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THE UKs LARGEST INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHER Between 1984-1994 I worked freelance as a writer/artist/editor/agent in comics as well as comics journalism for MU Press,Blue Comet Press,Fantagraphic Books,Eros Comics,Dorne,Fleetway,IPC and others in the United States,UK and Europe. During this period I also produced large numbers of single panel gag cartoons for agencies in Germany such as Boiselle-Lohmann and Baaske Agency –these going to magazines and publications around Europe. I also worked as a freelance editor in comics and publications ranging from wildlife,astronomy and science fiction magazines. From 1984 to present I've been self publishing comics as well as publications on a wide variety of subjects under the Black Tower banner. I have also produced packages of work for companies in India,Hong Kong and China. I have also been working as an industry advisor for smaller companies in countries such as India,Canada,Singapore,China,Europe and the US. hoopercomicsuk@yahoo.com

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

"Seinfeld" actor ​Daniel von Bargen dies at 64


Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.

Von Bargen died Sunday in the Cincinnati area, Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed Thursday. Gilligan said he couldn't provide the cause of death, names of relatives or any other information. WLWT-TV in Cincinnati first reported the death.

In addition to his "Seinfeld" role, von Bargen portrayed Commandant Edwin Spangler on "Malcolm in the Middle." His film credits include "The Silence of the Lambs," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Lord of Illusions." He also had appearances on "Law & Order," "The West Wing" and "NYPD Blue."

Von Bargen was a versatile actor and great co-worker, Bob Colonna said via email. Colonna got to know von Bargen during their shared time at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, and while filming several TV films.

"He was much loved, for himself and his work, both of which were unassailable," Colonna wrote.
Von Bargen made headlines in 2012 when he called 911 after shooting himself in the temple. He told police he was supposed to go to a hospital that day to have some toes amputated because of diabetes complications and had already had one leg amputated. He said he was feeling depressed before he shot himself.

No funeral services were scheduled, Gilligan said.

Tempus fugit

The Krah -My Bristol show opening next week!

Not heard much from The Krah for a while so this was interesting.....

In the heart of Bristol's most bohemian district, next week I will be showing lots of my new surreal paintings in the Arts house in Stokes Croft.
'In my recent paintings I create pop-surreal images, my new paintings are a series of paintings focusing on revising ancient myths, giving them a contemporary twist in a surreal and Neo-mythological way. Inspired by old masters such as Hieronymus Bosch and William Holgarth.
Throughout art history from the ancient time till now, Art keeps reflecting humanity and some reoccurring themes such as religion, violence, sex and death are the most popular imagery in art history. I focus on subjects like them and many more creating complex illustrations that hide lots of different story's in each image. 


I am interested in the weird and the bizarre creating a visual freak show to entertain the viewer, hypnotising them as they become the explorers of my subconscious imaginarium.'

For all of you that will be attending the opening I will have lots of sketches, limited edition prints and publications that will be on sale just for the opening.

Hope to see you all there.

RSVP by replying to this email. For international subscribers and those who can’t make it to the show, please email hello@thekrah.com and request a pre-sales catalogue that will be released at approx 16:00 (UK Time) on March the 12th.

For entrance of additional guests, friends, colleagues, family and anybody that would like to come please get them to RSVP by emailing at hello@thekrah.com to get on the guest list.

Next week come to the opening of my Bristol solo show at the:
Arts House 108A Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3RU

Opening on Thursday the 12th of March, the show will be on until Tuesday the 7th of April

view more of my work on my website: http://www.thekrah.com

Glowing Blue Dome UFO Captured From Passenger Plane

According to Professor Tombaugh of the Lucerne Dark Matter Physics Laboratory, this video footage is genuine and one of an increasing number since 2013.  Tombaugh, like some of his colleagues, belies these are reconnaissance flights by potentially hostile aliens.  

This is part of The Green Skies promo NOT reality.  Get a life!

Further NASA Evidence Of Alien Incursions And Possible Hostile UFO Fleet In Space.

Joining the ranks of international scientists who believe that a hostile alien force has entered our solar system, mounted numerous incursions (recce flights?) and believe there may be some kind of war going on, such as Professors Tombeau, Sidebotham we now have Michio Kaku joining in, reservedly.

Disklosure Times International has also reported that the highly secretive United Nations Intelligence group, S.A.T. A. N. (sounding ominous enough in itself!) has had field officers looking into the massive surge of UFO sighting reports from 2014 but say this is just a "logistics exercise".

Is Earth about to be invaded or is our home solar system the unwitting location of a war between alien races?  Certainly all references to the "thermonuclear explosions on Mars and Phobos seem to be ignored or have been taken down from the internet.

Or, can we merely sit back and carry on as always and simply say "UFO hoax"?

 We have this from Beforeitsnews.com:

Massive UFO Fleet Caught By International Space Station Live Cam, Video


 “Watch as a colorful fleet of UFOs is seen from the space station live cam this week. The UFOs actually change colors as they move. This fleet is following two lone UFOs far out ahead of them all. It looks like the fleet was caught leaving the dark side of the Earth just as the ISS came into view. This is one rare and amazingly beautiful event,”  says Scott Warning, author of UFO Sightings Daily


Date of sighting: March 10, 2014
Location of sighting: Earths orbit viewed from ISS
Method Viewed: NASA space station live cam
NASA Cam: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html


Waring points out that another UFO was seen near the International Space Station only a few days later.

Streetcap1 of Youtube caught this UFO at the ISS and it looks to be matching speed with the ISS. The object appears to be solid and almost disk-like. This is a great capture of this object and the surface color is very similar the the last few UFOs we have seen at the space station this month, says Waring

Date of sighting: March 14, 2014
Location of sighting: International Space Station, Earths Orbit

Streetcap1 of Youtube caught this UFO at the ISS and it looks to be matching speed with the ISS. The object appears to be solid and almost disk-like. This is a great capture of this object and the surface color is very similar the the last few UFOs we have seen at the space station this month, says Waring.

 See more from Scott Waring at UFO Sightings Daily

And then....


Nearly two years after an amateur star-gazer captured footage of a UFO fleet flying past the Earth’s moon, the video was uploaded to the internet Tuesday. The short tape shows how a site user spotted unidentified flying objects zooming by. The moon UFO sighting is now seen in stunning 1080p resolution.

The short video (2:35) that appears on Disclose.tv is without sound. But the footage of the fleet of UFOs by the satellite (in its half-moon phase) speaks for itself. Isotrop is the handle of the user who uploaded the footage (November 20, 2012). He writes that a camera was set up and trained on the moon over several nights and many hours.

The camera caught the moment about a dozen or more orbs appeared to have jettisoned from the surface of the moon, or were merely flying by. Video footage showed amazing detail of the moon’s surface in high-definition. However, the unidentified objects flying by were not discernible up close using the equipment.

As a result of the man’s shocking discovery of the moon’s UFO fleet, he tends to believe others who claim to have similar video of alien space crafts in the solar system.

The Inquisitr has covered stories about other UFO sightings in the recent past. One such incident occurred when a passenger aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship reported seeing an alien-like craft hovering along the coastline.

Sources say there has been an uptick in sightings of UFOs. By the numbers: in the month of August, there were 285 reports of people spotting UFOs. What do you make of this latest news? Is the “fleet” part of some covert NASA or military space program. Or is it proof of visitors from another planet?

This is a Green Skies promo using actual news and video recordings. If it's reality then I'm the new Nostrodamus!

Some Very Interesting Statistics

Says the man with dyscalculus.  I don't really bother with view stats but I do find them interesting because of what they reveal about people who are "interested" in comics these days.  The idea of a comic fandom is almost out-dated now and it seems as though the "can't troll then won't bother to comment at all" attitude prevails!

Anyway, I took down figures for views of my blogs on the 7th February, 2015 and today is almost a month so let's see.

British Golden Age Comics 
7/2:     9,277        22/2: 9,669         24/2:  9,861      27/2: 9964        4/3: 10,009

UK GA Comics
7/2:   408            22/2:  549           24/2:  585          27/2: 642          4/3: 665

T Hooper-S/BTCB
7/2:  3,575         22/2:  3,754        24/2: 3,831       27/2: 3,873       4/3: 3,892

Anomalous Observational Phenomena

7/2: 22,502      22/2:  23,090       24/2: 23,421    27/2: 23,628     4/3:  23,788

Maakika Art

7/2:  890          22/2: 932             24/2: 961          27/2:  969          4/3: 977

Black Tower Comics & Books

7/2:   NA          22/2:   10,628      24/2:  NA         27/2: 10,946      4/3: 10,974

Alan Class

7/2:  9,918      22/2: NA             24/2: 10,010      27/2:  10,047    4/3: 10,087

One thing you'll note is the odd "NA" and this is down to the fact that numbers are so jumbled to me that I thought I had noted view figures on those dates but had not!  Still, it does not affect the total overview.

It is important for the point that I am about to make so I need to note that all postings on Google+ have received (as of 4th March)  1,236,739.

I am not including CBO views for the incredible number of views posting have gotten on other sites via "spiders" and what not.   

That is.....1,286,157 and from all those view there have been 5 comments

Seriously. That is one hell of an awful statistic -not eve a "fun posting!"  or "Really enjoyed that!"  or even a "Thanks for promoting my book!"   The total lack of wanting to even say "I'd like to read more about this" while, obviously, reading postings and, yes, downloading items (I can see how many pieces of art are downloaded and THAT is why they are never high resolution!).

Don't you think Ben R. Dilworth or Stransky & Labbat might be interested in what you thought of their strip-work/illoes posted on CBO?  

In fact, that brings me to the comments I mentioned.  One was positive regarding the Ultimate British Golden Age Collection but two complained (sort of) that Slicksure was not drawn the same way as he was in the afore mentioned collection.  Well, d'uh!  Slicksure in the 1940s was drawn by Harry E. Banger (pronounced  as in "Ranger") who was, primarily, a humour strip artist.  The 2014 version remained true to the Banger style Slicksure but was NOT drawn by Banger.  Still made me chuckle out loud.

Black Tower does NOT alter or "modernise" or "reboot" Golden Age UK characters. We stay true to the characters and I think any artist who has worked with me ore drawn these characters for me, will tell you I am on any negative change like an avalanche of bricks.  But Ben Dilworth, Stransky & Labbat seem to have immediately understood the characters and what they are about.

On CBO the comments are usually continued conversations between myself and..."the four usual suspects".  That means the "comments" count is higher even though they are part of drawn out internet chat!  Exclude those and CBO is in the same position.

WHY do people visiting the blogs never comment?  Yes, we have a VERY large overseas audience where English is not the first language but we are in the age of Google Translate and even if someone does not use online translation, if the English is not great, I don't care.  That they took the effort means far more that how it is written.

In the pre-internet age (yes, the internet ruined a great deal) we had LOCs or letters of comment. I used to get them all the time from Russia, Poland the old Czechoslovakia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland (I still get fan mail from there!) and so on.  Now you do not even have to go to the post office to send a written letter -you just type and send -and that is too much??

I was not joking when I wrote fandom was dead.  And now not even a Bristol comic event to go to and talk to comic folk!

Retirement is looking like a nicer prospect every day.  

One thing that has never changed: I still love comics!



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron - Trailer 3


The Complete Phantom Detective

black & white
36 Pages
Price: £6.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
Murdering Ghouls. Satanic Masses. Demonic Possession. 
To many of the uninitiated these are just “things that go bump in the night” - TV or film fantasy.   In the Victorian era The Phantom Detective used his decades of occult study to help those in danger from these “things” and ultimately he paid the ultimate price…. ….
...yet he continues to help and to observe as best he can for now he is a true... 
                                                                                              PHANTOM  DETECTIVE! 
A collection of text stories and comics strips by Ben R. Dilworth and Terry Hooper-Scharf to keep you cold on a Summer's night...or any night!

Channel to reset in order to rebuild

48h BD - troisième édition les 3 & 4 avril 2015

Rendez-vous chez nos libraires !

LC d'après CP News 04/03/2015 à 16:26 263 visiteurs

Juste après celui du printemps, le début du mois d’avril marquera le retour de l’opération 48h BD. Les 3 & 4 avril, en France et en Belgique, les librairies associées à l’opération proposeront 12 albums au choix de clients occasionnels ou réguliers et , pour certaines d’entre elles,  des animations variées.Quelques nouveautés au programme de l’édition 2015 :
  • la palette des éditeurs participants s’étend : à Casterman, Dragaud, Dupuis, Fluide glacial, Bamboo, Jungle !, Le Lombard et Urban comics s’ajoutent Glénat, Delcourt, Soleil et Futuropolis.
  • le nombre d’exemplaires diffusés pour l’occasion passe de 100.000 à 216.000 albums.
  • la gratuité a vécu puisque pour recevoir un livre, il faudra payer 1 €uro symbolique.
  • des BD – 50.000 - seront offertes à des écoles, des collèges, des lycées et des bibliothèques.
  • douze autres titres seront proposés au format numérique par Iznéo à 0,99 €uro.
Par ailleurs des animations et des rencontres seront proposées, avec notamment 100 séances de dédicaces prévues.
BDGest est une nouvelle fois partenaire de cette fête de la BD.
Plus d’information sur le site dédié : www.48hbd.com

Sorry but this is a Google translation!

 Just after the spring, the beginning of April will mark the return of 48h BD operation. 3 and 4 April in France and Belgium, bookstores associated with the transaction will offer 12 albums to choose from occasional or regular customers and, for some of them, various animations.
Some new additions to the 2015 program:

The participating publishers palette extends: to Casterman, Dragaud, Dupuis, cold fluid, Bamboo Jungle, The Lombard and Urban comics Glénat addition, Delcourt, Sun and Futuropolis!.
the number of copies distributed for the occasion pass 100000-216000 albums.
free since lived to receive a book, it will pay 1 € uro symbolic.
BD - 50,000 - will be offered to schools, colleges, high schools and libraries.
twelve titles will the digital format by Iznéo 0.99 € uro.
Furthermore animations and games will be offered, including 100 signings planned.
BDGest is once again partner of this festival of comics.
More information on the dedicated website: www.48hbd.com


BilBOlbul Newsletter 4 marzo 2015

NEWSLETTER 4/03/2015

Sabato 7 marzo alle ore 19:30 presso Squadro stamperia galleria d’arte verranno battuti all’asta la serie di disegni originali realizzata a 4 mani da Stefano Ricci e Manuele Fior. Le opere nascono dalla live-performance "Il battello brillo" in occasione dell’ultima edizione di BilBOlbul.

L’asta sarà accompagnata da un aperitivo con musica selezionata da Brace e sarà seguita da un atto dal vivo di Stefano Ricci e BeMyDelay.

In questa occasione saranno premiati i vincitori del challenge organizzato in collaborazione con Instagramers Bologna, che si sono aggiudicati Klebstoff #8, catalogo di BilBOlbul, ideato in collaborazione con lo sticker magazine tedesco Klebstoff.
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Steven Guarnaccia, uno dei più importanti illustratori contemporanei, in occasione dI Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015 trasforma la sede di Hamelin nella propria casa. Un viaggio sul filo delle memorie famigliari attraverso il disegno ma soprattutto attraverso l’installazione di una collezione di oggetti trovati e reinterpretati dalla mano dell’artista.
La mostra sarà inaugurata alla presenza dell’autore il 1 aprile 2015 alle ore 19.30.

In collaborazione con Transbook Children’s Literature on the Move, Gruppo Hera, Parsons The New School for Design, Comune di Bologna - Quartiere San Vitale, Corraini.

Orari mostra: dal lunedì al venerdì 10.00-13.00/15.00-18.30 | Chiuso sabato e domenica
BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
Live Arts Week: 21 > 26 aprile 2015 - liveartsweek.it :: Future Film Festival: 5 > 10 maggio 2015 - futurefilmfestival.org :: Angelica- Festival Internazionale di musica: 2 > 31 maggio 2015 - aaa-angelica.com :: Biografilm: 5 > 15 giugno 2015 - biografilm.it :: Gender Bender: 31 ottobre > 8 novembre 2015 - www.genderbender.it :: BilBOlBul: 19 > 22 novembre 2015 - bilbolbul.net