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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, 27 March 2015

Hoopers Vlog 27 March, 2015: Alan Class Comics

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. -Tonight on C4 (UK)

Just so you do not forget -I did- the "mid season break" crock of crap is over.  Tonight, 20:00 hrs on Channel 4 TV (UK) Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back.

Odd how the series improved -possibly due to the fact that from series 1 they have been "filling in" the backdrop to the Marvel movie universe.

Oh, DC, you could learn so much!

Quick Up-Dates -Green Skies etc

Firstly a shout out to fellow blogger Subzero.  Been silent for a month after his leg operation and his brother, Enrique, tells me the old fellow is currently going through rehabilitation treatment for the leg.

Get well soon, Subzero!!

And now.....

Green aurorae, video footage of "giant UFOs near the sun", earthquakes, several asteroid close passes...these things are all mounting up to the best pre-publication publicity ever and I swear none of it has anything to do with me.  Seriously.

Early last year I did the Mayan prediction of The Many Eyed One's coming which included "a blood plague" and someone said: "Hey -Ebola!" Sorry, but despite the suggestions I am NOT going to use thousands of deaths to publicise a book!

But the green aurorae and other things I will!

Which brings me to The Green Skies book.

I sat down yesterday morning and by the end of a tiring day had completed five more pages.  You know I wrote that I had "completed the Chinese part" of the book's action?  I lied.  I added a couple more pages to cover the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and then some pages for Singapore.

All of which means that I can now move on to the pages covering India, Africa and other nations.

I would have to guess that I have gone well past the 320 pages mark.  How big will this book eventually be?  I have no idea.  The initial storyline (typed up but no script remember) has been so altered by things happening "in the moment" while drawing that even I have no idea how it all ends (I really am not kidding).

But I did say this was going to be the third and final part of the Invasion Earth trilogy, that should have been Invasion Earth 1987, and my last major book.

Judging by the sales of Return Of The Gods: Twilight Of The Super Heroes and  The Cross Earths Caper, though, it won't be paying for my retirement!!

June deadline for publication...meh.  Who knows.

Kathatakathalaka The Many Eyed One is near. 

There is nothing you can do. 

Praying will not help. 

Kneel and accept the rapture.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Some Times someone NEEDS To Tell You....

I can't help but think lulu.com is being sarcastically rude when I check my online sales....

AQUAMAN: The Cast Of The Angler

Affordable Amazement Catalogue

Affordable Amazement Catalogue #1
Fancy Butcher Press
Also available at Gosh! store London

Well, the contributors include -Tobias Tak, Paul O’Connell, the sensationally gifted slow hand of Bristol's top cred artist Paul Ashley Brown also Tanya Meditzk, Chanic, Lord Hurk (editor)

"Rather than building a comic anthology around a theme, this one is built around imaginary products. The concept is simple: contributors were asked to choose one ad from ‘the catalogue’ and feature the product in their story. Six ads were selected for the stories in issue 1: MASONIC BUFFOON RING, ROYAL WORSHIPPING FIGURINE, FREE LIFE-DRAWING CLASS, REALISTIC TOFF MASK, WORMS KIT, ONYX ROACH REPLICA."

"New stories! More characters! Bigger speech balloons! Get yours while supplies last!"

You see, what REALLY feck's me off as a reviewer are things like having a web site and even Face Book page where there is no more detail than I've quoted above.  Doesn't tell you how to order so good luck with " Get yours while supplies last!" and the cost?  Well, "£4.00" is what I'm told but, feck, they can't even put that on the web page so I'll go by what I hear.

Tobias Tak leads off the comic and you cannot really go wrong with Tobias Tak.   The rest of the contents are basic "zine fayre" and "Scams" by "Chanic"? also caught my eye.  Apart from Tak the high point has to be Paul Ashley Brown's "Life Drawing Class" a 9 page epic -well, for PAB it is.  I think if I had to recommend this book it would be for the Tak and PAB combo but there was nothing really awful in the comic.  I just find I'm getting harder to impress.

Also, don't be surprised if people do not buy because it says "catalogue" on the cover.  Bad move.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


I came across a copy of 4D MONKEY quite by accident while browsing through boxes of old comics in Bristol's AREA 51 shop. It was in a sealed bag for the meagre price of 25p so I grabbed it!

Sadly,some moron had clipped out various bits from the interior,ruining the comic.

However,it is a very nice, futuristic, space version of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy that many of us will be familiar with via the TV series and tales. 

Yin Fei -The Chinese Ninja gets involved in the mystery of the "Ghost Village"!  Another accidental find in AREA 51 but I'd love to know how it got there;I don't recall ever seeing Dr Leung Comics during the late 1980s Jademan inspired explosion....someone's comic picked up on holiday?


I thought that I would like  to get the rest of the issues in this series.  The only online source -the USA. To get five different issues would cost me $7.00 not bad.  It's the $50 total postage that makes me scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Any sellers in the UK -I'll pay £3.00 per issue?



That's how, if I ever find anyone even remotely interested in Chinese comics to talk to, I refer to this title.

Its full of different art styles but no word balloons, just text -rather like the early British comics.
I picked this, and other examples, up when visiting China Town in London to replenish my supply of ink and Chinese brushes in the 1980s.  I have other samples "somewhere" but its finding them!

I'm assuming that this is from the Peoples Republic of China (someone will now tell me its from Hong Kong); I also assume that 11 and 1987 refer to issue number and year.  But what is the title -Fu Chun Jiang Hua Bao?

Can anyone identify?


Without a doubt a very stylish page of artwork; quite advertising originated in style. 

Certainly would like to know more about this!


Stylish but in a different way. This looks very much like a series of panels produced not using ink and brush but more like charcoal. Look at the smudging effects, etc..

We really do need to find out more about these comics and the creators!

CAPTAIN V –Singapore’s “Robin Hood” Crime-Fighter.

While on the new sadly defunct singaporecomicsonline site, a member ("poopoo") referred to a Singapore super hero comic of circa 1986 -this date may not be 100% confirmed.

The comic in question was CAPTAIN V!

CAPTAIN V was the "scientific experiment" of DR EVIL and at the time he was working for the Singapore Police Force. The good Captain was super fast (but not Flash standard fast?), very strong and bullet proof thanks to his costume.

As is always the case, Dr Evil had an hidden agenda and went into hiding with his "experimental formulas" (so we assume CAPTAIN V was the human result of scientific enhancement).  Obviously, this could not be allowed and so Captain V was assigned the task of stopping his mentor.   


CAPTAIN V #s 1 & 2

Thanks to "poopoo" I have two cover scans (very low res) of CAPTAIN V and a rough guide to the two stories.


The Cat, alter ego unknown, was a poor man whose family and acquaintances looked down at him because of this.  His girlfriend's father also objected to him because he was poor; although facing many problems, his girlfriend loved him and financial difficulties meant nothing to her [aaaah,true love!].    

While taking his girlfriend home there was an accident and she died instantly.

From this moment on the poor man began to act eccentrically;he stole money from rich people while disguised as The Cat and handed it out to the good,poor people.

Obviously, the law was not going to  allow this! One day The Cat was confronted by Captain V but the pursuit was temporarily stopped when the Singaporean 'Robin Hood' threw his "Cat-o-nine tails" (a bolas type weapon) and Captain V got caught up in this....

But, as far as I am aware, the Cat was never caught -it was an on-off chase type scenario.  I suspect that, like Robin Hood, no one really wanted to see The Cat behind bars -a 'crook' but not a crook.


Well,Dr Evil was bound to cause problems sooner or later and he created a very major problem for the good Captain in #3!

Dr Evil created a Captain V clone -but one much stronger! 

Imagine the shock of Singaporean citizens when,without warning,the upholder of justice is seen robbing a goldsmith and jeweller -and then escaping at incredible speed.

The national hero has betrayed justice:Captain V is a wanted man!

Don't panic! 

One day, while committing a robbery the double Captain V is confronted by the real hero! A battle ensues and, I assume, the villain is defeated!

Yes, I know the baddie Captain V has a different coloured costume....just go with the flow!

And when we read "clone" it does not necessarily mean Captain V was human as we hear a lot about "cloned devices and apps" these days.  Maybe one day I'll find out.
If anyone can provide more information,better scans or has copies for sale -get in touch!


Hamelin Newsletter 24/3/15

NEWSLETTER del 24/3/2015

Torna la Bologna Children’s Book Fair, da lunedì 30 marzo a giovedì 2 aprile. Come ogni anno, Hamelin sarà al Padiglione 25, stand A3 e sarà protagonista di numerosi eventi e iniziative, in fiera e in città.


Allo stand di Hamelin troverete l’Annuario 2015 con i migliori titoli tra romanzi, albi illustrati, fumetti e saggi del 2014, il numero 38 della rivista "Hamelin" che raccoglie gli atti del convegno La sottile linea scura e tutti gli arretrati. Potrete inoltre avere informazioni sulla nuova edizione di Scelte di Classe, le guide bibliografiche e tutte le pubblicazioni Hamelin.

lunedì 30 marzo h 15 - Centro Servizi - Blocco B
Il progetto Ti faccio il filo, ideato da Biblioteca Comunale di Melegnano, Spazio Milk, Afol Sud Milano e Codici Ricerche, finanziato da Fondazione Cariplo e con la partecipazione di Hamelin, presenterà le attività sul tema biblioteche e coesione sociale in corso a Melegnano, San Zenone, Carpiano e San Colombano.

mercoledì 1 aprile h 14 - Caffè degli illustrtori
Steven Guarnaccia, illustratore e designer, presenta il progetto della mostra Fatherland che si terrà presso la sede di Hamelin.

mercoledì 1 aprile h 15-18 - Sala Notturno
Nella cornice del progetto europeo Transbook - Children’s Literature on the move! il simposio riunisce vari professionisti internazionali della letteratura per ragazzi, attorno al tema Mediazione digitale e programmazione nella letteratura per l’infanzia, con interventi di Neal Hoskins, responsabile del Digital Cafè, Marlene Zöhrer, esperta di relazioni fra libro e supporti digitali, Christina Hasenau, Goethe-Institut di Roma, e Sam Arthur, managing director di Nobrow Edizioni e co-curatore dell’ELCAF festival di Londra.
Potete partecipare al simposio inviando la vostra iscrizione all’indirizzo mail: clementine.cahn@hamelin.net

lunedì 30 marzo h 19.30 - Spazio &
Inaugurazione di La pantera sotto il letto - Mostra di Mara
Una mostra dedicata a La pantera sotto il letto, albo scritto da Andrea Bajani e illustrato Mara Cerri, in uscita per orecchio acerbo.
L’esposizione sarà aperta da una lettura di Andrea Bajani e dal sound design di Alessandro Guerri.
Spazio & - Via Guerrazzi 1

martedì 31 marzo h 17.30 - Spazio CUBO
Collezionare me stesso - Incontro con Steven Guarnaccia

Steven Guarnaccia racconta il rapporto fra il collezionare oggetti e la sua attività creativa.
CUBO - Centro Unipol BOlogna, Piazza Vieira de Mello 3/5 - nelle nuove strutture di Porta Europa

mercoledì 1 aprile h 19.30 - Hamelin
Inaugurazione di Fatherland - Mostra di Steven Guarnaccia

La sede di Hamelin si trasforma nella casa di Steven Guarnaccia. Un viaggio sul filo delle memorie famigliari attraverso il disegno e l’installazione di una collezione di oggetti trovati e reinterpretati dalla mano dell’artista.
Hamelin - via Zamboni 15

Segnaliamo inoltre:
martedì 31 marzo h 12 - Salaborsa
Tour di presentazione di Raccontami di un giorno perfetto

Grazie al supporto della biblioteca "Carlo Emilio Gadda" di Melegnano, della Biblioteca dei Ragazzi di Rozzano, e alla Biblioteca SalaBorsa, Jennifer Niven, presenterà il romanzo Raccontami di un giorno perfetto pubblicato da DeAgostini ad alcune classi di istituti secondari di secondo grado.
Salaborsa - piazza Nettuno 3

martedì 31 marzo h 19 - Alliance Française
Inaugurazione di Poetic science
Sei scuole di illustrazione presentano i loro giovani talenti: Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Ècole Nationale Supèrieure des Arts Dècoratifs (ENSAD) di Parigi, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Kyoto City University of Arts, Escola Massana Barcellona, University of the West of England Bristol.
Alliance Française - via De’ marchi 4
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.