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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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Friday, 9 October 2015

2016 Clallam Bay Comicon

2016 Souvenir Sticker/Badge
July 9-10: During and after Clallam Bay/Sekiu Fun Days 10:00 am - 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. 

EVERYONE WELCOMEIf it's pretty or they can eat it, bring it.

ADMISSION for public: free. 

Facebook Events Link HERE. Use to organize events and exchange information.

DEALER TABLES:  $25 (27.00 through Paypal). Contact at: donnabarr01 at gmail dot com.


Dealer and panelist contracts: THIS PAGE. Payment cancellation deadline is May 1, 2016. You are expected to know your professional and licensing obligations for food sales or use of fire. Parents, please note your obligations. Panels held at front of the hall in round-table format. Participants will clean and straighten hall after show closes Sunday; keep the Lion's club happy.

Special Guest Leanne Franson 

EXHIBITORS at the convention for 2016:

1: Donna Barr's A Fine Line Press AND Clallam Bay Comicon Central.

2. Page Birmingham

The newly renovated building - nice job, Lions!
90 Bogachiel Street
Clallam Bay, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State, United States 

AWARDS: Your fans are your award. We don't get to say.

Special guests: all we can offer you is a deductible be

"Lady Bumps" in the 1970s! Were Not What They Are Today

I'm so glad you come in here tonight. I'm so it chin' to
Dance I can't stand it and I was countin' on dancin' with you.
It's a saturday night and I feel all right
So come on
let's dance - look at me
AII I wanna do is to bump with you
So come on
let's dance - look at me tonight.
When we hear the music play you might
Learn from me in every way.
They call me lady bump
lady bump it's no lie - ah
Lady bump
lady bump - just the music takes me hiiiiiiiiiigh.

I can still hit those high notes  -even if it is only in my head and
the image of me in a red afrom wig, green boob tube and tight
gold hot pants is...is probably a bit too much information.

Any old how I've been perusing the internet looking for any interesting comics news. Nothing.  

I learn that Ant-Man and The Wasp will be a movie in 2017 but as I've not seen Avengers 2: 
Age of Ultron yet, let aloneAnt-Man all I can say is: "Really?"

Between reading lots of phenomena books recently I have been getting physically exhausted
from watching the Rugby World Cup 2015 on TV. Georgia did an incredible job and were one
of the shing rays of hope -and the lastextended game against Namibia was so tense I even sat
on the edge of the seat -several times.  Namibia FINALLY scoring and proving they can play rugby.

Anyway, talking yesterday about retiring from comics in 2016, I saw this pop up on my screen:

Awwwww. Shit.  I just checked my portfolio and I can retire if I get the other £249.50.
Kids -NEVER say "I am going to make drawing comics my career" because there are,
seriously, thousands out there who said the same thing.  Cut out the hunger, poverty and
anti-social hours and go for a job shelf-stacking. It pays more.

I have also been noting long time comic fans -people who started collecting in the 1960s-
are stating "No more! One more reboot of this title or the entire line and that's it!"  In fact,
many have just stopped buying new Marvel and DC titles.

And as the weeks pass fewer and fewer comic geek chicsters are blogging or making
comic book videos as they move on to the latest trend.

Add to this a lot of long time comic creators in the UK finally calling it quites.  "Dan" told
me: "I've had two paying jobs in a year and the company was not paying much.  I queried
this amount cus they are a long established comic company but was told its market forces
they control the work and if artists want to work they take the money"  he was also told a
couple of artists allowed their work to be used for free (WTF??!!) Those back-stabbing,
brown-nosers (they know who they are) must be really proud of how they've helped UK
comics decline.

Now, I'm off to boogie.

Hang cool.  Five by five.

Hamelin Newsletter 9 ottobre 2015

NEWSLETTER del 09/10/2015

Hamelin è presente alla ricchissima decima edizione del festival Tuttestorie.
Venerdì 9 ottobre e sabato 10 ottobre 2015 presso la tenda Bubù Hamelin accompagna i bambini ad incontrare Chris Riddell, acclamato illustratore inglese, alla scoperta del suo ultimo romanzo Agata Dei Gotici e il topo fantasma.
Agli adulti invece è diretto l'appuntamento di domenica 11 ottobre alle 18.30 Cara Mara, caro Andrea. Dialogo fra uno scrittore e un'illustratrice, che vede Mara Cerri e Andrea Bajani raccontare l'esperienza della creazione a quattro mani del progetto La pantera sotto il letto.

In occasione della seconda edizione di Libriamoci: giornate di lettura nelle scuole (26/31 ottobre 2015), il Centro per il Libro e la Lettura offre alle scuole la possibilità di ospitare gratuitamente dei lettori d'eccezione per gli incontri con le classi.
Tra i lettori d'eccezione, famosi scrittori, musicisti e giornalisti (come Alessandro D'Avenia, Licia Troisi, Mauro Corona e Giulio Giorello).
Per tutte le informazioni sulle modalità di partecipazione, visitate la sezione dedicata sul sito di Libriamoci a scuola.
Quest'anno il Centro per il Libro e la Lettura promuove 20 corsi di formazione gratuiti per insegnanti ed educatori in 17 regioni.
Tutti i corsi sono a cura del Coordinamento associazioni per la promozione ed educazione alla lettura, di cui anche Hamelin fa parte.
Inizieremo i nostri venerdì 9 ottobre presso la Biblioteca Autentica di San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore (PE), per poi proseguire il 26 ottobre a Roma e il 30 a Palermo. Poi sarà la volta di Catania e Vibo Valentia.

È cominciata come un modo per sottolineare, ancora una volta, che le storie (soprattutto quelle lette in adolescenza) possono cambiare la vita, e per chiedervi di aiutarci ad arrivare alla fase finale del bando CheFare.
Ora Bookface è diventato un gioco che si allarga sempre più, e anche scrittori, illustratori, fumettisti si stanno fotografando con il libro della loro adolescenza. Partecipa anche tu!
International Board on Books for Young People è una rete internazionale di persone, che provengono da 77 paesi e promuove la cooperazione internazionale attraverso i libri per bambini, creando ovunque per l'infanzia l'opportunità di avere accesso a libri di alto livello letterario e artistico e incoraggiando la pubblicazione e la distribuzione di libri di qualità per bambini specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

What Have I Been Up To? Quite A Bit...

Well, there is talk of the possibility of a phone-in programme on Bristol Community Radio.  Non-paying (of course) so I'll wait and see what happens.

Also....let's not jinx things...the idea of a local TV programme looking at the strange and weird.  I have to write that the only reason I am thinking about these is the hope that it might provide more material for research and if comics are out of the way in 2016 why not?

Sales of books -yeah, let's not go there.

Blog viewers comments or feed-back...ditto.

You see, I HAVE been trying but nothing and that's what it will come to.  Why do all this work for nothing and not even know if people are reading posts or even interested in subjects?

So, I'm planning for 2016 and ways to make money to live on because comics are not doing that in any way, shape or form.

But if things happen I'll let you all know....if there really is anyone out there!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

BilBOlbul Newsletter 7 ottobre 2015

NEWSLETTER 07/10/2015
La scorsa domenica all'Expo di Milano sono stati proclamati i vincitori del concorso Coop for Words di quest'anno. Per la sezione Fumetto sono stati premiati Marco e Riccardo Tabilio, che illustreranno anche il proscenio di uno dei libri Chiarelettere della prossima stagione.
Al Ram Hotel di Bologna sarà allestita quest'anno la mostra dedicata ai due fumettisti, ulteriore premio del concorso durante i giorni di BilBOlbul.
Dall'8 ottobre fino al 7 novembre immergetevi in un viaggio attraverso l'Europa e il Medio Oriente con la mostra Comic-Transfer alla Biblioteca Centrale di Amburgo, Hühnerposten 1.
Come vede Berlino una fumettista libanese? E cosa salta agli occhi di un fumettista tedesco a Lisbona?
I Goethe-Institut dell'Europa Sudovest hanno mandato in viaggio fumettisti provenienti da Belgio, Francia, Italia, Libano, Marocco, Portogallo, Spagna e Germania. In mostra i tanti punti di vista su città cultura e società e i diversi modi di vivere una metropoli. I lavori sono raccolti anche nel blog del progetto.
L'inaugurazione si terrà mercoledì 7 ottobre alle ore 18 alla presenza di molti degli artisti coinvolti.
Giovanni Nardone si aggiudica il contest NoiNo.org ArtLab promosso dalla Fondazione del Monte in collaborazione con l'Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna e l'associazione Hamelin.
Alle/ai partecipanti era richiesto di realizzare un'illustrazione che avesse come tema la violenza di genere e che fosse rivolta a un pubblico maschile.
L'illustrazione vincitrice sarà usata per creare la nuova grafica per il visual 2015 di NoiNo.org, la campagna contro la violenza sulle donne.
Il primo ottobre a Parigi è iniziato il Fanzines Festival. Organizzato tra gli altri da Volker Zimmerman che collabora con BilBOlbul alla realizzazione del BBBLab, il Fanzines Festival è arrivato alla sua quinta edizione e mira a far conoscere la ricchezza e la varietà dell'autoproduzione francese e internazionale.

Inizia giovedì 8 a Ravenna l'undicesima edizione del festival Komikazen, curato da Elettra Stamboulis e Gianluca Costantini.
Dedicato da sempre al fumetto di realtà, quest'anno al centro del festival c'è la rappresentazione della crisi in tutte le sfaccettature: da quella economica a quella politica, da quella ambientale a quella personale.
A luglio 2015 BilBOlbul ha lanciato BBB CONSIGLIA, un progetto che vuole mettere in rete le librerie più attente al fumetto in Italia. Ogni 15 giorni in libreria viene segnalato da una fascetta con il logo di BilBOlbul un nuovo fumetto di qualità; un segnalibro all'interno del volume racconta in poche parole perché BilBOlbul ha scelto di consigliarlo.
Il fumetto di questa settimana è: Megahex di Simon Hanselman (Coconino Press).

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Se sei una libreria e vuoi partecipare al progetto di BBB CONSIGLIA scrivi a elena.orlandi@bilbolbul.net
BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Black Tower Comics and Books

And just to prove how I love you all...I decided now might be a good time to treat you to a listing of some of Black Tower's books.

If you are an overseas (non-UK) publisher interested in publishing any title under licence please get in touch via blacktowercg@hotmail.com
BTCG has specialised in presenting original material covering super heroes, crime, adventure, sci fi, horror as well as illustrated prose -not to mention ground breaking books on "world mysteries" and wildlife.  Oh, and even a huge book of interviews with comic creators and publishers.

All the books are, naturally, available for overseas licence -but we cannot translate work: that will be up to any licensed publisher.

What follows is a brief glimpse at some books but you can visit the online store to see more details and books at:


You  can also find some on Amazon and other sources but they do not make me much money so, come on, buy from the online store and remember that at least these books will be collectibles! 

To contact me please check out "About" at the top of the page -thanks!


Black Tower Comics began in 1984 as a Small Press publisher of A5 (US -Digest size) titles such as Adventure,Presents,Windows and Hanley's Garage.  Then came the news, reviews, previews and interviews publication backed up by the mart and mail order service -Zine Zone (later Zine Zone International).

In 2009, with the innovation in publishing of Print On Demand (POD), Black Tower jumped in head first!

One of the first titles to see print in the new comic album format (A4) was The Bat Triumphant! This saw the complete story, begun in Black Tower Adventure vol. 1.  William A. Ward's long lost 1940s character once again saw print as he fought a host of  enemies in an attempt to reclaim his homeland.


And while The Bat may have fought fist and nail to reclaim his homeland, another 1940s Ward creation, Krakos the Egyptian, seemed far from willing to claim a new Egyptian Empire as promised to him by the Gods.  Tackling a number of foes and even encountering the Many-Eyed One, Krakos turned his back on the gods and the final panel of Krakos -Sands Of Terror, delivered a true twist!

Krakos -Sands Of Terror!

Of course, the flag-ship title had to return!  And so Black Tower Adventure -eventually reaching new heights when the legendary Ben Dilworth jumped on board!  Volume 2 consisted of  ten issues. Just look at these covers....

Black Tower Adventure 1Black Tower Adventure 2BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 3Black Tower Adventure 4Black Tower Adventure 5Black Tower Adventure 6ADVENTURE 7Black Tower Adventure 8BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 9Black Tower Adventure 10

And, with something like 40 years worth of files and investigation reports could all that much delving into UFOs, lake and sea creatures and many other mysteries not result in a book or two...or three? Some Things Strange & Sinister, Some More Things Strange & Sinister as well as Pursuing The Strange and Weird: A Naturalist's Viewpoint set a precedence.

Whereas for decades those involved in "UFOlogy", "Cryptozoology" and "Forteana" declared many mysteries, that photographs were lost "to history" and so on, these three books swiped away the false claims.  Alleged lost photographs -found.  'Mysteries' solved by doing actual research work and reading the sources -something others had never done.
Some Things Strange & SinisterSome More Things Strange & SinisterPursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

And, of course, mention natural history and Black Tower Books broke new ground with that in The Red Paper: Canids -over 40 years research work crammed into one handy book for you!  It's also available on Amazon, etc..

The Red Paper: CANIDS

But not all the prose books covered mysteries and wildlife.

There were the comic creator interviews, too!

The Hooper Interviews!  To celebrate, at the time of publication, over 25 years of interviewing comic creators -writers, artists and publishers- this 365 pages book was produced.

Interviewees included Yishan Li, Marv Wolfman, Dave Ryan, John Cooper, Mike Western, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Sonia Leong, Emma Vieceli, Pekka A. Manninen, Alan Class, Karen Rubins, Kate Glasheen, Ron Fortier, Jon Haward, Franco Francavilla, Rick Geary, Tania Del Rio, The Etherington Brothers, Olivier Cadic (Cinebook the 9th Art), Holly Golightly and MANY others.

 Profusely illustrated with art and photographs!
The Hooper Interviews

And if there is one thing "Herr Professor" loves it is discovering and presenting long lost UK Golden Age (1939-1951) comic strips and characters from publishers such as Gerald Swan, Foldes, Denis M. Reader, Cartoon Art Productions and others.

Scanned and restored as best as can be considering the poor print quality of the rationing years -especially red, orange, yellow, blue and purple ink printing!

Ace Hart The Atomic Man!  The Tornado!  TNT Tom!  Dene Vernon!  Acromaid!  Cat-Girl! Bring 'Em Back Hank! Robert Lovett:Back From The Dead and so many other action heroes and humour strip characters -William A. Ward, Jock McCaill and a host of known and unknown creators contribute -either in single volume " Black Tower Gold" albums or all six collected into the 400+ pager -The Ultimate British Golden Age Collection!

The Collected book is available on Amazon, etc. -but I get VERY little back from sales.

The Ultimate British Comics Gold CollectionBlack Tower British Gold Collection 1Black Tower British Gold Collection 2Black Tower British Gold Collection 3UK GOLD COLLECTION 4Black Tower Gold 5:Back From The Deadblack tower gold 6

Another great love is Centaur Comics from the United States.  Right at the very start of the American Golden Age of Comics Centaur had creators who were ahead of the others!  Before Plastic Man there was Plymo!  Before The Human Bomb there was TNT Todd!  Before Green Arrow and waaaaaaay before Hawkeye there was the mysterious red hooded archer called The Arrow!  And, to just break your comic mind world there was even a Black Panther -decades before Kirby came up with his character of the same name.

The Eye Sees All.  The Owl. The Iron Skull.  Amazing Man. The King of Darkness.  The Invisible Terror. The Blue Lady. The Shark. Mini Midget & Kitty.  Mighty Man. Super Anne.  The company may have been short-lived but it's characters -oh boy!

The two volume Centaur Heroes Collection has been compiled into one sweet 140 page comic collection!
The Ultimate Centaur Collection 2011

Horror. Ghost stories.  The twist-in-the tale.  Did you think that a publisher who is a big horror comic/film fan would ignore these?

Nope.  Each year since 2010, BTCG has published a Tales Of Terror anthology album and 2014s included some fun and spooky lost Swan Comic strips.  I mean how can you go wrong -even Ben Dilworth is in these!

 Tower Tales Of TerrorTales Of Terror 2TALES OF TERROR IIITales Of Terror 4

The Church Of England has it's own basher of dark forces in the Reverend Merriwether -"God's Demon0-Thumper" as the press billed him.  From an ancient Egyptian demon to a village of the damned and Varney the Vampyre, werwolves and a final confrontation with Satan himself -Merriwether pulls no punches and offers no compromise.  And in those last few seconds between life and death, Merriwether's mind recalls past cases -thanks to Ben Dilworththe Tall Man of Osaka.

Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper and Merriwether: The Test Of Satan are available as individual comic albums or in one swanky book The Collected Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper.

 Merriwether:God's Demon-ThumperMerriwether:The Test Of SatanMerriwether: Gods Demon Thumper

Oh, did I forget to mention Dene Vernon -British comics' first investigator of the supernatural and strange mysteries?  I did? Unbelievable since Gavin Stuart Ross drew the 1948 based Dene Vernon: The Thing Below!

 Dene Vernon:The Thing Below

 And did you know Ross also drew the two adventures of Victorian mystery man Chung Ling Soo? Chung Ling Soo: The Curse Of The Jade Dragon and Chung Ling Soo: The Case Of The Thames Serpent were two cracking tales of magic, adventure, murder and deception -still available as single comic albums or collected together to form The Adventures Of Chung Ling Soo!

Chung Ling Soo 1Chung Ling Soo Man Of Mystery


Ben Dilworth is no slouch either!  Chung Ling Soo's police "counter-foil" isnone other than old London "Jack" (police man) Inspector Wilberforce and when Dilworth says "Here's a Wilberforce one-off: PUBLISH IT!" you do not argue!


And did you know you can be a Gold Master of Japanese Haiku?  Well, neither did I -but guess what?  Ben Dilworth is such a master and his Osaka Brutal features his Haiku in English!

 Osaka Brutal

Old saleman that he is, Dilworth just keeps on going.  He produced Aesop's Fables -a darker version of the childrens tales and then went on to write two well illustrated prose albums looking at spirits and demons -Dilworth's Japanese Yokai and Dilworth's Western YokaiOsaka and the Yokai books were combined with Aesop's Fables into the one volume The Collected Ben R. Dilworth -though the single volumes are also still available.

The Collected Ben R. DilworthDilworth's Japanese YokaiDILWORTH WESTERN YOKAIDilworths Aesop's Fables

Horror comics yes but also some nice illustrated prose from Dilworth in...Dilworth's Horror & Ghost Stories but for the connoisseur those stories were collected together with the Phantom Detective comic strips into The Complete Phantom Detective!
Dilworth's Horror & Ghost StoriesTHE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE

And could anyone forget the sensational Iron Warrior Versus Big Bong:When Giants Fought? But add to that the various Iron Warrior strips from Adventure and you get The Iron Warrior Collection -When Giants Fought!  In the 1940s, William A. Ward's creation was to be the most graphically violent comic strip seen until the 1970s.  That is some legacy. It continues....with a touch of fun!


In case you are wondering, yes, obviously there are super heroes.  Mix in ancient pantheons of gods, giant robot, alien invasion, Lovecraftian dark ones and so much more that the book runs to over 320 pages then you have part 1 of Terry Hooper-Scharf's Invasion Earth Trilogy" or as it is titled Return Of The Gods: Twilight Of The Super Heroes!  And epic ending with the words: "Dr Morg has killed us all" -and if you have never read the mind altering counter actuality that is The Dr Morg Trilogy you may be saying "What? Who-?"

And part 2 of the trilogy The Cross Earths Caper ought to get you in the mood for 2015s big 31st Anniversary third part of the trilogy The Green Skies.

Again, these two are available via Amazon and other online services -just check!

 The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super HeroesTHE CROSS EARTHS CAPERJourney Of The ID:The Dr Morg Trilogy

If you pass the ESTC (Epileptic Seizure Test Cover) on Dr Morg well, you are fit and healthy enough to read it and to check out all the Black Tower Comics and Books at the online store -see why we are the UKs largest publisher of  Independent Comics!