So, it’s that time again. The third instalment of Moon is beginning to hove into view. With it is the introduction of a very special kind of evil. Revealed briefly in Moon 2, BunBun Warmheart is a villain that had everything going for him. Now his crimes against humanity mean not even his cute little face can get him off. Our hero, Moon and Shades will be facing this little bleeder directly. What will they find out? What will they glean from this little furry bastard?
This is very much the start of the first story arc for Moon. The introduction is over – now it’s all about the investigation! Moon and his new partner, Shades Rodriguez are about to start dog paddling in dangerous waters, and there be sharks there. Heavily armed, laser guided, furry faced sharks that want to bite their legs off. With guns. And things. Threats will come from directions you’d never expect. You have been warned.
Evil is back. And it’s sitting on a raised chair in an interrogation room at the heart of the Agency.
To the cover!! Is this what we’re going with? Hm. Hard to say. Iv will kill me if I come up with another idea. We are now on what should hopefully be the final week (isn) of preparation for issue 2. There’s a lot of lettering going on, a lot of colouring, a lot of collecting material together to combine it all together in a fine visual delight that will be the second issue of Moon.
Good god it’s been a long time on this one but we are finally moving all the tiny meticulous little pieces ever closer together. There are plans to make up for the considerable wait that everyone has suffered. Never again, please god, never again!!
Fun is close!!
I don’t tend to like introducing other artists too enthusiastically onto our own blog site unless they’re working with Dan on one of his projects – makes me look bad when they can colour and things – but this discovery on Deviantart the other day had to be shared, including as it does a Dangermouse Movie Poster!!
Before we begin – Dangermouse, (Power House) – He’s the fastest, he’s the quickest, he’s the best – DAANGERMOOOUUUSE!! Dada dada di daa!! DAAANGERMOOOOUSE!! Dada dada di daa!! DANGERMOOOUU-OOOOUU-OOOU-SE!! DA DA DA DA DADI DA DA DA DAA – some more Da das!! – DAAAAAAAAAAAH!! BOOM!!
I have a special affinity with Dangermouse given my surname (Penfold -tut to you at the back looking confused) so when I stumbled upon this set of treats by Daztibbles I was understandably excited that Dangermouse might be returning to a larger screen.
As a child I was gangly and lanky so in no way represented my namesake in any way. One accidental poke in the eye from my mum though and the application of an eye patch and it was clear to all involved (aged 6) as to what we would be playing. Unflappable, unstoppable and with a brilliantly cowardly gerbil for a sidekick DM would fight the nefarious Baron Greenback weekly. Budgets were so short at times that scenes woulds appear in every episode in which Dangermouse and Penfold would famously end up in a darkened room with only their eyes visible. This became one of the best bits of the whole show as it added a ‘dark edge’ that Bananaman and Superted never bothered to get to.
Anyway, Daztibbles, originally from England and now over in Oz, took a Lambourghini and stretched it about a bit until it resembled DM’s car (the vents very handy for the lights of the original apparently). It was a great choice though – look at that. Genius.
Anyway – I’m using this as a jump in to demand a Dangermouse movie. I think Cosgrove Hall has closed it’s doors but by Jove we’ve got to get it made while David Jason’s still got good voice!! We’ve already lost the original voice of Penfold (Terry Scott) so it has to happen soon. At least a CGI series? Failing that – just repeat Wind in the Willows. POOP POOP! WAHEY!!!
Some characters become significantly more interesting unexpectedly. Originally a secondary character brought in to resolve a plot and create a background for what I thought was a more interesting figure. No so. Ba Na Newlon has consistently shaped up as an increasingly fascinating character and more than that, a saviour of many Jedi. A matriarchal figure in the plot, Ba Na Newlon is a stable hand in the middle of chaos.
Potentially the most well rounded and most fascinating character of the bunch – her journey might be one of shortest however is recognisable to anyone who has ever known a driven matriarch (not necessarily with force powers).
As of today a new section to Beyond the Bunker is starting. While Moon, Fallen Heroes, Unseen Shadows and all other projects will continue unabated I am now going to try to get started as a freelance artist full time. Beyond the button above is the portfolio section of Beyond the Bunker with a list of all the projects I’ve been involved in recently and examples of my work. It still has a few updates needed which will be taking place over the next few weeks. If, say, you’d like a commission contact me at Steve.email@example.com.
In the mean time – hope to see you at Comicon this weekend!!
The most layered and complex design I had attempted up until this point, the battle for Ipris Kii was the clearest scenario I had in my head. A coastal fortification under heavy assault from the Galactic Senates Forces (Clone Troopers led by Jedi). The incursion is through heavy cloud cover and among the assembled warriors are Howsi Stigos and her Master, Hollan Fry, a Sauron Jedi. As Hollan attempts to chastise her padawan in responsible use of the force the Dropship is struck by a missile. Hollan is killed on impact. Howsi Stigos survives the impact into the sea and fights her way to shore only to find enormous resistance. The scene depicted here is the moment prior to Order 66 being granted, with Howsi trapped between two warring factions, both about to be hell bent on killing her.
I’m not completely happy with it as some of the layers are not fully incorporated into the image but as a starter I found it reassuring that I wasn’t entirely lost in the composition of the piece.
Page 2 of the upcoming second issue of Fallen Heroes, due to be released at Thought Bubble in November. Work continues apace on the collected edition of Unseen Shadows, featuring 5 of its central characters (Ben Ashodi (The Hand), Clancy Wallencheck, Napoleon Stone, Stephanie Connisbee) in one shot stories in one tome. Featuring work from Dan Thompson, Pete Rogers, Richard Clements, Cy Dethan, Corey Brotherson, Roy Huteson Stewart, Rob Carey, Conor Boyle, Cormac Hughes, Gat Melvyn, Vicky Stonebridge, Paul Mclaren, Nic Wilkinson and myself (Steve Penfold).
Check out www.Unseenshadows.com for more deets.
One of the most prominent characters in the Fallen Heroes canon is a man named the Reverend – a challenge to say the least as he is described firstly as ‘normal’ and the description of him is left oddly loose beyond that. Tackling this character had taken some thought in order to reflect the fans of the original novel and the character himself. I’d personally heard many fans of the book explaining that the Reverend is their favourite character. The Nuge confirmed this design of the central character and force of nature last night so here he is…
Above are two more character designs from the first set to appear in the second issue of Fallen Heroes. Didn’t get the Reverend exactly right to begin with as Nic Wilkinson of Insomnia can atest to. My first Reverend design was a little off kilter and based a little too heavily on the saint of Killers from Preacher. Barry never saw that one as it wasn’t included… (be here next week to see that version).
Cheers, Steve P