The Stars Of Moon Launch 2

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.

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Moon’s Song Of The Week – Superhero Music by Fingathing

 

I’ve had a week off from the site in order to get a few bits done (one of those being my 30th) but we’re back this weekend for more music and science. This week’s track is a jump into the archives for a song by Fingathing which is somewhat appropriate for this site. Drum Bowskill (who you’ll remember from the Mad Tree short we did a few weeks ago) gave me a USB full of music as a birthday present so don’t be surprised if I delve into it on more than one occasion over the next few weeks.

How this song has not made it onto the soundtrack of a movie, I will never know.

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(We’re off to the MCM expo tomorrow and we’ll have news about when Moon #2 is out and when our next Moon Launch party will be. If you’re down at the con then come find us in the Comic Village to learn more!)

The Solar System is Doomed and so are you

XKCD’s Randall Munroe’s piece on the utter futility of getting up in the morning (or indeed watching fatuous entertainment news shows) really gets into the guts of what it’s like in the endless velvet nothingness of existence. In a universe made almost entirely of the absence of something, punctuated with violent and cataclysmic birthing pools of giant Hydrogen atomic balls, firing deadly radiation everywhere and nuturing only a very tiny number of miniscule globules of detritus, all of which are unlikely to be able to sustain the absurdly specific requirements of our fragile and ultimately rapidly aging forms, frankly the end (while maybe not nigh) is bloody obvious.Best to simply shrug and resign your ancestors to the cold and lonely death in open space or the fiery annihaltion of a Supernova.

Remember: Between the sky and the ground and sea is our Fishbowl. We are the fish. Good luck out there people.

(Unless we redesign ourselves like the first Guardians of the Galaxy – that’d be awesome).

Moon Launch 2: The Build-up

We are very quickly moving towards Moon Launch 2. Final touches to the book still need to be completed, extra material, colours, graphics, bit of lettering and effects but as soon as those are complete Moon Launch 2 is a go. Currently scouts are moving through the underbelly of central London, trying to find the perfect location for just such an event Music license, music equipment, fine bar, good atmosphere, reasonably priced alcohol and a door from which the good Moon fans can pick up their brand new spanking copy of Moon 2.

This is the point at which the pressure is greatest, as the finished product forms right in front of our disbelieving eyes. The strange things is seeing how these things develop as each layer is put on. From the first panel of Moon 1 to the last page of Moon 2, little has changed in terms of story, humour and style, but slight tweaks and improvements to Moon 2 mean that it will most likely be a much more slick affair. No typos for starters – though one was indentified in 1 that neither me nor Dan had ever noticed and that no fan has ever commented upon. First to write the typo in the comments below gets a free copy of Moon 2.

Moon’s Song of the Week: Faster Horses by MNDR

Moon’s bringing you a bit of electro today. Faster Horses is the new single from American electro duo, MNDR and it’s pretty much exactly the kind of music you need on a Friday. While it really needs a big sound system to do it justice, it still has a fantastic feel to it on my puny speakers. I just love the way it breaks down half way through.

Faster Horses is out now.

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Marvel Announce their “Phase 2” Movies

Marvel released details of their next round of movies at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. For a start they ended the rampant internet speculation and announced that the line up for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be the modern team rather than the classic one. That’s right, in 2013 we’ll be seeing a film about Star Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Goot and (of course) Rocket Raccoon. They also released this concept image which should be enough to get any Guardians fan salivating:

For the uninitiated, Guardians of the Galaxy (at least the version of it that we’re talking about here) is largely the brainchild of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Nova, Warhammer 40K etc) and tells the story of a team of “heroes” who are tasked with keeping the entire galaxy safe from harm. It’s basically Avengers meets the dirty dozen…in space…with a talking raccoon. Trust me, this property has everything you need to make a fantastic movie. Be excited.

In addition to this, Marvel announced the titles for the rest of their “phase 2” movies. The most for me is probably the Captain America sequel (I’m an unashamed Bucky fan) but it’s great to see Edgar Wright’s Ant Man Movie finally getting the official green light. Despite it’s poor box office performance, I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work on Scott Pilgrim. With a Marvel Marketing budget behind him, this could be the break into the mainstream that he deserves.

Obviously feeling bad for Tony Stark about the fact that his sequel doesn’t get a tagline, Marvel went ahead and revealed the new Iron Man armour that he will don in the film. It looks like this:

You can see more pictures of the armour on Marvel’s website.

Exciting times!

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The Thoughtful Guy Rap

 

Much like we here at the Bunker, Youtubers Rhett & Link are both thoughtful guys. In fact, they like to think about the mysteries of the universe so much that they mad a rap video about it.

If you like your musical comedy with a Flight of the Conchords feel then you’ll probably dig this.

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10 Mistakes Made by Amateur Letterers

Nate Piekos knows a thing or two about lettering comics. Not only is he the creator of Blambot Comic Fonts but he’s also lettered books for the likes of for Dark Horse, Marvel, etc and created a fair few comics of his own. Recently Nate posted this handy guide to common mistakes made by amateur letterers. Since it’s a skill that many of us in the indy comics scene are trying to perfect, I thought I’d throw it up here. All credit for this work goes to Nate and I strongly suggest you check out the rest of his work to see these examples in action.

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Some Thoughts on The Great Gatsby Trailer

The Great Gatsby is (and has been since I first read it at the age of 17) my favourite book by some distance. With that in mind I’ve been rather curious about the latest attempt to bring Fitzgerald’s great American novel to the screen. This time around the project is helmed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet) and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and if the trailer is anything to go by then things seem to be on track.

I’m still not totally convinced that Gatsby needs to be a movie and part of me can’t help but think that DiCaprio is too self assured to work as the lost, delusional Gatsby but I like all of Baz Luhrmann’s films (yes, including Australia. Australia’s great, bum off) and I’ll watch pretty much anything with DiCaprio in (miscast or not). The idea of casting Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway is an interesting one and from the trailer, looks to be a pretty sound decision. Maguire is a great character actor who deserves to be thought of as more than “that guy who played Spider-Man”.

The one thing that baffles me is why on earth, given the largely non-action based story, the movie is in 3D. Most likely it has something to do with studio pressure and the fact that Luhrmann wants to have a bash at it before the horse finally collapses. I would suggest that this is an example of 3D running faster, spreading it’s arms father and hoping for one fine morning…but that would make me a wanker.

Gatsby is out later this year.

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Oh and if you want to see a truly great (no pun intended) Gatsby esque film then you should watch Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles. It’s not a version of the Gatsby story per-say but it has so many parallels that if you like Gatsby then you’ll love it.

RIP MCA

I’m gonna skip Dropping Science today in favour of remembering Beastie Boy Adam Yauch aka MCA, who passed away yesterday. I talk a lot about music that inspires the work we do here but the Beasties are about as central to our comic as any band. Back when Paul Wade and I were writing the original Moon sketch back in 2008 we watched Sabotage on a loop and the original brief for the short was basically “Let’s do that with a guy with a Moon head”. Obviously we weren’t the only ones. Sabotage is pretty much the perfect cop parody and has been riffed on so many times by so many people that it’s kind of amazing.

The comic has moved on from its simple cop parody roots and the feel is quite different now but without the Beastie Boys it’s unlikely that we would have ever hit upon the idea in the first place. Add to that the staggering debt that modern music owes to the band and you have a very special artist.

Adam, thanks for the music, the inspiration and the SABOTAGE!

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