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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

Saturday, 23 August 2014

It's ALWAYS Sunny In Bristol. We Don't Have Drive-by Shootings And The People Are Friendly.

Okay, okay, okay. It is NOT always sunny but when it is Bristol is the best place to be -and when its wet there's plenty to do indoors.

Is Bristol Tourism paying for this???

Anyhow, October 4th sees the AniMangaPop! event on one side of the Broadmead (shopping) area of the city and the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair bang smack in the middle of town.  And there is another event in November!

So, just cus they've been gathering computer dust, here are a few of my Bristol reference photos.  Come see the city and street art at the same time!

 Below: the Bristol Exploratory area which also has a huge TV screen so it'll keep you amused! All photos (excepting 1 and 2 above) are (c)2014 T. Hooper-Scharf

 Below: Park Street looking up toward Bristol University and City Museum and Art Gallery.
 Above:Bottom of Park Street heading into the City Centre.  Below -the City Centre!

 Below: St Peter's Church ruin was left in place as a memorial to those who died during the Bristol Blitz of World War 2 and has a nice garden area around it.

Again: all photos (c) 2014 T. Hooper-Scharf

Mad Max: Fury Road Official Comic-Con Trailer (2015) - Tom Hardy Post-Ap...

This trailer just left me cold. You impressed or excited?  meh.

More Guests For Malta Comic Con



Wicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd), and Christian Ward (The Infinite Vacation) as well as lauded writer/publisher John-Paul Kamath (London Horror Comic) will be joining Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Shaky Kane and Cliodhna as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.  

"The Malta Comic Con is an amazing event - it's held in a spectacular setting, the crowd are so enthusiastic and friendly and engaging! There was a fabulous display of skill and creativity from foreign and local creators so lots for attendees to get their teeth into. I was incredibly well-looked after by the staff, who made such great effort to ensure that I had everything I needed and ensured I had a great time both at the convention itself and outside sight-seeing and sampling local cuisine! I can't recommend it enough ♥". (Sonia Leong, 2012).

Dave Taylor:

Touring rock drummer turned comic book creator Dave Taylor has worked on many mainstream books with many highly respected writers including Batman with Matt Wagner, Alan Grant, Karl Kesel and Chip Kidd, Judge Dredd with John Wagner, Alan Grant, Robbie Morrison and Ian Edginton, Arzak with Jean Moebius Giraud and Prophet with Brandon Graham.

His Batman: Death by Design, with Chip Kidd, is a New York Times best seller...twice! Taylor has also contributed design work for computer games, TV and Film.

He is currently working on the first Doctor Who comic book to feature the new Doctor, Pater Capaldi, written by Robbie Morrison.

Christian Ward:

Christian Ward is a London-based illustrator, comic artist and writer.

Alongside being the main cover artist on Dynamite's Dr Spektor with Mark Waid, he's also a regular cover artist at Marvel. Past comic-book projects include Image Comics' best seller The Infinite Vacation with Nick Spencer and Olympus with Nathan Edmondson. He's also worked with Matt Fraction on 'The Time Ben Fell In Love' a DHP Short and Kieron Gillen on Young Avengers. This April he was featured as part of the Guardian and British Library's Comic Unmasked project collaborating on a new comic with Margaret Atwood.

This November sees the release of ODY-C a new Image ongoing with Matt Fraction.

John-Paul Kamath:

John-Paul Kamath is best known as the writer and publisher of London Horror Comic. Since appearing on the scene in 2006, London Horror Comic has become the UK’s most critically acclaimed horror anthology, culminating in it winning “Best Horror Anthology” in the Horror News Network awards. The book which is currently in its 8th year of publication has drawn praise from within and outside the field of comics for its mix of comedy and humour drawing kudos from the likes of Garth Ennis, Comedian Stewart Lee and The Horror Channel in the UK.

“Both Dave Taylor and Christian Ward have been heavily recommended to us by previous Malta Comic Con guests and we’re glad that we finally found the opportunity to welcome them to our show. We have no doubt that the combination of talent and pleasant personality that both these creators posses will have a positive impact on this year’s event. Similarly, John-Paul Kamath has been recommended to us by one of this year’s guests and considering how much the public enjoyed the presence of T-Pub and their flagship anthology Twisted Dark last year we are certain that London Comic Horror would leave its mark in Malta. The presence of Taylor, Ward and Kamath as well as that of the other guests has us all enthusiastically looking forward to the Malta Comic Con 2014 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation and look forward to hosting them here” said Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics.
As customary Wicked Comics have designed a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables.

More Packages info:

Friday, 22 August 2014

Exclusive Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photo You Will Be Astounded By...well, not really...

Crusher Creel to Menace Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Get your first look at Brian Patrick Wade as Creel with an exclusive new image form Season 2!


  Image From Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  

Carl "Crusher" Creel, known to Marvel fans as the Absorbing Man in the comics, will bring his unique power set to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." with the season premiere Tuesday, September 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC!

With the news we've also got your EXCLUSIVE first look at Brian Patrick Wade ("Generation Kill," "Teen Wolf") as Creel directly below! With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off...but you'll have to wait until then to see how their battle turns out!

Yep, folks, that was the panty-wetting exclusive. A bald guy. But you get the reminder:

 Wade joins a number of new characters and guest stars on the series' second season, including the previously announced Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird), Lucy Lawless (Agent Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Henry Simmons (Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie), and Kyle MacLachlan (Skye's father), alongside the returning cast of Clark Gregg (Director Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Fitz), and Chloe Bennet (Agent Skye).

I bet you are looking at that photo in awe, right?  Cannot believe your eyes?  Well, it is true: bald man with knee pads (under trousers) strikes a pose.  And Marvel just casually throws this at us!!

Okay, its a TV series and they don't want to give too much away but, really?  That's it?


Mystery Photo Competition

First woman to identify that its me under the hood gets a date....in Bristol of course.

No clues.

World War One Exploitation In Comics -hmm?

Alright, someone on Google+ mentioned The Savage Wolverine and how it was set during World War One.  Well, okay, exploitation of a subject currently in the media in comics...as in WW I and WW II the Americans are years late. :-P

Anyhow, accurate? No. The pickelhaube (spiked German/Prussian helmet) had the spike removed early on in the conflict.  Also, the helmet, from 1892, was covered by a light brown cloth helmet cover, the M1892 Überzug.  Regimental numbers were sewn onto these.  The spike was a problem and by 1915 and by 1916 you had the stahlhelm.  So the German is not quite right and the first German gas masks were very basic and cloth and NOT face covering.

The British Mark I steel helmet was not introduced until 1916 so the pickelhaube and 1915 helmet together on ....well, someone didn't quite do their research.

How's that for being a pain-in-the arse?

Both covers would put me off.  Hey -any cosp-layers going to conventions in WW I outfits???

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy & Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review + Guardi...

Well, I was going to post another one of Comicgirl19s videos BUT as I was about to post it I saw that Subzero over at Tales From The Kryptonian was intending on doing so.

Anyhoo, expect a few expletives but a few interesting insights!

There's Always One...

"Sexualised" Comic Art and Covers UPDATE

It's Milo Manara -were you expecting Little Orphan Annie??  Also, "Anatomical errors"???  WHERE??? Manara has a HUGE photo reference file so I doubt after more than 40 years he's become a crap artist. Manara does what Manara does and there are no anatomical errors except in the eyes of critics (sorry, bile builds up when I think of "them") who cannot draw but want to be bitchy.

WHY has Disney employed Manara? Because he draws sexy women.


And Manara is quite right, there are more important things going on in the world -why scream if you see a woman on the cover YOU think is sexy....

A few people have voiced concerns over this Spider-Woman image. Yep, obviously drawn naked with the costume painted on.  Now just hold on a minute. Do a Google search for "Spider-Woman" and look at the images. THIS is tame.

What I do not -cannot- understand is that people are mentioning this now??????


Check out DC and Marvel (and Independent companies) and their female characters with heaving cleavage, panties up their "Khyber Pass" and the MANY poses that years ago you would have only seen in soft core porn.  But this is "empowering"...I've even heard female fans say so.

The Black Widow in the movies.  Is her cleavage bursting from an overly tight, near opened to the navel suit? Nope. In comics....suuuure.

And let me say something else.  THIS pose I have seen You Tube videos of -female cos-players in "private photo areas" (WTF???) at various cons.  Dressed as Wonder Woman, Spider-Woman, Cat Woman...held at gun-point? No.  Then again, where are the cheese-cake photos of male cos-players?

Comics, even those published by family companies like Disney (I ain't saying Marvel anymore) are aimed at immature males who spend a great deal of time with their hands studying these images.

Let's get this straight.  Women -and men- of all body-shapes cosplay.  Why not? I love all that stuff. There are the female cos-players, however, who, interviewed (just check You Tube you'll find them there) and want to draw attention to their "boobs" and/or "butts" -their words.  There are some slimy interviewers who  love this and do not object -if you are male and do then, obviously, "yer a gay!"

There is nothing wrong with admiring a costume that has taken weeks or months to put together.  There is nothing wrong with admiring a great body whether you are male or female.  That is perfectly normal and if the cos-players -male or female - say they never considered someone might think they looked "hot" in an outfit then they need a carer.

I'm sure male cos-players get eyed up by gay conventioneers a lot.  I know two who admit to having been chatted up by gay men -hell: they considered that meant they were good!!!  It's normal sexuality.

BUT where things go wrong are the immature geeks who spend all their time gaming or reading comics in their rooms and have no idea how to behave.  Okay, a few years back my bottom was pinched by an attractive female cos-player who was quite flirty.  Someone said "report her -that's sexual assault!"  I'm an adult and believe me I had no reason to complain!  But never ever would I have done that to a female whether cos-playing or not.  Absolutely NEVER.

It comes down to being brought up properly -and in a mainly female household/workplace -and if you are male and the only one working with 40 women of all ages you soon learn about sexual harassment!!!. These comic geeks, however, may go to a convention and its their big event of the year.  They've seen all the comic art and covers and to then see that in the flesh....they have NO SOCIAL REFERENCE ON BEHAVIOUR.  Do they deserve to be beaten up?

Here's an example.  A good few years back a young man who thought he was gods gift to women, put his hand up the short skirt of a co-worker.  She slapped him.  'Obviously' she was a lesbian.  A few days later a group of ten women from the workplace grabbed the idiot, stripped him naked, covered him in scent and pushed him out a door into the street after groping him.  He never misbehaved again. He was very respectful.

Better to just grab someone who sexually assaults a female cos-player, take his photo and plaster over the internet AFTER you have called in the police (and you really should call in the police)? I think yes but after that there is the humiliation that goes on.

Who am I to judge?

Anyway, just remember that female cos-players -even ones you might say like to "flaunt it" are NOT consenting to be sexually assaulted.  They want to dress up, meet friends and have a good time not be groped.

But, in 2014 it is far, far, far too late to shout out "have you seen how sexualised this image is?"  I was writing and talking about this in the mid-1990s.  It's nothing new. Disney do not care.  DC do not care. Indie companies for the most part do not care.

 To put it in the words of a former comic editor I knew: "Tits and ass make 'em by the books!"  He also said: "If it gives me a boner it'll sell!"  Thankfully I've not heard from him in years.

We're talking comics and the money men do not care.  If it offends you DO NOT buy it. Seriously. 

The Thinker: In Space No One Can Hear....well....