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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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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Monday, 12 October 2015

Hulk and Thor and Ragnarok could be Hulk v Thor II...and what about Age of Ultron?

It appears that Mark Ruffalo's version of the Hulk (he is THE best Banner since Bixby) is to appear in 2017's third Thor movie -'Thor: Ragnarok'

Which ought to be interesting. So far the two characters have worked well together.  And the movie Hulk ain't been to Asgard yet -though he has in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and, of course, Hulk V Thor the animated feature.

But talking about all thing Avengers-ish, this weekend I watched Avengers: Age Of Ultron. I read all the comments about how bad it was, how it should have been made -listen: get out of your mom's basement and do something constructive with your life -try writing or making a movie, even amateur...oh. No, of course, because the untalented like to tell everyone where THEY have gone wrong from behind a keyboard.

In fact, there was nothing wrong with the movie.  I was a bit surprised after what I had read and heard but I think the critics (they would love people to think of them as that rather that whiners, which is what they are) had their comments ready before seeing the movie.

Avengers 2 was, quite obviously, setting up the basis for future Marvel Universe movies and characters -the mention of Wakanda, Ulysses Klaw -there was so much and it was done in a subtle way.  Even the introduction of new Avengers -Wanda, Vision, Falcon, et al.  

Remember that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was used to introduce the spin off The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. -it's an old tried and tested method in TV and movies and even....comics.
There was that kick to the balls for that "other company" with the rights to X-Men (you know who) when Disney/Marvel totally excluded Mutants (the new dirty word) by calling Pietro and Wanda "augmented humans"!!

Also, you had the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. to refer to and New Avengers so as the flagship movie
Avengers: Age Of Ultron did its job by turning in a good action story with lots of characterisation and telling the fans there was more to come.  I did notice that, like the Marvel comics, the movie was heavily more sci fi focussed.

Oh...and you got feckin' Thanos at the end!!

So stop moaning an just sit back and enjoy fun and action -these are not  lectures on compressed dark matter physics (those give you migraines) they are entertainment

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Quick Response....

In response to Wladimir: Yes, I would love to produce comics for Russia -or ANY country- but there needs to be a publisher.

I've had this question from Bulgaria and Ukraine and it's the same response -the material is there but a publisher is required -jumping into any country you need people who know the markets and outlets!

Guest Review: *@$! ME ! THIS IS GOOD !

Yes. A review.  This time by the man who put sex into Zines -Mr Paul Ashley Brown, UK Small Press god and football self-injury specialist.

Over to you, Golden Balls!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Just A "Heads Up"...

Some books are going to be removed from the store front and because it is a pain in the ass to upload and re-do things they will not be re-listed.

The books affected will be those with lower page counts so if you were thinking of buying any (I really do like kidding myself) they get removed next Tuesday.


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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