio’, with experimentation at the heart of the band sending him reeling adventurously towards new ideas and new ways of both writing and listening to music (sometmes simultaneously, so if front man Jude Benjamin gets a funny look on his face half way through a section he might be thinking of another way to come at it.
With a dynamic rhythm section they lay the foundations for a harmonic wall of guitar driven songs with colourful melodies, fusing a comprehensive array of influences to something uniquely their own!
Prep your earlobes for audio trips through delicate, whispered melodies, upbeat grooves, flat-out punk skin smashing and Mars Volta-esque guitar lunacy, a level of diversity which have seen them backing a broad range of other bands! A use of live vocal effects and carefully structured arrangements does not stop this band from tearing up the stage every time they play. They are manic, toneful and great to listen to and their playing at the Beyond the Bunker event whether you’re there or not. So it’d be a shame if you miss ’em!
The band’s debut EP, ‘Hearts & Vices’ is available now. Check out Skyskratcher.com for further details!!
New friends to the Bunker Skyscratcher are playing tonight at The Bowery, New Oxford Street with support from The Red Zoids, The Transients, Washington Rays and Candy Tree. A perfect combination of wild guitar lyricism and ferocious guitar and drum journeys that’d fill any venue brilliantly. Our discovery of them came when Jude Benjamin of the Skyscratchers has kindly offered to sound engineer our event and who knows maybe they’ll play for us at a future gig… (thanks Sas Stewart for putting us in touch with them).
Skyskratcher Vlog – 31.01.11 – Live at Native Tongue EC1
Hope you can make it because they’re awesome and doing us one hell of a solid.
Cheers, Steve P