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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, 24 October 2014

Black Tower Books On Face Book

Not sure WHO would want this (oh, I am soooooo modest, darlings!) but here is the Face Book page for Black Tower:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Tower-Comics-Books/136656043030326


Black Tower Books -Yep, Not Just Comics and Graphic Novels!


It's been pointed out to me that many people may think that Black Tower Comics just publish comic albums and graphic novels.  well, the banner reads "Black Tower Comics and Books.


Many people may have missed the mention of those books considering the number of newbies each day and, of course, the number of posts.  This is a BIG blog!


So, for those of you who are unaware of the books Black Tower publishes here's a run-down:

It's a very chunky book as noted and the first of its kind from a UK publisher containing as it does interviews with many UK comic stars as they were breaking into the big time as well as a few American creators -including Marv Wolfman.
Black Tower Books has always tried to step away from what other publishers produce and this has already been called "a major contribution to British comic history!" and I don't argue with praise like that!

The Hooper Interviews


Terry Hooper-Scharf
A4
Black & white
prose and very fully illustrated!
365 pages
Price: £15.00

From a huge selection of interviews covering the Small Press,Independent Comics from the UK,Europe and US,here are a few of the best from over 25 years. These interviewees include:

Including…deeep breath:

JOHN COOPER
YISHAN LI
DONNA BARR
ROBERTA GREGORY
EMMA VIECELI
SONIA LEONG
ALAN CLASS
PAUL BIRCH
KAREN RUBINS
WILLIE HEWES
PEKKA A. MANNINEN
OLIVIER CADIC
JON HAWARD
MARV WOLFMAN
TANIA DEL RIO
JEFF BROOKS
MIKE WESTERN
MORAG LEWIS
DAVE RYAN

And many others.  And, yes, fully illustrated throughout!   This is a bargain book at £15 -a price reduced until 24th December, 2014.

The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack


The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack
Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback (prose)
A4
53 Pages
Price: £7.00
The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.” 

By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him. 
Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults. 
But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories. 

Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack!

Illustrated throughout.

The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1


The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1


Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
202 Pages
Price: £10.00
Up-dated 2011 edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.

 By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf into history having been hunted for sport for centuries.

The first solely wildlife book by the noted naturalist.

 The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped.

Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.

The summation of over 30 years research -all backed up with full references including from books and papers by famous British "fox hunters" and manuals and game keeper guides to keeping foxes for hunting- reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.

The legendary Girt Dog of Ennerdale, a favourite of cryptozoologists and mystery writers, is also dealt with in detail.

Arctic foxes, coyotes in Essex and many more near forgotten mysteries of wild nature in the UK and supported by illustrations and photographs once thought to have been lost many years ago.  Trawling newspaper archives does pay off. 

Low price until 24th December, 2014

Some Things Strange & Sinister


Some Things Strange & Sinister

Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
358 Pages
Profusely illustrated with photographs, maps and illustrations.
Price: £15.00
After more than 35 years as an investigator and more than forty as a naturalist, the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as  The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen.

PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack!

Photographs,maps,line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister. The cryptozoologist, Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean will find this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!

Low price until 24th December, 2014

Some More Things Strange & Sinister


Some More Things Strange & Sinister



Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
327 Pages
Price: £15.00
Follow-up to the hugely successful Some Things Strange & Sinister.

For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general.

The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially  'discovered'. The history of  the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"!

Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence?  You might be surprised.

Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century?

 Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.

And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary photograph taken of it.

 And much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs. 

Low price until 24th December, 2014

Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint


Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

 
 

Paperback, 
A4
249 Pages
Price: £15.00
2013 UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans. 
 
There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage. 
 
Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja. 
 
Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results. 
 
Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird

Low price until 24th December, 2014

The Amazing World Of Alan Class



The Amazing World Of Alan Class


Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
24 Pages
Price: £5.00
Marvel, Timely, Atlas, Charlton, ACG, MLJ/Archie Dennis the Menace (US) -one man published them all. Alan Class. Who?

Class is legendary for bringing black and white reprints of US comics to a country starved of the medium thanks to a certain war! From 1959-1989 Suspence, Sinister, Astounding and Uncanny gave us a comic fix for a few pennies.

Learn more about the man and how Class Comics came about in the long awaited print version of Terry Hooper's exclusive interview!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Silvermaigne Is Here...In Book Form At Least!

Ahh. More books for the BCP Book Fair and Comic Expo in November!


In case you ask:

Venue Infomation

The venue for BCP International Book Fair & Comic Expo 2014 is the Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa in Bristol, UK. The hotel is by the beautiful St Mary's Church and the harbour. With Temple Mead Train Station 10 minutes away and Bristol Airport 20 minutes drive from the hotel.
There are many lovely facilities on site including a fitness suite, swimming pool, spa (a 5 minutes walk around the side of the hotel), restaurants..
We have negotiated a discounted room rate for the convention and these are as follows:
Friday Night (Bed & Breakfast): £99 
Saturday Night (Bed & Breakfast): £109
(Hotel bookable at these convention rates, secured by a credit card and you can pay on departure - available only until the 22nd September after which will revert to full room rate)
You can book your room by using the following code when booking:
BACKCOVER PROMOTIONS

Please quote this code when phoning the hotel to book via phone: 0117 3199004 (UK)

There are free coffee/tea making facilities in each room.

There is free wifi in each room.

The website for the Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa can be found HERE

The Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa's address is as follows:

Redcliffe Hill
Bristol
BS1 6SQ
United Kingdom

Titan Books: Lego -Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu







Writer: GREG FARSHTEY 
Artist PAULO HENRIQUE 
Colorist LAURIE E. SMITH 
Series: Lego Ninjago Graphic Novels 
64pp 
Softcover 
ISBN  9781782761921
all ages
£4.99

Sensei Wu has trained Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai to be Masters of Spinjitzu, and together they defend the world of Ninjago from the dark forces of the Underworld. But when Samukai boasts that he can defeat Sensai Wu and his four young ninja, Garmadon takes him up on his bet!

Nicely written, nicely drawn and lovely bright colours.  You know this is meant for kids but there is a HUGE adult Lego market out there -cosplayers, adults who don't want to grow up and, naturally, those people who want to buy this sort of thing "for the kids"....yeah. Right.

Christmas is coming up, you know so....?

Titan Books: Lego Ninjago Vol.2 -Mask Of The Sensei



[Cover Art Image]
Writer  GREG FARSHTEY 
Artist  PAULO HENRIQUE 
Colorist  LAURIE E. SMITH
Series: Lego Ninjago Graphic Novels
Full colour
64pp
soft cover
ISBN 9781782761938
All ages
£4.99

Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai, the Masters of Spinjitzu, have defeated unbelievably powerful foes and all seems well on the world of Ninjago. But all that changes when the inja are attacked by the one foe they can’t possibly hope to defeat, the one who taught them everything they know — Sensei Wu himself?!

This is a nightmare come true when they must somehow defeat their respected teacher and friend — or must they?!

I'm sorry but Lego as anything but a building material (VERY expensive at that) leaves me cold.  So I am going to ignore the Lego aspect and just take this as a fun, well drawn and wonderfully coloured story for "all ages", though of course it is supposed to be for children.

I certainly know that there ARE a lot of adults (including cosplayers) who will go nuts and buy this. At at under a £5.00 why not?

Alvin Stardust Dead


Can news get even sadder today?


Alvin Stardust, glam rock singer, dies aged 72

Alvin Stardust on Top of the Pops in 1973 Stardust had been due to release a new studio album this autumn
Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie, and family around him, his manager said.

Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years on 3 November.
He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent "a new and exciting departure" of which he was "immensely proud".

Stardust grew up in Mansfield and started playing guitar as a schoolboy. He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.

He signed his first record deal in 1961 as the frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, though the band struggled to get in the charts.

In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous.

My Choo Ca Coo, the debut song under his new guise, peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.
Alvin Stardust at his home in 1983 The singer previously recorded under the name Shane Fenton
 
 
It led to him being part of a Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976 which saw him instructing children to look both ways before they crossed the road.

His success continued into the 1980s with Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and I Won't Run Away all making the top 10.

Once described as "the Godfather of British Rock 'n' Roll" by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimleys and Doctors.

He also appeared on stage in such musicals as Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he played the fearsome Child Catcher.

Stardust was married three times. His first wife was Iris Caldwell, with whom he had two sons, Shaun and Adam.

His second wife was the actress Liza Goddard, with whom he had a daughter named Sophie.
"RIP Alvin Stardust," Goddard tweeted on Thursday. "Thank you for our beautiful daughter and granddaughter."

Stardust went on to marry to Julie Paton, an actress and choreographer with whom he had a daughter, Millie.


Shaun is now a headmaster in Reigate, while his brother is a producer and DJ who records under the name Adam F.

DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the singer as "a great showman" who would be "sorely missed". "Performing was his life," added the veteran broadcaster.

"He had this bad boy image, but he was not like that at all," Blackburn continued. "On stage he was brilliant, but off stage he was just an ordinary guy."

Stardust, a committed Christian, was also remembered as "a great bloke" by his former Hollyoaks co-star Jeremy Edwards.

"RIP Alvin Stardust, the original landlord of the Dog in the Pond," the actor wrote on Twitter, referring to the Channel 4 series' fictional public house.

"I may not have known him long, but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met," said the singer's manager Andy Davies.

"His passing is a huge and sad loss."


Tempus fugit


Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer (OFFICIAL)

Newsletter Hamelin 23 ottobre 2014

 



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!


 
Alternative Press Pop-Up / 24th - 26th October 2014 / 139 Greenwich South St  SE10 8NX
 
IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!
 
DIY Art Show and pop-up zine outlet.
 
Come and see art work, self published
comix, zines, art-books and poetry
pamphlets.
Check out our website here.
Come along over the weekend and,
share ideas, swap zines, buy, sell,
see and do.

Opening times:

Friday, Public View 7 - 11pm
Saturday 11 am - 6pm
(screenprinting workshop 1pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm
(screenings 1pm)

 
See ya!

 
AP
XX
Alternative Press / London / alternativepress.org.uk         

Testing....Testing....Just Had One Big Bang!

Just checking the computer is working as all the electricity went off.

You know how you think to yourself "Bills paid, nothing owing. Time to treat myself"?  I did just that as I put the potato bake I've been looking forward all day into the oven.  One minute later, flash from kitchen and loud "Boompf!"

Cooker gone.  My meal gone.

Bwaaaaah!

Belling cookers, heh?  Two years old, not used that often and then....dead.  At least it never set fire to the house.

I did see, happily, that I just sold a copy of Some Things Strange And Sinister to someone in the United States. £15.00.  Well, £15.00 is the cover price from which I get £4.67.  But a sale is a sale. Right?

And, as my computer is going REALLY slow I'm guessing the whole electricity blowing HAS affected it. sigh.  Could this year get better?