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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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Monday, 22 December 2014

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Breaking news
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70. 

The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness.

He said he was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

THS: According to the latest news report, Cocker had been battling lung cancer.

Tempus fugit

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82

BBC News Online:

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82

Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her roles on stage and screen, has died at the age of 82.
The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress.

She died in the early hours of Sunday at a nursing home in London, her son Matthew Muller told the BBC.
"I could not have asked for a more loving mum," he said.

"She had an incredible career - but first and foremost she was my mum - and that's who I will miss," he added.
Billie Whitelaw Whitelaw performed on radio, stage and screen over the course of her career
Whitelaw made her radio acting debut aged just 11.
In 1950, she made her first stage appearance in Bradford in a performance of Pink String and Sealing Wax, before moving into films and television.

She was well known for her role as Mrs Baylock in horror film The Omen.

Whitelaw also played a starring role as Violet Kray in The Krays and more recently appeared in comedy Hot Fuzz.

Samuel Beckett & Billie Whitelaw Samuel Beckett called her a perfect actress
Scene from the BBC series Dixon of Dock Green Whitelaw was a regular as George Dixon's daughter in Dixon of Dock Green
During her career, she won a British Academy Award for best newcomer for her role in Hell is a City. She also won Best Supporting Actress for her parts in Twisted Nerve and Charlie Bubbles.

Whitelaw appeared in a number of TV series, including BBC One's Dixon of Dock Green.

But in her autobiography Billie Whitelaw . . . Who He?, she said it was her work with Beckett that generated most interest.

Beckett 'cared'
Without their association, she wrote, "nobody would have been remotely interested in my autobiography."
She described Beckett as demanding and meticulous, but added: "Because I knew he was radiating love and he cared and he wanted you to be perfect... it didn't upset me."

In a 1997 interview with The Independent, the actress said death did not scare her.

She told the newspaper: "Death's not one of those things that frighten the life out of me."

She added: "Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more."

She was married to actor Peter Vaughan between 1952 and 1966.

Later, she married German actor and writer Robert Muller, who died in 1998.

Billie Whitelaw 
Many of us appreciated Whitelaw's acting and more than a few of us had crushes on her.  A sad day for her family and fans.
Tempus fugit

Chronos: Watchman!

Chronos Watchman

Chronos Watchman
Ben R. Dilworth
Black & white
 40 Pages
John Tempus, a world travelling adventurer travels by ship to Gull Island, a desolate place on which stands an ancient, war-scarred tower, left to him by an uncle he never knew. 
An uncle that he soon finds is far from dead. An uncle who reveals to him a family curse that he cannot avoid. A duty he will carry out until his death. 
John Tempus has now become the next Chronos Watchman and he is all that stands between our world and that of...KAOS! 
Ben Dilworth re-presents a new telling of the(1984)  origin of Black Towers "Man Between Two Worlds"... Chronos: The Watchman.

Return Of The Gods & The Cross-Earths Caper....Can YOU Resist Them??

The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes

Terry Hooper-Scharf
Black & White
331 Pages
Price: £20.00
It begins slowly with Earth’s heroes going about their daily tasks –fighting a giant robot controlled by a mad scientist’s brain , attackers both human and mystical -even alien high priests of some mysterious cult and their zombie followers and, of course, a ghost and a young genius lost in time. 
Pretty mundane. But there is a huge alien Mother-ship near the Moon and strange orange spheres chase some of Earth’s heroes who vanish into thin air –are they dead?
 Then black, impenetrable domes cover cities world-wide. 
Alien invasion of Earth! 
A war between the Dark Old Gods and the pantheons that followed! 
Warriors from Earth’s past having to battle each day and whether they die or not they are back the next day!
 And no one suspects the driving force behind the events that could cause destruction and chaos throughout the multiverse —assaulted on all fronts can Earth’s defenders succeed or will they fail...is this truly the end?


 Terry Hooper-Scharf
Black & White
107 Pages 
Price: £10.00
Following the events on Neo Olympus and the Boarman invasion of Earth, many heroes and crime-fighters have withdrawn from activity. 
Some are trying to recover from injuries while others are fighting the mental scars left by the events. 
As heroes from other parallels who helped during the events return home, members of the Special Globe Guard are shocked at the sudden appearance of Zom of the Zodiac. 
Very soon, a group of heroes find a quick rescue mission turn sour as they become lost between parallel Earths and threats. Sometimes one Earth just is not enough. 
The complete story published in issues 7-10 of Black Tower Adventure now in...one handy dandy book!

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Green Skies Cancelled

I've decided that The Green Skies -voluminous as it already is- is cancelled.  No publication date for 2015 if at all.

There are enough books on the online store.

Just In Case You Don't Pay Attention To These Things.....

....Does anyone?

My Anomalous Observational Phenomena blog is being allowed to die a death.  Over 200 postings and almost 20,000 views and no comments or points to be made by those viewers? 

I'm posting nothing new there.

And do not think I won't close CBO in 2015 (I was going to do it now but I'm taking deep breath).

The New EU VAT Law And Small/Digital Publishers

 Here is an update on the situation.  Please read and do what you feel you need to. This is NOT the end for "micro-publishers!  http://euvataction.org/2014/12/18/its-not-all-ears-its-action-too-in-the-european-commission-on-eu-vat/

It’s Not ‘All Ears’, It’s Action Too In The European Commission On EU VAT

Your voice is being heard On December 17th our team had a long conversation with a Cabinet Member from Andrus Ansip’s (European Commission Vice-President) office. These are the people responsible for the digital economy in the EU, so they’re the decision-makers and the ones who can help us to create the changes that are so desperately needed.

Here’s a summary of where we’re up to:
  1. Andrus Ansip is now fully aware of the impact that the EU VAT rules are having on the smallest businesses.
  2. He is taking action on your behalf, both writing to and meeting with senior people across the EU, in the last few days before Christmas, to try to find solutions that will allow everyone to keep trading.
  3. They are looking at short-term solutions and medium-term solutions.
    4. They are open to ideas from YOU as to what those solutions could reasonably be. They do not pretend to have all the answers.
    5. There are no promises, but there IS hope.

You ARE being heard.

Those in Andrus Ansip’s team now understand that:
  • Most of the smallest businesses cannot comply with the legislation because they can’t collect the required 3 pieces of location evidence. 90% are using basic PayPal buttons and the most they will be able to get is the customer’s account address – one piece of not-completely-reliable data.
  • Most can’t display the correct price on their sales pages because they don’t know where the customer is until after they have purchased, so have no way of applying the correct VAT rate during the purchase process.
  • Even if they could code the VAT rates into their payment solution, most platforms offer just one rate of VAT per country. It is very likely that some transactions will require two rates, for different kinds of products. This is not possible for the smallest businesses to manage during the checkout.
  • These businesses don’t get any of the data until after the transaction, so it creates a massive administrative burden of manually checking each transaction and then going back to a customer if the data looks incorrect, then analysing and storing the data to complete their VAT-MOSS return.
  • Our case studies show that each EU Member State’s interpretation of what is a ‘digitally-delivered service’ is different. Even if you comply with your own Member State’s interpretation, you could still be prosecuted by another Member State if the interpretations differ.
  • The legislative assumption was that most businesses sell through 3rd party platforms (our quantitative study shows it’s only 40%). The Commission now understands that most of the 3rd party platforms only heard about the new EU VAT rules in November 2014 and will be unable to comply by January 1st.

What We Are Campaigning For:

Given all of this, most businesses have a choice at the end of this month either to break the law or close or remove digitally-delivered services. How can we make sure they can keep trading?

  1. Emergency exception to allow the implementation to be suspended for micro businesses and sole traders for 1 year, whilst workable solutions are found.
  2. If this cannot be agreed before January 1st, then an emergency exemption to allow acceptance of the customer’s self-declared address as proof of place of supply for micro businesses and sole traders who don’t have access to the required 3 pieces of evidence (the 3rd being needed for the cases where the first two conflict).
What Andrus Ansip’s team needs from you:
Keep going with today’s Wednesday Action Challenge (writing to Andrus, Pierre Moscovici and Donato Raponi). Copy in your national MP and your MEPs.

PLUS lobby your equivalent to the Treasury (those who represent you on the EU Fiscal Attache) – we are compiling a list.

The reason the Commission needs you to lobby your representative on the EU Fiscal Attache is because if we want to get a legislative change, it is much more likely to be passed in a short timeframe if the Member States push for it, than if the EU suggests it. *** Your representative needs to lobby Pierre Moscovici. ***

So PLEASE do the Wednesday Action Challenge. And PLEASE also send your email to the Fiscal Attache member (we’re compiling a list) for your country, asking them to lobby for a sensible exemption threshold for micro businesses and sole traders.

And please have a quick look at the discussion thread for ‘how can we stay in business while we buy time for EU negotiations’ thread. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DigitalVAT2015/permalink/1512635875680390/)

And please share your inspiration on the thread for potential short-term and long-term solutions:

As I said, it’s not promises, but it IS hope. And, for me, it feels miraculous.
Thank you all for the part each of you has played.

We are making progress.
Clare & the EU VAT Action Team

Christmas Cancelled. English Law Proves Its A Joke

Right someone asked "What's happening?" re. my being prosecuted for whatever TV licensing made up (not watching a TV and not having a TV licence???). 

I put the whole matter before the court in writing which was totally ignored. 

So I got a £70 ($130) fine....plus cost so its £250 ($500+). 

So, not just my health and business screwed but a SECOND court fine this year in which I was totally innocent but the court attitude was "so what?"  Another reason to not celebrate Christmas. 

I don't apologise when I say England can fuck off.

My New Look!

Decided to shave my hair and style the beard.  What do you think?  I was inspired by the Black Tower character The Thinker.


No, regarding the question, I have NOT closed my DeviantArt page.  I think some of you are searching for "Terry Hooper"/"Terry Hooper-Scharf" or "Black Tower".  You need to look for "Terrywerry", ahem.

But here is the link.